Baby Kayden ~ Kokomo, Fishers, Lafayette & Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

I don’t mean to brag but our clients have the cutest squishiest most adorable babies you guys.

I’m serious.

The amount of beautiful babies that have come through our Kokomo Indiana photography studio doors this month is just unreal and we feel so so so honored to have worked with you all!

Kayden was ah-mazing during his newborn session. If I remember correctly, he snoozed through the entire ordeal and we were able to do so many setups with him.

His mama requested neutrals for his session as well as a photo of little guy wearing his Daddy’s dog tags and you guys know how much I love neutrals. They look good and every baby and the tones with their skin is always soft and dreamy. So we did quite a few neutral and muted tones and matched up similar colors with the dog tags.

Here are some of my favorites of little guy and his parents. And if you want to see the most adorable military baby photo ever, scroll to the end.

Glitter Mini Sessions ~ Kokomo Indiana Photographer

I am sooooooo excited to be doing my first ever glitter mini series! I’ve had this canister of chunky glitter in my studio for forever that has been staring me down for the past year and I knew that that is what I wanted to use them for.

Glitter adds such a cool element to photographs. Creating color and sparkle and easily transforming a photo into something magical.My boys were my test subjects for the series(because we have to try it out ourselves right?!). And it turned out even better than I anticipated. Though I think I’ve vacuumed up glitter out of my studio like…50 times now and I still keep finding it.

There’s a stigma around glitter sessions being just for girls but I think we broke that with this series! Glitter can be just as much fun for boys as it is girls and absolutely everyone is welcome to attend this mini series, adults included.

These minis are only $150 and include the glitter session with an online gallery and a print release. The amount of images varies per session, but if I had a guess, I’d say 20 images would be the average.

There’s still a handful of time slot left for March 15th and 16th. If you are interested in booking, email me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com to claim your spot.

Things To Ask When Finding Your Perfect Wedding Photographer ~ Kokomo Indiana Wedding Photographer

Another week come and gone! I spent most of mine in and out of Indianapolis for wedding consults, one of which is happening right now(currently writing before my bride and groom arrives). I’ve had several meetings with prospective brides(from Indy and Kokomo alike), and as we enjoyed coffee and chatted together over wedding details(my fav!), eventually the same question rolled around with each couple that I spoke to.

Me with my Americano: “Sooooo what can I help you with? Are there any questions that I can answer for you?”

Bride with her very stuffed wedding planner): “Hmm…Well. I’m not really sure. What questions do you usually get asked?”

What DO clients usually ask me when they are in search of the perfect wedding tog. I get this question all the time, so often so, that I thought it might be beneficial to write up a few of the most popular questions that I have been asked, as well as important questions that I think should be asked. These can help you get to know our wedding team a little bit better and also help answer those pending questions on your wedding day checklist.

Here’s a list of the top things to ask when hiring a wedding photographer(and my answers).

1. How long have you been in business and how many weddings have you shot?

I’ve been a professional photographer for almost 8 years now. I’ve stopped counting, but I’ve shot over 125 weddings as a lead photographer.

2. Do you have a portfolio that I can view of weddings you’ve shot, from the start to the finish?

Yes! You can view a sample of weddings I’ve been a part of here. If you don’t see a wedding style that you’re looking for, feel free to ask for other examples, i.e. Kelly Agricultural Museum Wedding, Ritz Charles Wedding, Legacy Barn Wedding, etc.

3. Do you have any references?

Yes! I have several. I always ask brides and grooms before I use them as references and I do not give out their number more than a couple times so as not to wear them down with phone calls. If you need references, I’ll be happy to provide them, but I won’t list them here.

4. How involved are you with the flow of our wedding day? Can you provide posing assistance if needed?

Of course. I’m very involved but at the same time I’m not. Prior to your wedding, about 2 weeks out from the big day, I meet up with you to go over your itinerary so that we can build a photography timeline together. This timeline covers everything on your wedding day, from when I’ll be shooting your dress, to getting ready, to family portraits, to detail shots, etc. It helps me know where I need to be when, and when you can expect me to organize certain events. 

