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2020 Highlights from KristeenMarie Photography

I’m sure everyone can relate… what a nutty year. I didn’t see this coming and I’m sure you didn’t either. I’m not going to lie. It was hard. Very hard. In April and May I had to completely stop shooting and then after that I only did outdoor sessions for a few months. We didn’t have childcare and I became a full time stay at home mom who wasn’t able to leave the house. It was HARD on so many levels. I didn’t know when I would be able to work again (and I so desperately wanted to). I didn’t know what our childcare situation would look like if I was able to go back to work (we just weren’t okay with sending our kids back to daycare). Basically my personal and professional world was rocked!

But you know what?! We figured things out as a family and I made some changes to the business and it ended up being a great year. We figured out our new normal and I think we are better off for it!

Here are some of my highlights as an Indianapolis photographer from 2020! These are in no particular order.

1. 1st time in the sunflower fields

This summer I had the opportunity to photograph two days in the sunflower fields and it was magical! You better believe I’ll be doing it again this year. I can’t wait!! The dates for these sessions depends on when the field is blooming. So I can’t open up booking until the farm knows when the flowers will likely bloom. If you are interested in these sessions be sure you are on my email list because I’m sure they will book up super fast this year!!

Sunflower field photography sessions in Indianapolis

2. 75 beautiful families

One of the biggest joys of my job is being able to watch and document families grow year after year. The fact that so many of my clients come back every year for pictures with me means so much! Being an Indianapolis family photographer is the best and I adore each and everyone of these families!

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3. One magical proposal

Being able to document a proposal is nerve wracking every single time. But I enjoy the rush and appreciate the opportunity to be able to capture such a big milestone. This gorgeous couple did not disappoint when it came to this downtown Indianapolis proposal.

Proposal downtown Indianapolis

4. Behind the scenes video and photography

Before COVID hit and having an extra person in the studio or not wearing a mask was something we even though about I had two local photographers come and take some video/photos of me in the studio. It’s always weird being on the other side of the camera but I’m so grateful for both these ladies and their lovely work. Shaindel Kramer and Kelli White – you guys are the best!!

behind the scenes of a newborn photography session - the studio

5. Outdoor newborn session

You guys showed up big time this year for the outdoor newborn sessions and I’m obsessed! In a normal year I typically get one or two families who are willing to brave an outdoor newborn session with me. But when COVID hit and the only option was to do them outdoor you all did them and they where phenomenal! If you or someone you know is expecting a summer baby, let’s do their newborn session outdoors! These images are stunning. Did you know if you do an in-studio newborn session you can add a mini newborn outdoor session to your package? It’s the best of both worlds!

outdoor newborn photography

6. 62 studio newborn photography session

Studio newborn sessions are what I’m most known for and they are probably my favorite sessions to shoot. I love getting in my newborn cuddles! To have this many people trust me with their brand new babies means the word to me. I hope to see even more in 2021! Thank you for all for allowing me to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer.

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7. Seven maternity sessions

I adore pregnancy (well I personally don’t love being pregnant, but other people being pregnant is the best!) and I think pregnant women are in one of their most beautiful states. I cherish being able to capture this times in the lives of these families. If you are even on the fence about doing a maternity session please reach out to me and let me know. You won’t regret it! And a huge thank you to all these families for allowing me to be their Indianapolis maternity photographer!

Indianapolis maternity photography

8. A gender reveal photography session

This was a 1st for me and I loved it! This couple couldn’t have the gender reveal party they had hoped for due to COVID. They still wanted to celebrate so they did a gender reveal photo shoot with a smoke bomb. I’m going to add gender reveal/birth announcement shoot to my packages for 2021. So keep an eye out for that!

gender reveal photos - its a girl

9. Two Fresh 48 sessions

This one makes me a little sad. Remember, when I could go to the hospital and photograph births and Fresh 48 sessions. Ya – I don’t get to do that anymore. I get it, but it still makes me sad. Before COVID kicked me out of the hospitals, I was able to get in one Fresh 48 session at an Indianapolis hospital. Then I had one mom who booked a Fresh 48 session and still wanted to do it at her home. She still wanted those photos of her kids meeting for the first time. I was totally game and it was a great solution! I hope one day things will go back to normal, but until then enjoy this last in-hospital Fresh 48 session.

Fresh 48 sessions

9. Two weddings and 3 engagement sessions

It’s no surprise, I don’t shoot many weddings these days. Which means I don’t shoot many engagement sessions. But each one I do shoot has a special place in my heart.

weddings and engaement photos

10. Bring on the cake!

In 2020 I shot 29 cake smash sessions. That’s a lot of cake!! Each session was unique and each baby was beautiful and full of personality. I love coming up with these custom sets and I hope to do even more cake smash sessions next year. Bring me all those babies!!

