Lauren & Jem ~ Catey Heritage Farms Barn Wedding ~ Peru Indiana

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When I meet up with potential bride & grooms for their initial consult, I can typically tell right away if it’s going to work out.

We only take on so many weddings per year to ensure that we are at the top of our game, so we meet with couples prior to anyone signing on, just to make sure we are all a good fit for one another. We want to make sure that we are all on the same page, and that our personalities blend well to ensure a seamless wedding day.

So I sat down at Starbucks, getting my things together for the meeting, and I get a text from Lauren that says:

“So so sorry, we are running a little bit behind! A fox stole one of our chickens and we had to chase it down and save it. We will be there as soon as we can.”

Aside from the text message being incredibly sweet, 1) to let me know they’d be late and 2) that a very happy chicken was now safe, it was a key indicator that this was a couple that I wanted to work with. Lauren cared about her wedding day but also cared equally about her farm animals, and the meeting would have to wait. Obviously I agreed with this decision, so I waited until they were able to make it.

Said chickens for reference 😉

Not long after, L&J arrived and began telling me about their dream wedding day. A day filled with no stress, good friends, and family. On the farm that they had taken on together, Catey Heritage, where they grow their own organic flowers and produce with happy healthy chickens that roam the farm(see their engagement session and more about their farm here). A whole roasted pig for the reception, overflowing charcuterie boards, held around a bon fire, under the moonlight, ordering Pizza King for late night snacks, with great local beer.

Sign. Me. Up.

But the kicker for me was when they left. Our meeting ended and when we headed out, Jem looked down and realized that he had accidentally tracked mud from his shoes all through the Kokomo Starbucks when they came in. It was from chasing the fox and he felt terrible for getting the floor dirty. I said something like “Oh I’m sure this happens all the time and it obviously wasn’t intentional. You had bigger things to worry about just before coming in” And he said “I know but I used to work in food service. It’s a hard job and I’m sure they already mopped for the day.”

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In the short few minutes I got to know Lauren & Jem, I knew that their wedding would be the highlight of my year. Because they loved one another deeply and because they cared. They were good people.

Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy bouquets, elegant wedding decor, and a beautiful bride and groom. I love all of my couples. But I *LOVE* good people. Because their wedding days reflect who they are and wedding days are that much sweeter because of it.

My text message to my 2nd photographer to let her know about the wedding we had just booked was something along the lines of “OMG BEST WEDDING IN OCTOBER 2019. NICEST PEOPLE EVER, ON THEIR ORGANIC FLOWER FARM. BON FIRES. CHICKENS. PIZZA.”

I can happily tell you that their wedding day was absolutely a highlight of my 2019 and it was everything they thought it would be(with a few fun hiccups thrown in).

Lauren & Jem, it was an honor to get to be your wedding photographers. We love every image that we took and your wedding day was one that we will always remember. Thanks for letting us tag along on one of the most memorable days of your life!

In case anyone is curious, Lauren & Jem run Catey Heritage Farms in Peru Indiana and not only do they grow some killer produce, they are now booking weddings for 2020 at their wedding barn! You can find out more here: https://www.cateyheritage.com

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Look at that little tear coming out of Dad’s eye! Teared up myself for this one.
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They made canned jams, salsas, and pickles as their favors. So much love.
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In-Home Studio Newborn Photography ~ Fishers Indiana Photographer

It is chilly chilly chilly out today and you know what that means? In-home newborn sessions!

One of my favorite things to offer new parents is the luxury(and often times necessity) of an in-home newborn session. This time of year, it is so so so cold out. Bringing a newborn out of the house on a normal day usually involves quite a bit of shuffling, packing, more shuffling, and more packing. Bringing a newborn out of the house during the winter means even more shuffling and packing with a ton of blankets, car seat covers, and the added worries of trudging through the snow and icy roads with a baby in tow.

