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The B Family

Here’s a throwback post that I haven’t had a chance to share yet.  🙂

I am such a big fan of this family.  It’s such a joy to have known them for the past nine years and to watch their family grow to five this past year.  I loved taking both their newborn photos and some Christmas photos for them back in 2019.  Here are some photos from both of those sessions!

 

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Heather Heights

I had some really lovely walks out in Amish country during my recent visit at home-home in Western Pennsylvania.  I finally had the chance to take my big camera with me to chase some light on a recent beautiful night out on Heather Heights.  Here are some photos from that chase.  I sure do love me some evening light! 🙂

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Phipps Holiday Magic!

I lucked out this season and got to see beautiful Christmas lights at Newfields in Indy and then at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.  Phipps Holiday Magic Flower Show and Light Garden were a beautiful way to close out the holiday season with my mom on New Year’s Day. 🙂

The conservatory rooms were so fun to explore, from Palm Court to the Sunken Garden, Victoria Room, Desert Room, Orchid Room, the Garden Railroad, and many more.  The outdoor garden had a fun, whimsical light display to explore.

Here are some of my favorite photos from my visit to Phipps!

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Here is evidence that Mom and I were there together.  🙂

Happy New Year, friends!  I hope 2020 brings you much joy!


Fritts Family Photos

These friends are regulars here on the blog.  I can’t believe I’ve been watching their family grow over the past eight years now.  We had a fun morning taking these photos for their Christmas card.  It’s been so fun to become friends with them thanks so this side gig of mine!

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The Neddermans

Repeat clients are so fun, both because it’s so fun to catch up with them and to watch the kids grow over the years.  And these boys have grown up quite a bit since our last session!

This fall we braved the hordes of photographers with families on a beautiful fall day at Holcomb Gardens on Butler’s campus and had a fun time exploring.  The Neddermans make my job easy!

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Edmund’s Senior Photos

I am so grateful for the opportunity to take Edmund’s senior photos this fall!  He’s grown quite a bit since my last visit with his family four years ago! They live in a beautiful part of Indiana and we had  great time exploring and finding great spots for these photos.

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Winterlights

I’m interrupting my current series of fall family photo blog posts for a quick kick-off to the Christmas season.  I had a lovely time with great friends on Friday night when we visited the Winterlights display at Newfields here in Indianapolis.  These photos aren’t perfect (I chose to be a bit more present and wasn’t going to deal with a tripod for optimal photos), but the beauty of the evening was worth documenting.  I hope you enjoy and I wish you a very merry Christmas season!

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Such a great view of the Oldfields estate (insert Nutcracker music here)

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Inside the Lilly House

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I’m so grateful for these friends and the Indy adventures we have.

 


Charlotte Grace

Hello!

My newest grandniece (yes, you read that right) entered the world in September and I was thrilled to be able to meet her and photograph this adorable family when Charlotte was ten days old.  It’s especially fun to photograph a family with their newborn when they happen to be part of my family! 🙂

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of my sweet grandniece and her loving parents!

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Home-home in the Summertime

Hello!

For those of you who are missing summertime, here is a glimpse back on my time in my hometown in July.  I love Western PA in the summertime.  I also love watching my nieces and nephews explore the creek (honestly, we say crick) that I grew up visiting on the family land outside of town, finding salamanders and crayfish among the rocks.  🙂

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Here’s an added bonus to this post. A couple of my dad’s magnolia trees are thriving here in the north and had many beautiful blossoms this year!  I’m not sure if I’ve shared the background story of his magnolias on the blog before, so here it is:

Magnolias hold a very special place in my heart (Southern Magnolias to be specific, but one can’t be too picky up here in the north).

For the last twenty years or so, my dad tried to grow Southern Magnolia trees at their home in Pennsylvania. I don’t even know how many he planted over the years. Many bit the dust quickly, some lasted a few seasons, and every once in a while there would be a blossom or two. Back in the summer of 2014, I was laughing at (with?) him as he watered his magnolia trees, reminding him that they really aren’t meant to live in the northern climate. He chuckled and said, “Well, we’re sort of delaying the inevitable here.”  He knew they wouldn’t grow into huge, flourishing trees, yet he faithfully filled those buckets and continued to water them and enjoy them while they grew in the yard.

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Summer, 2014

Magnolias have become a reminder of Dad for me. They remind me to live in the moment, “water the trees,” appreciate the little things, and enjoy life itself, because in the end everything is temporary.  This makes me super thankful for biblical promises like the one in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal,” but this is already too long to add a sermon into the mix.
All that to say, this is why magnolias make me smile, remind me to appreciate each moment, and encourage me to trust God with the unknown and not-promised future. 

Aren’t these blossoms beautiful?