During your wedding, I watch and listen A LOT. I understand that traditional shots are often a must and that sometime I may need to remind you that you haven’t taken a certain posed photo on your shot list with Aunt X, Y, and Z. But for the most part, I usually stay in the shadows without drawing attention to myself during key events. I will absolutely assist you in posing when it comes to Bridal Party Portraits and Bride and Groom Portraits when needed. Smiles come out naturally at weddings, and I want your photos to reflect that, so I may stay back for a moment and let you have some fun. You’ll never hear me say the phrase “Now smile and say cheese!” but I’ll definitely step in and give you some guidance if you feel awkward or just don’t know what to do.

5. Do you have a 2nd photographer or an assistant?

Sure do! All of my wedding packages include a 2nd photographer. I will still be the lead photographer at your wedding, but I bring along my 2nd to allow for more creativity and to allow for us to be in two places at once.

6. What happens if you become ill or have an emergency, and can’t make it to our wedding?

This is the scariest question and it needs to be asked of every wedding photographer. If you ever interview a photographer and they hesitate to answer this question, run. Run far far far away. This has never ever ever happened to me BUT I have a game plan for when it does.

First off, I’d talk to you. I will never send another photographer to your wedding without tell you. I’ll let you know what’s going on and why I can’t be there. Upon speaking with you and getting the okay, I will first see if my 2nd photographer is available. If they aren’t, I’ll pull the list of photographers that I network with and I’ll see if any of them are available. If my 2nd can’t make it, you are refunded your retainer and any other monies that you have paid to me up until that point, so that you can forward the money to the photographer of your choice. If possible, I will assist as best I can in obtaining a replacement wedding photographer if none of the photographers that I network with can shoot your wedding day. If an emergency happens, I will do my best to contact as many photographers as I can so that you aren’t left hanging on your wedding day. I have never ever ever EVER missed a wedding. But emergencies do happen and that’s why this question is here.

7. Do you have back up equipment in case something breaks or malfunctions on our wedding day? 

Yes yes yes. Things happen! Cameras malfunction, people are bound to bounce into us on the dance floor, and photographers are only human so we may drop a piece of equipment ourselves. Preparation is key. I have a backup camera body, multiple lenses, batteries, chargers, and memory cards. I also have a camera body that writes your images to two memory cards. So when I walk away from your wedding, I already have two copies of your images storied in case something happens before I get home. We have all of our bases covered, and we take your wedding seriously.

8. Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. I have a $1 million policy, as required by most wedding venues of any vendor stepping foot on the premises. If you need a copy to provide to your wedding venue, I’m happy to send you one.

9. Will we receive the digital files? What exactly is included in a wedding package? How many photos do we get?

You do receive the finished edited digital files in a .JPG format, however I do not provided clients with unedited images or with .RAW files.

The amount of images varies from wedding to wedding based on the amount of hourly coverage and a lot of factors. But I’d say the average is about 750 images from an 8 hour wedding day. However I do not guarantee a minimum or cap your photo amount at a maximum, there is no limit.

You can view a list of wedding packages that I have available here. I can tell you that each package includes a USB of the high resolution images, a print release, the option to order professional grade prints, and an online gallery. Wedding packages also include a gorgeous keepsake box with 25 mounted prints(think really really thick foam core board type paper). I rotate out my boxes depends on new colors and styles, but 2018/2019 weddings will be receiving a glass artisan welded display box with a crystal rose gold USB. You can also download the high res images straight to your computer from your online gallery. I do offer albums, though most Brides and Grooms see their display box as an updated version of a traditional album. I also believe in the freedom of printing your own images however you like, so for this reason the print release is included as well.

10. Do you edit the photos? Do you offer retouching?

All the photos I provide are edited. I use Lightroom and occasionally Photoshop, to preen through photos, and to make them look their best with lighting and color corrections. 100% of the photos are edited this way. I’m not huge on “air-brushing” photos, or doing extensive touchups, and tend to keep things natural.