Indianapolis cake smash sessions from 2020

11. My baby’s cake smash session

Speaking of cake, my little lady gets her own highlight. I adore taking pictures of my kids each year on their birthday and this one was extra special because she was one. Brynn cake smash session was inspired by her nursery and I adore it!

purple and blue 1st birthday balloon garland cake smash session

12. Jack’s 4th birthday shoot

I can’t share Brynn’s pictures and not share Jack’s! Jack celebrated his 4th birthday in style with his balloon session. This was also my only shoot in the month of April!

4th birthday photoshoot - balloon backdrop

13. One in-home lifestyle newborn session – I only did one in-home lifestyle newborn session this year, but it was for one of my favorite couples so I’m not complaining one bit!

In-home newborn session

14. 23 milestone sessions

I love all of my grow-with-me package clients! Seeing all these babies every few months is such a joy.

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What a fun and crazy year! I’m not going to lie, I don’t want to repeat 2020. However, I think I made the best of it and I look forward to seeing all of you (and hopefully some new ones too) amazing clients again next year. Thank you for allowing me to be your photographer and document the lives of your family!!

A Cute Little Redhead – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

This sweet little bundle of joy is just as cute as can be. He is a cute little redhead who did not want to sleep when we were staring his session. Once he fell asleep, he was a doll and got lots of pictures. He was definitely just as cute awake as he was asleep! He just looks so cozy in all of his photos! I was excited to meet him as I also got to take maternity photos of his parents before he made his arrival! Be sure to check out their maternity session as well!

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So glad that you made your arrival sweet little man! I just love doing these newborn sessions! If you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer feel free to reach out and get your due date on my calendar!

Mauve is One – Floral Blush Cake Smash Session

I love working with babies and kids and creating priceless memories for their families.  I had the pleasure of creating a floral blush cake smash session to celebrate Mauve turning one!  She seemed to love the cake and it was so cute when she had all of the pink frosting all over her face.  She did not hesitate to dig right in! While she enjoyed playing with her cake and the #1 on it, she was willing to share some of the cake as you will see towards the end of this post.  She is such a sweet little girl!

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Happy Birthday, Mauve!  Cake Smash Sessions are so much fun!  I would love to get your little one in the studio to celebrate his/her first birthday! I’m an Indianapolis photographer with a studio in Carmel, IN. I would love to be able to photograph your family’s milestone and all the moments in between.

 

Boho 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session with Flowers, Tepee, and Macrame

It’s bittersweet seeing this baby girl turn one. It’s been so much fun watching her grow over the last year. But her cake smash session was one to remember! She is such a happy easy going baby and she loved her cake!! Normally cake smash sessions end in tears for one reason or another. But not this sweet girl!! She was digging in until we took that cake away and she was okay with it being taken away. My favorite part was when she went in head first and just started eating. So stinking cute!

Be sure to check out the video at the end to see how all the behind the scenes magic happens.

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Here is a vendor list for some of the props from this cake smash session.

Backdrop Paper – https://amzn.to/2RBo4dX
Flowers (two needed)- https://amzn.to/3cep4xO
Macrame (two needed) – https://amzn.to/3mJejsu
Tepee – https://amzn.to/3hKzvdU
Boho Baby Outfit – https://amzn.to/33FfNet

 

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer to photograph your little one or your whole family. Be sure to let me know. I would love to help your family with your photography needs!

A Very Bunny Birthday – 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

The SomeBunny is one theme was popular this year! Here is my 2nd little bunny that was in the studio for her first birthday cake smash session. She is as cute as could be with flowers and bunny ears. I’m also pretty obsessed with her floral birthday cake.  She has a great smile and a wonderful head of hair.  She was just so HOPPY to be in the studio for her first birthday cake smash!

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Happy 1st birthday to this sweet bunny birthday girl!!

Let me know if you have a little one that needs birthday pictures. I adore 1st birthday cake smash sessions and I would love to be your Indianapolis photographer. <3

Outdoor 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Child Photography

Being closed for two months will really throw things off for lots of clients. However, most of my clients have been super understanding and flexible! Since shooting outdoors opened up before my studio could we rescheduled a number of cake smash sessions to be outdoor cake smash sessions. I’m going to have to say, I’m not even a little sad about this! These sessions are stunning. Look at that lovely sunrise right against that cute baby skin. What is not to love about this?!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the studio is open again. That being said, if clients still wanted to schedule outdoor cake smash sessions I would be game for that too!!

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This outdoor cake smash session was too cute! Happy birthday, little one.

I would love to see your little one for a cake smash session either in the studio or outside! You just let me know what you prefer! Feel free to reach out if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer.

Outdoor Newborn Sessions – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

You guys – I love shooting in my studio but I also have a new love… shooting newborns outdoors! I’ve shot a handful of outdoor newborn sessions before COVID came to town but I’ve fallen in love with these sessions all over again. These sessions are a great option if you want a low contact session (I don’t even have to touch the baby and I’m 6 feet away!). I’m also happy to wear a mask on top of that if it makes you feel more comfortable.

