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Rigler Family – Carmel, Indiana Family Photography

Baby it’s cold outside today!! These cold temps make me excited for shooting this summer when it’s warm and toasty. This family enjoyed the sunny warm weather for their early Fall session last year.

Meet the Rigler’s!  They are an adorable little family who had a perfect sky for their family session!  There was not a cloud around, and for it being sunset, there sure was a lot of sun and light!  I love the coordinating outfits and the big smiles on all of their faces.  I know that they will treasure these photos for a lifetime!

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It was fantastic meeting you, Rigler family!

Family sessions are a great way to see how much the kids grow over the years.  If you are interested in family photography, I do offer many different options.  Be sure to send me a message today!

15 Highlights for 2018 from KristeenMarie Photography – Indianapolis Photographer

This year was truly a great year both personally and professionally. I feel like I was able to really hit strides with my work/life balance. I made a point to provide top notch service to my clients and to my own family at home. I did this by cutting back on weddings and weekend shooting and working more closely with and providing additional services to the clients that I have.

I love and adore every single client and I’m honored that each client choose me to capture this time in their lives. I know you have lots of choices when it comes to photography in Indianapolis. So thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to be your Indianapolis photographer!!

Here are a 15 highlights from the year. They are in no particular order.

1. Styling Service Now Included with Every Session

I started offering a new styling service. This service can be used for all sessions… everything from in-studio milestone sessions to newborn sessions to maternity sessions. I think the service is most beneficial for family sessions or maternity sessions. This online tool takes the stress out of picking outfits for you and your family!! My clients who have used the service have had nothing but rave reviews about it so far and I’m loving the looks that people are coming up with! You can read more about the service here.

2. Thirty Six Messy Cake Smash Sessions

I love a good mess… especially when cake is involved! I take great pride in giving each little one that comes into the studio a completely custom cake smash set-up. Being an Indianapolis cake smash photographer is a blast. Some kids love cake, some kids love to play with cake, and some just don’t love it. Whatever happens, it’s sure to make some great pictures and memories. All 36 of these cake smash sessions were so much fun!

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3. More Minis

My clients love mini sessions. I offered more variety of mini sessions this year and they all filled up pretty quickly – which I see as a sign of success! This year the mini sessions included Spring Minis, Summer Creek Side Minis, Urban Minis, Fall Minis, Christmas Tree Farm Minis, In-Home Holiday Minis and In-Studio New Year Mini Sessions. Just looking at that list is a little overwhelming! I also always offer the weekday in-studio mini milestone sessions. These mini sessions are a great way to update your family pictures without a large investment. Many families chose to do multiple mini sessions so they could capture their families a few times in one year. I do plan to offer more minis sessions in 2019. Be sure to subscribe to my email list to be the first to hear about these. Also, you will see the dates and times update here if they have already been announced via my email list.

Mini Photography Sessions in Indianapolis

4. Featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine

This feature was a big surprise to me! It wasn’t something I applied for or anything. But what a fun and amazing surprise and honor!! Indianapolis Monthly Magazine featured KristeenMarie Photography as the best Cake Smash Photographer in Indianapolis! There was a half page spread on my services and they featured a lovely image I took. So fun!!

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5. My First Surrogate Birth

Being an Indianapolis birth photographer is one of the biggest joys of the job. Shooting births is one of my favorite things!! I shot a number of births this year, but by far my favorite birth was the surrogate birth that I photographed. This was something new to me and it was so cool to witness!

Thank you to all my clients who allowed me into their personal birth space to allow me to capture this very intimate time in their lives. I will forever be honored to have been able to capture the birth of your children.

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6. Two Indianapolis Proposals

Not every guy hires a professional photographer when he proposes, but if you really want to knock your proposal out of the park then you hire one! While I only did two Indianapolis proposal photography sessions this year they were both killer proposals!! Take note guys, these two knew that they were doing!!

