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Brett and Robin’s Wedding – Bitwell Event Center Wedding in Indianapolis, IN

This wedding was full of all kinds of lovely adventures. The day stated with everyone getting ready. The bride had one of my favorite dresses of all time. It was full of sparkle, but not over the top. It was lovely and the perfect dress for her. Throughout the day there were dinosaurs sprinkled everywhere. The couple (mostly the bride) have a love for these creatures and so they were a super fun addition to their day. The dinos made the day uniquely theirs! After everyone was ready we went to a park in Downtown Indianapolis for some bridal party pictures. The couple had their wedding ceremony and reception the the Bitwell Event Center in Indianapolis. The venue was perfect – from the flowers, to the centerpieces, to the lights, and dessert table. This group knew how to party! The reception was filled with lots of dancing. They even did a group Polka dance which was a huge hit. At the end of the night there was even a surprise appearance from a full sized (or at least human size) dinosaur. This appearance was a surprise to the bride and it was a huge hit!

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What a fun wedding day!! It was an honor to be able to photograph this lovely event!

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 to see if we might be a good fit for each other.

There were also a ton of great vendors that help put this wedding together.

Wedding Photography: KristeenMarie Photography

Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Nancy’s Bridal

Florist:  Coby Palmer Designs

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Biltwell Event Center

Wedding Planner: Brett Michael

Cake: Vanilla Bean

Catering: Hoaglin Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nancy’s Bridal

Suites: Men’s Wearhouse

 

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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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Indianapolis Proposal Photography Downtown on the Canal

I’ve had the joy of photographing this couple’s baby when he was just born. So it was even more of a pleasure to be able to capture this next big milestone in the couple’s life!

Jake (the groom-to-be) contacted me about his plan to propose downtown in Indianapolis on the canal. It was a picture perfect location for popping the big question. Jake had just had a rough day at work as he was pepper sprayed a few hours before popping the big question due to his new job on the police force. But he didn’t let that put a damper on his plans! The good news is that it was an unseasonably warm day in Indy and Samantha said YES! I hope you enjoy Jake and Samantha’s proposal pictures.

 

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It’s always fun when the groom-to-be tells the bride-to-be that he hired a photographer to capture the whole thing…that moment

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I’m honored to have been able to capture this important time in this couple’s lives. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding day later this year!!

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 big day.

Couple Session in Downtown Indianapolis

This sweet couple came to Indy for a little mini vacation. They also like to do family pictures every year when they go on vacation (what a great idea!). So they wanted to do their session downtown where they could have some backdrops that are iconic to Indy. They were a little late in the season for Fall colors, but we found the one tree left that still had color and made great use of it. To end the session, we went to my favorite spot for hot chocolate around – South Bend Chocolate Company (if you have never been there for hot coco you need to!). Such a fun couple and what a great session!

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Thanks for allowing me to photograph you while you were here. Come back and visit Indy again soon, you two!

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

Kim and Eric Tie the Knot at the Hilton Downtown – Indianapolis Wedding Photographer

Meet Eric and Kim. This fun loving couple was my last wedding in 2014. For the time of year that they got married they had some beautiful weather! They had a lovely ceremony at Eric’s childhood church St. Roch Catholic Church in Indianapolis and then they continued the festivities at the reception hosted at the Hilton in Downtown Indianapolis. Between the wedding and reception we made a few stops in Downtown Indianapolis for some formal pictures. The city and the holiday lights that were up made for some lovely backdrops.

This couple made such a fun pair. The bride, groom, and the whole bridal party were all full of joy, laughter, and jokes. They were too much fun!

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A big congratulations to Kim and Eric. You two had a beautiful Indianapolis wedding!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to get your wedding date on the calendar for 2015 or beyond!

Wedding Vendors:

Photographer – KristeenMarie Photography 

Ceremony Location – St. Roch Catholic Church 

Reception Location – The Hilton Downtown Indianapolis

Cupcakes – GiGi’s Cupcakes

Photo Booth – Premier Photobook 

Flowers – Kathy’s Kloset

DJ – Midwest Sound 

Hair and Makeup – Elegant Hair Designs

Bride’s and Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal

Tuxes- Jos A Banks

Reception planner – Celia Belden

Tabitha & Jonathan – Downtown Indianapolis Engagement Photography

This sessions is a great example as to why everyone loves their pictures taken in Fall in Indiana!

Meet Tabitha and Jonathan. This couple did their engagement pictures in Downtown Indianapolis in October. They were sweet together!

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Congrats to this couple on their recent engagement!

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 photography needs.

The Boys Family – Family Pictures on the Canal in Downtown Indianapolis

Meet the Boys family. We all had fun doing these family pictures in downtown Indianapolis on the canal.

I’m full of tricks when it comes to little kids. Normally a few of them are bound to make the kids smile. This little lady made me use all the tricks to get a few good smiles. Don’t worry – I did get her to crack a few good smiles!

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If you are looking for an Indianapolis family photographer be sure to reach out and let me know!

Meet Issac – 6 Month Old – Indianapolis Child Photography

I love my job! Who else gets to work with beautiful kiddos and sweet parents like these ones all day?!

Meet adorable six month old Issac and his family. Even though it was a bit chilly outside we had tons of fun in downtown Indianapolis taking child and family pictures.

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Such a fun family!

If you are looking for child photography in Indianapolis be sure to reach out to KristeenMarie Photography to check on availability and pricing.

Kathryn & Philip – Downtown Indianapolis Photography

I love my job – especially when I get to photograph people like these two!

Meet Kathryn and Philip. These two have an awesome story that I’m sure I won’t do justice, but what you need to know is that these two were meant to be!

Enjoy their downtown Indianapolis engagement pictures…

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A big congrats to these two! I can’t wait for your wedding.

Are you looking for an Indianapolis wedding photographer? If so be sure to reach out to KristeenMarie Photography to check on pricing and availability.

Kris and Nick – Gay Engagement Photography in Indianapolis

Meet Kris and Nick and their two pups.

These two guys and I went all around downtown Indy to get some fun and meaningful engagement pictures.

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These two guys were so much fun to work with. Can you tell?!

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It wouldn’t be an engagement session without a shot of the engagement ring…

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A big congrats to Kris and Nick! I can’t wait to photography your wedding.

If you are you looking for an Indianapolis Wedding Photographer be sure to contact KristeenMarie Photography to get more info on pricing and availability.