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14 Highlights from KristeenMarie Photography in 2016

2016 has been a FANTASTIC year for a number of reasons. It’s been full of ups and downs but I would have to say that there were way more ups then there were downs. 2016 will forever be remembered as the year I welcomed my first baby into the world. So even though I didn’t shoot as much as I have in past years, I’ve accomplished so much more than just the sessions. I took three months off of shooting to create a human and it was amazing.

It’s hard to narrow down my favorite things about my job, because I’m convinced that I have the best job ever! But here goes… here are a few highlights from this year…

14. 31 Cake Smash Sessions – Every cake smash session is unique. I pride myself on creating a custom experience for each baby which includes a cake and backdrop to match their birthday theme. These sessions are so much fun for me, the baby, and the parents watching!!

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13. 7 Engagement Sessions – Engagement photography is always fun! We get to focus on the couple and create images that represent their love for each other. I love picking locations that have meaning to the couple. Even though I took most of the Spring (the most popular season for engagement photography) off this year to have a baby I was still able to squeeze in a few brides-to-be! This year was full of lots of love. Indianapolis engagement photography

12. Introduction of Video – I’ve started surprising clients with little videos of their session. This is most common for birth sessions, but I’ve been known to do it for all the different session types. I’ve now added this as an option to add on to any session. If you are interested in adding a video to your session just let me know! I love making these.

11. A Live Proposal – I’m always super excited to be able to capture huge milestones in my clients life. It doesn’t get much more exciting the being able to capture the a live proposal! These guys are long time clients and I was also able to capture their wedding later on in the year. You can see the whole proposal here.

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10. 6 Fresh 48 Sessions – A Fresh 48 session is a session that is done in the hospital within 48 hours of a baby being born. This is a great session for those who aren’t comfortable with birth photography, but still want to capture the tiny-ness and emotion of the arrival of their new baby. These sessions are always fantastic as they are full of so much joy and emotion.

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9. 13 Beautiful Baby Bellies – I love pregnancy so much! The body is such an amazing thing and pregnancy lasts for such a short time! If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer in 2017 be sure to let me know! I would love to photograph your baby bump. Indianapolis maternity photography

8. 33 Family Sessions – Almost all of these families are past clients. One of my very favorite things about my job is getting to watch families grow. I get to capture all these memories for families year after year and that makes my heart so happy!Indianapolis family photography - KristeenMarie Photo

7. 25 Milestone Session – Being able to watch and capture all these children’s growth over their first year of life is a wonderful thing. I love being able to capture all these fun milestones in their lives while building relationships with the babies and their families.

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6. 9 Stunning Weddings – I’m always so honored to be able to photograph a couple’s wedding. For me, a wedding is like being able to capture the love story of each of these lovely couples. Weddings are a huge time commitment and due to this I only take a very limited number of couples each year. However, I find each wedding to be super rewarding. If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out!

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5. 62 Newborn Babies – It’s no secret that I love photographing these squishy beautiful babies! This year the studio was full with 60 tiny fresh faces. 25 of these babies were siblings of past clients. I love watching all these families grow!! Almost all of these babies were photographed when they were younger then 14 days old. That’s a lot of very tiny fingers and toes! If you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer be sure to let me know. I would LOVE to have your little one in my studio this year.

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4. One Special Senior Session – I’ve been volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana for the last 7 years. I’ve been matched with my ‘Little Sister’ the whole time. This year my little sister graduates from high school. That also means she graduates from the Big Brothers program. That doesn’t mean our relationship ends, but it does mean that she will be a little harder to see on a regular basis once she starts college. I’ve so glad I was able to photograph her for her senior pictures. These photos will always be a reminder all of our time together. I don’t normally do senior photographer, but for her I made and exception. Here is the whole session.

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3. Birth Photography – Birth is truly an AMAZING thing. I can’t in words describe it. Maybe that is why I enjoy photographing it so much. Every birth I photograph is so different from the last. Even though they are all different they are all leave me in awe of the human body. Each birth I photograph leaves me wanting to photograph another one. In 2016 I photographed two births. But I love it so much that I’ve already got 4 on the books for 2017 and I’m excited to get a few more (but not too many!) on the books. I just LOVE births. <3 So let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis birth photographer.

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2. Photographing my Sister’s Engagement – One cool thing about being a photographer is being able to capture special moments in the lives of your loved ones. It was a joy to be able to photograph my sister’s engagement pictures. My sister and her fiance are both beautiful people both inside and out and I hope she feels that when she looks through her pictures. I couldn’t be more excited to attend their wedding (don’t worry, I won’t be photographing it) as my sister’s maid of honor this Fall.

