Central Indiana – Newborn Photography Workshop

This month I’ll be holding another newborn mentoring session to go over the basics of newborn photography with aspiring photographers. We will be covering everything! From basic posing and wrapping techniques, to placing the finishing touches on a session. 

Because of the upcoming workshop, I wanted to share a little before and after of what we will be covering. The mentoring workshop will include a newborn session from start to finish, where we will be posing a newborn in various positions, depending on what each workshop participant is interested in learning. But one of my favorite parts of the workshop is the before and after! What do we actually do with the images, once the session is over? How do I process them? How do I make them look their best? What presets should I use? 

Here’s a little before and after of what you can expect. This is a straight out of camera image, vs. the final delivered image. I’ll be covering importing and backup, my favorite newborn presets, skin blemish editing techniques, tone adjustments and discoloration, blanket smoothing brushes, and final processing. 

I can. not. wait. The last mentoring session was so much fun, and if you’re thinking that newborn photography might be one of your interests, I hope to see you there!

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Indianapolis & Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer — Miss Serena

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This past Christmas we were visiting our family in Louisville, and I had a conversation with my sister in law about newborn photography. She asked me if I had ever turned down a session before due to it being “outside of your style”. And I said most definitely.

Sometimes I receive Client requests that are far outside of what I typically do during a session. So much so that I have to push myself a little bit in my thinking and style, just to point where I’m a tad uncomfortable. And sometimes even to the point that I have to refer a prospective client to another photographer that can better meet their needs. 

But I love a good challenge 😉 And it isn’t very often that I feel the need to refer clients out. I love trying to mix my Client’s styles and needs with that of my own style, and with a recent session, that’s exactly what we did. A sweet expectant mama had shown me some pictures of their littles one’s nursery. It was focused around a mermaid theme with some teals, cremes, pinks, and purples. This was also outside of my style but I felt it could be made into my style and her style easily with a little bit of TLC. I ended up making some headbands especially for the session and they turned out just how I wanted. 

In the end, it turned out just how we had pictured. Little miss mermaid was born and she was the sleepiest scrunchiest babe. Purple was her color and cremes were her friend. She looked gorgeous in no matter what setup we placed her in. Thanks for working with me on her session sweet mama! It was so much fun!

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Laura & Robert — Kokomo Indiana Engagement Session

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Originally I supposed to meet with these two in Downtown Indianapolis for their photography session. Well as the weather would have it, we needed to make some minor adjustments to the plan. Not only was it going to be cold cold cold but it was going to be wet and icy as well. Hanging out on the streets of Downtown would have been lovely, but since the weather would have limited our options, we decided to stick close to home and work with the indoors. 

Big Ben’s Coffee in Kokomo is one of my favorites. They have a variety of couches and corners that you can hide in and study or you can choose a comfy window seat to enjoy your coffee and some people watching. It was where I had first met Laura and it seemed like the perfect place for their engagement session.

After some time at Big Ben’s, we eventually ventured outdoors to see if we could withstand the weather from some pictures in Downtown Kokomo. Overall, I love the variety in the session and I enjoy it so much when couples aren’t just posing for pictures, but are enjoying doing something fun and unique together. Thanks for braving the cold with me R & L and I can’t wait to watch you guys walk down the aisle in May! See more of their session below: 

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Then & Now — A Personal Reflection

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Self doubt is a constant struggle of mine. It’s an illness of sorts, that we let creep in on our accomplishments. And instead of celebrating in our achievements, we often hesitate in giving ourselves proper credit. Why? Well because it’s rude to “Toot one’s own horn” right? So instead of “tooting” we replace it with our own fabulous little questions.

“What if I’m not really that good at ____________?” 

“Are my family/friends giving me false encouragement?”

“What will happen if I fail?”

“Can I do this all on my own?” 

6 years ago, I became a new mom to an itty bitty baby. And that itty bitty baby, is in the picture above. My husband and myself lived in a teeny tiny apartment, surviving on mostly sandwiches and love. And as much as I longed to have newborn pictures taken of our little one, it was a world outside of what we could afford.

So I thought to myself, how hard could it be? My dad has a nice DSLR. I can just borrow the camera, find a cute outfit, and take the pictures myself. I’d save $300 in the process and I’d get to do something creative and fun. What could go wrong?

The images. Oh my, the images. were. awful. So awful. I giggle about it now, but at the time, I didn’t understand it. Of course I loved them anyway, because they were pictures of our baby, but it wasn’t what I expected. The pictures on Pinterest looked so… different in comparison to mine. Why? I had a nice camera, check. I had a cute baby, check. I had a cute outfit, check. So why didn’t it work out in the way that I had expected?

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The day that I spent looking over those images, was the day that my interest in photography was born. I rummaged through anything and everything I could find on the subject for months. I learned how to manually operate a camera. I learned the importance of lighting and how it can be manipulated. I learned to be patient with myself. I learned my style and preference for photography. I discovered that I love to document life more than posing portraits. I learned the power of preserving moments. I learned how to make time stand still.

I look back on where I started, and it makes me sad that I’ve forgotten how far I’ve come. That I would even question it. Because I’ve come SO FAR. I am standing where I am today because of my own hard work. Because of the immeasurable support of my family. 

