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    Emily Dobson Photography is a modern, cutting edge Wedding & Senior Photographer based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

    St. Louis Missouri Wedding Photographer | St. Louis Missouri Senior Photographer

    It’s never too early to book your wedding or senior portrait photographer! Contact me today!

Just a few short weeks ago, I hosted my second group VIP shoot with 18 high school juniors graduating in 2016. Every year, I host an exclusive modeling program for upcoming senior girls. Essentially, VIPs are the face of Emily Dobson Photography! I select girls who want an amazing senior portrait experience and will eagerly promote EDP to their friends while encouraging them to do their senior portraits with me. The application process is so exciting, but so very difficult. For the second year in a row, I received over 50 applications and this year over half received an interview. I’m humbled by the number of girls who wanted to participate in the program and I’m so excited for what this year has in store!

We did the spring shoot a little earlier than last year since I have a baby due in two short weeks! The girls selected their group color scheme of blush, lavender, off-white and gray. They each selected their own personal outfit and we finished off the shoot with a little powder paint fun! I’d love to give a HUGE shout out to this year’s amazing hair and makeup professionals:

Amanda Miller Makeup Artistry

Flawless Makeup

Simply Breathtaking

Sierra Maguire

Beauty by Whitney

SNS Makeup Artistry and Hair Design




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Alexis contacted me right after Christmas to set up her senior session. It’s rare that seniors wait until the second semester of their senior year to schedule sessions, but I always enjoy when they do! It challenges me to work in a different climate than the summer and fall months and forces me to get creative in less than ideal surroundings. We set up her session mid-February and had to postpone round 1 due to ice and snow. I can handle snow, but I am definitely not messing around with ice! We ended up getting so much snow that it stuck around for the following weekend when we rescheduled Alexis’s session. And we even got a few flurries that day too!;)If you’re considering a winter session, but have doubts about whether or not the pictures will turn out, then you’ve come to the right place. This session turned out better than I planned and Alexis is SO gorgeous in EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO.




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  • Lisa Barnett - Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - What gorgeous senior portraits! Great variety and pretty girl!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Beautiful winter senior session! Love the snow!ReplyCancel

  • April O'Hare - She is a gorgeous young lady. Both her smile and serious face look great in these:) (Not easy to do for most people!) And I just love the gently falling snow in some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Cherrie - Oh she’s so photogenic and I love the way you captured the snow around her in the second photograph. Framable for sure.ReplyCancel

Back in 2013, I had this idea of conducting a big model shoot during the winter months. These months tend to be slow for me as an on-location photographer since no one wants to venture out into the cold weather for pictures! It’s a nice break from the fall madness, but I’ve always envisioned these beautiful pictures with trendy winter accessories such as boots and scarves and furry coats and vests! So when I had this idea back in 2013, I was super excited and ready to go, but couldn’t get enough people together to make it happen.

Thankfully, we pulled together as a team of EDP VIPs last month (plus a few extras!) to finally pull this thing off! I brought in Amanda Miller Makeup Artistry, Flawless Makeup, Beauty by Broxie and Nikki Cox Hair and Makeup to help these girls achieve their camera-ready looks! All of the girls looked so beautiful and we randomly had 60 degree weather to work with! I had envisioned snow, but oh well…I’ll take 60 degrees over rain. I’ll just have to do another shoot in the future.:)

Thank you so much to the team of makeup artists, to the Green Family for hosting us all day and to each and every one of these beautiful ladies who modeled. Enjoy!


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  • Laura - Love this ! So modern and all these girls are absolutely gorgeous! Looks like they had a lot of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Dalrymple - Such gorgeous ladies! Great photosReplyCancel

  • Valentina - Love the whole shooting! Great single portraits and I really like the last image where the girls are walking and laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Anthony Sekellick - Looks like such a fun senior photo session! Great Job!ReplyCancel

  • Giselle - What a gorgeous set of girls and your senior photography is just perfect in every aspect. Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

And the day 12 Grand Prize Family Session Winner is…

Rachel Bassett!


Congrats, Rachel.Please email info(at)emilydobsonphotography(dot)com within 24 hours to claim your prize!


And thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated in this year’s giveaways! I hope you have a blessed Christmas and New Year’s!



Day 11 $25 Visa Card Winner: Tori Qualls!

Please email info(at)emilydobsonphotography(dot)com within 24 hours to claim your prize!


Day 12 | Free Portrait Session + 20 Digital Files

I know everyone loves FREE PICTURES.:)With this giveaway, one person will win a full 45-minute to one hour portrait session complete with 20 digital files (and the rights to print!). Eligible sessions include senior (makeover not included), family and couples (could be engagement, anniversary, wedding dress and suit, etc.). Please note, this does not include newborn sessions. The session must take place on a week night within 15 miles of my home in Godfrey during January-March 2015 or June-July 2015. I’ll be taking April and May off for the baby. :) If you live in the Shelby County area, you may enter to win if you travel to Marceline for the session.


Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for a chance to win! Earn one bonus entry by sharing the following (or come up with your own verbiage): “Check out the GRAND PRIZE of the #edp12daysofgiveaways – I want a FREE session!” Be sure to include a link the blog post, so you’re actually sharing the post. :)If you forget to use the hashtag, you won’t earn an extra entry because I won’t be able to see your post when I search via the hashtag. Also, be sure your posts are shared publicly (and not privately).


Good Luck! Today’s winner will be announced at the beginning of tomorrow’s giveaway!


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  • Amy cochran - Exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • April linley - All I want for Christmas is a photo session with Emily!!! ReplyCancel

  • Kate Holtz - Would LOVE this, best grand prize!ReplyCancel

  • kristen orban - Ooh i need new picturesReplyCancel

  • Magen Cochran - I love sessions with Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Chapman - AWESOME!!! I hope its me :) ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Vardaman - Oh yeah! I’m all about this. If we win can we bring our dogs :) ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Hayes - I want to win!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Alison Donoho - Yay!!!! We love pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Staci - This would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Moore - Would LOVE to win the grand prize! Emily is fabulous and this sounds like so much fun! :) ReplyCancel

  • Valarie hair - love your workReplyCancel

  • Tiffani oster - I would love to have another session with you!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie Hurt - This is awesome! would love to win! :) need some new photos taken!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke landuyt - This would be awesome to win.ReplyCancel

  • Abby McBride - I would love to win the free session!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Antony - I would love to win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Blackwood - Pick me! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Laura Eyer - pick me. SharedReplyCancel

  • Rachel Bassett - this would be great to win! :) My family has never gottan pictures like this taken before!ReplyCancel

  • Leah McCrea - Free family session once baby girl gets here would be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Patrick - Love pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - this would be amazing-shared FacebookReplyCancel

  • Kristina - These are wonderful images and the locations just perfect, wonderfully done.ReplyCancel