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.

November 4, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man in jean jacket and woman in sweater sit on picnic bench in front of lake and lots of fall foliage during their brown county engagement session

The leaves on the trees were all changing, from greens too yellows and oranges and reds. Those colors were reflected off the surface of Lake Ogle, providing a beautiful backdrop for photos. After hiking around the lake, Kendall and Connor paused to sit on a picnic table and admire the spectacular view. It was just […]

October 31, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

viewed through a gap in the leaves of a bush, a man and a woman kiss during their Artisan Acres Estate engagement

A small gap in the leaves let the light shine down on the clearing next to the Little Grand Barn. Standing in the clearing, surrounded by the forest, Katie and Peter hugged and kissed. This was just one of the many sweet moments from their Artisan Acres Estate engagement session. Scroll down to see pictures […]

October 18, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

a man in a flannel shirt and a blonde woman kneel down with their dogs during their wonderful eagle creek engagement session

The dogs were a bit a energetic at this engagement session. Erin and Nick had to kneel down to pet them several times, to calm them down for photos. Which honestly made for some of our favorite photos from the session. We could tell these two loved their dogs, and it was wonderful to get […]

August 28, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

a man and a woman kiss outside a glass building during their newfields greenhouse engagement photos

The soft sunlight filtered through the overcast sky and reflected off the glass of the greenhouse. In front of the greenhouse, Kathleen and Albert embraced. As they hugged, they brought their heads together and briefly kissed. This was just one of the lovely moments from their Newfields greenhouse engagement session. Scroll down to see many […]

August 13, 2022

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman stand in front of fountain about to kiss with their dog on a leash next to them during their carmel city center engagement session

The last rays of sunlight were catching droplets of water flowing from the cascading pools of the fountain. Kyle and Ali stood n front of the fountain, a slight mist from the falling water dampening their clothes. They hugged and kissed, oblivious to the rest of the world. This was just one of the fantastic […]

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 […]