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KENDRA & DAVID, AN ANNIVERSARY STYLED SHOOT.

We’re SO happy to share with you all a little styled shoot we did last fall!

Now that this shoot has been published on Wedding Day Magazine (a BIG thanks to the team over at Wedding Day who put together a lovely write-up about this styled shoot!) we can share with all of you this “Styled 1st Anniversary Shoot” we did last fall at the beautiful White Willow Farms, located on the North side of Indianapolis. We really wanted to incorporate the amazing Midwest fall weather & colors into this styled shoot without it screaming “fall!” and took inspiration from the rich colors that are associated with the season like the deep reds, mustard yellows, and the warm tones. It was a fun project for us to take on, to style and try some new ideas and locations that we might not necessarily be able to execute on an actual wedding day. It’s great to have an idea of what you want to pull off and what the final vision might be, but for us, the unknown is sometimes even a bit more exciting! It ended up being pretty chilly on the day of, and we had some wind to deal with, but as you can see…the chilly weather made Kendra & David cuddle up that much closer, so it was a win/win!

We wanted something that was modern but also timeless. It was most important to focus on their connection and too much on trends. That enables us showcase the love & bond they share.

We were so happy to work with Courtney Wiley from Violets are Blue. We chatted about the inspiration and the style of the shoot…then she worked her magic. I mentioned in one of our conversations that I loved the texture and color of eucalyptus, again, adding texture and nuances from our non-traditional fall theme. It’s more of a traditional bouquet, but we added a playful element with the ribbon, which gave it that unique touch.

Being that it was an anniversary shoot, we wanted to have something “sweet” for Kendra & David and tried to think outside the box of a traditional cake and came up with the idea of an anniversary pie! With the added bunting banner “US”, made by myself, it became a fresh twist on the usual take of a wedding cake top layer. Also, who doesn’t love a mini-pie?!

We’re so super grateful to the wonderful team of vendors that got on board for this idea and who so graciously shared their talent with us! Make sure to check out the Wedding Day Magazine write up and follow ALL of these awesome vendors!

 

BABY MAC & THE WALLIS FAMILY.

One of the most rewarding parts of our job as photographers is documenting families as they grow. It’s an absolute privilege to be welcomed into a home and spend time with parents and their children. In some ways we feel like an extension as Aunt Lauren and Uncle Robbie.

The most recent addition to the world being our new best friend, Mac! This little guy was about as content as a newborn can be. Surrounded by his older (yet young) siblings, they’d already taken to him with overflowing love.

We think you’ll see the harmony of personalities here as youthful energy and serene baby sleep occupy the warmth of this home.

As always, thanks Wallis family for brightening our days…and for just being you. We adore you all.

Congratulations on your perfect new addition, we can’t wait to see him grow and do such amazing things.

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l. & r.

Our approach for this particular session was to document their new life, as a family of 5. We spent some time with Mac, but you guys know that newborns are on their own schedule, and while Betsy was feeding him, we shifted our focus to our other little BFF’s. These two are some of the sweetest, goofiest and just FUN kids we know. Full of energy and positivity (a testament to how AMAZING of a team Betsy & Tom are).

THE CASCIANI KIDS.

these kids (and young adults!) are HILARIOUS! we met up with the casciani kids just as the weather was starting to get chilly again, right before christmas (gotta love that midwest weather!) while everyone was home for the holiday break. we were lucky that the sun even made appearance! i’ve had the pleasure of knowing the littlest member of the four and their amazing mom over the last few years and it was fun to get to know the bigger “kids” as well! 🙂 what a lovely group of humans…kind, funny, smart, down to earth and polite, all the good that makes the world just a bit happier. big thanks to the casciani family and HUGS to their sweet pup who made it into the session!!

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l. & r. (and homer!)

roman and celia, you guys make cool look way too easy!

izzy and sweet miss claire.

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i saw izzy snuggling up to farley in the viewfinder and had a feeling that this image was going to be all sorts of cute. we love families who love doggies.

this girl was a TROOPER throughout the entire session. towards the end we went up to grab a few images on a pretty steep hill which was a tad on the “muddy” side…after we were all wrapped up she insisted on rolling down the hill…we all laughed as she rolled over and over, all getting a tiny bit dizzy watching her do so! as you’ll recall, she’s also wearing all cream and white…catherine simply shrugged her shoulders and said, “yeah, we do a lot of laundry at our house!” lol!! 🙂

TREVOR.

Meet Trevor.

He’s graduating high school in a few weeks, and headed on to big things. To all of the class of 2019, congrats!

Robbie has known Trevor and his family for years and when he was back in Ohio a few weeks ago, they met up and documented a bit of time together. If it’s one thing that I admire about Robbie and his eye, it’s his unique ability to photograph environmental portraits. And, he’s AMAZING at it (he’ll deny it, and say otherwise, but he’s awesome at it).

These portraits of Trevor are individual and totally capture his spirit. We sent a few previews to his mom, and her reaction was all that we ever ask for when we show someone our final edits…she kept saying how grateful she was that Robbie was able to capture him. It’s a big deal to have senior portraits done, even a bit more pressure with clients & friends, but he knocked it outta the park with this one.

Plus, there’s a definite resemblance to a young Jon Snow (GoT fans, am I right?! Plus, he’s got a dog that also kind looks like Ghost…keep scrolling).

Thanks to the Grohe Family for your constant support and kind words and to Trevor, congrats again my friend.

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l. & r.