Back to New Orleans • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Before wedding season kicks off, my friend Emily and I always head down to New Orleans for a little R&R! New Orleans is such an amazing place, filled with so much culture and energy. If you get the chance, take a quick trip there and experience everything from the French Quarter to the outer lying swamps that make up this magical place!


© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

The Wedding Retreat 2015 • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

In March I marked a HUGE goal off my list for 2015, teaching! As a wedding photographer with over 100 weddings photographed, I’ve come to realize that I have so much to share with other photographers just starting out. This business can eat you up and kick you out before you even get started, so if I can help just one awesome photographer avoid some of the business mistakes I’ve made in the past, well then it’s worth the time and energy these things take to host!

The Wedding Retreat was an idea that myself and Ashely Fisher Photography brought to life last month! It was honestly more exciting, inspriational, and down right exhausting than we could have ever imagined it would be! Ten amazing women from all over the US joined us in St. Louis to learn and grow as photographers and business women!

The Wedding Retreat spanned two days and was filled with more information than I think Ashley and I could have even planned on sharing. The first day we discussed the wedding day itself, photographing all the key moments and thinking quickly on your feet when things don’t go as planned. At the end of the day we put that knowledge to use with a day time shoot with Catherine Rhodes Photography and a night time shoot with Ashley Fisher Photography!

The second day we dove into business! We discussed marketing, pricing, and so much more!


During my shoot with the attendees we walked through the start of a wedding day and then a quick portrait session on the docks! Stu and Kat are an amazing couple who are actually getting married in a few short months, so the real life experience of posing and working with a couple like this was priceless! A big thank you goes out to Whitney Reynolds, BHLD, and Tiffany Rose Designs for creating this gorgeous bridal look!



We also had a STUNNING table scape created by Madison Sanders Events and Addie Jane’s Originals! I mean it was truly a beautiful set, something I’m sure any bride would just love to have on her wedding day!



All in all, I can’t even begin to imagine a more beautiful and perfect start to Ashley and I’s first workshop together! We both have a love for education that I’m sure each and every one of our workshop attendees noticed. They all walked away with pages and pages of information to help their business grow and photography flourish!

A special thank you to our sponsors, the amazing people in our industry who not only donated their products but believed in our idea and energy of The Wedding Retreat : HH Boogie, ProDPI, Kelly Moore Bags, and many more we’ll be saying thank you to over on our page : The Wedding Retreat with Ashley and Catherine!


And finally a BIG thank you so much to all the attendees who jumped on board for our first retreat! It’s going to be hard to beat this amazing group of women/photographers for round two and we truly can’t wait to see where everyone takes their business in the near future!

If you’d like more information about The Wedding Retreat and future educational opportunities, simply sign up HERE!

And here’s the full list of vendors who helped make those beautiful styled shoots happen, THANK YOU!!!

Daytime Stationery : Little Yellow Leaf –
Nightime Stationery : Announce This! –
Specialty Rentals (Linens, Flatware, Glassware) : Ultra Pom Event Rental –
Styled Shoot Design : Madison Sanders Events :
Photographer Daytime : Catherine Rhodes Photography –
Photographer Nighttime : Ashley Fisher Photography –
Floral Design : Addie Jane’s Originals –
Cigars : Brennan’s –
Wedding Dresses & Hair Pieces : BHLDN –
Ties : Express –
Hair and Makeup : Whitney Reynolds –

Table Rentals : The Aries Company –
Cake: Simone Faure, La Patisserie Chouquette

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Introducing The Social Booth • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Today we bring to you one of our most exciting announcements of 2015….

We are so excited to introduce you to THE SOCIAL BOOTH, the classic Photo Booth with exciting new capabilities from video to sharing all your amazing images straight to social media from the party itself! The Social Booth is an open air booth concept that let’s you get creative with your friends while incorporating the theme of your event into the images themselves via backdrops and props!

From a wedding reception to a 30th birthday party, what better way to capture images of all your guests having an amazing time at your event! After the images are taken, they can be uploaded directly to Email or Facebook. The images will also be shared with all your guests via an online gallery the week after your event! The Social Booth includes the option to use a Gold Sequin Backdrop or a Rose Red Backdrop. Otherwise, we encourage you to get creative and create your own! Here are just a few fun ways to incorporate your own style into The Social Booth!

Starting today, we have an amazing promotion to kick off this exciting new addition to Catherine Rhodes Photography! Reserve The Social Booth for your special event in 2015 and receive 30% OFFThis offer expires April 30th 2015. The Social Booth along with your online gallery of event images, begins at $500.00 and can be reserved for up to four hours at a single event!

So email us today at to reserve The Social Booth for your special event in 2015!

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding and Engagement Photography | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Kelli and Grant : A Kansas city Engagement Session • Columbia Missouri Based Wedding Photographer

What a beautiful day we had for Kelli and Grant’s Kansas city Engagement Session! We started the afternoon off at the beautiful Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts! This amazing building was absolutely perfect for some classic and beautiful portraits. From there we headed to the West Bottoms, an area of Kansas city that’s currently being revitalized, so there was a wonderful mix of new and old throughout.

We had such a wonderful time photographing these engagements throughout Kansas city and can’t wait for their wedding day this coming October! For more information on Engagements and Wedding Photography, feel free to contact!



© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Engagement and Wedding Photography | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide