My First Time

My First Time

 When I first started out I was working for Home Decorators Collection in St.Louis.  I was assisting another photographer with weddings and had a decent very little group of family clients.  My step-father Don had given my boring basic white business card to his brother (my uncle) for his daughters friend who was getting married.  if you followed that you get a gold star! 


I was on lunch break from work when my cell rang and I answered it as I always did...."hello!"  The lady on the other line was like "hi is this Layne the photographer? my friends dad, David, gave me your name."  I remember it like it was yesterday, I was stopped at the light at Pershall and Lindberg in St.Louis and my heart sank, with excitement and with terror.  I knew who this was, this was what could potentially be my first solo bride.  Still typing this I get goosebumps just like that day.  I had gotten calls before for family sessions but I mainly got emails.  But it was my first time hearing the words Layne the photographer and it was a moment a will never forget. That brides name was Jessica.

Jessica & Steve
July 2006


   Her wedding was a ways away, and I did end up doing one small wedding before hers. But Jessica will always be what I call my first bride because she was the first one I communicated with.  Staci was technically my first bride.  Jessica lives in Kansas City now but when she comes back to Breese, IL she calls me and we update her photos.  Hey Jess, we need to get new ones speaking of it!!  And Staci & her husband Alex are two of my fiercely local clients turned friends. 

 Both these couples have kids, and I love that I have gotten to watch them grow in front of my lens.  And Thank heavens they stuck with me, cause I was just going through old images to put on this post...and man I have grown a lot as a photographer in the last 10+ years.

My first technical couple, Staci & Alex and their kids Nicole & Zachary this past Christmas at my annual Santa event


   Thanks Jess and Staci for being my firsts!  haha.  And to all the other fiercely loyal brides AND grooms that have stuck with me for so many years.  I have loved every minute of it.