Certified Professional Photographer. What does 'certified' mean? Photographers who meet certain standards of proficiency are certified by their national trade organization. As in other professions, candidates must pass a certification exam that tests both their knowledge and their experience. Additionally, they must submit an extensive portfolio of images that shows their proficiency in executing that knowledge on a regular basis, for paying clients, over at least a 2-year period. Certification matters, because in this day and age where everyone with a digital camera and a website are calling themselves "professionals" you need to have a way to verify that before making the investment in portraiture for your family. There's no sense in investing in it, if the photographs aren't going to be of a high quality, and archivally printed to last a lifetime. Certified Professionals take great care in your family's memories. It's the reason they go to great lengths to achieve the level of expertise that they have, and to always keep their skills current. Lauri is one of only a handful of photographers in St. Louis who have achieved the level of Certified Professional Photographer, and the only one who was able to achieve this using her natural light photography. Professional Photographer Magazine featured her natural light work in an April 2012 article entitled "It's Only Natural". She continues to be an active member of the Professional Photographers of America.

St. Louis Childrens Photographer "The quintessential child photographer, hands down. How she captured my kids is incredible! And they loved her. They had so much fun that day!" - Sarah S, Clayton. Specializing in artistic photography of pregnancy, maternity portraits, baby portraits, and children's photography, award-winning photographer Lauri Baker captures your pregnancy or your children in portraits that become art for your home. Nationally acclaimed for her use of natural light and the exceptional fine art qualities of her black and white photography, Lauri also creates beautiful works in color.

St. Louis Custom Photography with an organic feel. Lauri travels to you and creates environmental portraits of your children or family in their own favorite places. Her work is rare in this digital world and has a decidely organic feel to it...the way she captures real moments and the interaction of real family relationships. Organic in her unique approach to exposure and processing. Her children's photography makes you nostalgic for simpler times and captures your kid's childhood with an eye for those things that define it. As an upgrade, she also produces darkroom fiber prints for those who appreciate the rapidly-disappearing fine art. Her fiber prints are luscious and rich.

St. Louis Maternity Photographer. "This is undoubtedly THE photographer for maternity photos locally. I'd even hire her if I lived somewhere else." - Mandy P, Des Peres. As a highly-sought maternity photographer in the area, Lauri can easily get booked up months in advance. She photographs pregnant moms-to-be, creating lasting memories in maternity portraits that celebrate the miracle of forming life. She also does commercial photography for maternity clothing, and editorial photography for publications. This is maternity photography at its best.

Best Newborn Photographer in St. Louis "Lauri is the baby whisperer! Amazing photos! She came to our house while Kylie was just a week old, and was so patient. She's our photographer for life." - Angela K, Kirkwood. Gone are the days when the hospital photos were the only memories you have of your brand new baby. This St. Louis Baby Photographer photographs newborns during the first couple of weeks, in your own home, with a special ability to capture all the precious details of these brand new babies in beautiful newborn portraits. Newborn sessions are as low-stress as you can get, with one session scheduled a day and no rushing. 

Candid Photography of real life. "For capturing your children the way they really are, Lauri is unmatched. And she does it in such an artistic way." - Sylvia, Wildwood.  Sitting in front of a backdrop and saying cheese will probably never end, but when you look through your albums and portrait galleries, the images that really take you back are the spontaneous captures. Children at play. The personalities. The way they looked when they were being mischievous. Happy. Cranky. Funny. Serious. And everything in between. Sometimes you get lucky with snapshots.  Lauri captures these moments almost inherently, and this is why she offers her services for St. Louis Children's Photographer

Birth Announcements. "These are incredible! I can't wait to send them out!" Liz M, University City. Offering black and white fine art photography, custom lifestyle and environmental portaits, photojournalistic images, editorial and commercial photography, and location photography.  Lauri Baker Photography also offers birth announcements, photo albums, coffee table books, and portraits on canvas.

St. Louis Photographer. Locally, this St. Louis Portrait Photographer serves areas in and around the city of St. Louis, MO: Central West End, Chesterfield, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lafayette Square, Soulard, Sunset Hills, Town and Country, University City, Warson Woods, Washington Ave, Webster Groves, Wildwood, Winghaven, and Wildwood Missouri. Limited availability for portrait sessions in Scottsdale, Tucson, Denver, and Lake Geneva. Also available for commissioned travel elsewhere throughout the United States.

Charities Supported. Lauri has done charity photo sessions for the American Child Photographer's Charity Guild (ACPCG), for the Missouri Heart Gallery Project, the IROCP, St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA), Grace Hill WIC, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. A portion of the Lauri Baker Photography profits also support Forest Park Forever, Missouri Botanical Garden, BUILDstlouis.org, and others.

Photography Workshops. Lauri teaches photography through two means. For professional photographers or those interested in becoming professional photographers, Lauri offers one-on-one online consulting services by the hour, doing portfolio reviews, teaching you how to approach your photographic studies, and what's involved in starting your own photography business. For moms who would just like to learn how to take better photographs of their kids, Lauri is also available for St. Louis Photography Workshops with a small group. These workshops make for a really fun ladies night out party. Please inquire if interested.

Questions? To schedule a session, buy art, or ask a question, please contact Lauri at info@lauribakerphotography.com 

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Lake Geneva Photographer.  "Oh,Awesome! Thank you!" - Sarah, Lake Geneva. Capturing family fun, babies, pregnancy, and special moments of residents and vacationers alike, Lauri is available in Lake Geneva Wisconsin and surrounding communities on a regular basis.  

Tuscon Children's Photographer.  "Her work with kids is spectacular, we can't thank her enough." - Karen, Tucson. Lauri is available for child and family portrait sessions in Tucson during the winter/spring months.