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We thought this day might be rainy day #2, but the rain stopped and gave us little bursts of sun. Indiana Dunes is a great beach for doing family portraits because you have an expanse of beach front, and the gorgeous dunes. This family, besides being picture perfect, was a blast to photograph. The children were so easy going and pleasant to interact with. I love families that love each other. Here are a few more favorites from the day. See more images from this session on Facebook.

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Beach sessions are fun! When Kelsey decided she wanted a beach location for her senior session, I instantly thought of Indiana Dunes State Park  in Chesterton. I’ve been there a few times for some rest and recreation, and had discovered some great little sand covered pathways along pretty trees with sunshine peeking from above the leaves, lighting the way through the tops of the dunes. The scenes of the beach from the tops of the dunes is something so peaceful and serene. It makes you want to sit and just watch the sunset. It makes hard to get through a session without stopping to watch the sun glistened water, but onward we went. God has a way of setting a scene to perfectly match a session.

Kelsey is, of course, a senior this year at Knox High School. She plans to go to college for physical therapy, and I believe this profession choice will suit her well. While I was only able to spend a couple of hours with Kelsey for her session, I could tell she is very kind and gentle. She also braved climbing the steep dunes with my assistant and I, so we could get some fun shots from the top, and trust me it was not easy carrying equipment and bags with hot sand beneath you. All in all it was worth it, and we had a wonderful time. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how for.
You know the bluejay’s double-blur device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.
~ Blue Winter by Robert Francis

I can’t but help welcome a trip to the beach, even in January. The days that most people prefer not to go are my favorite – as there’s not a soul on the shore and I’ve got all the beauty to myself. Here are some images from my trip.

 

 

 

 

This Little One’s Session took place at Centennial Park in Plymouth, Indiana. Little Miss Charlotte showed up with sweet smiles and was full of curiosity. It’s always fun to see how a little one reacts to a little setting made just for them. Charlotte arranged the pumpkins several times and read storybooks upside down. It really must be the funniest story when it’s read upside down. The whole day had a bit of a Winnie the Pooh feel to it. I love how she held her little hands in the first image. After our mini set on the lawn, we went on an adventure and explored Greenway Trail. We found little green nooks in the forest, open fields, and areas of field grass with goldenrod. We ended the session in a tree, which you’ll see isn’t quite like Pooh Bears, but it still made for a perfect place to pretend.


 

 

Coming up this weekend is a post on a Little One’s Session I photographed at Springhope Farm. It’s located just outside of Galien Michigan. I felt the need to blog about the location first because of how lovely it was! We bought apples from Springhope Farm a couple years ago, but I didn’t remember how stunning that farm is. Not only are there gigantic apples, but equally gigantic peaches, and the scenery is just wonderful. To top it off, there are an amazing amount of flowers. The dahlia’s especially caught my attention, as I have been enthralled with them on pinterest. This is one place you must visit this fall. I recommend going and picking on a nice fall day so you can soak in the beauty of the place, and the wonderful scents that drift around the orchard. Check out their facebook page for details about picking seasons, and be sure to like them!

After some time debating on whether to photograph among apple or peach trees, I decided on a peach row, the sugar giant variety to be exact. The limbs were hanging heavy with so many juicy peaches, and their color was perfect for the color scheme.  A big thanks to Bob and Caren Woods for allowing me to photograph on their property. Don’t forget to check back this weekend for the Little One’s Session I photographed there!