Natural Light Children’s Portraits – Happy 1st Birthday Ayden

Mother and Son Outdoor Portraits

Sometimes my job behind the camera is a piece of cake. My clients’ ideas and translate into a creative energy, smiles abound, and it’s almost effortless. Like I said, a piece of cake. If anything, Quanay and her son Ayden made it a slice of 1st birthday cake when we met up for Ayden’s first birthday shoot.

Childrens Portraits Mother Lifting Child pose

Mother and Son child portrait ideas

Childrens birthday portraits with letters

Growing up is hard to do. I have a feeling once Ayden discovers that his birthday celebration includes cake he’s going to be just fine!

Kids birthday portraits with balloons

First birthday portraits photographer

Baby's first birthday portraits

Smiling child portrait with parent

Clothing ideas for childrens portraits

Happy first birthday Ayden! Hope it’s full of smiles, fun, and of course… cake!

 

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Summer Senior Portraits Session – Patience

natural light senior portraits idea for girls

Patience’s Senior Session landed a toasty August summer afternoon for her outdoor shoot. Plenty of natural smiles for natural light portraits on this sunny shoot!

Carefree senior portraits poses for girls

outdoor senior portraits with flowers

black and white outdoor senior portraits

Natural light summer senior portraits

summer senior portraits natural light headshot

Summer senior portraits on bridge by pond

My favorite photos are always the shots where you are being yourself. Comfortable, natural, unscripted – your photos will show exactly that. If that means picking a bouquet of wildflowers and modeling some Queen Anne’s lace in your outdoor shoot, do it! And, as always, don’t take yourself too seriously.

senior portraits wildflowers daucus carota

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Fall, In Love – September Wedding on a Lake Michigan Beach

lake michigan silver beach wedding dune grass

The time machine is still churning, back to before this blog was up and running.

Eight years back I joined Emily and Drew as they celebrated their September wedding day at Silver Beach along Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A stormy day may have dampened the dunes but it didn’t stop the Newlyweds and their guests from having an unforgettable time along the lake shore.

lake michigan silver beach wedding warning sign

lake michigan silver beach wedding tiki torch

Tiki torches lined the aisle to their ceremony in the sand.

lake michigan silver beach wedding altar

lake michigan silver beach wedding rings

lake michigan silver beach wedding recessional

Congratulations, Emily & Drew, and happy anniversary!

BONUS – the nontraditional wedding ceremony runner.

This guy was making tracks along the shore during the ceremony and made his way back during portraits. “Runner” shirt, running shorts, headband, headphones, sunglasses, knee wrap, high socks, gleaming smile… He was way too accessorized NOT to get a photo with the groom & groomsmen.

lake michigan silver beach wedding runner

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!

Throwback Thursday – Zoo Safari Wedding 2005

Earlier this week I posted on my social media feeds a link to something new to me – Flash Weddings. I’m a fan of nontraditional, offbeat wedding day celebrations that incorporate elements of the newlyweds’ interests, back story, and dreams into the day’s festivities. This wedding was the first such “offbeat” ceremony I photographed for a couple who brought together handmade fashion and floral creations, South African wedding traditions, and a safari exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It was during my first full year of digital photography in 2005 – years before I had kids of my own to take to the zoo to see -and sometimes behave like- wild animals. Without further rambling, allow me to present a selection of my favorites from this South African safari themed wedding celebration for this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy! -eB

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Bride

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Faerie Flower Girls

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Couple

Safari Wedding ring ribbon traditions

Safari Wedding flower girl bouquet

Safari Wedding shawl covering couple

Safari wedding newlyweds Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Safari Wedding South African drum performance at zoo

Safari Wedding reception dove release

Safari Wedding reception South African dance

Safari Wedding reception floral candle South African decorations

Safari themed wedding faerie flowergirls by pond

Lake Michigan Engagement Session – Jami and Nick

Silver Beach dunes engagement portraits

Lake Michigan lighthouse pier engagement portrait shoot

Lake Michigan Silver Beach Tiscornia lighthouse engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier sunset engagement portrait

Lake Michigan Silver Beach pier lighthouse engagement portraits

Lake Michigan Silver Beach engagement portrait sunset couple

Lake Michigan Silver Beach sunset engagement portraits

BONUS: Mutual Weirdness (or outtakes)

While I’d love to gloss on and on in poetic ways about the love filling the air like seagulls fluttering with eager expectation above a parking lot full of shiny cars… bad example… Jami & Nick have a mutual weirdness I can appreciate, as well as photograph. This is a significant part of their story, and these are the images to prove it. Congrats, love birds!

Engagement Portrait outtake shock

Silver Beach engagement photos couple

engagement portrait session hair whip

engagement portrait session outtake duckface

Check out more of my favorite sessions along Lake Michigan here, and Contact Me to set up a shoot of your own! -eB