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5 Tips for a Successful Tree Farm Session this Holiday Season

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Christmas is coming… or at least Christmas tree mini sessions!! You guys love these sessions. All 4 days of tree farm minis were booked within 24 hours of sending the email. I’m excited you guys are so excited about these sessions!!

Here are my tips to you for a successful tree farm session.

  1. Dress in layers – I can’t stress this enough. It might be warm, but it will most likely be cold… very very cold as we typically do these sessions in late Nov and early December. As a reminder, the average temp in Nov is 40 degrees and Dec the average temperature is 30 degrees. Considering we shoot at sunset it’s likely going to be even colder then the average. That is cold, especially for little ones. You aren’t going to be able to have happy kiddos if everyone is cold. So please, please, please dress for the weather. This may hinder your style a tad but trust me it’s better to be warm then in that cute dress with no leggings underneath. We will reschedule if it’s raining, but not if it’s lightly snowing or just cold.
  2. Dress for the location – I really like reds/blacks/greens (think Christmas colors) or orange/red/brown (think Fall colors). There are lots of combos that could work, but I would probably try to stay away from bright floral type colors. Layers and textures always look good. You do also have access to the styling tool to help you pick clothing for your family. If you booked a session and didn’t receive that link feel free to reach out via email and I’ll send it your way.
  3. Meeting location – The sessions are done at Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown, IN. I’ll send you an exact meeting location about a week before you session. But the tree farm is about 50 minutes north of Indianapolis. Be sure to know where we are meeting and allow yourself enough time to arrive on time. It may sound like a bit of a drive, but this tree farm is stunning and is SO worth the drive!!
  4. Use the restroom before you leave – It’s a farm and they have port-a-potties. Sure you can use them, but do you really want to? Enough said.
  5. Have fun – Seriously, family pictures should be fun! We are going to play, smile, laugh and have a great time (even if it is a short time).

I can’t wait to see all of you this year for the Tree Farm Mini Sessions!!

 

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If you are in the Indianapolis area and would like to book a tree farm session be sure to reach out! I’m a photographer in Indianapolis and my tree farm mini sessions are all completely booked for the year, but I would love to do a full family session for you on the farm and I have a few dates still available.

Circus Themed First Birthday Party – Carmel Indiana Party Photography

I’ve been photographing little Lydia since her birth. So it’s only fitting that I photographed her 1st birthday party.

This Circus themed 1st birthday party had everything that you would expect to see a circus.

Are you ready for an epic 1st birthday party? If so, check this one out!

Below is the Ring Master (the birthday girl’s dad) welcoming you to the Big Top.

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This circus birthday cake couldn’t have been cuter.

Epic Circus Themed 1st Birthday Cake

The circus food included corn dogs, pretzel and cheese, nachos, hot dogs, and funnel cakes!

Circus Food - 1st Birthday Party   

Here is the birthday girl…

The 1st Birthday Girl Birthday girl and ring masterCircus Themed Party Idea  

This party also had a magician, face painter, and balloon artist.

Magic Show at Birthday Party 

The face paintings and balloon creations were pretty cool. Check out a few of them below…

face painting and balloon animals Circus Animal Face Painting 

Birthday cake smashing for this one year old was pretty fun. Birthday Girl Eating Circus Cake 

It wouldn’t be a birthday party without a few gifts…

Birthday Girl Opening Gifts

There was also a little clowning around. 🙂

Clowning Around

Happy Birthday Lydia!

Paul and Laura | Indianapolis Wedding Photography

Meet Paul and Laura! Could these two be any cuter or any more in love?! I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding at the Montage in Indianapolis, IN. They had a beautiful May day with the prettiest blue skies.

 

Indianapolis Wedding Pictures

The lovely ladies…

The girls in the wedding

A beautiful blue wedding day

The handsome gentlemen…

The Groom and Groom's Men

The Groom and Groom's Men

The happy couple

The Montage - Indianapolis, IN

The Wedding at the Montage

You may kiss the bride…

Couple in wedding

Wedding Cake with Yellow Flowers

Cutting the Wedding Cake

Bling bling…

Wedding Rings in Black and White

I loved her pretty yellow flowers with the blue.

Yellow Wedding Flowers

The whole bridal party.

The whole bridal party

Such a pretty bride!

Beautiful Bride in Black and White

Thank you Paul and Laura for the opportunity to shoot your wedding! It was a beautiful occasion. Are you looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer? Be sure to contact KristeenMarie Photography to check availability and get pricing info.

Super Bowl XLVI Pictures – Indianapolis, IN

 

Typically I shoot pictures of people. I really enjoy capturing emotion and relationships in people. However, the Super Bowl happens to be happening in my home town – Indianapolis, IN. Since I know Indianapolis inside and out, I thought it would be a shame if I didn’t snap a few pictures during this once in a life time opportunity.

How can you not love these larger then life roman numerals?! To understand how big these really were, look at the little dots on the ground. Those are people.

The Super Bowl Roman Numerals - XLVI

This one is for all my ExactTarget friends…

ExactTarget Roof Top Downtown Indianapolis
Indianapolis has lots of food trucks that roam the streets. They are kind of like ice cream trucks for adults. They don’t make themselves easy to find by playing music. You typically have to hunt them down by following the trucks on Twitter. During the Super Bowl they were are conveniently in one place – lined up around the circle. This made it super easy to grab a tasty bite of food!

Indianapolis Food Trucks - Super Bowl
The Monument Circle

Monument Circle Indianapolis
JW Marriott

JW Marriott During the Super Bowl

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium

 

Book Reading at the Rathskeller

I had the pleasure of photographing the book readings of Nicole Ross and Katrina Willis at the Rathskeller. These two both told very touching stories that had the whole audience captured.

 

Nicole & Katrian

 

The cute little welcome table…

 

 

 

Meet Nicole…

 

 

Katrian and her husband.

 

Katrian Williams

 

 

Nicole is a graphic designer. For her book reading she made lots of very cute collateral to go along.

 

The Year of Exploration Rules

The Ripple Card

These photos are from the initial launch of the RippleCard. The purpose of the RippleCard is to pass the card on to someone while doing something nice for that person. In turn, the next person will do the same for someone else, thus creating a ripple effect of acts of kindness, which we refer to as Ripples.

Everyone has the power to change the world.



I love the message behind all of this. Check out Michael Cheatham’s website for the RippleCard at RippleCard.org!

GSCMI Conference

These are pictures from the Spring ’09 Global Supply Chain Management Initiative Conference put on by Kranneret. This was my 4th and final conference I have photographed. Unfortunately, I’m graduating and will no longer be able to take the pictures for them any longer. It was a great learning experience though!