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5 Perks To Booking a Sunrise Photography Session

So, you are thinking about booking a session and want to figure out timing for your family. The best times for sessions are their sunrise or sunset. Some people may be intimidated by sunrise sessions, but I am completely here for them! I wanted to share with you some reasons and perks to booking a sunrise session!
1 – The parks are empty
Most of the sessions that I photograph are at parks in the area. We are lucky to live in a state where there are a variety of backdrops and the parks give us a bunch of different settings in one area- water, trees, grass, concrete, etc. When you book a sunrise session these places are normally pretty empty and that helps to make sure that we can get the best possible locations for the photos.
2 – More availability on my calendar
It is no coincidence that my calendar fills up during certain times of the year when the weather and scenery is gorgeous and family photos are so popular! My evenings books up very quickly and I often have more availability in the mornings. I really do love the light from a sunrise session and if you are looking for a family session especially late in the season when my calendar is really booked, we most likely can find a morning sunrise session to get the day that you want!
3 – Little kids are happier in the morning
Yes, I can help get those smiles out from the little kiddos, but kids are typically happier in the mornings. They just had a good nights sleep and they are ready to take on the day! Sometimes when we do sessions with little kids in the evening they are tired and it may not show in their face, but sometimes it does in their actions and their willingness to participate! You never know what a day might bring, especially for a little one so let’s meet in the morning when they are at their best!
4 – Cooler temps – this is especially a plus in the summer months
Often times the temperature in the morning is much cooler than other parts of the day and that is really good for most people participating in photos! Who wants a sweaty face in their family photos? When someone is hot, you can tell! The cooler temperatures in the morning help to make the people in the photos more comfortable and in turn, happier!
5 – You will have the rest of the day to yourself!
What is better than having your family photos taken AND having the entire rest of the day to spend as a family and not having to worry about getting everyone together or making sure that everything goes according to plan the rest of the day because you started early and got it done! You can start the day as a family in front of the camera and spend the rest of the day doing whatever you want!
This post has pictures from a sunrise session at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel. We had an awesome Foggy morning and the stunning sunrise all to ourselves. Be sure to click on the link if you want to see more of this beautiful sunrise session!

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I would love to schedule your sunrise photo session and be your Indianapolis family photographer. Send me a message and let’s get a date on the calendar!

What just happened? 2022 A Year In Review

2022 was a great year! Personally, we welcomed our 3rd and final addition to our family, baby Luka. Professionally I photographed 191 sessions. When I added up all the sessions that number shocked me, as I took off 3.5 months for maternity leave in there!  I’m not going to lie, finding the work life balance this year was a struggle, but I’ve got some ideas on how to fix it moving forward and I can’t wait to photograph even more families next year.

Here is a recap of my 2022 sessions!

Two In-Home Lifestyle Sessions

Lucky for me, both of the in-home lifestyle sessions included the family pups! Oh how I love a good pup and baby shot. These two fur babies were just the sweetest too! Please, hire me to come to your home to photograph your family for an in-home lifestyle newborn photography in Indianapolis. I would love it even more if the session included your 4 legged friends. While I love working with newborns in the studio, I also love the variety that in-home sessions offer.

In-Home Newborn Photography - KristeenMarie

22 Milestone Sessions

One of the best parts about my job is being able to build relationships with clients. I adore watching families and kids grow. Milestone sessions really allow me to build those relationships and capture that growth.

Milestone Photography Sessions by KristeenMarie

Special Sessions for My Kiddos

Taking pictures of my own kiddos isn’t always easy. Let me tell you… taking pictures of your own kids is way harder then taking pictures of other people’s kids! That being said, I still try to take the time to take special pictures of my littles because I know I’ll regret it later if I don’t. Each kid gets a special birthday session that they get to help dream up and then I also try to do a fun Christmas card.

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13 Maternity Sessions

Pregnancy is such a joyous time! It may not always feel great, but I assure you it looks phenomenal. I adore capturing women in all their baby bump glory! The excitement is evident in everyone of these sessions. Thank you to all these women who allowed me to be their Indianapolis maternity photographer!

Indianapolis Maternity Photography by KristeenMarie

45 In-Studio Newborns Sessions

It’s no secret, newborns are my favorite!! All of these babies are beautiful in their own ways and photographing each and everyone was an honor. I can’t count the number of hours I spent shushing, or how many times I was peed or pooped on. But those numbers don’t matter. What matters is the beautiful art I was able to provide or each of these families that they will have for a lifetime. It’s an honor to be an Indianapolis newborn photographer and to be able to capture each one of these babies!

Newborn Photography Session - Kristeen's Newborn Photo Studio in Carmel Indiana

2 Fresh 48 Sessions

The hospitals have had restricted visitors for most of the year. So it’s no shocker that I haven’t been able to photograph a ton of Fresh 48 sessions. However, I sure do miss it!! Maybe next year is the year for Fresh 48 sessions. What do you think!?

