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  • Welcome to Traci Branscum Photography – The Blog!!!

    Hi there and welcome to my blog. This is where I showcase my recent sessions, keep you updated on specials and of course update you on life at the Branscum household.

    My goal in photography is to capture life's moments and provide them as lasting memories for my clients. I love the photos that allow our spirits and personalities to shine!

    Please contact me via my website or here at the blog to schedule your own custom portrait session.  Thanks again for stopping by the blog and feel free to leave comments on post.  I love hearing from both clients and future clients.

    My profile picture was taken by the fabulous Holly McCaig.  Holly specializes in both senior portraits as well as weddings.  She is wonderful to work with so feel free to contact her if you are interested in that type of service.  You can check out Holly's site here.

Miss Kara’s Newborn Session…Traci Branscum Photography

So I have been anticipating this session since  April when Kevin and Mandy found out they were having a sweet baby girl!   In fact I may have stalked her the past month for delivery updates.   Well, Miss Kara decided to give us all a surprise and come a bit early.   She decided to send her mommy into labor right after her baby shower last week.  (I think mom was just excited about all the pink stuff and that is what caused labor to start…lol)

Miss Kara’s session went perfect.  I probably could have taken a zillion more photos because she is just so beautiful and slept so soundly. 




Look at that sweet baby button nose and pouty lips.



Of course we had to bring in some pink…


Ten perfect tiny toes…



And timeless black and whites….






Thank you so much Kranawetter family for being such great friends and also allowing me the opportunity to photograph your precious new little girl.  I promise to be the best pretend Aunt to Kara and love her with all my heart….of course to spoil her rotten also!

Amanda Kranawetter - August 19, 2013 - 4:00 am

Traci, I teared up reading this! We love you guys and Kara will love her new “aunt” too! We are so thankful to have friends like you! We will cherish these pictures for a lifetime! 🙂

Mandy & Kevin, Tyler, Dustin, Kara

Alexis turns one! …. Traci branscum ~ children portrait photographer ~ Fenton, Missouri

I know I say I love all sessions but to be completely honest newborn snuggles and cake smash messiness has to be the best.  We planned Miss Alexis’ cake smash session out a local outdoor park.   It was a bit hot out but that did not deter little Miss from being adorable as ever!

We started out capturing some one year photos in this oh so sweet outfit.   Love the lace, bows and headband!   Perfect outfit for this sweet little girl.   The aqua color highlights her beautiful eyes and how fancy yet timeless!


Mom and Dad brought along some fun bubbles to play with!


Then it was time to dig in to the cake.   You never know how a little one will react to cake the first time.  Well, Miss Alexis was a pro and dug right in.  🙂




We even ended with giggles and clapping!



And no post goes without some timeless black and whites from me…


Thanks again for allowing me the opportunity to photograph Miss Alexis.  I hope you enjoy her sneak peek.

Alysia Gonzales - July 28, 2013 - 4:07 am

What a beauty!!! The pics are just gorgeous!

Tami - July 28, 2013 - 4:08 am

Alexis is such a beautiful girl! What a fun shoot

Alysia Gonzales - July 28, 2013 - 4:09 am

What a beauty!!! The pictures are just gorgeous!

Cassie Adams - July 28, 2013 - 4:18 am

These are beautiful and Alexis is so gorgeous! ! XOXO

Nikki - July 28, 2013 - 4:32 am

Absolutely gorgeous pictures of a beautiful little girl!!

Marissa - July 28, 2013 - 4:48 am

These pictures are absolutely amazing!! Alexis is stunning from head to toe!

Julie G - July 28, 2013 - 4:58 am

So precious!!

Greta Hall - July 28, 2013 - 5:07 am

She is a gorgeous girl! Beautiful photos!!!

Amy Burrell - July 28, 2013 - 6:09 am

So cute!

Christina Privette - July 28, 2013 - 6:58 am

She’s soooo precious!! Amazing pictures!!

Rebecca - July 28, 2013 - 10:00 am

These are gorgeous!!!!

Rebecca - July 28, 2013 - 10:00 am

I love these 🙂

Kasey - July 28, 2013 - 10:25 am

She could not be anymore adorable! These pictures are beautiful!

Caroline - July 28, 2013 - 10:39 am

These pictures are so cute!!

Gina - July 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

Love these! Alexis looks gorgeous!!

Ariel - July 28, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Love these!

Elise - July 28, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Beautiful photos of an amazing one year old!

Lindsey - July 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Love the vivid colors on these pictures.

stephanie - July 28, 2013 - 1:42 pm

So big and beautiful, Alexis!! Great pictures!

Maranda - July 28, 2013 - 1:58 pm

beautiful photos.

Courtnie Norman - July 28, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Alexis, you are beautiful! Happy Birthday!

angela moody - July 28, 2013 - 2:06 pm

she is so adorable! what great pictures.

Brittnea - July 28, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Oh my I love them!!! They turned out great. I can’t wait to see the rest.

Donna Adcock - July 28, 2013 - 2:42 pm

My granddaughter!!! Beautiful pictures of my little angel! Want to see more!

Alyssa - July 28, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Alexis is beautiful and the pictures are great! Of course, I’m a little bias. 🙂 My favorite pic is the last black and white one. Just precious!

Ashley Long - July 28, 2013 - 3:21 pm

I love these photos. Alexis is such a doll!

Chantelle - July 28, 2013 - 7:53 pm

beautiful pictures Brittnea!I love the colours you picked, little Alexis is gorgeous!

