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.






I met the McIndoo family at Wilson Park in Mishawaka, for one last romp in the great outdoors while the weather was still nice. Since there’s two adorable little ladies in the family, we started on a hillside under a tree with a girly sort of setting. However, this setting did not last long, because the eldest was quite the explorer. We ran all over the open field, and then ventured into the woods to chase that golden evening glow that I love so much. Here are my favorites from the session!


This family portrait session took place on the Yellow River Road property. The warm light in this session was just wonderful! It reminded me a bit of Rembrandt’s colors. The Banks family is one family I loved working with. They just happen to be my family but I really do think they are kind, down to earth people. I noticed a while ago that their children are the most well behaved kids ever. I’m told that not only are they good kids, but they’re really smart. Natalie, a natural around the camera, loves to read and is a bit shy, like me! Noah has always been in high ability classes, loves sports, and playing guitar with his dad. Whether its grocery shopping or traveling, the family loves to do things together. They even agreed to have a picnic with my mini homemade apple pies. I hope they’ll love these images as much as I do! Enjoy!

P.S. Keep an eye out for another blog post on a special little project we worked on with this family.

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It really is gorgeous weather for a family portrait. Here is a little sneak peek of a session from this past weekend. More to come!