Katie & Skyler ~ Legacy Barn Kokomo Indiana Wedding Photography

My goodness what. a. wedding. Maybe I just get super lucky but my Bride and Grooms have been phenominal this year and Katie and Skyler were no exception. 

First off, Skyler is crazy in love with Katie. Secondly, Katie is crazy in love with Skyler. The end? I mean seriously, it’s so true! There really isn’t much to say, I can’t tell you guys how oodles and oodles in love these guys are!

Their first look was sooooo full of emotions, poor Skyler was crying before he even turned around. And Katie’s first look with her Dad was equally as full of emotion. So. Much. Happiness. So many tears were shed this day, tears of joy, by almost everyone. Their families were genuinely OVER-joyed by the occasion.

My favorite memory from their day? I have two. 

First one was when Katie got on the Ural motorcycle and revved the handle on accident. I was standing in front of the Ural when she did and I’m sure guests have never seen me move so fast 😂

Second was a moment during their ceremony. Katie had to touch up her makeup several times during the day, because every time she had a tear run down her cheek, her makeup would go with it. The ceremony was no exception to this, so when she started to cry, it turned into laughter! Skyler and Katie were laughing at her tear stain checks(which were BEAUTIFUL by the way) and almost couldn’t stop. It was a moment of pure joy and I’m so glad I got to witness it.

Congratulations Katie & Skyler! You guys deserve the world and I wish you all the best in this new life together!

All the wonderful vendors involved with Katie & Skyler’s wedding day:

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Legacy Barn in Kokomo Indiana

Wedding Planner: Crista Tharp at Blissfully Simple Events

Caterer/Food Truck: The Local BBQ 

Florist: Oberers Flowers

Baker: Joys Cakery

Dress: Beloved Brides

Tux: Louie’s Tux Shop

Bar: Wildcat Creek

DJ: Extreme Sounds

Videographer: Capture Hour

Tips. Preparing For Your Fall Photography Session

It’s almost here! Fall is in air and the peak fall leafy season goodness is upon us. I thought it might be helpful to have a list of what to expect, as well as some general reminders of tips and tricks when prepping for your session this season.

1. Location location location.

For the fall months, I like to choose family session locations a few days prior to your actual session. So don’t worry if we haven’t decided on anything yet if we are only a few days out from your session’s date. Waiting allows me to scout out the most colorful areas of the local parks and to plan for which one will look best for our natural surroundings. This can change quickly, so I like to keep our options open. A gusty day in the fall, can leave us with bare trees over night.

In Kokomo Indiana, the Parks and Rec Department does not require any kind of permit or reservation for photographers to use the local parks, so we can decide things up until the last minute. However, if you already know that you would like to use a specific location, such as a coffee shop, a local museum, or for instance the Newfields garden in Indianapolis, do let me know this ahead of time. Locations like this require permission from the owner, and locations such as Newfield’s do require a permit and entrance fee for photography.

2. Expect cold weather.

Fall is unpredictable. Especially here in Indiana. Sometimes it’s in the perfect 70s but most of the time it is a little chilly, especially towards the peak of fall and into the holiday months. *Always* prepare for it to be chilly. Sessions are only rescheduled when inclement weather is involved(serious rain, thunderstorms, etc.), but not due to light snow or cold weather. If it’s chilly on your session day, we will only be together 40-60 minutes, so no worries! I’ll get you in and out of the cold in no time. We will warm up little ones between shots with their coats and I always have blankets on hand(and hot chocolate on those especially cold days!). We can even keep the car running and warm up with the heater between takes if you’d prefer.

I highly recommend wearing an extra pair of socks and purchasing some hand warmer packets. Even if you don’t want them in your pockets, you can hold them in your hands between shots. There are both disposable and reusable chemical hand warmer packets at most super markets.

3. Dress warmly and accessorize.

This is chunky knit sweater and boot season! Definitely take advantage of this. Don’t be scared of scarves or mittens, they add to the overall look of your session and can be used to accessorize in some very fashionable ways. Use it as a way to add pops of color to your session or use it to blend and balance the colors in your outfits. If you need some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for some popular 2018 style choices here: https://www.pinterest.com/jbnewton/fall-2018-photography-clothing-ideas/

4. Book Early. 

Peak fall evening time sessions start booking up over the summer months. Weekend peak fall dates book up 6-12 months in advance. If you know that your family will prefer a peak fall date, especially an evening one, start thinking about booking your session 3-6 months out from your desired session date. Especially if you know that you’d like to book a family photography session with me, but would also like to avoid the colder months of November and December. 

5. Christmas Cards & Gifts.

This is a FABULOUS way to show off those portraits when sending out your yearly family Christmas cards. And almost every mama out there, including myself, would love to have a canvas print as a Christmas gift for her living room wall. If you’d like to have your portraits back in time for Christmas card use, sessions must take place before December 1st. And if you know you’d like to have prints made for Christmas gifts, print orders must be placed by December 10th. Any dates outside of these may result in rush shipping charges, or worse, an after Christmas delivery date.

Hope that helps! It’s been a great season so far and it’s no where near over. I do still have a handful of dates left for the year. If you’d like to snag one before they are gone, email me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or contact me here. 

