Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas!

December 24

Sending so much love and joy to you and yours this holiday season. Wishing you a remarkable 2014 full of laughter and happy surprises! Xo, C


Katie + Clark

December 23

Happy Monday, you guys! Yes, I will be finishing up Christmas shopping immediately following this post. Remember when I had aspirations to have all of my Christmas shopping done by December? Well, that didn’t happen. Not at all actually! Oh well. There’s always next year. I’m just really happy I was able to squeeze this post in before Christmas and before I head out to Colorado for a week. Merry Christmas to me! Because this sparkly bunch of photos are some of my favorite from the year. What a wedding to end 2013 with..

When Katie and Clark showed up to their engagement photos in the summer looking perfectly put together and adorable as ever, I knew I was really in for something special by the time their wedding rolled around. As I had anticipated, the details were thoughtful and polished. You guys, the amount of red and blue at this wedding had me at hello. Who loves Jerry Maguire? I do. Moving on, I’m such a sucker for a red and blue combo. When I showed up for the day and saw Katie’s bridesmaids donning bright red dresses, I was so smitten. Add in Clark’s awesome red and blue striped tie, blue Kate Spade heels and literally good looks ¬†every which way you looked – well, there you have some of my favorite material to shoot. In editing this wedding, I’m reminded how thankful I am for a creative job. One that allows me to highlight the importance of family. I will say this every day on here if only to continue to send my love and appreciation out into the world: ¬†Universe, thank you for a job that I truly love. I am so grateful.

Katie + Clark – Thank you so much for having me out to document your special day. It was an honor I’ll never forget. All the best in 2014. Can’t wait to see what amazing things this next year has in store for you two.



Seriously, these details are out of this world. Special shout out to Valerie with Vallarina for designing Katie + Clark’s beautiful invites.

Just look at these delicious Kate Spade heels. So in love. That Katie – she’s got great style! : )

I won’t lie. Immediately upon seeing Casey’s (Katie’s sister on right) dress, I thought of Jessica Rabbit. It has been a long, long time since I’ve thought of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Katie’s two sisters and their mom. I LOVE THIS PORTRAIT.

Red ties with suits. Amen and hallelujah! PS Clark you are handsome!


Oh hi little buddy! : )


Katie is one of 5. Three girls and two boys pictured on the right. It’s a crying shame these people weren’t favored in the genetics pool. ARE we for real? Holy moly, beautiful people!!!!!

Katie doesn’t know this yet but she actually was a model in her past life. The best part about Katie is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.

Katie and her siblings each said a few kind words to their parents at the reception. Such a special moment.

Clark’s birthday was I believe the day after their wedding so we sang Happy Birthday to him of course!

1000% yes to this photo!

Alright, wish me luck now. Off to shop.

Merry christmas eve eve! xx

PUBLISHED: Wedding Day Style Issue

December 19

Revisit Lesley + Colin’s gorgeous wedding here. Thank you so much for the feature, Wedding Day!


Maid of Honor: On the Other Side of Things

December 17

 (All wonderful images in this post by my dear and talented friend, one of my best gals РMegan Wynn. Thank you so much, M!)

A little over a month ago, my sister married one of the coolest guys I know. (Marcus, I know you will find out I wrote this so you can go ahead and tell me I’m the coolest SIL ever next time you see me.) Enough time has passed and that day has processed more for all of us. My sister’s wedding was clearly special for a myriad of reasons but one of them being that it gave me, a photographer, a chance to be on the other side of things. I mentioned previously that I’d share a little more of her day and now that we have the images, I thought now would be a good time. It was the perfect day.

I distinctly remember saying to more than a few people how I wouldn’t be nervous on my sister’s wedding day. That I’d been to enough weddings. This isn’t my first time at the rodeo.¬†But well, it really was my first time namely because I’ve never been a Maid of Honor. Maid of Honor comes with, what’s that you said? I’ve got to give a speech? Oh right. Back in grade school I actually loved speech class and not to toot my own horn here but was pretty good. ¬†Yet somewhere over the years, I’ve developed some anxieties speaking in public. Of course, being the emotional type and not wanting to pass up this perfect opportunity to shout from the rooftops how AWESOME my sister is in front of all of her and Marcus’ friends and loved ones, I put a little bit of pressure on myself to make my speech memorable. I wrote that thing for weeks. Months. I’d be driving in the car and just talk it out. My sister has been a rock in my life always, especially over the last year, and the words came easily. After the speech was given at the reception and I had a grown man tell me he shed some tears during my speech, I knew I had done the trick. But not at no cost. There were tears and puffy eyeballs for days on my behalf. That photo of my mom crying above? That’s me when I cry, just a little more pouty. Oh well. You get what you get and you don’t get upset. C’est la vie.

