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A year in review – Was 2021 the redeeming year?

2021 was supposed to be the redeeming year after the madness that was 2020. Professionally it was! I didn’t have to shut down at all and instead had one of my best years yet getting to photograph more families then ever (265 to be exact). Personally, it was a bit rough but we will get to that. So was 2021 really the redeeming year? Keep reading ALL the way to the bottom to find out.

But before we get to that, let’s start with the good stuff! In no particular order here are a few highlights from 2021.

23 Milestone Sessions – One of the best parts of my job as an Indianapolis photographer is watching kids/families grow. One way I do that throughout baby’s first year is though milestone sessions. I do 4 month session (baby holding head up), sitter sessions (around 7 months), and 1st birthday cake smash sessions (more on those later). Some clients even do milestone sessions for years 2+ after baby’s 1st year. These sessions are always fun and full of lots of baby personalities.

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2 Birth Sessions – COVID didn’t completely keep me out of the delivery room this year (although it did severely limit my access). Towards the middle of the year, I was permitted to photograph births as long as I was the couple’s 2nd support person. This means the couple could have no other guest in the hospital besides myself. It was a huge honor and privilege to be this person. For the families that had me in the delivery room, I’m extremely grateful as I adore birth photography. If birth photography life wasn’t so unpredictable I would be at it all the time. But, with two little ones at home and COIVD restrictions at the hospital constantly changing that makes things a little harder. For now, I’ll be grateful for these two Indianapolis birth photography sessions and hope for even more next year!

Indianapolis Birth Photography - 2021

99 Family Sessions – Oh how I love family sessions! We had a beautiful Spring and Summer for family pictures this year. The Fall was a hot mess (so wet and rainy), but what are you going to do about it?! Somehow we still ended up getting everyone in. This year included Spring, Sunflower, Creek Side, Urban, Fall and Tree Farm Minis. There were also lots of full family sessions in that mix too. Thank you to all the amazing families who allowed me to document their family this year as your Indianapolis family photographer.

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52 Cake Smashes – That’s an average of one cake per week. That’s a lot of cake! I adore the whole process of these cake smash sessions. I love creating custom set-ups for each tiny one year old I have in the studio. Most of these one year olds I’ve had in the studio throughout their whole first year which makes these sessions extra sweet.

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14 Maternity Sessions – Look at all those lovely baby bumps! I love capturing pregnancies. I would love to do even more Indianapolis maternity photography. Each and everyone of these bumps were a joy to photograph. There is always so much excitement and love for these new lives during these maternity sessions.

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Birthday Pictures – I love doing special pictures for my little ones on their birthday. I try to pick something that represents where they are in life of what their passions are. My son turned 5 (and started kindergarten). He is super into science experiments. So he had a science themed birthday shoot and party. Brynn turned two. She loves to make messes, crafts, and painting. There is no doubt that she had fun with her 2nd birthday paint smash.

72 Newborn Session – It’s no secret that newborns are my favorite! So I saved the best for last. This year I got to cuddle lots of adorable newborns. We had lots of baby smiles. Some that were followed by a little bit of baby poop (but that’s a small price to pay). The studio was brimming with all these beautiful babies. However, I like to also remind people that I offer in-home lifestyle newborn photography in Indianapolis along with Indianapolis outdoor newborn photography. I love photographing your little ones outdoor, in your home or in my studio. You can choose one location or more than one. It’s totally up to you! Just let me know if you would like to get your due date on my calendar as I would love to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer for your new little baby.

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A Little Extra that Can’t Be Forgotten – While this year was a fantastic year professionally it was also one of the hardest years of my life. At 17.5 weeks pregnant we lost our baby Ellie. I won’t go into too much detail here. However, I think it’s important for so many reasons to talk about pregnancy loss. If you are interested in reading more about this you can do so here.

Pregancy Loss Announcement with Older Siblings

Was 2021 the redeeming year?

In some ways yes, and in others no. Nothing is black and white these days.

Now is the point where I get a little sentimental on you. This year has taught me to be grateful for everything in my life. Life is fleeting and nothing is guaranteed. I’m so incredibly thankful for each and every one of you (my clients, followers and fans). You allow me to capture these amazing milestones in your life. You allow me to support my family in a way that I love. You gave me purpose in life when everything else was madness. I love my job more than words can express, and what I do wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you. So thank you, thank you, thank you. And I hope to see all of you again next year.

A Little Pop of Blue – Indianapolis Family Photography

I adore photographing this family year after year. They are so sweet, kind, gentle and loving. I hope that shows through the images that I’ve captured. We had a lovely early Fall day for this session – one of the few that weren’t wet or raining. I’m already looking forward to photographing this family again next year!Sisters The girls mom and the girls adorable little family The girls on the bridge the whole familyIndianapolis family photography

Such a fun Indianapolis family photography session! If you are looking for a photographer in the Indianapolis area don’t hesitate to reach out to get a session on the calendar for next year!

