Posts tagged Belleville IL Photographer
Baby Boy Newborn Studio Session + In Home Lifestyle

So this little guy was just a dream baby. I am loving the mix of relaxed and posed looks for his session. For a BONUS we even checked out his adorable woodland nursery, which is a mix of light blue, metal, and custom wooden decor. Mom and Dad did such a great job putting it together…just had to show it off!!

PS. Can you guess which parent is the beetles fan and who is the superhero fan ? =)

Just can’t get enough of this cuties images!! Enjoy =)

3 Reasons to book a Newborn Photography Session

Wondering if a Newborn Sessions is right for you ??

Here are 3 reasons why you’ll want to book a Newborn shoot with LDT Photography!

 1.       First professional portrait

Cell phone images are wonderful for something quick in the moment. But, why not have a timeless, quality image that your little one will cherish for a lifetime and beyond?

Having tangible, professional images to pass on for generations to come is SOOO important! They will absolutely want to see their first family photos and share them with their spouse and kids one day!


2.       They grow so quickly

In the early infant stages their features are constantly changing. They will look completely different from the time of birth to the monthly milestones. It can be easy to forget those little details and precious moments, because they go so quickly. Newborn Sessions are scheduled within the first 2 weeks of life so these moments are not forgotten.

Newborns don’t allow for second chances. You can’t postpone their growth which is why it is SUPER important to schedule a newborn photo session early on in pregnancy. You’ll want to capture these newborn moments within the first two weeks of birth. Newborns sleep and curl up the way they were in the womb for only a short while after birth. As weeks pass, babies lose their curviness, they grow bigger, and are not as easily settled.


3. Capturing perfection.

Newborns are breathtaking! It is only natural that you’ll want to remember every little detail about your bundle of joy. EVERYTHING! From their puckered lips to tiny toes and back rolls!! Our memory often fades over time. A newborn photo session is an opportunity to freeze this moment in time and preserve the memory of your baby in your hearts and minds through these timeless photographs.

Turning One is Oh So Fun!! | Cake Smash | Belleville IL

I just love seeing my newborn clients again, especially for the one year milestone! They grow so fast and it’s so fun seeing their little personalities in the studio!!!

I also love incorporating the same colors and backdrops from the newborn session to match!! If you missed her newborn photos..check them out here!

Caleb Newborn Session

When this little guy came in the studio, I was so excited....and that adorable!!!! The cutest cheeks + the sleepiest dude = an amazing session. He totally rocked his session and I seriously could have snuggled him all day!! 


I am so thrilled to capture these moments for this sweet family!!


Newborn Girl| St. Louis MO-Belleville IL

I just loved working with this sweet family!  The thing I have noticed about second babies is how much more relaxed mom is. In my experience, it often makes a difference in our shoot! 


Ramzie, whose name has a special meaning to dad & mom, was the most perfect baby for her session. Never fussed and was just really calm! I think it absolutely has to do with 2 things. Mommy followed the prep guide I sent and baby feeds off our energy and patience.

Now, luckily I was able to easily pose sweet Ramzie... but that's not always the case. If I have a fussier baby that's not a problem! I am specially trained in newborns, so I really pay attention to how they react to the pose. If they don't like being on their stomach for instance, then I will move them into the next pose. I never force baby to be in a position that makes them uncomfortable. 

They ordered a gorgeous 16 x 20 Mounted Print of the image below!! Isn't it gorgeous!! I love when parents choose beautiful wall art of their babies to hang up!! 


I am so thankful for having parents that trust me completely with their newborn. Mom & Dad feel so blessed to have two sweet little girls and I just loved being able to capture this moment in time for them.



Engagement| Crystal & Bodrick

These 2 are the sweetest! I hope you enjoy their story as much as me! 

When Crystal was attending her first year of college. She remembers sitting in english class with a friend debating if she should stay in class and be late for work or leave class early, get lunch, and then (still) be late for work. I’m sure you all can guess that answer. It was a warm beautiful day, so her and her friend decided to eat outside for lunch.

That’s when she remembers seeing him. He had beautiful curly hair that bounced with every move he made. He had beautiful eyes. The kind that you could get lost in, and she guess I did. She forgot to breathe for a moment when she realized he too was staring back at her. Now her friend oddly enough, knew him. They both started catching up while she awkwardly avoided any eye contact with him (LOL).

She knew she couldn't leave until she know his name. And then, she heard it. She repeated his name (in her head) a thousand times just so she wouldn’t forget. But, who could forget a name like Bodrick? While she was repeating his name over & over, she realized she was going to be more than just a little late to work. She quickly said bye and rushed off to work. But then she remembered, she never told him her name!

She walked that same path for about three weeks straight in hopes of seeing him again, but never did. One day, she sat outside, close to that same spot and decided to check her phone.  She had an unread message on facebook. She slowly opened the message and it was from him!! The message read, “I think you’re so beautiful.” She looked up, and there he was sitting in that same spot from where she saw him the first time. The rest was history.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How did he find out my name? So, this crazy kid stalked my friend, found out what my name was, and searched for me on facebook. How could I not fall in love with that determination? Still in love with that determination four years later.


