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Baby Girl Maizie – Zionsville Newborn Photography

I just finished photographing big sis’s 1st year and I’m excited to photograph this family for another year with the birth of another sweet little girl, Maizie! Big sister, Rory, did so good and is such a great big sister! Rory is 13 months old so the two girls are very close in age. Maizie has a purple and yellow nursery so we did a lot of images to match the nursery. This will be great so that the images can be printed to decorate the nursery! Purple and yellow is not a common color combo for me, but it was a fun one. I just love how the photos turned out!

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Aren’t those photos just the cutest?! I just love this family and am glad to get to spend a lot more time with them now that Maizie joined the family!

Are you expecting a new little one? If so, I would love to be your Indianapolis newborn photographer! Reach out today and let’s get your due date on my calendar!

Baby Boy Ezra – Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

I just LOVE it when I am able to photograph babies and I love it even more when this new baby is from a family that I photographed their other children and that is the case with this session! Meet sweet little Ezra! I was so glad to have him in the studio and to also see how much his two older brothers have grown since I photographed both of them as babies too! Big brother was VERY excited to show off his new sibling while middle brother was not super excited about a new man in town! All in all we were able to get some great smiles. I just love the stunning photo of the whole family- the backlit photos are just amazing. Their sweet little outfits were adorable and neutral, which I love. Little Ezra looked adorable in green! The bow ties really just made me smile so big! Be sure to check out all the photos of this sweet family!

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So nice to meet you little man! Welcome to the world!

If you are expecting, I would love to get your due date on my calendar for your Indianaolis newborn photography session as well. Be sure to send me a message today!

An Inspirational NICU Cake Smash Session – From NICU to 1st Birthday

Doing this cake smash session and hearing this family’s birth story was inspirational. This family was hit hard by COVID and it could have resulted in a very tragic end for both mother and baby. Spoiler alert – it didn’t due to a strong mom, amazing doctors, modern technology, a dad that made impossible choices, and prayer.

Here is what happened from the baby’s mom’s point of view:

On May 3, 2021 I was dropped off at the ER in Kokomo to take a COVID test. After that point I do not remember anything. I woke up a few times in the ambulance while they were transferring me to IU North where I was put in ICU after a night there.

I was taken to IU Methodist then on May 5, 2021 my fiancé was made power of attorney over me and had to make the decision in a matter of minutes via phone.

The decision was to give mom and baby a 50/50 chance; to deliver the baby and take him back to IU North Riley, put me in a coma on a vent and ECMO (ECMO was the last resort to keep me alive).

I gave birth in a coma. I didn’t know I had given birth. My fiancé couldn’t be in the operating room with me as he was at home with COVID and being quarantined with our older kids. Baby Calum was born at 29 weeks.

I spent 12 days on the vent and ECMO and when I woke up two days later, I was released from the hospital. Then I had to wait 21 days to see baby Calum. Dad was able to see Calum at 14 days since he also had COVID.

I will forever be grateful for the critical care team at Methodist and the 17 doctors who saved our lives. My OB, Dr. Linton at  IU North, went above and beyond. He had to fight to get me transferred to IU North from Kokomo and his decision to send me to Methodist to get us more help and all that IU North Riley NICU staff were just amazing. No words can describe how thankful we are for all the doctors, nurses and staff.

We faced many struggles during the whole ordeal. For dad, the hardest part was having to make decisions to save two people he loves – mom and baby.

The struggle mom faced and the hardest part for her was not being able to see her baby until 21 days after she was released from the hospital. In the cake smash session you may notice a few images of mom Face Timing baby in the background. This is because this was how she was able to see baby for 21 days.

Watching Calum fight for his life for 66 days was hard for everyone. Something that many don’t talk about when it comes to the NICU is the overwhelming financial hardship we faced, picking and choosing what bills we pay vs keeping food on the table. There were so many hard parts about the whole ordeal, but these were just a few.

While there were struggles, there were also inspirational moments. The most inspirational moment was seeing how strong Calum was and the fact that he fought so hard to be here after being born at 29 weeks. He was a fighter every step of the way!

We chose to do the cake smash session to celebrate Calum’s fight! We see this birth as a good thing and we want to embrace the fact that he was a preemie and spent all that time in the NICU- it gives people hope.

Our family has all mostly recovered. Calum still faces many challenges from being born early but always has a smile on his face. I have long-term effects from Covid but am living a normal life and enjoying time with my son and all our other children. All the other children love him like crazy! Matt is relieved that his fast made decisions were all the right ones and sleepless nights proved to all be worth it since everyone is at home now!

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I love when clients choose themes that have meaning to them. These clients couldn’t have chosen anything more meaningful. They were a true inspiration to have in the studio.

If you are looking for a away to remember your little one’s 1st birthday I would love to be your Indianapolis cake smash photographer. Let’s set a date for your little one’s cake smash session.

