Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Abbie
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Maggie's session was one of my all-time favorite Senior Sessions!!  She is one spunky kiddo and it was so much fun to capture her bright spirit.

I've been photographing Maggie's family for many years and have grown quite close with her momma (Hi. Rita!).  It all began when Rita was referred to me for Maggie's older sister's senior pics a few years back.  (Hey, Josie! LOL!)  I knew when Rita called to schedule Mag's session that this one had to be unique and fun... so I pulled out all the stops!

We started her session at The City Museum where we ended up on the ferris wheel that's on the roof!  Mags neglected to tell me she is afraid of heights until we got to the top of the ride!  I had to photograph her from above my head (and backwards!) to get the shot... and when I looked at the screen and saw her face, all I could do was giggle!  Bless her little heart for being so brave so that we could get the "money shot"!  (It now hangs on the wall in my client meeting space!)

We then continued along to Faust Park where she did a couple of outfit changes.  I'd had this idea for a floral crown in my head and Maggie agreed to try it out it for me.  Kelly Jurotich (owner of The Crimson Petal) created the INCREDIBLE crown for us!!

We ended her session, just after sunset, with a few shots in her favorite piece of clothing... her poncho!  She wears it pretty much every day, so I knew we had to get a few shots of her in it!


Friday, February 17, 2017
By Abbie
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Brittany & Sam were married on a gorgeous fall day.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect, along with the color on the trees and the clear blue sky that day.  Their bridal party was an absolute hoot to work with all day long and we truly had a fantastic time with them!  Another huge bonus to their dream day was that we got to work at two of our absolute favorite venues in our city.  St. Francis Xavier College Church on Saint Louis University's campus is my favorite church to photograph!  The ceiling alone takes my breath away!  We ended the day at Patty Long's 9th Street Abbey, which feels like home to the ATP Staff.  Everyone had an incredible time while the Downtime Band kept the dance floor packed all night long! 

Florist: Mary Tuttle's 
Videographer: Tower Studios 
Hair/Makeup: Sarah Johnson 
Venue and catering: Ninth Street Abbey
Monday, January 23, 2017
By Abbie
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Hillary & James both attend Washington University.  It's where they have cultivated and grown their relationship, so it made perfect sense to shoot their engagement session on campus.  It was a bit chilly with an overcast sky -- but any good portrait photographer will tell you that we LOVE overcast days!  The light is so soft and bright and those elements bring a gorgeous quality to any imagery taken outside.

It's also worth mentioning that their engagement session was one of the fastest sessions of my career!  I always coach my couples a bit as we begin the session, giving tips and tricks on how to relax in front of the camera.  However, as soon as I started shooting, these two were like professional models!  Their chemistry and level of comfort with each other was off the charts.  Within 30 minutes I had more than enough imagery!  It was so great to watch them have SO MUCH FUN together!


Monday, January 16, 2017
By Abbie
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Shannon and Kyle were referred to me by Kyle's sister, Jessica.  I photographed Jessica and Doug's wedding a few years ago and Shannon and Kyle were in their bridal party.  Shortly there after, they were engaged and I was elated to get the phone call that they wanted to schedule a consultation with me!  Being able to work with the same family at more then one wedding is one of the best parts of my job.  There's a special sense of closeness there and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the whole world! (Yes, I know I'm a sap! LOL!)

Kyle and Shannon were married on a brisk fall day in October of 2015. (Yes, I'm super behind on blogging... but working on catching up!)  My team and I drove over 2.5 hours that morning to Makanda and Alto Pass, IL where we photographed one of our biggest bridal parties to date!

Giant City State Park was the first place we went with the entire bridal party in tow.  I couldn't get over how stunning this park is!  From rock bluffs to incredible forests... it was so gorgeous!  We ended their photo session at Von Jakob Vineyards where their ceremony and reception were held.  This is where we photographed Shannon and Kyle with Kyle's grandpa's car, and 1939 Ford De Luxe.  I have a fondness for this vehicle because I also photographed Jess & Doug with it.  It's an incredible family heirloom that means so much to the Lickenbrock Family and I'm so honored to have been able to photograph it twice.

When I think back to Shannon & Kyle's big day, I have incredibly fond memories.  This was the day where I saw my staff photographer Sara really blossom and find her feet as a true creative photographer, where we were able to photograph nothing but new locations all day (which is always a HUGE win in my book!) and last but not least - Shannon's dad surprised me that day with my own "ATP" branding iron that he made just for me! He made custom irons to brand all the wooden boxes for the centerpiece on each table and I was out at their house the first time they tried one of them out.  (It was the very first thing I unpacked and placed in my new office when I moved at the end of 2015.)

Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Lickenbrock, for choosing ATP!!



Shannon & Kyle's Vendor Team

Planner: Bride

Photography: Abbie Takes Pictures

Ceremony & Reception venue: Von Jakob Vineyards

Catering: Von Jakob Vineyards

Florist: Bride & Friends

Cake: Cristaudos

Ceremony music: Brock Elmore, Edwardsville, IL

Linens: Von Jakob Vineyards/groom's grandmother

Chairs: Von Jakob Vineyard

Transportation: First Student Xtreme Limo Bus

Gown: Maggie SotteroSottero-Midgley

Hair & makeup: Samantha Braeutigam, Studio 3, Edwardsville, IL

Bridesmaid dresses: Belsoie/Jasmine 

Tuxedos: Willard's Taylor Shop, Fairview Heights, IL

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
By Abbie
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Well, without further ado, I'd like to announce that I'm now offering video services!! This comes after so many of my couples have asked me time and time again, "Do you offer video, too?".  I just felt like it was the right time to jump into this new journey!  Right now I'm only offering video to my couples that have signed a photography contract with us for 2017/2018. I am looking to open up video options to the public towards to end of 2017.  

Myself and my staff photographer Casey Serr (who's specialty is video) have been working together with several of our couples this past year to perfect this process. (We had several couples sign up to be our guinea pigs! LOL) We are still tweaking a few things here and there but are so excited for this journey to officially begin.  Casey will be heading up the video department and will also be our Lead Staff Cinematographer!  We've already got several wedding video shoots under our belt and today we're debuting our very first Cinematic Music Video!!

Keep in mind that I'm intending our video style to be very much the same as our photography: naturally lit, fun, emotional, light-hearted, rough around the edges and REAL!!

I'm not here to convince you one way or the other if video is for you. I'm just here to offer it to you with the ATP style and professionalism that I demand with my photography. I'm a HUGE sucker for a cinematic music video of your entire day. (Can't lie - I cry when I watch them!) and I can't deny that having the option to have the video and the audio from your ceremony and reception is pretty awesome.

Please enjoy Erin & Ryan's ATP Cinematic Music Video featuring their big day at The Cathedral Basilica and The Caramel Room at Bissinger's.

Erin + Ryan: Married: An Abbie Takes Pictures Cinematic Feature Video from Abbie Takes Pictures on Vimeo.