Very serious about my bow tying responsibilities. My hat goes off to those who can whip up a pretty bow in no time. This wasn’t any of those two bunny ears crap. I promise you it isn’t as easy as it looks!

¬†God my mom was glowing the entire day. I’ve never seen her look prettier in my life. These women mean the world to me. I am nobody without them!

I’ve been so fortunate to get to know Marcus’ side of the family. That’s Amy on the left, Marcus’ little sister and a sister to me now too! She’s a blast.

Be still my beating heart. The first few moments after my dad saw his daughter as a bride. As photographers, these are the moments we live for. As much as I hesitate to say this, my job – like anything else in life – becomes numbing at times. You go through the motions each time. This moment is an incredible reminder of how IMPORTANT my job is and how it’s powerful and good and true. I am SO THANKFUL, world. So very grateful for this beautiful career.

My handsome brother, Dave, ¬†walking my nephew down the aisle. Noah did such a good job. I’ll be biased and say he’s the cutest ring bearer I’ve ever seen.

My dad walked my sister down the aisle to Ryan Adams, “Elizabeth You Were Born to Play the Part.” ¬†First of all, with that title, could there be a better song? Also, honestly, just TRY listening to this song without getting emotional. Then for me, add your proud father walking your best friend down the aisle. I mean, there was no way I could prepare myself for this moment. Waterworks. I won’t even lie. I also won’t post any photos of that. ¬†Sister = pretty crier. Me = much less pretty of a crier. That’s the truth, guys.

My sister leaned over to me at dinner and asked if I had heard what my dad said to her when he gave her away. I’ll always love you but run like hell to him.

Folks, I almost can’t handle that. No. No I can’t. He did a perfect job giving her away. So proud of all that my dad is and grateful for everything he and my mom gave to make this day so special for my sister and Marcus.

I am nuts about this portrait. We were so lucky to have Megan with us that day! She is so talented! How amazing does my sister and her husband look?! Also, for those interested, my sister’s dress and earrings are from BHLDN.

I knew emotions would be running high and I didn’t want to leave only a pile of tears up there during my speech, so I went ahead and wrote it out and I’m SO glad that I did. Even if only for posterity’s sake. Below is a short excerpt. I will never ever ever EVER forget this look.

To my darling sister – You have never looked more amazing than you do today. I am so proud of you. You are one of my greatest blessings in life. I can’t tell you what it means to wake up in the morning and before I even step foot out of bed just to know you are in my life. I love your heart, your ability to bring warmth anywhere you go, your strength, your sense of humor. Growing up, you’ve always paved the way for your little sister. From Irish dancing to studying abroad in Italy – you’ve shown me that I, too, can do these things I thought for some time I wasn’t strong or brave enough to do. Just by being yourself, you’ve given me the courage to pave my own way. Thank you for being a rock in my life and making me laugh like no one else. Thank you for the example you set every day for me and honestly, most importantly, thank you for the memories. I will cherish them forever and look forward to many more to come.¬†

This a seemingly small, unimportant moment to most. But it means the world to me. I will forgive you, nephew, for not paying attention during my speech.  : )


Guys this is the perfect time of year to make it count. Whatever that may be. Be present and soak it up. Everything will be okay.

Also the perfect time to eat more Christmas cookies. Speaking of, I’m off to bake!

Amazing Abby

December 9

Amazing Abby – A Legacy of Hope

I only discovered Abby’s courageous battle with cancer weeks ago and in the short amount of time that I’ve followed her journey, I’ve been completely in awe of and inspired by her incredible strength and unwavering faith. The photography industry lost a beautiful soul on December 7th but I have no doubt her legacy will move generations to come.

Abby’s family has asked that we share her story of hope with as many people that we can. To read more of her story, you can check out her Facebook page here.

A reminder that life is short and precious. Make things right and hold tight to those you love.

RIP Abby

Planting Seeds: Do Good Unto Others

December 4

{Celebrating the close of an amazing 2013 season with my pal Molly Connor on Saturday.}

It’s likely the imminent close of yet another year in my life that has me feeling sentimental. No, it’s exactly that. I am indeed my mother’s daughter. Emotional at the drop of a dime but in no way more than a harmless, squeak induced¬†I am blessed to live this life kind of¬†way.

Personally and in my business, I’ve had a tremendous year of growth. As I look back over the last eleven months, I see my heart has taken so many leaps. Some of them incredibly hard to take. Some easier to take than others. Nevertheless, I’ve covered so much ground.

I’ve covered so much ground.

God that feels good.

When I was younger, I can remember telling my mom how scared I was I’d never find something to do with my life that was meaningful and fulfilling. That young girl didn’t have a clue.

