Katie & Evan ~ White Willow Farms Arcadia Indiana

Let’s say it together. Wow.

In my almost 10 years of doing wedding photography(my anniversary is next month, eeep!), Katie & Evan’s wedding day will go down as one of my favorites.

And it’s not because of the gorgeous florals and sweeping cathedral veil(though that certainly helps).

K&E practically glow in positivity. Their general attitudes and splendor towards life are very visible to everyone they know and each time that I met with them before their wedding, they gave me a pretty good view of what their wedding day would be like. With a relaxed attitude and a deep appreciation for their family and friends, they set up their wedding day for success.

And it was perfect.

Not because everything went perfectly or because nothing unexpected happened, every wedding day has it’s hiccups. But because Katie & Evan chose to relax, love each other, and let the day unfold as it would.

They tied the knot at White Willow Farms in Arcadia Indiana, one of the most stylish barn weddings I’ve ever photographed(it’s located between Indianapolis and Kokomo if you want to take a gander). With Katie’s incredible dress from Blyes Bridal, their amazing greenery and floral choices from Gracie Mae Events and their cupcake tower from J Edwards, compared to their joy it was literally all just icing on the cake.

My favorite memory from the day? Well two.

1) Katie’s mama walking her down that aisle.

2) When everyone held up their hands in prayer for K&E during their ceremony.

Their final gallery ended up with 1500 images in total and although I wish I could share them all, here are some of my cherry picked favorites. Congratulations Katie & Evan! It was a joy and we wish you all the best on this new journey together!

Photographer: Jessica Newton Photography
Venue: White Willow Farms
Florals: Gracie Mae Events
Desserts: J. Edwards Gourmet
Catering: City Barbecue
DJ: David Shuck with Audio Inferno
Wedding Coordinator: Save the Day Sisters
Wedding Dress: Blyes Bridal

The Tumbleson’s Rainy Day Maternity Session ~ Kokomo Indiana Photographer

Say it with me. Mood 😍

Rainy day sessions are the rare unicorn that I dream about for photography sessions. Feathered lighting and moody shadows from dreary rainclouds produce some of my all time favorite images, but we rarely get to actually shoot sessions on rainy days(we usually reschedule). Well we decided to chance it. About half an hour before their session, we were granted a little pocket of no drizzles and it felt like the rain held out just for the Tumblesons.

The moment I saw Maria I *knew* their session was going to be gorgeous and that it was headed for the blog. Not only was the light that day dreamy but her outfit choices were fantastic. She had the most beautiful little baby bump and her husband Thomas definitely knew how to make her laugh! She was telling me all about how their big little guy is already hitting that 95th percentile and that he likes to hide up in mamas ribs(funny how tiny humans already have their own preferences for snuggling).

The Tumblesons decided to do one of our Grow With Me Baby Plans, which allows us to follow them throughout their first year of parenthood so we will be seeing them again very soon. Next up will be their Fresh 48 session(our first one since covid! eek!), followed by a newborn session, a 6 month session, a family session, and a cake smash session. Hoping covid continues to behave itself so I can meet their little guy next month and celebrate those first intimate moments with his mama and daddy. Congrats Maria & Thomas!

Newborn Photography Q&A ~ Kokomo Indiana Photography Studio

There are few things more precious than a newborn babe. Their tiny delicate features fade so quickly and we love to photograph those details during their newborn photography session with us.

But when should a newborn session be scheduled? Is it safe? Read our Q&A of the top questions new parents ask when scheduling their newborn session with us.

ARE NEWBORN SESSIONS WITH JESSICA NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHY SAFE?

Yes. We specialize in newborn photography and our newborn studio was created with your Baby in mind. We have received rigorous training for not only creating heirloom imagery but also for the safety of caring newborns and their delicate features. Jessica Newton has been trained by multiple premiere newborn photographers all over the world to ensure that we are above the industry standard in regards to newborn safety. Each year we update our techniques for additional in person training and educational courses.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH MY NEWBORN BABY?

