Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day USA...................... probably my favorite holiday! While the turkey bakes (after finally reaching the thawed state that allows such) and family gathers, please indulge me as I spend a small amount of time to list the things I'm thankful for........... a short list, not nearly complete.

Most of all, of course, everyone at BBP is thankful for YOU!

For those of you who might be sharing a beer or two with loving family, enjoying pets, laughter and blessings and joy and all the rest of it------ you might want to get started on THIS. I'm just sayin'.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving
from the staff of
Bobbi Brinkman Photography

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

So Chic------ and Timely!

I love gift baskets at the holidays, don't you? It's always fun to see the offerings out there and we found some that were really exceptional! From Stephanie at So Chic Baskets, right here in St. Louis! Stephanie is one of our clients, but I have to say that even if she weren't her lovely gift basket offerings would make the short list!

Stephanie is not only a very nice person but does great baskets---- the name So Chic is quite fitting.

Is that just the cutest thing???????? One of her many----------

'tis the season coming up, buy local! We will be on the hunt in the next couple of weeks to scout out great seasonal gifts for your list!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jean and Joe----- On Location!

Location indeed------ unless you live in Springfield MO or attend (or have attended) school there, you might not recognize it. Missouri State University, home of the Bears. Joe is looking at Jean in the photo like............. well, you fill in the caption! :)

Joe is on staff there, Jean works in St. Louis so they are (for the moment anyway) sort of long distance-- although driveable!

Much fun was had by all! They are a great couple and we absolutely can't wait for the wedding in 2009!

We are hard at work in the studio and everyone seems to be madly preparing for Thanksgiving, it's almost impossible to believe that two short days from this posting the parades will be over and tummies will be filling. Where has the year gone?????

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Breanne & Patrick

It is the time of year when Americans turn their thoughts to being thankful, grateful, and preparing for the holiday season ahead.

Here at BBP we all have something extra to be thankful for----- a new addition to the BBP wedding family! Welcome Breanne and Patrick, we are so thrilled to have you! We heard from Breanne's Mom Debbie first and met both of the ladies shortly after, they are not only great people but lots of fun as well. We're looking forward to their wedding in 2009 at the fabulous venues of St. Xavier (gorgeous church on the SLU campus) and the Four Seasons.

Yes, another reason to be thankful. We DO have the best clients in the world and we know it! We're counting our blessings indeed!

Count your blessings------------------ and pass one on!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lori, Tim and Timmy

Again, in no particular order from the past flurry of photo shoots to include engagement photos and family portraits comes the annual portrait from the Marsh family. They started out with BBP as wedding clients a bazillion (not really!) years ago. We count ourselves so fortunate to be able to see them at least once a year and keep in touch. When our clients have babies and expand families I think we are as excited as if it were our "real" family! Timmy was born a couple of years ago and you can see by the photo above that he is All Boy. Tall for his age with boundless energy and enthusiasm, we had such a great time with the family.

Seeing the leaves above makes you realize how far fall has slipped toward winter, doesn't it?

What a face! His grin and his giggle give you that feeling of joy------ and of that-- uber energetic peace!

Once again we get to say that the BBP clients are the best in the whole world!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Welcome to Rebecca Leona

Are babies the absolute BEST or what????? You bet, and BBP babies are the cream on the top! Two of the most wonderful people (that would be Mom Sarah and Dad Tim) from one of our favorite families (the Leonard's) welcomed their first child last Friday. Little Missy Rebecca Leona joined the world and was met by a family that is ecstatic. You must understand that ecstatic is really a very mild term for these first time grandparents---- not of course that the grandp's on tbe other side are not thrilled to pieces but they have quite a few babies under their belts by now!

We have not met Rebecca yet but have only "seen" her a couple weeks before her birth. We will be blessed to photograph her very soon and can't wait. You can bet that more than a few snuggles will be involved!

Welcome Rebecca Leona, you are the luckiest little girl in the world!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Putting the YOU in TWO

More sessions we love? Once again, it's hard to choose because they are all wonderful! For no particular reason in no defined order comes Colleen and Scott------- love, love, love the series from their recent engagement session. While it can't be overlooked how Bobbi captures this couple in their session, bringing out their playful spirits and bubbly personalities, they both use a few rules that make their session really pop.

