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Indianapolis Spring Mini Sessions 2017

Spring Mini Sessions in Indianapolis, Indiana

I’ve never done Spring mini sessions before. However, I’ve had lots of requests from clients over the years to do them. So here they are!

My hope is that the Dogwood trees will be in bloom for these sessions! If the timing is right then the trees should be so LOVELY! If they aren’t in bloom I’m still picking a location that will have lots of lovely flowers.

Sessions are scheduled around sunrise and sunset so that you have the best lighting during your session.

Session includes:

  • 20 minutes of shooting time
  • At least 15 digital files delivered via online gallery
  • Pets are invited to participate in the session
  • Limit of 5 total people and pets
  • Cost is $275 – $50 discount for past clients

Session Dates:

April 23rd

7:00am – 7:30am – 8:008:30

April 29th
6:307:00 – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

May 2nd
6:006:30 – 7:00pm – 7:30 – 8:00pm

May 7th
6:407:107:40 – 8:10pm

All spots are first come first serve. Please email me and let me know what dates/times you prefer. The meeting location for the shoots will be sent out a few weeks before the shoot. The shoot will be an Indianapolis address.

If you are interested in booking a full family session please also shoot me an email for available dates.

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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!!

Indianapolis Cake Smash Photogrpaher - Cake smash photography ideas from KristeenMarie Photo

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.

capturing a proposal in Indianapolis

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.

Fresh 48 Photography

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.

Studio Milestone Sessions

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!

Indianapolis Wedding Photographer

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.

Indianapolis newborn pictures by KristeenMarie Photography

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.

senior picture

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.

birth photography

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.

Indianapolis Engagement Photographer

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.

Welcome to the world, baby

 

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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Professional Gear of a Newborn & Wedding Photographer: What’s in my camera bag?

professional photography gear in camera bagI get asked often about my equipment and what I shoot with. So here it goes. Here is all the professional level gear in my camera bag.

Camera Gear

  • Canon 5d Mark III – This is my camera body that makes the magic happen and I love it!
  • Canon 5d Mark II – This is my back-up body because you never know what will happen.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L – This is great for newborns and when I want a really shallow depth of field (ie fuzzy backgrounds). I like this lens and I won’t be getting rid of it any time soon but I don’t love it. I know a lot of photographers swear by prime lenses, but I’m not one of them. In case you don’t know, a prime lens is one that has a solid piece of glass in it. So it doesn’t zoom but you can get a sharper image because there is only one piece of glass.
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L – This is my work horse. If something happened to this guy I would have to replace it IMMEDIATELY. I get nice clean sharp images (even in low light) and it allows me to zoom without moving my feet. For me zoom is super important during weddings and while shooting active kiddos.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS – This lens is amazing. It produces super sharp images with the most beautiful bokeh (blurry backgrounds) out there. I prefer this lens during the wedding ceremony and I always try to grab a couple portraits with this lens as well.
  • Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM Macro – This is another prime lens. This lens is a macro lens which means it is great for capturing small details like baby features and wedding rings. I use this lens every shoot for detail shots.
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT – I have two of these. I prefer natural light however flash is a necessary evil. These guys suite me just fine. The neat thing about these flashes is that they have wireless radio transmission which means that they “talk” to each other and my camera. This allows me to do things like backlighting.
  • Canon 580EX II – This is my back-up flash.
  • Black Rapid Straps – These straps are not the most fashionable straps, but they sure are practical! They allow me to easily use both my hands on anything (think posing a newborn baby) and then still have easy access to my camera. The straps are also great when I’m shooting weddings as it allows me to easily hold two cameras at once (which means two lenses). They are also super comfortable for those long days of carrying around heavy equipment.

As you can probably tell, I take great pride in investing in professional level camera gear. I don’t own every lens and gadget under the sun. However the equipment that I do own is top of the line and works for exactly what I need it for.

Fun Stuff – I always keep a few fun things in my bag.

  • Chalk Boards and Chalk – Yes, I have more than one chalk board in my bag. You never know when they will come in handy. These are fun for any type of session engagements, kids, families, etc.
  • Scrabble pieces – they are so much fun! It doesn’t matter if it is a wedding, family shoot, or what.
  • Elmo – Elmo sits on my lens and the kids love him.
  • Finger puppets – You can take pictures and wear them at the same time and kids love them!
  • Kiddo treats – most of the time I keep Teady Grams in my bag, but sometimes kids get lucky and will find gummy bears. I’m not above bribing.
  • Rechargeable Batteries – I have LOTS of rechargeable batteries in my bag. If you haven’t heard of Eneloop rechargeable batteries then you need to check them out. They are affordable and work fantastically!

