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

Spring Flashback – While the Newlyweds Wait – May 2005

Wedding Portrait bride and groom alone candid Saint Joseph Michigan

More snow in the air as February winds down warrants another warm weather favorite photo gets dredged from the archives! Today’s post comes from Spring 2005 as the newlyweds shared a moment alone on the country club green in Bridgman, Michigan.

Free photo tip – waiting around for family and bridal party members to arrive for group portraits is not time wasted waiting on great photo opportunities… if you keep your eyes out for these kinds of moments. This photo came together between the bride and groom’s portraits alone and waiting on the rest of the gang to meet up for outdoor portraits. No posing ideas, directing, or forcing a smile needed!

Keep toasty & keep your eyes open for great photo moments! -eB

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

Snowy Outdoor Winter Maternity Portraits – Sarah and Phil

snowy winter maternity portraits couple

snowy winter maternity portraits finger heart hands

snowy winter maternity portraits mother

snowy winter maternity portraits christmas tree

snowy winter maternity portraits baby belly

snowy winter maternity portraits motherhood

snowy winter maternity portraits boots

maternity portraits coffee date

maternity portraits alphabet blocks

maternity portraits couple baby booties

The snow hasn’t let up any since Sarah & Phil met me for their wintry maternity portraits a few weeks back. Not a bit. I wished for a white Christmas and I’ve been eating my frost-covered, freezer-burnt words ever since. These two lovebirds, however, just couldn’t get enough of the winter weather!

Congrats to Sarah and Phil on braving the weather for some snowy snapshots as you count down to your baby girl’s arrival soon!

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

Check out more favorites on our Facebook page here.

Looking for photo ideas now that prom’s over? Drop us a line for a post-prom shoot in your classy look!