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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 eight 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 feet, as we welcomed our baby boy Elijah to the world, who is now 20 months old! We will soon be welcoming our second child, a baby girl! 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 will soon be a family of four this fall after we welcome our baby girl! Elijah will be a great 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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