PAIGE AND CHASE ENGAGEMENT - Syracuse, Indiana Wedding Photographer

This couple is FANTASTIC! As soon as we started chatting on our nature walk, it was crazy how much their backstory sounded like mine and my husbands, even including being crazy dog people. I loved hearing about their high school days and funny pup stories. And we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day for their engagement session to happen on. Genuinely cannot wait for this 2020 wedding!

BABY R FRESH 48 NEWBORN SESSION - South Bend, Indiana Baby Photographer

This baby boy had allllll of the cuteness factors for his Fresh 48 session. From his fluffy black hair to his chubby little cheeks, he was perfection. I loved photographing this sweet boy at my favorite local hospital (which finally painted it’s mother baby unit walls…no more orange!). His mom and dad were clearly nuts about him already.

But the real treat of this session was watching his adorable big sister come meet him for the very first time. She rushed into the room unable to hold back her giant smiles and immediately wanted to touch and hold him. She was so patient and gentle with him, it’s undoubtable she will be his protector and biggest fan.

MORAN WEDDING - South Bend, Indiana Wedding Photographer

This was a joyful wedding from the very start! From a warm welcome into the bride’s parents’ home where laughter filled the kitchen as we waited for the bride to arrive from the salon. The trend continued throughout the day as everyone moved to the venue to prepare for the wedding. The ceremony was custom and beautiful and went off without a hitch and was followed by some seriously hilarious bridal party photos and couple’s portraits out in the woods. The reception did NOT disappoint in the fun department either! Everyone was dancing, laughing and making memories throughout the night, only to end with bonfires, sing-alongs and a cell phone light send-off. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Moran for including me in your day!!!

  • Ceremony & Reception Venue: Izaak Walton League

  • Hair Artist: JC Penny

  • Dress was purchased at: Gretta's

  • Groom/Groomsmen attire is from: Men's Wearhouse

  • Nail Salon/Specialist: Jolly Nails Spa

  • Caterer: Jaworski's Market

  • DJ/Band: Bov Knows Music

  • Jeweler: Hello Ring and Averie Jewlery

  • Cake: Cupcakes and Cake by C'est La Vie

BABY BAKER - Plymouth Indiana Baby and Family Photographer

Oh my goodness. This family is the cutest (and can I just say, these two made one ADORABLE baby). When I first officially met B and A at their maternity session, I got even more excited to watch them become parents to sweet Baby Baker. So when I got the call to come in for their Fresh 48 session on July 4th, I was more than ready to ditch the pool to go and ogle their sweet baby girl.

Now, I have photographed A LOT of fresh new babies, and until that day, I’d never seen a baby as aware and calm and alert as my daughter had been as a newborn. That is until I met Baker. This absolutely adorable girl was so awake and interested in everything around her at less than a day old! Her big almond eyes just took it all in and the resulting photos…well, just take a look. Congrats to this new family of three!

ORTEGA WEDDING - Syracuse Indiana Wedding Photographer

I love authenticity (incase you missed my slogan of “real over ideal”). So when I first met with this fun couple and they described how they were having a very authentic, traditional Mexican wedding, I was sold immediately. They were incorporating so many fun dances and cultural traditions!

From the very start of the day, which was also the hottest day of the year with heat indexes over 110, the guys were a blast to be around; full of laughter and jokes. The girls were calm, cool and collected. The ceremony was lovely and close friends and family gathered to bless their union. Then, during couple’s portraits, we snuck off for a quick stop at the local ice cream shop before jumping into the hot but fun photos. At the reception. hundreds packed into the gorgeous Wynona Heritage Room to get the party started. I’m not sure what my favorite part was: the dance where they tried to knock the bride and groom off of chairs or the one where they throw the groom up so high it made my stomach flip! Such a fun wedding that I am so honored to have been a part of. Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Ortega, for including me in your wedding day. Vendor list found at the bottom of this post.

BABY SAMUEL - Mishawaka Indiana Baby and Family Photographer

This sweet boy was so sleepy and sweet for his session…and his feline companion was so curious about him! Everything about this time with this newborn baby was just melt-your-heart-adorable. From his loving parents who couldn’t get enough of him, to their cat sniffing and standing up to peak at him in his crib, this baby was clearly surrounded by love.

S & B ENGAGEMENT - Indiana and Michigan Wedding Photographer

Ok, so I loved this session for so. many. reasons!

1) It’s a beach session. Which is like my favorite thing ever.

