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Joseph & Hope – Indianapolis Proposal Photography

It’s not every day that I get to capture a proposal. But when I do it’s so much fun! This is the proposal story of Joseph and Hope.

Of the dozen or so proposals that I’ve photographed this one had to be the most nerve wracking! About an hour before the proposal was suppose to happen it started to downpour. I’m talking tons of rain. The plan all along was to do this downtown and it had to happen on a certain day because both sides of the family were in town. So I packed up all my equipment and headed downtown and hoped for the best. I got downtown a little early but waited in my car as long as possible as it was still raining. When I couldn’t wait any longer (I knew the couple was getting close) I got out of my car. Miraculously the rain had stopped! It was amazing. So the downtown area wasn’t very crowed because it had just been raining and the weather was perfect.

This sweet couple has been dating for 8 years and they are in the process of moving to Indy. Joseph wanted to propose at a location that was iconic to Indy to represent this next phase in their lives/relationship. I can’t think of a more iconic place to propose then the monument circle downtown.

Joseph had it all planned out… We had a meeting location and when he got to the meeting location he asked Hope’s parents (who was with them) to take a picture of the two of them in front of the monument. That’s when I started clicking away and Joseph dropped to one knee and asked the question! When Hope turned back around she saw that I was there taking pictures and both sides of her family showed up. She was surprised for sure! After the actual proposal and after Hope showed off her ring (wow it was a beautiful one!) I was able to sneak the newly engaged couple away for a few engagement pictures on the circle. It was a perfect day!

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Congrats you two!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer or someone to photograph your proposal be sure to reach out! I would love to hear more about your plans.

 

 

 

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Laura and Jacob – Indianapolis Engagement and Wedding Photographer

Meet Laura and Jacob. These two are just the sweetest! They currently have a long distance relationship. However, it’s clear that every moment they spend together is sheer joy. These two just make each other laugh and smile. I don’t think that beautiful smile left Laura’s face the whole engagement session, which makes my job a lot easier. I don’t have to tell my corny jokes. 🙂 But seriously, these two are amazing. I can’t wait for their wedding in a few months!

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I just love Spring and their session was just the perfect Spring day! Congrats you two on your engagement.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to photograph your upcoming wedding in Indianapolis.

Lovely Spring Engagement Session – Indianapolis Engagement Photography

These two were incredible. They were beautiful in every way. It wasn’t possible to to take a bad picture of  this stunning couple. Just a fair warning, this is a long post. There were just too many good pictures I couldn’t help but share.

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These two are getting married later this year, out of the country. It’s surely going to be a beautiful day.

If you are looking for wedding photographer in Indianapolis be sure to reach out. I would love to learn more about your wedding day.

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The Engagement Session that was Never Going to Happen – Indianapolis Engagement Photography

This is the engagement session that was never going to happen. It got rescheduled 4 times (mostly for rainy weather). I’ve never had a session rescheduled so many times! On the 5th try, we were going to do the session rain or shine. About 15 minutes before this session started, it down poured. I mean buckets of water with hail and the whole shebang. So I wasn’t super hopeful for this session.

The clients showed up to the park and as soon as the did the rain parted and we were able to get our beautiful outdoor engagement pictures. The temperature outside was perfect and there was no one at the park due to the earlier weather. The clouds perfect for pictures – overcast and blue. It ended up being a beautiful session for an adorably beautiful couple!

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What a beautiful couple! I’m excited to photograph their small wedding later this year!!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to learn more about your wedding.

My Sister is Getting Married…

This is a very special session. Meet my little sister – Kathy – and her fiance – GD. These two have been together since high school and they are now almost 30. These pictures have been a long time in the making and they couldn’t have been more special. It was fun helping with this session from start to finish… my sister and I went shopping together for clothes and I got to chat with her while she was getting her hair and make-up done and then I got to be the one behind the camera to capture these moments. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple.

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Congrats you two! Love you both!!

This is one wedding I won’t be photographing, but I couldn’t be more excited to be my sister’s Maid of Honor.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to let me know! I would love to get your wedding date on my calendar for next year.

16 Locations Around Indianapolis Perfect for Pictures – Engagement or Family Photography

In 2012 I wrote a blog post similar to this one and it was by far the most popular blog post on my website. It was a great post, but I think it’s about time that I update it!Indianapolis Photography Location Ideas

There are LOTS of great locations around Indianapolis to take pictures. However, sometimes the best location is the one that has meaning to you. Some examples of this include:

  • The location where you got engaged
  • A spot that you spent a lot of time together – Did you play intramural sports? Do you have a go-to coffee spot?
  • Does your family have a special piece of land or location where you hang out?
  • Does your college have a special place in your heart?

