christopher mark

Family Portrait Session at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois

We LOVE any time we get to spend with our close friends Nick and Katie and their beautiful family!

Nick and Katie proposed The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois for their family portraits, which made for a spectacular photo spot. If you’re a hiker or just love the outdoors, check out this hidden gem. We explored two areas, known as the Olin Nature Preserve and the Mississippi Sanctuary, totaling over 300 acres of land. The area features multiple overlooks and several hiking trails.

We’re confident you’ll love the area! Just don’t bring your dogs! 😳🐶🚫

This family is very special to us. Chris and Nick go wayyy back. Probably too far back. In fact, Nick and Chris were roomies for four years in college. Yikes! Chris met Katie through Nick back in high school, and they also worked together years ago. (If I’m not mistaken, Nick declared his love for Katie back in high school. Fate.) Last but certainly not least, Tiffany and Ava began their friendship in Michigan after Ava declared Tiffany was her best friend.

We’ve really enjoyed watching Nick and Katie’s sweet little family grow, and we’re anxious to share their photos with you. They have three incredibly adorable children that are constantly on the go! They’d give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. Kudos, Nick and Katie, for your stamina.

During the session, energy levels were so high that we had to bribe Ava and Isaac with M&M’s and sour gummy worms! Every few shots 📸, we rewarded them with a piece of candy. Isaac quickly informed us that he really only likes the blue gummy worms! Thanks for the heads up, buddy.

(Sorry, Nick and Katie, for the sugar high! 😂)

Your kiddos, Ava, Isaac, and Layla are so beautiful and we loved the laughter they carried throughout the session.

We are so grateful for friends like you in our lives!

❤️

Much Love // Tiffany & Chris

Amber Mark Photography

Jessica & Kurtis's Engagement Session at Lafayette Park

We first met these two fine looking lovebirds at St. Louis Bread Company a few months back, and instantly found a ton in common, from the love of our dogs to the area we grew up in! Just a couple weeks after meeting, Tiffany was speaking with a woman who turned out to be Jessica's mother, Jane! What a small world! Jane gave Tiffany a peek of Jessica's (gorgeous!) wedding dress, which was really exciting.

 

This weekend, we were able to pull Kurtis away from his projects and work and got him to share some smiles with us and his beautiful future bride, Jessica. As soon as we met this lovely couple at Lafayette Park in St. Louis, we thought we were going to have an extra helper along for the ride because Jessica ran in to her boss, Mary--who is extremely nice and appeared to have an endless supply of high energy!! She was super excited to get to see Jessica and Kurtis before we all scurried off for engagement pictures. Of course, we had to work around another wedding ceremony and reception taking place at the park, but that was no big deal. It was great weather and we all rocked it!

 

Kurtis and Jessica, we can't thank you enough for trusting us with your engagement and wedding photography! It's been such a pleasure meeting you and spending some time getting to know you better... and we can't WAIT for your wedding this fall!!

 

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris

Amber Mark Photography