Be Lovely Photography

Lovely Manifesto


Thank you for checking out Be Lovely Photography, we welcome you and want to get to know you better! Though since you're browsing, we can assume you'd like to know more about BLP and the way we work.

BLP has been around for almost 10 years, documenting families, events, weddings, birthday parties, newborns, kiddos, bar & bat mitzvahs, elopements, engagements, reunions, retirements, and commercial work. After graduating from Webster University with a degree in Photography, owner JJ Lane has shot for St. Louis Magazine At Home, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Monsanto, Maryville University, Artscope, Epworth, Places for People, and many other wonderful organizations. We love being featured in print too, but our main goal is to create bright, authentic, and lively images of people and events.

Living in the amazing and eclectic city of St. Louis, we love exploring and finding unique locations for documenting families, couples, and seniors. We feel that St. Louis has so many wonderfully natural parks and forests, as well as funky & gritty spots in the city. We want to work with our clients to find an area that represents their story and feels comfortable and inviting, so we can make suggestions or document families in the comfort of their own home.

Over the past few years, we have found that documenting events is our primary specialty. We love seeing a day from beginning to end, telling the story and covering the details so that all of it gets visually recorded. We see so much love in the small bits of the day, and we want people to feel as passionate about their images as they remember feeling on the day of their event. From weddings to Bat Mitzvahs, retirement parties to backyard family reunions, we enjoy being chosen to document the day as it unfolds.

We also love photographing families! When not busy shooting fun events, we enjoy hanging out with babies, kiddos, and families. Our shoots are full of energy and running around, we get messy and love exploring and taking our time to get precious images of families. We don't use a studio, so newborn sessions happen in the comfort of the family home. We cherish the tiny wrinkles and the squishy arms of a brand new babe. We also appreciate the scowl of a 3 year old.

Our goal is clear: we strive to document life in a modern and creative way. Weddings, lively events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, celebrations, engagements, babies, bellies, kids, families, we enjoy photographing events that are worth documenting. This may mean the biggest day of your relationship, or the day you have a homebirth. If we are a positive creative fit, let's create some beautiful images.

JJ Lane, primary shooter and founder of BLP