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Remember those little questions of self doubt? Well let me tell you, they only have meaning if you let them. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being a college student is hard. Being an adult is hard. Being a parent is hard. Being a human being IS HARD. And because it is hard, it makes it that much sweeter. We can meet our goals. We can achieve great things. We can grow, and learn, and love, and we can support others who are doing the same. 
At the time, I felt like those first photos were awful. But they aren’t. Not really. They preserved his squishiness. His inquisitiveness. His round little belly and his teeny tiny toes. But most of all, they preserved memories that are not even reflected in the photo. They preserved my memories of holding that tiny baby in my arms. Of all of the emotions contained in that little apartment. Of the first DSLR that I ever held, of the first photo that I ever took with the goal of being a portrait, of the first time I ever dove in to the world of photography.

Celebrate in your achievements and give yourself some credit. Because that credit may be far overdue. 

Baby Harrison ~ Kokomo & Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

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Did you know that newborn sessions are tailored to your own style? They can take a natural or posed approach depending on your personal preferences. We can do a bunch of squishy poses together, with Baby in a variety of wraps, headbands, rompers, baskets, etc. We can do a lifestyle approach with Baby in their crib or snuggled up with Mom and Dad on the couch. But my favorite way to approach newborn sessions is to do a little bit of both. 

I was able to meet sweet Harrison and his parents this past December and we spent our time doing a mix of both posed and unposed newborn portraiture. They lived in one of the major areas affected by the tornado that came through Kokomo this last year and had just finished up the last of the repairs before Baby H arrived. By the looks of their nautical nursery, you’d never know that there had been a struggle with bad weather. Each item was perfectly in place and Harrison fit right in. 

Brooke & Nick were obviously smitten with their little boy and their session was easy as pie. See more of their lovely nursery and handsome little man below. Thanks for inviting me in to your home to preserve these memories B & N! 

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Kristin & Aric ~ Indianapolis and Kokomo Wedding Photographer

I had the joy of first meeting Kristin and Aric back in 2015. They were both in the wedding party for Cassie and Scott’s big day spent at the Marrott.

2016 slowly ticked by until K&A’s wedding day finally arrived. Sunny sunny skies and beautiful fluffy clouds overlooked St. Malachy’s cathedral in Brownsburg, making it obvious that it was going to be a fantastic day. It was my first full mass catholic ceremony that I had ever attended, and to be honest, I was a nervous wreck. I must have reviewed the program and rules with the wedding coordinator a dozen times to make sure that I got everything right. But nerves tend to fuel rather than hinder at weddings, and I’m so in love with the results. 

Their day was FILLED with sweet family and friends. From the ceremony, to the bubble exit, to the ending dances, there were many smiles shared throughout the evening. I’m so blessed to have been a part of this day and I’m so happy to see the sunshine and smiles in these photographs. Thanks for letting me be there Kristen and Aric!

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Baby A.J. ~ Indianapolis & Kokomo Newborn Photographer

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Cutie pie here arrived just before Christmas. Best Christmas gift ever right? I was soooooo glad we were able to squeeze his session in before we left to go out of town. He had the prettiest skin and his mama and daddy are both such lovely people. We did a little bit of a lifestyle session in their apartment together and also some of the more posed portraits of just A.J. by himself. See more of this session below.

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Hope & Erik ~ France Park Logansport Indiana ~ Engagement Photographer

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Remember that one time where I almost got us lost in the woods during an engagement session? Yup. That happened. 

Hope & Erik were engaged at a friends home just across from France Park. And Eric used a drone for the proposal. Awesome right? Since the park was just across the road from fond memories and since H&E both enjoy camping together, we knew that it was the perfect space.

France park is one of my own favorite places and spaces. You guys may remember my trip there in 2015 on my first camping experience with my family. I was pretty familiar with the park and knew where the trails led up to the cliffs. We had walked 5 miles worth of the trails when we had camped, so I confidently led the way for the session. 

We made it up to the cliffs and soon after were on our way back down. I assumed that the trail circled around, so as it turned, I just decided to follow it. Eventually we ended up off of the trail in this grass meadow that was a great stop for some more portraits. 

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That is until I realized afterwards that I had no idea where we were.

It was obvious that the meadow had been walked through often by others, so I figured we couldn’t be far from the quarry. So I took a look at my iPhone’s location and map to see which direction we should head to get back to the quarry. It pointed us straight through the woods. So through the woods we went. 

Probably not my best idea. We stepped over logs, weeds, and plenty of bushes until we made our way back to the main trail on the quarry. By the time we were done, Hope was covered in little fuzzy burrs and Eric had some mud on the hem of his jeans. Sorry guys.

They were both good sports about it and we clean up and headed out. We finished up at the bottom of the quarry and talked about Hope’s family and how she has fond memories of playing with her cousins at France Park. Despite the fact that I almost got us lost, it was a great session. I’m so glad to know you Hope & Erik and I can’t wait to be there for your wedding! Thanks for foraging through the woods with me 😉

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Katie & Steve ~ Indianapolis Propylaeum Wedding

Instead of the usual blog post, I decided to try my hand a creating a video for Katie & Steve’s wedding day highlights. After all the Indianapolis Propylaeum is my all time favorite wedding venue, so I figured it deserved something a little special 😉 Click play to check it out(and to listen to my favorite song).

Megan & Adam — The Ritz Charles Carmel Indiana Wedding

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Megan and Adam. To say I had fun with them on their wedding day doesn’t quite cover it. They. Are. Fabulous. It felt like we spent most of the day belly laughing together and giggling between their wedding portraits for the rest of it. Their wedding was filled with genuine smiles and SO MUCH joy. Looking back over these photos makes me long for summer days spent with good company. Here are some of my favorites from their day. 
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