The best time to photograph your newborn baby is when they are 4-14 days of age. They are still super squishy, oh so tiny, and happily mold into all those “womb like” poses. After this time, newborns are a little less sleepy and things like colic and baby acne can start to set in.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?

It is best to book as soon as possible as I only accept a limited amount of newborns per month to ensure availability since little ones arrive on their own schedule. Most mamas book at the beginning of their 2nd trimester. Booking in advance also allows us to prepare for your session before Baby’s arrival. We will discuss color palettes and themes with you ahead of time, as well as order props/outfits from select vendors and designers based on your session preferences.

HAVE YOU BEEN IMMUNIZED AGAINST COVID, FLU, & WHOOPING COUGH?

I understand the concern for new parents and their new Baby’s health. I have been fully immunized against covid, the flu, and whooping cough. We also have a rigorous cleaning schedule in place so that the studio is cleaned and sanitized between each use.

WHERE WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION BE?

Newborn sessions take place at my newborn photography studio in Downtown Kokomo Indiana on historic Buckeye Street. We are on the ground floor with free street parking and we are ADA accessible.

DO YOU DO ‘AT HOME’ NEWBORN SESSIONS?
Yes! Have camera will travel! If you’d prefer that we do a posed or lifestyle newborn session at your home, I’ll bring my traveling studio and a handful of luxe props to your home. The props will be based on your styling preferences so I’ll bring colors and fabrics that you’ve selected. We can also do some lifestyle images of your family, in and around your home, to capture all those cozy sleepy newborn memories.

DO YOU HAVE A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT TO KEEP OUR BABY SAFE?

Yes, all newborn sessions take place with myself and my trained assistant present. This provides optimum security for your baby so that we always have an extra pair of eyes and hands while I’m behind the camera. We take newborn photography seriously and we value your little one. You can relax on the couch or studio bed while we care for your baby or you can pull up a chair and watch the process.

HOW LONG DOES THE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION TAKE?

Newborn Photography Sessions take around 2-4 hours, allowing enough time for feeding and comforting. Baby runs the show and we never rush. We have newborn essentials, a sibling entertainment station, and snacks to keep everyone comfortable.

WHAT PROPS DO YOU HAVE?

We have a large variety of beautiful newborn photography props and one of a kind pieces that are handmade specifically for newborns. Vintage one of a kind pieces, organic cottons from local sources, woolen layers from Wales, angora bonnets from New Zealand, and many other luxury outfits. You’ll be asked to fill out a newborn questionnaire upon booking, to select your styling and color preferences.

HOW DO I BOOK?

Our booking process is super easy and everything is done online. We just need your contact info, email, and due date to get started. You can contact us here. Once we have that info, we soft mark your due date on our calendar. We will send a digital contract to your email electronically that you can sign at the bottom, as well as an invoice for the retainer which can be paid online. Easy peasy!

Motherhood Mini Sessions

Is this photo straight out of a dream or what?

A few weeks ago I found a floral wall inspo post on pinterest and I just could not stop thinking about it. A boho floral wall setup. The flowers looked so real and I knew I’d seen them before down the Hobby Lobby aisle. But how to do it? And should I go the boho route or create something more timeless?

Well after multiple floral store trips, some trial and error, and LOTS of push pins, we did it! A semi permanent living floral wall is now available at our Downtown Kokomo Photography Studio and it. is. perfection.

After some thought, I decided to step away from the boho vibe and head towards a more minimalist setup that I knew would stay in style for years. This all white on white setup is a classic take on some of my favorite photos that I have from my own childhood. Anyone else have those? Here’s me and my 2 brothers(circa 1996, yikes).

The idea behind this setup? To create ageless images that mamas can enjoy for years to come <3 A gift that literally keeps giving.