In-home newborn sessions take all of the packing and prep work out of your hands and into ours! We bring everything to you. We pack up our traveling newborn setup, props, backdrops, outfits, headbands, etc. and bring them right to your door. You’ll have everything you need for Baby from the comfort of your home and we will setup our traveling studio right in the living room or in baby’s nursery where you can watch us work.

Crew’s parents decided early on that an in-home session worked best for them and they opted for a mini series. We did their maternity session just before fall hit and Crew was born just a couple months later with quite the adoring big sister. We set up in Crews nursery and you never would have known that his session took place there instead of the studio. His mama and daddy stayed close by, sipped some coffee, and relaxed while we did the rest.

Here are some of my favorites. Thanks Connor family for letting us snuggle your sweet boy! Can not wait to watch him grow <3

4 Reasons Why You Should Do a Fresh 48 Session ~ Central Indiana Photographer

It’s baby season! We are seeing quite the boom this December with little ones arriving just in time for Christmas. And this last week I visited an itty bitty babe at St. Vincent in Kokomo Indiana for his Fresh 48 photography session.

His sweet mama delivered him early that morning, so by the time I arrived on the scene, he was only 9 hours old. When I reached home afterwards, I remarked to my husband what a huge difference I saw in this baby compared to the newborn that I had just seen the day before in the studio at 7 days of age.

Why do a Fresh 48 session? Because they are totallyyyyy different than a newborn session and contain some pretty big memories. Here are the differences that parents and myself see between a Fresh 48 session and newborn session.

1) Your Environment.

Obviously this is a big one. Fresh 48 sessions take place in the hospital or at home depending on your delivery location and are meant to preserve those fresh memories of a new baby and the environment surrounding them. Traditional newborn sessions take place at the studio with props and blankets and cute outfits. Fresh 48 sessions are candid portraits meant to make time stand still, so that you can remember your birthing day and it’s environment exactly how it was.

2) Baby’s appearance.

Your little babe will change so much in just one week. Their Fresh 48 session and their newborn session will look *completely* different. At 48 hours old(or less) Baby will be pink, puffy, and dewy. They’ll have wrinkly fingers from being in your womb, “blushy” feet that are still acclimating to the oxygen from their own lungs, and a puffy pink face with a little button nose that has a glow of new life to it. These little details all fade away after about 72 hours.

3) You’re recovering.

Having a baby is no picnic and those first few days are a whirlwind. Recovering from birth while also caring for a newborn puts quite a bit on your plate! And taking enough photos of your little one on your own between their feeding and sleep schedule can be hard, after all you need your rest too. We take this job out of your hands and preserve those early memories for you. So that you can do more snuggling and less camera work.

4) Your memory.

Did I mention that you have a lot on your plate? Because you do! Parenting a newborn is beautifully exhausting and our memories betray us over time unfortunately. Those early baby day memories fade so so fast. From a Fresh 48 session, you can see time stand still. You’ll be able to see the presence of birth in the room, the dreamy airy light that shines on Baby’s bassinet, and even the little hospital gown and hat that Baby only wore once.

This time is so fleeting! And your little one is only this tiny once. Want to book your Fresh 48 session? Or have a question? Send me a message here (or email me directly at jessicabnewton@gmail.com). I typically reply within 24 hours if not sooner.

Thanksgiving Inspired Wedding ~ Indianapolis Wedding Photographer

These. colors. I can’t get over them.

You guys we had the BEST time photographing this wedding workshop at the Ritz Charles this past week! The RC is one of my personal favorite venues in the area. With their billowing white drapery, intimate chapel, simple details, and glass atrium, it makes for one of the most gorgeous backdrops and venues in Carmel Indiana for a wedding photographer.

All the vendors(you can see the full list below) did such a fantastic job putting this shoot together. A full table scape adorned with fall leaves, pastel roses, velvet table clothes, left nothing to be desired. This shoot was just filled with muted tones, very reminiscent of a modern day thanksgiving spread and the figs added a perfect touch for the table cocktails.

See some of our favorites below! Thanks to the follow vendors for making this shoot possible!

