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YOLANDA, BRANT & OLIVER.

happy monday!

now, you all know how crazy we are about DOGS…we love them…a lot.

so, we were SUPER excited when yolanda reached out and said that they wanted to do a session with their sweet new pup, oliver! it ended up being one of those wonderfully crisp fall afternoons with that magic light…perfect for cuddling and puppy kisses. πŸ™‚

we hope to see these three at the soon at, indy’s indoor bark parkΒ  a NEW INDOOR DOG PARK located in indianapolis, indiana! we’re working on a project with the park and that’s actually how yolanda & brant found us…so, if you’re in the indy or surrounding area, make sure to follow along and sign up for the latest news and when they’ll be opening up for all the doggos! we’re so looking forward to a place where we can take our boy to run and socialize with other dogs in the winter when it’s just entirely too cold out!

thanks so much to yolanda, brant and their awesome new family member oliver…we hope these images make you guys smile!

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l. & r.

HALLOWEEN PORTRAITS!

Did we get your attention with ALL OF THIS HALLOWEEN cuteness? Good!!

Attention Westfield, Indiana friends! We’ll be taking portraits of trick-or-treaters this Halloween, and YOU’RE ALL INVITED! Join us on W. Clear Lake Ln any time between 5-8pm where we’ll be photographing the spooky, whimsical, and everything in between.
For just $10 we’ll deliver a black & white 5X7 print!

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Did we mention there will be CANDY?! There will be CANDY!! (also, Homer will be there too, so if nothing else, come to see him.)

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l. & r.

NORMA & BO.

oh, these two…these two, sweet & magical bo and her beautiful momma norma.

now, i’m saying this not to poke fun, but to teach us all a little something that at least i myself sometimes forget. when norma and bo pulled up to the location and bo locked on to us, she BURST into tears. i’m talking FULL OUT CRYING WITH REAL BIG TEARS. having a hard time catching her breath crying. poor thing. us adults had a good laugh and joked that maybe she was crying because robbie needed a haircut, you see, norma cuts robbie’s hair (has been for years and she’s amazing at it) and truth be told, he needs a haircut about every two weeks. so, he was wearing a headband to keep it out of his eyes. he took off his headband, sunglasses and cross-body camera strap and crouched down to her level, but that honestly only seemed to make things worse. i even busted out a recent video of homer swimming, thinking “this will cheer her RIGHT UP!”

nope. still crying GIGANTIC REAL TEARS.

we even busted out some m&m’s (her go-to candy!). that only made said gigantic tears larger, and then we added colored spit to the mix because the poor thing couldn’t even chew.

i will say that through all of this, sweet norma was speaking to bo in the calmest voice, telling her that it was all ok, and to calm herself down. at no point in any of this, and it was a good 25 minutes, did she get even remotely frustrated. bo is only 4 and quite a shy little thing. long story made short, all bo needed was a facetime call with her dad and a bit of time to warm-up to us.

i guess what i’m getting at is, in this time of constantly racing through life, social media pressure, REAL LIFE pressure, it’s important to take a deep breath. don’t get frustrated by small unimportant worries, don’t let GIGANTIC REAL TEARS and colored m&m spit upset you, because in the end, making friendships with real people is what makes life interesting. the images of these two magical people and the CONNECTION that they share is what’s really important.

you might be having a crap day, you may be feeling real low down, but if you take a deep breath and look around you, you’ll find what matters. it may be something small or something big, but you’ll find a glimpse and that’ll be enough to get you going again.

norma, your patience is amazing, and bo is lucky to have a presence like you in her life. bravo to you my friend.

sweet bo, your warm smile, chubby cheeks and long eyelashes are some of the sweetest i’ve ever photographed, but your kind heart is by far your #1 best quality.

lots of love to these two.

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l. & r.

HALLE, HER BUSTED ARM IN A CAST, AND A SKATEBOARD

first things first, her cast is real. she was running UP a vert ramp at a skate park…things didn’t work out so well and she broke her arm. she broke it right before she went to camp, but she didn’t let it ruin her time there…you know why? cause she’s a CHAMPION this one. she’s a grand champ, and also they know apparently have water-proof casts…SAY WHAT?! i never broke any bones when i was a kid, but i had plenty of friends that did. but nowadays, they make water-proof casts, so she could swim and be a kid for the whole summer and not have to wear a bread bag tied to her arm!!

anyway, i digress…back to this one. she’s one of my favorite kids to photograph. she’s got a laugh better than most adults i know and a personality to match. she’s also got cool fun shoes, a pink bandana we turned into an arm cuff and a toothy grin…all the ingredients that make for fun portraits! we borrowed a skateboard, tied up her arm cuff, which we also used as a headband and set out to make some happy portraits.

here are a few of my favorites! enjoy!

love you sweet hal jo!

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l.

THE SCHUELER FAMILY.

hello all!

meet the schueler family!

i said it before on instagram and i’ll say it again here on the blog, lately our openField. clients have been a 13/10. we’ve been having such a fantastic late summer photographing some amazing families and this family is no different!

they even brought their dog, peanut along for some family portraits! and you all know how much we ADORE doggies!!

enjoy these favorites of ours!

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l. & r.

these next two images, if i look at them long enough, i start to cry. it’s also the reason i love photographing with robbie so much.

here are a few reason to back up the previous statements.

1. dogs and families. i’m a true believer that kids will grow into better beings if they have a dog growing up. dogs show us so much about life and teach us love and these kids (for sure!) love their pup, peanut.

2. dogs are awesome.

3. families are awesome. we love the dynamic of photographing families. it’s fun and it honestly makes our job feel super important.

3. robbie and i make up a pretty damn good team if you ask me. the first image is mine, which is a perfectly lovely family portrait…BUT, the image below mine is robbies…and it makes me get a little emotional. you can feel so much from looking at this image, even if you don’t know the schueler family, you KNOW that they are all genuinely happy, they love each other and they love their dog. you can’t see marryanne or adam’s face, only their smiles,Β  you can see the kids’ faces though and can you not just feel all the warm fuzzies?!

 

big thanks to this awesome family, it was SO great to meet you all and spend some time laughing. we hope these images make you all smile for years & years to come. πŸ™‚