Colleen always gives a lot of thought to what she will wear:
  • Her sweater coordinates with the fall colors and her own personal coloring
  • Accessories are carefully chosen to coordinate
  • Her hair and makeup is always clean and simple----- it is "her"
Scott's clothing is chosen to complement Colleen with a good eye as well:
  • Their outfits coordinate without being too "Matchy-Matchy"
  • He looks trendy and classic at the same time (sometimes guys can be uncomfortable when they wear things that just are not 'them')
  • Orange and Blue (their most prominent colors) are opposites on the color wheel, and as such pretty much guaranteed to work together. Think of tried and true schemes such as red and green. When you choose using the color wheel, if you are unsure about putting together colors whether for apparel or design, it almost always works.
Both Colleen and Scott are wearing complimentary colors and their outfits are both 'grounded' in black giving them the appearance of being coordinated, grounded, soft and warm. Other neutrals such as white, cream, and brown can be used in the same way.

Most importantly is that while the outfits look completely great---- the most important factor is that they look totally comfortable and as if they just tossed these outfits together and walked out the door. They are also both wearing jeans, which further unify their look and keep them casual and 'real'. Even though that was not the case, you do want to achieve this practiced ease.

Now that I have picked on Colleen and Scott and used them as an excellent example of dressing for your session, I will add that they are the next couple to marry among BBP bride and grooms to be. We are very much looking forward to their special day------ no doubt it will be fun, beautiful, detailed, and reflecting of them as a couple.

That is after all the key, right? Putting the YOU in TWO!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

While We Wait

Fall means leaves, changing weather, brilliant colors, warmer clothes and dropping temperatures and tons (and tons) of both family portrait sessions and autumn engagement sessions here at BBP. It is always such a wonderful and appreciated time when we get to touch base with clients old and new and among many reasons to wait (with varying levels of patience) for wedding days to roll around.

It is impossible to choose which sessions to feature first, or in any sense of order. Because we had the opportunity to reflect on Veteran's Day on Tuesday, (and Remembrance Day in Canada) we'll start with Sara and Josh. When we first met Josh earlier in the year he had just returned back to America from his military service. We are of course grateful to Josh and to all of the servicemen and women who have worked so hard and given up so much on our behalf---- as well as to their families and loved ones.

Josh and Sara are a great couple------- and we are very much looking forward to their Big Day next year. While we wait we have the opportunity to capture their engagement period, to get to know them better and to share some time (and laughs) together.

They had a great time, after all what ARE leaves if not to play in like kids? Well there is the raking, but let's not talk about that.................

Kind of makes you wonder who packs the best snowball, doesn't it???

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Do Whatcha Do

Bobbi is quite simply a wonderful photographer, a woman who is passionate about capturing images with her camera for the enjoyment of those today and for future generations. She is also a well known and highly respected and sought out resource for those in the community who want to hear how she has carved out a remarkable career over almost 30 years. She does what she does because it is a life long passion, a fire that burns within her---- she can't imagine doing anything else.

The rest of the staff, those who photograph alongside are also passionate and equally driven. They do what they do for many of the same reasons.

Me? Why do I do what I do? The money one might say, but upon closer inspection it is much more. How often does a person get to work in a field that while full of usual irritants and pitfalls culminates in the privilege of spending one of the most important days in the life of a family? When I show up for "work", I am blessed to be able to share a day of extraordinary happiness and joy. Major woo hoo's in other words! :)

I spent some time really thinking about that yesterday at the wedding of Donna and Stan, and more as the evening was spent at their reception. You see, this wedding couple is not what many would call the "typical" bride and groom. Donna is around my age (which of course makes her young, vibrant and brimming with life) and Stan at slightly older, were married after they had spent a large portion of their lives married to others , with children. Life happens. With their children now grown, including Stan's daughter a new mother, this couple found each other in what they describe as a gift from God, they left loneliness and found joy in a new beginning. Donna's daughter Kate, an accomplished musician now living in St. Louis, composed the beautiful music that her mother Donna walked down the aisle to marry the love of her new life. The ceremony was purposeful, magical, full of love and life and the sparkle of promise. It was on all accounts lovely. Donna's son Matt resides in Alaska and gave his radiant Mom away. I know for a fact the number one question asked of him was "Do you know Sarah P*alin?" He did not, for the record.

The crowd was decidedly older, as you would expect, and in no case less exuberant. After the rice was thrown at the church and the celebrants took up their posts at the reception, the party began in earnest. The meal was delicious and enjoyed by all, the cake was cut and the first dances enjoyed. And then the group, many of whom were swing dancers, began to do what they do best, celebrate an incredible occasion in the company of those who party together well! They all had a wonderful time and we had a great time watching them. How I would love to dance like that (and most assuredly do NOT!)

