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I had the pleasure of visiting Francis Ford Coppola Winery recently and I’d love to share my experience! In two words: beautiful and delicious! We enjoyed a meal and wine at Rustic, the restaurant at Coppola Winery. I had a glass of the Director’s Cut Pinot Noir with my lunch. My husband who is not much of a wine drinker had the Reserve Viognier, which he enjoyed. I liked both of them! I plan to return soon and do the wine tasting here as well. Our lunch was fabulous. I had the grilled salmon from the everyday classics. My husband had the linguine with fresh clams. Check out my instagram feed for photos of our dishes! Follow me @natashamphotos. Definitely sit outside at Rustic. You will see why they won ‘Best Outdoor Dining’ of North Bay 2014! They also cook on an authentic Argentine grill. Which we are told is the reason for the fabulous food! The service was great here as well! The views are amazing from the outdoor terrace. I think Francis Ford Coppola Winery would be a great location for an engagement session, what do you think?

Lots of great movie memorabilia to check out while there, including the famous desk and chair from The Godfather!

I love classic cars. This is called a Tucker.

We spotted some soaps in the gift shop from our hometown of Saint Louis, MO!

Look at all of those cameras around his neck!:)

I even like their wine display shelving. I’d like something like this in my house!

The  hand-drawn plans from the Apocalypse Now movie reminded me of my college days in drafting class!

The pool looked super nice! Next time I’m bringing my suit!

Contact Natasha regarding her photography services at: natasha@natashamcguire.com or call her at: 314-680-8274. I would love to schedule your engagement photo session here or maybe even your surprise proposal! Call me!:)

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I recently had the privilege to photograph two high school senior girls, in a stylized shoot in Santa Barbara, CA! We spent some time on the beautiful grounds of the Fess Parker Hotel. A staircase, large palm trees and a pergola with columns were the perfect backdrops! Christy wore a blue dress with spaghetti straps and lots of beading with a white and orange flower crown. Sofia wore a white halter dress with beading and a white and purple flower crown. She also had some fun wearing a fur and she looked fabulous in it! We then walked across the street to the beach and photographed the girls there together. I often encourage my high school senior models to incorporate things that they like in some of their senior photos, even a friend or a family member! Stylized shoots offer the opportunity to spice things up with unique outfits, professional hair and makeup and fun locations! I can definitely help you plan a stylized shoot of your own! We’ll meet up prior to your session and brainstorm ideas! In the meantime check out how gorgeous these girls looked during their photo shoot!

Models: Christy Jacobs, Sofia Hsu | Makeup: Cassidy Zellmann | Orange Headpiece: Josh Kosh | Purple Headpiece: Catie Wood | Dresses: Kelly Hopkins | Fur Coat: Kristy Velesko | Concept by: Kelly Hopkins, Catie Wood and Josh Koch.

Photography: Natasha McGuire Photography

 

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Check out my location and outfit ideas regarding senior photos for guys! Keith’s high school senior session is a fabulous example! We started at a location that had meaning to him. Keith and his friends like to ride along the riverfront trail and end up at the graffiti wall, in downtown St. Louis. So of course, we started at the beginning of the trail and worked our way down to the famous flood wall, that is covered in graffiti! At the beginning of the trail is some amazing sculpture art. This location was developed by Bob Cassilly with the City Museum, so it is cool for sure! We stopped by the century-old Laclede Power Building and then we headed down to the graffiti wall, just south of the Arch.

Keith started his session in a casual outfit, then switched up to one of his favorite sweaters and then changed into a black long sleeve button-up shirt and tie. Great outfit changes, which gave good variety to his overall portfolio! So for my high school senior guys, I suggest: start with something casual, then something more dressed up and then end it with a shirt and tie! For even more suggestions check out my pinterest board for high school senior boys: HS Senior Pinterest Board for Guys.

For locations, I recommend choosing a spot that has meaning to you or your family. Whether is a local park, your own backyard or just a spot that you think is cool! For outfits, I recommend choosing your outfits at least a week in advance. That way everything is clean and pressed and ready to go! Think about activities that you like to do, we will incorporate that into your session!

Talk about some amazing graffiti! A St. Louis Cardinal bird, “eyez” by Pete Wollaeger, a Dr Seuss scene, 3D graffiti with “the lights on”, a farm scene and more! Shoot out to the graffiti artists!! If any of this is your paint, please contact me! I’d love to link up and post your name here!

