Laura & Robert ~ The Bel Air ~ Kokomo, Indiana

Oh Laura and Robert, what can I say! Your wedding was one for the books. Your family was overjoyed and so kind. Your taste for decor is impeccable. Your love for one another is endless, and I can’t wait to watch your love grow over the years. Congratulations! Here’s to many many MANY years to come. 

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Devon & John — The Barn At Kennedy Farm — Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer

Devon & John, what can I say. Your day was FULL of love for each other. I left your wedding filled with joy from your families contagious smiles and attitudes and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard on the dance floor. Enjoy your first Fall together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to watch your life grow together!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day.

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Devon & John, what can I say. Your day was FULL of love for each other. I left your wedding filled with joy from your families contagious smiles and attitudes and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard on the dance floor. Enjoy your first Fall together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to watch your life grow together! Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day.

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Baby Myah ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

Sweet Myah’s mama chose some of my favorite colors for her session and I just have to share them. I love how bright and fun they are, combined with her gray nursery with the pops of color. See my favorites below!

 

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The Manis Family ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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This has probably been said a hundred times already but I’m going to say it again. The bugs this year are awful!!! I think every outdoor session I’ve done this year has ended with bug bite after bug bite. And that’s with bug spray. 

These guys were troopers. The met me on a buggy buggy day at Jackson Morrow Park(where I think all the bugs of Kokomo must live) and we played in the woods, on the trails, and by the creek. Their session was lovely, and if you need any styling tips, this is a great session to take a look at for inspiration. Their outfit choices were simple but attractive, and they easily coordinated with one another, despite completely different materials and fabrics. 

Check out some of my favorites from their session below. Thanks for hanging out with me Courtney, Ty, and Hayden!

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Madison’s Maternity Session – Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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You know when you meet a kindred spirit and feel instantly connected with them? But you just aren’t sure why? Madison and her husband Eric came all the way up from Indianapolis for her maternity session here in Kokomo. And though I didn’t know it at the time, we had more in common that I had anticipated.

We chose Jackson Morrow Park, as Madison thought they would enjoy using the playground for some fun and unique shots. The session was easy as pie and I felt at ease almost immediately. They were very easy to talk to and we seemed to have similar areas of humor and interest. And as we were walking between locations, I was casually asking Madison about her pregnancy(since I was pregnant also). We came to find out that not only were we delivering at the same hospital, with the same medical team, but that we also had the same exact midwife. What are the chances right?! And then later I came to find that she’s actually a pastor, and funnily enough, that same week my husband officially accepted his first position as a head pastor. 

Their session ended with fun on the playground as planned and I felt like I had a new friend by the end of the session. Take a look at some of my favorite images from our time together below.

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What Does a Wedding Day Timeline Look Like?

Each and every wedding day is different, because each and every Bride & Groom are different. Your wedding day is meant to revolve around you and your personal preferences, so naturally, your wedding timeline will be set up the same.

So how is a wedding day typically structured, time wise? Many couples ask me this question in regards to choosing their amount of hourly coverage for their wedding photography package. It’s hard to know what exactly you’ll need without discussing every detail, but here’s an example of what a lot of wedding day photography timelines look like.

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Our Wedding Photography Timeline

12:00pm Jessica Newton Photography Arrives

12:05pm Details of Wedding Dress, Shoes, Jewelry, Cufflinks, Bowtie, Lapel Pen, Etc.

12:30pm Getting Ready with Bride/Bridesmaids

1:00pm Getting Ready with Groom/Groomsmen

1:20pm Bride Getting Into Dress

1:30pm First Look with Groom

1:45pm First Look with Father of the Bride

2:00pm Bridal Party Portraits

2:30pm Bride & Bridesmaid Portraits

3:00pm Groom & Groomsmen Portraits

3:30pm Guests Begin To Arrive  

4:00pm Ceremony Begins

4:20pm Ceremony Ends

4:20pm Cocktail Hour Starts

4:30pm Family Portraits 

5:00pm Bride & Groom Portraits

5:30pm Bridal Party Line Up for Reception Introductions

5:45pm Bridal Party Introduced

5:55pm Official Greeting/Prayer

6:00pm Dinner Begins

6:20pm Toasts by Best Man & Maid of Honor

6:30pm Cake Cutting

6:35pm First Dance as Mr & Mrs

6:40pm First Dance with Bride & Father of the Bride

6:45pm First Dance with Groom & Mother of the Groom

6:50pm Generation/Anniversary Dance

6:55pm Open Dance Floor

7:40pm Bouquet Toss

7:45pm Garter Toss

7:55pm Bride & Groom’s Grand Exit

8:00pm Jessica Newton Photography Departs

And that’s it! Your own wedding day timeline may look completely different, and that’s okay too. Pre-wedding consults are the perfect compliment for wedding packages, so that we can discuss your exact wedding day itinerary and needs. But this is a great starting point for anyone unsure of what to expect on their wedding day. 

 

 

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Clay & Victoria’s One Year Anniversary Session – Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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I think this might be a new thing you guys. I WISH I had done this for my and my husband’s one year. Victoria came up with the genius idea of surprising Clay for their one year anniversary by scheduling a styled photography session. She brought along her wedding dress, an arsenal of props, and of course the top tier of their wedding cake. 

My favorite part about this was that we were able to time their session around the “golden hour”, which often times isn’t possible to do on your wedding day. So even though we were at the same park, with the same wedding dress, and the same couple, these photos have a completely different look and feel to them. Check out my favorites from their session below, and if you happen to know V&C, be sure to wish them a happy anniversary!

