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 

Erin & Steve ~ Lafayette Engagement Photography

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This is a session for the history books, for sure. Erin and Steve contacted me waaaaay back at the end of February to schedule their session together. They had recently gotten engaged and knew they wanted to celebrate Spring with their engagement.

Well, Mother Nature just. wasn’t. having it. It was not only 18 degrees outside on the date of their session(in Spring!), but it was sleeting rain and absolutely miserable. So we opted to reschedule their date. However, this wouldn’t be the first of our reschedules together. Later we rescheduled their session again due to a misunderstanding about the original reschedule. Then we had to reschedule AGAIN because of a scheduling error that I had made!

However, we were all committed to making this happen, and the big date finally arrived. The weather was perfect! We were all on the same page as to the date and weather and I knew it was going to be fabulous. As soon as I drove in to the park, I noticed this gorgeous empty creek bed with blue and gray stones, over shadowed by pink flowering trees. A spot I knew immediately that we would use. 

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There were also some gorgeous(and amazing smelling) lilac bushes in the park we decided to use, so we headed on over to them first. I started getting Erin and Steve lined up for a specific pose, reached in to my bag, grabbed my camera, and then realized the worst. My memory cards weren’t in my bag. OH. MY. GOSH.

In a panic, I thought that they must have fallen out of my bag in the car ride to Lafayette. I’m from Kokomo so I figured on the hour long drive, that MUST have been what happened.

Nope. 

Not in the car. Not in the car, not in the bag, not in my pocket, not on the ground, nowhere. I called my husband in a panic and asked him if he saw them anywhere. And sure enough, my little book of memory cards were at home in our living room, approximately an hour away. I was absolutely mortified. How on earth did this happen?!?! I check my bag sooooooooo many times before I leave for a shoot, especially shoots that are out of town. I check them again when I get in the car, just in case. I check them prior to the session, load my camera, and have everything ready to go for the moment we start. But some how, my brain skipped the memory cards. 

I’m not going to say it’s pregnancy brain but…I think I’m going to pull the card for the cards and call it this time. Never in my 6 years of shooting have I done this and it had finally happened. I made a mistake. And a big one at that.

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I went back over to Erin and Steve and explained the situation. I told them that I would *run* to the nearest store, and buy the first appropriate memory card that I saw, and hurry back so that we could finish their session. Luckily there was a Walgreens just down the road. So if you were on Lafayette and saw a mad pregnant woman running through the aisles, it was probably me ­čśë 

Steve and Erin both gracefully accepted the situation. Neither of them were upset and they both immediately laughed it off, accepting my frantic apologies. 

Needless to say, I did find a replacement card for their session, and the evening was just as wonderful as we had anticipated. With just a few bumps at the beginning of the road. We spent some time at Happy Hollow Park and then headed on to Downtown Lafayette where we were able to use the Lafayette Theater and some other fun locations.

Thank you soooooooo much Erin and Steve for accepting the unusual amount of craziness. Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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Boston ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

2016 is the first year that I’ve ever offered newborn photography. For the last five years I’ve primarily photographed weddings as well as families. And last year I had the honor of┬áphotographing many weddings, one of which was a gorgeous wedding for Renee & Blaine, which you might remember me blogging about here.

I was so thrilled to see their names again in my inbox, and even more thrilled to learn that they were expecting their first little one. My heart is so full to have been a part of not just one of their life events, but now two.

Thank you for sharing these precious moments with me Blaine & Renee. I know they’ll last a lifetime. Congratulations!

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Leah & Drew Engagement Session ~ Peru, Indiana

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Even though I’m based in Kokomo, I like to venture out to other areas often. Especially for photography purposes because shooting in new areas often provides a different kind of scenery that are other wise hard to gather if you visit the same park or street for every session.

So we did just that ­čÖé Leah & Drew attended high school together and saw each other in passing, but it wasn’t until after high school that their paths crossed. Literally. They were both out on a hiking trail at the same time and happened to walk by one another. Both immediately noticed the other, but tried to play it cool. After a few minutes they each decided to double back, just to see if the other was still around. Which is when they ended up crossing paths again. And the rest is history.

They like to go camping together with each other and their families, so they felt it fitting that we venture out to the Mississinewa Reservoir. We took some beautiful backlit photos on “their trail” and then we headed across the reservoir dam for some colorful photos on the rocky bank. Leah and Drew, thanks for choosing me as your photographer. Each and every session is special and I’m so thankful that you guys trusted me with your engagement photos. I can’t wait for your wedding day!

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