Baby holding dad's finger - Fresh 48 Session

22 Cake Smash Sessions

Cake Smash sessions are a labor of love. Each of these sessions take a ton of planning, crafting, building and time. I enjoy the creative process as it’s an outlet for me. Seeing these all together in one picture is a great reminder of all those sets I’ve built over the last year. Being an Indianapolis cake smash photographer is my thing and I love it!

1st Birthday Cake Smash Photography Sessions

81 Family Sessions

I love all of these families!! Every.Single.One of them. Seeing them all together gives my heart such joy!!

The fact that I was able to have a baby, take 3.5 months off of work, and still photograph 81 families kind of blows my mind! Most of these families are past clients and being able to see them year after year is the biggest joy of my job. Thank you everyone for allowing me to capture your families year after year and allowing me to be your Indianapolis family photographer! I hope you love your pictures as much as I love seeing all of you year after year.

Family Photography in Indianapolis by KristeenMarie

Thank you to each and everyone of my clients for trusting me to capture this time in your lives and allowing me to help tell your family’s story. You guys are the best!!

A Loving Family and a Lovely Sunrise – Carmel Indiana Family Photographer

When families love each other and love being together you can tell. These guys all genuinely wanted their pictures with each other, interacting with each other, and fighting (in a nice way) over who gets to hold the baby in each image.
This family is family goals for me. I hope my kids love each other this much some day.
This was a sunrise session – That fog is to die for! It was chilly and mom almost rescheduled, but I’m SO glad she didn’t because you don’t get this kind of light every day. There are so many images that I would frame and put up in my home! These pictures are STUNNING!!!!

 

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Let’s get a date for your Indianapolis family photography session on the books. Sunrise family sessions are always so much fun!

A Fall Sunset Session in Carmel, Indiana

I’ve enjoyed photographing this family over the years. I missed them last year while I was on maternity leave and the kids grew a lot since I’ve seen them last. These guys are always fun and have lots of connection. It’s a joy to photograph. While these guys have done a number of sessions with me this is the first one they have done in the Fall, surprisingly!! No matter the time of year, I just love being with this beautiful family. We had the session at Central Park in Carmel and there are just so many different varies in backdrops- it is one of the reasons why I enjoy shooting at this location!!

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A beautiful evening with a beautiful family!

I would love to capture the love between your family as well. Let’s get a session date on the calendar!! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need a Carmel, Indiana family photographer.

Indianapolis Family Photography in Spring

I’m going to be opening up my calendar soon for 2023 family sessions. Everyone is quick to jump into booking Fall sessions. However, Spring is often under rated for family photography. But let me tell you, it’s one of my favorite times to shoot! The sun sets a tad earlier so you can start your session before 8pm. The weather is not too hot. The flowers are blooming and everything is nice and green. I’m also not as busy so there is more flexibility to reschedule or pick a date. What is not to love?!

I also adore working with this fun family every year. They are full of personality and we always have a fun adventure during the shoot. This session was no exception. We had fun in Indy at Holcomb Gardens for their family session. These guys wanted to get in before I went on maternity leave so they chose to shoot on an overcast day. We thought it might rain the whole session but there wasn’t a drop! We got lucky with some great weather and great images.

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I’m looking forward to next Spring to photograph even more families! If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer for next Spring or any time of the year let me know! I would love to meet your family and create some memories of you.

A Family of 4 – Carmel, Indiana Family Photography

I am so glad that I was able to spend time with this beautiful family of four! There are so many great places to take photos but,
shooting at that weeping williow at Coxhall Gardens NEVER gets old. It’s my favorite light all over town. These two kiddos were great! Big sis had lots of energy and loved to run, run, run! She was such a joy and so happy. Mom wanted to capture the love they all had for each other. It was hard not to capture that, as their love was so apparent. We definitely had a wonderful time with this session and I know these photos will be cherished for years to come!

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While the opportunity for fall photos has mostly past this year, I am booking for the spring! Let’s get a session on the books for your family as well! I would love to be your Indianapolis family photographer!

Family Session with Senior Daughter – Indianapolis Photographer

I often get asked if I only photograph families with little kids? The answer is no. Case in point… this lovely family. Their older daughter was a graduating senior. So mom wanted some senior pictures along with her family session. What a great keepsake for both the daughter and the whole family. The weather was lovely and I love the colors that they chose for the session. The light in the background is just stunning and just accentuates this beautiful family!

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I would love to photograph your family no matter if you have big kids or little. I enjoy photographing all stages of life! If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer don’t hesitate to reach out!

