Archive for June, 2016

Lauren & Ron, part 2

June 28

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than taking off those shoes and cuddling up on the couch with your person. Don’t you think? Loving the tones in these images of sweet Lauren and Ron. Don’t forget to check out part 1 that I posted last week! Beyond excited to help celebrate these two in November. Will be a wonderful treat to be a guest at a wedding during one of my favorite months. ¬†: )

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The Prein Family: Eddie, Amy, Ali, Eddie & Erin

June 27

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I think this was my fifth time photographing the Prein family. Amy initially found me because her awesome kids went to St. Thomas, my grade school alum, where my mom has been teaching science lab since 2001.¬†My mom and I were¬†just talking about that the other day – she’s been teaching at STA for 15 years which, crazier yet, means it’s been 15 years since I graduated from the 8th grade. Just out of curiosity, I just looked up the top¬†song of 2001 on Billboard magazine’s Top Hot 100 songs and it was “Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse. Oh yes, this explains why when I hear that song to this day I get so nostalgic. Man, life has changed so much since then in the most beautiful way.

At any rate, Amy wanted to be ahead of the game with her holiday photos so she scheduled them earlier than usual which I think it amazing. We even had Holcomb gardens to ourselves on a quiet Wednesday morning with perfect weather. I’ll be honest, I’ve kept mostly to sharing photos of families with younger kids on my blog but the truth is I photograph families with older kids as well and I want to share those too. So, in that spirit, here are a few of one of the sweetest families. Before hopping in the car to leave the shoot, Amy said “Next time we see you will be for Eddie’s senior photos!” These kids are growing right before my eyes and I’m so lucky to get to document it all.

Much love to you, Prein family!

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Lauren & Ron, part 1

June 24

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For anyone who has been following for any length of time, you probably know I spent much of my life Irish dancing. I started at just 5 years old when I was a tiny nugget with a terrible haircut. I danced competitively until the age of around 22. I danced through college and would drive from Bloomington to Indianapolis for practice every Wednesday during the school year. It was a really important and special time of my life. I made some of my dearest and closest friends dancing. Lauren is one of those friends. She happens to me my oldest friend, too! ūüôā We go back to preschool days – heyo Butler Co-Op!

I recently was lucky enough to take a few photos of her and her fianc√©, Ron. These two are tying the knot in November and I couldn’t be more excited to stand up there with them! As a photographer, especially one who shoots any number of weddings, it is always such a treat to be a guest at a wedding. Especially when the bride and you go way back.

For any photographers out there wondering, these were all shot with my Canon 1v and Kodak 200 film. I am truly having a blast shooting more film. It’s been¬†a wonderful challenge. Special thanks to Crystal Haffner for Lauren’s perfect makeup. Brides, if you’re looking for makeup for a special event, Crystal’s your girl for sure! Can’t wait to see the magic she works¬†in November!

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Love you, L! It’s a wonderful feeling to see your friends happy.

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Honestly, I could get all emotional about what Lauren’s friendship has meant to me but we don’t really need to go there, do we? Nobody has time for tears on a Friday afternoon! Suffice it to say, Ron – you’re a really good one.¬†Couldn’t have picked a better guy for Lauren! Thanks for making Lauren so happy.

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At the top of my plans for this weekend is to spend time with my sister and little nephew at an Indians game and I can’t wait. Give me the Coors light and some nachos!

Have a good one, friends! See you back here next week for part 2. Much love.

Chris + Katie, part 2

June 22

Remember part 2 with the pink dress? Here they are. These were taken at Thunderbird in Fountain Square – a special spot to Chris and Katie. This was my first time there and within second of walking in, I wondered how the heck I hadn’t been there or shot in there. SUCH a cool space!

Need a refresher? Here’s part 1.¬† Also Chris and I went to high school together and sat next to each other in Chemistry junior year. And now he’s marrying one of the nicest brides I’ve ever worked with, Katie. I’ve loved getting to know these two a little better during this special time for them.

Okay now that we’re up to speed, check out some more of this beautiful couple. Can’t wait for their September wedding!

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That shot on the right? I think that’s how every guy should look at his bride. Probably my favorite moment from this series.

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Ashley + Jon

June 15

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Happy Wednesday!

