Baby Elvie’s Newborn Story ~ Kokomo & Indianapolis Newborn Baby Photographer


I know I know I’m over sharing. I’ve already talked about Miss Elvie once with her Fresh 48 session. But I just can’t help it! I mean just LOOK at her. Elvie is so stinking cute you guys. She had a lot of eye contact in her family portraits(which is rare for a sleepy newborn) and she has 4 older siblings that we were able to include in some portraits with her too(guess what. they are just as cute!). And her mama was totally up for doing some Christmas themed newborn setups, I truly couldn’t love her session any more. See miss Elvie below <3 

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Aric & Kristin’s Maternity Story ~ Kokomo & Indianapolis Maternity Photographer


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmassssssss. There is nothing in the world like getting an email from a previous bride and groom, informing me that they are expecting their first little one. I met Kristin and Aric waaaaay back(in 2015 right guys?) when they were a part of Cassie & Scott’s wedding party. The following year, I photographed K&A’s wedding, so you can believe my excitement when they informed me earlier this year that they were due in February of 2019! 

They knew that they wanted to use a local Christmas tree farm, since Kristin’s maternity session would be done just prior to Christmas. Dull’s Tree Farm in Thornton Indiana is my all time favorite tree farm, and I actually had my own family photos done there a couple years back. Even though we live in Kokomo Indiana we make the drive every year because it truly is the best Christmas Tree Farm in the area. It turned out to be the perfect location and the weather was that wintery overcast kind of day, reflecting that true look of Christmas with some hot chocolate and snuggles to add to it. 

Kristin and Aric ended their session with some fun wreaths that they had purchased from Dull’s while they were there(she placed it over her belly at the end of our session, it was so cute!). And much to my surprise, they had also ordered some table centerpieces, one of which they gifted to me! Gift giving this time of year makes the season so sweet and I love buying that “perfect” gift for others. It’s always a surprise and incredibly sweet to receive a “perfect” gift from Clients. Thanks for helping decorate my dining room table for Christmas K&A! And thanks for trekking out to Dull’s Tree Farm with me, I love how your photography session turned out <3 

Maylee’s Newborn Story ~ Kokomo & Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

kokomo newborn photographerMiss Maylee is no stranger to the JNP blog. We shared her Fresh 48 photography session last month, showcasing all of those early newborn memories. Now she’s back because I couldn’t help but share her sweet face again. Her cute little stork bite and her mamas color choices from the JNP Kokomo photography studio made her session a favorite. Also she TOTALLY gave me the stink eye during one of her poses and I giggle every time I see it(I posted it below). And her adorable big sister, could she be any cuter?!

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Myah Turns ONE! ~ Kokomo Cake Smash Photographer

Cake smashes are just a blast. The themed setups and outfits are always adorable, but watching that first bite of cake and those huge sugary grins is the highlight. This was my first cake smash and 12 month portrait session in the new Jessica Newton Photography studio in Kokomo Indiana and it didn’t disappoint. Myah’s mama loved the idea of a “First Floral” with a themed setup of colorful flowers and golden accents. See my favorites from Myah’s  session below!

Cake by Sheri’s Edible Art

Photography by Jessica Newton Photography

Custom floral backdrop by Photo Mommy

Cake topper by Tender Love Cardstock 

Greenhouse Engagement – Indianapolis Engagement Photographer

I must be behind on the times, but did you guys know that the IMA(Indianapolis Museum of Art) is now knows as Newfields? I had no idea! At least I didn’t until Chrissie & Nathan expressed their interest in having their engagement session there. I had to google it before I realized it was the same location, since I had never heard of Newfields before. But I have DEFINITELY heard of the IMA and I’ve had quite a few sessions(and even a wedding!) there. I was delighted to know that they were the one and only Newfields now and looked forward to their session with lots of excitement. I’ve you’ve never been to their gardens, they are absolutely stunning, especially this time of year with peak blooming season. We were able to schedule their session during the peak bloom season and it. was. incredible. However, we stumbled upon their tiny greenhouse and that’s what I’m sharing with you guys today. It made for such and interesting location, something unique and full of textures and colors. Thanks for letting my creative side show Chrissie & Nathan! I loved roaming the gardens with you guys.

And obviously I have to show you guys the rest of their session 😉 So here’s some from the Newfields garden, not just their greenhouse.

Baby Myah ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

Sweet Myah’s mama chose some of my favorite colors for her session and I just have to share them. I love how bright and fun they are, combined with her gray nursery with the pops of color. See my favorites below!

 

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4am Musings by a Photographer – A Personal Blog Post

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35 weeks as of yesterday. Shwoo this pregnancy has gone by fast. 

It’s early early early(way earlier than I would like) because pregnancy insomnia is a thing apparently. This isn’t anything new, so once again I accepted that I wasn’t going back to sleep at 3:30am this morning and decide to start today. We have a busy day ahead, with family in from out of town, and my son’s 6th birthday party tomorrow. Lots of party planning, cooking, and cleaning all lay ahead for the weekend. My mind couldn’t shut off, checking each little thing on my to-do list over and over again. So I resigned myself to the fact that I might as well get used to it(because life with a newborn won’t be any different). 

At first I thought I’d go to the grocery store, because there won’t be any crowds this early. I can get in and out in a matter of minutes, have breakfast cooked for our guests, and get a huge leap on the day. But then I decided to muse over my coffee by taking a peek at a recent session before heading out.