I can’t talk about what is in my camera bag without talking about the camera bag itself, because I LOVE my camera bag! I’ve got the JuJu bag by Kelly Moore. It is cute, functional, and holds EVERYTHING I need for a session. It weighs a ton, but it makes every session into a good workout.

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:

Indianapolis child photographer

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).

in-home newborn photography in Indianapolis

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!

Indianapolis engagement photography

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!

Indianapolis maternity photographer

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!!

Indianapolis proposal Photographer

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.

Puppy cake smash session

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!

Indianapolis Family Photographer

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.

in-hospital fresh 48 photography in Indianapolis

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.

1st birthday photography in Indianapolis - cake smash session

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.

NILMDTS Indianapolis

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. 🙂

Carmel Indiana Photography Studio

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.

Indianapolis Wedding Photography

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!

Indianapolis newborn photographer

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.

indianapolis-birth-photography-2015

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.

baby pregnancy announcement with dog - we are expecting

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.

2015 Fall Family Mini Sessions – Offered in Carmel, Indianapolis, and North West Indiana

2015 Fall Mini Session in Indianapolis

Last year I wasn’t able to do Fall mini sessions (I was busy getting married), and I know my clients missed me offering them! So this year I’m planning early to get them on the calendar. I’ll offer them on 4 different dates and at 3 different locations. The exact locations of this session will be disclosed to those who sign up.

The Fall Mini Sessions will include the following:

  • 25 minute session for up to 5 people and/or pets
  • A minimum of 20 images in an online gallery
  • Digital download of all gallery images
  • Print release
  • Cost – $275 for new clients $225 for past clients

Here are the different locations, dates, and times when mini sessions will be offered.


October 3rd – Carmel, IN Fall Mini Sessions
4:455:155:456:156:45
October 25 – Indianapolis, IN Fall Mini Sessions new date just added!
3:15 – 3:454:155:45 – 6:15
November 8th – Indianapolis, IN Fall Mini Sessions
2:453:304:004:305:00
November 14th – North West Indiana Fall Mini Sessions
1:15 – 1:45 – 2:15 – 2:45 – 3:15

 

If you are interested in booking a mini session please send an email to click@KristeenMarie.com with Mini Sessions in the subject line. When emailing please include your preferred dates and times.  The sessions are offered on a first come first serve basis and they are expected to book up quickly. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your time slot.

 

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I hope to see you this Fall!

Why you get digital files when you work with KristeenMarie Photography

If you have worked with me in the past, you know that about two weeks after your session you will receive an online gallery with all your edited digital files. Then a short while after that you will also receive a jump drive with all your edited digital files as well.

Offering the digital files is a business choice that I’ve made. I’ve made this chose because I want you to use the files in the way that you want to use them. I want you to print the images over and over and over again. I want them to be all over your home. I want you to share them via social media. I want you to love and use your images the way that you see fit!

That being said, here are a few things to note about what you will receive and how you should proceeded:

  • When I say you will receive all your edited digital files, that doesn’t mean that you will receive all the images that I took during your session. Trust me, you don’t want them all! I’ll go through and pick the best of the best and those will be the ones included in your online gallery and on your jump drive. Every session is different, so I can’t give you an exact number of images that you will receive. However, I’m an over shooter so you will be getting a good healthy number of final images.
  • Don’t forget to back up your images. Yes, I do store your images for you in two separate places – online and on the jump drive. However, it is recommended that you also save the files somewhere else. I do not promise I will archive your images forever.
  • Be sure to print your images. I do highly recommend using a professional printer! This means that taking your images to somewhere like Walmart, Costco, CVS, or Walgreens is not encouraged. These places will give you varying levels of print and color accuracy. Please use a professional printer. When you receive your online gallery you can print using that site. If you want to use somewhere local I highly recommend Roberts Camera.

Below is what you will receive in the mail after your session. Included is the jump drive and the print release.

