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A Day on the Farm – Indianapolis Family Photography

This session was bittersweet. These guys are long time clients. I’ve been photographing them since they baby was in mom’s belly. They had an epic maternity session on the from with their horse! This time the clients had me come to their home (which is stunning) to get some pictures before they move. I was overjoyed to come to their home to take these pictures, but I’m so sad to see them move.

I’m super late at blogging this session. The pictures were taken right in the middle of my busy season. But I had to come back and blog it because it’s one of my favorite sessions from the whole year. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!! I’m going to apologize in advance because this is a long post.

sunset silhouette with boy on tractor - beautiful!!

 

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

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Sunrise Session – Indianapolis Fall Family Photography

I love our Indianapolis, Indiana Falls! This year has been especially beautiful and warm. It’s November and I haven’t had to wear my winter jacket to a shoot yet!

This adorable family came out for a sunrise session which was beyond perfect. This time of year, all the great parks are full of photographers at sunset. However, there aren’t as many people willing to wake up with the sun for pictures. But if you do, you get the whole park to yourself (minus a few runners).

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If you are looking for Fall family pictures in Indianapolis be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to  get your family on my calendar for next Fall (sorry – this year is booked!). It’s not too early to book for next year though.

A Beautiful Family and a First Birthday – Carmel Family Photographer

I’ve just love working with this family! I’ve been able to capture many milestones in their family’s lives. From newborn pictures of their middle child, to the birth of their most recent little one, and now the first birthday of their youngest! This was a fun (but bittersweet) session. We started the session with some family picture and ended with a cake smash. Be sure to check out the cake smash video as well in the blog post  below.

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I hope you enjoyed this fun family session! If you are looking for a Carmel family photographer be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to photograph your family.

Emily is One – Carmel Child & Family Photography

I’ve just loved watching this sweet family grow over the last year!! Little Emily has grown so much. This session was a great way to wrap up her first year. We did an outdoor family session and topped the session off with some birthday cake! Emily’s outdoor birthday cake smash was too perfect. Enjoy…

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Happy 1st Birthday, Emily! Thanks for letting me capture all your milestones over the last year.

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

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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15 Highlights from KristeenMarie Photography in 2015 – Indianapolis Photography

I’m going to have to say, 2015 was a fantastic year! I had the opportunity to meet lots of new clients and I was able to continue to photograph and build relationships with many previous clients. Total in 2015 I photographed 206 sessions! That is crazy (good crazy). A huge thank you to all my clients for your support and for allowing me to capture these important times in your lives. You guys rock!

So without further ado, here are my top highlights for 2015!

15. 35 Milestone Sessions  – It’s no secret that I love to photograph newborns. However, I also love watching my newborn clients grow over their first year of life! Offering “grow with me packages” (3-5 sessions throughout baby’s first year) allows me to be able to build a relationship with my clients throughout their little one’s first year. Babies change so much during year one and every baby is different. These sessions keep me on my toes and it keeps me in touch with the developments of so many cuties! Look at all these adorable faces:

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14. Two In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Sessions – I clearly don’t do a ton of these sessions. However when I do them, they are always very personal to the client since I’m doing them in the client’s home. When I do these types of sessions I don’t bring props or external lighting. I just use whatever I find around the client’s home. It’s always a fun challenge when I arrive at a new home. In 2016 I hope to do more of these. I’m offering them as a half price session add-on when you book an in-studio newborn session with me. The great thing about the in-home newborn session is that they don’t have to be done within the first 10 days of baby’s life (unlike the in-studio newborn sessions).

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13. Eleven Engagement Sessions – No two engagement sessions are ever the same. It doesn’t matter if the couples choose the same location because each couple has their own love story that is uniquely theirs. I try to capture this for them during their session. I really enjoyed getting to know all 11 couples over the last year and helping them tell their love story with Indianapolis engagement photography!

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12. Eleven Stunning Expecting Mothers – Pregnancy is a very emotional time in a mother’s life. The 9 months goes by so quickly! Capturing this time in these beautiful mother’s lives is so rewarding. Pregnancy is beautiful and so are each and every one of these expecting mothers!

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11. Two Proposals – I’ve photographed a few dozen proposals at this point and I still get super nervous before every session! I only get one shot to capture this very special and emotional time in these couple’s lives!! These two recently engaged couples did not disappoint. They were both very sweet moments and a huge kudos to these guys for thinking ahead to hire a photographer to capture this once in a lifetime moment!!

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10. One Puppy Cake Smash – I did my first puppy cake smash a little over a year ago when my fur baby (Rosie the mini labradoodle) turned one. So when Rosie’s cousin turned one it was only fitting that she have a cake smash session too! Let’s be clear, I don’t do these for clients. However, it’s fun to do them for the fur babies in my life! Meet Willa the bulldog and her cousin Rosie.