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Ashli & Freddie | Kokomo, Indiana Engagement Photographer

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This. Session. It was muggy. It was buggy. And it was GREAT! These guys met me in Kokomo all the way from Frankfort Indiana so we could spend some time together. Their wedding is coming up in the Fall and as you guys have heard me say before, engagement sessions are the perfect way for us to get to know one another before your big day.

The lighting that day mixed with the free spirited attitudes of both Freddie & Ashli made the evening go by so quickly. We walked all over Wild Cat Creek Reservoir Park, bitten up and down by mosquitos, in the muggy heat of Indiana, and it was worth it. Take a look at some of my favorites. 

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Holland’s Newborn Session ~ Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

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So there’s a confession I have to make. I’ve been using Instagram for only about 4 months now 😁😁😁

I’m behind on the times I know. I couldn’t make myself use it consistently until recently, but I am SO glad I did. Because that’s how Holland’s sweet mama Kady found me!

Kady and Holland have quite the birth story. They made a huge move to Indianapolis, just a month prior to Holland’s due date. Expecting to have some time to get things settled and moved in to their new home, Holland decided to make her grand appearance a whole month early. And even though she was a month early, little girl was already 6 pounds! 

They decided to do a newborn/lifestyle combo session, where we spend half of their session focusing on Holland in posed newborn photos, and the rest in lifestyle images throughout their living space. I was so surprised at the togetherness and overall calming presence of their home. You’d never know that they had only lived there for a month, much less having had a newborn arrive a month early living amidst unpacking. I’m STILL trying to get our nursery together(with only 3 weeks to go, yikes!). Basically they’re awesome and I hope they pass on some of their ease and skill when our little one gets here 😉 Take a look at some of my favorites from their session below. 

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4am Musings by a Photographer – A Personal Blog Post

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35 weeks as of yesterday. Shwoo this pregnancy has gone by fast. 

It’s early early early(way earlier than I would like) because pregnancy insomnia is a thing apparently. This isn’t anything new, so once again I accepted that I wasn’t going back to sleep at 3:30am this morning and decide to start today. We have a busy day ahead, with family in from out of town, and my son’s 6th birthday party tomorrow. Lots of party planning, cooking, and cleaning all lay ahead for the weekend. My mind couldn’t shut off, checking each little thing on my to-do list over and over again. So I resigned myself to the fact that I might as well get used to it(because life with a newborn won’t be any different). 

At first I thought I’d go to the grocery store, because there won’t be any crowds this early. I can get in and out in a matter of minutes, have breakfast cooked for our guests, and get a huge leap on the day. But then I decided to muse over my coffee by taking a peek at a recent session before heading out.

I open up my editing program(Lightroom for you photographers out there), and I came across the above photo. It’s not my usual style, but something about it stopped me. The memory attached to this photo left me smiling, then giggling, as I recalled what the memory was from. Maybe I’m just giggling because of sleep deprivation, but the hilarity in what I realized at the moment truly had me stuck. 

Simply put, this darling little girl wanted to pick some flowers for her portraits that day. She found this little bundle of white dainty lovelies, and slowly, delicately started to pick off each and every one, and admiring it. And in my minds eye, I remember thinking about how long it was taking her to pick the flowers. I remember thinking that we needed to move on to a new location, the sun was getting higher and brighter, and we had things to do! Didn’t she know that we had things to do? So many things to do. So many places to go. All the things. All the places. All the photos.

If this little girl were me, right now, I would have snapped off that entire strand of flowers at the base. 

I laughed because you see…lately, things have been all kinds of crazy around here. Jonathan(my husband) just started his new position as the head pastor for First Friends Meeting here in Kokomo. I’m in the throws of editing several weddings and sessions simultaneously that I’ve had this month, with still several more on the schedule for July. I’m officially a work from home, stay at home mom, since Jon now works from an office. And I’m SUPER pregnant, with an endless list of nesting to-dos on my plate before Baby arrives. 

And so I couldn’t help but laugh at this picture, and the memory that goes with it, because of how absurd and ridiculous it made me feel.

What am I doing? I have absolutely NOT been delicately picking my flowers. This season has been hectic, crazy, and absolutely overwhelming. And right now, all of the flowers that I’ve been picking have been labeled as tasks, and buddy, I’m snapping the whole twig. Heck I might even pull it up by it’s roots like any two year old would. Because I’ve been in the mind set that I don’t have time for this. In my haste of preparing for a Baby, and guests, and work, and family, and chores, and the creative mundane that is life, I’ve completely lost the joy in all the details.

And the details are my favorite. 

Details that I need to promise myself that I’ll remember. I promise to take a breath and smile at the mountain of dirty dishes on my counter, because it means there are hungry little people in our home. I promise to rest and be present in conversation with my family, instead of running through my mental check list. I promise to give in to my children as they beg me to play, instead of hurriedly pleasing them so I can move on to my next household chore. I promise to be intentional with my work, because I’m fortunate that I have work to do. And I promise to notice the little kicks and nudges present from the tiny human in my ribs, because I’m going to want to remember this. 

So forgive me for my haste friends. Every day is a gift, and it’s a gift that we are only given once. Pick flowers intentionally, and enjoy all the colors and floral goodness that come with them.

Now please excuse me, because I’m headed to the grocery store 😉