USB Memory Direct Drive for Photographer

I also want to give a shout out to the awesome vendors that made this cute custom package possible.

USB Memory Direct – This is where the jump drives are from. These guys were great to work with! They were able to match the exact Pantone color in my logo for the jump drives. I’ve got a stock piles of jump drives from these guys and I just love them!

Tiny Daisy Etsy Shop – This is where I get the cute USB bags.

Moo.com – This is where I get the printed products you will find in the package.

February & March Promotions at KristeenMarie Photography in Indianapolis

Wedding Photography

I don’t often offer discounts. However, since I only have a few more 2015 wedding dates open on my calendar and I want to fill them up! With Valentine’s Day nearing and the holidays behind us, this is a big time of year for wedding planning! For all of you planning a wedding, I’ve got some exciting news. I’m offering $300 off the wedding photography package of your choice if you book before the end of March. The discount is only good for any open dates in 2015. If you have a previously booked wedding on my calendar this offer can’t be applied. This is an unheard of discount that you should take advantage of! If you want to know if your wedding date is still available be sure to contact Kristeen.

If you know anyone looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer feel share this promotion with them.

Indianapolis Wedding Photography Discount

Newborn Photography

Are you or someone you know expecting? If so, don’t forget to book your newborn photographer before your baby is born to ensure availability.

I love newborn photography and I book lots of newborn sessions. However, I also love everything about pregnancy. To encourage you to capture more than just the newborn session I’m also offering a winter newborn discount. If you book a newborn session before the end of March you can add a Maternity Session or Fresh 48 Session to your package for half price! Your baby doesn’t have to be born before March to take advantage of this discount. This will allow you to capture those days before your baby is born or those real moments in the hospital immediately following your baby’s birth.

Newborn photography discount in Indianapolis, IN

Ongoing Promotion – Referral Discount

I would love to meet your friends! So if you know anyone looking for a photographer please consider sending them my way! If they book a session with KristeenMarie Photography and mention your name as the referral we send you a $50 gift credit to use on any session! Those can add up to a free session for you!

 

22 Indianapolis Wedding Venues with Character

22 Unique Wedding Venues in Indianapolis, IN I love wedding venues that have character! Since I am a wedding photographer in Indianapolis, I’ve see lots of great venues (and some not so great ones too). My favorite venues around Indianapolis are the ones with the most character and charm in them. You don’t have to get married in a farm house to have a unique venue (though that is an option and you can read about my favorite rustic wedding venues in Indianapolis). There are lots of great venues around Indianapolis that offer elegance, charm, and style! I’ve broken my favorite options into a few different categories below – old world charm, great natural lighting, and garden feel. Almost all of these venues have the option to a do wedding and or reception at them.

Old World Charm: This list of venues offers beautiful dark wood, high ceilings, and stunning architecture. It’s an old world charm that you just can’t get in a modern hotel.

Columbia Club – This venue is located right off the circle in Downtown Indianapolis. The venue is full of beautiful dark wood and old glass windows. Their ballroom can hold up to 500 people while they have smaller spaces to hold smaller weddings.  Price – $$$$ website

Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station –  This venue has a few different spaces to choose from. The most over the top and notable location is the Elegant Grand Hall. Here you can have an over-the-top lavish ceremony and reception. For the more budget conscious bride you might want to consider one of their other spaces. The Illinois Street Ballroom has a great view of downtown Indianapolis.  Price – $$$$-$$$$$ website

Fountain Square Theatre – This is an old theater that as been transformed into a venue for all types of events. They will update the outside of the building/theatre which includes a marquee and poster display boxes to have your name and pictures on your wedding day. The venue can be used in many ways and it’s one of the more affordable options of the bunch.  Price – $$$ website

The Indiana Roof Ballroom – If you are looking for an elaborate wedding this is the place to get married. This large space offers room for your wedding and reception with lots of lighting and space options.  There is a stunning stage at the front of the venue which is great for a band or the wedding ceremony. The space is very open with tall ceilings.  Price – $$$$$ website

Rathskeller – The Rathskeller has that old world charm that you can’t pass up. It has a great location right off of Massachusetts Ave. though guest parking may be difficult if there is an event going on the weekend you get married. The venue is also more affordable than most of the other options in this category. Each room in the venue has a different feel but they all have lovely dark wood.  Price – $$$ website

Scottish Rite – The Scottish Rite has beautiful old world charm everywhere you look. They have a few different spaces to choose from for your wedding and reception. The Ballroom can hold up to 350 people while the Tilers room seats 50. This venue can hold weddings big or small and you are sure to have charm everywhere you look.  Price $$$-$$$$ website

 

 

Great Natural Lighting: As a photographer I love natural light, but you don’t have to be a photographer to love light. Here are a few of my favorite venues around the city that have great light in the daytime and great views in the evening.

Arts Garden – This venue was listed by Buzzfeed.com as one of the coolest places to get married and it happens to be right here in Downton Indianapolis! The venue is basically one giant glass room that overlooks downtown. There is lots of fun lighting that can be done to this space to make it even more interesting.  Price $$$-$$$$ website

Central Library in Indianapolis – The library has a 10,000 square foot glass atrium in the middle of the library. In the daylight hours it allows lots of natural light in. In the evening hours it offers unique and interesting architecture that can be beautifully lit. This space is huge and can hold as many as 500 guests.  Price – $$$$-$$$$$ website

The Indianapolis Zoo – There are a number of different spaces that you can use at the Indianapolis Zoo to host your wedding. There are indoor and outdoor options for both your wedding and reception. Most of the spaces have lots of windows or are outside so the lighting is just beautiful. Price – $$$$ website

Indiana State Museum – There are a number of different spaces you can rent in the museum. However my favorite space is the O’Bannon Great Hall and Ball Family Terrace. You can have a lovely outdoor ceremony on the heart of the canal and then move inside for the reception. They do also have a small garden area for weddings that is new for 2015. It’s lovely and provides a great backdrop of the city. They offer the option to just host your ceremony at this location. The reception area offers a huge window that offers lots of light and a lovely view of the canal. Price – $$$$-$$$$$ website

Skyline Club, Indianapolis – This venue has the best view of the city that I’ve seen! It’s lovely in the daytime but offers a spectacular view at night of downtown Indianapolis. It overlooks the circle. It’s located on the 36th floor of the One America Building. Price – $$$$ website 

 

 

The Garden Feel: If you are looking to have a less urban wedding with more of an outdoor garden feel there are a few great options around Indy as well. Most of these options allow for both wedding and receptions on site.

The Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens in Fishers – This venue is lovely and is located on a park. The gardens that surround the park are great for the ceremony and then the reception can be held indoors where there is lots of charm. The picture opportunities are endless here! The house isn’t huge so this venue is more suited for weddings with 100 people or less. However if you would like your reception to include tents on their lovely property the venue can hold up to 300 people. Price – $$$ website

Avon Gardens – This venue is by definition a garden. It’s full of lots of greenery and flowers. There is no indoor part to this venue but they do have a covered area. It’s lovely for Spring, Summer, or Fall weddings! Price – $$$ website

Butler University and Holcomb Gardens – One of my favorite places to shoot is this Holcomb Gardens on Butler’s campus. It is also a great place to get married. The area is always very well maintained with beautiful flowers in the Spring and Summer and lovely changing colors in the Fall. Butler offers a number of locations on its campus to have your wedding reception and ceremony. Price – $$$-$$$$ website

Community Life Center at Washing Park East – This venue is great if you want to have an on-site wedding ceremony. The venue offers both indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and both options are lovely. The outdoor option is in front of their crystal tower in the lovely court yard. The indoor option is under the beautifully lit (with natural light) Rotunda. You can’t go wrong with either option! Then when it’s time for the reception you can just move into one of the lovely ballrooms. Price – $$$ website

Coxhall Gardens –  This venue is located in a lovely neighborhood in Carmel, IN (just north of downtown). The entirely outdoor space is lovely. There is a stunning amphitheater that has a waterway and gazebo in the center. This would be a lovely stop for a wedding. When the wedding is over Ritz Charles will set up a large white tent for the reception. This venue can hold 260 people if you want a dance floor (more if you don’t). Price $$$$ website

The Indianapolis Arts Center – This venue was voted one of the top 10 budget friendly venues in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Arts Center is in Broad Ripple. It offers unique indoor and outdoor spaces. You can have your wedding and reception here. If you are on a budget and still want a unique location you need to check out this venue! Price $$-$$$ website

Indianapolis Museum of Art –  The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has an endless number of options to choose from in terms of space for your wedding and reception. If you are looking for the garden feel I would recommend the Formal Gardens. Here you will see lots of very well groomed greenery. It’s over the top and beautiful! Then you can move on to the reception on their grounds as well. There are also a number of locations for your reception at the IMA. My personal favorite is the Garden Terrace. This space is small and will only hold 60 guests. If you are having a larger wedding I would recommend the Alliance Sculpture Garden which will hold 350 seated guests. Keep in mind that this venue is not likely for the budget conscious.  Price – $$$$$ website

Laurel Hall – This old mansion holds weddings and receptions for 200 or less guests. It has a lovely garden feel on the outside and a beautiful old world feel on the inside. It’s a lovely place to hold both your wedding and your reception. Inside the house you will find lovely hardwood floors and lots of character and details. Outside you will find beautifully polished gardens that include fountains and lots of flowers and greenery. You really can’t go wrong with this venue. Price – $$$ – $$$$ website

The Mansion at Oak Hill – This venue also has both indoor and outdoor spaces for your wedding and reception. The venue has a bit of a southern flair to it. Inside this building you will find lovely marble fire places, tall ceilings, and beautiful picture windows. What’s not to love?! Price $$$-$$$$ website

R.L Wilson House – This venue is brand new. It opens in Spring of 2015. The beautifully renovated Victorian home hold 60 guests while the outdoor area holds a little over 150 guests. The whole property has a lovely Victorian garden feel that you are sure to love. This home is located in Noblesville, IN.  Price $$$ website

Willowfield Lavender Farm – If you are looking for a unique garden experience this is your venue! The lavender fields are beautiful and like nothing you have seen before. There are a number of spaces to host your ceremony and reception at this venue.  Price – $$$ website

I hope you find this list of Indianapolis wedding venues helpful! Did your favorite venue not make this list? If not, leave a comment below with some information about the venue.

After you choose a wedding venue and date the next step in the wedding planning process is to choose a wedding photographer. 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.

15 Highlights from KristeenMarie Photography in 2014

2014 has been a fantastic year. It’s been a little crazy, but in a good way. I was busier then ever, met tons of new clients, and this happened all during a year when I was making making major life changes (I got married!). In total I photographed 179 sessions. What a great year!

A huge thank you to all my clients. You guys have trusted me to capture your lives. I’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you. From the bottom of my heart – Thank You.

Here are a few highlights from the year:

15. Outdoor Newborn Sessions – I started offering outdoor newborn sessions. There are only a few months in the summer where these actually work. However the two outdoor newborn session that I did this year were amazing! I hope to get a few more of these on the books for next year.

Outdoor Newborn Photographer in Indianapolis, IN

14. Cake Smashes: In 2014 I did 22 cake smash sessions to celebrate all of these little one’s first birthdays. I love that each session is very different and has it’s own theme.

 1st Birthday Cake Smash Photography

13. A Very Special Cake Smash: Speaking of cake smash sessions… I did one very special cake smash session for my baby. My pup (Rosie) turned one so I thought it was only fitting for her to have her very own cake smash session.

Cake Smash Session with Puppy

12. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – I’ve continued donating my time and working with NILMDTS. This is an amazing organization that does bereavement photography at Indianapolis hospitals. For privacy reasons I’m unable to share pictures from these sessions. You can read more about my experience with this organization here.

11. Famous Clients – This past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with two famous clients. One was a Colts payer – Jim Sorgi (his kids are pictured in the bottom image below) – and the other a local radio host – Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show (his child is pictured in the top image below). In both cases I photographed these people’s newborns. So fun!

Famous clients in Indianapolis, IN

10. BOA Grand Nationals: When I was in high school I was in the color-guard. So being able to come back and photograph the BOA Grand Nationals was kind of a big deal. It was a very fun experience.

BOA Competition

9. Engagement Sessions: 14 lovely couples had me photograph their engagements in 2014. So much love!

Engagement Photographer

8. Proposals: Not only do I photograph engagement sessions, but sometimes I get lucky enough to be able to photograph the actual proposals. This year two awesome guys contacted me to capture their proposals. These were both perfect Indianapolis proposals.

Proposals

7. Weddings: 2014 was a great year for weddings. 13 awesome couples trusted me to capture their wedding day. I just love being an Indianapolis wedding photographer. There are so many great couples out there!

Weddings

6. Same-Sex Wedding: In 2014 I had my first same-sex wedding. It was beyond perfect.

Same Sex Wedding in Indianapolis, IN

5. Children and Families: This year I got to meet lots of new families and catch up with some old ones. Total this year I had 26 family and 14 milestone sessions. Some families chose to do outdoor family sessions while others did in-home lifestyle session.

With so many newborns in the studio it’s only fitting that I capture many of them as they grow throughout their first year. This year 14 little ones came into the studio for milestone sessions. Being an Indianapolis child photographer is so rewarding. I just love watching these little ones grow though their first year and beyond.

Family Photography in Indianapolis, INMilestone Sessions

4. Maternity Sessions: Baby bumps are just so adorable! 7 expected mothers allowed me to photograph them for their maternity sessions in 2014.

Maternity Photography

 

3. Press and Awards: The goal of every session is to capture each child, family, or couple as they are – to make beautiful artwork that the client will cherish. The goal going into each session is not to get the pictures published. However, when it happens and other people love the picture enough to publish them it sure is fun. This past year 13 sessions were published by other publications.

KristeenMarie Photography was also nominated as one of the top wedding and portrait photographers in Indianapolis by the Indy A-List. We are excited to have ranked as one of top 10 portrait photographer in Indy for 2014!

Indianapolis Photographer KristeenMaire wins awards and publications

 

2. In-Home Holiday Mini Sessions: I tried something new this year… In-Home Holiday Mini Sessions. I went to a number of my client’s homes to take pictures for their holiday cards. Clients seemed to love this and the sessions included some beautifully designed cards.

In-Home Holiday Mini Sessions

1. Newborns, newborn, and more newborns: It’s no secret. I LOVE photographing newborns. In 2014 I had the sheer joy of photographing 52 adorable little newborn babies in my studio.

Indianapolis Newborn Photography by KristeenMarie Photography

 

Bonus: Non-Business related, in 2014 I also had the joy of marring the man of my dreams. I got to experience a wedding on the other side of the camera.

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2014 was a fantastic year and I hope that 2015 is even better! A huge thank you to all my clients both old and new for being a part of this great year.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer in 2015 let me know! I would love to meet you.

In-Home Holiday Mini Sessions in Indianapolis

In-Home Holiday Mini Session in Indianapolis

Have you figured out what you are doing for Christmas cards this year? If not, I’ve got a solution for you!

Since Fall was so crazy this year (I was busy getting married) I wasn’t able to do Fall Mini Sessions. However I would like to make it up to you by offering In-Home Holiday Mini Sessions. For this session I will come to you and your festively decorated home to take pictures. For this session we will do pictures in front of your tree, the fire place, or even making Christmas cookies. The possibilities are endless.

I had a few clients do this last year and they just LOVED it! So this year I’m opening it up to everyone at a discounted rate. The only catch is you have to choose one of the following dates to do your session – December 6th or 7th.

Here is what is included in the session:

In-Home Holiday Minis 

  • 30 Minute In-Home Session
  • 25 Holiday Cards Included
  • 10 Images Delivered via Online Gallery
  • The cost is $250 but past clients will receive a $50 discount

The cost for the session includes 30 minutes of shooting, 25 holiday cards, and 10 images in high resolution delivered via online gallery. The cost is $250. If you are a past client of mine there is a $50 discount. Additional holiday cards can be purchase for $50 for 25 cards.

You can upgrade your package to a not-so-mini session for $150. Here is what is included in the not-so-mini session:

Not-So-Mini In-Home Holiday Session

  • 60 Minute In-Home Session
  • 50 Holiday Cards Included
  • 25 Images Delivered via Online Gallery
  • The cost is $400
  • $50 Discount for Past Clients

I’m only going to book 5 sessions on each day. The exact time of the session will be determined after I map out everyone’s address and determine the best route. If you have a time preference just let me know.

If you have any questions or if you want to book a session shoot me an email – Click@KristeenMarie.com. I can’t wait to see all your holiday decorations!

Here are a few pictures from the in-home holiday session I did last year:

Indianapolis Christmas Card Photographer Christmas Picture in Home Indianapolis Family in Front of Tree black and white family pictures at Christmas in Indianapolis