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Conversations with Bailey Mohr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bailey Mohr.

Hi Bailey, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Seventeen years ago, I started as an A/V producer for an academic institution. After planning trips to Kenya and Italy, my husband encouraged me to invest in a digital SLR camera. Traveling and exploring those countries made me fall in love with photography. I wanted to share stories through stills.

I continued my AV producer job for two years while I took on small weddings, events and family portraits. After having my first daughter, I decided to commit full-time to Beautiful Mess Photography. It has been almost 15 years and I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings, families and seniors in St. Louis and across the US.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Last year, during Covid, was a real challenge. Inevitable cancelations and constantly being unsure of what would happen next was beyond stressful. I asked for help. I have not been a successful photographer without a vast network of support and encouragement.

It was time to get creative. Like many business owners, I learned to adapt and find new ways to make ends meet. I reached out to friends and neighbors to book family porch sessions. I started filling in with more lifestyle branding sessions and headshots. I gained a whole new appreciation for photographing weddings and portraits. Being able to connect and tell the stories of my community really is a privilege.

Now, I am focused on small weddings and elopements to bring even more personalized service and fresh perspectives to our clients. Best of all, I was able to finish an art project that was seven years in the making. I showcased my work through a virtual gallery show called “ThreeHouse.” See other fine artwork here

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Photography has allowed me to be a part of the greatest adventure of all, real life. It is an honor to be invited into your wedding or your home to capture the most pivotal moments. I will capture your story through timeless, candid photography. Whether you are celebrating your engagement, graduating high school or getting married, I can’t wait to be there every step of the way.

Storytelling photography is a passion and a personal experience. Capturing your milestones is a creative, connected experience. I love relationships and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Beautiful Mess Photography documents weddings stories and adventure engagements throughout the U.S., specializing in an experience that will capture the true emotion and the beauty of real life.

My husband, I have been married for 18 years and have two baby dragons (daughters). I have been the owner and lead photographer of Beautiful Mess Photography since 2007. No matter who you are, the color of your skin, or whom you love, all couples are welcome to be part of the Beautiful Mess family.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Waking up at my grandma’s house on Christmas with my brother and sisters and all our cousins. There was so much paper. My grandma always gathered us for family pictures in front of the fireplace. I love those images.

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All photos by Beautiful Mess Photography

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