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

Sarah & Tyler – A Charley Creek Inn Wedding – Wabash Indiana

Sarah & Tyler are probably two of the most majestic people that I’ve ever met. Their sense of vintage style, their elegant but relaxed poise, their soft spoken words, it all makes you sigh into a sense of calm. Their loving demeanor towards their family, especially towards their nieces and nephews, will leave you feeling heart-full. Sarah’s creative side inspired much of her wedding, including her gorgeous vintage styled veil, which was made from an heirloom piece of her mother’s wedding dress.

So I’ll be sharing some of my favorites from their classic wedding, held at the charming Charley Creek Inn in Central Indiana. I think their letter swap is at the top of my favorite moments from the day. Sarah shared with me that the journal that Tyler wrote in, is a journal that they started at the beginning of their dating relationship, and they have continue writing in it to each other ever since. So it was only fitting that Tyler returned the journal to Sarah on their wedding day, with another love note before they saw each other down the aisle. Take a look below.

Pastel Inspired Wedding ~ Hawthorns Country Club Fishers, Indiana

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Anyone else loooooove pastels? And donuts as an optional wedding treat? YES. See more of this lovely styled wedding below.

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Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

Photography by: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club
Dress & Tux: Bridal Superstore of Indianapolis, Indiana
Makeup: Moriah Justin
Hair: Allison Linnae Hair
Macaroons: Etta’s Gooey Goodies
Decor: The Borrowed Boutique
Cake: Classic Cakes
Stationary: Blu3 Designs
Donuts: The Dancing Donut
Florals: Bokay Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

 

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Beauty & The Beast Inspired Wedding | Laurel Hall | Indianapolis, Indiana

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To all the wonderful vendors that made this shoot possible!

Photography:  Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Laurel Hall  
Stationary/ Signage: Blu3 Designs  
Dress & Tux : Bridal Superstore 
Hair: Alison Linnae Hair 
Makeup: Moriah Justin 
Rentals: Nerdy Fox Rentals  
Cake: Shyann Burris 
Florals: Julie Flowers of Giest 
Planner: Kaylee Creighton 

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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!

Joni & Aaron ~ Carmel, Indiana {Woodland Country Club}

Rain-rain-go-away-come-again-another-day. I sang that really fast so I’m hoping that it works. This past month has been filled with weddings, which I am so ever thankful for. And along with Spring weddings comes Spring rain.

Though April showers do bring May flowers, it also brought Joni & Aaron’s big day. 

Joni & Aaron live in California together, though they and their families are from the Indy area. And they are also already married. They have been for quite some time. They were far away at the time and the moment seemed right. And with both of them being in the military, it would have been difficult to make it home.

Their parents offered a wedding gift to them. They gave them the choice between a sum of money, which they could spend however they liked, or a wedding.

Joni & Aaron wanted so much to spend their special day with family and friends, so they planned a post wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and reception.

It was rainy at the Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Indiana but mother nature granted us just enough time for portraits and the ceremony outdoors, before heading inside to the main event. Which was celebrating Joni & Aaron’s marriage. Congratulations  J & A!!!

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.

Things to Ask {Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer}

Another weekend come and gone. They never last as long as we hope, especially not when you spend it in Indianapolis. Over this past weekend, I had several meetings with prospective brides(who were mostly from Indy), 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(while cuddling my warm Americano): “So what can I help you with? Are there any questions that I can answer for you?”

Bride(shuffling through 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 photog. 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 me a little bit better though 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 10 answers).

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

I’ve been a professional photographer for 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.

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?

I’m very involved with wedding planning but with a laid back approach. Prior to your wedding, we will discuss a tentative timeline for your big day. Just so we can beginning planning and get the “big” stuff out of the way. About 2 weeks out from the big day, I meet up with you to go over your itinerary to make sure that your photography timeline is solid. 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 probably won’t 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?

Yes! 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.

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. In case I can’t make it to your wedding day, 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 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 48 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 it is a must. 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.

**Updated November 2019

 

 

 

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Adam & Malori ~ Crawfordsville Wedding Photography

Wow. First ever blog post. Is this what that feels like? Hello internet =) It’s nice to see this side of you.

Seeing as this will probably be my new obsession favorite past time, I thought it appropriate to share one of my favorite weddings from this past year. I mean really! This is the greatest thing ever! So why not start off by sharing some great moments from a great wedding.

I first met Malori at Grey House Coffee in Lafayette, Indiana. She, her mother, and I all sat together, two weeks out from the big day discussing last minute details, itineraries, and shot lists. They were extremely organized, which I’m sure played a large part in the success of the event.

Natural lighting was going to be a large part of the wedding festivities, and the whole time my mind is screaming “I’m IN!”. Natural lighting trumps artificial lighting. Fact. That may or may not be my professional opinion(it is), but for many, it’s true. At any rate, they had chosen well!

Not only was the wedding to be surrounded by natural light, but it was being held at a little church in Crawfordsville, Indiana, within walking distance of the General Lew Wallace Museum & Study. And neither disappointed. The peach hues of the church mixed with the garden roses and mint greens of the bridesmaids shoes, plus the GORGEOUS wooden cuff links the groomsmen were wearing…it was the PERFECT garden party wedding. There were games spread out on the lawn, with antique quilts, and old fashioned sodas as guests celebrated while we took our pictures. And the evening was brought in by twinkle lights hung over a little dance floor and chandeliers hanging from the tent and trees.

Thanks for letting me play a part in your wedding day Malori & Adam!