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So, I’ve been working for some time on putting together a new website and matching blog. I’m still tweaking some things, but it is up and running. So, if you want to see my new blog posts, head over here, because you won’t see anything new if you keep looking at this page! (Don’t worry, I moved the old stuff over 😉 And please, let me know what you think – I love feedback!

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Alec and Tiffany’s wedding was a wonderful, personal event full of friends, family, tradition, and lots of unique elements. I had a wonderful time spending the day with them, and hope you enjoy the photos!

 

Tiffany’s sister, waiting to get ready.

Tiffany’s reaction to seeing her hair.

We did a private “first look” session in downtown Madison. The foggy weather and old stone on the gym worked together really well!

 

While I was busy photographing the groom with the rest of the bridal party, my second shooter, Kathy L. Phy, did some wonderful portraits of Tiffany alone.

Tiffany studied theatre in college, and you could definitely see her stage-manager side coming through. The lighting in the ceremony was challenging to photograph, but it looked AWESOME!

They took the time to do both communion and foot washing during the ceremony. It was really wonderful seeing how important their faith and their desire to serve each other is to both of them.

Tiffany is from Hawaii, and one of the traditional elements from that culture that they incorporated was the banzai toast, which is much more enthusiastic and interactive than other toasts I’ve seen. There is a call and response part that everyone really got into!

This response from the guests was captured by my assistant, Zofeen Khan.

Tiffany also folded a massive amount of paper cranes to use at the reception. These two ended up on the cake and hundreds (do you want to share an exact number, Tiffany?) were strung from the ceiling.

Tiffany and Alec, thank you so much for inviting me to spend this day with you! I can’t wait to see your marriage grow further from this wonderful beginning!

I’ve been wanting to do some senior portraits since getting back to Indiana, but needed to find a senior to do them with!  Amanda was the setter on my team a few years back when I coached high school volleyball, and I was thrilled when she agreed to do this shoot with me! It was a chilly day, (I had two jackets on most of the time), but she was a great sport – even willing to do some shots outside in short sleeves!

 

 

I just love how the cabinet behind her brings out her eyes in these next two shots!

 

 

Amanda, I had a great time! I hope you enjoyed yourself, and love the photos 🙂

For the rest of you reading this: I always post an album of my shoots on my Facebook page as well; I definitely recommend checking it out this time – I had a much more difficult time than usual deciding between some of the different photos. Let me know if you agree with my picks!

First of all, I just want to say that I am already excited for Matt & Shila’s wedding next summer! They’re both super creative people, and have come up with lots of ideas to incorporate their talents and vision into planning a wedding that will show their personalities!

 

Example No. One:

They die-cut letters so we could take a shot for their Save-the-Date cards. I won’t put the photo they’re going to use up on here (you’ll just have to hope you’re lucky enough to get one of your own!), but I got some great shots of them stringing the letters up.  We did the first part of the shoot behind my house/studio, and my cats were quite excited about the venture, so we had lots of company!

 


I always want to have at least one photograph each shoot that makes me feel like the whole shoot would have been worth it even if that was the only shot I came away with. For this session, this was that image. LOVE IT!

 

 

Matt has been one of my best friends since I was in high school (I’m still giving him a hard time for not agreeing to be a bridesman for my wedding 😉 – I think that he would have looked great in the purple dress I picked out… ), so I got lots of pictures of him goofing off during the session! You’ll have to ask him if you want to see the rest of them!

 

 

For the second part of their session, we headed to downtown Kokomo to get some photos with a different feel to them.

Also, who just shows up with a bag of custom props for their engagement session!? It was lots of fun trying to incorporate them – and I love how the ‘&’ matches Shila’s shoes!

 

 

He even picked a flower to put in her hair… How romantic!

 

 

And my favorite prop shot!

 

Photo Found…

I was looking for some photos for a project I’m working on, and came across this photograph of my grandfather and one of my cousin’s daughters. It was taken in July, at the baby shower my friends and family here in Indiana held for me.  My grandfather passed away last month, so re-discovering this photo of him at a time when he seemed so happy meant alot to me; I hope those of you who knew him can appreciate it as well.

 

So I’ve still got lots of editing to do, but am excited enough I wanted to share a couple of photos from the day now!

One of my absolute favorites!

 

And, thanks to my awesome assistant Zofeen, one of the bride and I with the maid-of-honor (who also happens to be my little sister!).

 

 

The rest will be coming soon! Or at least before the baby shows up!

I was thrilled when Aaron and Jenny approached me about photographing their wedding, and even more excited once I heard their plans for the day. They wanted something laid back and casual, where people could relax and have fun. The whole event took place at the farm of a family friend, with even the bridal party wearing jeans and a chili cook-off for the reception!

Jenny and her older sister Jamie have been friends with my sister and I for years. I remember in high school when we both played sports in the fall (volleyball for me, cross country for Jamie) that she would always be sitting outside the gym braiding someone’s hair for whatever event they had that evening. So it was no surprise that she was the one doing Jenny and the bridesmaids’ hair!

 

 

These next two are for anyone who thought that the “getting ready” process was  calm event!

All of the bridesmaids had purple scarves to wear with their outfits; they seemed to have some trouble deciding exactly what to do with them!

Jenny is a wonderful seamstress – and always has her sewing kit handy! Here, she had a couple of her bridesmaids doing some… last minute sewing thing… (I’m not sure what exactly!) to her dress. She didn’t make the dress, but she did make the guys’ vests as well as turning the girls’ jeans into skirts!

 

I just love how excited Jamie was when she saw her sister in her dress!

This one is my favorite!

 

 

Jamie wanted a picture with her sister, but she was rather busy! (Don’t worry, we got one with her facing me as well!)

Jenny asked my mom if we would be willing to help with the decorations – she just asked for some greenery in canning jars for the tables – we may have gotten a bit carried away…. Anyhow, these are old milk jugs filled with tall grasses & flowers – they were supposed to stand at the entrance to the aisle for the outdoor ceremony, but unfortunately the ceremony was moved into the barn because of the weather (after which it promptly turned nice and sunny).

And of course I have to include some photos of the flowers!

Jenny and Aaron, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to photograph your wedding! I had a lot of fun – both as a guest and as a photographer!