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Willow & Moss Photography https://willowandmossphotography.com St. Louis, MO | Newborn and Family Photography Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:14:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 St. Louis Top Newborn Photographerhttps://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-top-newborn-photographer/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-top-newborn-photographer/#respond Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:00:46 +0000 https://willowandmossphotography.com/?p=4039 Wow! So excited to be chosen as a St. Louis Top Newborn Photographer. Expertise has chosen Nichole Kolb, Willow & Moss Photography as a St. Louis Best Newborn Photographer consecutively since 2016. There are so many talented newborn photographers in the area. To be chosen as one of the best in St. Louis area is […]

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Wow! So excited to be chosen as a St. Louis Top Newborn Photographer. Expertise has chosen Nichole Kolb, Willow & Moss Photography as a St. Louis Best Newborn Photographer consecutively since 2016. There are so many talented newborn photographers in the area. To be chosen as one of the best in St. Louis area is truly an incredible honor.
As one of the Best Newborn Photographers in St. Louis, I pride myself on going above and beyond the clients’  expectations. My desire is to create amazing fine art portraits capturing their new baby to cherish forever. Willow & Moss Photography offers a variety of amazing products, including museum archival products made to last beyond a lifetime to be cherished by generation after generation.
Welcoming a newborn baby into your family should be documented by more than iphone (or whatever preferred device). Your grandchildren are not likely to know about your icloud photographs let alone how to access them. Life changing moments deserve to be documented in a way that can be cherished generation after generation.
If you are expecting and interested in documenting your life changing moments, check out Willow & Moss Photography. Contact me for an in-person consultation to discuss your custom session and your final goals with your fine art.

 

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Popular Baby Names For 2019https://willowandmossphotography.com/popular-baby-names-2019/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/popular-baby-names-2019/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:00:46 +0000 https://willowandmossphotography.com/?p=4038 As a St. Louis newborn photographer, I love to reflect on the prior year and think of all the families and newborn babies I have been blessed to meet. It is truly life changing for me as a person. There is nothing more amazing than welcoming a new tiny baby into your life. Watching the […]

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As a St. Louis newborn photographer, I love to reflect on the prior year and think of all the families and newborn babies I have been blessed to meet. It is truly life changing for me as a
person. There is nothing more amazing than welcoming a new tiny baby into your life. Watching the love these families have for their new baby and being able to experience it with
them is such an amazing blessing.
Being chosen to be their newborn photographer is such an honor. One I don’t take for granted. I know my clients have many options. Anyone can say they are a photographer and start a
business. However, finding a newborn photographer that loves what they do as much as I do and prides themselves in meeting and going beyond client’s expectations sets Willow & Moss and myself apart from the competition.
As another year passes, I want to thank everyone who has trusted me and chosen me to share this amazing time with their family. Below is a list of all the precious babies I have captured in
2019.

Boys
Jameson (2)
Hudson (2)
Isaac
Elliott
Brian
Keaton
Dominique
Marik
Odin
Denver
Benson
Raven
Luke
August
Alexander
Tyler
Winston
Cameron
Emmett
Grayson
Luciano
Liam

Girls
Isla
Lillie Mae
Ava
Joie
Lyla Mae
Ansley
Raegan
Kennedy
Mia
Elsie Mae
Lucy
Valerie
Sloan
Sarah
Brinley
Brynlee
Scarlett
Freya
Evelnn
Anna
Ryleigh
Paislee
Brooklyn
Hope
Quinn
Charlotte
Gianna
Bowie
Lilly
Mabel
Caroline
Juliana

A great resource to review most popular baby names for 2019 is the Social Security website.

Popular baby names can be reviewed by year, region, state and overall activity of the baby name over it’s existence. As a newborn photographer, I love to watch the trends with popular
baby names. For fun, look up your year of birth and you can see a list of the most popular baby girl names and baby boy names. Is your name on the list?
Are you expecting a baby in 2020? If so, I would love to meet with you and discuss being your newborn photographer. Check out my newborn gallery to see if my style suits you. If so, please contact me to set up an in-person consultation.

