Anniversary Session Surprise ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

 

Bethany and Graham’s faces have long decorated my website and blog. Their candid chemistry and obvious feelings for one another has always left me with a full heart. And their daughter(who just turned one this past year)has the BIGGEST smiles and it’s always rewarding when I receive a visit from them.

Bethany contacted me a few months back, wanting to plan an anniversary session in celebration of their 2nd year together. But with an added surprise. They were expecting baby #2! She wanted to preserve the memories of telling the news to Graham, by sharing it with him during our session together, with a pregnancy reveal.

Towards the end of their session, the sun was setting just over the cliffs of France Park in Logansport Indiana. And I asked them to turn around and think for a moment about what their favorite memory of 2017 and their 2nd year of marriage had been so far. Bethany had her answer 🙂 And the rest is preserved in history. Enjoy these sweet memories friends.  

Little Valentine – Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

I just had to feature this sweet girl on Valentine’s Day with her blush palette session. Take a peek!

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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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The Manis Family ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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This has probably been said a hundred times already but I’m going to say it again. The bugs this year are awful!!! I think every outdoor session I’ve done this year has ended with bug bite after bug bite. And that’s with bug spray. 

These guys were troopers. The met me on a buggy buggy day at Jackson Morrow Park(where I think all the bugs of Kokomo must live) and we played in the woods, on the trails, and by the creek. Their session was lovely, and if you need any styling tips, this is a great session to take a look at for inspiration. Their outfit choices were simple but attractive, and they easily coordinated with one another, despite completely different materials and fabrics. 

Check out some of my favorites from their session below. Thanks for hanging out with me Courtney, Ty, and Hayden!

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Madison’s Maternity Session – Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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You know when you meet a kindred spirit and feel instantly connected with them? But you just aren’t sure why? Madison and her husband Eric came all the way up from Indianapolis for her maternity session here in Kokomo. And though I didn’t know it at the time, we had more in common that I had anticipated.

We chose Jackson Morrow Park, as Madison thought they would enjoy using the playground for some fun and unique shots. The session was easy as pie and I felt at ease almost immediately. They were very easy to talk to and we seemed to have similar areas of humor and interest. And as we were walking between locations, I was casually asking Madison about her pregnancy(since I was pregnant also). We came to find out that not only were we delivering at the same hospital, with the same medical team, but that we also had the same exact midwife. What are the chances right?! And then later I came to find that she’s actually a pastor, and funnily enough, that same week my husband officially accepted his first position as a head pastor. 

Their session ended with fun on the playground as planned and I felt like I had a new friend by the end of the session. Take a look at some of my favorite images from our time together 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 😉

Little Lady Violet — Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

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Oh sweet little girl. I’m am so so so happy that I got to know her and her sweet family! Violet was due to arrive soon after her beautiful cousin Esther, who I was also able to also meet and work with as one of my 2016 newborns. Both Esther and Violet’s families are very close and that’s made obvious upon meeting them. 

One of my favorite favorite favorite props is a vintage quilt that I bought last year. There is an itty bitty antique shop run out of a small store front that is actually an elderly woman’s home in Kokomo Indiana. The quilt was hiding there just waiting for this purpose, and I was finally able to use the quilt last month at Violet’s session. It was just as perfect as I thought it would be! Check out sweet Violet’s little nursery below with some of my favorites from her session. 

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The Glover Family — Kokomo Indiana Photographer

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A little over a year ago, I started the great journey into maternity photography. I started it off with a model call so that I could “practice” working with an expectant mama and also give back to someone that deserved a free photography session. Emily ended up answering the model call and her session turned out WONDERFUL. After working with her, I knew that maternity photography was for me.

This Fall, I had the pleasure of working with her yet again. And this time, she brought along her entire family, including her wee one that was still in a baby bump when I last saw her.

I wanted to showcase their session today because 1) they are the SWEETEST family 2) the outfit choices for the fall color tones are on point(high five Emily!) 3) their session in the perfect example of what we typically accomplish at a family session. All around their example is perfection.

So please enjoy their love and laughter from my favorites of their session below 🙂

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Newborn Photography — Behind the Computer Scenes

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It’s almost Thanksgiving! I’m going out of town this week, so I thought I would do a series of blog posts to get caught up while I’m away 🙂

A lot of questions have been raised by curious minds lately, particularly about what all goes in to a photography session and why photography sessions are so expensive when done by a professional photographer. I can say that ALOT more than just a few clicks on a nice camera goes in to a photography session, but I’d like to show you guys one small(but also big) part of the art that is photography.

Newborn sessions will be the example for today. These sessions last about 2 hours long. But did you know that editing that session can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours? It’s true! After the actual session has come and gone, the planning and styling has been made, and the images have been taken, a lot of post production work takes place.

Newborns in particular take a lot of extra work to edit. I am not big on “airbrushing” photos. I take a deep and lengthy approach to editing photos, which gives an all around more natural appearance. I don’t edit out birth marks or scars, I leave mongolian spots and cute little newborn milk bumps. But they usually have blotchy skin, newborn acne, scratches from run ins with their tiny nails, peely skin, purple hands and feet, yellowed skin from jaundice, all kinds of stuff! Things that aren’t supposed to be there, that will go away with time.

Also, sometimes newborns are posed in positions that often require composites or extensive photoshop to create an image that isn’t actually there. There are many newborn photography poses that are not safely done on their own. So instead of posing Baby in a precarious situation, mom and dad’s are often acting as “spotters” during the shoot, with holding baby in to a pose or place. But they are completely photoshopped out of the picture. I’m going to show you guys both!

Here is an unedited, straight from the camera image. It’s dark, it’s not very sharp, and all around looks just kind of “meh”. It’s an okay image, but not something I would ever want to send a client. See how gray and plain it looks?

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Next is the same image, but after I have applied my color corrections and changes. Baby still has a lot of scaly pieces of skin hanging around, red patches, a little bit of baby acne, some scratches, and some of his face is a bit red in more areas than I would like. There’s also that big black shaded area to the far upper left corner from where my backdrop on my posing pillow ended.

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This photo shows all the corrections that have been made. Each little dot represents a pin in an area that has been fixed or edited to change the back drop, skin, and colors. FYI, this is an average amount of fixes for a newborn. Usually babies that are more than 10 days along have a lot more editing that needs to be done to their skin. Which is why it’s recommended that little ones have their sessions done between 4 and 10 days old. screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-9-49-51-am After some more skin corrections and color corrections, as well as post processing, this is the final image. The skin tone is light and dewy, it’s not red and blotchy. The little bits of peely skin have been removed, and baby acne has been corrected. The backdrop has been smoothed out with no distractions, and all that is left is a beautiful baby.

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Next is our composite. You’ve probably seen some photos on pinterest that show a picture of Baby in their room, just sitting atop a changing table by themselves. You may even remember the next photo from Gideon’s newborn session that I did a few months back. simply put, this photo is a fake. Mom is in this picture, but you can’t see her because she’s been edited out.

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See her now? A composite is when you take two or more images, lay them on top of one another in Photoshop, and edit around the areas that you want to keep or disappear. It takes a while to get it just right, but the end result is an image, showing no Mom, and just Baby hanging out by themselves. Both of the images below were laid on top of each other, so create the above image.

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And that’s it! I hope that’s a small look in to the editing window of photography. Can’t wait to show you guys more!