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9. 45 Family Sessions – That is a lot of families! The thing I love most about all theses families is that most of them I’ve been photographing for a least two or more years. I do love meeting new clients, but even more then that I love building relationships with previous clients and being able to watch their families move from one stage of life to the next!

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8. Three Fresh 48 Sessions – I offer Fresh 48 sessions in Indianapolis. If you haven’t heard of this type of session before, it’s ok. It’s a newer type of session. Basically I come to your hospital room within 48 hours of you having your baby. This allows me to capture those very raw and emotional first moments of your baby’s life. These sessions are so real and emotional for everyone and I would love to do more of them in 2016. So I’m going to be offering them as a half price add-on to any in-studio newborn session or grow with me package. Let me know if this is something you are interested in for 2016.

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7. Thirty Messy Cake Smashes – Cake smash sessions are always the icing on the cake (pun intended) to my grow with me packages. When the little ones turn one we give them a cake, a custom designed backdrop and let them have some fun! It’s always a good time to see each child’s reaction.

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6. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – All of the clients I’ve met though NILMDTS have a special place it my heart. I’ve continued to volunteer with this amazing organization in 2015 and I plan to do so again in 2016. You can read more about my work with NILMDTS here. Please note that I didn’t take the image below. For privacy reasons I’m unable to share the images that I take for these clients.

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5. New Studio – To say I’m excited about my new studio is an understatement! It’s twice as big as my old studio and it’s the prefect space for me. I still haven’t gotten around to taking pictures of the space but I do have some fun pull back shots below that show the studio in use. Don’t mind my mess… being creative is a messy job. 🙂

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4. Sixteen Memorable Weddings – Each and every couple whose wedding I photograph is memorable. I’m always incredibly honored to photograph this momentous day for couples!  I can’t thank each bride enough for choosing me to be their Indianapolis wedding photographer.

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3. Sixty Seven Beautiful Newborn Babies – I love everything about newborns. I love how they are all different and yet they are all perfect. It’s been so rewarding to photograph each and every one of these tiny little babies. I can’t wait to continue to watch most of these little ones grow over the next year as many of them are grow with me session clients!! Thank you for choosing me as your Indianapolis newborn photographer!

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2. My First Birth Session – I know, birth photography isn’t for everyone. However, let me tell you that this birth session was an incredible experience for me to be able to capture. I’ve never seen anything so awe inspiring in my life! This birth session really got me excited about births and it makes me want to shoot more. So if you are expecting in July 2016 or later be sure to reach out let me know. I would love to be able to capture your birth for you. Please know that I’ll only be accepting a VERY limited number of births in 2016.

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1. I’m Expecting! – I know, this isn’t business related exactly. However it will have big impacts on the business in 2016. I’ll be on maternity leave from April 1 – July 5th. So far my clients have all be EXTREMELY supportive and excited for me about our new family addition. I can’t thank you all enough for your support, kind words, and encouragement. You guys rock and I look forward to photographing your family again when I get back from leave in July.

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Thank you again to all my wonderful clients in 2015! I truly appreciate you choosing KristeenMarie Photography as your Indianapolis photographer. I look forward to meeting even more new clients in 2016. Be sure to reach out and let me know if you are interested in booking a session.

Fall fun with a five-year-old – Indianapolis Family Photographer

Five is such a fun age! Five-year-olds are good at taking direction and aren’t too cool yet to show lots of emotion. I had some much fun with this little girl and her Fall shoot with her family. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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If you are looking for a Indy family photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to meet you and your family!

The Phillips Family – Indianapolis Family Photographer

You wouldn’t know it from the pictures, but this session started off a little rough. I was a little concerned the girls weren’t going to warm up to me. But with a little bit of time and a few tricks I had up my sleeve the girls did warm up to me! The Phillips family was super sweet and their girls are just gorgeous! What started off as a rough session ended up a fantastic one. And these clients are going to be receiving a large gallery with lots of great images. I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed working with this family!

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Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer. I would love to get your family on my schedule for a session soon!

The Atkins Family – Fall Family Session in Indianapolis, IN

I’ve been photographing this handsome little guy since he was born. Now he is a year old! The time sure done fly and this little guy sure has grown up. He is a happy little boy and he has the most adorable blond curly hair.

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Outdoor Fall Family Session – Carmel, IN Family Photographer

Fall makes my job so much easier and even more fun. I just love the Fall colors as a backdrop and this park was perfect to capture all those pretty Fall colors.

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I hope everyone else is enjoying this beautiful Fall that we are having!

If you are looking for a Carmel, IN family photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to photograph your family.