A Walk in the Park – Carmel Indiana Family Photography

I just love photographing in the fall and this family made for the best time! This was an early fall sunset session and I am so thankful that we have had a stunningly warm and dry fall this year. I am so thankful for this because that is not always the case! This family is super sweet! The session was a little crazy due to the kids ages but it was so FUN! Let’s also talk about their outfits- great choices and everyone looked so put together! We took the photos at Central Park in Carmel and I love this location because of the variety of the backdrops. The picture with the three siblings holding hands walking together is my favorite – if it was of my kids I would blow it up on a huge canvas in my home. Be sure to check it out- it is the last picture in this post!

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Thanks for letting me capture your family photos this year!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer, I would love to chat more! My calendar is filling up so let’s get a session booked today!

An Inspirational NICU Cake Smash Session – From NICU to 1st Birthday

Doing this cake smash session and hearing this family’s birth story was inspirational. This family was hit hard by COVID and it could have resulted in a very tragic end for both mother and baby. Spoiler alert – it didn’t due to a strong mom, amazing doctors, modern technology, a dad that made impossible choices, and prayer.

Here is what happened from the baby’s mom’s point of view:

On May 3, 2021 I was dropped off at the ER in Kokomo to take a COVID test. After that point I do not remember anything. I woke up a few times in the ambulance while they were transferring me to IU North where I was put in ICU after a night there.

I was taken to IU Methodist then on May 5, 2021 my fiancé was made power of attorney over me and had to make the decision in a matter of minutes via phone.

The decision was to give mom and baby a 50/50 chance; to deliver the baby and take him back to IU North Riley, put me in a coma on a vent and ECMO (ECMO was the last resort to keep me alive).

I gave birth in a coma. I didn’t know I had given birth. My fiancé couldn’t be in the operating room with me as he was at home with COVID and being quarantined with our older kids. Baby Calum was born at 29 weeks.

I spent 12 days on the vent and ECMO and when I woke up two days later, I was released from the hospital. Then I had to wait 21 days to see baby Calum. Dad was able to see Calum at 14 days since he also had COVID.

I will forever be grateful for the critical care team at Methodist and the 17 doctors who saved our lives. My OB, Dr. Linton at  IU North, went above and beyond. He had to fight to get me transferred to IU North from Kokomo and his decision to send me to Methodist to get us more help and all that IU North Riley NICU staff were just amazing. No words can describe how thankful we are for all the doctors, nurses and staff.

We faced many struggles during the whole ordeal. For dad, the hardest part was having to make decisions to save two people he loves – mom and baby.

The struggle mom faced and the hardest part for her was not being able to see her baby until 21 days after she was released from the hospital. In the cake smash session you may notice a few images of mom Face Timing baby in the background. This is because this was how she was able to see baby for 21 days.

Watching Calum fight for his life for 66 days was hard for everyone. Something that many don’t talk about when it comes to the NICU is the overwhelming financial hardship we faced, picking and choosing what bills we pay vs keeping food on the table. There were so many hard parts about the whole ordeal, but these were just a few.

While there were struggles, there were also inspirational moments. The most inspirational moment was seeing how strong Calum was and the fact that he fought so hard to be here after being born at 29 weeks. He was a fighter every step of the way!

We chose to do the cake smash session to celebrate Calum’s fight! We see this birth as a good thing and we want to embrace the fact that he was a preemie and spent all that time in the NICU- it gives people hope.

Our family has all mostly recovered. Calum still faces many challenges from being born early but always has a smile on his face. I have long-term effects from Covid but am living a normal life and enjoying time with my son and all our other children. All the other children love him like crazy! Matt is relieved that his fast made decisions were all the right ones and sleepless nights proved to all be worth it since everyone is at home now!

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I love when clients choose themes that have meaning to them. These clients couldn’t have chosen anything more meaningful. They were a true inspiration to have in the studio.

If you are looking for a away to remember your little one’s 1st birthday I would love to be your Indianapolis cake smash photographer. Let’s set a date for your little one’s cake smash session.

Indianapolis Family Photography During Spring with Wildflowers

This Spring has been something else – extra wet and extra cold. It was snowing just a few weeks before this session took place. Everything is blooming so much later this year. To have nice weather for this sessions was a real treat!! It so nice shooting outdoors with comfortable temps in Spring clothes. This session took place at sunrise which was great for these two adorable girls. They were extra happy and easy going during their family session.

Spring time brings Spring flowers. Photographing the family in a patch of purple wild flowers was a real treat! This was one of the first sessions of the year with wild flowers in bloom and I couldn’t have been more grateful. The sunlight was glowing and the kids were happy. Look at that beautiful sunrise over the water.

 

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If you live in the Indianapolis area I would love to be your Indianapolis family photographer. I’m currently booking family sessions for September or later. I’ve only got a few Fall dates available for 2022. If you are interested in getting on my calendar please reach out soon to secure your family’s spot. I do also offer family mini sessions. The next minis I’ll be offering is this Fall. Details for those sessions will be released via my email list in August. Make sure you are subscribed if you are interested in those as they book up quickly and they are first come first sever! I hope to see and photograph your family this year.