The St. Louis playgrounds are some of the best. One year was not enough to spend in St. Louis to experience all of the amazing playgrounds the city has to offer. I think the best way to describe the playgrounds in St. Louis is thoughtful. They aren’t just a swing and slides but a lot of them are themed and unique. We loved exploring some of the playgrounds that St. Louis has to offer.
Before we moved to St. Louis two different people told me the playgrounds are awesome. Little did I know how diverse and how many amazing playgrounds there would be. One of them told me there favorite one was Deer Creek Park or Rocket Ship playground. The little bit of creativity in the playgrounds ignited my own kids imagination and I could hear them fantasizing themselves in outer space.
Not only are the playgrounds fantastic but the people in St. Louis are so good. One of my favorite playground stories that exemplifies this is from a little playground in Richmond Heights- called Highland Park.
When we arrived on a warm summer day there were water guns all over this little playground. There was only two other moms there and I asked them if they were their water guns (because my kids were looking at them longingly). One of the moms said they were hers and that they were for everyone to use. She said, “it’s not fun if just my kids have super soakers to play with so I just bring a bunch for all of the children to play with”. She had a little cart that she puts them in and wheels them all to the playground from her home. These are the type of people I met in St. Louis. My kids of course were very quick to enjoy the water guns. St. Louis has been the best city to live in.
I tried ranking the playgrounds but I had such a hard time. They all had their unique qualities to them so aside from my favorite playground the rest of the playgrounds are not in any particular order.
This is my absolute favorite playground in St. Louis. The gardens and playground are free for St. Louis residents on Saturday mornings until noon. There are a few week nights in the summer where the gardens and playground are free for everyone (The Whitaker Music Festival). The playground is large and has so many different areas to go in. There are Music area, art out of nature, (Climatron kid area), Sand box, Puppet Theater, Water area, Tree house, store, Caves, Rope bridge, Slides, and splash pad.
This little lady is so lucky to have two older brothers. She has a built in fan club ready for her. The oldest was especially helpful. He is so big that he was able to hold baby sister all by himself. He did so ever so carefully. We talked about all of her adorable features and were able to just stare at her. Newborns add such a special spirit to a home. They add a peace and always remind me their is so much good in the world. I felt so grateful to be invited into this family’s home.
Since this darling little girl is the third child the atmosphere in the home was very laid- back. The parent’s took everything in stride. We did family photos first and then the boys went to the dining area to have lunch. One of the benefits of doing a session at home is anything the older kids need is just a room away. It’s always amazing to me that this little person wasn’t here a few weeks ago. Then she came and fit ever so perfectly into the home. She fills a gap in the home that the family never knew was missing.
One of the things I love to showcase in my newborn work is holding your babe. Images of me holding my children are so precious to me. It takes me back to the moment of being so close to them that I can smell them. Snuggling them right next to my chest is as close to them as I’ll get. I love the innocent intimacy between a parent and child.
This delightful picnic took place at Memorial Park in the Riverside area of Jacksonville, Florida. This picnic basket was used for this couple’s engagement session and an anniversary session. I love that they incorporated a prop that has seen their family grow. Plus, it just gave a cozy feel to all of these spring time photos.
Every age has different challenges with photographing them. The 18 month old crowd is challenging because they can’t sit still. BUT with it’s challenges there are far more rewards. The 18 month crowd while busy is SO MUCH fun. They delight in peek-a-boo, movement, and play. As you can see from these photos we had lots of fun. I love to see how much the parent’s delight in their toddler as well. We go for the posed portrait but also capture the love, kisses, cuddles, the quiet and rambunctious. Even though there is only one child there is numerous poses that can be done to showcase the loving connections between parent and child. It’s so special.
Another benefit with 18 month old is they can’t fake smile. They only smile if they are truly delighted. Those little smiles and laughs just erupt. They are the best and you can see all the little teeth that are coming in. I hope years down the road when these photos are looked at this little boy will see how much he is loved. Also when the parent’s see these photos in months to come they will see how fleeting this time is with our babies and cherish the happy busy child.