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Edwardsville Photography Studio Storefronthttps://willowandmossphotography.com/edwardsville-photography-studio-storefront/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/edwardsville-photography-studio-storefront/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 21:00:47 +0000 https://willowandmossphotography.com/?p=4037 As the owner of Willow & Moss Photography, I am often complimented on the Edwardsville photography studio storefront. Designing a studio storefront to suit your brand can be challenging. Luckily for Willow & Moss, the studio has an amazing glass window store front right along a busy intersection located in the Historic District of Edwardsville. […]

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As the owner of Willow & Moss Photography, I am often complimented on the Edwardsville photography studio storefront. Designing a studio storefront to suit your brand can be challenging. Luckily for Willow & Moss, the studio has an amazing glass window store front right along a busy intersection located in the Historic District of Edwardsville.
The studio storefront and Edwardsville location were the two most appealing aspects of the property for the Willow & Moss photography studio. What better way to showcase art? Traffic is often at a standstill due to the stoplight intersection. The historic district of Edwardsville is a very active both commercially and residentially. While Willow & Moss photographs a variety of genres, a favorite is definitely babies.
As a newborn photographer, I knew I wanted to showcase some beautiful babies in the studio storefront. Five canvas’ along with the Willow & Moss Photography name and logo are
displayed at all times in the studio storefront. While my hope is to attract more clients by sharing my art work, I also hope to put a smile on people’s faces while they sit at stoplight. To
be reminded in that brief moment that our world is blessed with new miracles of life every day. Slow down in that moment and feel the hope and joy showcased in Willow & Moss
Photography’s beautiful studio storefront.
If you are expecting and interested in a newborn session. Please check out my newborn gallery and see if my style suits you. If so, contact me to schedule an in-person consultation to discuss your dream custom newborn session. Are you a newborn photographer interested in knowing how Willow & Moss displayed beautiful canvas in the storefront, contact me.

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Edwardsville Newborn Photographer Accredited by APNPIhttps://willowandmossphotography.com/edwardsville-newborn-photographer-accredited-apnpi/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/edwardsville-newborn-photographer-accredited-apnpi/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:00:48 +0000 https://willowandmossphotography.com/?p=4035 Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers Internationally (APNPI) has accredited Willow & Moss Photographer for safety with newborns and specializing in newborn photography. When choosing a newborn photographer, how do you know what to look for? First and foremost, always experience and safety. Many do not think of safety when it comes to a photographer, however this […]

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Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers Internationally (APNPI) has accredited Willow & Moss Photographer for safety with newborns and specializing in newborn photography. When choosing a newborn photographer, how do you know what to look for? First and foremost, always experience and safety. Many do not think of safety when it comes to a photographer, however this is most important when seeking a newborn photographer.An accredited newborn photographer will share their accreditations on their website. Usually
the photographer will proudly display graphics on their home page. As a newborn photographer, I am proud of every accreditation, award, publication and feature earned.
Proudly, Willow & Moss Photography is noticeably set apart from competition in the St. Louis Metropolitan area by dedicating the time and earning Accredited Professional Newborn
Photographers Internationally accreditations for newborn photography. Are you expecting and interested in a newborn photographer? Check out Willow & Moss
Photography. Contact me for an in-person consultation to discuss your custom newborn session. Don’t wait, the earlier you seek your newborn photographer the more likely the
photographer will have availability to meet your needs.

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St. Louis Newborn Photography Workshophttps://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-newborn-photography-workshop/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-newborn-photography-workshop/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2019 21:55:17 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1699 The Willow & Moss Photography Studio recently hosted a St. Louis Newborn Photography Workshop. The workshop featured the extremely talented Bethany Hope. Bethany Hope is from Chicago, Illinois and known for her talent with newborns and babies. Two nearby residents volunteered their precious newborns to be models at my Edwardsville Portrait Studio.  Watching Bethany share […]

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The Willow & Moss Photography Studio recently hosted a St. Louis Newborn Photography Workshop. The workshop featured the extremely talented Bethany Hope. Bethany Hope is from Chicago, Illinois and known for her talent with newborns and babies.

Two nearby residents volunteered their precious newborns to be models at my Edwardsville Portrait Studio.  Watching Bethany share her talent and teach other photographers her impressive skills with newborns was such a treat.

St. Louis Newborn Photography Workshop

I look forward to using some of the skills set forth by Bethany in my future newborn sessions.  Regardless of how many years of experience one has a photographer, there is always more to learn.  Other than spending time with newborns, learning is my next favorite part of the photography profession. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite images from the workshop.  If you would like to continue to watch Bethany’s work, you can check her website.

XXX – Nichole

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June Behind the Shutter Featurehttps://willowandmossphotography.com/june-behind-the-shutter-feature/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/june-behind-the-shutter-feature/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:35:15 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1689 Featured photographer!  Wow!  I was so excited to be contacted by Behind The Shutter and notified that one of my images was featured in the June 2019 Shutter Magazine. To be featured was a goal of mine for 2019. The beginning of every year, I sit down and write out several goals for the upcoming […]

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Featured photographer!  Wow!  I was so excited to be contacted by Behind The Shutter and notified that one of my images was featured in the June 2019 Shutter Magazine.

