My cousin Georgia is the closest thing I have to a sister. When we heard about the Boston bombings, I sent a shaky text to see that she was okay. Honestly I could have blubbered when I heard she was fine. She’s a runner. She’s a runner who’s I knew was planning on trying to qualify for the 2014 Boston marathon. She could have been there. She was in fact there at the marathon, but had left and made it home before she had even heard about the bombing. Thank God.

Even though there’s a little bit of an age difference between us, I’m still young at heart, love coffee shops, and many other things she loves. In fact she’s been doing a bit of photography, check out her blog. Unfortunately during her entire visit, my vehicle was in terrible cahoots, so the day before she left we finally were able to meet up for a sunset session on a lake, and some Mucho Mas. I love the little pockets of light we were able to find, and that dress! Red is your color Georgia!

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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.



I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to photograph grandparents day at a local private school. While studio lit formal portraiture is not something I regularly do, I enjoyed it. I wanted to play it safe with the background color, BUT also incorporate a bit of my style. The backdrop idea is originally from this pin, however she must have changed her link, and it seems to have disappeared all together. These simple paper fans are made from inexpensive white paper towels, around 50 sheets of them. It seems like the cheaper the paper towel is, the better, since softness isn’t something you want for this project. This is an extremely budget friendly backdrop at a cost of around $4.00 for the paper towels and glue sticks for the hot glue gun. We had everything else. I simply made various sized paper fans and pinned them all over the white fabric I use on our backdrop frame. While this project was a tad bit labor intensive, I think it’s still worth it, and if your well organized, you can carefully stack and store the paper fans in boxes for the next use. You can also make them with colorful scrapbook paper and insert popsicle sticks where the two pieces of paper meet, this will allow them to fold up and store more easily – like traditional paper fans. I used the paper fans again for the testing session below with Sarah. If they happen to be used again sometime, I’m thinking of spray painting some for a touch of color. For more details, just check out the last image – an animated gif. Most images were photographed with our Canon 5d mii and the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass.

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This time of year always has me thinking of things such as, apple orchards, changing leaves, hot apple cider, scarves, soup, rest, good books, and quilts. I have finished two baby quilts in the last month and am putting them in my etsy shop tonight. I love both of them and almost wish I could keep them to snuggle up with, but I think a baby and mom could perhaps enjoy them more.

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.