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography

www.jessicanewtonphotography.com

Planning: Bridget Davis Events

www.bridgetdavisevents.com

Workshop Host: Danielle Harris Photography

https://www.danielleharrisphotography.com

Venue: Ritz Charles, Garden Pavilion

https://ritzcharles.com/

Rentals: WOW Factors

https://www.wow-factors.com

Floral: RK Florals

https://www.rkflorals.com

Paper: Interpretations

www.interprintations.com

Cake: Gallery Pastry Shop

https://www.gallerypastryshop.com

Beauty: Something Blue Stylists 

http://somethingbluestylists.com

Gown: Emily Kotorski, (Paris gown with detachable cape) 

http://emilykotarski.com/paris/

Tux: The Black Tux 

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Models: Meeka & Jack

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Studio Christmas Mini Session ~ Kokomo Indiana Photography Studio

Our family is a big fan of this time of year.

The fall leaves, the time for family, holidays, chilly weather(or should I say chili eating weather), the season of giving.

This is the first year for our Studio Christmas Minis and I wanted to embody that cozy classic feeling with a modern look. Focusing on whites, blacks, and sun-dried leather, these minis are a neutral look that will last for years to come!

This is a permanent setup in the studio until December 1st. Open weekend dates are Nov 16th, 17th, and Dec 1st with weekday sessions available from Nov 13th-Nov 26th.

If you’d like to book your session, email me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or fill out the contact form here.

Kokomo Indiana Photographer ~ VW Bus Christmas Mini Sessions

Creating beautiful mini photography series is among one of my favorite thing to do. Design in general is a strong suit for me because I love to create and pull pieces together.

This VW Bus Christmas Mini Session series is probably my favorite to date with is rustic rat pack charm and colorful accents. These sessions were hosted right here in our very own Kokomo Indiana and they could not have turned out more perfect!

Although these mini bookings are closed for 2019, it’s not too late to book one of our other Christmas mini sessions! We are holding Christmas Tree Farm mini photography sessions at Dulls Tree Farm this year on November 23rd and also holding Studio Christmas mini family photography sessions on November 17th at our very own Downtown Kokomo studio.

For booking info, please message us on instagram or facebook, contact us here, or send us an email at jessicabnewton@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone that came out and made these possible! It was so sweet to meet all the new faces and to hug all the old ones too <3 See some of our favorites below!

McElfresh Family ~ Kokomo Indiana Photographer

It’s fall y’all! And with that means lots of moody goodness and strong colors. Photographers wait allllll year for these tones and I’m still swooning over Anne’s dress. Burnt mustard is one of my favorite colors, not just reserved for fall. And nature loves showing off this time of year with all those oranges and gold goodness.

The M family settled on a sunrise session for their family photography session which I LOVE. Sunrise this time of year is late, around 8am, so it wasn’t a huge struggle to get up and going. We’ve really lucked out with good weather this year too for Kokomo Indianas fall 2019 season(though let’s not talk about the snow we saw on Halloween).

Their little Mr. E was full of energy as most toddlers are. We spent the first part of their session playing together as the sun peaked and went on a little walk afterwards. With lots of cookie bribes and after throwing around some fall leaves, we managed quite a few smiles and giggles out of E and their family portraits are some of my favorite to date.

See more of their session below. Thanks for coming out McElfresh family!

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Finn’s Hospital Story ~ Carmel Indiana Birth Photographer

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Finn. How cute is that name?

Certainly as cute as the baby that it belongs to that’s for sure! The Doyle family has long anticipated their sweet August Baby’s arrival and decided early on to keep the gender a secret, from even themselves. I’ve heard it said that not finding out whether your little one is a boy or a girl is one of the last great surprises in life, and it’s so true!

Hannah’s pregnancy with Finn was very hard in the beginning, she had quite a bit of morning sickness. One of the only foods that she could tolerate was plain noodles so Finn earned the nickname “Noodle Baby” early on, something that the hospital nurses lovingly continued to call him after birth.