A couple weeks ago I saw Jim Gaffigan live at Ball State. I digress but stick with me here. He was poking fun at a friend of his who met his now wife in a fortuitous run-in at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The two met at exactly the right moment in the parking lot of a Bed, Bath & Beyond. “Honestly who here is worried they should be at Bed, Bath & Beyond right now?!” Jim Gaffigan’s comedy has a way with me.

I have to laugh because, similarly, how different my life would look if I hadn’t decided one day ¬†I was brave enough to start a business at the age of 21. I might still be lost in the bedding aisle for all I know.

My first year shooting weddings solo under my business I shot one wedding. My second year I shot five. This year I shot thirteen and dozens of family sessions. My business has grown exponentially.

And you know what I attribute that success to?

It’s not the personal accolades so much or the exposure, features, Facebook likes or number of followers.

It’s the doing good unto others.

While working hard on a personal level is an important part of an equation that yields success, it’s doing good unto others where the magic happens. I’m talking more than the golden rule. It’s more than just smiling at a stranger. It’s holding the door for them too. It’s investing in their happiness.

At some point over this past year I’ve developed an insecurity that others think I’ve got sunshine blowing out of my ass because of the voice I’ve chosen to speak in on this blog and social media and well, in life, really. Guys, my life is messy at times and I’ve hurt like hell this past year and honestly, there have been days where I’ve just felt like a worthless human being with very little to offer to the world. I make tons of mistakes and many days I feel like throwing the towel in. I know full well that life, despite the sunshine my logo offers up, can be plain old dark and heavy.

But I honest to God try to step outside of myself in those moments and plant seeds. Investing in the happiness of others this past year has enriched my life on so many levels.

Two nights ago I was up late catching up with friends through emails, texts and Facebook. Being self employed and working alone oftentimes means staying in touch through these mediums throughout the week. I’ve learned this year how huge it is to say a few words, or in other words plant seeds, to let someone know you’re listening. My girl Gail is so amazing at this – oftentimes having something positive to contribute to so many people. At any rate, the next morning (yesterday) I had an amazing opportunity find its way into my lap.

I believe the Beatles put it best. And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. 

I wholeheartedly believe what you put out into the world will find its way back to you. But you’ve got to spread that love around. You have to actively put it out into the world. No being stingy and wanting it all for yourself. That goes for success too.

Want to be blown away? Reach out and set someone else up for success. That will enrich your life like crazy.

All this is to say, and especially this holiday season, a little less you and a little more others.

Your world will change for the better when you invest in someone else’s happiness as you do your own.

So go. Do.

Much love,


The Reynolds Family: Nate, Amanda + Ruben

December 3

{Indianapolis, you have my heart.}

Hi there! How are things? As I work next to my twinkling Christmas tree I can’t help but a) wonder if Pazzo will ever stop chewing on its branches b) say a prayer of gratitude to whomever invented leg warmers and space heaters and c) marvel at the fact that it’s December and there are only a few weeks left in the year.

This family! Oh, you guys, these photos make me ache for those fall colors. They really were brilliant for a couple weeks there, weren’t they? I’m definitely a gal that needs sunshine to boost her mood so simply revisiting these photos makes me happy. ¬†Friends, please meet the Reynolds crew. And if you already know them, well – lucky you. For a whole myriad of reasons.

It’s amazing how life comes full circle. Amanda is an inspiring and talented photographer that lives just up the street from me here in Indy. Years ago, back in 2007, when I was just getting into photography, Nate and Amanda photographed a friend’s (Hi, Liz + Jeff!) wedding. I was a guest at this wedding and I’ll never forget Amanda had a laptop out with a slideshow of images playing from Liz’s engagement and wedding day and I swear to you all, this was the moment I knew. I knew it. I wanna do that! ¬†Fast forward a couple weeks and Amanda was kind enough to have me out to her home to just sit with her and chat all things photography. Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d photograph her family one day. I also had no idea that meeting was the start of an awesome friendship. Love how life surprises us.

Ruben came into the picture almost two years now and it’s been so fun to watch Nate and Amanda as parents. They are the perfect team and Ruben is one lucky little man to have them.

Nate, Amanda + Ruben – So blessed by you guys. Thank you for everything. Looking forward to many more memories to come!



Ruben stole a piece of my heart a while ago and hasn’t given it back. I blame this in large part on his fro.

Amanda told me early on in this shoot not to worry too much if Ruben wasn’t super smiley because that’s just the phase he was in. While he did have his serious moments, we also got some smiles out of the handsome little guy!

Let it be known that Ruben does not mess around on his bike.

Anybody know where Ruben went?

There he is!!!

It is obvious to see how Ruben lights up their lives. I’m so happy for this perfect little family.

Guys, what’s the hold up?

Friends that break and enter together, stay together.


Amanda brought a film camera of her own for a few shots.

We’ll end on this because it makes me smile.

Lots of love, friends. -C