11. What do we need to do in order to book our date?

In order to book your wedding date, a contract will need to be agreed upon and a non refundable retainer will be due. Everything is done online, it’s super super easy. I’m happy to provide copies of the contract so that you can look everything over. Once a contract is signed, a non-refundable retainer is due and it is 25% of your total. I will not hold dates without both the retainer and contract completed. The contract needs to be signed with the non refundable retainer paid within 24 hours of booking. 

12. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

After sending in your contract and retainer, anything you’d like to share is helpful. Have a list of your vendors names is super helpful, so I know who everyone is and can get in contact with them as need, especially wedding planners if you have one.

A family shot list is key for a lot of wedding day stress relief and I highly encourage you to build one. Listing out your family members names in groupings and how they are related to you is super helpful. I have an example shot list that can help guide you as well.

Also, start your wedding day photography box. Place inside a set of your wedding day stationary and invitations, any forget me nots from your wedding shower or wedding prep(think pieces of ribbon, letters, buttons, etc.) items that have memorable value to you that you’d like included in your photos. Nearing the big day you can also add your wedding day jewelry, wedding shoes, the grooms bow tie, cuff links, your grandmothers handkerchief, etc. Little things that we can style for you, so that we can add some beautiful images for a seamless story line in your wedding gallery.

And there you have it! The top questions that I get asked during meetings when being interviewed by a Bride and Groom.

Baby Kolden’s Newborn Story – Kokomo Indiana Baby Photographer

What a sweet little fella Kolden is. After an early entry into the world, he was a welcome winter surprise for his family and I was sooooooo excited to see him at the studio! I’ve already talked about his mom and dad on the blog from when we did their maternity session at Dull’s Christmas Tree Farm in Thornton Indiana over December. You can view that session here: http://www.jessicanewtonphotography.com/blog/aric-kristins-maternity-story-kokomo-indianapolis-maternity-photographer/

Kristen and Aric are previous wedding clients of JNP, so seeing them again for their maternity and newborn sessions has been extra special.

Kolden was a peach the entire session. Dreamy and sleepy, he happily moved from pose to pose to pose to pose and we got soooooooo many photos of him. Though he did give his Dad a little bit of a side eye when Aric gave his Mama a kiss haha! His Dad even found an adorable knitted pilot outfit and plane lovey on Etsy to bring in so a portion of his session would match up with his nursery theme.

Thank you for letting me hold your sweet miracle K&A! I’m so glad to know you all and watching your family grow has been absolutely wonderful.

Zoey’s Newborn Story ~ Carmel Indiana Newborn Photographer

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Zoey’s session ended up being on a rainy rainy winter day and I was thrilled about it.

Her mama Mandy had requested an in-home studio session with JNP so Doris(my assistant) and myself were headed to Carmel with our traveling studio setup.

Having in-home studio sessions as an option meant that Baby Zoey never had to see a single raindrop. And it also meant that we would get to do some lifestyle photos in their home which brings about so many warm newborn feelings for me. It’s also a huge deal because cold and flu season is upon us, and that’s one less trip out the door that Zoey had to make.

She was a doll her entire session. Her mom requested that we use one of her favorite bows from Zoey’s already growing bow collection and it turned out so cute! See some of our favorites from her session below.

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Baby “A” ~ A Fresh 48 Hospital Session ~ Kokomo Indiana Photographer

Oh my goodness isn’t Baby “A” just precious! Her newborn fresh 48 hospital session was perfection and was such a great way to start off 2019.

Her name on this post is simply Baby “A” for today, because her official name will not be shared until she travels to India for her naming party. But you’ll be seeing her again soon with her real name, as well as her newborn session because it *just* as precious.

My favorite photos are by far her eye contact and from when she would stick her little tongue out. It’s amazing that at just hours old, little ones already have a sense of personality and preferences for what they like to do. Check out some of our favorites below.

Beckett’s 6 Month Milestone Session – Kokomo & Indianapolis Photographer

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Squeeeeeeee I can’t believe Beckett is 6 months! Beckett was among one of the first babies that I had in the new JNP newborn photography studio and I had the honor of seeing him again this past month.

