MARY ANN GRAVES
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
My name is Mary Ann Graves, the owner of Mary Elizabeth Photography. I am a Wedding & Life Event Photographer in the St. Louis & surrounding areas. I am a wife to the most wonderful husband, James and the mom to 4 precious miracles. I want to be able to capture moments with them that might otherwise be too fleeting to commitment to memory. Photography is an amazing tool to help me preserve those precious memories no matter how big or small.
I have always felt the pull to photography but it was not until a trip to Cambodia that I decided to stop letting my camera do the work, take charge and get the photos I knew I could shoot. This lead me to asking God where should my speciality in photography be focused & how can I give back with this talent He gave me. I knew immediately the areas were: weddings & family. Weddings have always been a part of my life, whether that was dreaming of my own (which was magical) or being apart of friends wedding. I feel like my wedding day went by so quickly even though I truly was trying to take in every moment. I loved our photographer but really wished so many things were different. A passion grew in my heart to help other beautiful brides not have the same stress & mistakes that I made. I want to be able to give a bride an experience that she will never forget on her wedding day. I want my couples to have the magical day they have been dreaming in their hearts.
My whole goal is capture the essence of who you are in each image. This is the reason why I like to spend some time with my couples to ensure I get to know them properly. I would describe my style as: elegant, interactive, stunning, timeless, & brighter colors that will pop without being overly bold or heavy. I strive to take photos that you (and I) are proud of and will cherish for a lifetime. Pictures that you will look back on and say, "wow, that was the best day!!" You have a story to tell and I am here to help you put into pictures what words cannot do. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you!!
I photograph in Missouri and surrounding areas, as well as, the Denver Metro & Rocky Mountain area. I also offer travel/destination wedding photography. I have a 25 mile radius from Festus, MO. I do offer an add on travel for anything outside of that area.