A Snowy Engagement | Megan & Ben | Busch Wildlife

Megan & Ben knew very early on that they were soulmates.

She thought he was funny from day one and he thought she was incredibly sweet. After their first date at Bar Louie, they both knew right away that they had something special.

They took their very first road trip together this past August for their birthdays to Colorado Springs, CO, and they can’t wait to travel and explore more together.

I can’t wait to see all the beautiful places they plan to adventure to and for their wedding this fall.

Honored,

Brittany

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A Wintery Maternity | Baby girl #3 | Cuivre River State Park

I really want to start blogging again, showing more images of my beautiful clients and their families.

What better way to start off then with this stunning winter maternity shoot. This young lady is getting ready to bring baby girl #3 into this world and I couldn’t be more excited for her and her family.

Mandy has always had an astonishing and bold strength about her. A quiet and endearing soul that raises strong young women. I can’t wait to watch these girls grow into powerful ladies.

Congratulations Mandy, Jason, Ren & Lily! I can’t wait to meet little miss!

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New Year, New Goals

At the start of every year, I select a word. One word to keep in mind as I go throughout the year. This word is meant to give me focus, something to strive for and try to attain by the end of the year.

This year, I chose the word HARDY. It’s not what you think, but to be hardy means to be bold and/or brave, to be able to withstand adverse conditions. I chose this word because I want to push myself this year, I want to be bold in my decisions and brave in my resolve. I want to allow myself to grow despite setbacks. I want to push past any obstacles that come my way.

2019 is going to be a wonderful year, I can already see it now. It’s going to be a year for growth, a year for inspiration and a year for being hardy!

Now, I do set a few goals, but more for keeping my mind focused than anything else. Some of my things for this year are:

I want to take a family vacation

I want to travel somewhere new (anybody getting married? I travel 😉)

I want to read more books (at least 12, I know that doesn’t seem like much but I don’t count audio books and I have 4 kids, so, it’s tricky, lol)

What do you do for the new year? Do you choose a word? Do you set goals? I’d love to hear what all you lovely people do!

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Puppy Love | Cannon Family | Troy, MO

Have you ever tried to get three dogs all looking at you?! Let me tell you, it wasn’t my easiest feat. These three pups belong to my brother Taylor and his new wife Leslie. They are quite the crew, all with a different personality. Gracie, the black lab, is the oldest of the crew and has a calm about her now unless one of her younger sisters are bugging her. Luna, the mini Australian Shepherd, is about the cutest little thing you have ever seen. She has that classic smile that only Aussies can give. Callie, is half German Shepherd, half wolf, she is a little more cautious but very sweet once she warms up to you.

I was so happy we were able to get them all together in one frame, it’s such a struggle with fur babies. So for the first time ever, please welcome Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Cannon with their three beautiful fur babies.

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Giving Away a Wedding | For Real

My dad was my best friend. The kind of person I could tell anything to.

He owned his own photography studio {Cannon Photography} in Troy, MO for over 30 years. He is where this passion of mine really began. 

When I was getting ready to head to college, I decided to study photography just like him. My dream was that one day, we would run the studio together and build it beyond both of our wildest dreams. While in college, I realized, they weren't teaching me anything about photography that he couldn't teach me, so I headed in a different direction into Criminal Justice. He was supportive, he always believed I could do whatever I wanted. 

I thought I would have plenty of time to learn from him. I didn't know he was going to be taken too soon. On November 5th, 2008, he was taken in a car crash when he was supposed to be in Mexico with family. I'll never forget that phone call.  

My dad was my role model, my best friend, my biggest supporter. He was everything to me.

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My dad died 10 days after my first wedding. I was in Mexico on my honeymoon when he was taken from this world. In the nearly 10 years he's been gone, he's missed so much. He's missed the birth of ALL of his grandchildren, he wasn't here to help me through my first divorce, he wasn't here to meet the man that I call best friend and husband now, he didn't get to see me graduate with both of my bachelor's degrees or my master's degree. It seems like a lifetime ago while at the same time only being a moment ago that he was taken.

We talked. ALL the Time. I miss his voice. 

This year on August 8th, my dad would have been 63 years old. So, sometimes, August sucks. But this year, I'm doing something special for him.

I'm giving away a wedding!

He was where this whole thing started and on his birthday this year, I'm going to honor the memory of the man that I adored. 

I'm giving away a wedding package for the upcoming 2019 season. 

I'm giving away a wedding package to a couple who has experienced loss like this - a death of a parent. A parental death that is gut-wrenching and never really gets better. A loss that shakes your world and always makes you feel like you are standing on shaky ground. I'm giving this gift to a couple in honor of him.

Here's what's included:

  • 8 hours of photography coverage
  • 1 photographer
  • USB of fully edited high resolution images from your wedding
  • Online gallery of fully edited web resolution images from your wedding
  • Full printing rights to your images so that you can print and share to your heart's content :)
  • Engagement session
  • Online gallery of high resolution images from your engagement session
  • Travel within a two-hour radius of St. Louis, MO

And here's the fine print:

  • Applicants must have a parent who has passed away
  • Applicants must have a date and a venue secured
  • Applicants must complete the application process (below)
  • Applicants cannot already be contracted for the upcoming 2019 season
  • Applicants cannot have already inquired for the upcoming 2019 season
  • Travel over 2 hours from St. Louis, MO is permissible, if the couple is willing to pay for this extra travel and potential lodging

If you are a vendor, who would like to participate in this giveaway, please reach out to me via email (brittanycannonphotography@gmail.com). I would love to include you in this special gift to a wonderful couple. 

