I definitely have favorite people, and Erika and Mike are two of them. And now Elena makes three. We go back years. These lovebirds were friends for years before finally realizing what they were looking for in life was right in front of them. Mike proposed at dinner during a family vacation, so everyone they loved would be present to celebrate. They married on a beautiful beach one evening in Nassau, Bahamas. Erika’s father gave her away. Five years later, Elena arrived. Every time I see her, she grows more and more beautiful. Now as a toddler (this session was taken late 2015), I honestly cannot decide who she looks more like. Beauty runs in both sides of her family.
Erika and Mike live right outside of St. Louis with their other babies, dogs Evo and Derby, and cat Beemer. They have both worked together tirelessly to create their dream home. Natural light spills in from large windows in every room, an absolute perfect situation for any photographer. High ceilings make a sizable living room seem even more roomy, yet it’s still so cozy. Their garage serves as Mike’s office, where he creates beautiful humidors.
I absolutely love Erika’s expression here. The wind had picked up momentarily and surprised little Elena.
Checking out Mama’s face.