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To be featured was a goal of mine for 2019. The beginning of every year, I sit down and write out several goals for the upcoming year for my professional and personal life.  I believe by writing my goals down, I have a better chance of reaching those goals.  I am so thrilled to have met this goal the first time submitting an image to Behind The Shutter.

Behind The Shutter features monthly images in Shutter Magazine from various photographer / artists.  There are so many talented artists, it is truly an honor to be featured with so many talented photographers.

XXX – Nichole

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Behind the Shutter Featurehttps://willowandmossphotography.com/featured-photographer-shutter-magazine-behind-the-shutter-st-louis-newborn-photographer/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/featured-photographer-shutter-magazine-behind-the-shutter-st-louis-newborn-photographer/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:29:23 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1684 FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER | SHUTTER MAGAZINE | BEHIND THE SHUTTER {ST. LOUIS NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER} Featured photographer!  Wow!  I was so excited to be contacted by Behind The Shutter and notified that two of my images were featured in the August 2019 Shutter Magazine. To be featured was a goal of mine for 2019.  I first submitted […]

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Featured photographer!  Wow!  I was so excited to be contacted by Behind The Shutter and notified that two of my images were featured in the August 2019 Shutter Magazine.

To be featured was a goal of mine for 2019.  I first submitted an image for the May 2019 Shutter Magazine.  I was thrilled when I was notified that one of my images was selected to be featured in the May 2019 magazine. The beginning of every year, I sit down and write out several goals for the upcoming year for my professional and personal life.  I believe by writing my goals down, I have a better chance of reaching those goals.  I am so thrilled to have met this goal not once, but twice.

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Behind The Shutter features monthly images in Shutter Magazine from various photographer / artists.  There are so many talented artists, it is truly an honor to be featured with so many talented photographers. If you would like to check out my feature in June 2019 and read my blog visit.

XXX – Nichole

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Rainbow Baby | St. Louis Newborn Photographerhttps://willowandmossphotography.com/rainbow-baby/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/rainbow-baby/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 16:19:31 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1266 Recently I had a newborn session for a rainbow baby.  Doing so triggered some of my own memories and struggles with pregnancy.  I decided to write this to share my story and inform those who aren’t familiar with the term rainbow baby. What is a rainbow baby?  A rainbow baby is a baby born after […]

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Recently I had a newborn session for a rainbow baby.  Doing so triggered some of my own memories and struggles with pregnancy.  I decided to write this to share my story and inform those who aren’t familiar with the term rainbow baby.

What is a rainbow baby?  A rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage, stillborn, or neonatal death.

Maybe you are familiar with the term as more and more women are sharing their birth stories about becoming a mother after loss.

Rainbow baby is symbolic because it is like a rainbow after a storm, something beautiful after something very dark.     From my own experience, I can say it is an extremely emotional and devastating experience.  One I still don’t completely understand.  I’m not sure why, but I always thought it was something that would never happen to me…you know, it would happen to other people.

When it did, in fact, happen to me (ectopic pregnancy) it was horrible.  I went from experiencing great excitement to feeling huge disappointment and hurt.   I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I sadly learned that it actually happens to many of women.  As women we commonly keep such sadness about a pregnancy loss to ourselves.

My husband and I were ready to try again and began seeing a fertility clinic in St. Louis, Missouri.  After two long years trying and feeling as if it may not ever happen, we conceived.  I was fearful of another miscarriage, but thought certainly it wouldn’t happen to me again.  I was wrong.  It did happen again.  We suffered another loss.  I was completely devastated again feeling very angry and hurt.

I went into a deep depression.  Withdrawing from family and friends I love.  About a month after suffering the loss of another pregnancy, I was pregnant again.  Afraid to believe it or get excited, I was reluctant to share with anyone.

While it was extremely emotional and devastating to experience a loss of pregnancy, it was also so exciting to think about the baby growing inside of me.  To create a life or bring a baby into the world after such a loss is amazing, a miracle.  I carried my pregnancy to term and was fortunate to not have any issues.  When he arrived, we were beyond ecstatic.  He was absolutely perfect.  Our baby boy is now 8 years old.

I had read that parenting a rainbow baby would be different in parents.com.   While I love all of my children, it is different with a rainbow baby.  We went through so much grief and pain before meeting him.  He was the light at the end of our tunnel and the rainbow after our storm.