Tell us about the proposal : We had just gotten back from our weekly date night. Every saturday, we either go to a movie that we both want to see or dinner. Nothing too major, but we always look forward to Saturdays. Anyway, we had gotten home and it was late. The movie was longer than we anticipated. So, I was very tired. I started getting ready for bed. I was no longer in my cute cardigan, or perfectly lined eyeliner. I was now in cat pajamas, glasses, and hair in a messy bun. I remember him calling me in the bedroom. He was being extra funny tonight like funnier than usual if that makes sense. I even remember thinking to myself like, I want to laugh like this the rest of my life. Anyway, he starts asking me odd questions. There was one in particular that stood out to me. He asked me, “Do you remember the first time I told you I loved you?” Of course I answered yes, because that was one of the happiest days of my life, next to getting enough papa john points for a free pizza but that’s a different story. Anyway, he starts reenacting that particular day. I mean he is reciting everything that happened that day, from the movie we watched, to the food we ate, to him saying the first time he told me he loved me. And i’m just sitting there smiling, reminiscing, and clueless. But then, he switches the storyline up which catches my attention. He starts rambling saying, well I’m not going to tell you I love you today like I did the first time I said it. At that point i’m confused. I’m like ok does he not love me anymore, is it my cat pajamas? He starts to move off the bed, pulls out a black box, gets on one knee and says… “Instead of me telling you I love you, will you marry me?” Of course I cried, I couldn’t catch my breath. My best friend, the love of my life asked me to marry him. This was the last thing I was expecting. It just makes me feel so confident in our relationship. I wasn’t dressed up at all, I was just me. Awkward, no makeup, cat lover; me. It just shows that he obviously loves me for me and I couldn’t be more grateful for finding that kind of love. I can’t wait to do life with my best friend forever.

Fun Facts:

One thing they love to do together is lounging around the house. Ordering Chinese, cuddling up on the couch, and finding a good movie on Netflix is the ideal date night.

Before she decided to take this relationship to the next step, she had to make sure he loved food just as much as she did. Which he did. So, every Sunday they go to breakfast at Crackle Barrel and order the same meal every time. They have never missed a Sunday.

All in all, we did a mix of both studio and downtown shots in the (bitterly cold) weather. The cold didn't stop us and we had a ton of fun. I can't wait to capture their memories as they start their life, as husband & wife, together next month!!

The thing about this kind of real love is I can see these two at 70, enjoying each others company, at Cracker Barrel each Sunday!

So happy for these 2!

Baby Anne Newborn Session | Belleville IL Newborn Pictures by LDT Photography

Introducing this sweet baby girl. I just love the meaning behind Anne, who was named after her great grandma (dad side), and grandma (mommas side) whose middle name is Annette.  They wanted to pay homage to both, which is so thoughtful! 

As the fourth baby, she has definitely completed her family in more ways than they could ever imagine! She gets to share her room with big sis, Ava and it's filled with turquoise and whimsical flowers. When I styled the session, I actually had no idea it would match their room so perfectly =)

I'm super sad I won't be able to photograph her the entire year, due to their family moving. Daddy's in the Air Force so it's time to move to another base. I can't wait to see her one more time for her 6 month Session though!!

 Ms Anne was 7 pounds 8 oz and 19.5 inches long! Isn't she gorgeous??!

Framed Trio with Torn Edge Fine Art Prints

Feature 3 of your favorite images in this custom framed trio!! The hand torn edges are one-of-a-kind and make your image really pop! 

Frames are locally sourced, so your support to both our small businesses means the world!!

Perfect to remember any milestone!! We could also design it to feature one favorite image from your newborn, sitter, and one year milestones! 

Baby Alivia Newborn Pictures by LDT Photography St. Louis Belleville IL

Jackie was so sweet and over the moon about her little Alivia when she brought her in. She dreamt that she was having a girl before she even knew! Sure Enough, Miss Alivia arrived into this world and was itty bitty... weighing just over 5 pounds. This little girl is going to have  her daddy wrapped around her finger I am sure!!

Her nursery decor is white and grey with a pop of pink. I loved using the salmon and cream colors. We also both love Florals so just had to incorporate this wrap and tie back in her session! It looks so delicate and soft on her. She also has hand painted letters of her name hanging up in her nursery that mom DIY'd! Now I think it's time to get one of these gorgeous images hung up in their home!

She has forever changed their family being the first grandchild and great grand baby !  The only baby arriving in Several years for this sweet family.

Check out some of my favorite images from her session! Enjoy!

Limited Edition Holiday Sessions - Now Booking!

I had so much fun shooting with my kids for my upcoming holiday special!! They had a blast tossing up the snow!!

Here are the details:

When: November 25th and December 2nd, 2017
Where: LDT Photography Studio address provided in emailed information
Times: Various
What: Limited Edition Holiday Mini Sessions