Photography Made Easy…


Avoid this mistake!

You’re there with your camera…

The moment has arrived.  You knew it was going to happen.  You’ve been expecting this.  You’re ready.  It’s happening!!! You raise your fancy camera, snap the image, and… What happened?  Something went wrong!!!!  The image looks horrible and the moment is lost!  You’re thinking, “Why is it blurry?  Was it a setting?  Why is it so dark?  Maybe I used the wrong lens…”

We’ve all been there.  The good news is there are simple ways to avoid common mistakes with DSLR cameras and we’ll show you!  Higher Focus Photography is hosting our next series of “Photography made easy” classes on March 4th and March 11th at 7pm.  We will be covering how to choose the right lens for capturing that special moment; how to take a crisp image; how to draw a persons eye to your subject; using light to create dramatic images; shooting like a photo journalist; and much more.  You’ll have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned and show off your new skills at our studio!  Bring your manual and we’ll go through it and explain the important parts that seem difficult to understand.

The series is $100.  You will receive a $100 gift certificate that you can use toward a portrait session, purchasing products, or can be given as a gift to someone you love.  Call 314-623-1587 to reserve your seat.  Don’t wait!  There are only 10 spots available.

Stay Focused!


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Memories Found


Christina Tenti is an activist, a writer, and an empathic entrepreneur.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at a networking event where I recorded video of her giving an amazing presentation about elephants.  When it was over, I had this nagging question, “what is an empathic entrepreneur?”  So, I invited her for coffee.  We spent hours talking about her business, her passions, and her love of elephants.  Christina was gracious enough to share this story:

There was a lump in my throat as I sorted through treasured photos, searching for an important picture of my grandmother’s ring that was stolen and I wanted to have re-created. In my search, I was brought back in time to life in the past by these treasured mementos. I believe that there is no other piece of our history than a photograph to bring to life the people, the times, and emotions of our days, sometimes so long ago. Our memories are there in photos, seemingly in real life. Time can stand still as we peer into boxes or sit with albums that contain pieces of the past. We are captivated and we remember or are reminded of almost every detail surrounding the times we honor, the people we miss, the motivation that spurs us on to create new memories in the present.

As I reached inside those boxes and traveled back in time, I wondered if other people felt the same joy as I was feeling. So, I asked friends on social media to identify the most important item in their home. Every response was the same:  their photos. That’s why we continue the momentum to document life, accomplishments, changes as they occur in pictures. There’s no better way to communicate and share milestones in our lives with family and friends. The photos we treasure adorn the walls in our homes, offices, and the homes of family and friends people we love.  Photographs are the one investment that offers a lifetime of tribute to our journey, spurring on the desire to create new, continue to grow, honor those we love, the moments we want to capture forever. So, stop what you’re doing. Travel back in time. Grab the opportunity to capture the present as only photographs can. I found my lost photo and am creating a new ring to honor my grandmother. Don’t hesitate to preserve your own memories in photographs that you’ll treasure forever.

Thank you Christina!  I love this story!

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It’s worth getting to know her!

Stay Focused!


Wings of Hope

We recently had an afternoon photo session with one of our models at Wings of Hope in Chesterfield, MO. Wings of Hope is an emergency medical air transport facility that flies all over the world bringing medical aid to children and families. We were blessed and honored to be allowed to video and photograph many of these planes with our model, Andrew. Mixing video and still images with music is great way to catch people’s attention , create awareness, and entertain. Enjoy!
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