The Cabin with the Tiny Red Door – A Photo Mommy Post

Photo Mommy has officially launched! Here’s a snippet of the first blog post. To read the full blog, click “read more” below.

7 years ago.

We lived in the Conecuh National Forest. I sat very pregnant in our home of a tiny cement walled cabin. The one with the little red door. It was a chilly April morning, as it always was since the failing thermostat only kept the temperature at a balmy 50 degrees. My newly wed husband lovingly kissed my cheek, breathing the sweet words of โ€ Good Morningโ€ into my ear. He handed me a hot cup of coffee and a warm blanket out of the dryer like he always did, helping me shuffle out the door and off to my 2 hour commute to college….(click here to read more)

Baby Emryn ~ A Lafayette Indiana Birth Story ~ Kokomo Birth Photographer

I’ve always known that birth photography was for me. Always. 

The process of birth has been one of my favorite subjects for years. From studying pregnancy and preparing for my own births, to watching my friends prepare for theirs, it’s a heart warming yet equally terrifying subject. There’s literally nothing in the world like it. There is nothing like the anticipation of that 40th week.

I could sit with others for hours rehashing their birth stories. Hearing moms and dads describe the moments prior to becoming a parent. The excitement. The fear. The joy. So imagine my excitement when birth photography started trending as a subject and becoming a “thing”. 

I first met Shai and Zac via a slightly panicked phone conversation. Shai had gone into labor two weeks early, and her original birth photographer was out of town. Luckily her photographer had a backup plan in cases like this, and had asked me if I could fill in. Shai was already 5cm when I got the call, so I grabbed my bags(no makeup today!) and headed out to IU Arnett in Lafayette Indiana.

A little side note: Shai attributes her early labor to her friends surprise “pop party” that was thrown for her just hours prior to the onset of labor. So if you’re hoping to go into labor sooner rather than later, celebrate with a pop party!

See their beautiful birth story below, as they welcome sweet Emryn.

***this is a BIRTH story. Images of birth are present in this blog post. If birth photography isn’t for you, it’s best to skip this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ *** 

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Alex & Chase ~ A Baby Bump Story ~ Kokomo Maternity Photographer

Winter is rough. But sessions like this remind me that even in the hardest of times, you can still find the beauty and fill your life with color. I had the BEST time getting to know Alex and Chase. Check out their photography session held in Peru Indiana.

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Sarah & Travis – An In-House Wedding – Kokomo, Indiana Photography

When I first met Sarah, I left our first greeting with a full and happy heart. Not only is she a kind hearted soul and stunningly beautiful, but she is completely head over heels in love with Travis. We met up at the Starbucks here in Kokomo, Indiana and she had told me a little bit about herself. She was currently in college at Ball State and Travis was away, training in the Navy. 

And now he’s deployed out at sea, and will be for quite some time. He came home for approximately two weeks for their wedding day, before heading out again just a few short days later. The sacrifices that our military(and their spouses and families) make on a daily basis can not be counted. It’s an unfathomable list. Small things that we take for granted on a daily basis.

During their reception, Travis’ brother Tyler gave a heartwarming speech and poem, that left most everyone in tears. He’d borrowed the poem from a friend who’s significant other had written about the hardships of being a military spouse and all of the thankless sacrifices that come with it. I was so moved by it that I had to get my hands on the poem, to share it with you guys. 

“Your boyfriend belongs to you, mine belongs to the military.

You haven’t seen him for a while, I will go months without seeing him.

You haven’t heard from him for a couple hours, I will go weeks without hearing him.

You may get mad and ignore his calls, I would give anything for just five minutes.

You may take him for granted. I do not.”

Tyler continued in encouraging Sarah to stay strong on the long and lonely nights for when our country calls. Travis and Sarah, thank you for your service. We wouldn’t be where we are, or who we are without you. 

 

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Anniversary Session Surprise ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

 

Bethany and Graham’s faces have long decorated my website and blog. Their candid chemistry and obvious feelings for one another has always left me with a full heart. And their daughter(who just turned one this past year)has the BIGGEST smiles and it’s always rewarding when I receive a visit from them.

Bethany contacted me a few months back, wanting to plan an anniversary session in celebration of their 2nd year together. But with an added surprise. They were expecting baby #2! She wanted to preserve the memories of telling the news to Graham, by sharing it with him during our session together, with a pregnancy reveal.

Towards the end of their session, the sun was setting just over the cliffs of France Park in Logansport Indiana. And I asked them to turn around and think for a moment about what their favorite memory of 2017 and their 2nd year of marriage had been so far. Bethany had her answer ๐Ÿ™‚ And the rest is preserved in history. Enjoy these sweet memories friends.  

Little Valentine – Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

I just had to feature this sweet girl on Valentine’s Day with her blush palette session. Take a peek!

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Pastel Inspired Wedding ~ Hawthorns Country Club Fishers, Indiana

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Anyone else loooooove pastels? And donuts as an optional wedding treat? YES. See more of this lovely styled wedding below.

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Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

Photography by: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club
Dress & Tux: Bridal Superstore of Indianapolis, Indiana
Makeup: Moriah Justin
Hair: Allison Linnae Hair
Macaroons: Etta’s Gooey Goodies
Decor: The Borrowed Boutique
Cake: Classic Cakes
Stationary: Blu3 Designs
Donuts: The Dancing Donut
Florals: Bokay Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

 

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Beauty & The Beast Inspired Wedding | Laurel Hall | Indianapolis, Indiana

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To all the wonderful vendors that made this shoot possible!

Photography:  Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Laurel Hall  
Stationary/ Signage: Blu3 Designs  
Dress & Tux : Bridal Superstore 
Hair: Alison Linnae Hair 
Makeup: Moriah Justin 
Rentals: Nerdy Fox Rentals  
Cake: Shyann Burris 
Florals: Julie Flowers of Giest 
Planner: Kaylee Creighton 

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The Thieke Family

Ah Fall.

There’s not much better. The colors, the cool crisp air, little pink noses, and warm coffee in cold hands. 

The Thieke family hit a huge milestone this Fall, and their big girl turned ONE! And they wanted to remember her first year’s memories by celebrating with a family session. Check out our fall session together below.

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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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