To become a high school senior model rep, check out my previous post here.

To set up your very own session email: natasha@natashamcguire.com or call 314-680-8274.

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Amy and Mike’s wedding reception was held at the Moto Museum in St. Louis, MO. The museum displays 100 rare and vintage motorcycles from around the world! It truly is a unique venue, located in the Grand Center near the Fabulous Fox Theater, the St Louis Symphony and Saint Louis University. The museum is connected to the Triumph Grill and a boutique hotel, Hotel Ignacio. More photos of this romantic hotel can be seen in Amy and Mike’s previous blog post, here. You can check out the getting ready photos and their wedding ceremony as well! Previous post.

There were so many fun details at this wedding reception! Instead of a guest book the couple had a recipe box. Guests were encouraged to write down their tips for a happy marriage, or their recipe for a happy marriage! Such a creative way to record who was at your special event! Their seating chart included a map and photos of historical places in St. Louis! They had a dessert table with pies, chocolate cake, cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries! The bride and groom cut into a delicious pie instead of your traditional wedding cake! Which it did get a little messy, see adorable photo of bride below! Complete Music kept the dance floor packed and guests enjoyed using a polaroid camera to capture candids! I had a great time second shooting for Cryrolfe Photography.

 

 

Contact Natasha for more information regarding her wedding photography! Email: natasha@natashamcguire.com or Call: 314-680-8274

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What is an Offbeat Bride? The definition of “off beat” means: not conforming to the ordinary type or pattern; unconventional. Unusual, eccentric. Differing from the usual or expected.

I absolutely love when brides embrace this type of style and make their day uniquely their own!

I recently attended a photography conference in Santa Barbara and one of the shooting opportunities was called The Offbeat Bride Shoot! The photos below are some of my favorites. Our models are fellow photographers that were also attending the conference! I had an absolute blast photographing them! Not to mention we were shooting on the beach and at sunset! So beautiful!

Our first couple is Lauren and Seth Pinson. Lauren is a wedding photographer based out of Northern Texas. You can learn more about her at: laurenpinson.com. Lauren and Seth found their outfits at Mod Cloth! Her off white dress has little black hearts on it! It almost looks like polka dots but if you look closer you will see they are little hearts!  I absolutely love lace! Her lace jacket was another fun vintage touch! And how about those kitten heels!? Too cute! Did you notice her peek-a-boo blue hair? What a fun way to add a pop of color! And I love her hubby’s flat cap, bow tie and suspenders!

Our next couple is Mycah and Bobby Burns of Redmond Digital Media. Bobby is wearing a flat cap and polka dot shirt under his jacket. Mycah is wearing an off white vintage dress with lace long-sleeves and flowy full skirt. Her lace headband and brown lace up boots are very boho-chic! Mycah and Bobby danced for us and then shared a few quiet moments together as I looked on from a distance! They had a romantic and playful vibe about them. I recently learned they just celebrated 10 years together! Congratulations you two!

Our third model couple is composed of Jamie with Jamie Ivins Photography based out of Milford, Massachusetts and Julie with Julie Wilmes Photography based out of Fort Worth, Texas. One of the most awesome things about these photographs for me, is that I learned so much from the two of them! Soon after this photo session they each gave five minute speeches to a large group of fellow photographers. I was so encouraged after they spoke. The overall message I took from both of them was, to just be yourself! Be yourself, people will appreciate you for who you are. Of course they said a lot more than that and I wish I had it recorded! Jamie and Julie you guys are amazingly awesome!:)

Our photography conference was held at The Fess Parker Hotel. We had a gala dinner that night. What a fabulous place for a wedding reception! I love they string lights they have strung up around the Plaza.

Our photo shoot organizer for the Offbeat Bride shoot was Carrie of Carrie Swails Photography! Thank you Carrie!

California, I’ll be back for more soon!:)

 

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  • March 21, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Lauren - These are awesome! I love seeing everyones different style! I’m definitely going to have to print one or two for our home!

  • March 21, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Julie Wilmes - Thanks for taking these, you did an incredible job! I had a great time at the shoot and I’m sure Jamie did too :) Glad you liked my talk!

  • March 22, 2014 - 11:54 pm

    Jamie Ivins - These are awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!