Andrea & Denver. Kokomo Engagement Photographer

Another trip out to this gorgeous Mississinewa Reservoir  in Peru, Indiana. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite spots, even though it’s so rare that I get to make it out there.

Denver & Andrea loved the idea of the reservoir, and it was the most perfect weather for such a space(despite tornados sweeping the area, just 3 days prior), so we took the excuse and made the drive. And it definitely didn’t disappoint. Here’s a handful of my many many favorites. I can’t wait to be there for their big day in July!

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Jude ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

Lifestyle photography is probably my all time favorite genre of photography. It encompasses beautifully natural lit photographs, taken in the comfort of your home, while engaging in your every day surroundings and activities.

As my husband likes to call it, it’s the Creative Mundane. The beautiful memories of every day life, that we don’t think much off in the moment, but often miss so very much once we’ve aged or when our little ones are grown.

It is such an honor to step in to someone’s personal space. To spend time with others as they learn and play together, and to preserve the memories that they are making. To creative physical, printed memories that others will be able to look back on for years to come.

To the “L” family. Thanks for inviting me in to your little slice of heaven and for allowing me to witness your family’s transition with a new little one. Here’s a small bit of family moments from their lifestyle/newborn session.

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Boston ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

2016 is the first year that I’ve ever offered newborn photography. For the last five years I’ve primarily photographed weddings as well as families. And last year I had the honor of photographing many weddings, one of which was a gorgeous wedding for Renee & Blaine, which you might remember me blogging about here.

I was so thrilled to see their names again in my inbox, and even more thrilled to learn that they were expecting their first little one. My heart is so full to have been a part of not just one of their life events, but now two.

Thank you for sharing these precious moments with me Blaine & Renee. I know they’ll last a lifetime. Congratulations!

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Leah & Drew Engagement Session ~ Peru, Indiana

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Even though I’m based in Kokomo, I like to venture out to other areas often. Especially for photography purposes because shooting in new areas often provides a different kind of scenery that are other wise hard to gather if you visit the same park or street for every session.

So we did just that 🙂 Leah & Drew attended high school together and saw each other in passing, but it wasn’t until after high school that their paths crossed. Literally. They were both out on a hiking trail at the same time and happened to walk by one another. Both immediately noticed the other, but tried to play it cool. After a few minutes they each decided to double back, just to see if the other was still around. Which is when they ended up crossing paths again. And the rest is history.

They like to go camping together with each other and their families, so they felt it fitting that we venture out to the Mississinewa Reservoir. We took some beautiful backlit photos on “their trail” and then we headed across the reservoir dam for some colorful photos on the rocky bank. Leah and Drew, thanks for choosing me as your photographer. Each and every session is special and I’m so thankful that you guys trusted me with your engagement photos. I can’t wait for your wedding day!

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New Life

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I’ve had a green thumb, for about as long as I can remember. I grew up on a little flower farm, surrounded by hundreds of gorgeous blossoms each year. As kid’s we were often asked to help out with the weeds, to help separate the flowers, to plant new ones in pots, etc. It wasn’t much fun as a child but I’ve grown to appreciate the knowledge that those chores gave me(I never thought I’d say it, but thanks Mom and Dad).

This year that knowledge has a lot of significance since we’ve purchased our own home. In years past we have had different yard and gardening spaces. We had a little apartment porch garden, later we moved and had a borrowed garden space, and now we have our own little piece of the world to creative new life on.

I started our seedlings a couple weeks ago, and this week they have finally emerged. Their tiny delicate leaves poking through the damp earth and saying “Spring! It’s here!” What started as tiny seeds and common dirt, transformed into living things. And soon our kitchen will be bursting with fresh produce and herbs because of those tiny seeds.

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These little seedlings are scattered throughout our home in various windows so I see them often. They are in our bedroom window, on our stair well, in the sun room, the kitchen window, basically everywhere(sorry for the mess honey). And when I see them, I can’t help but think of the personal bit of “new life” that I’ve decided to plant this year.

I’ve stated in a previous post about the changes my little business is making this year, and each time I see those little plants, I’m happily reminded of them. Happily reminded of the little thoughts that just used to be seeds. Those thoughts are now seedlings of progress, and are soon to be fully grown and mature ideas. So many ideas. And I can’t wait to share them with you.

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Aya & Derek ~ Kokomo Engagement Photographer

What does an adorable 100 year old plantation home, 3 happy fur babies, and a bright blue mill timbered barn all have in common? Lots and lots and lots of love.

This winter I spent some quality time in Muncie, Indiana with Aya and Derek. They’ll be tying the knot this Spring at Derek’s parent’s farm and they decided to have their engagement pictures taken at their home. They’ve been working hard, refurbishing their plantation house, all the while planning a wedding together.

I loved spending the afternoon with them and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day!

Thank you Aya & Derek for sharing your little piece of heaven with me 🙂

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Samuel’s Newborn Session ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

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Little Samuel at 16 day new was an absolute peach. Most babies are fuzzy little peaches of course, but this little guy’s temperament during his session was so incredibly sweet and relaxed. We were able to accomplish so many poses and I’m so very happy that he was happy! Check out his lovely little session below.

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Mini Maternity Photography Sessions ~ Kokomo, Indiana

As a mom and photographer, it’s often hard to fit myself in to photos. I’m usually the one behind the camera and when I’m not, I’m holding a remote to the camera while it’s on a tripod to snap a few with myself included the family portraits.
Mom’s often don’t take photos of themselves and while expecting my little ones, I found myself in a predicament. I wanted a maternity session to remember this season of life. But I also wanted at newborn session to remember THEIR season of life. So which do I choose? Well. Majority of the time, we choose the newborn session right? We’d rather have professional photos of our kids over ourselves. But what if you could have both?

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Enter this years, mini maternity photography sessions!

Like I was saying, a lot of moms skip on the maternity session. But I wanted to offer an affordable alternative, so that you can remember that glowing skin and beautiful belly that contains your tiny miracle. A smaller session for a smaller price or a FREE session for booking a regularly priced newborn session.

I say that you can have your cake and eat it too.

If you are interested in either option, or something else, I’d love to speak with you. Contact me here or leave me a message on my Facebook business page.

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Family Photography Session ~ Kokomo, Indiana Highland Park

Chelsea contacted me this winter with an absolutely lovely idea. She and her sisters wanted to gift a family session to their Mom as a special birthday gift. I think this session wins the Best Dressed Award for 2015, with a great mixture of colors, textures, scarves, and boots. With Kokomo’s own red covered bridge, we were able to grab a lot of different looks throughout Highland Park. Thanks for coming out Chelsea and family, and happy birthday Lisa!

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