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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 grew by two more feet, as we welcomed our baby girl Emma to the world, she is now one year old along with our three 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 :)

  • I absolutely love being a mama...of two that is!

  • We 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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