I love to try out new locations. So if you can think of something that is uniquely you just let me know and we can talk though the idea!

If nothing comes to mind when you try to brainstorm then here are a few of my favorite locations for engagement photography or a family photography session that you can choose from. This list is in no particular order. These are my go-to locations around Indy.


Rustic Setting

Holcomb Gardens – This park is especially lovely in Spring/early Summer when the flowering trees are in bloom but it also doubles a s a great location in Fall to capture the changing colors. This location is on Butler University’s campus. But don’t worry, you won’t find any giant Butler logos or any bulldogs here. Instead you will find a giant weeping willow over the canal, a fun bridge, well groomed greenery, an area of ungroomed greenery, and even a little water feature. This location is great all year round! If you want a park that isn’t too rustic this is a great option.

Eagle Creek Park – This is a large park on the North West side of town. It’s lovely all year round but it’s especially beautiful in the Fall. It offers some of the best fall colors in the city. This is a rustic location with lots of greenery, streams, rocks, tall wild grass, and so much more. If you are looking for a location that offers that rustic feel this is a fantastic option!

West Park – This park is located in Carmel, IN (north of downtown) on the west side of the city off of 116th street. It has lots of tall wild grass which photographs lovely. There is also a fun stone feature, wood plank walking path around a pond, and a few walking paths that offer beautiful greenery during the spring/summer months and Fall colors in the Fall. If you like the tall wild grass look that is very popular right now this is the best park for that.

Fort Harrison State Park – This is a large park on the north east side of the city. This park is great year round, but anyone wanting to capture the fall colors, this location is ideal. This park is perfect for a couple or family that wants to capture lots of nature in their images. The backdrop selections here includes water, wooden bridges, brush, lots of trees and natural greenery, walking paths, and more.

Flowing Wells Park – This park isn’t huge, but it offers a lot for it’s small size. It’s located off of 116th in Carmel, IN. If you like the look of running water though a rock filled water bed this is the perfect location for you. The Cool Creek runs right though the middle of this park and it’s truly beautiful! There is also a fun bridge and lots of rustic and green areas. This location is great all year round.

Cool Creek Park Nature Center – This is another good location if you are looking for something rustic. The park is located on the north side of Carmel (almost in Westfiled). It’s a large park with lots of shooting options including flowing water (the Cool Creek River runs though the park), nature paths, lots of wooded areas, open green areas, a number of bridges, and more. This would be a fantastic location for capturing the Fall colors but it’s good all year round.

Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) – The IMA is located on the near North West side of the city and is home to the trendy LOVE statue. It also has lots of gardens that are groomed professionally. It is truly a gorgeous location! The only catch with this location is that they require a photography permit to take pictures here. This will cost you a little bit and it requires some advanced planning. I love the IMA, but the permit hassle makes this location a little less desirable. The location no longer offers a yearly permit (which I used to have) so now every time a shoot is scheduled for this location you must get an individual permit. The cost for this is $50 which I ask the client to pay and the permit must be obtained/approved 3 weeks before the shoot takes place.

100 Acres Woods – This is such a fun location! It is located right around the street from the IMA. There is a variety of backdrops including water and greenery, a modern basketball court with fun tubing, an interesting tunnel, and stairwells. This area isn’t as well groomed as the IMA, but there are still areas that are professionally groomed. This is a great location for a couple that wants something rustic/outdoorsy but not too country. This location also has the same permit restrictions at the IMA (see above).


Urban Settings

Downtown Zionsville – If you prefer an urban setting over rustic then this is a perfect location for you! Downtown Zionsville has lots of charm including brick roads, store fronts with character, wrought iron fencing, and even a little park that has some greenery. This location is great all year round including winter when they have the holiday lights up.

Lockerbie Historic District – Lockerbie is the the oldest intact neighborhood in Indianapolis. Lots of time and effort has gone into restoring this area. It’s no big city but instead its a cute little area FULL of charm – seriously it’s super cute. The area has brick side walks, adorable architecture, greenery, and so much more.

Downtown Indianapolis –  The heart of the city is a great location for those who want a completely urban setting. Of course you can get your picture with the monument and the state house on the circle. But, there are lots of fun nooks and crannies within the city including rustic alley ways and fun store fronts.