I love watching little ones grow, they change so much in that first year of life. Can you believe that a baby doubles their size in those first 6 months and then TRIPLES their birth weight in their first year of life? How amazing are our bodies! How amazing are babies!

Happy half birthday Beckett! I can’t wait to see what big things you do in the world!

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Jaimee & Jenny’s Birth Story ~ Indianapolis Birth Photographer

Birth. Is. Strength.

It takes everything to bring a baby into this world. But I didn’t quite grasp the concept of that until I photographed Jaimee bringing her sweet little Eliza earthside.

I was anticipating meeting Jaimee and Jenny so very very much. They had chosen IU Methodist in Indianapolis as their hospital of choice and that carries a lot of weight for me. My very first water birth was at IU Methodist and I went on to have another when Benji was born in 2017. The halls drip with nostalgia and it was so surreal to be back as a birth photographer in the same halls that my own birth stories took place in.

Jaimee had SUCH a hard labor. The hardest I’ve ever seen. She went through contraction after contraction, becoming more and more exhausted as the day progressed. Her doula Amanda from Indianapolis Doulas was applying almost constant counter pressure, and her wife Jenny was always busying about doing everything she could to try to keep Jaimee’s spirits up.

After several hours of labor, Jaimee started to push. But what we didn’t know is that Jaimee would be pushing for 7.5 hours. SEVEN POINT FIVE HOURS. I’ve never seen anything like it. Typically doctors cap things at 4 hours, but Jaimee wanted to go on. And Eliza’s heart rate stayed perfect the entire time(because she was the most chill baby in the world), so Jaimee pushed and pushed and pushed with everything she had, every 1-2 minutes, for hours. Talk. About. Incredible.

Miss Eliza was born early early that following morning after Jaimee’s 24+ hour labor and she was absolutely perfect. Congratulations Jaimee & Jenny! You guys made the perfect birth team and you have such a beautiful daughter.

Chrissie & Nathan ~ The Ritz Charles ~ Carmel Indiana Wedding Photographer

A few years ago when we first moved to Kokomo Indiana, my husband and I were driving through Carmel for a date night. As we were passing through to Indianapolis, I looked over the bypass and saw the most gorgeous wedding happening.

There was a beautiful glass atrium that was filled with white billowing fabric, twinkle lights, and beautiful people twirling around the dance floor, lined with tables covered with gold and greenery. I about jumped out of my seat(and practically made my husband jump out of his while he was driving).

It was STUNNING. Like the garden party of every little girls dream and from that moment I knew I had to shoot a wedding there. And I did! I’ve shot at the Ritz Charles a few times now but this is my very first time that one of my couples has used the glass atrium.

Chrissie has an incredible eye for organization and detail. At our final meeting to go over her shot list and details, there was almost nothing for me to do! She had pre printed some of the poses that she wanted, mapped out the venue, brought along the cathedrals rules and regulations, I was very impressed. So it was no surprise to me that their wedding day was flawless.

She had the most beautiful reception(including the prettiest treat table I’ve ever seen) that I’m still swooning over. And her classic wedding colors are going to keep her photos looking timeless.

Also also also. One of the BEST bridal parties I’ve ever worked with. Everyone was super chill, fun, and supportive of Chrissie and Nathan, and that’s exactly what Brides and Grooms deserve on their wedding day.

See some of my favorites from their wedding below!

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Baby Luci ~ Kokomo & Fishers Indiana Newborn Photographer

You know when you meet someone and you think to yourself “Can we be best friends?”. Thanks what it was like meeting the Minto family. Not only are they warming to be around, Leah is a creative! She makes CRAZY AWESOME knitted blankets, shawls, hats, you name it. She brought along one of her favorite knitted shawls that she made during her pregnancy, so we incorporated it into Luci’s session. She also brought two family rosaries, and you guys know how I feel about incorporating family heirlooms. Thank you Leah and Brenton for coming to the studio and letting us love on your babies!

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