2) It was a planned proposal. What’s that? Well, the couple has been engaged for a while and have been planning their wedding for equally as long (actually, its less than a week away as I’m typing this…oops) but due to what the bride dubbed as “ring drama,” the official proposal hadn’t happened and so they decided to do it at their engagement session. Um yes. Just yes.

3) Even though it was planned, it was just as sweet and emotional as if it weren’t! And the groom-to-be even snuck in his own surprise for his bride: a Dr. Who inspired ring box. Again, just yes. To get to be a part of and watch the pure joy that resulted from this e-session was so fun and amazing.

To say I’m excited about this upcoming wedding is an understatement. Stay tuned for some seriously amazing and unique wedding elements this weekend!

THE HENECKE FAMILY - South Bend Indiana Family Photographer

Repeat clients..are. the. best! Few things are more flattering than to have families come back for multiple sessions to help document their family’s journey through the years. When I first photographed this sweet trio, little L was just a toddler learning to walk steadily and paint pumpkins. Now, she’s a fully articulate little girl with an imagination that can put most kids her age to shame. Watching this mom and dad interact with her is always such a true joy; they encourage and nurture her curiosity and imagination in a way that is so wonderful and unique. And while she may look a lot like her dad, she sure has mom’s mannerisms! I truly can’t wait for the next time I get to hang out with this family and take a couple more photos along the way ;)

BABY HENLEY FRESH 48 - Plymouth Indiana Family and Newborn Photographer

There’s nothing quite like heading the hospital and getting to photographer a fresh new baby less than a day old. But when that baby is also surrounded by not only loving parents but a whole extended family just waiting to get their hands on him, it just makes the experience even more humbling. Baby Henley entered this world with an abundance of love from the very first breath he took!

I loved his tiny onesies proudly displaying his Hoosier roots; especially the ironic one where, despite his “happy hoosier” shirt, he was way less than happy. From the cuddles to the smiles and laughter, this was such a sweet Fresh 48 session to be a part of.

BABY COLT NEWBORN - South Bend Indiana Baby and Family Photographer

Nothing is more of a privilege than when friends trust you to take their baby’s first photos! This sweet baby is the son of two very proud parents who were only a little surprised by his early arrival. While he may have been tiny (he was my smallest newborn client at just 4lbs 14oz), he was mighty and didn’t spend a single day in the NICU. Although with a momma who is a labor and delivery nurse, he was in pretty great hands from the start anyway. I can’t wait to follow this guy’s journey and growth over the next year.

B & A MATERNITY - Plymouth Indiana Family and Baby Photographer

There really aren’t many couples that could be any sweeter or cuter than this one! These two were so kind and friendly from the very first time we met that there was never a single doubt that they’d make amazing parents to their soon-to-be baby girl. We had such a good time walking around on a really gorgeous evening and just got to capture the truly organic beauty that comes from first time parents who are so excited for this new adventure. While I’m writing this blog a little (ok, a lot) late and Baby Baker arrived a while ago, this is still one of my favorite sessions to date and I’m so honored that this adorable couple chose me to be a part of their journey into parenthood!

RANSBOTTOM WEDDING - Plymouth Indiana and Michigan Wedding Photographer

When I first met with this sweet couple, they had just recently found out that they were expecting a baby! Talk about chaos: wedding planning AND a new little one. After chatting for a while, it was obvious that they were so excited for both major life events. Fast forward a year and their dream wedding was finally a reality, complete with a happy, smiley 10 month old boy.

Blissful Barn did not disappoint as a picture perfect venue. This rustic chic setting, along with the bride’s amazing attention to detail, lead to one of the prettiest weddings I’ve had the pleasure of capturing. Not to mention her dress (from Paris House of Bridal) was basically amazing in every possible way. The day went so perfectly and there was no apparent stress from anyone. From the surprise first look with the bride’s dad to a gorgeously unique set up for the ceremony to a fun-filled reception, this wedding was as good as it gets.

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Ransbottom, for trusting me to document your day (and sorry it took me so darn long to blog about it)!

Vendor list can be found at the bottom of this post.

  • Ceremony Venue: Blissful Barn

  • Hair Artist: Lindsey Summers

  • Makeup Artist: Lexi pollock

  • Dress was purchased at: Paris House of Bridal

  • Groom/Groomsmen attire is from: Louis Tux Shop

  • Nail Salon/Specialist: Nail Connections

  • Florist:Flowers by Anna

  • Caterer: Classic Catering

  • Cake/Baked Goods Jem Cakes Niles

  • DJ/Band:DJ PacMan