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{Personal} Happy Independence Day | Southeast Missouri Photographer

It’s not my style to do “selective coloring”, but I felt this image that I shot at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL was more than fitting to draw out the colors of this flag.

The caption below the flag reads, “This 45-star flag (1896-1908) was flying from the flagstaff aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independent (CVL-22) on 2 September in Tokyo Bay, Japan in witness of the signing of the Japanese surrender, ending World War II.”

So many have fought to protect our freedoms and preserve the American way of life. Today, we celebrate what makes our country still the greatest place to be.

God Bless America, Land that I love! Happy Independence Day from Stephanie Greenwell Photography – have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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And we topped our day off with a trip to watch the City of Caruthersville fireworks show. It’s our tradition, although we missed last year, and we always love the show. Sitting on the hood of our truck, in pajamas, oooohing and ahhhhhhing over the magnificent display.

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stephanie greenwell photography fireworks caruthersville missouri mississippi river

stephanie greenwell photography fireworks caruthersville missouri mississippi river

   

{Personal} Beach Art Images | Destin Florida Beach Photographer

I have so many images to go through from our vacation to the beach this year, but for now, I wanted to share some of the images that I had in mind for hanging in our home. I wanted close-up images of each of my children, but instead of processing in my normal clean, colorful style, I challenged myself to create some beautiful black and white images. I’m so in love with the results, and love that I didn’t “clean up” the sand on their faces and such – I wanted to be reminded of the beach when I look at these images (even if the kids weren’t really into the beach this year!).

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beach photography perdido key destin florida black and white bw girl closeup stephanie greenwell photography

beach photography perdido key destin florida black and white bw boy closeup stephanie greenwell photography

beach photography perdido key destin florida black and white bw girl with freckles closeup stephanie greenwell photography

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{Personal} Baseball 2014 | Southeast Missouri Photographer

It’s been a little quiet around here, what with finally seeing Spring weather from the long, cold winter we had around here. With Spring comes outdoor play, end of school activities, and baseball. However, even baseball has been pushed back because of the way too long winter, and then lots of rain. We finally got start playing games in mid-May, and I couldn’t wait to use my Canon 135L lens for baseball shots.

This year, I have four children playing ball, all in different leagues: tee-ball, girls coach-pitch softball, girls pitch softball, and boys little league. You can imagine the chaos that happens when two or three are playing at the same time and we have to bounce from field to field to watch them play. I always hate the thought of missing what’s going on at another field while watching another game – such is life with a lot of children participating at the same time. But, there are the times that we only have one game at one specific time and thankfully, we can watch that full game.

I’ve made it a point to not only capture my children, but the children of other members of our community. It’s been a blessing to have parents, and even more so, the kids (especially the boys!) come up to me to thank me for their picture and tell me that they love the images! I’ll try to share some of them here after getting permission from the parents.

For now, here are few of my own children at a few of their games. Unfortunately, my oldest has only played one game (the day I didn’t bring my camera), so I don’t have any images of her just yet. We still have a couple of more weeks left of games, so I pray the weather will be good to all of us and let our children finish out their season!

First up, my baby boy, Cooper. He’s such a fun and funny kid, even when he’s having a little pity party and lies out on the grass, bottom lip sticking out:

caruthersville baseball coach tee ball boy hitting ball off of tee southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

caruthersville baseball coach tee ball boy scored run southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

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Next, is my little Aubrey – she’s so full of athleticism and I can’t wait to see how good she’s going to be:

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caruthersville baseball coach girls softball third base southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

caruthersville baseball coach girls softball up to bat southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

caruthersville baseball coach girls softball up to bat southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

And now my leftie pitcher, Brennan. Funny how he hated baseball when he was in t-ball, but now he loves it!

caruthersville baseball coach little league boy sliding into home plate southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

caruthersville baseball coach little league boy hits ball southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

caruthersville baseball coach team meeting southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

And my most prized baseball that I’ve ever captured thus far: a silhouette of Brennan pitching a great game. I sprawled myself out on the ground to get this shot with the setting sun behind him. He’s super excited for me to get it printed to hang on his wall!

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{Sneak Peek} One Year Old Baby Girl | Southeast Missouri Baby Photographer

What a treat this little doll baby was this morning! She “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” over every little thing, and her face lit up with amazement with anything new she would spot. She had the cutest outfits for her first birthday session, but this one was my favorite, especially when paired with my new, adorable chair from Tonya’s Treasures, Unique Decor & More. And that smile on her face? She was thrilled to see her daddy coming with her big balloon! And you can’t deny how precious this family shot is! All so perfectly coordinated and perfect smiles for this beautiful family!

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bethany harris family manila arkansas farming southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

   

{Sneak Peek} Mom and Her Girls | Southeast Missouri Family Photography

I’m beyond thrilled with this lovely image of these beautiful ladies! They are always so sweet and precious, and it helps that mom thinks that pretty much everything that comes out of my mouth is comedy show worthy. LOL

Initially, Mom wasn’t going to join in the session – “Oh, no! This is just about the girls! I’m not getting in the picture!” – but, after our pre-session consultation, I convinced her to get ready anyways, and just jump in for one or two shots. Moms, please take the time to take pictures with your babies, young and old. I’m a big advocate for getting in the picture with your children, hence why I started my annual Mom Rocks sessions.

When I showed her this image on the back of my camera, she squealed and said, “Oh my gosh, I’m so happy you told me to do this!”, and I have a feeling she is going to be even more pleased with the final result.

And it’s been a while since I’ve shot any silhouette images, and I told mom that I had it in mind for their session. With the gorgeous sunset we had last night, and the open field that we used, I just knew gods were in my favor for a beautiful silhouette. When I told the girls to give each other a kiss, and made this shot, my eyes welled with tears for the beauty and sweetness that filled my mommy heart. And their mom was equally moved.

Thank you, Bethune beauties, I had such a wonderful evening with you all and Nana – always treat to be around such glowing personalities.

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{Feature} Senior Stunner on Pinterest | Southeast Missouri Senior Photographer

In honor of the upcoming senior mini sessions and soon-to-be 2015 senior season, this is one my most popular images and it’s from a mini session! It won the Senior Stunner of the Week back in March 2013 and I recently discovered that it’s been pinned over 500 times on Pinterest and the most pinned “SENIOR STUNNER” image to date! Such a sweet young lady that realized how beautiful she really was on this day. Get your mini session booked today!

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{Babies + Children} Snow Mini Sessions | Southeast Missouri Child Photographer

I offered last minute snow mini sessions because we never know if we will get snow here, and for how long it will stay. While it was a little chilly, I could not wait to use my new, oh-so-cute sleds in the snow! I think they were a big hit, especially when they got pulled around by an exasperated parent (hey, running in the snow is a workout!)!

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snow mini sessions callie sled snow ice storm southeast missouri photographer stephanie greenwell

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