Not ready for a photoshoot in your home? That's ok, we've got you covered! You can still get that cozy, lifestyle feel by hanging out in our studio. We've got a family bed, perfect for snuggles (or some jumping!). Holly and Justin brought their sweet baby Ellie to the historic studio for this shoot, taking advantage of the exposed brick and homey feel. We also ventured outside at the end for a bit of that fall color, without needing to spend the entire session out in the cold. Ellie even brought out her raspberry blowing skills for the session!
Let's dig out one of my favorite fall photoshoots, shall we? Nigel had his senior photoshoot at a park in the near nothside of Indianapolis, where the fall color is chalk-full of yellow and gorgeous fall color. We even snuck his sister in there for a shot for mom (they are basically models!). In addition to the leaves and forest shots, we brought in some architectural elements. Recognize those ruins? It's Holiday Park! Fun fact: full fall color in Indianapolis is Halloween. Nigel, I hope you're enjoying college!
Three adorable boys? Check. Perfect pregnant belly? Check. Completely in love couple? Check and check! This maternity shoot was focused on family, family, family - they were growing by one, and ended up adding a girl to all of those boys! How exciting! This styled shoot took place at the Fixer Upper farm, northeast of Indianapolis. The farm was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous shoot. They snuggled in a grove of trees, looked at horsies, and played with a picnic quilt. Those boys loooove their daddy, and my favorite shot is when Dad and his sons are all tickling each other! Lindzi, we hope your boys are busy loving on their sister!
I had the honor of photographing Colby and her gorgeous daughter, Abriana. Colby is extremely studious and was actually set to graduate barely after her due date! Luckily, she was able to attend her graduation, making little Abriana the world's best graduation present. I was excited to use my new bonnet for this sweet babe, and she was nice and sleepy for some photos with mom. Colby, you are gorgeous and so is your darling daughter!
Brian and Penny wanted to commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary in an incredibly special way - after vacationing in Ireland, I styled a photoshoot for them. It had an engagement/wedding vibe to it, but with darker colors, to keep things fresh.
We created most of the images inside the historic studio - Indianapolis can be killer hot in the summer, and this was an exceptionally humid evening! Penny asked for some cozy, casually romantic (and cuddly!) photos on the studio bed; then we created more formal shots - some of them on our Victorian couch, with a fabulously James Bond feel.
We finished up by sneaking outside for just a few images in the courtyard, and then in a field behind the studio. Located near Fort Benjamin Harrison, there are a ton of beautiful outdoor areas for us to pick from!
Penny and Brian, you guys are amazing and your love just radiated the entire session. Here's to the next 25 years!
I absolutely loved photographing Andrea's family - her little guy was such an amazing sleeper! They came into the photography studio when he was s sweet 10 days old. I absolutely love placing newborns on minimalist white, black, and gray backgrounds, to keep all of your focus on baby. I can't wait to take some first birthday photos of this little one!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little girl during an all-white, bright and airy cake smash session. We started with some Mommy & Me portraits, and ended with a bit of bubble bath.
One of the things I love about creating sessions like this is that they are timeless. They aren't trendy, or cheesy, and they aren't overly styled. You won't look back on these in 20 years and think "Oh wow, that is SO 2010s!" and you won't be distracted by tons of balloons and Disney character decorations in the background. Nope, these portraits are classic and focus solely on the beauty of your gorgeous child. They coordinate wonderfully with my minimalistic style of newborn portraiture, so you can display a progression of your child's milestones in their nursery.
Kye welcomed me into her home to photograph her family with a lifestyle photo session. These sessions are less about posing and looking at the camera, and more about authentic interactions. They held a tea-party (complete with invisible tea!), and read their favorite book, The Book With No Pictures.
Their interior was an amazing backdrop for this shoot. We captured not only those everyday moments of life, but also their beautiful house that they've worked hard to make a home. Thank you guys so much for letting me document your family!
This fun adventure shoot at the studio included confetti, jumping on the bed, and snuggling with Daddy. I blogged about it on our old site, but we're fresh here, so let's take another look! This is one of my favorite sessions of all time.
Like most of our adventure shoots for girls, I supplied some beautiful dresses. One was rented from The Borrowed Boutique up in Fishers, and the others came from the studio's wardrobe.
We started with jumping on the bed, and playing with some star confetti. One of the things that rocks about having a studio bed made for jumping is that we get rid of that nervous energy right away! Raquel had a blast playing.
Lastly, we finished up with some special daddy & daughter images. These two just love each other completely, and it was so sweet to see them interact.
If you'd like to have an adventure shoot for your child, I'd love to hear from you!
Moms, I'm writing to you today about something really important:
Your kids are being documented without you.
We take hundreds, thousands of photos of our children, but rarely do we step in the photo with them. There are so many excuses - I don't have makeup on, I need to lose ten pounds, I don't need a photo of myself....
I get it. I really do. As a mom of three boys myself, I understand the pregnancy weight gain, the stretch marks, losing my pre-mom body, and being constantly covered in spit-up. I don't feel pretty when I just spent the day chasing children, wiping their noses, and collecting balls from the roof. I love my kiddos, but getting a photoshoot done with them sounds like an hour of herding goats while they eat my clothes. And why do I need to be in the photos, anyway?
Because here's the thing: those photos are important.
They're important because your kids should be able to have photos with their mom.
When they grow up and look back through albums, will your children have any photos with you? Every moment of their young lives, they looked to you for snuggles and comfort, and depended on you for everything necessary to thrive. That was their life, and that's how they will remember it. Those precious little kisses, hugs, and silly faces you make at each other is something they deserve to have photographed, to hold onto and look back on as they age.
These photos are important because you are beautiful.
Even when you don't feel beautiful, you are beautifully their mother. They don't look at you and think, "Gee mom, you should really lose 5 pounds." They look at you and think, "That's my mom and I love her."
They think, My mom can do anything. She makes every owie better. She is the world's greatest snuggler, and no mommy anywhere in the world is better than my mommy. She is the prettiest mommy I've ever seen, especially in the morning in bed, when I jump in to wake her up with kisses.
You are beautiful because of who you are, and your children know that.
I know it, too. So please mommas - don't hesitate any longer. It's time to document your relationship with your little ones before they grow up.