Wedding Advice & Photography

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This isn't your typical photography blog. We share useful info for couples who are getting married and those who are heading that direction. Let us show you pretty things while you fill your head with all things wedding planning.

August 8, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man in blue checked suit jacket hugs blonde woman while they both smile and laugh in front of a pond during their West Clay Engagement Session

The sun was just starting to dip below the trees and the earth was starting to cool off. In a cool space in the shade, next to a pond, Austin hugged MacKenzie She looked up, over her shoulder at him and the both smiled and laughed. Then he kissed her on top of the head. […]

August 3, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

woman in blue dress and man in white collared shirt hold hands and walk done pier during their eagle creek park engagement session

The floating pier creaked as it moved in response to the waves. Allison and David held hands and walked on the pier, chatting with each other. Behind them the sun was setting on the other side of the reservoir, but the light reflecting off the water provided a beautiful silver backdrop behind them We had […]

July 29, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman hug on top of star floor at bottom of circular stairs during their bottleworks engagement session

A set of circular stairs follows the wall in a foyer at Bottleworks Hotel. The room has beautiful stone walls with golden tones. Rob took Kristen by the hand and led her down the steps. At the bottom of the stairs, they danced in the circular room below. We love this beautiful Bottleworks engagement session […]

June 7, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

The Indiana State Government building is next to the Indiana Statehouse and the canal in downtown Indianapolis. It has a large, gorgeous overhang that looks stunning in photos. I took Barb and Keith there seeking a little shade on this hot day last summer while shooting their engagement photos. I asked them to hold hands […]

April 25, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman in front of beautiful graffiti mural on the Indy Canal during this downtown indy engagement session

This wonderful Indianapolis engagement with Sarah and Jeffrey went all over downtown. We started at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Monument Circle. After getting some shots around the monument and in front of the fountains, we headed down the cobblestone street toward the Indiana Statehouse. We hit the Statehouse grounds during golden hour and […]

April 21, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

blonde woman in a green tank top and denim jeans kisses a man in shorts with a blue shirt in the woods

A blanket of brown leaves lay on the forest floor. Sunlight filtered through a canopy of new green leaves overhead to grace the woods below. Standing in the fallen leaves, Ellie and George hugged and kissed. This was just one of the gorgeous moments Hannah captured with Ellie and George. All of the photos were […]

April 19, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman prepare to kiss during their carmel at-home engagement session

The sun hung low in the sky. The leaves on the trees caught its light, keeping it from gracing the ground below. Sara and Joe stood in the dappled shade, under the trees, reveling in each other’s company. The two of them looked to be perfectly in love and at home with one another. We […]

March 11, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman hug in front of blue restaurant during their West Clay Engagement Session

Flowers and shrubs in clay planters sprouted in front of a wonderful little restaurant. The warmth of spring had coaxed them above ground. They stood in front of a building with large buildings framed with white trim and blue walls. Kate and Jordan hugged in front of the doorway, touching their foreheads as they embraced. […]

March 10, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman embrace on bridge over Saint Joseph River during their Mishawaka riverwalk engagement

Purple flowers were in bloom all throughout the Robert C. Beutter Riverfront Park. Music drifted through the park and laughter as people spent a sunny spring afternoon enjoying nature. On a sidewalk in front of the Saint Joseph River, Emily walked up behind Adam and hugged him as he laughed. This was just one of […]

December 13, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

couple sits at table and cuddles at sunset during their Fountain Square Engagement Photos

The light of the setting sun was golden and lovely. It backlit Priscilla and Sam as they sat at table outside a cafe cuddling into each other. They looked so cozy just sitting there snuggling into each other. This was just one of the amazing moments from Priscilla and Sam’s gorgeous Fountain Square engagement photos. […]