As I often do when I attend a reception of a BBP bride and groom, I found a quiet corner and sat alone. I was SO amazed, honored, humbled and flat out incredulous that on no less than FIVE separate occasions approached by the lovely guests at the wedding and asked to join their table. They all told me that they didn't want me to sit alone, that their table was fun and lively and wonderfully eclectic. It made me smile.

While it is impossible to explain why I do what I do, yesterday's wedding is in large part the reason. I love to see people happy, to see joy and hope and all things bright and beautiful. Because many of our prior brides and grooms still read the blog, still see BBP professionally, and personally, and because we count them as friends-------- that is a true blessing, a profound joy. Heck----- many of "my" brides hold my knitting and smile with conspiratorial joy and share what is important to me! That bond is forged early and stays forever, to my eternal pleasure. Here at BBP, we watch families grow, we mourn when our friends lose family members, we count it all as part of lives well lived and are SO completely blessed to be part of it all.

Wow. It's a good gig, it's why I do what I do. So thanks------- and remind me on those rare occasions I'm tired, out of sorts or dealing with a situation that for the moment has spun out of control. Donna and Stan had been "Bobbi watchers" for a long time and were thrilled to have her capture their day--- as we were pleased to be there. At the end of the day Donna said that we "were much more than wedding photographers during the day". We gave our usual high level of service, did what we could along the way to include sewing Kate's strap back on and helping Donna's former mother-in-law to her waiting car as she traveled back home with her caregivers. At the end of it all, when the day was over, it was a great day. A wonderful wedding. A beautiful couple. We made a difference and counted it as joy. It is what we do.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Halloween Costume Contest Winner!

In the "winnah winnah pumpkin dinnah" category comes the winners of the Halloween Costume Contest 2008! We received quite a few MOST entertaining photos. What can we say, you people had a great time, and frankly, more than a few of you are naughty boys and girls!

The winning costumes above are Josh, Tovah and baby Lillian! They cracked me up as Napoleon, Pedro and Tina the llama. (I think............. I'm still giggling so I could be wrong!) They are the winners of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Bobbi Brinkman Photography------ good deal! In their real lives as former wedding clients I can assure you that this was quite the transformation, they looked nothing like this on their Big Day (or at any time we have seen them since!) Tovah, you have taken the moustache off, right? Not that it isn't fetching or anything!!!

Today we have been blessed to celebrate the wedding of Donna and Stan................. we can't wait!!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Holiday Portrait Specials

After a period of time face down in the sheets (ack) with a nasty case of the cold/flu bug I'm trying to get back into the groove. So far the groove escapes me!

I can't forget to tell you about the BBP Holiday Portrait Sessions. While I've been under the weather, Bobbi has been scheduling them left and right. The brief synopsis is that the theme this year is "Home for the Holidays" and we come to YOU and photograph your children or family in your home environment----- fabulous!

You can visit the website, on the Portrait Side, for details!

Back by popular demand are our custom greeting cards as well as the fabulous canvas gallery wraps which are at 20% off for the holidays.

There are a few sessions remaining so please call the studio to schedule a time for you! 314.361.9899.

The ordering deadline to receive your portraits for the holidays is December 15th!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ashley & Nolan

It would be almost impossible to imagine weather more perfect last weekend, a day more mild, trees with more brilliant fall foliage, or a bride and groom that were happier! Ashley and Nolan gathered guests and family from all over the world to share their joy, and joyful it was. Their special event was elegant, stylish, warm and beautiful==== we had a great time!

If you'd like to view a slide show highlighting part of their wedding day, please click HERE!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday --- Misc.

Saturday was the lovely wedding of Ashley and Nolan------ and we had a great time. I can't wait to show you some images so stay tuned for the slide show in a day or two.

BBP continues to be crazy busy as we shot about a zillion (which is only a small exaggeration) engagement sessions and family portraits yesterday on what was absolutely the most glorious of days. The leaves are finally starting to "give us the red"............and the park was nothing short of magnificent.

Lastly, here we are in Daylight Savings Time----- and we do all hate that it gets dark so early. Blech, and bummer! I can report with much delight that I remembered to turn my clock back Saturday night! While I didn't really take advantage of that extra hour of sleep I was looking forward to, I was on time for all good things yesterday!

Have the very best of Monday's------- enjoy this near balmy November weather and make sure that voting is a priority tomorrow~