Downtown Carmel, IN – Bring your walking shoes, and lets travel around Carmel, IN and take some pictures! There is also a good variety of backdrops here including – a wall of fun bright colors, the Monon trail, some greenery, a water feature, older looking store fronts, and some modern art. There are also some fun shops here. So, if you are up for cupcakes or ice-cream at the end of your session, this is a fun location to be able to incorporate that.

Broad Ripple – Broad Ripple is a fun, colorful, young, lively area. In Broad Ripple you have the Monon trail, bright colorful store fronts, modern art, a little bit of greenery, and awesome bridges. This is a very trendy place to have pictures taken.


Somewhere In Between Urban and Rustic

Coxhall Gardens – In Carmel, IN you will find this park which includes lots of well groomed flowers and greenery, and some fun structures. You can’t leave Coxhill Gardens without doing at least one jumping picture, as there is a fun amphitheater with large steps perfect for jumping pictures. The only drawback to this location is that there is very little shade. This location is best for shorter sessions as close to sunset as possible.

White River State Park / The Canal – This park is in Downtown Indianapolis. The park is very iconic to Indianapolis and offers some great views with the city skyline in the background. This is a great area to get a good variety of backdrops. You can find a mixtures of greenery, city/urban-ness, brick walls, and water features.

Highland Park – This is a small park not far from downtown Indianapolis. It offers some greenery and a fantastic view of the downtown skyline. If you are looking for pictures that include the city skyline this is a fantastic choice.

 

Is there somewhere around Indianapolis that you think is great for pictures that didn’t make the list? If so, let me know by leaving a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this list of photo locations around Indy!

 

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Early Spring Engagement – Indianapolis Engagement Photography

This couple chose a special date for their engagement session. It just so happened to be their dating anniversary. They ended up with beautiful weather and green grass. These two things are normally a little questionable in mid March in Indianapolis but they just lucked out! There were surprisingly even a few flowers in bloom. This couple also has an infectious smile. They just had to look at each other to get a glowing smile. It’s clear that these two are in love. They are going to be getting married in China this coming year but they wanted to have their engagement pictures in their current home – Indianapolis. I hope you enjoy this engagement session.

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Are you looking for a wedding photographer in Indianapolis? If so, let me know! I would love to learn more about your wedding day to see if we might be a good fit for each other.

Indianapolis Proposal Photography Downtown on the Canal

I’ve had the joy of photographing this couple’s baby when he was just born. So it was even more of a pleasure to be able to capture this next big milestone in the couple’s life!

Jake (the groom-to-be) contacted me about his plan to propose downtown in Indianapolis on the canal. It was a picture perfect location for popping the big question. Jake had just had a rough day at work as he was pepper sprayed a few hours before popping the big question due to his new job on the police force. But he didn’t let that put a damper on his plans! The good news is that it was an unseasonably warm day in Indy and Samantha said YES! I hope you enjoy Jake and Samantha’s proposal pictures.

 

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It’s always fun when the groom-to-be tells the bride-to-be that he hired a photographer to capture the whole thing…that moment

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I’m honored to have been able to capture this important time in this couple’s lives. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding day later this year!!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to learn more about your big day.

Winter Engagement Session in Indianapolis

It takes a brave couple to do their engagement session in the middle of an Indianapolis winter. However this sweet couple was up for the challenge and it paid off! These two did their engagement session at a local state park where they went on their first date. That date didn’t take place in the middle of the winter but I bet it’s even prettier this time of year than in the summer. The park was full of snow and lots of beautiful ice sculptures. Indianapolis wedding and engagement photographerkissing in the snowoutdoor Indianapolis winter engagement photography - snow and icelots of love in the snowdreamy outdoor engagement photography photography  adorable couple outdoors ice formation behind engaged couple - unique engagement photography couple walking engaged couple kissing  Indianapolis engagement photographer shooting in Winterice and diamonds - engagement photography engaged couple on log   outdoor winter engagement photography - snow engagement pictureswinter engagement photography in Indianapolis, IN

Could these two be any more prefect?! Thanks for braving the snow and cold you two.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to learn more about your wedding.

Couple Session in Downtown Indianapolis

This sweet couple came to Indy for a little mini vacation. They also like to do family pictures every year when they go on vacation (what a great idea!). So they wanted to do their session downtown where they could have some backdrops that are iconic to Indy. They were a little late in the season for Fall colors, but we found the one tree left that still had color and made great use of it. To end the session, we went to my favorite spot for hot chocolate around – South Bend Chocolate Company (if you have never been there for hot coco you need to!). Such a fun couple and what a great session!

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Thanks for allowing me to photograph you while you were here. Come back and visit Indy again soon, you two!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to photograph your family soon.