These sessions will be 10-20 minutes in length with 15 digital images provided(you can purchase more if you’d like). The session fee is $275 and an online gallery will be delivered before mothers day. Lots of fun, cuddles, and dancing included <3

If you’d like to book, send me a message or email me at jessicaBnewton@gmail.com

See you there!

The Gish Family ~ Kokomo Indiana Photography Studio

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Winter months are usually my least favorite here in Indiana. Once the holidays are over, we are typically stuck indoors with not a whole lot of beauty going on aside from the occasional snow(we got lucky with all the snow this year!).

A while back we created an intimate lifestyle space at the studio that is a *perfect* little corner for snuggling. A space of minimalist beauty used just for occasions like this when it might be rainy or seasonally chilly outside.

We put that little space to work for the Gish family this month and it. was. breathtaking. They first paid us a visit to our Downtown Kokomo studio back in December of 2020 during our Christmas Charity Event “Deck Their Halls” (see what I’m talking about here) and decided to visit again to snuggle up in the lifestyle corner.

Their genuine cuddles and giggle littles left us with authentic images and the perfect amount of “real” with some posing help in between. Just a little slice of heaven with the perfect amount of cuddles for a beautiful portrait series.

Also, I got the SWEETEST gift in the mail from Nicole after her session. She makes the most beautiful handmade minimalist jewelry and clothing items over at Lou & Lane’s Designs(take a peep here).

Thank you for coming Gish family! See my favorites from their session below.

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Why Engagement Sessions are Important ~ Kokomo Indiana Wedding Photographer

Psssst. Our engagement sessions are free.

Wait wahh?

Yup. They are free. As in zip. zilch. nada.

Why? Because we know that they are an important tool. When a couple books their wedding with us, it’s the first step in preparing for the success of their wedding day. Here’s why we offer free engagement sessions to all of our JNP wedding couples.

1. We get to know each other.

From intros to planning, you’ll have multiple meetings and consultations with us before your wedding. But no matter how much time we get to spending time together, the *best* way to build a relationship with you is to hang out together in a photography setting. You’ll be able to see how we work and we will be able to see how you naturally pose together. The more we know about you and your fiancé, the more prepared we will be for your wedding day.

2. It builds your confidence.

We know how intimidating it is to be in front of the camera. It can be scary! Especially if it’s your first time. That’s why it is so much better if your first time in front of the camera is at your engagement session instead of your wedding day. You will have plenty of time to get comfortable, relax, and enjoy yourself. By the time your wedding comes around, you’ll be a professional! You’ll be that much more comfortable in front of the camera and your wedding day will be a breeze.

Tip: This is an excellent time to use that pre wedding hair and makeup trial to feel and look your best. Give yourself an excuse to get all dolled up. Make a date night of it! You’ll find yourself looking forward to a fun evening out with your fiancé.

3. They make the best wedding details.

Most guests agree that the best wedding decor is unique, tasteful, and reflective of the couples interests. What better way to tick off all 3 of those requirements than with a framed display of your engagement photos as part of your wedding decor! Not only is this a beautiful way to add the *perfect* touch of personal detail to your wedding day, it’s also very inexpensive. Plus, those gorgeous frames aren’t just wedding decor. They can be display for years to come after your wedding day is over.

Tip: Framed engagement photos are excellent wedding day gifts. At the end of the night, Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa will squeal with pride if you tell them to take home their favorite.

4. This time is fleeting.

Being engaged is a time of transition and it is a milestone worth celebrating. You’ve found the one! You are head over heels in love! You are getting married! You are transitioning from dating life to married life. It’s such a happy, exciting time. Having engagement pictures taken can be a wonderful way to preserve memories of this brief period of life, so that you can look back on them for years to come.

Thinking about booking your wedding with us? Let’s talk! We photograph weddings world wide and we are based in Central Indiana.

