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About Us | How It Began

We are a premier midwest wedding photography studio out of Hannibal, MO. We serve the tri-state area of Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois catering to Hannibal, St. Charles, St. Louis and Quincy, IL areas. I am Laken, the face behind MVP, and ten years ago my passion revealed itself with a camera in hand. I was inspired to follow my dream job. After shooting my very first wedding, I knew that's where I belonged.


I found my calling in wedding photography & videography because nothing is better than capturing the most important & happiest day of two peoples lives. My husband Derek has been a part of our business every step of the way. I wouldn't be where I am today with his love & support. Our family recently grew by two more feet, as we welcomed our baby girl Emma to the world, along with a two year old, Elijah! Being a stay-at-home mom and full-time wedding photographer has been nothing short of amazing. The longer I continue doing what I'm doing, the more confident I become in knowing I'm right where I'm meant to be. I am so glad you are here and we cannot wait to transform your time with us into priceless memories!


Laken McDonald


Fun Facts!

  • My husband is my best friend :)

  • We just became a family of four in 2021, welcoming our baby girl Emma Rose! Elijah loves being a big brother!

  • We have a pekingese named Joey...He is very spoiled..

  • Coffee in the morning = Successful day

  • We love to travel and always do the souvenir penny!

  • My favorite color is purple. But also love light blue.

  • I cry at almost every wedding during father daughter dances.

  • And last but not least, we can't wait to meet you!

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