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.

December 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man holds woman in passionate embrace on the shore of Lake Michigan during their Indiana Dunes engagement photos

The water on Lake Michigan was still. No waves were washing ashore, not even a ripple. Standing on the shore, shoes touching the water, Elena and Ross stood hugging as the sunset behind them. The golden hue of the setting sun reflected off the lake, backlighting them as they kissed. This was just one magical […]

December 4, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

young couple holds hands at a table outside of Noble Coffee and Tea Company in Noblesville

Two coffees rested on a table outside, cooling in the crisp autumn air. Next to the coffees two sets of hands clasped each other in the middle of the table. Madelynn and Justin looked deep into each other’s eyes as they held hands and chatted. They smiled at each other during a break in the […]

December 3, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man hugs woman in front of autumnal background during their downtown zionsville engagement session

Orange leaves were spread on the sidewalk. A gentle breeze sent more leaves fluttering from the tree branches above. The breeze blew some of the leaves on the sidewalk, sending them skittering in a white picket fence which held them still. Hannah and Cole held hands and walked down the side walk through the fallen […]

December 2, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

blonde woman in blue dress sits with man on driftwood in this eagle creek photo session

On the shore of the Eagle Creek reservoir several logs lay on the ground. They had been pulled from the water and set aside to dry. Katelyn and Jacob sat on one of these pieces of driftwood on a warm autumn day. The light of the setting sun illuminating their faces while they embraced. This […]

December 1, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man with long hair hugs blonde woman in downtown muncie engagement session

As the sun was setting in Muncie, its last rays came across lighting up Sara and Adam as they hugged. Adam leaned down to kiss Sara on the cheek. It was a magical moment. I had so much fun shooting this downtown Muncie engagement session with these two! We started this shoot on Ball State […]

July 20, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

couple silhouetted and dancing at sunset during their coxhall gardens engagement session

The light of the setting sun filled the sky with oranges and yellows and blues. The color faded from one end of the spectrum to the other making dusk seem magical and full of wonder. The pond at the park lay still and peaceful, like mirror reflecting the beauty of the sunset up above. In […]

July 19, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

couple under arches at their sand creek engagement session

The leaves were slowly changing from their vibrant greens to their more mellow oranges and yellows. It was autumn in northern Indiana and while some of the leaves had yet to change, some of the orange and yellow leaves already lay scattered upon the ground. Amidst the lovely fall foliage Shanelle and Phil stood hugging […]

June 19, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman touch noses during Lincoln Park engagement photos

Geese and ducks swam in the water, sending ripples across the harbor. In the background, monolithic buildings of stone and steel stuck up into the sky. Anna and Tyler stood in the grass, looking at each other and smiling. This Lincoln Park engagement session was one of my favorite shoots last year. One of my […]

March 7, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

a young couple dance on a trail in the woods at sunset during their Arbuckle Acres engagement session

Light filtered through the leaves of the trees, leaving the trail below dappled with sunlight and shadows. On the trail, Landen and Christine danced slowly. Landen took Christine by the arm and twirled her on the trail, her dress swooshing around her as she spun. This was just one of the great moments from Christine […]

March 6, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman drinking beer in biergarten during their Rathskeller engagement

Condensation dripped off the outside of two glass beer mugs on a hot summer day. The beer mugs were in the hands of Meg and Kevin as they sat on a stage in the biergarten at the Rathskeller. The sound of their laughter as they talked echoed off the hard wood of the stage floor […]