Car Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Photographer

This car loving little man is ONE and boy, did we celebrate! Little boys just love cars and it is something that is innate in little boys. I have seen research on this topic and it is really interesting!
I have been photographing this guy since birth and so I was excited to celebrate his first birthday with him. He does have the same innate quality for living cars/vehicles and that is why his mom chose the theme!
The photos turned out great and little man just seemed happy to be celebrating his birthday as well. We were able to get a variety of facial expressions which always makes for a great gallery!

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Vroom, Vroom- now you are one! Thanks for coming and celebrating with me for a cake smash session!

Our Rainbow Baby – Little Luka Lane

It’s been a LONG journey to get this little guy here. If you have followed my story you know that getting pregnant has never been easy for us. It takes a lot of time and probably some luck. We were able to get pregnant a little less then two years after my middle child was born. Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a very traumatic 2nd trimester miscarriage at 17 weeks. After the miscarriage we went on to see a fertility specialist (I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Jarrett at Indiana Fertility Institute) who helped us get pregnant again and helped us avoid a miscarriage. The protocol after getting pregnant included daily injections of a blood thinner throughout my pregnancy. Giving myself a daily shot in the stomach was not something I ever though I could or would have to do. But when you want something enough you can do anything. I wanted to complete my family and this little guy was worth EVERY.SINGLE.SHOT.

I’m so excited that Luka is here and I’m almost as excited that I’ll never have to be pregnant again – ha! While my family is complete I’ll forever be an advocate and supporter for those dealing with infertility and miscarriage. If you (whoever you are) ever want to talk I can always make time for lunch.

Little Luka was born on 5/25/22. He is tall and skinny (maybe my husband will get his basketball player after all) and as cute as can be. Luka means “to light” or “the light” and so his first and middle name put together (Luka Lane) means “to light the path/way”. I love that and I just love him to pieces. So far this little guy has been super easy going (being a 3rd child that might just be out of necessity) and he is full of smiles.

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I hope you enjoyed learning a little about baby Luka! If you are expecting a little one and are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to meet your new little one and get your due date on my calendar. I’ll be back from maternity leave in early Sept. I’m taking due dates from Sept 1st or later.

A new little sister has arrived! – Carmel Newborn Photography

Say hi to little Miss Paige! She made her arrival in mid March and her family is so excited she is here! She join big sis, Clare, who is 3.5 years old! I also took Clare’s newborn photos so it was wonderful to see this family again and meet their new addition. Paige and Clare’s mama wanted lots of colors! I tend to do more whites and neutrals but it was a fun venture out of my comfort zone. I try my best to customize every session- newborn, family, maternity, cake smash, etc to what my client’s want and I think that is one of the aspects that makes me unique to other photographers! I just LOVE the family photo of Paige all wrapped up in mama’s arms in the dark pink swaddle- it matches perfectly with Clare’s dress! What an adorable and sweet family this is! I just loved working with them!

 

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Yay for another great session with an adorable newborn and a great family! Welcome, welcome Paige!

Let’s celebrate your new little bundle of joy as well. The first step is reaching out to let me know that you are interested in newborn photography and we will go from there! I sure hope to hear from you soon!

Black and Gold Mr. ONEderful 1st Birthday Cake Smash Session

I would estimate that about 70% of the babies that come into the studio don’t really like to eat the cake. They may take a bite or two but cake is not like foods they are exposed to on a daily basis and so it’s not really something they are used to. There is also a sensory component that comes with eating cake. Before you can get to the cake you have to make your way though frosting. Frosting is sticky and creamy and just flat out messy (that’s what makes these sessions so fun!). But the reality is most kiddos don’t like that feeling. It’s all a little sensory overload for lots of kids. 

All that being said, when a kiddo comes into the studio and loves the cake – frosting and all – you know it’s going to be a good session! This little guy was part of the 30% that loved the cake. He made a great mess and enjoyed eating every bite of that cake.

This little guy looked so dapper in his bow tie and suspenders. The theme for his cake smash session was Mr. ONEderful and he was for sure a wonderful little guy. His little mohawlk, chubby cheeks and thighs, and big dark eyes just melted my heart.

I hope you enjoy the cute little behind the scenes video at the end of the post too!

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What a great little session! If you would like to celebrate your little one’s birthday in style please let me know. I would love to be your Indianapolis cake smash photographer. I do require at least 3 weeks advance booking for cake smash sessions. So be sure to reach out early if you would like to celebrate and capture your little one’s birthday.

Siblings 13 Months Apart – Indianapolis Newborn Photography

Clara made her arrival and she is a cutie! Her big brother is only 13 months old. It feels like just yesterday I took his newborn pictures. He was so well behaved during the session, he did better than most two year old’s do during his session- and he isn’t even two!
Clara looked adorable in everything we put her in, but I have to admit, the photo with the pink and white lace in the background is probably my favorite! Mom loved previous photos with floral headbands so we made sure to take a lot of those! I do have quite the supply of headbands and props for families to use when they come to the studio!
My sister and I are 13 months apart. So it’s fun seeing siblings with the same age gap. As kids, we fought like cats and dogs and were very different. Now we are best friends. We are still different in many ways, but those differences suit us well. I think it also helps that we don’t live with each other too – ha.
I’m excited to see these two grow over the years and watch their relationship develop!