Valentine Mini Sessions ~ Kokomo Indiana Portrait Studio

I looooooove love. We celebrate it in our house any chance we get. I think that’s why Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because really, no one needs an excuse to celebrate it! Whether it’s a family love or a romantic love, it’s a reason to throw a party. We threw our own little V-day celebration last year at home for our kids because of our love for them and it was a huge hit.

Speaking of which, Valentine Minis! I’m so excited to have our *first* valentine minis at the new photography studio space on Buckeye Street. We’ve changed our setup just a tad this year to include a mix of metallic heart balloons and of course our classic mini pink couch. The sessions will be 10-20 minutes in length and will focus on kids just being their adorable selves in some cute valentine wardrobes.

2020. A year of thanks.

Not the title you were expecting? Me either.

This year has been hard. My goodness who knew! What a crazy life this is and what a miracle that another year has passed. From the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, to meeting the Tiger King himself, to the murder hornets, to the incident of Twisted Tea, we’ve been through some things this year. But despite all the crazy, all the worry, all the hurt, we’ve watched each other come out fighting.

We could focus on the *truly* crazy from this year and write a book. But I think we’d all rather focus on the little bits of heaven we saw throughout the year because rainbows are so much stronger when it’s raining. So here are some new things we learned and some favorite moments that we celebrated in the great year of 2020, both personally and as a business.

January 2020

We spent the first day of the new year 2020 in a cozy Seiverville TN cabin with our extended family. It was so great in fact that I have only 3 pictures of it and a video of my husband and brother in law ripping their nose hairs out. I literally teared up when we left because it felt so complete. It was a great start to the new year and in hindsight, it helped us get through the harder parts of 2020 since we had just had a long visit with our family members before the pandemic actually hit. (bonus footage of nose hair ripping below)

Still laughing a year later.

February 2020.

We had our first ever wedding at The Kokomo Hobson and it did not disappoint. The Hobson is just down the street from our Downtown Kokomo photography studio and we had just seen Kura & Bo(the magical duo behind the Hobson) for their very own newborn session the month prior. It was good to see them again and even better to celebrate Chelsea & Evan’s wedding(you can see it on the blog here).

March 2020

I learned a new skill. When quarantine started I was in the trenches. My business was gone, a killer virus was on the loose, and none of us knew what to do with our time. The only thing I felt like I could do to “help” was to make masks for our medical community since there was a shortage. I found this lovely vintage camera fabric on Etsy and got to work. They turned out pretty well! I’d never made a pleat before and certainly never made a face mask, it was really cool to learn something new and to help out local hospitals like St. Vincent Kokomo and many home health care nurses.

April 2020

We made lots of memories and messes at home. Peep the dining room table above with the crooked tapper candles, sippy cups, play dough and paint brushes and you’ll see that we *lived* in our home those long weeks of quarantine. It was messy to say the least with the learning curve of e-learning and the strange schedule of “is it nap time or second breakfast time or work time or bed time?”. We got a lot of yard work done and made a ton of crafts.

May 2020

We met our new niece and nephew Bebe & Birch. Their long anticipated arrival was a welcome one after being cooped up during the initial lockdown. Thankfully things were starting to open back up once more so we traveled down to Louisville. I had the honor of not only meeting them for the first time but also taking their newborn photos in the process.

June 2020.

We went camping. With summer fun needed just as much as social distancing, we spent a weekend at Mississinewa Reservoir out in Peru Indiana. We ate more s’mores than I’d like to admit, Oliver learned how to flint start a fire, and we learned to appreciate the comfort of our own beds even more.

July 2020.

The yearly Haynes Apperson Festival may have been cancelled but we still celebrated Independence Day all the same. We’ve never shot off so many fireworks of our own and the boys seemed to enjoy it just as much as the festival. Though we are certainly looking forward to its hopeful return this year because we miss those funnel cakes and cheesy carnival games.

August 2020.

