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Wedding, Portrait and Family Photographer in Columbia, MO - Oak and Embers Photography

Hello! I’m glad you found us. We are based in central Missouri, but love to travel, so let’s go somewhere rad!

We are a husband & wife team – I’ve been doing photography for years, and my husband recently joined me to shoot videography!

I focus on photographing weddings, families, and individuals.

I love the moments that can be captured with a camera. We become so busy in our everyday lives, and we sometimes forget to set aside time to just enjoy being with our loved ones. I’m here to capture those moments.

I don’t want to simply pose you in a manner that makes you look great in front of a camera; I want to dig deeper. I want to capture the essence of you.

Every time you look at your photographs, I don’t want you to see only posed smiling faces; I want you to see raw emotions and memories. I want you to see the bonds of love that your family is composed of. I want you to see the joy in the eyes of your soulmate. I want you to see the confidence that started on the inside and came to the surface. I want you to see who you really are.

Connection is so important – especially with your photographer. Connecting with you on a personal level really helps me to understand you, and bring more of you to the surface. My goal is to help you be yourself in front of the camera. Let’s grab coffee or a drink and talk about how we want to collaborate!

Latest Photography Blogs

06 February 2019
Families
As I sit here writing this sipping on my morning coffee, listening to some Bon Iver, I find myself contemplating what is truly important in life. I can tell you without a doubt it is not your it is not your bank account, 401k or other assorted materi...
14 January 2019
Company News
There’s something amazing about photographing children. The sweet innocence that you see when you gaze into a child’s eyes is unlike any other. Their faces are full of wonder as they explore the world around them. Children are honest. When they giggl...
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These two were on fireeee last night 🔥
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When given the choice between shooting in a cave or not shooting in a cave... Always choose the cave 👌
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If you know us personally, you've already heard the news! But in case you didn't know, we're adding a third member to our Oak & Embers team this October! 💚
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When your couple gets all dressed up, but is still adventurous enough to ask if we can get in the water 🙌🌊
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We're celebrating the fact that we can get out and shoot again by offering spring mini sessions! 🙌 Comment below or dm us to claim your spot!
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Check out our story if you want to see the entirety of this in-home lifestyle session! (If it disappears from our story before you see it, it's all saved to a highlight). In-home sessions are the best. They're low stress and more fun for kiddos because they're in their natural environment where they're more comfortable. You'll all feel like you're going about a normal, fun afternoon, while I just happen to be there hanging out! 😊 It's the actual best 💚
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We're allowed to conduct business again starting next week! 🙌🎉 So we're going to celebrate with SPRING MINI SESSIONS! 🌿 Mini sessions will take place outside, and we will maintain social distancing :) Date is TBD, but will likely be in the middle/end of May. Who's interested!? Comment below or send me a dm! I'll be sure to send you more info as soon as we get a plan underway!
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Happy anniversary Sam and Kris! Two years ago already!? Probably gonna spend today looking through wedding photos, wishing we were on the beach again 😍🌴
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We are currently sitting on the edge of this exact field, just waiting for a turkey to come along! 🦃 Has anybody else been out turkey hunting this season? If so, I hope you're having better luck than we've had so far 😅😬
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Happy Earth day! Where on Earth do you plan on going after shutdown is over and we can travel again?? I know we should be adventurous and go to new places, but we had the best time at Boundary Waters last summer, and I'm dying to go back again this year!
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This session was a hard one. Anyone who's ever loved a dog knows that they will have to say goodbye someday, but we always hope that day will be a long ways off. Not even two months ago, our friend Annie found out that Bandit had cancer, and last week, she had to say goodbye to him. I'm so thankful we had the chance to take some photos of Annie and Bandit doing some of their favorite things together ❤️
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I’ve been taking full advantage of this time to reflect on what my wife and I have accomplished over the past year. As well as how much I have progressed in film making. This wedding with these two AMAZING people will always have a special place in my heart! As I felt it was a huge turning point in how I tell a story. All the ❤️❤️❤️!
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Do you guys remember this wedding?!? I do!! ❤️❤️
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Who wants to support some local businesses and win some free stuff?? 🙋 Since we can't be out shooting right now, we're trying to get creative with what we're still able to do. For starters, we want to support a few local small businesses around us! Over the next few weeks, we'll be purchasing a few gift cards and doing giveaways for you guys! 🎉 So, we want to know, who are some of your favorite small businesses in the central MO area?? Tag them below!
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Not much longer till this family of 2 becomes a family of 3! 🤗 Check out our story to see more!
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