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.

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 […]

January 22, 2021

FILED IN: Engagements

Silhouettes of two people touching foreheads during their Indy Reservoir Engagement

The sun was waning as it slid down the sky and over the Eagle Creek Reservoir. Light reflected up off the placid surface of the water, creating a beautiful glow in the air. Allie and Jake stood on a bluff overlooking the water. They turned toward one another and hugged. This was just one of […]

September 18, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

woman in green dress and man in blue pants hug in front of rocks during their bloomington engagement session

Large slabs of rock stood tall above the grass of an open field. Their faces pointed upward at an overcast sky on a damp day just on the precipice of rain. Standing amongst the rocks, Megan and Evan hugged each other. There were so many amazingly picturesque moments just like this one during Megan and […]

September 4, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman dance at sunset during their hamilton county park engagement session

Laura and Bob were so much fun to capture at their engagement session. I had a lot of fun walking around Strawtown Koteewi park with them taking photos and getting to know them a little better. I had so much fun capturing this Hamilton County park engagement session! Laura and Bob met in college and […]

September 3, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman dance at coxhall gardens engagement session

Last fall when the air was cooler and it was okay to wear pants and jackets, Katelyn and Nick had the most adorable engagement photos! They met with Hannah in front of the Coxhall Mansion and started shooting. We just love the way Hannah captured them laughing and dancing in front of the gates at […]

August 21, 2020

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman kiss passionately in steam during white river park engagement session

Steam was venting out of a grate in the sidewalk. As we walked past the steam, Jon and Nicole stopped for a second to kiss. It was a magical moment and I’m so glad I was able to capture it during their White River Park engagement session. This engagement session was so much fun. It […]

August 7, 2020

Man and Woman sit in boat in one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

Throughout Indianapolis, there are lots of hidden gems when it comes to portrait session locations. Whether it be the outdoors, with beautiful foliage, or an urban setting with colorful walls, it’s hard to go wrong in Indy. If you’re looking for a place to do your engagement session but don’t already have something in mind, […]

November 7, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

man and woman stand under wine club sign for their Louies Wine Dive engagement portraits

Big tungsten bulbs lit up a sign that read, “Wine Club” on the wall of Louie’s Wine Dive. Standing under the sign, and under a chandelier made of empty wine bottle, Ali and Eric stood with glasses in hand. They were sharing a drink at one of their favorite places in Indianapolis. I had so […]

October 29, 2019

FILED IN: Engagements

dark and moody photo of a man and a woman kissing in the woods during their Eagle Creek Engagement Photos, one of the Best Indianapolis Engagement Photo Locations

The light of the setting sun streamed through the trees, backlighting Emily and Ryan. The green leaves were tinged with golden hues as the light illuminated them. In front of this backdrop, Emily and Ryan stood with their foreheads pressed together. They were laughing at something they whispered to each other. This was something that […]