Previously Unpublished – Holga 35mm at Shiojiri Niwa – Spring 2009

While rummaging for some #ThrowbackThursday images to Instagram I noted several rolls of unmarked, processed 35mm film I had set aside in 2012 and all but forgotten about until early 2015. Holding the negatives to light I instantly recalled the moments I took with my Holga but was surprised by the images I had waited to see once they hit the scanner.

Holga 35mm film sprocket lens flare at park
Holga 35mm film sprocket photo of lens flare at park

Holga 35mm film multiple exposure tree branches

Holga 35mm film sprocket stairway shadow zigzag abstract
Holga 35mm film sprocket photo – stairway shadow zigzag abstract

If the above image of the zigzag shadow on concrete stairs looks familiar, there was a megapixelized version of it posted years back as a Previously Unpublished entry. I had forgotten I made a Holga film exposure of the abstract detail as well.

Holga 35mm film sprocket photo of spring blossoms

Holga 35mm film sprocket photo end of roll
End of roll.


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Fall, in Love – 10 Septembers Ago – Rose and Jeremiah

Today marks the first decade milestone for this photo hobby venture turned career move as I began telling wedding day stories through digital images and design. But enough about me…

Happy 10th Anniversary Rose & Jeremiah!

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding couple

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding dress

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding gmen

My slanted hip shot of the father of the bride and two groomsmen. I hoped to catch them candidly but the expressions, body language,  and camera tilt turned out an intimidating snapshot of this rather imposing trio.

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride enters

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding bride and father

(One serious time warp I noticed looking back 10 years is that while there are guests holding cameras as the bride enters, there are not swarms of illuminated phone, tablet, and small television sized screens at arm’s length capturing her every step to be tweeted, live streamed, and hashtagged. Those were the days…)

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding altar

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding recessional

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding cutting cake

Indianapolis log lodge evening wedding first dance

Congrats again, newlyweds, on your first decade! Here’s to all the years ahead!

Fall, in Love – Outdoor September Autumn Wedding with Handmade Decorations

Autumn has been in the air around here since at least last weekend. Warm jackets are out, the colors on the trees are starting to turn, and apple cider is a regular beverage. My favorite season has begun.

Meredith and Chris’ wedding day was full of beautiful handmade personalized decorations, sculptures, pottery and floral arrangements. Some of my favorites are below…

September outdoor autumn wedding date stone

September outdoor autumn wedding seating sign

handmade sunflower pavers love honor cherish

September outdoor autumn-wedding-metal sculpture couple sunflower

September autumn wedding bouquet grandparent photo charms

September autumn wedding custom rings pottery plate

September outdoor autumn wedding tent ceremony

September outdoor autumn wedding tent in well landscaped yard

September outdoor autumn wedding rings exchange

I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different takes on the traditional unity candle symbolism in wedding ceremonies and this unity tree planting was the first of its kind for me. The bride, groom, and their parents joined in planting a tree during the outdoor wedding ceremony.

September outdoor autumn wedding tree planting soil pail

September outdoor autumn wedding unity tree planting

September outdoor autumn wedding in a tent, couple's first kiss

September outdoor autumn wedding tent recessional

September outdoor autumn wedding just married floral sign

September outdoor autumn wedding sunflower bouquet and rings

September outdoor autumn wedding newlyweds by the river at dusk

The morning’s rain stayed away for the outdoor wedding ceremony, gave overcast lighting and a glimmer of moisture to all the lovely floral decor. (Photo tip: rainy days yield saturated colors and contrast!)

IU Indiana University Logo cake topper

Finalizing the list of personalized decorations is this Indiana University IU monogram cake table piece, complete with the newlyweds’ wedding date. Go Hoosiers! Congrats, again, newlyweds, and happy anniversary!


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Summer Senior Portraits – Marissa at the Fountain

Summer senior portraits fountain heels

If you’ve followed my photography for any good length of time you’ve seen this young lady before – on stage, dressed to impress, and followed by my brags of all kinds. Add to the brags a mega dose of pride as she’s graduated high school and headed off to college this fall! Congrats, Marissa, and best of luck in your studies!

Summer senior portraits dress fountain

Summer senior portraits posing fountain

August senior portraits fountain

Summer senior portraits fountain idea

Summertime senior portraits plaza

Drop me a line to set up a Senior Session of your own! Summer took its time to get here, fall colors are ahead – reserve a spot today!

Warm Weather Wedding Flashback – Tracy and Andrew

east race bridge newlyweds bridal party kissHappy (extended) Valentine’s Day weekend! As snow graces northern Indiana once again this morning I ran across this warm, colorful, endearing portrait of newlyweds Tracy & Andrew while perusing a catalog of my favorite wedding photos. This moment of warm smiles & toasty temperatures comes from a sunny Saturday in July 2007. Enough of this winter weather, I think we’re all ready for spring.


Stay toasty! -eB

Maternity Portrait Session Preview – Sarah and Phil

maternity portrait couple black and white silhouette photo idea

This weekend Sarah and Phil met up with me for – nay, REQUESTED – a winter maternity portrait session mere days after the January Snowpocalypse shut down the city for several days with record setting snowfall and a polar vortex delivered unbelievably cold wind chills. So I made like a Photoshop file, added on some layers and exported with options of location photography gear for an evening of laughs and portraits.

Winter maternity portrait in snow laughter

Congrats again, Sarah and Phil!

More photos on the blog HERE and the Facebook page.

Stay toasty my friends.

Prom Portraits in the Park – Marissa and Quin

Disclaimer: slightly biased, highly proud godfather posting.

Near the end of April I joined my goddaughter Marissa and her prom date / cohort in theatrical crime Quin for portraits before Mishawaka High School’s prom night.

You two looked very snazzy, glad to join you for a silly, fun & rarely serious shoot before your fun night! -eB

outdoor prom couple photo converse chucks

outdoor prom couple photo sophomores

outdoor Mishawaka Indiana prom couple photo
“Act natural… never mind, act devious!”

Devious didn’t take any convincing or surprise anyone given Marissa’s theatrical repertoire.

Mishawaka High School outdoor prom couple photo

Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens prom couple portraits

outdoor park prom portrait photographer

Spring prom couple corsage photos

outdoor Spring park prom couple informal portrait

silly relaxed laughing outdoor prom portrait pictures

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