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:



Braxton is ONE! ~ Kokomo Indiana Cake Smash Photographer

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Ooooooo myyyyyyy gooooosh can I tell you how full my heart is? Since building the Kokomo Indiana newborn photography studio 1 short year ago and then *quickly* outgrowing the space at a record speed, this past year has been a whirlwind. I can’t tell you how sweet it is to see my newborns from our itty bitty space, that now come to the “big” space in Downtown for their “big” kid portrait updates.

Braxton just turned one and he is the same little meaty muffin baby that he was a year ago. And he is SO sweet! He happily sat, ate(ahem destroyed) his cake, and played with the Wild One birthday theme setup that we came up with.

All in all, the session turned out just as I had hoped and we loved every minute of it. Want to book a custom themed cake smash for your little one? Talk to us! Each theme is different depending on your style with a custom outfit and smash cake included.

See my favorites from Braxton’s sesh below. Happy birthday Braxton!

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How to Prepare for Your Fresh 48 Session ~ Kokomo Indiana Photographer

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There’s nothing like a fresh baby.

Most parents will agree that those newborn-y feature change daily! From birth to even 24 hours old, babies look totally different. That’s one of the reasons I love Fresh 48 photography sessions so much! It brings back all those fuzzy newborn memories from the very beginning and preserves every bit of those fleeting first 2 days.

Fresh 48/Newborn. What’s the difference?

Fresh 48 sessions take place within 48 hours of Baby’s birth. Typically taking place in the environment where birth occurred, whether this is at the hospital, birthing center, or home. We focus on little details, like hospital wristbands, womb wrinkled toes, and curled fingers. These sessions are unposed and we let baby do their thing.


Newborn sessions typically take place when baby is between 4-14 days of age(sometimes later if Baby arrived early) and these are much more “posed”. We cuddle baby up into a variety of outfits and wraps, and style sessions according to Mom/Dad’s coloring preferences. They are completely different. It’s fun to have our Fresh 48 sessions visit us at the Kokomo photography studio 1-2 weeks after their first session, because they change so very much!

So what can you expect for a Fresh 48 session? Is there anything you need to do?

1) Expect the session to be short and sweet. After all, you just had a baby! We want to leave as quickly as we arrived, so that you and baby can continue with your normal routine. Mini Fresh 48 sessions are around 10 minutes in length and Full Fresh 48s are around 30 minutes. We will be in and out before you know it.

2) Feed baby prior to your session. Even if Baby has just eaten, offer them some more. We want to make sure all of Baby’s needs have been met, so that they are happy and relaxed, ready for their big debut.

3) Got an avid nurser? Know that you can ask us to wait. If your little one is still actively eating or feels unsettled when we arrive, we are happy to give Baby more time so that their needs are met first.

4) Pack your favorite muslin wrap in your hospital bag. We looooove Aden + Anais wraps if you are looking for suggestions. Not a fan of muslin? Bring your favorite swaddle that has no velcro straps or ties. We are also happy to use the traditional cloth swaddles provided by hospitals and birthing centers.

5) Does baby need a bath prior to the session? Nope! Not unless you feel the need. Most little ones are rose-y as can be thanks to that amazing vernix and gut flora that accumulated in the womb. I’ve yet to meet a stinky newborn 😉 If you DO feel the need for a bath, don’t forget to pack that baby wash! This is our favorite free and clear plant based baby shampoo.

Got a little one on the way? Let’s have a talk! You can email us anytime at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or you can contact us here.

Baby Quincy ~ Fishers Indiana Newborn Photographer

How cute is that name? Quincy. Quincy quincy quincy.

And how cute is her nursery?! Her mama did such a good job. Inspired by greenery and neutrals, this airy nursery is a space where those hazy newborn dreams became a reality.

Quincy and her parents had us come over to Fishers Indiana for an in-home newborn session at their lovely little house.

In-home sessions not only include the styled newborn portraits that we are known for, but also a lifestyle portrait session in Baby’s nursery. This allows us to preserve memories of not just mom, dad, and baby, but also their home and all of those fuzzy “real” newborn memories that fade oh so fast.

Here are some of our favorites from Quincy’s nursery as well as some of her styled portraits(that took place right in their living room).

Kokomo Indiana Family Photography ~ The Anderson Family

Aaaaaand they’re back! The Anderson fam graces the blog once more because Bethany *slays* every single session with her outfit choices.

Let’s talk about that for a minute. Not sure what to wear for your next family session with us? This family is suuuuch a good example.

I always recommend neutrals and earthen tones for family photography sessions, simply because it’s a classic look that helps make your photos truly timeless. I love her use of neutrals with a pop of color for this summer photography session in Kokomo Indiana. Their clothing is still on trend with current styles, but with these colors will mean that their photos will continue to last and look in place on their walls for years to come.

Also, let’s talk about Bethany’s knack for accessorizing. Baby still needs a pacifier? No prob! Trendy neutral pacifier clip. Want a way to change up the “look” of your photos? Boom, add a hat. Options are endless with accessorizing and Bethany added the perfect touches for her family.

Here are my favs <3 Thanks for coming out Anderson family!