Our Wedding Pictures!

I promise to one day, post my wedding story.  My goodness, is there a story to tell.  Until then, you can check out the pictures to see the story.

J.Grace Photography was our photographer for our wedding and we are in love with them!  Jessica captured the day perfectly and I could not ask for more.  Everyone, and I mean everyone, asked me who my photogrpaher was.  “How did you choose if you’re a photographer yourself?”  “Did you give her a long list of the shots you wanted?”  “Are you going to be able to let go of the camera for your wedding”?  Seriously, I trusted Jessica.  How did I choose her?  I grew up with her.  Did I give a crazy long list?  I don’t believe in those.  How did I let go?  Her work speaks for itself.

Jessica’s creativity and relaxed personality blew us away and we were at ease the whole day.  Even after it stormed all morning, a tornado had hit, and the road to the reception was closed!  Jessica and Lee kept their cool and did what they do.

For the full pictures go here, find Katie and Shawn and then the password is “stasiak”.  I will warn you it will take you all kinds of crazy time to go through them!  If you want to just skip to the nitty gritty go here for the blog post.  I won’t post any pictures (which is so unlike me!) because I want you to visit her blog and the proofing site. I will post a few of my favorite pictures when I get them on a cd.  If not on this website, then on my facebook page, so add me as a friend if we aren’t already.  Enjoy!

Katie Stasiak to Katie McCaw

When I began getting paid for what was once only a hobby, I designed a website, and had to come up with a name to call myself.  I went through all kinds of names and brainstormed with others and the only thing that felt right was, Katie Stasiak.  Katie Stasiak was my name and if I was selling anything other than that…it just didn’t feel right.  I know there are a lot of photographers out there with cute names other than their own personal name, but for me it just didn’t feel right.  So I went with Katie Stasiak and knew that I would have to change things over to something else one day.   I know a lot of people thought I was crazy to change everything over to “Katie McCaw” after I had worked so hard to make my name known.  My answer is….It’s just feels right.  It feels right to just be me, to sell me, and to believe that my old clients will follow me and new ones will find me.  Plus this is my first official everything.  It’s the first time that I have been truly proud of my website and logo.  I can grow with this.

Does this make me nervous?  Am I a little afraid that people won’t find me?  Yes.

Just when I got to being really worried I launched this website last night.  Today, I woke up to find a new email from someone interested in my photography and they found me through my new website. Relief.  It’s just sign that things will work out.

I’m taking a chance.

I have been wanting to make a new logo for over a year.  So I started.  I emailed friends and asked them their opinion.  What did I want?  I wanted something classic, kind of simple, fun…and me.  I think I got what I worked so hard on.  I love it.  The best compliment I got from launching this site was a past client saying, “it’s so you”.  That was what I was going for. That was really the ultimate compliment.

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I am hopeful that even with Katie Stasiak business cards floating around that people will find me.  I have met some awesome people through photography…people that were strangers and are now friends.  I can’t wait to meet so many more!  I will soon be making a Facebook Page for my business so you can catch up with me there.  There will also be a giveaway on the blog soon so check back soon!

Megan | St. Louis Maternity Photographer | Eureka, MO

I was going to start this new blog off with a new baby because, well…that would just be kind of cute.  You know, new baby…new blog…new everything!  Instead, I decided to go  a step before new baby and post Megan’s maternity pictures that I just took.  I felt the need to get these up now.  Right now…because I think baby Amelia will be here this week.  More on that later.  I worked all day on my computer to make sure that I could post on my new blog.  I’m so excited about it!  Excited about Amelia and excited about my new blog.

We were going to take Megan’s pictures somewhere fun.  The original plan was to do it before the wedding.  When that didn’t work out for various reasons, I told Shawn that on the Saturday we got back from the honeymoon, we would go out somewhere special and take Megan and Chris’ pictures.  It would be somewhere fun and if we were lucky the snow would still be on the ground from our snow storm.  Then, we’d go eat dinner “on the hill” as Megan’s last hurrah.  I was craving good Italian food ever since…well forever.  Everyone in STL knows that’s where you go for good Italian food.  It would be perfect.  Unfortunately, Megan’s body had other plans.  Her blood pressure spiked and she was put on complete bed rest until she delivers.  There would be no “fun place” to take pictures…and no Italian food!

After hearing the news I wasn’t sure if Megan would still want to take maternity pictures.  She was all for it though and when I suggested a lot of black and whites she was saying, “Yes! A lot of black and white pictures.”  Done and done…I love how these turned out.  I seriously love them.  They are simple, raw, and totally different than what you usually see.  Of course most of them are while she is literally in bed, but those are doctors orders.  You gotta work with what you’ve got. I’m glad she decided to go for the pictures because she will always have them.  Side note: Megan did go out and get a pedicure and run up to school yesterday to do final adjustments to her plans.  I don’t blame her for doing either, especially the pedicure.  Every woman should have great toes before giving birth.  Megan, from this moment forward, stay in bed!

This is one of my favorites!  I seriously love it.  Don’t your eyes just go from her mouth to her belly?  Yes, I love.


My number one favorite!  She is literally glowing.

Megan is fine other than high blood pressure and she sees the doctor tomorrow for another check up.  The doctor is going to make a final decision on whether she delivers this week or on her planned date.  I think he is going to take her this week which will mean we will all see baby Amelia very shortly!  Megan looks fantastic, she says that the way the baby is positioned she would never drop and that’s why she doesn’t have stretch marks.  The baby is very breach right now and is completely in a weird position, which is why Megan’s belly isn’t really big.  I think she’s just lucky, it doesn’t matter what position that baby is in!  We are all very excited to see Amelia and you can stay tuned to this new blog for newborn pictures when she arrives!

Tomorrow I will post all about my new name, logo, and everything in between!  In case you are a reader from the old blog….this is my exciting news.  This blog, this logo…everything just fits! I am going to run with this.

I’m not Katie McCaw yet

I have a lot of behind the scene things to do around my new website and for my business before everything is official.

So until then, head over to www.katiestasiak.com and help me keep this blog a secret!

Don’t be shy though, leave a comment and tell me you found me.