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    Welcome! We are so glad you are here!! My name is Laurie Nowling and I am the owner and lead photographer at Bliss Eleven Studio. We are a fun boutique studio located on Main Street in historic Saint Charles, MO. We specialize in kids and their families, high school seniors and we LOVE shooting weddings.

    This blog was created to share with you our two favorite types of sessions - high school seniors and, of course, our beautiful weddings. We will also be sharing some of our most inspired kids and family shoots - we love showing off our gorgeous clients. Be sure to check in regularly as we will also be featuring tips and information on how to make the most of your day and how to be beautiful, fresh and photo ready for your shoot. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment while you are here, link to us and if you really like what you see, go ahead and pin away!!

The Big Picture Project – Photographer Auction


I have BIG news!! I am very excited to announce that I have teamed up with the charity organization, The Big Picture Project, in an effort to provide lifeline needs for a poverty-stricken community in Nicaragua. The Big Picture Project is an amazing non profit organization who’s mission is “to provide individuals living in impoverished conditions the opportunity to create positive change in their community through capturing and sharing their world by means of photography”.

By participating in the Big Picture auction, we are able to provide a marginalized village with every day necessities such as water, shelter, and food. But we need your help!! I have donated 2 items, a mentoring session focused on High School Senior Photography and a Portrait session to be auctioned off to the highest bidder!! By bidding on my auction, not only will you be investing in your knowledge and memories, but also this unique opportunity gives back by saving lives!

Along with some of the best and brightest photographers in this area and beyond, my auction item will go up for bid next week via eBay, so be ready to place your bid on this exclusive offer while it lasts!!! We are so excited for this opportunity to share our time and talents for positive change in the world – we hope you’ll join us in making a difference!! Check out my auction here!!

For more information on the auction and the other incredible photographer who have joined me in donating their time and talents

For more information on The Big Picture Project, head to

UPDATE: The auction has begun! Here is a link to my auction:



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Krista & Matt | Saint Louis Wedding Photography

I wish I had the perfect words to describe this day and Krista and Matt and their family and friends.  I could easily say that it was an absolutely beautiful day and that they are an adorable couple and so much fun and hilarious but, it almost doesn’t seem like enough.  Honestly, I cannot say enough about how this couple and this day are truly the reason why I love my job so much.  There is nothing cooler than capturing the moments like the ones shown in this post.  I mean, I know it sounds cliche’, but we get to capture LOVE and happiness and hope and friendship and family and everything that makes a wedding day the beautiful thing that it is.  It’s never just an ordinary day at work and for that I’m so grateful!

From the very first meeting, I adored Krista and her witty, take charge personality.  Then, I got to meet Matt at the engagement session and he was so sweet and so in love with his girl (AND the camera…Matt really knows how to work it…LOL).  I knew that these two weren’t just an ordinary couple and that their wedding was going to be an extraordinary event!  Add to the mix one amazing wedding coordinator (Sabrina Torti of Proposing Dreams), a very talented floral designer (Angie Lopez of Elegance In Bloom) and the other incredible vendors that are listed below and you have the recipe for a day that is going to be hard for us to forget!

Krita and Matt, thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.  We had so much fun working with everyone and we adore the fun and emotion that we were able to capture for you.  We hope you love the photos as much as we do!  Sending out so much love to you both as you start this crazy, silly, beautiful, big old life that is ahead of you!  XOXO

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Denise & Adam | Saint Louis Wedding Photography

Because it’s wedding season and because I’m already starting to get behind on my blogging I’m going to keep this short and sweet so that Denise and Adam and their amazing friends and family don’t have to wait another minute to see their wedding day preview.

A few things I have to mention….it was so great to see Denise’s cousin Kelly and her husband Daniel again.  They were a Bliss Eleven couple last year and they were in town from Austin, TX for the wedding (Kelly was a bridesmaid).  I just wish we would have had more time to catch up but, as we all know, wedding days are busy, busy, busy!!  I am naming this wedding my “happiest wedding ever”.  First of all, Denise didn’t stop smiling ALL DAY and she has one of those big, infectious smiles that light up a room.  You can’t help but to feel happy around her and I found myself grinning just because I was close to her.  Secondly, we just loved hanging out with everyone from Denise and Adam’s wedding party and family.  What a fun-loving and welcoming group.  Thank you so much for putting up with the cold to get the perfect shot and for making us feel so much a part of the day.  We enjoyed every minute of it.   Oh and special thanks to Kurtis Hall for stepping in as an amazing second shooter and also to Olivia Saldana who was pretty much Kurtis’ slave the entire day (just kidding Kurtis).  I couldn’t have done it without the both of you!

Ok…without further adieu….the preview!

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Kelly & Jarrod | Saint Charles, MO Engagement Session

Kelly and Jarrod are getting married in Soulard this October and they met me last weekend for a quick engagement session on Main Street in Saint Charles.  The first thing that struck me about this sweet couple was their playfulness and the fact that every time I had them look at each other they couldn’t help but to break into great big old smiles.  They are so sweet and fun and I cannot wait for their beautiful wedding which will be held at Most Holy Trinity Church with the reception at Soulard Preservation Hall.  Thanks Kelly and Jarrod for sharing your morning with me and I hope you love your preview as much as I do.

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Erin & Nick | Chicago Engagement Session | Bliss Eleven Studio

Erin and Nick are getting married at Chandler Hill winery this summer but, they live in Chicago, and they didn’t have to do too much convincing to talk me into an engagement session in their Lincoln Park neighborhood.  It also gave me an excuse to spend some time and shoot with my good friend Sarah of Sarah Melissa Photography who is based right outside of Chicago.

We had so much fun exploring the city and I love that it gave me the opportunity get to know Erin and Nick a little better.  They are so much fun and a city couple through and through.  I can’t imagine doing their e-session anywhere else.   We started out near the Hotel Lincoln where Sarah and I  were staying for the weekend and then hopped in a cab which took us down to the lake where we were able to shoot with the beautiful city skyline in the distance.  We finished up in Nick’s neighborhood where we grabbed some shots in front of his building and at their favorite ice cream shop on the corner.  Aside from the lingering cold (will it ever be warm again?!)  and an unfortunate lost pair of Ray-Bans (sorry Erin!) it was one of my favorite engagement sessions to date.

Erin and Nick thank you for sharing your beautiful city with us and for being so darn cute and easy to work with.  Enjoy your preview!


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