Indianapolis proposal photographer

7. Back-end Changes

If you are a long time client you may or may not have noticed a few back-end changes. My hope is that these changes were seamless and you didn’t really notice. If you did notice I hope that you were pleasantly surprised! Here are the two changes that were made:

We switched our CRM from ShootQ to Dubsado. This tool is what we use to collect payments and have clients sign contracts. Dubsado is much more user friendly then ShootQ and if you noticed a change I hope you love it as much as we do!!

We also switched our client gallery hosting. We switched from Smugmug to Cloudspot. The new galleries are SO much nicer then the old ones and easier to use too. I hope you love these too!!

8. Fifty-Nine Indianapolis Families Photographed

Some of these families have been with me for YEARS. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to watch kids/families grow over the years and building relationships with my clients. It means the world to me to be able to capture these families year after year! I’m excited to start getting my 2019 calendar filled for family sessions. If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer this year. please let me know so we can get something on the books!

Indianapolis family photographer

9. Continued Learning

Even though I’ve been in business for over 10 years now there is always still more to learn! This year I attended the Reset photography conference. I had the awesome opportunity to watch some pretty amazing photographers work including Sarah-Beth Photography, Twig + Olive Photography, The Herrintons, and Spanki Mill. You can read more about my takeaways from this photography conference here.

Continuted Learning as a Photographer

10. Seven Fresh 48 Sessions Capture in Indianapolis Hospitals

Is there anything better then a fresh new baby?! I think not! I’m actually kind of surprised I didn’t do more of these because I ADORE Fresh 48 sessions. If you are even considering doing a Indianapolis Fresh 48 photography session in 2019 let me know! I would love to capture your little one in those early hours of his or her life! Seriously, contact me if you are even considering this. I want to see all of those brand new baby toes.

Fresh 48 Photography in Indianapolis

11. Nine Beautiful Baby Bumps

Look at all those beautiful baby bumps!! All those glowing mamas and mamas-to-be were just stunning. I can’t wait to do more Indianapolis maternity photography in 2019!Indianapolis maternity photographer

12. Fifty Two In-Studio Milestone Session

Wow – that’s a big number! That’s an average of one per week throughout the year. Most of these milestone clients were first newborn clients in the studio. And we all know that I adore watching my clients grow so that makes my heart so happy!!

Studio Photography of Children in Indianapolis, Indiana

13. Five Beautiful Brides

Yes – I still shoot weddings. No – I don’t shoot a lot of them. I used to shoot 30+ weddings a year. However, I’m not at a point in my life where I can sustain that. Plus, it’s not where my heart is. I love shooting weddings but more then 5 in a year, and I don’t love it anymore. I give everything I’ve got to my wedding clients and I hope that they see that on the day of their wedding and in the final photo product. Next year I expect to shoot about 5 weddings too. If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer feel free to reach out! Let’s see if I’m a perfect match for your big day.

Indianapolis Wedding Photography

14. Eighty One Newborns in the Studio

If I had to pick only one thing to photograph for the rest of my life it would hands down be newborns. Good news is I don’t have to pick just one thing. But it’s no surprise that I did more newborn sessions then any other type of session. These are just the Indianapolis newborn photography sessions that were done in the studio too. I also had some in-home lifestyle newborn sessions and some clients added on outdoor newborn sessions to their packages in the summer months. So many beautiful brand new babies and their families.

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15. New Promo Video

This video was actually shot in 2017 but wasn’t complete until 2018 so I think it still counts! If you haven’t seen it yet you should really check it out below. The video shows me in my element working as an Indianapolis newborn photographer in my studio. The lovely Erin Werner from Little Nuggets Photography produced this awesome video for me and I just love it!

 

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE my joy. And I love each and every one of my clients. I couldn’t do what I do without the trust that each and everyone of you give to me to capture this special time in the lives of your families. Thank you 100 times over for allowing me to be your Indianapolis photographer!! I hope to see you again in 2019!!