Expecting parents giving birth to a baby following loss, feel an incredible sense of being blessed.  There can be a rush of strong and complicated emotions.  But one thing is certain, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how blessed I am to have my baby.

It was after giving birth to him that I had a career change and decided to do photography.  My passion for newborns and families experiencing such joy drew me and I knew I wanted to be a newborn photographer.

As a newborn photographer, I feel such joy sharing this amazing time with my clients.  Recently, clients of mine returned to me for a newborn session for their second child, a baby girl.  She was a rainbow baby.  Mom wanted to incorporate into the newborn session that her daughter was a rainbow baby.

Beautiful rainbow color fabrics were incorporated into the newborn session.  Newborn Brinley was absolutely gorgeous in rainbow colors.  Absolutely perfect with her chunky cheeks and beautiful lips.

Here are a few images from a recent rainbow baby newborn session at our Edwardsville, Illinois studio.

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St. Louis Senior Photographyhttps://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-senior-photography/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/st-louis-senior-photography/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 16:12:58 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1204 Willow & Moss is now booking St. Louis Senior Photography Sessions for the class of 2019.  All sessions booked in June & July qualify for discounted pricing!  Book early and save.  Here are a few favorite images from on of our most recent sessions.  Sophie a senior at Edwardsville High School booked our premiere package […]

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Willow & Moss is now booking St. Louis Senior Photography Sessions for the class of 2019.  All sessions booked in June & July qualify for discounted pricing!  Book early and save.  Here are a few favorite images from on of our most recent sessions.  Sophie a senior at Edwardsville High School booked our premiere package which included both a studio session as well as an outdoor location senior photo session.

St. Louis Senior Photography In Studio

Here are a few of our favorite images from her in studio senior photo session.  We were able to create a number of different looks with changing the backgrounds, wardrobe and lighting around during her session.  We started with light and airy, moved into more casual and fun, then finished with dark and dramatic.

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St. Louis Senior Photography On Location

For the second part of Sophie’s senior photo session we used the Edwardsville Bike Trail, as well as an open field near her home.  We shot during golden hour just before sunset when there is an abundance of warm light.  In addition to the beautiful light, we had an amazing breeze that made her hair flow just perfectly.  You couldn’t ask for a more perfect session!  Again, but changing camera angles and clothing we were able to shoot several different looks during her custom portrait experience.

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Now Booking Class of 2019

If you would like more information on a custom senior portrait experience please contact us at 618-659-5414 or online here.  We are now booking the class of 2019 and spaces are limited.

 

 

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How to Choose your Family Photo Session Locationhttps://willowandmossphotography.com/choosing-family-photo-session-location/ https://willowandmossphotography.com/choosing-family-photo-session-location/#respond Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:13:24 +0000 https://willowandmossphoto.com/?p=1086 Family photos are timeless and if you are looking to update your family portraits or take some for the first time, you might be wondering about how to choose your family photo session location. Here are some things to consider before choosing a location: Comfort.  A family photoshoot is where you get to smile, laugh and […]

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Family photos are timeless and if you are looking to update your family portraits or take some for the first time, you might be wondering about how to choose your family photo session location.

Here are some things to consider before choosing a location:

Comfort.  A family photoshoot is where you get to smile, laugh and be yourselves. If some of your family members are shy then you might not want to choose a very public spot.

Personalities.  What makes your family unique? Choose a location that fits in with who you are as a family. Do you enjoy spending time in your garden or on a couch reading books? Perhaps you spend lots of time outdoors and on camping trips? Your location should speak to your personalities.

Convenience.  Take each member of your family into consideration. What are their ages and needs? If you have two toddlers that might need to use a bathroom at any time, then a remote spot is probably not the best idea.

Family Photo Session Location Ideas

Below are some ideas of where you could arrange your photo session.

At Home.  Sometimes the best shots can be taken right at home. Get your family outside in the garden or setup your living room for a classic look and feel.

In the City.  For a more modern feel to your photos you could get out in the city and take a few photos next to an interesting building or in a funky alley way.

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In Nature.  If you’re looking for a calm, natural setting then choose an outdoor location. Parks and forests make for beautiful backdrops.

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In Studio.  If you’re looking for a more private setting where you can use props and backdrops, then a studio setting might be more for you. Studio photos will also give you the option to take more posed, structured photos.

 

 

Willow & Moss Photography is a photography studio located in the historic district on Main Street in Edwardsville, Illinois.  They specialize in maternity, newborn, children & family photography in the St. Louis area.  Their work captures true emotion & connection through fine art photography in the studio & on location.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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