Applications will open August 8th, my dad's birthday. They will close on September 8th and the winner will be announced on September 9th!

I can't wait to read and share in your stories!

P.S. This idea, I love, but it was not solely mine. Another dear photographer, Erica of Sweet Alice Photography out of NY began a wedding giveaway a couple years ago. I came across it this year and asked her permission to do the same thing, as we had both experienced the loss of our best friend and parent. She graciously said YES. So, if you have the time please read her story as well. http://www.sweetalicephotography.com/blog/hudson-valley-wedding-photographer-free-wedding-photography-2018 Thank you!

Engagement & Surprise | Justin & Whitney | Klondike Park

Whitney first reached out to me to photograph her wedding this fall. I know Whitney's sister from my time in the military. I worked with her husband Matt in Security Forces with the 131st Bomb Wing. So, when Whitney called, I was on-board. I love working with people I know in any and all round about ways. 

Whitney and I started talking about where we wanted to do her engagement session and Klondike Park immediately came to mind for me. It is such a beautiful park and has a wonderful setting. A couple of weeks before the engagement session, Whitney reached out to me about needing to change her wedding date that she had booked with me due to an unexpected surprise. Sadly, I didn't have the date open that she was needing but I still wanted to provide some engagement pictures for them even if their wedding was moving up to July.

It was instant. The minute they stepped out of Justin's truck you could see how much they loved one another. It's not always so evident but it certainly was with these two. They talked about how they met and fell in love. It was like they were meant to be. 

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Bradley!

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They also had a little surprise to share with everyone, I had to keep this secret for far too long it felt like. However, the secret is out! Mr. & Mrs. Bradley are officially expecting. I can't wait to meet the new one. Congratulations again you two!

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Century Family Farm | It's Sold | Winfield, MO

As some of you may know, I was raised on a family farm in Winfield, MO. It belonged to our family for more than 125 years, passed down from generation to generation. This past Friday, on July 27th, 2018, it was officially SOLD! It was a hard day for me, I never saw this farm being sold in my lifetime and wished it would never be sold ever. Some things just do not go as we plan or wish. 

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Without getting into all the details, it wasn't something that I wanted but something that could not have been prevented. There's a lot of family drama that goes into that story that I don't need to hash out here, but just know, it hurt my soul a little, what am I saying, it hurt a ton. 

This was the place I called HOME for 20 years. This is where I was raised. All of my fondest memories are held there. Pretending to be Jim Edmonds in the side yard while I tossed a softball up in the air and tried to catch it, fishing in the pond out back, picking blackberries for people to make pies and just enjoying the rustic red barn and farmhouse that I called home. 

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I will never get over having to sell this farm, the place that I always imagined raising my own family someday. However, I did visit a lot in the last 6 months, I took photos to print and hang in the home that I will be raising my little ones in and I'm bummed that they will never know this family farm like I did. I'll tell them stories about it, and I'll show them how beautiful it was, but those things just won't be able to do it justice.

I hope the next owner understands and respects the history of it, but if not, I'll always remember it. 

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Country Engagement | Taylor & Leslie | Winfield, MO | Wedding Photographer

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My little brother Taylor met the girl he was going to marry while he was in Springfield, MO, at college. Leslie was a freshman and Taylor was a senior when they met on move-in day at Missouri State University. Taylor pursued Leslie for a little while before she really dove into the relationship. 

When Taylor graduated from college, he asked Leslie ( who had grown up near Springfield) to move with him back from to Winfield, MO, several hours away. She took a leap of faith and came with this young man who had stolen her heart. 

Fast forward a couple of years and Taylor is ready to ask this young lady to marry him. On a special weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks surrounded by family and friends, Taylor asked Leslie for her hand in marriage, which of course, she said, "YES!" 

Taylor and Leslie get married this November on what was mine and Taylor's parents anniversary. It's been an honor to document their story as a couple from the beginning and I can't wait to continue. Congratulations Taylor and Leslie. Can't wait for your November wedding. 

 

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Waiting for baby Willow | Maternity Photography | St. Louis, Missouri

I met Kimberlina a few years ago while playing slow-pitch softball up in Troy, MO. She automatically strikes you as someone who works so hard for what she wants in this life. I remember when she first started dating Mike, it was during that first softball season. 

I loved this whole session. Kimberlina and Mike were effortless. Mike doted on Kimberlina during the entire session, helping her put on her shoes, opening the car door for her, even leaving a little flower on her door when the session was over. You can tell how much love is there for these two soon-to-be parents, Willow is going to be so incredibly loved. Also, how adorable is that name?!

Congratulations you two, I can't wait to meet baby Willow!

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I'll take it...

This was the second year that I entered the Shoot & Share contest and honestly, I never knew how I placed last year. I never looked at the results. This year, however, I learned that you could see how you did on your images. My only goal was to submit a few shots and see where it took me.  I only submitted about 15 photos out of the allotted 50 this year, and the results are in.

I had one image place in the top 20% and another image place in the top 30%. I was pretty pleased with that. I'll take it and plan to do even better next year. The winning images are below. 

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This image is from my cousin Ashley's session with her newborn Amelia. She wanted to have an in-home lifestyle session and I just loved how it turned out. We took this photo in the master bedroom, we had everyone line up and lay down so we could see all their feet (big and small). 

This second image is my top 30% placer and this is one is even more near and dear to my heart. This is where I grew up. My family farm, where I lived 20 of 31 years. I was driving by when it started snowing and I couldn't help but stop and take some photos of the place that holds so many of my memories. 

I may not have done amazing or excellent but I'm happy, there was progress from the year before and I can't wait until next year.