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As a mom of three, I understand how quickly and fleeting this time with our little ones goes. I want to make sure you never forget memories of your family. I’m here to document your family through timeless images that tell your story. From capturing the way you touched your swollen belly, amazed at the growing life inside; to the way your husband marveled at his little girl’s squishy newborn face; to the way your toddler cuddled up in your arms. These are the details I pay attention to. The ones I capture through my lens.

I’m married to my best friend, Josh. I'm a mama to three amazing kiddos. We live in South City and absolutely love urban living. I love Jesus, walking our neighborhood, a good 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle, hosting parties, puppy chow with extra chocolate, exploring thrift stores and organizing spaces.

I'm Gretchen

Hi, friend!

Countdown to know me a little better

10.

Ingredients in my morning smoothie. 

Banana, frozen strawberries, spinach, soy milk, 1/2 plain yogurt, 1/2 vanilla yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon

Try it, you won't be disappointed.

09. 

AM - the time I'd wake up if I didn't have children

I can't tell you how many times I've tried to become a morning person, but I've come to peace with the fact that I'm a night owl at heart. You can find me up late editing pictures and watching Netflix.  

08.

Years married to my best friend

Seriously though, I snagged up the best husband. Not only is he a total babe, but Josh selflessly loves me and our family with every fiber of his being. He is my biggest supporter and has cared for me through thick and thin. Josh is quick to apologize and quick to forgive. He's kind, thoughtful, disciplined, goofy, a thousand other amazing qualities. I love him a whole lot. 

07. 

Cars owned since high school

Ford Taurus - Nissan Maxima - Chrysler van - Chevy Colbalt - Hyundai Accent - Nissan Sentra - Kia Sedona

Having a minivan with kids is a total GAME CHANGER! It's like we upgraded from a cramped motel to luxurious penthouse. Automatic doors, 3 rows of seating, heated seats, giant truck, gahhh I'm a big fan. 

06. 

Jobs - from Special School District to The Covering House

I never would have dreamed that I would be a photographer someday, but I'm so thankful this is my job. It brings me so much joy to capture families like yours in every season of life. 

05. 

dogs growing up

I had 5 childhood dogs (not all at one time), my favorite being a black Labrador named Magic. I don't think we will ever own a dog (I'm probably making enemies as I type) - they feel like a lot of work, time and money on top of kids.

04. 

places we've lived since getting married

We got married in college and lived in an apartment in Kirksville, MO our senior year. We then moved to Cambodia for 5 months and settled down in St. Louis. We lived in an amazing four family in Shaw and now own a home in McKinley Heights neighborhood. I'm super excited to start house hunting this fall!

03. 

amazing kids

1. My gentle, kind, and princess-loving daughter, Annabelle (4 years).
2. Grady (3 years) is my big feeling, dinosaur-obsessed, downright hilarious boy.
3. Lastly, our sweet, snuggle loving, goofy baby, Louis (8 months) 

We never got to hear the heartbeat of our first baby that we lost in 2015. Jesus taught me a lot about grief through that season.

02. 

Countries visited

This fact is pretty lame. I've only been to The United States (23 of them to be exact) and Cambodia. We are not super cool world travelers. I find myself loving home more and more as I get older. We absolutely LOVE St. Louis. We are always looking to explore new things in our city - especially food. 

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Ennegram 1 wing 2

I love the enneagram. If you haven't checked it out, you should. It's weirdly accurate.

One's are known as The Reformers: ethical, self-improver, conscientious, organized, orderly, advocate

Client Love

"Gretchen is incredibly personable and and easy to work with. She makes you feel super comfortable just being yourself while she manages to somehow perfectly capture the beauty in those precious everyday moments!"

-Dani

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Images on my "About Me" page are taken, in order, by  Dana Jacobs Photography, Twig & Olive Photography, and  Alexandria Mooney Photography