I open up my editing program(Lightroom for you photographers out there), and I came across the above photo. It’s not my usual style, but something about it stopped me. The memory attached to this photo left me smiling, then giggling, as I recalled what the memory was from. Maybe I’m just giggling because of sleep deprivation, but the hilarity in what I realized at the moment truly had me stuck. 

Simply put, this darling little girl wanted to pick some flowers for her portraits that day. She found this little bundle of white dainty lovelies, and slowly, delicately started to pick off each and every one, and admiring it. And in my minds eye, I remember thinking about how long it was taking her to pick the flowers. I remember thinking that we needed to move on to a new location, the sun was getting higher and brighter, and we had things to do! Didn’t she know that we had things to do? So many things to do. So many places to go. All the things. All the places. All the photos.

If this little girl were me, right now, I would have snapped off that entire strand of flowers at the base. 

I laughed because you see…lately, things have been all kinds of crazy around here. Jonathan(my husband) just started his new position as the head pastor for First Friends Meeting here in Kokomo. I’m in the throws of editing several weddings and sessions simultaneously that I’ve had this month, with still several more on the schedule for July. I’m officially a work from home, stay at home mom, since Jon now works from an office. And I’m SUPER pregnant, with an endless list of nesting to-dos on my plate before Baby arrives. 

And so I couldn’t help but laugh at this picture, and the memory that goes with it, because of how absurd and ridiculous it made me feel.

What am I doing? I have absolutely NOT been delicately picking my flowers. This season has been hectic, crazy, and absolutely overwhelming. And right now, all of the flowers that I’ve been picking have been labeled as tasks, and buddy, I’m snapping the whole twig. Heck I might even pull it up by it’s roots like any two year old would. Because I’ve been in the mind set that I don’t have time for this. In my haste of preparing for a Baby, and guests, and work, and family, and chores, and the creative mundane that is life, I’ve completely lost the joy in all the details.

And the details are my favorite. 

Details that I need to promise myself that I’ll remember. I promise to take a breath and smile at the mountain of dirty dishes on my counter, because it means there are hungry little people in our home. I promise to rest and be present in conversation with my family, instead of running through my mental check list. I promise to give in to my children as they beg me to play, instead of hurriedly pleasing them so I can move on to my next household chore. I promise to be intentional with my work, because I’m fortunate that I have work to do. And I promise to notice the little kicks and nudges present from the tiny human in my ribs, because I’m going to want to remember this. 

So forgive me for my haste friends. Every day is a gift, and it’s a gift that we are only given once. Pick flowers intentionally, and enjoy all the colors and floral goodness that come with them.

Now please excuse me, because I’m headed to the grocery store 😉

Then & Now — A Personal Reflection

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Self doubt is a constant struggle of mine. It’s an illness of sorts, that we let creep in on our accomplishments. And instead of celebrating in our achievements, we often hesitate in giving ourselves proper credit. Why? Well because it’s rude to “Toot one’s own horn” right? So instead of “tooting” we replace it with our own fabulous little questions.

“What if I’m not really that good at ____________?” 

“Are my family/friends giving me false encouragement?”

“What will happen if I fail?”

“Can I do this all on my own?” 

6 years ago, I became a new mom to an itty bitty baby. And that itty bitty baby, is in the picture above. My husband and myself lived in a teeny tiny apartment, surviving on mostly sandwiches and love. And as much as I longed to have newborn pictures taken of our little one, it was a world outside of what we could afford.

So I thought to myself, how hard could it be? My dad has a nice DSLR. I can just borrow the camera, find a cute outfit, and take the pictures myself. I’d save $300 in the process and I’d get to do something creative and fun. What could go wrong?

The images. Oh my, the images. were. awful. So awful. I giggle about it now, but at the time, I didn’t understand it. Of course I loved them anyway, because they were pictures of our baby, but it wasn’t what I expected. The pictures on Pinterest looked so… different in comparison to mine. Why? I had a nice camera, check. I had a cute baby, check. I had a cute outfit, check. So why didn’t it work out in the way that I had expected?

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The day that I spent looking over those images, was the day that my interest in photography was born. I rummaged through anything and everything I could find on the subject for months. I learned how to manually operate a camera. I learned the importance of lighting and how it can be manipulated. I learned to be patient with myself. I learned my style and preference for photography. I discovered that I love to document life more than posing portraits. I learned the power of preserving moments. I learned how to make time stand still.

I look back on where I started, and it makes me sad that I’ve forgotten how far I’ve come. That I would even question it. Because I’ve come SO FAR. I am standing where I am today because of my own hard work. Because of the immeasurable support of my family. 

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Remember those little questions of self doubt? Well let me tell you, they only have meaning if you let them. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being a college student is hard. Being an adult is hard. Being a parent is hard. Being a human being IS HARD. And because it is hard, it makes it that much sweeter. We can meet our goals. We can achieve great things. We can grow, and learn, and love, and we can support others who are doing the same. 
At the time, I felt like those first photos were awful. But they aren’t. Not really. They preserved his squishiness. His inquisitiveness. His round little belly and his teeny tiny toes. But most of all, they preserved memories that are not even reflected in the photo. They preserved my memories of holding that tiny baby in my arms. Of all of the emotions contained in that little apartment. Of the first DSLR that I ever held, of the first photo that I ever took with the goal of being a portrait, of the first time I ever dove in to the world of photography.

Celebrate in your achievements and give yourself some credit. Because that credit may be far overdue.