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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!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration Board | Austin Child Photography

It’s been far too long since my last inspiration board, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share some lovely little treasures.  These inspiration boards are just a small example of what I like.  Dreamy little snippets from my pinterest boards or through browsing online.  I love sharing great finds, and introducing people to small retailers that have fabulous things, especially pretty little things for girls.
If only I had endless time and deep pockets……..sigh…..

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1. Laduree Paris  2. Dreamy Little Dress by Snazzie Drawers  3. Language of Love Card by Jonathan Adler
4. Gianna Gold Cap Toe Shoes by Joyfolie  5. Heart Bandit Valentine by Anthropologie  6. Free Valentine’s Fonts
7. Rose Heart Locket by Nest Pretty Things Kids

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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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