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Brynn’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash – Plum, Blue, and Green 1st Birthday Setup

I can’t believe my baby girl is one. I know they say time flies but you don’t really feel it so deeply until it’s your little baby that grows up so quickly before your eyes.

I’ve always dreamed of having a little girl and I can’t believe this precious little one calls me mom (and yes, she has started saying Mom!). It was a longer wait then I had hoped to have her but she was WELL worth the wait and it makes having her in our lives even more precious.

Miss Brynn is a joy. Her laughs are amazing. Her cuddles are sweet. She loves deeply. She is curious about everything and gets into anything. She is opinionated and will  tell you what she thinks about everything. She is strong willed like her Mama and passionate like her Papa. I have a feeling she will give us (and is already giving us) a run for our money but she will be one strong little lady – so watch out world.

Brynn’s cake smash session was done to match her nursery. You can see those pictures here if you are interested. I’ve done this for both my kids so that I can use the images later to decorate their nursery. I also use the images for thank you cards for their birthday party (print those pictures!).

At the end of the post I’ve included a video of all that went into this cake smash session. Be sure to check out the behind the scenes video if you are interested in all the madness. 🙂 I’ve also included a vendor list at the bottom of the post if you are interested in where everything came from.

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I love photographing milestones of any type for families in the Indianapolis area! If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know.

Vendor List

Plum Romper – https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleBoatsDesigns

Plum Hair Bow and Bowtie – https://www.etsy.com/shop/CollectiveCreationsC

Wood Swing – https://www.instagram.com/left.grain/

Balloon Arch – Made by me using the following…

Metallic Balloons blown up in various sizes and colors – https://amzn.to/2wK25Ky

Balloon Pump – https://amzn.to/2THkfWd

Low temp glue gun – https://amzn.to/38J2CK1

Seamless Paper – https://amzn.to/3aRLKlX

Flowers Dark Purple – https://amzn.to/2Q88PZD

Flowers Blue – https://amzn.to/39HQxpP

Flowers Soft Purple – https://amzn.to/2Q6R24X

Flowers White – https://amzn.to/2W5uyVY

Top 10 Highlights of 2019 from KristeenMarie Photography

2019 was another great year – both personally and professionally. Personally I had my 2nd child so I took a 3 month maternity leave. Professionally I still photographed 131 kids and families from around the Indianapolis area, even though I took a quarter of the year off! So it’s been a busy year but I wouldn’t have it any other way and I loved every minute of it!!

So here is my countdown for the top 10 highlights in 2019:

10 – Families, families and more families – In 2019 there were 74 families that I had the joy to photograph! It’s no secret that one of my favorite things about my job is being able to watch families grow. Most of these families I’ve been photographing since they have had a newborn in the studio. Some of them I’ve even been photographing since their wedding day! Yes – some of them are new families too and I love those sessions just as much. Thank you to all 74 families for allowing me to be your Indianapolis family photographer and I hope to see all of your lovely families again in 2020!!

Family pictures - Indianapolis families from 2019

9 – Watching those Babies Grow – This year there were 27 little ones (and their families) in the studio for milestone sessions. Look at all those cutie little faces.  Milestone sessions are so much fun because the kids personalities start to come out and they are interactive with the camera.

Studio Milestone Session in Indianapolis, IN

8. Milk Bath – If I had to pick one session from the whole year that was my favorite this would probably be it! This was my first time doing a milk bath session. This Mama was celebrating her 1-year of breast feeding with this milk bath session (yes – she is taking a bath in milk and flowers). The light was perfect, the subjects loved every moment and I’m obsessed with how the images turned out!

7 – Focus on my Family – Taking pictures of your own kids is hard! I hire someone to take our pictures every year and I recommend you do the same! However, I still try to get the kids in the studio a few times a year just to say I tried. I normally try to have fun with them during these sessions so that they don’t end up hating it.

6 – Beautiful Baby Bumps – I think pregnancy is stunning on everyone! Every time I get an expecting mama in front of the camera something magical happens… she glows happiness. I just love capturing this time in the lives of my clients! Here are the 11 expecting mamas from 2019. I would love to do twice as many Indianapolis maternity photography sessions in 2020!!  If you are expecting, I  would love to photography a maternity session for you.

Maternity Photography in Indianapolis

5 – Messy messy birthday babies – Every baby has a different reaction to cake and every reaction is priceless! Happy birthday to all these cuties. There were 34 cake smash sessions in 2019. Each one was different and unique for the one-year-old. This year I even added an adult cake smash! There were 33 one year olds photographed and one 30 year old! So fun!

1st birthday cake smash photography in Indianapolis by KristeenMarie Photography

4 – Family Videos – I’ve done videos with my Fresh 48 and birth photography clients for years. However, this was my first year offering video as an add-on to a family session. Can I just say I’m obsessed?! Families can add on a video to any full session. I hope to do even more of these next year.  Pictures are priceless but so are the videos!

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3 – Birth and Fresh 48 – If I had to pick one session type to photograph all the time it would probably be births and Fresh 48 sessions. Thank goodness I don’t have to pick, but I just love these intimate moments that I have the joy of capturing during this incredible time of the lives of my clients. These images are always full of so much emotion, joy, and raw-ness. If you are considering hiring and Indianapolis birth photographer don’t think twice. Just do it. You won’t regret it.

Indianapolis Birth Photography

2 – So Many Beautiful Newborn Babies – I just love having all these little ones in the studio. Newborn photography is my bread and butter. I’m most comfortable in my studio, with a tiny little one. It’s my happy place, my creative outlet, and my way of creating memories for you. I’m grateful for each and every one of these tiny humans that come to visit me. Thank you to each and everyone of these 47 families for trusting me to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer this year.

Indianapolis Newborn Photography

1 – Welcome to the World Baby Brynn – I know I’ve said it already, but it’s kind of a big deal. This year I welcomed little baby Brynn into the world. She has been a joyful addition to our family and we love her beyond what words can express. After she was born, I was able to photograph this beautiful girl in the studio. It was no small feat as I didn’t feel great, my hormones were all over the place, and I was sleep deprived. But the time/effort spent in the studio were so worth it. I’m glad I have these memories of our beautiful newborn girl.

newborn pictures of baby Brynn

I can’t thank each and every one of my clients enough for another fantastic year I have loved being your Indianapolis photographer. You guys make what I do possible. I appreciate your love and support. It’s an honor to be able to capture this time in your lives. I hope to see all of you again in 2020!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From my family to yours, I hope you had a very happy New Year and a very Merry Christmas.

I used this holiday to take some pictures of my own kids (and some of our friends). I hope you enjoy our Christmas card picture featuring our two kids (Jack age 3.5 and Brynn 9 months) and our pup (Rosie the mini labradoodle).

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And then I had the kids and their friends in the studio for some glitter fun. I’m testing out an idea for future sessions.

New Year Glitter Session Picture - Sheer Joy

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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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