Baby Boy Theodore – Indianapolis Newborn Pictures

You will just adore, baby Theodore!  This sweet little 7 pounds 3 Ounce bundle of joy arrived a few days before his due date, but he is perfect as can be!  He was a great sleeper in the studio and I just love how snuggled up he is in these photos.  His sweet little nursery is airplane themed, and I just know that this little fella will soar through life and be the apple of his parents eyes!

 

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If you want to commemorate the welcoming of your new baby by having a photography session, I would love to help you out with that.  I offer many different packages for Indianapolis newborn photography!

Client Galleries: 8 Reasons Why We Switched from Smugmug to CloudSpot

If you are a long time client of mine and you have had a session in the last year you will notice that your galleries look different. I hope you think that they look different for the better! I’m pretty excited about the new galleries. They are much cleaner and the focus is on the images instead of other ‘stuff’. I switched from galleries hosted by Smugmug to galleries hosted by CloudSpot.

client galleries for photographers - switch from Smugmug to CloudspotIf you are a photographer (or a curious client), and interested in knowing why I switched gallery platforms here is a little more info about why I switched. Also don’t miss my referral code for a discount at the end of the post if you too are interested in switching!

  1. They look SO good! The Smugmug galleries were branded everywhere with the Smugmug logo. It looked horrible, but I felt stuck with Smugmug since I had been using them for so long. So I just dealt with the clumsy look. But when I discovered the beautiful gallery options (yes – as in more then one choice for how your gallery looks) that CloudSpot offers I was amazed! The galleries focus on the images instead of their logo.  It is no doubt that this tool was created by photographers!
  2. It’s cost effective. Over the years I’ve looked at MANY different gallery platforms. However, I didn’t want to have to worry about file size limits or number of downloads or anything like that. CloudSpot offers an unlimited plan that lets you not worry about these things. You can upload as much as you want for one flat price.
  3. They did the heavy lifting for me. I mentioned that I’ve been using Smugmug for a long time. I’ve got close to 1000 galleries created with Smugmug. I use it as my back-up cloud storage. The idea of having to move all these galleries to another tool was completely overwhelming to me. But CloudSpot offered to do it for me – yay!! You cannot ask for better customer service then that!
  4. It’s on brand. Everything about CloudSpot is customizable. The URL to my galleries doesn’t even include CloudSpot in the URL. I’ve been able to customize my gallery to look like my website/brand so it’s a seamless experience for my clients.
  5. The tool is constantly being updated. This company does one thing and they do it well – client galleries. Their service/tool is constantly being updated with new fun and helpful options. Smugmug is an older company that just acquired Flickr. They aren’t focused on me and my lovely galleries/pictures. I don’t really know what they are focused on but in the 7+ years I’ve been hosing my galleries with them very little has changed. In the 6 months I’ve been using CloudSpot there have been a number of updates and they have all been awesome!
  6. Great customer service and community. If you have a question or a problem their customer service will get back in minutes not days. No question is too small and they are so helpful! Also, there is a Facebook community for those who use CloudSpot. This community has been great to get ideas on things I could be doing to help my business using CloudSpot.
  7. I’m a Dubsado Client and CloudSpot and Dubsado integrate. At the beginning of the year I implemented Dubsado and haven’t looked back! You can read more about that here. Dubsado announced that they were going to integrate with CloudSpot and I looked into it and I thought I would give it a try. So far I’m loving the integration and CloudSpot.
  8. It is easy to use. The interface of the software is so easy to use for both myself as the photographer and for my clients.  It really helps to make sure that photos are uploaded properly and that photos can then be downloaded properly for the client.  I love the clean look of the interface as well.  It is very clear and concise.