After a 2 day long labor at St. Vincent in Carmel Indiana, their little guy was born, and the Doyle’s had their medical staff write little notes to Finn in a book. I’ve never seen this done before at a hospital photography session, it was soooooo sweet.

Check out my favorites from their session below. Welcome to the world Noodle Baby Finn!!!

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Fall Family Photographer ~ Kokomo Indiana


Fall family session FAQ! 

WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK OUR FALL SESSION?
-as soon as possible. we have select dates left for the “peak” of leaf season when fall photos look their best.

WHEN IS THE PEAK OF FALL FOR 2019?
-it’s hard to say but our best guess according to this years fall foliage charts is towards the end of October.

WHAT TIME DO OUTDOOR FALL SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
-typically an hour prior to sunset for that dreamy golden light, but anytime of day is okay.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
-muted tones is best. Fall is very colorful and does all the work for us <3

HOW CAN I BOOK MY SESSION?
-Email jessicabnewton@gmail.com
-Pick your date.
-Sign your contract.
-Pay your retainer.
-Done!

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Lauren & Jem ~ Peru Indiana Engagement Photographer

When I met L & J this past winter, I was about to come out of my seat to hug them both.

I get EXCITED about weddings. So excited. I have a love for beautiful things, beautiful venues, and wedding planning organization. But mostly I have a love for beautiful people, authentic emotions, and “real” candid moments that just can’t be faked. And that exactly describes Laurne & Jem.

L & J described their wedding as a big barbecue. A relaxed gathering for friends and family with the setting taking place on their flower farm known as Catey Heritage. Authenticity is the priority for the day with candids being the focus.

Lauren is a talented florist and they will be growing flowers in and out of their hoop house for decor and for her bridal bouquet. Their wedding ceremony will take place on the family property with a decorated mesh corn silo as the ceremony arbor. They’ll be bbqing a hog and ordering pizza later for snacks.

Jem & Lauren have been working hard on their new property since moving from Chicago last year to transform the space into their home. And since the wedding will be taking place at their Peru Indiana farmhouse, they knew it was the perfect space for their engagement session too.

With chickens talking in the background, baby cows out to pasture, cornfields everywhere, and their sweet pup running about, we had SUCH a good session together. I was able to take a peak at their wedding space, the greenhouses that they’d worked so hard on, and all of the summer zinnias and queen anne’s lace popping up everywhere.

Their friendly pup and kitty cat showed up throughout the evening and you can see their sweet dog photobombing us in the background of most images.

The most memorable part for me was the train. The entrance to L&J’s property crosses an active railroad, and wouldn’t you know it, a railroad had snuck in during our session and decided to sleep on the tracks for a bit. By the time our session ended it was dusk(9pm-ish) and I’m pretty sure I heard someone mutter “Oh S***” when I look up to see the train blocking my only exit.

So we took advantage of it! We drove down to the end of the lane and used the train as a backdrop. It was part of the story since trains frequently stop in front of their home(sometimes causing them to miss the local farmer’s markets or to be late to work). The sunset gave us the most lovely colors and the day was ended on a good note.

The train did in fact move not long after, but while I was waiting I actually got a video of it haha! It was SO LOUD when it finally took off, the noise was from all the train cars clanking at once. Steam engines are cool. Science is cool.

Anyway, sorry for the extended train saga but that was just the funniest thing and was an adventurous way to end an engagement session. Hope you enjoyed my personal favs from their session and I can’t wait to be back again for their wedding in October <3 Crossing my fingers that we get stuck by a train again so we can ride it into Peru 😉

Also be sure to check out Catey Heritage if you’re in the Peru area! They can be found at the local Peru Indiana/Miami County farmers market with local produce. They also have a weekly CSA membership for 100% organic fresh cute flower bouquets <3

Aaaand if you want to see that video. Skip to 2:40 if you want to hear the crazy chain reaction from the train cars all moving: