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Jack is Three – Vehicle Themed Birthday Session

I can’t believe my baby is three!! This year has flown by, but that seems to be the new normal now. Over the last year Jack has turned from a toddler to a little boy. He went from saying words and putting together sentences to telling full on elaborate stories. My sweet boy will talk your ear off about anything to anyone. Seriously, this kid has never met a stranger. He loves people and would spend all day with anyone who will give him attention and listen to his stories. He loves to read and be read to. One of his favorite activities is gong to the library. Right now we are working on numbers and letters and it’s been super fun to see his start to catch onto these concepts. He is a sponge right now and it’s amazing. His favorite person right now isn’t Mama, but Aunt Kathy. At least that is what he says… I’m not sure I’m buying it. His favorite color changes every time you ask him but normally it changes between blue and green. He recently became a big brother and is the best with his little sister. When he grows up he says he wants to be a “fire truck”. He is super into anything with wheels – Hotwheels, trucks, buses, diggers, cars, really anything. That is why for his third birthday pictures we did a vehicle themed session.

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I know I’m a little late to the game in posting these birthday pictures, but I used the images on the thank you cards for his party and I wanted them to be a surprise for those receiving them.

I love this little boy with all my heart and watching and capturing him growing over the last three years have been amazing. I would love to photograph your little one(s) too. If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know.

Baby Brynn – The Photographer’s Kid – Indianapolis Newborn Photography

I just start shooting clients (only clients who were booked before we knew we were pregnant – so milestone sessions) again two weekends ago and I’m about to come back from maternity leave (meaning I’m taking new clients) full time here shortly. So I thought it’s about time I show you some pictures of our new baby girl!

Meet baby Brynn. We loved this little one before she was born, but we love her even more now that she is here. She is perfect (I know we are bias) in every way and she looks so much like her big brother. So far she has been a very easy going little lady. She loves to nurse and cuddle but she is also content on her play mat or watching whatever craziness her brother is getting into.

It’s no surprise that baby Brynn is one very photographed baby. I know that and I LOVE that. If you know me, you know that my memory isn’t the best. I can’t remember names or dates or details for the life of me. It’s just how I’m built and I’ve come to accept that. I want to remember every single detail of life right now. I love these two kiddos (and my husband) with every fiber of my being. Life right now isn’t always easy but it is always rewarding. This is why I take (and I have others take) so many pictures. I don’t think I’ll ever look back the the pictures and say “Oh man I have way too many pictures of my children.”

I’m not going to lie, taking these pictures of baby Brynn was no easy task… I wasn’t feeling the best and taking pictures of your own kids is way harder then taking pictures of other people’s kids! But I’m SO glad I took the time to do them. I’ll forever cherish all the images of my sweet babies. All the images in this post are images that I took. So I am not in any of the pictures. But know that I had some other great photographers in the area take pictures that I am in. I think it’s not only important to take pictures of your kiddos but also take pictures of you with your kiddos. Your kids are going to want to remember you too. You are their world right now – capture that!

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And here is a little pull back from when I was working in the studio with baby Brynn…

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I hope you enjoyed all the pictures of my new baby girl! I’m back from maternity leave and I would love to get your due date on my calendar if you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer! Just shoot me an email or fill out the contact form on my website and let’s chat!

Baby Vera – My Niece – Broad Ripple Newborn Photographer

I’ve got some exciting news… on my 32nd birthday I became an aunt! That’s right, my first niece and I share the same birthday. Meet sweet baby Vera. This lovely little lady made an early entrance into the world but that did stop her from being as perfect as could be. This was a fun session full of lots of family pictures and simple set-ups.  I am so happy that this beautiful little girl has joined our family and I can’t wait to watch her grow up and see what marks she leaves on the world.  The future is bright for this sweet little cutie, that’s for sure!

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Welcome to the world, baby girl. I’m excited to watch you grow.

If you are looking for an Broad Ripple newborn photographer don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to let me more about your newborn photography needs and get your due date on my calendar!

5 Things I Learned at the Reset Conference in Indianapolis

This year I attended the Reset Conference in Downtown Indianapolis. Since I am an Indianapolis photographer I was super excited about this conference since it was hosted in Indianapolis!! It was a good time and I even learned a few things! A huge thank you to all the speakers who opened up their hearts and their businesses to share with others.

Here are my top take-aways from the conference:

  1. Perfect Isn’t Always Best.
    I was truly inspired by Spanki Mill‘s story on how she came to be where she is at today. I won’t even try to retell the story because I won’t do it justice! However, one point she made in telling her personal story is that it’s not all the technical things that make a picture perfect. It’s the emotion behind the image that determines the image’s true value. I’m guilty of trying to make client’s images technically perfect all the time. I’m a type-A, hard working, overachiever it’s in my nature to try to make EVERYTHING perfect. I try to shoot my clients in the perfect location, with the perfect light, and help them to have the perfect outfits, and I use all my technical knowledge to make the image technically perfect. I think all this stuff is great but her point was that sometimes you have to think outside the box to get the image that really makes your heart skip a beat. It’s okay to experiment during a shoot to find that light that might not be technically perfect, but that in the end will enlist more emotion – more feeling. It’s okay to shoot at a location that has meaning to your client even if it doesn’t look like it’s straight out of a magazine. Just shoot for your clients and don’t look back! I’ve always loved Spanki’s work and now I love her as a person too. If you don’t follow her – you should!
  2. As A Photographer I Can Do Video Too.
    Tylor from The Herrintons gave a crash course on video for photographers. I’ve always loved video and you have probably seen me dabbling on it here and there. However, he explained how other photographers are using it to help their business and provide a great service for their clients. Stay tuned for even more video from me! I can’t wait. 🙂
  3. Your Clients Don’t Know What They Want – You Have To Show Them.
    I had the pleasure of doing two shoots with Sarah-Beth Photography. I did one with her outdoors and one with her in her studio. She does lovely consistent work both in her studio and outdoors. She has a very specific look – especially in her studio. You won’t see any posed newborn sessions with her. She explained how she wasn’t a fan of posed newborn sessions so she found a way that she enjoyed shooting newborns and she shot it consistently and showed her clients. Now clients want what she is doing because they can see it and know they will get a consistent specific look. Don’t worry – I don’t plan to shoot only lifestyle newborn sessions anytime soon. My point is, if there is something I want to shoot I have the freedom to do that and it’s likely I will still find clients who want what I’m offering.
  4. I Am Not Alone.
    Being a photographer can be lonely at times. Unlike when I had a corporate job, I can’t take 10 minute breaks and go talk to coworkers in the break room. However, at the conference I was able to catch up with old photographer friends and even got to meet some new ones! I do have to be more intentional about keeping on top of these friendships. But it doesn’t take much to twist my arm to go out to lunch with a fellow photographer!
  5. Experience is Everything.
    Doug Weittenhiller of Twig + Olive Photography showed us his client experience from start to finish. It was an impressive experience! I like to think my clients have a good experience with me and that is why they keep coming back. But even though something is good doesn’t mean it can’t be better. He gave me some great practica ideas on what can be done to improve client experience. Stay tuned for some new client experience upgrades!

Below are some of the pictures I took while watching Sarah from Sarah-Beth Photography work. We did both an outdoor shoot on the circle in Downtown Indianapolis and also in her studio.

2nd Birthday Paint Smash – Jack is Two!

I can’t believe my baby is two!! These last few years have flown by. It’s been such a joy to watch this sweet boy grow up. I wouldn’t trade these last two years for ANYTHING. I’m so grateful for this sweet boy.

To celebrate Jack’s 2nd birthday we decided to do a paint smash (instead of a cake smash like he did on his first birthday). To say Jack loved it would be an understatement! He loves arts and painting in general. However when you make the canvas life size it’s even better!! Jack had so much fun painting while I was shooting away. At one point (after I had already taken a good 300 pictures) I told Jack we were all done. In response he told me “no Mommy more cheese!” I’m not sure where this came from because I don’t tell him to say cheese, but I thought it was so stinking cute.  When we were done he did throw a fit because he really didn’t want to be done. But it was a fun memory and it led to some great pictures.

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This boy just melts my heart. I just want to keep those tiny feet tiny forever! <3

I hope you will let me capture time in your family’s lives too. If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer let me know! I would be happy to get a session on the calendar for you.

Apple Picking – The Simple Things In Life

Excuse me while I get all sappy on you. This morning I took my little man to the apple orchard – Stuckey’s Farm in Sheridan to be exact. We went with a friend of mine and her son who is a few years older than Jack. The boys get along great even though there is an age gap. Jack’s big-kid-friend shows him the ropes and how to do all the cool big-kid things like picking apples and going down giant slides.

Jack loved running around the farm apple in hand. After picking his first apple I had to convince him to let me hold the apple so that he could pick others. He really preferred eating apples to picking them. He took that apple everywhere on the farm with him including all the way down the huge slide (I didn’t even think to get a picture of that). What a fun afternoon. It’s moments like these that I want to remember for a lifetime because I know he is already getting too big too fast.

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At the end of the trip the boys enjoyed apple slushes while watching the construction equipment (they were repaving the road).

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I really was there too. So glad my girlfriend snapped a picture of me too (thanks Kim!).

I hope you have time to make memories with your little ones this summer! Don’t forget to take a few pictures along the way.

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Baby Wearing while Shooting – A Cake Smash Session

My best friend came to visit. She has a little boy that is only a few weeks younger than my little guy. We only do daycare 3 days a week. This schedule works really well for our family. My friend was visiting on a Tuesday when we didn’t have daycare. This was great for the boys as they loved to play together. However, when it cake time to take pictures for my friend it made things a little difficult. So I resorted to baby wearing (which he loves because he loves being close to his mama). I wasn’t sure how baby wearing and shooting would work. However, it went surprisingly well. I won’t be doing this for non-friend clients. However in a pinch it worked great! At the end of the session my little guy got a reward for being such a trooper – some cake! I hope one day these two boys will be best friends too.

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It’s different when it’s your own kid… Jack’s first birthday cake smash

I photograph cake smash sessions all the time… at least once a week. But they have never been as emotional for me as this one. Because this cake smash session was for my baby. This last year just flown by. I can’t believe my baby is one!! I know people say it all the time, but you don’t understand how true it is until it happens to you. This session left me teary eyed and that sad. My first baby isn’t a baby any longer. Yes, I am excited for all the milestones to come, but I’m also nostalgic for all the milestones that he has already mastered.

That being said, it also made me grateful for all the pictures and videos I have have of this little guy. It made me excited for these pictures to remember and cherish these times. Sorry for such a sappy post, but I just had to share. The first year goes WAY too fast. Don’t forget to cherish and capture these times with your little one. They will be gone in a blink of an eye.

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Before I had a kid, my photographer friends would tell me how much harder it was to shoot their own kids. I don’t think I really believed them until I had my own. Here is a little behind the scenes to see what went into this shoot.

 

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jack Landon – A Very Special Indianapolis Newborn Session

This is a VERY special newborn session because this session is of my little guy. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy getting pictures of Jack. I was sleep deprived and not fully healed and I was learning how to be a mom. That being said, I knew I wanted to take my own in-studio newborn pictures. These pictures were taken over a series of 5 or 6 days. In the moment, it was hard to get the time and energy to take these images. In retrospect, I’m SOOO glad I did it even though it wasn’t easy! I’ll cherish these images for a lifetime and they mean even more to me since I took them. Don’t worry… I also hired a photographer to take some pictures too. I knew I wanted to be in some of the images. But the images in this blog post are just the ones that I took. I hope you enjoy meeting Mr. Jack. I’m sure there will be a lot more pictures of our little one to come.

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This image wasn’t planned. I was taking pictures of Jack alone and Rosie decided she wanted to be in the pictures too. It ended up being one of my favorite images. labradoodle and newborn baby

I’m in love with this little guy in every way (seriously, I couldn’t imagine I could love him any more). I especially love his long fingers and toes, his adorably pink lips, his luscious eye lashes and full head of hair!!

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Our mini labradoodle pup (Rosie) isn’t normally allowed in the the studio. However for this extra special newborn session we made and exception and she made herself at home!

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I went outside 3 different nights in order to get this image. Jack’s witching hour seemed to be right around sunset every night. But I’m persistent and we made it happen!outdoor newborn picture - baby in a basket at sunset

Jack is VERY expressive. He will let you know what he thinks about everything. These pictures all took place over the course of less then 5 minutes.

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I hope you enjoyed meeting out little Jack!

I’ll be back from maternity leave on July 10th (very soon – maybe too soon). So if you are expecting and looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer I would love to get your due date on my calendar.

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