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July, 2019

 

 


Rori

When my niece’s daughter was born at the end of June and a photo was texted, I responded like most people by exclaiming, “That hair!”  I was thrilled to have the chance to capture this beauty when I was home-home in Pennsylvania in July.  I love her and her siblings and it was delightful to capture them in these pictures.  I’m sure they were cherish the memory of Rori being this little, as well as her big brother’s camo cast from a recent tumble.  🙂

Enjoy these beauties and that hair!

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Whales, Puffins, and Murres!

I recently spent some time on the island of Newfoundland.  I definitely had to google the Newfoundland and Labrador province before my friend and I planned this trip just to know where it was located!

We had a great time exploring a small part of this very large island.  There was so much to learn about Newfoundland’s history and wildlife.  O’Brien’s Whale and Boat Tours was a great place to start on a foggy morning!

We were able to see tons of puffins, murres (which totally look like penguins from a distance), and humpback whales on our boat tour.  I hope you enjoy some of my photos from our adventure in Bay Bulls!

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A puffin!

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Approaching the Isle of Birds (I made up the name, but it fits).

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Murres on the move

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Puffins on the move

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Puffin burrows

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Not penguins 🙂

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Humpback whale sighting!

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Check out those fins!

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They were so close!

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Here is a video (don’t worry, no plans to become a videographer anytime soon!) showing our slightly overdone excitement about having whales near our boat.  🙂

 

 

Additionally, here are some photos from my phone to show another perspective from our tour.

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I’m so grateful that my friend Laura was up for joining me on a chilly summer adventure in Eastern Canada!


Now There Are Four!

It was so much fun to return to the Franklin home and photograph them with their newest baby!  It’s been a delight to see them grow through the years!  Enjoy the latest photos of this beautiful family!

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Elise is Here!

A couple years ago, I loved documenting my friends’ newborn daughter, Evelyn.  This past December, I was able to photograph this family again, now with their newest daughter.  It’s a joy to help my friends capture memories of their families with photos like these. 🙂

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The Fredells

Following an extremely rainy day in December, I was so grateful for a clear day in which to meet up with my friends from high school and take some photos of their family!  We had a great time at Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus, OH.  I love watching these girls grow up.  Click here to see one of our previous photo sessions.  🙂

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A Fall Day on the East Side

Matt and Ashley have been a part of my life for the past eight years.  We’ve been in the same community group through church, weekly investing in each other’s lives, and I’m so grateful they’re my friends.  I had a fantastic time photographing them with their daughter in their beautiful home this fall!

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The Fritts Family

This family appears frequently on the blog as they’ve grown the last few years.  I loved documenting this fun stage of their family with these photos in the fall!

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The Byrums

I had a really delightful time photographing this lovely family this past fall at Turkeyfoot Nature Park.  I had taken their photos a few years ago, so it was great fun to see them again and to see how the boys have grown!byrum1

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The Sattlers

I loved getting to see the Sattlers a few months ago and capturing their family in action at Marott Park!  They’ve come a long way since I photographed their wedding a few years back and have added a couple adorable kids to their family!

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Sara

I had a wonderful time getting head-shots for my friend Sara in the fall.  She works in college administration and I was more than happy to help her get updated head-shots for work!

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The Nedderman Family

In the spring, I had a great time catching up with my hometown friend Kara and her family.  It was wonderful to meet their littlest one (you may recall them from these photos before his arrival).  I hope you enjoy these photos from our time together at Flat Fork Creek Park!

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Europe in 2018

Hello, all!

Winter weather is assisting me in getting caught up on photos and this blog.  I just wanted to give a heads up to those of you who follow this blog for travel photos: Great things are coming your way!  I went to Europe three (what is my life!?) times in 2018 and have some beautiful photos to share from the five countries I visited. This post is a sampling for you!

I am going to be posting quite a few of my 2018 portrait sessions after this (so my clients know that I’m still doing this side gig.) After that, I will have more travel posts. Get excited!!!

Happy 2019, friends!

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Enjoying London, Italy, and Germany on assorted trips in 2018.

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My first time in Malta! March, 2018

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Summer in Italy

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A fall day in Dublin, Ireland

 

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Germany in October 2018


Derek at Six Months!

Hello, friends!

It’s time to update the blog again!

In April, I had a great time documenting little Derek at six months old.  He’s grown so much since his newborn photos!

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The Beringer Boys

I really enjoy photographing my friends’ families.  It’s crazy to think about all that has changed since I visited these friends while they lived in Cambodia.  It was really wonderful capturing the joy of their newest addition.  Enjoy the cuteness of these brothers!

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A November Day with the Fredells

I loved having the chance to catch up with my friends, the Fredells, in November!  You’ve seen them before on this blog here and here.  It’s really a joy to see their girls grow and catch up with them whenever we’re all home-home in PA.  🙂

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