Archive for May, 2013

Noah Turns 2

May 28

I had entirely too much fun going through these photos again. I’m totally smitten with my nephew, Noah George, who just turned 2 a little over a week ago. To help celebrate this little guy there was a pool party and it was the perfect day. This day was so, so good for my heart. Glad I brought my camera with me.

Noah George, I love ya like crazy! You are my favorite little person in the world. Thanks for constantly reminding me what matters most.

Your biggest fan,

Auntie Caity

Cousin love. That’s Nell on the left being too cute for her own good.

Noah’s Uncle Colin is an awesome artist. C drew Lightning McQueen on Noah’s bday card – Noah is in a serious CARS phase right now. He’s so good at pronouncing it. Carrrrrghhhss.

For the photographers, I shot the entire time with the 35mm 1.4. Didn’t have my 50mm 1.2 on me at the time. Made for an awesome challenge.

Practicing kicking : )

So he can be just like his daddy.


For Noah’s bday, I gave him a poster of all of the CARS characters : )

Noah is rewarded with jelly beans. Whenever he has done something right, he’ll say ¬†“A bean! A bean!” It’s the most hilarious and adorable thing.

And it didn’t take him long to find em.

GUH! This moment…I’m so happy I had my camera with me.

Noah was super into the bubbles. He liked popping them with his head.

That smile?! Wish I could bottle that up for the tough days. Pure bliss right there!

All I want to do is step into this picture and give Nell an enormous hug.

Happy Tuesday!  More pool parties. Go pace-uhs.

Colleen & Jonah

May 23

Thursday! My favorite day of the week. Thanks for being here today. I’ve been very excited to share this super sweet couple with you guys.

I met Jonah and Colleen a few months ago now. Over froyo. I swear – if it’s up to me, I’ll make sure we’re meeting over food. K? It’s just more fun that way. We hit if off so quickly and they felt like old friends. The day after we met, I found an email from Colleen in my inbox that read in a single line “We’d love for you to be our wedding photographer!” I think there might have been a smiley face in there too. Those are the best emails. I love these two together. They’re so perfect for each other and compliment one another so well. Despite it being a little sweaty out during their engagement session last week, they did an amazing job and honestly I couldn’t be happier with these images. My job – I’m so blessed to do what I do. It fills my heart right up.

C&J – You guys! Augh – you’re so fun and so awesome. I feel so lucky to be your photographer capturing this awesome time in your lives. Thanks for hangin’ with me last week as we preserved these finals days leading up to Mr. and Mrs. I can’t wait for your wedding in October.

Hugs,

Caitlin

I’m not mad about Colleen’s shoes. Not one bit.

Sometimes I feel like a broken record on this blog, but Jonah is THE NICEST GUY ever. Such a gentleman.

Colleen – you are so adorable. I can’t wait to see you as a bride.

That shot there on the left? My fave. Hot stuff.

Have a wonderful evening! xx -C

Erin + Alan

May 22

Happy Wednesday! So happy to have you here. How are things? I bought tickets to game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals earlier today so I’m feeling happy and excited. Have I mentioned how much I love NBA playoffs? I admit I don’t care much for the regular season. It’s too long. When the playoffs roll around, the players (finally) play for something. Every game is exciting. I don’t care who plays – I love to watch every game. Especially when the jerseys are blue and gold ; ) Anyways, ¬†should be a fun little date next week.

On to Erin & Alan’s stunning wedding. Remember their engagement photos?¬†These two have been so kind and inviting from the start. I’ve loved working with them for so many reasons but most notably because of their down to earth vibe. Erin and Alan were so easy going on their wedding day and it made all of the difference. I especially loved seeing their closely knit families come together. I come from a close knit crew myself and am always drawn to people who are rooted deeply in valuing family.

E&A – Your wedding was perfect. It’s been so awesome getting to know you guys a little better over the past year. Thank you for the honor of capturing your wedding. Very happy to call you two friends.

Much appreciation,

Caitlin

Alan is probably one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and he looked so handsome on his wedding day.

BAM! This bride. Whoah. Erin…you are stunning! (And that lip color on you is the best.)

Alan’s dad. : )

Let’s talk for a second about these flowers. Gorgeous, right? I love peonies and was smitten with Erin’s bouquet.

The ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Joan of Arc. (Was there the following day shooting my nephew’s baptism. I spent a lot of time in this church that weekend!)

Erin & Alan had some Filipino traditions at their ceremony. The veil ceremony symbolizes purity and God’s protection of the marriage. The cord symbolizes they are no longer two, but one in their new life as a couple.

They also did an Arrhae (coin) ceremony wherein the groom gives the bride thirteen coins which represent the sharing of resources with each other. The coins signify the hope for future prosperity and the promise to take care of one another.

My favorite : )

I can’t speak highly enough of Jama with Cake Zen – I’ve worked with her several times now and every time, her creations are stunning!