But seriously how stunning is this family with their new baby girl! So stunning.  I’ve been photographing this sweet family for years and it’s only fitting that I photograph them with their newest addition. The baby isn’t within that 14 day new baby window but with these outdoor sessions it doesn’t even matter. In fact I think that the pictures are made even better by the fact that the baby is older. Look at that eye contact! You don’t get that from at 2-week-old.

Anyways, maybe I’m just on a high from being able to photograph babies again. But I’m obsessed. Bring me all those newborns (old newborns or young newborns) and let’s shoot them outside at sunrise (like this session) or sunset!

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It is possible to get newborn pictures while social distancing during this crazy time that is COVID quarantine. I would love to photograph your newborn if you live near Indianapolis. Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer and we can chat about your options for photography during this crazy time.

Farmhouse Cake Smash – Cake Smash and First Birthday Photography

“Old McDonald had a farm, E-I -E-I -O.  And on that farm we had a cake smash, E-I-E-I-O.  With some cake here and a cute little kid there, everything turned out great!  You will surely be able to tell by the pictures that this little man thoroughly enjoyed his cake smash session and that it was a great way to celebrate his first birthday! I  am so glad that he came to visit me in the studio for this session.  There were lots of smiles and giggles and a little bit of sadness when it was all over.  He just really wanted all of the fun and the cake smashing to continue!  His sweet little romper just added to the adoreable-ness of this shoot!

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Happy first birthday Beau!  You were a trooper for your cake smash!

Let’s celebrate your little one’s milestone first birthday with a cake smash.  Let’s plan a date today, be sure to reach out! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to photograph your one-year-old.

 

Studio Wardrobe for Milestone Sessions – Indianapolis Child Photographer

Indianapolis photographer - studio wardrobe for child I I  try to make things as easy a possible for you when you visit the studio! If you have already done a newborn session with me then you know that I provide everything you need for baby – wraps, props, headbands, etc. For a newborn session you need to bring clothing for parents and older siblings but when it comes to the baby all you really need is a diaper to take them home in.

I like to keep things just as easy when you come for a milestone session in the studio. For a full milestone session I typically recommend 2 or 3 outfits. At least one of those should be a naked baby set-up. I’ve got diaper covers and rompers we can use for the naked baby set-up. You are welcome to also do a family set-up in one of the 3 outfits.

You can bring in street clothes for the milestone sessions but don’t feel like you have to! I’ve got a lot of outfits for your little one in my studio closet. There are things for boys and girls of all sizes. Most of what I have is vintage inspired and shows a lot of baby skin (who doesn’t love some good baby rolls?!). My outfits fit little ones from newborn up to 11 months. There are diaper covers in every color, headbands/clips galore, and cute little rompers. You are sure to find a few things that you will fall in love with for boys or girls.

All the images in this post include items from the studio wardrobe. There is more than what is pictured. And I’m always adding to it.

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If you want to bring outfits from home you are welcome to do so. Here are a few tips I have for that:

  • Size Down – It’s tempting to buy clothing that is a little big because you know your little one will grow out of it fast. However, for pictures it’s best to have slightly snug clothing instead of clothing that is too big.
  • Less is More – Big puffy bulky clothes don’t tend to photograph well.
  • Family Pictures – I typically recommend creams, whites, gray or peach colors for family pictures.
  • Neon Colors – Please avoid solid black and neon colors.
  • Shoes – You don’t need shoes. For milestone session your child will either be sitting or laying. For a sitting baby you will only see the bottom of the shoes and the bottom of baby’s feet is much more adorable then the plastic bottoms of most shoes.
  • Family Heirlooms – Heirloom outfits make for great images and memories.
  • Need Help? If you need help picking feel free to bring in a number of outfits and we can narrow it down when you get to the studio.

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I can’t wait to see you and your little one in my Indianapolis photography studio!

Twin Brother & Sister Cake Smash for 1st Birthday

What is cuter than one little munchkin smashing a cake to celebrate a birthday- TWO little munchkins smashing cakes to celebrate their birthday!!  Meet the cutest little blue eyed babies you ever did see! These two celebrated their 1st birthday with smiles and smashing! These two had a rainbow themed cake smash. They each enjoyed their own birthday cakes and trying their sibling’s cake as well. It was the cutest! There are so many priceless images and memories from this session and I  just cannot choose a favorite photo- they are all so adorable!

You also don’t want to miss the video at the end of the post for a little bit of the behind the scenes.

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So much birthday fun!
If you want to have your little one photographed in the studio just let me know. I would love to photograph your little one. I’m an Indianapolis photographer serving Indy and central Indiana.