I learned how to make a killer charcuterie board. It was a fun way to change up our dinner routine(the kids LOVED it) but also a great avenue to practice a new design skill indoors. I was able to youtube a few tutorials and most of these ingredients came via grocery delivery. If you want to make your own, I recommend the board we chose to plate this creation which came from Chase Vintage.

September 2020.

Probably the thing I’m most thankful for in 2020. Our boys found a new love for the outdoors eventually spent more time outside than inside. By September they had *almost* learned to ride their bikes/scooters. Benji(who is only 3) was able to balance his bike at the new skatepark in Foster Park.

October 2020.

We got married. Again. Jon and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a vow renewal and it was everything we dreamed it would be. We spent a week together in Tennessee having fun, read some new vows, ate some more food(ahem, charcuterie), and ended our vow renewal at a surprise waterfall. We also got to meet Koltin & Kell who documented our day and took the amazing photo above.

November 2020.

We moved to a new studio space! Probably the most unexpected joy of 2020. We found a more permanent home on Buckeye Street in Downtown Kokomo for our creative space and couldn’t be happier. And not only are we now ADA accessible, we are steps away from many of our small business friends like Fade Salon and Oscars Pizza.

December 2020.

We gave back. We grabbed our ugly Christmas sweaters and hosted our first ever “Deck Their Halls” Charity Event. With a 70s styled edit, we had so much fun goofing around and creating some fun Christmas card images while celebrating a cause. All of the proceeds from these sessions were donated to sponsor a family for Christmas and we were able to raise just over $1250 for the “T” family.

This year despite covid we celebrated our business year ever as a small business with 215 sessions/weddings in total. We could not be more thankful for each and every one of you for supporting our business and family through this year, as well as the City of Kokomo for keeping us on our feet through the pandemic with their ongoing guidance. I’d never in my wildest dreams have wished for covid or a pandemic or the world of hurt that it has caused, but we made the best of it all. Thank you thank you thank you to each of you.

P.S. See you next year and remember that hindsight is now literally 2020 😉

Casey & Bryce ~ Kokomo Indiana Wedding Photographer

Remember the ADORABLE couple that had their engagement photography session this past summer at their family farm with the grain bins?

They got married last month! On November 7th, Casey & Bryce tied the knot in Converse Indiana at Converse Church of Christ. They had a gorgeous classic church wedding on, ahem, a blue sky 70 degree day in November. How lucky is that?!

Casey’s dress was incredible. A find from Gretchen’s Bridal in Lafayette, it had the most beautiful lace details with a drop v back and beaded shoulders.

In addition to their traditional wedding ceremony vows, C&B decided to exchange hand written vows privately before the ceremony. Something we highly recommend. Not only does this allow couples to have a private “first look” to start their day and kick start their wedding photography, but it lets brides and grooms share their feelings without a crowd. The tears, the smiles, and sweet words are only shared with each other and not with an audience, which can help ease nerve and create some very special memories.

Casey chose a wine/burgundy color for her brides maids dresses, which was a great choice for the season and the color looked great on everyone. Her gorgeous florals were created by The Jefferson House of Flowers here in Kokomo (talk to Kayla if you are looking for a florist, they are seriously the best) And the guys sported classic navy suits with wine/burgundy ties and a splash of fun with American flag print socks.

After spending some time in converse, we headed over to Bryce’s uncles farm. They had just celebrated the last of their harvesting the week prior in the fields, so they set up some empty combines to mark the end of one season and the beginning of another. I’ve never worked in farm equipment for a wedding, it was a fun change and super unique!

Converse Church of Christ had some lovely stain glass windows which added to classic church ceremony feel. And Jefferson House did a fantastic job on the arch with full blooms and lots of greenery. The entire church was PACKED.

They celebrated their reception at Bel Air Event Center here in Kokomo Indiana. I loved the photobook they designed from their engagement session as a “guest book” for friends to sign as they entered.

Can you peep the matron of honor and best man with their outfit swap in the photos above? The crowd lost it when they came down the grand staircase, one of the best reception moments we’ve seen to date.

