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Local honey is good for your health. The local honey in St. Louis, MO just so happens to be harvested in my cousins backyard! Ben McGuire is a beekeeper and he has been for 15 years! Pure Honey Overland can be found at the Overland Farmers Market a few times a year. My family and I love his honey and are amazed at his bravery! Last year Ben filled 80 jars of honey for my wedding favors! I told him I wanted to learn more about the bees and photograph them! I finally got the opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed it! Check out what I got to see and learn below!

The smoke distracts the bees, keeping them busy so we can get near!

The bottom shelf has a special grid to keep the queen bee low in hive, she is too big to fit through it!

The bee in the image below on the right is making his entrance into the world!

See his progression below!

The white cells near the center of the honeycomb are hatched eggs.

The image below is a honeycomb that has been completely cleaned out. The next two images show a full honeycomb that is ready for extraction!

Ben suggests not only adding honey to your tea, but also to vanilla ice cream! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for letting me visit and for the honey!

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  • August 5, 2015 - 3:12 pm

    Luke Snyder - Great post and pics. How cool was that to see a baby bee birth? Thanks for sharing!

Vintage style weddings are very popular and so fun! I recently had the privilege of attending Vintage Pastel, a styled wedding shoot at Kuhs Estate & Farm in Spanish Lake, Mo. The property has horses, chickens, ducks, a barn, a green house, huge trees and beautiful views! It is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding! The details of this shoot were gorgeous. Grace, the bride wore a mint green dress from Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage. The coral dress that the bridesmaid, Nickie wore was from My Vintage Addiction. The men’s neckwear was from Just Liv. The stationary was from La Rue Louise Designs. The wedding cake and desserts were from The Cakery Bakery. We  got to sample the cupcakes at the end of the day! Yum! The beautiful and very unique flowers were from Peacock Blooms. Grace’s headpiece was from Couture Designs by Ice Green Eyes and her intricate belt came from Km2 Shoes and Accessories. Furniture and decor rentals came from Vintage for the Day. If you are looking for some vintage wedding inspiration you’ve come to the right place!

Photography: Natasha McGuire

Concept Design: Kristina Cipolla and Jenny Hodges

Wedding Design: White House Wedding Planning & Design  

Make Up/Hair Stylists: Nikki Cox, Angela Larson

Models: Grace Baldetti, Nickie Sanlin, Mike Davis and Jordan Crown


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Alyssa’s high school senior photos were taken in downtown St. Louis. We had a great time photographing around Historic Laclede’s Landing and the Arch. Her photos turned out fabulous. Alyssa came with 5 outfits and we moved around to different areas within walking distance of each other. This added variety to her session and helped give her photo album diversity. Alyssa choose her favorite photos and I designed a custom photo album for her.

Alyssa sent me the following email: “I LOVE it! Thanks so much again for helping me create memories of my senior year! I had so much fun with all of this! It was so great working with you! Thank you again! Alyssa”

I was so happy to help her create memories she will enjoy for years to come. One day in the future her kids will love seeing their mom’s high school senior photo album!:)

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I used a local lab for her photo album and previewed the album pages before they were assembled. They are printed on luster photo paper.

The album came together beautifully! Alyssa is a gorgeous high school senior!

Best of luck in the future Alyssa! Call me for your wedding photography in the future!:)

To have your high school senior photos taken by Natasha call her at: 314-680-8274. Or email: natasha@natashamcguire.com.

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How do I get the best bride and groom photos on my wedding day? The short answer: Allow time for pictures of just the bride and groom to be taken while no one is around. These photos are often called “The Romantics”.

Schedule 15-20 mins out of the day when there are no family or bridal party members around. How do we accomplish this? Have the bridal party hangout in the limo or bus while you are having your private session. Or have the bridal party go to their own short cocktail hour at another destination or just not within view of your romantic private session.

Benefits of having your own private photo session include: Feeling more relaxed because you don’t have people waiting on you or starting at you.

Taking a few minutes to look at each other and soak in your day. Taking this time will add to the memories you have of your wedding day. Go for a short walk and talk to each other. Your photographer can photograph you from a distance for a couple of minutes and allow you some private time to talk.

When should this time be scheduled? This can be done immediately following a first look, right after your ceremony or even during your cocktail hour or reception. It’s only a few short minutes, the time will go by so fast! It’s a special thing you can do for the two of you. Something you will always treasure. You could even bring wine or your beverage of choice! It’ll be fun. I promise.

The following photos were taken during a private photo session of just the bride and groom. I had a great time second shooting with Todd Studios for Amy & Todd’s wedding! The bride wanted plenty of photos of just her and her husband! The family was instructed to go back to the bride’s family home where the family photos would be taken. The bridal party was enjoying a short “happy hour” of their own inside the winery were the couple got married.

The time for photos of just you and your groom can easily be scheduled into the day. Contact me at: natasha@natashamcguire.com and I will create your very own custom timeline!

Photos taken at the Wooden Nickel Winery and Saloon.

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Are you currently looking for a unique place to get married in St Louis MO? Are you craving an outdoor wedding, but the weather has you skeptical? How about a venue that has an outdoor wedding ceremony location and an indoor reception location in St. Louis, MO near Historic Soulard?! Look no further than The Mad Art Gallery. Not only that but, the venue has one-of-a-kind art displayed on the walls and was a former 1930’s police station! Their original jail cell makes an awesome photo booth! I say it’s a win, win! I had a great time photographing Mike & Shelly’s wedding here, when I second shot for Lynn Terry Photography! If you’d like a unique wedding venue, I highly suggest you check out this location! We had some fun with a 1950’s Bel Air vintage car in the surrounding Soulard area! Lots of details in this blue and red wedding! The groomsmen wore hipster checkered gingham shirts with red ties. The girls wore tea length blue or red dresses with cheetah print shoes! I love the style of this offbeat wedding!

I’d love to photograph another wedding at The Mad Art Gallery! Contact me for more information!

Call: 314-680-8274 Email: natasha@natashamcguire.com




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  • April 18, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Vivian Brooks - Your pictures make me wish we could do our wedding pictures all over again!! What creative and touching pictures!! I’d love to have wedding pictures taken there!!!