 

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So glad to see this family again and meet sweet little Clara!

I would love to see you family too and help to capture this exciting time in your life. Let’s chat more about a newborn photo shoot for your family. If you are in the Indy area and are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer let me know. Reach out today!

Rookie of the Year 1st Birthday Cake Smash – Indianapolis Cake Smash Photographer

This little Rookie of the Year is one! This isn’t a new theme/set-up for me, but this sweet birthday boy’s cake smash session was a home run. I can’t get over his sweet curls, big brown eyes, big smile and baby rolls.

Lots of kiddos at one don’t really like to play with birthday cake. It’s a sensory thing. Since they aren’t used to all the texture they have trouble with the sticky frosting and crumbly cake. However, this birthday boy didn’t let the texture bother him at all. Not only was he all about eating the cake he also had fun rubbing his hands and feet in it as well. He played the cake as if it was a drum and overall just made a glorious mess!

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Do you have a little Rookie of the Year that is about to turn one? If so, I would love to photograph your little one’s first birthday cake smash session in my Indianapolis studio. Feel free to reach out if you would like to get a session on the calendar.

10 Tips for a Successful Sitter Session

tips for a successful sitter sessionI don’t share a ton of pictures from sitter sessions as often as I would like. Not because I don’t love them, but just because there aren’t enough hours in the day to share everything. So I thought I would do an informative post about sitter sessions and share a few sessions all in one. Here are a few tips to help your upcoming sitter milestone session go smoothly!

  1. Scheduling – Sitter sessions are best when baby is sitting solidly on his/her own. Client’s normally like to schedule their session at 6 months due to it being a nice round number and halfway between their other two sessions in the grow-with-me package. However, baby is typically sitter much more solidly at 7 months. If your little one isn’t sitting solidly (a good measurement of this is – are you comfortable leaving your little one sitting on a hard surface without a spotter?) on his or her own a week before  your scheduled session date please reschedule. I can be flexible as long as you give me a little advance notice.
  2. Plan Outfits Ahead of Time – For full milestone sessions normally I recommend doing 2-3 outfits and one naked baby outfit (i.e. diaper cover or romper. Both of which I have in the studio). You are also welcome to do family/sibling pictures in one of those outfits as well, if you like. Make sure to pick a few outfits and try them on before your session. There is nothing worse when putting a beloved outfit on your little one for the first time during a session and realizing it doesn’t fit. It’s temping to buy clothes a size up for pictures so that they will last longer. However, snug outfits are better then loose ones for pictures. You don’t want your little one to be swimming in their new outfit.
  3. Less is More – For outfits, it’s best to keep things simple so that baby shines through. Avoid bright colors (especially neon anything) and busy patterns. My favorite outfits are neural colors and can be as simple as a little boy in jeans and suspenders.
  4. Utilize My Client Closet for Sitter Sessions – I’ve got lots of diaper covers, rompers, and simple dresses in the studio that your little one can use for their sitter session. You don’t need to plan these in advance as we can try on as many as you like until we find the perfect fit/color for your little one during the session. It’s pretty common for client’s to love the pictures of their little one in outfits from my client closet the most. This is because I purchase items that photograph well and aren’t your every day street clothes.
  5. Sleep – Be sure you little one gets a good night sleep or a good nap before your session starts. When scheduling your session start time be sure it doesn’t interfere with your little one’s nap time or bump right up against it.
  6. Bring Something of Meaning – Sometimes clients like to bring a small item that has meaning. Examples of this include a blanket/quilt made by a loved one, a lovely or special blanket, a decorative toy from the nursery that has sentimental value, or something else that has meaning to you or your child. Feel free to bring an item that we can feature and remember during your session.
  7. Come Prepared – Plan for the worst but expect the best! Be sure to bring something to comfort your child in case your little one gets upset. Sometimes that’s an extra bottle, a small snack or a pacifier.
  8. Avoid Technology During Your Session – I know it’s tempting to turn on your little one’s favorite YouTube video to try to get them to smile. However, I’ve seen this backfire more times then it works. Let’s save this for an absolute last resort. Sometimes little ones just need a few minutes to warm up and that’s okay!
  9. Go with the Flow – No matter what your little one does during the session know that we will get some great images. If you are stressed your little one will pick up on that. Just go with the flow and have some fun with me while we play with your little one together!
  10. Make Sure Everyone is Healthy – We won’t be able to photograph the best of your little one if he/she isn’t healthy. If you little one has a runny nose, fever, etc. please reschedule. It’s also not best to schedule pictures within 48 hours or receiving a vaccine. Typically little one’s aren’t on their A game right after that happens.

Have you had a session with me in the past and have a tip for everyone else? If so, share below in the comment section. I would love to hear it!

I look forward to seeing your little one for an upcoming sitter session!! If you don’t have one booked yet and your looking for more info on booking an Indianapolis child photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love get a milestone session on the calendar.

 

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