st louis family photographer who also specializes in maternity & newborn

authentic, beautiful, real

St Louis Family Photographer
as a st louis family photographer,

I want to give each family I photograph authentic, beautiful, and real images that matter. I adore spending time documenting those authentic, raw moments with clients. Time is a thief. Moments are so fleeting. There's never a 'perfect time' to get photos.

I highly recommend Vanessa. She's super fun to work with. My kids had a blast and it was like she captured just a day at the park with us.

Mallory S.

expect the unexpected

family photography st louis

I know that photographing families takes a lot of patience and understanding. I find beauty in the chaotic nature that comes with children. As your Family Photographer, I help you embrace it and together we will create your authentic story.

videos that will make you remember

I love giving this kind of memento to my clients. Photographs are amazing but a great way to really be in the moment every time you look back is videos. I remember watching home videos when I was a kid of my family and it was just the most amazing thing ever to me as a child. And now, as an adult, I wish I had more to show my own kids.

perfectly imperfect

st louis maternity photographer
i am also St Louis Maternity Photographer

I am not your standard family portrait photographer. No stiff poses with forced smiles at the camera here. Just real emotions and real families being perfectly imperfect.

meet your photographer


Hey! I'm Vanessa! I am the face and brains behind Vanessa Summers Photography. I've always wanted to do photography even from an early age. I was always fascinated by taking pictures of those around me. I never thought to make a career from it, and it honestly wasn't until I had my firstborn that I even considered doing more than capturing special moments with my family. I do like to consider myself more of a candid lifestyle photographer capturing those special moments in between - the toothy grins and little giggles. I want my clients to look at their pictures and feel the emotion of that very moment, and hold on to it for a lifetime. You can find my work featured in Shutter Up Magazine and Fervent Focus Magazine.

I service st. Louis and all the surrounding counties.

Franklin County Jefferson County Lincoln County St. Charles County St. Louis City County St. Louis County Warren County

Follow me on Instagram
@vanessasummersphotography