Overall I’m obsessed with CloudSpot. However, I should note that the one thing they don’t do is host video. I like to dabble in video and I include video services with a number of my sessions. However, CloudSpot does not allow you to upload video. So I’ve had to find another service to use to host video. This stinks and is a little clunky, but overall this one minor flaw is worth since I get all the other benefits. I will also note that CloudSpot lets you link to video in your client galleries. However you can only add one link per gallery and then the client can’t download the video from the gallery. If I was only an Indianapolis photographer and didn’t do any video CloudSpot would be perfect. But because of the video limitation it has one minor flaw.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on CloudSpot. If you haven’t made the switch yet you should really consider it!! You can use my referral link here to get 25% off your purchase. If they are running a promotion I believe the referral link will also get you 25% off on top of the current promo they are offering.

 

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Baby Henry – Newborn Photography by Kristeen Marie Photography in Carmel Indiana

I was so happy to see this family, with the addition of their baby boy, in the studio.  I also photographed his big sister.  I just adore the black and white image of sister kissing brother in the basket- it will make for some great reminders as this little one grows up and the relationship between sister and brother comes to a head.  We also got some fall inspiration in these photos from this fall born baby boy!

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Enjoy life as a family of four with your new handsome little man!

If you want to have photos taken with your newborn baby, I would love to have you visit the studio to capture these very special images.  I would love to hear from you today 🙂

A Fall Baby Boy – Zionsville Newborn Photography

This newborn little boy was just as sweet as can be when he came to visit me in the studio.  He had great eye contact during his session and we were able to get lots of themed images – which his parents requested.  We got some Fall, Christmas, and Stars (to make baby boy’s nursery).  The picture of him in a Santa hat just melts my heart- such a great gift for his parents this year!

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What a fun newborn session with lots of variety!

Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer! I would love to get your due date on my calendar.

Mini Milestone Session – Indianapolis Child and Family Photography

This adorable little baby doll looks so cute in his suspenders and bow tie!  Christmas has come early this year and I love how these pictures have turned out!  Mini milestone sessions in the studio are a great way to keep getting updated pictures of your little one and I just know that these pictures will be perfect for some Christmas cards this holiday season!

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I love watching you grow little man!  Be sure to check out the website for more information on Indianapolis photography photography.

The Jensen Family – Indianapolis Family Photography

This fantastic family was adorably fun to photograph because they enjoy being together and just wanted to play and have a ton of fun!  The kids are at fun ages- 10, 8, and 4!  A session like this really makes my heart happy!  While there are so many wonderful pictures in this post, one of my favorites is the two boys with their little sister with a sunbeam in it- so beautiful!

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Just a stunning family – both inside and out!!

Are you looking for an Indianapolis family photographer? If so, let me know! I would love to get your family on my calendar for a session later this year. Don’t hesitate to reach out. 2019 dates are already booking up!

The Gallen Family – Indianapolis Family Photographer

This family session is one for the books!  What a beautiful way to capture the love that this couple has shared and especially with their three little kiddos.  Here is what was important to mom and I think we achieved this…
“Capturing all 5 of us together as I/mom rarely make it into photos because I’m usually taking them. Also getting a good shot of each child. Maybe getting a picture of just my husband and I as we are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.”
I’d say that we definitely made all of her dreams for this photo shoot come true!

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I love remembering warmer days this late in the year! It makes me wishful for Spring!

Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer. I would love to photograph your family next year!

Baby Boy Haegen – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

This newborn little baby has some pretty great parents and a fantastic big brother!  Dad could not make it to the newborn session because he was traveling for an away game (he plays for the Indianapolis Colts!)  The whole family is absolutely stunning- I mean look at his mom –she does not look like she just had a baby!  Big brother was such a trooper and loved loving on his new baby brother.  We used a lot of neutral colors in this session, which I just love.

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Welcome to the world little man.  Something tells me you are going to be a football fan when you grow up!

If you are looking to have for an Indianapolis newborn photographer to take newborn pictures your new little bundle of joy, I would love to make that happen for you.  Be sure to reach out so that we can get your due date on my calendar.