What a fun location for a little one’s/maternity session! Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson was the perfect place for this family. There were plenty of places to explore and all the bright colors made it all the more interesting. I’m so glad the mom suggested it! Because the location was already so rich with things to keep a toddler busy, I scaled down on the props. I brought along a vintage suitcase, a quilt, and a few cars from my dads vintage train set. Although I live in North Judson, and had passed by the station numerous times, I had not actually stopped to see how cool the place was. I think this handsome toddler had a blast exploring!

Avant Gardens was the perfect spring location for this family session. The tall grasses from last summer were soft and golden among all the fresh green coming in. It provided a perfect backdrop for a bit of fun with the family. The children were all so sweet and I loved seeing how they interacted with one another. Having older brothers myself, I was happy to see how affectionate the boys were to their little sister.



This is my first wedding since starting The Whimsy Tree, in which I assisted a cousin as a natural light photographer. Despite having a mild winter, somehow it managed to be quite bad out, in fact I think I prayed my way through the snow for the entire trip to Koontz Lake. By the afternoon it had cleared and was sunny out. I was one of the first to arrive at the church and this provided an hour to photograph all the lovely details of the dress before the bride would need it. The dress was gorgeous and even more so on the bride. I met Matt and Ashley for their engagement session and knew right away that photographing their wedding would be in a way, a breeze, because they are so naturally photogenic, so very easy going, and fun loving. They’re a sweet couple and I enjoyed capturing their special day. Here are some of my natural light favorites from the day.






More to come!

Not once had there been such eyes,
Such a nose,
Such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.

Nancy Tillman

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