If you are a bride searching for a special venue, might I suggest The Alexander downtown? Gorgeous contemporary feel with an awesome (and helpful!) staff. Especially Maxie – thanks again, Maxie, for helping execute Erin and Alan’s wedding perfectly.

Loved the setup at the reception. One of my favorite times of the day when I shoot weddings is to sneak into the reception site and grab photos of ¬†the space all put together before guests are seated for dinner. ¬†This room looked much different and just as gorgeous when I shot there last at Colin & Lesley’s gorgeous wedding. This room transforms so well.

Oh yes, there was a fog machine and it was awesome. Love this shot of Erin dancing with her dad above.

Purdue Pete made a surprise visit. None of the guests knew he was coming and they went crazy when he ran in!

 

Guests were pretty pumped.  : )

Recognize that handsome fella to the right of Alan? That’s John – I photographed him and his wife Kristen’s wedding in June of last year. Their one year anniversary is quickly approaching.

I’ll end on this. Such a great night…

 

Thank you to Micah for all of your awesome help.

Thanks for stoppin’ by. More coming soon. -C

Mini Session Giveaway: What Are You Thankful For?

May 7

 (before the race on the left, and after on the right)

Happy Tuesday!

I was trying to figure out what number Indy Mini this was for me. I know my first was my senior year of high school and I’m pretty sure I ran this race every year in college. I think this time was my 8th time running this race? I’ve lost count. All I know is if I’m in Indy and I’m mobile, you will find me at this race. I love this race so much!¬†¬†OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half marathon. This year close to 38,000 runners participated. I love walking to my corral in the morning and feeling all of that excitement and energy! Every year, when I go pick up my packet at the expo the day before the race, I always pull my bib number out and joke with my dad, “Oh so this is what the winning bib number looks like!” All joking aside, I actually had an AWESOME race this year. I felt strong the entire way through. At around mile 7 or 8, I’m usually looking ahead for that orange mile marker, willing it to come faster so that I can finish already. Not this year! I’ve been training twice a week with my trainer, Jaime, and I can definitely feel that all of the hard work is paying off. In the end, I earned a new personal best time. Heyo!

I’m just SO thankful for running. Seriously. It is my stress reliever. It keeps me in shape. Running is like a best friend I hang out with every week. I can rely on running to always make me feel better and honestly, it’s so easy to take that for granted.

In the spirit of giving thanks, I’m hosting a small giveaway here today. I don’t like complicated so let’s keep it simple.

HOW TO ENTER: 1) Stop by and “Like” my Facebook page to keep up with recent photos and updates.¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 2) Comment below and tell me what you’re thankful for today.

That simple. Mini session has to take place in Indy the weekend of 6/28-6/30. ¬†Givin’ thanks “ends” (but not really) this Friday, 5/10 at 5 PM EDT. I’ll pick a winner at random.

Let’s hop to. ¬†Gratitude turns what we have into enough. What are you thankful for?

Planting Seeds

May 6

I saw Iron Man 3 last week and whoah. Just, whoah. I have a huge crush on Tony Stark and I’m happy to report this movie did not disappoint. ¬†I actually bumped into my sweet couple, Lesley and Colin (and Lesley’s awesome dad Stanley), at the movie theatre and we were able to play catch up. While standing in line for concessions, I glanced back and saw Colin standing in line next to me. What I loved? When I walked up to him, we hugged and chatted like old friends. (I’m a hugger. You have been warned.) He explained it was Lesley’s birthday eve, that they had just moved into their new place and the three of them were out to see this new flick to help celebrate L’s bday.

This exchange is actually the perfect segway into what I wanted to touch upon here which is this:

Nothing makes me happier in this business than a client becoming a friend. When I work with you, this isn’t a one time exchange sort of thing. Actually, it’s just the first. (If I have any say in the matter…)

It all goes back to my core. As a friend, I’m invested in your story. I’m invested in you – your happiness and your future.

I’ve been shooting weddings on my own for long enough now that some of my past couples are starting to have babies. Just a few days ago, Lisa + Dustin welcomed a little boy into the world. And let me be biased for a second and say that these babies are cute! Real cute. Brian + Tori (remember that gorgeous, mint colored vintage car?!) had a beautiful boy recently and Jill + Austin are about to welcome a little girl into the world any minute now.

I’ve had a ball working on my collateral recently – crafting my packages to pack the most punch. I am so my mother’s daughter. I get so fired up thinking of ways I can give and spread cheer. ¬†This package? In total it probably cost $10. The onesie (ohh, the bow tie onesie) was $5 and I’ve got some of my favorite caramels stashed away in the pink chevron envelope for Lisa and Dustin to munch on while playing with their new little guy. It didn’t cost much but that isn’t the point. The point is showing that I care.

Planting seeds. It’s huge. The more you plant the richer your life will be. Promise! Now, go see Iron Man 3…..