The night ended with the most packed dance floor I’ve ever seen, which I can’t say I’m surprised by. Casey & Bryce make friends everywhere they go and are dearly loved by their large family and even larger group of friends. We walked away feeling like family and enjoyed the day just as much as the guests.

Congratulations Casey & Bryce! We hope you had a great honeymoon and wish you all the best and more on this new journey together!

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography
Videographer: Current Productions by Kori Henry
Church: Converse Church of Christ
Reception Venue: The Bel Air Event Center
Cake: Indulgence Bakery
Bridal Store: Gretchen’s Bridal
Suits: Generation Tux
Florals: Jefferson House of Flowers
Stationary: Zazzle
Hair: Revive Salon
Makeup: Kathleen Trimble
Guest Book: Mixbook
Aisle Runner: Designing The Aisle

Christmas Mini Sessions ~ Kokomo Indiana Photography Studio

This has been our biggest Christmas season yet and my goodness it has not disappointed! From the VW Bus to the Tree Farm to our new boutique studio space in Downtown Kokomo, it has been an incredible month.

I wanted to touch base with everyone and let you know what is open and what is closed as far as mini sessions go! We’ve seen a lot of excitement over these sessions and they aren’t over yet <3 Here’s what’s open and what will be back in time for those Christmas cards.

1.) Christmas PJ Mini sessions are still open for booking.

These are studio mini sessions using our milky white lifestyle bedding setup at the new studio space on Buckeye Street in Downtown Kokomo Indiana. I highly recommend these sessions for little ones because 1) it’s indoors so we are nice and toasty 2) everyone loves being in their jammie jams and 3) we are right next to Oscars Pizza and 3 Amigos which means family fun plus an easy dinner. Win win win.

2. Christmas Couch Studio mini sessions are still open for booking.

This is our second holiday photography studio option with our festive Christmas couch and Charlie Brown styled tree. This session is full of muted tones, a little splash of color, wood elements, and is bound to get you into the mood for Christmas. Also great for kids due to the indoor environment and psssst. If they get bored, they can sneak over to the play area or help themselves to our mini snack bar.

3.) Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions are (kind of) open, (kind of) closed.

I LOVE Christmas Tree Farms. Love them. There are few more picturesque spaces for Christmas photography sessions than a tree farm. Each year we use Dulls Tree Farm out in Thorntown Indiana for our sessions and they always sell out in record time.

These sessions were hosted on November 21st and are technically over. Dulls Tree Farm closes to photographers once they start their tree cutting season the day after Thanksgiving.

However, we are allowed to follow families to Dulls Tree Farm to preserve memories of them cutting down their actual tree(known as a lifestyle session). There are also a few local tree farms that are still open to photographers for “posed” portrait sessions and I am still offering full size sessions for booking at these locations.

4.) Christmas VW Bus Mini Sessions are closed.

So sad right? We got to meet “Helen” this year, a gorgeous mint condition red and white VW Bus that we special rented just for our Clients. We rent a bus each year for Christmas minis and hope to see Helen again in 2021.

5.) Ode to the 70s Ugly Christmas Minis are open.

The actual worst and best thing I’ve ever created, hands down. This was started for some light hearted fun and ended up turning into our first ever photography charity event “Deck Their Halls”. We opened up these session to raise funds to sponsor a family for Christmas and to literally “Deck Their Halls” with Christmas decor, dinner, and gifts. We maxed out our session load within 6 hours and booked 24 session time slots, from which the proceeds will be 100% donated to a family in need for Christmas. These are actually taking place this coming weekend, so excited!

The charity event is full, however, these are still open upon special request and are available for booking throughout the month of December. You’ll definitely be on top of your Christmas card game with these bad boys.

And there you have it! What’s opened and what’s closed. If you’d like to book one of the open sessions, let’s talk! You can email me directly at jessicabnewton@gmail.com or fill out the contact form here. Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!