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1. Photographing My Own Newborn – Hands down, the biggest and most exciting event in 2016 (and maybe my whole life) was welcoming my own little one into the world. I just love this little dude to pieces. I was so excited to do my own newborn pictures. However, I’m going to have to say that photographing your own newborn is way harder then photographing someone else’s’ baby. But I’m so glad I was able to capture this time in my little guy’s life.

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I couldn’t have done any of these things without the help of all of my WONDERFUL clients. I can’t say thank you enough for supporting my small business and allowing me to capture all these phases of your lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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Cary and Betsy – Rathskeller Wedding in Indianapolis

I loved working with Betsy and Cary from the beginning. They were troopers for their ice filled engagement session! I knew their wedding was sure to be fantastic as well… and it was!

The bride got ready at Nestle Inn Indianapolis. This was such a cute little inn and made for the perfect backdrop for wedding prep!! These two had a lovely wedding ceremony at the Arch at Chatham in Indianapolis. The ceremony was followed by a fun filled reception at the Rathskeller which is also in Downtown Indianapolis. Even though the couple had 3 different locations for their wedding, everything was within walking distance. It was a perfect little wedding set-up!Nestle Inn Indianapolis

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Such a beautiful wedding day!

Are you getting married and are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer? If so, let me know! I would love to see if we might be a good fit for your wedding.

 

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Brett and Robin’s Wedding – Bitwell Event Center Wedding in Indianapolis, IN

This wedding was full of all kinds of lovely adventures. The day stated with everyone getting ready. The bride had one of my favorite dresses of all time. It was full of sparkle, but not over the top. It was lovely and the perfect dress for her. Throughout the day there were dinosaurs sprinkled everywhere. The couple (mostly the bride) have a love for these creatures and so they were a super fun addition to their day. The dinos made the day uniquely theirs! After everyone was ready we went to a park in Downtown Indianapolis for some bridal party pictures. The couple had their wedding ceremony and reception the the Bitwell Event Center in Indianapolis. The venue was perfect – from the flowers, to the centerpieces, to the lights, and dessert table. This group knew how to party! The reception was filled with lots of dancing. They even did a group Polka dance which was a huge hit. At the end of the night there was even a surprise appearance from a full sized (or at least human size) dinosaur. This appearance was a surprise to the bride and it was a huge hit!

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What a fun wedding day!! It was an honor to be able to photograph this lovely event!

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 to see if we might be a good fit for each other.

There were also a ton of great vendors that help put this wedding together.

Wedding Photography: KristeenMarie Photography

Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Nancy’s Bridal

Florist:  Coby Palmer Designs

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Biltwell Event Center

Wedding Planner: Brett Michael

Cake: Vanilla Bean

Catering: Hoaglin Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nancy’s Bridal

Suites: Men’s Wearhouse

 

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Kathryn & Benjamin – Wedding at Avon Gardens – Indianapolis Wedding Photographer

This year’s wedding season has been out-of-this-world in terms of weather (although I’m knocking on wood because I still have one more wedding left for the year)! This wedding was no exception!! This sweet couple had a beautiful early Fall day for their outdoor wedding and reception at Avon Gardens. The wedding was a lovely outdoor wedding followed by a brunch reception.

The couple had many custom details for their wedding that made their special day just as unique as their relationship is. Some of the special details included wood flowers, ruby red sparkly bridal shoes, their newly adopted family pup as the ring bearer, custom made table decor, grandma as the flower girl, and antique lace gloves for all the bridesmaids.

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It was a joy to be a part of Kathryn & Benjamin’s wedding day! Thank you two for allowing me to be a part of your big day.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to photograph your wedding at the Avon Gardens or any of the other lovely venues in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Photographer: KristeenMarie Photography

Wedding and Reception Venue: Avon Gardens

Catering: La Peep

Flowers: SylCadle

 

 

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Tracey & Christoper – Fort Harrison Wedding in Indianapolis, Indiana

Meet Tracey and Christoper. This couple was married at Fort Harrison State Park Inn in Indianapolis, IN. Even though the room where they were married wasn’t huge, they were surrounded by so much love!! It was clear that there were so many people that cared dearly for this sweet couple. After the ceremony the couple went to Fort Harrison State Park for bridal pictures! It was the prefect day for this. The park had special meaning to the couple as this was a location where the couple often went to hang out and hike. So it was only fitting that they pulled our their hiking boots!Fort Harrison State Park Innweddign dresswedding detials - flowers, rings, shoesbride getting readystunning bridegetting ready - guysthe groom getting dressed for his wedding daynintendo cuff linksdad walking bride down the isle wedding ceremony wedding at Fort Harrison State Park Inn 2016-10-17_0004 formal wedding pictures the kids in the bridal party bridal party plus kids the bridal party stunning bride  outdoor wedding portraits at Fort Harrison State Park bride and groom in hiking boots the groom Fort Harrison State Park Inn Wedding  2016-10-17_0023 2016-10-17_0024 2016-10-17_0025 2016-10-17_0026 2016-10-17_0027 2016-10-17_0028

What a great day! Thank you Tracy and Chris for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day!

