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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!

Indianapolis family photography

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.

Indianapolis newborn photography - newborns from 2020 in the studio

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.

sitter session poses - lots of sessions

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!!

The Randall Family – Indianapolis Family Photographer

Sometimes I get labeled as a baby photographer. It’s true a lot of the families I shoot have toddles and babies in them. It’s also true that I’m really good with kids. However, the reason I shoot so many families with babies in them is because I meet a most of my family photography clients when they have their newborns and then they stick with me (which I love!) to capture their families year after year. This family however, has no toddlers and it’s just as fun! It wasn’t nearly as exhausting – if you have a toddler you know what I mean. These guys humored me with my jokes meant for toddlers. So yes – I’m great with kids. But I’m also great with pre-teens, teens, and adults. The older families may laugh at me instead of with me but I don’t care one bit!

These girls and their parents were a joy to work with. Just a beautiful family and a beautiful Indiana day for pictures!

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Such a sweet family!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to work with your family no matter the age of your kids!

Van Hoy Family – Indianapolis Family Photographer

Meet the Van Hoy family! These guys wanted a family shoot to celebrate the twins turning two. And how cute are they?! This family had a beautiful Indianapolis sunrise and stunning weather. The twins were as cute as could be and were full of expressions.  I may be speaking to the choir, but I think that capturing family photos every year is great and helps to keep track of your growing family!

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By the end of the session, the twins were over it. But they were so stinking cute that I didn’t mind one bit!

If you are in Indianapolis family looking for an Indianapolis family photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to learn more about your family photography needs and schedule a session with you!

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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dad and baby eating cake

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.

 

Sunset Maternity Session – Indianapolis Maternity Photographer

Seeing this beautiful family is always so much fun! These guys were a hoot as usual and they had a perfect (maybe a tad hot – but no one complained) summer day for a maternity session. This sunset session was stunning, but it’s hard to take a bad picture of this expecting mama and her adorable family. I can’t wait to meet this sweet babe!

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If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to photograph your baby bump before your little one arrives.

A Glowing Maternity Session Back Home in Indiana – Carmel Indiana Maternity Photography

This maternity session was absolutely stunning!  This is the sweetest couple who moved out of state but now fully embrace the state of Indiana so it was fitting that they came to get their maternity photos done here!  This session was done at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel and I just love the location.  This location is perfect for all types of family and couple photography!  This beautiful mommy to be got her makeup professionally done and it was on point!  Those lashes were just fantastic!  I cannot wait to meet their new little bundle of joy!

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I just know that you guys are going to be fantastic parents to your sweet little one!

If you are expecting and want to capture some maternity photos, I would love to chat! I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to capture your baby bump! Feel free to send me a message and we can get a session on the calendar!

Family Fun on the Creek – Zionsville Family Photography

My typical creek location is closed for the year due to construction at the park. I was super bummed about that, but then I found this location while exploring with my own kids during quarantine. It’s just as perfect (if not more so) then my other location and I was excited to try it out for the first time with this family.

These guys have been clients of mine for a few years now so I knew they would be up for the adventure from climbing in trees (how perfect is that sitting tree?!) to playing in the water. And boy was I right. This family (especially the older boys) loved every moment of this family session.

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Anyone else up for some creek photos?! If so, don’t hesitate to reach out!! I’m and Indianapolis family photographer and I would love to photograph your family at a creek, farm, garden, urban location, or anywhere in between.

Voted One of the Best Family Photographers in Indianapolis by Expertise.com

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If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite parts of my jobs is photographing families year after year. I adore building relationships with families and watching them grow from session to session. Recently Expertise.com voted KristeenMarie Photography as one of the best family photographers in Indianapolis and I couldn’t be more honored. It’s my privilege to be able to capture these milestones in the lives of all my clients. Thank you to all my clients for the opportunity to photograph your life story.  I love getting to know my clients and playing an important role in capturing your changing families.

Indianapolis family photography

Newborn baby girl, three stunning sisters, a football player, and a model family

I’m pretty sure this family should be a professional model family. They were stunning – seriously stunning! In real life, they aren’t models. This sweet baby’s dad is a professional football player. I just loved having these guys in the studio. This little girls big sisters couldn’t have been more loving and sweet to their baby sister. It’s safe to say that this baby girl will never have a shortage of hugs and kisses. Baby sister didn’t seem to mind all the attention. She even gave us a few little newborn smiles throughout the session.  All of the photos turned out so well and I  just loved their outfits!

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Such a fun and sweet newborn session! Welcome to the world sweet baby girl.

If you are interested in having your newborn baby photographed feel free to reach out. I’m an Indianapolis newborn photographer and I would love to have your little one in my studio. The best time to schedule your newborn session is before baby is born to ensure availability.

Who knew social distancing could look so good – Indianapolis Family Photographer

This was my very first session back after being closed down for 2 months-ish (I’ve kind of lost track of time at this point.) Let me tell you it felt SO good to be behind the camera again!! It felt so good to do something that felt normal. I was wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet between myself and my clients but it didn’t even matter. This felt more normal then anything I’ve done in the last few months. I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make kids smile with a mask on. That wasn’t the case! These kiddos loved hanging out even though I had a mask on and couldn’t touch them. So fun.

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If you are looking for family pictures feel free to reach out. I’m an Indianapolis photographer and I would love to photograph your lovely family soon.