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Jacob & Lauren {Barn Wedding ~ Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer}

This wedding season has been spectacular.

With rain, rain, and more rain, there’s this magic that every photographer hopes for on a rainy wedding day, and It. Keeps. Happening.

Seriously, almost every wedding I’ve shot this season, it has rained or sprinkled! And despite the wishes for clear skies, we are greeting with dreary clouds. The sun may be blocked and there is no blue in sight, but a soft airy light filters down through the clouds, onto the festivities below. Which creates the perfect atmosphere for natural and beautifully lit photographs, which can be taken almost anywhere on the grounds.

We don’t have to seek out shaded areas for portraits, no one has to squint in the bright light, a cool breeze drifts over from the shady atmosphere cooling our cheeks…it’s perfection.

And that’s exactly the atmosphere that Lauren & Jacob shared on their wedding day. The grounds were filled with twinkle lights and locally sourced flowers from L and J’s mother’s gardens. The newly weds shared communion in the intimate Amish horse stable where the ceremony was held, and excitedly celebrated with their guests for the rest of the afternoon. With a little rain for luck and some wind on our necks it was a lovely evening. Congrats Lauren & Jacob!

Rachel & Daniel {Highland Park Kokomo, IN Enagement Session}

A couple weeks back, me, my husband, and our two littles ventured out of our comfort zone, and we went camping together for the first time as a family. France Park is about 30 minutes from Kokomo and it is one of the many hidden gems of Indiana.

If you’d like to come along for the trip, you can view one of my more personal blog post about it here.

So anyway, we wanted to go camping with some friends as well as our children and it turned out that the only time we could go camping was on the weekend when I was planning to shoot Rachel and Daniel’s engagement session in Kokomo. I figured that the park was only 30 minutes away so it wouldn’t be a big deal to go camping and to make the trip back for their session at Highland Park.

So Rachel and Daniel took a springy evening drive out to Kokomo and met up with me in Highland Park for their session.

In preparation for their wedding this coming fall, they decided to theme their engagement photos so that they would match their weddings theme. This is a FANTABULOUS idea.

Theming your engagement session to your wedding’s style will allow you to use your engagement session for wedding decor. Guests LOVE looking through pictures. If there will be a little bit of a layover between all the guests arriving at the reception and your arrival at the reception, they can sift through a photo album or prints clipped to strings throughout the venue.

You guys may remember some of the decor placed at Mallory & Adam’s wedding and reception, which kept guests busy as they waited for us to finish pictures.

They were able to riffle through a vintage address file display of pictures from their engagement as well as photos they had strung up from tree to tree around the venue site. And guess what else what else you can do? When your wedding day is over, you already have pictures printed of your engagement to decorate your new home together with. Whether it’s just 4×6 prints or canvas, it’s a multipurpose use for getting the most out of your engagement session. Not just for memories sake 🙂

Below are Rachel and Daniel’s country themed engagement photos which will be complimenting their decorations at their barn wedding at The Barn on Boundary this fall.

First Family Camping Experience

Last month, our little family of four were finally able to go on an adventure together outside of the four walls of our home. We went camping together! Call me crazy for taking an almost 4 year old and 14 month old out into the wilderness. But we camped out at a relatively populated camp grounds with electricity and water available, so it wasn’t that insane. With a car packed to the brim, we headed out for a 24 hour test trip.

There were great friends, good conversation, hot(and cold) coffee, awesome bacon that can only be made over a fire, with cold fingers and toes, and the sun shining on our backs as we trekked through the woods, exploring the trails.

All in all, it was a success. I didn’t snap as many pictures as I wanted to because I was enjoying myself so much. But sometimes I think that’s okay. To live more in the moment, than behind the camera. This was the first trip of many to come. Adventure!

 

Christine & Nick {Downtown Lafayette Indiana Engagement Session}

Downtown Lafayette remains to be my favorite city in Indiana so far. With adorable shops, farmers markets, and always something to do around the corner, I was thrilled when I found Christine in search of an engagement photographer.

We decided to meet in front of the downtown Lafayette Theater to start.

I’d never been in this area for a shoot before so it brought about many opportunities as we explored the streets. Many alley ways were glittered with graffitti and it seemed every corner had a flowering tree.

Nick and Christine both admitted that they’ve never taken professional photos together before.

Gasp! Hiss! What? Really? All things considered, they were absolute naturals and fit comfortably within one another’s arms the entire shoot. Congrats to you both!

Stephanie and Frank {Happy Hollow Park Engagement — West Lafayette, Indiana}

Gray skies and snow. More snow.

I feel that the end of winter is near but it’s so hard to tell! And as it creeps by, so did this past week. Almost every day, I anxiously checked our flower beds for a small hint of green, from the tulips that I planted last year. I’ve broken out my seed starting trays in preparation for this years garden and (gasp!) did some Spring organizing.
Awaiting Spring has me reminded of a colorful session that I did this past fall, and although it wasn’t a “Spring” session, it sure felt like it!

The woods were still green and colorful.

It was a slightly warmer day and a cool wind rang through the birch trees as I meandered through the trails and woods of Happy Hollow Park with Stephanie and Frank.
Frank and Stephanie had recently moved to the area, although they were no strangers to West Lafayette. The last 3 generations of Franks family(himself included) had graduated from Purdue University, and they brought along his Great Grandmother’s Purdue knitted blanket. What an heirloom! Honestly, I was a bit frightened to hold it, much less stretch it out in the grass. But it did survive the session, unscathed, and it made for some wonderful and personable images.

Here’s to Frank and Stephanie as their wedding day approaches. And to Spring.