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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hello there! Thank you for taking a peek at our blog. My name is Rhonda Mankin and I am a portrait photographer living in Southern, IL. While working on a BFA from Southern Illinois University my very talented husband (Darrell) and I started doing wedding and lifestyle photography work throughout SI and the St. Louis Metro area.

    In 2006 we had our first child Astrud, and then in 2008, Margot came along…from this our child and family portrait business also blossomed. We love fresh, vintage-inspired lifestyle photography. Throughout our blog we will post recent client sessions, accessories from some very talented designers and maybe a few posts here and there about our crazy life behind the scenes. I hope you enjoy your stay…and come back often!

Merry Christmas From the Mankins | St. Louis & Austin Photography

One day while looking through pinterest I found a picture of the Vitrine Dior window display in Paris.  I fell instantly in love, and knew I had to try to recreate this look of fluffy tulle poms, and silvery backdrops.  Last month I found these cute little vintage-y dresses made from delicate pink tulle and golden sequin stars, they were actually for their piano and violin recitals but ended up looking perfect in these portraits.  Everything just fell into place and I really couldn’t be happier with results.  I could have made a whole post of DIY’s on how to achieve this look..and may start incorporating set design and processing methods that I use into future posts, but for now..I will just show off these adorable images of the two little girls that make my life complete.

Our family portraits are usually the last of the season and that means that it’s time for us to take a long needed break.  We have some very big news coming up in the new year so stay tuned…but until then…….

We want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
Take care and we will see you in 2014!!!

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Fall Colors at the Park… | Southern Illinois Portrait Photography

It was so beautiful today.  Even though it was a school night we headed out to park to let the girls run and play.  In southern Illinois you never know when the ‘last’ nice day will be, so we try to take advantage of each one.  Before we know it there will be a foot a snow out there and that means we will be stuck indoors more.  There are several parks very close to where we live.  We decided to go to one of the more established and older parks that have large trees that are always full of color.  I spread out an old blanket I store in the trunk of my car and let the girls run around, pick flowers and play in what may be the last drop of warm sunlight for the year.

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