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

Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Photography: KristeenMarie Photography

Venu: Fort Harrison State Park Inn

Flowers: Lilly Lane

Suites: Andrew Davis Men’s Wear

Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

DJ: DJ Connection

Wedding Cake: Heidelberghaus

Wedding Invites: Wedding Paper Divas

Guestbook Globe: UnMissable Decor

Guest Gifts (personalized tea bags): My Wedding Favors

Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces by Nikki

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Tiffany and Sara’s Wedding at Mustard Seed Gardens in Noblesville, Indiana

It was a joy to be a part of Tiffany and Sara’s wedding in Noblesville at the Mustard Seed Gardens. This wonderful couple had a wonderful wedding and reception surrounded by so many that loved them. The day was full of on and off rain, but they were easy going and didn’t let a little rain get in the way of having a fantastic wedding day!

My favorite part of the wedding day was when we were taking bridal portraits towards the end of the night at sunset. We all got outside in the rain and all of sudden the rain stopped and the stunning sunset appeared. The two brides were just glowing in the golden hour light. It was spectacular!

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Such a perfect wedding day and a  lovely wedding story! Congrats you two!! It was an honor to photograph your wedding. I hope you two enjoy your honeymoon to the cost of California!!

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 day.

Here is a list of all the fantastic vendors that helped put together this lovely wedding:

Venue: Mustard Seed Gardens

Photographer: KristeenMarie Photography

Flowers: Pretty Petals Weddings

DJ: Event One DJ

Catering: Big Hoffa’s BBQ

Wedding Dresses: David’s Bridal and Nancy’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Suites for Groosmen & Ushers: Men’s Warehouse

Invites: Arika Kay Designs

Makeup: Alanna Lee Makeup Artist

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Alanna and Joey – Mormon Temple Wedding Carmel, Indiana

The new Mormon temple was just built in Carmel, Indiana. It’s a beautiful structure with immaculately groomed gardens around it. So when Alanna and Joey asked me to photograph their wedding I couldn’t have been more excited! The Mormon church doesn’t allow photography inside the temple, but we were able to get some stunning pictures on the grounds of the temple.

This sweet couple couldn’t have been more prefect for each other. They balanced each other well. It was clear that these two were excited to be together.

After the ceremony an intimate group of friends and family were invited to The Cerulean Restaurant to continue the celebration.

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Thank you Alanna and Joey for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

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

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Arch at Chatham Wedding Photography – Jen & Kenneth

Jen and Kenneth were actually married before they had their reception. However, that didn’t make this day any less special or any less fun! Their wedding reception was held at the lovely Arch at Chatham. It’s a fun venue that they decorated beautifully. The flowers couldn’t have been more elaborate or stunning and the hanging white lights added the perfect touch to their space. The couple added a little fun to the night by adding on my photo booth option. The couple also included their son in all the events which made them extra special.

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Congrats to the newlyweds. It was an honor to be a part of your wedding day!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to get your wedding date on my calendar for 2016!

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Wedding at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfiled, Indiana – Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre

Meet the new Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre. This sweet couple had a small wedding at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfield, IN. They were married in the small chapel. Even though their wedding was small it was one of the most joyous weddings I’ve photographed in a while (and I photograph a lot of weddings!). The couple was surrounded by so many loved ones who were so excited for the two of them. They also happen have have gotten married at the peak of Fall colors. So they ended up with the some stunning wedding pictures with those Fall colors. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

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A big congratulations to the newlyweds! I was honored to be a little part of your big day.

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 day!

Small Courthouse Wedding in Noblesville – Indianapolis Wedding Photographer

Meet Kelsey and Brian. This sweet couple had a small wedding ceremony with family at the courthouse in Noblesville, Indiana. It was an intimate ceremony with so much love any happiness being shared thought out the room. After the ceremony we went to downtown Noblesville for some portraits of the bride, groom, and bridal party. It was an honor to be able to capture this important time in this couple’s life.

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Congrats to the newlyweds! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together.

Looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer? If so, be sure to reach out and 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.