Kyla - July 28, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Such a cutie! Love her!!!

Emma Hoke - July 28, 2013 - 9:10 pm

She is so beautiful!

Inge Saenz - July 30, 2013 - 3:44 am

Beautiful Princess!! She’s adorable!!

Samantha - July 30, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Happy 1st! The pictures and baby ate StUnning awesome work!!!!

Laura - July 30, 2013 - 11:10 pm

AMAZING pictures !!! Such a great idea!

Brandi scudday - July 30, 2013 - 11:16 pm

She’s sooo adorable! I love the pics!

Penny Clay - July 31, 2013 - 1:26 am

these photos of alexis are amazing!!

alida - July 31, 2013 - 4:02 am

so adorable! 🙂

Wanda mercer - July 31, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Happy 1st. birthday to Alexis on her special day. She is a precious little doll.

Neva Adcock Wesson - July 31, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Happy Ist. birthday Alexis, Granny’s precious little angel. You are our special gift from God. Love, hugs, and kisses.

newborn sweetness … traci branscum ~ portrait photographer ~ fenton, mo

I absolutely love newborn sessions.   This session was like most newborn sessions.   Little man wanted to stay awake at first.  Dad stepped in as baby whisper and easily got him to a sweet soft slumber.  (all squishy and moldable)

Mom had such unique ideas to incorporate family items in this session. Check out this old cool lantern that was Ethan’s great grandpas.

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Ethan (35)


And a few with grandpa’s shirt.  I had never thought of this before but what a great remembrance photo and love how they turned out.

Ethan (47)

Ethan (49)

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We did some very sweet photos perfect for a little boy…

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Thank you so much to Ethan’s parents for allowing me the opportunity to photograph him.   He is absolutely perfect and you two are going to be fabulous parents.

waiting on baby … traci branscum ~maternity/newborn photographer ~ chesterfield, mo


So this maternity session has been in the planning for several months.  I was honored to be contacted by Joy before she moved here to the St. Louis area and was seeking information about the area and a possible upcoming session.  We communicated via email and instantly clicked.  Talking over the phone was like talking to a friend I have known for years….so sweet and easy to chat with. 

So the date was set and ideas were put into a  plan for the session.  I love maternity and the excitement involved with the session.  I love how it shows a love between the couple and the anticipation of their new arrival just weeks away.

Fast forward to this past week…a photographer has a complication.   Yep, I fell and broke my arm.  Merely hours after arriving home from the hospital I knew I had to start reaching out to my some of fabulous photographer friends and ask for help.  I am so glad Amanda from Dreaming Tree Photography was able to save me from my stress.   I called Joy and explained what happened and she was understanding.

So Amanda and I put our minds together and came up with the following session.  I must admit it was so difficult to not be behind the camera but also kind of fun directing someone of what I wanted.  Looking back at it now I think it was a good experience for me to push myself into working angles differently.  Amanda captured wonderful images for me/with me and I am thrilled to share them with Joy and the rest of my blog readers.

Here are a few shots from home…






Joy is just beautiful inside and out.  Her smile is infectious and these two are going to be fabulous parents!

We fell in love with Stevie (their dog)  He is going to be soo good with the baby!




Some sweet photos with Joy and her mother…



Of course March weather here in St. Louis is always unpredictable and we ended up with a very cold and kind of dreary day outside but we were able to capture some outdoor photos as well. 







We ended our session at Faust Park for a few more outdoor shots.  They are truly such a fun couple!


Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph this special time for you Joy!   I hope you enjoy the sneak peek and can’t wait to show you your full gallery!   Thanks to Greg for being such a willing participant, dog trainer, furniture mover and wonderful support for your wife!

Can’t wait to meet your new little one!

Joy - March 24, 2013 - 3:56 am

Thank you for such a fun day and lovely photos. We can’t wait to see the rest! Stevey hammed it up, naturally… and we are so glad you captured him like you did. Wonderful work!

Nicole Gray - March 24, 2013 - 4:17 am

Joy, you look fabulous! Looks like Missouri is really agreeing with you. Traci and team, you do excellent work. Hope you arm heals quickly.

Nicole - March 24, 2013 - 11:00 am

Beautiful pictures! We are looking forward to the arrival of your precious baby girl.

Sam M - March 24, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Beautiful photos! Such happiness, love and excitement shown through these photos! I love the texture of the barn too.

Stephanie - March 24, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Such a fun session with an adorable couple. Love the image of mom’s hands on het daughter’s belly!

Amy MacLeod - March 24, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Joy & Greg, These pictures are outrageous!

Melissa - March 24, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Aw, it’s so nice to see some photos of you pregnant. I wish we lived so closer so I could see you in person, but these are just beautiful!

Ric Booth - March 24, 2013 - 8:55 pm

These pictures are beautiful! Thanks for posting them.

fall fun with 2 sisters …. traci branscum ~ family portrait photography ~ fenton, missouri

I had the pleasure of photographing two of my  favorite girls again recently.  These two always make it fun with lots of giggles and smiles.  As they are getting older it amazes me how much they are starting to look more and more alike.   I must say their personalities couldn’t be more different though. 

First is Miss Ryann….she is full of sweetness and kindness.   She reminds me of my Brynn in that she is a great big sister!  I love her free spirit and how her smile is contagious.


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Little Miss Rylee ….  now she is full of spunk!   She keeps me on my toes and laughing at everything she says.   She is adventurous and a bit silly as well.   She is full of giggles and quite the little model. 





These two really will be the best of friends forever….sisters!




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