Ashli & Freddie | Kokomo, Indiana Engagement Photographer

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This. Session. It was muggy. It was buggy. And it was GREAT! These guys met me in Kokomo all the way from Frankfort Indiana so we could spend some time together. Their wedding is coming up in the Fall and as you guys have heard me say before, engagement sessions are the perfect way for us to get to know one another before your big day.

The lighting that day mixed with the free spirited attitudes of both Freddie & Ashli made the evening go by so quickly. We walked all over Wild Cat Creek Reservoir Park, bitten up and down by mosquitos, in the muggy heat of Indiana, and it was worth it. Take a look at some of my favorites. 

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Laura & Robert — Kokomo Indiana Engagement Session

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Originally I supposed to meet with these two in Downtown Indianapolis for their photography session. Well as the weather would have it, we needed to make some minor adjustments to the plan. Not only was it going to be cold cold cold but it was going to be wet and icy as well. Hanging out on the streets of Downtown would have been lovely, but since the weather would have limited our options, we decided to stick close to home and work with the indoors. 

Big Ben’s Coffee in Kokomo is one of my favorites. They have a variety of couches and corners that you can hide in and study or you can choose a comfy window seat to enjoy your coffee and some people watching. It was where I had first met Laura and it seemed like the perfect place for their engagement session.

After some time at Big Ben’s, we eventually ventured outdoors to see if we could withstand the weather from some pictures in Downtown Kokomo. Overall, I love the variety in the session and I enjoy it so much when couples aren’t just posing for pictures, but are enjoying doing something fun and unique together. Thanks for braving the cold with me R & L and I can’t wait to watch you guys walk down the aisle in May! See more of their session below: 

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Pretty pretty packages and more things to come… {Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer}

Change.

I am so so so excited to announce some huge changes that are coming to Jessica Newton Photography. You guys. This month, is my four year anniversary as a professional photographer. Four years. Goodness me.

You know, I typically delete photos that I’ve shot after they are safely in the hands of their owners. They stay online in PASS galleries for up to 10 years so I see no need to keep 100+ weddings on my hard drive. But one thing that I absolutely can’t do and probably never will, is delete the 1st wedding that I ever shot.

I occasionally open that little invisible dusty drawer in the back of my hard drive. And I look at those photos and think about how simple things were. I was such a newb! I had no idea what I was getting into, what I was doing, or where I was headed. I answered a Craigslist ad looking for a wedding photographer and that’s how it started. I made so many rookie mistakes, but how thankful I am for that opportunity. That 1st wedding.

Big changes are coming. Changes that are bittersweet and I’m a little bit teary eyed to think of how much this may change this crazy, whimsy, little job that I’ve been grasping to now for four wonderful years. But Jessica Newton Photography has changed. It’s become something calm instead of crazy. Big instead of little. Still whimsy though. Whimsy in a way that makes me smile at the little-big job that gives me so much joy.

With all that being said, here is the 1st of many changes coming during the remainder of 2015.

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Omgosh, right? Isn’t is PRETTY? Introducing, your wedding photos 2.0.

I can’t tell you how much I love getting stuff in the mail. Seriously, I LIVE for packages that arrive from sellers on Etsy. They always come in these cute little boxes or bags, with a hand written note or thank you from the shop owner. Perfect. It’s the perfect way to say thank you. In the future, clients choosing select packages, will be mailed a personalized package, hand assembled by me, when their photos are completed. Filled with all kinds of loveliness.

A small gift from me to you, to say that I love brown paper packages too. And to say thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of one of the most important days of your life. Thank you for choosing me when you could have chosen someone else. Thank you.

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Styles are definitely subject to change over time but I’m happy with this little creation for now. Change number 1 is here. More to come. Happy 4th anniversary y’all. We did it <3

 

Blaine & Renee ~ Elite Banquet Center Kokomo Indiana Wedding

When I first met Renee, it was a wet icy day. You know the kind. Dreary. Gray. Ice for me to slip on everywhere. The kind of day that you don’t often feel like going out in. But a warm coffee shop for our first meeting sounded lovely, and it totally was y’all. The coffee warmed our fingers as we talked over wedding details. But what warmed the atmosphere the most was Renee’s pure joy and smiling eyes. She gleamed as she talked about her fiancé Blaine and how they first met between mutual church friends. She showed me her gorgeous engagement ring, which he had found in an antique shop, just for her. Lit bits and pieces of a love song that was as obvious in her expressions as it was in the stories that she was telling me.

So wedding day arrives, and it was rainy and gray again. Big surprise right? I think every wedding I’ve blogged about this year mentions the word rain! But once again, the rain and bright sun snuck away behind the clouds as we ventured outside for their “first look” and wedding portraits. And as you guys know, I’m a HUGE fan of cloudy skies. They create some of the best and most beautifully lit photos, hands down.

The ceremony and reception sites at Elite Banquet Center were lined with twinkle lights through out. The tables were scattered with the most adorable antique lanterns, which Renee’ had pulled from her home, as she collects them for decor. And there was a “love is sweet” table set up with jars of honey and flavored honey sticks as favors.

During the ceremony there were many sweet moments. But one of the sweetest was the surprise wedding band that Renee’s parents had snuck into the best mans pocket. Earlier in the day, I was preparing to photograph their rings. And it came up that Renee had decided to forgo a wedding band. I was surprised at this because I’ve never seen anyone do it before, so I just said, okie dokie, and I made my way out of the room with just her engagement ring and Blaine’s band. Her mother quickly excused herself, followed me out, pulled me aside and handed me a little black box. Inside was the most beautiful band, which matched and fit snugly around Renee’s engagement ring. Her mother continued to tell me that Renee didn’t want to spend the extra money on herself, so she had only purchased a band for Blaine. But they wanted their beautiful daughter to have this gift on her wedding day. So they secretly handed it to the best man, and Renee saw this lovely present during the ceremony, as it was slipped onto her finger. So so so emotional. For those that knew the significance of what had taken place, there wasn’t a dry eye among them.

And the day ended with the most unique exit. It was pouring rain, but there was a little awning just outside of Elite that everyone was able to fit underneath. So guests took the fresh rosemary from their place settings, stripped the leaves, and tossed the leaves over Renee & Blaine as they left for their honeymoon. It. Smelled. Heavenly. It was the perfect way to escort them onto their honey moon. All in all it was a wedding that won’t soon be forgotten. I loved working with R & B and their families and it reminded me of why I so love photography. Congrats Blaine & Renee!!!

Joni & Aaron

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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!