Introducing Russell – Carmel Indiana Newborn Photographer

Meet Russell. He arrived a couple of months ago and is the perfect addition to his family! I’m glad that we were able to get some wonderful shots of just Russell, some with his big brother James, and then all together as a family. The beautiful blanket that he is laying on was made by his grandma too! Sweet Russell was great for the entire session. Fun fact is that it took over 24 hours for his parents to decide on his name! I think that it fits him just right!

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Hello! What a little cutie with some open eyed photos!

I would love to be your family’s Indianapolis newborn photographer! If you are expecting be sure to reach out to get your due date on my calendar.

4 Month Milestone Session – Indianapolis Child Photographer

This doll baby was adorable for her 4 month old milestone session. She was such a joy to have in the studio! I adore her big brown eyes and infectious smile! All of the accessories looked so cute on her and I was so glad to be able to see her and capture her photogenic smiles!

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Thanks for visiting me in the studio, cutie! Hope I get to see you again!

If you are looking for a milestone session for your cutie, I would love to capture some photos for you as well. Be sure to send me a message today!

Family of Six at Fort Harrison State Park – Indianapolis Family Photographer

I’ve adored photographing this beautiful family over the years. These 4 girls are always such a joy. The two oldest girls are twins. I also enjoy seeing their bond and I maybe have gotten a few extra pictures of the two sisters together because they were too sweet not to capture. My smile was as big as theirs while I was shooting them. They wanted a more rustic setting this year for pictures so they chose Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. It’s lovely this times of year. While we were out shooting the the tall grass we even saw a little fawn. That’s a first for me while shooting – so fun!

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If you are from the Indy area and are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer please reach out and let met know. I would love to get your family on the calendar for my 2022 photography season.

A Brand New Baby SISTER! – Zionsville Newborn Photographer

These four handsome boys added a sweet baby sister to their crew! This was a super fun session and the boys were super over the top in love with their new little sister. They couldn’t keep their hands off of her and they wanted to love on her the whole time. They all insisted on taking a picture of each of them along with their new baby sister as well. The big brothers would fight over who would get to hold the baby during the different shots. Eliana Grace is going to be very loved and protected with all of these people watching over her!
The backlit images with the 4 boys and the baby is one of my all time favorite images.
The family added on an outdoor session (images at end of post). It was a fall day with crazy unpredictable weather but we were able to shoot  (Thank goodness because they drove 1.5 hours to get to the shoot) and the images ended up stunning!

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I am going to be dreaming about this beautiful session for a long time to come! Welcome to the world sweet baby girl!

I would love to meet your new bundle of joy and capture the beautiful newborn moments for your family as well. Let’s get your due date on my calendar for your Indianapolis newborn photography!

 

An Early Fall Maternity Photography Session at Holiday Park in Indianapolis

This stunning couple was a joy to work with for their Indianapolis maternity session. They are so excited for their new bundle of joy to arrive and I hope you can see that in the images. This expecting mama looked radiant in her electric blue dress and this early Fall night.

I’ve been loving shooting at Holiday Park lately. There is so much variety at this park – everything from lush greenery, to interesting architecture, interesting flowers, tall grass, lovely sunsets and so much more. This park does require a photography pass to shoot here. However, since I love it so much I’ve purchased a yearly pass so there is no additional cost to my customers.

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I can’t wait to meet the baby soon! These photos turned out so good. I hope that you enjoyed your maternity session as much as I did!

If you are expecting, I would love to be your Indianapolis maternity photographer. Let’s chat!

Baby Ballerina 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

This sweet baby girl belongs to one of my oldest clients. I’ve been photographing this adorable family since their youngest was born. This sweet ballerina is baby number 4 and the only girl. This is our 4th cake smash session for this family and we went over the top girl. This birthday girl celebrated with ballerina galore – pink, pink and more pink! What a cutie!

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Another fun cake smash session for all! I’m not sure how I got so lucky to be able to capture all the happy times in the lives of my clients!

If you are looking for a photographer in Indianapolis don’t hesitate to let me know. I would love to become your family’s photographer.

A Lovely Little Lifestyle Family Session – Indianapolis Family Photographer

This adorable little family wanted to do a lifestyle family photography session at their home on their lovely piece of property. I’m so glad they did because their land was picture perfect and it’s very personal to them and holds so many memories. We did a few posed pictures but most of the session was us having fun all around the yard. These guys even added on the family video and it turned out adorable. Check it out at the end of the session.

These guys hope to do family pictures on their land every year or two so that they can see how it changes and how the family changes from year to year. I love that idea!

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Such a fun session!

If you are interested in updating your family pictures please let me know. I would love to be your Indianapolis family photographer. You don’t have to have a lovely piece of land to have your pictures taken!

Baby Boy Drew – Indianapolis Newborn Photography

Sweet little Drew joins this wonderful family and they were able to come and visit for a newborn session. It was great to see this family again as I did older brother’s newborns photos too! Mom wanted to spend some extra time on family photos, which we did, and they all turned out great. Big brother was a champ and enjoyed being photographed! I love all of the images that we were able to capture. It was a great day!

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Welcome to the world, sweet little man! If you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer or an Indianapolis maternity photographer I would love to be that person! Send me a message and let’s get your due date on my calendar!