Jade & Michael’s Wedding Story ~ Diamonds and Dust Wedding Barn Photographer. Logansport Indiana

Jade and Michael, your day was FULL of family, friends, and fun. My favorite memory was by far the moment you guys almost tipped the cake! So happy I got to be there for it all. Thank you for having me along for one of the most important day’s of your life <3  

This wedding was made possible by Jade’s incredible planning skills and the following vendors:

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography 

Venue: Diamonds and Dust Wedding Barn
Florals: Tammy Boruff (mother of the bride)
Hair: Posh Salon and Day Spa
Makeup: Posh Salon and Day Spa
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tux’s: Men’s Wearhouse
Caterer: Rozzi’s Catering
DJ: Craig Whitson
Cake: Mindy Jarvis

 

Maylee Jane’s Hospital Story ~ Kokomo Indiana Baby Photographer


Squeeeeeeee! I met this little punkin yesterday morning and my goodness she is just the cutest little ball of squish! Maylee’s mama booked my current steal going on which includes a complimentary Fresh 48 session with any full newborn session booked. I LOVE fresh 48 sessions because they look completely different than the traditional newborn portrait sessions. They preserve those memories of the newness of your little one when they are just 24-48 hours old and all the feelings of those first few days in the hospital or birthing center.

I was also able to snag a little bit of surprise video footage while I was there too, a slow growing favorite of mine lately. Welcome earthside Miss Maylee!

Beth & Darren ~ Kokomo Indiana Legacy Barn Wedding

Back in 2013 when Jon and I first moved to Kokomo Indiana, we would often travel to Lafayette to visit friends. On the way down Old Sycamore we would pass by this property, and every time I would strain my neck to look out the window at the most gorgeous scene. An old red farm house, with white decorative trusses, a winding lane shaded through a tunnel of massive oak trees, and a big beautiful barn in the back calling to me. I’d sigh and wonder who, if anyone, lived there. And I jealously hoped that it was unowned and that it would go up on the market some day so that I could snatch it up and live out my days in this dream home.

Well wouldn’t you know it, a few years later, that property became the wedding venue that we all know and love, The Legacy Barn at Leafy Lane Farm.  Not the scenario I was selfishly hoping for 😉 But my goodness it makes me giggle every time I’m on the property! What a funny way to have a dream come true. There is a pep in my step when I get to frolic around this wedding barn and I can’t say enough good things about it. The farmer and his wife who own and live on the property are the most wonderful and caring of people, and the wedding planner staff(Crista Tharp I’m looking at you!) do such a tremendous job keeping couples stress free on their wedding day.

What a DREAM it was to photograph Beth & Darren’s wedding there. I love all of my couples, I truly do, and Beth & Darren were no exception. I felt like we clicked immediately, their warm smiles and happy demeanors had me soooo hoping that they would choose me after our first meeting together and I am SO glad that they did. Seeing a couple so deeply in love it just…there’s nothing in the world like it. They were glowing you guys. Glowing. The entire day, I hardly had to pose them. Their hearts were overflowing for one another, it left me traveling home that evening with a full heart and longing to go through my own wedding memories. Their families were equally as bubbly, truly joyful for B&D on this new adventure. Here are some of my favs from the day. Congratulations Beth and Darren!

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography
Catering: Jefferson Street BBQ
DJ: Troy at T-Bone Disc Jockey
Cake: Indulgence Bakery
Bartender: Tina/ Soupleys
Venue: The Legacy Barn
Hair: Meagan @ The Hairman
Dress: The Wedding Studio
Florist: Micah @ Honey Bee Flower Farm
Officiant: Pastor Sandy Hanawalt from Trinity Lutheran Church, Monument, CO 

VW Bus Christmas Mini Photography Sessions – Kokomo Indiana Family Photographer

These sessions are. the. bomb! I am so so so excited about how these all came together and I can not wait for Nov 4th and 25th to get here! I must have looked for the perfect VW Bus for 3 months before finding “the one” and the amount of thrift store and  Treasure Mart trips for those vintage suit cases are too many haha! All time slots for November 4th have sold out but due to popular demand I opened up November 25th this morning and there are still 4 open time slots left. This Volkswagen Bus Christmas Session is everything vintage and fun, colorful and unique,  and they will make for some of the coolest Christmas cards ever. If you are interested in booking your session contact me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com for booking info.

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Baby Elias ~ An Indianapolis Area Birth Photography Film


By no means am I a birth videographer. But just for a day, I wanted to focus on primarily video as a means of telling a birth photography story. And the idea didn’t disappoint.

I was so thrilled when Christin(from Greenfield Indiana) volunteered to let me shoot some video of her little baby boy coming either side. Photography and videography are so important to me as a photographer and there is truly nothing like it when it comes to applying those subject to birth. Watch the film above for a look into Eli’s first moments and into Christin and Jaren’s first memories as a family of 5. 

Mini Newborn Photography Sessions in Kokomo, Indiana

YOU GUYS!!! 

Upon popular request, newborn mini sessions are now a thing! Only offered for in studio sessions, these minis are $350 and include 2 to 3 setups of your little one, with an online gallery of the digital images and a print release. And of course full sized sessions are still available at $500 for 4 to 6 setups, parent and sibling shots, the digital images in an online gallery, with a print release and a USB. 

If you are interested in booking your session, email me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or fill out the contact form here. 

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The Story Box ~ Central Indiana Photographer

This has been SUCH a long time coming.

Without further ado, announcing the new Jessica Newton Photography Story Box. 

Story Boxes are in leu of the family and wedding album. I’ve always enjoyed albums but I noticed that our own family albums usually sit on a shelf collecting dust. Every now and then, we break them out but mostly they stay hidden away. I wanted my clients to have something that they see or that their guests can see on a daily basis. 

More than just an album, but a piece or art to add to their home and their story. 

Each box is handmade by an artisan in Wisconsin and was lovingly chosen to reflect the natural beauty of your photos. The box is welded in a copper/rose gold styled metal and will hold 25 mounted 4×6 prints, with other larger sizes available for custom ordering. The box will also hold your faux crystal rose gold USB, perfectly matching your box.

Story boxes are included in every wedding package and are available in select family, newborn, and birth packages.

If you’d like to tell your story through the story box, contact me here.