Oh it’s with much joy that I share a few of my favorite moments from Ashley and Jon’s perfect day. From the start, I’ve been blown away by the kindness in these two. First with Ashley when we met over froyo months ago. Of course, if you remember her beautiful face, you might remember I’ve known her for some time. She grew up down the street from me but it was one of those things where we weren’t really friends but knew each other’s names. Then we met to talk about her wedding and honestly within the first 2 minutes of talking to her I’m thinking, “How the heck was I not friends with this girl growing up!?!” Pretty much every speech at her wedding, each person talked about her love for others and how she treats people so well. It’s so true. And of course Jon, who I also knew by way of Brebeuf where we both went to high school. Again, one of those things where I didn’t really know much about him, other than what my sister told me after telling her that he was engaged to Ashley, “He is literally the nicest guy I think I’ve ever met!” So, yeah, you meet them and spend 5 minutes with them and you’re torn as to who is sweeter. They are just the kind of people you want in your circle, plain and simple. I’m so glad to have them in my photo circle now.

I have such a love/ hate relationship with blogging weddings because it’s just SOOO impossible to post all that I want to. I’d be behind this glowing box clicking away for hours. But the beautiful thing is being able to share a few of my favorites and give everyone a good feel for the day. I wish every single one of you could have been a part of this day!

Jon & Ashley, I cannot thank you enough for everything. Seriously, every thing along the way. It’s been an honor to be a part of this special time for you guys. Wouldn’t have been anywhere else for your big day! Looking forward to keeping in touch in the years to come!

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I adore this couple and hope I bump into them a lot. The way they love each other makes me really happy. Plus, how handsome is Jon in this photo? There’s something about having the groom hold his wife’s flowers. Tell you what, it never gets old to me!

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I think I’ve commented on Jon’s eyes a few times past inappropriate. Lol, but really! Those blue eyes!

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I could not love this photo any more…..

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Jon’s sweet mama : )

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For such a simple photo and message, to me this perfectly encapsulates Jon and Ashley. As photographers, whenever we see anything on anyone’s wrists (especially hair ties for girls), we always make a point to have people take those things off. Lots of times people just forget.¬†I asked Jon about taking this off before he turned it around so I could see the message. Love that he kept it on for the day.

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Ashley and Jon had a just a few flower girls : )

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The next 3 photos were taken within 30 seconds of each other. Seeing his bride for the first time….

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Love so much!

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Marriedddddd!!! Yessss!

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I can’t help but think of their kids someday looking at this photo. I don’t know why this one in particular makes me feel that way. Maybe the black and white?¬†As a photographer, taking thousands of photos every year, it’s easy for the importance of just one of those to get totally lost on us. Think that just happens when you do something repeatedly. Just thinking out loud here. Back to this happily married couple…

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Such a fun group!!! Fun fact: Ashley’s little brother, Logan, on the left … the last time I had seen him I think he came up to my waist in height. It had been a little bit. Fast forward to months ago when I ran into him on the street (with Ashley and Jon) after a Pacers game, and Ashley was all, “You remember my brother, Logan, right?” And I was like, “Yeah, of course!….Whoa!! Yeah!!!” You know that feeling when you haven’t seen someone since he or she was much younger and your brain is trying to register that person now being a grown adult. Can’t say how fun it was to reconnect with the Mournighan group!

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I’ll end on this note! Classic <3

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Special thanks to Katie Destry for your wonderful help that day! I appreciate you!

Also to Ashley and Jon’s super talented vendors who make for an incredible celebration…

Flowers: Colby Palmer Designs

Catering: Thomas Caterers

Desserts: Circle City Sweets, Cheryl’s Cookies, Just Pop In, A Cup Above Coffee

DJ: Lakeside Entertainment

Videographer: Rewind Documentaries

Ceremony: Immaculate Heart of Mary

Reception: Scottish Rite

Summer Engagement: Chris & Katie

June 8

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I should start this post by saying this is part 1 of Chris & Katie’s photos. The next half will come soon¬†when I get some more scans back but for now, would you just look at this beautiful couple! Spoiler alert: I went to high school with Chris. When we initially met in the the colder months to chat about their wedding, not only did we hit it off immediately but I reminded Chris how he once teased¬†me in Chemistry class for the pink Yankees jersey I was wearing at the time. Isn’t it funny the things we remember? I’ve healed since then. No I’m kidding, I actually told Chris I would have made fun of me too. I only got that jersey¬†because it was pink and I love sports. Not at all because I like the Yankees.

These two and their families are the real deal. Chris’ mom even came along the first half of these photos to help get their dogs to look at the camera AND she had a cooler with bottled waters in tow! You’d think after years of shooting I’d know to bring water with me and I promise you I forget to 85% of the time. Thanks for the assist, Carole!

I really had a blast with these guys. Sweethearts to the core. They really made me love this job even more. Stay tuned for part 2 (those involve a hot pink dress!) but for now, let’s admire their impeccable style and good looks and then take serious notes. Talking to myself here. Chris and Katie – so excited to be there in September! You two are a blast!

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