First Day of Kindergarten – Quinn

School is back in session, and Quinn is off to Kindergarten!

Wrapped up Summer Vacation with a Back to School / Off to Kindergarten session with Quinn. He was more excited for school to begin than for holding a sign board but he quickly warmed up to his new modeling gig. (The attitude for the camera from this guy! He’s ready for the stage and screen.)

Congrats, Quinn, and welcome Class Of (wait for it)… 2030!

Wedding Flashback Wednesday – Katie & Mathew’s 9th Anniversary

Groomsmen reservoir dogs walk

This spring and summer have been rich with celebrations, milestones, and joy. Last week we looked back a decade while marking an anniversary, today we go back 9 years for Katie & Mathew. 

These are just a few of my favorite images and moments from their beautiful ceremony at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. 

Bride enters Notre Dame Basilica

Katie and Mathew’s smiles say it all when they saw each other during Katie’s procession to the altar.

flower girl at Basilica of the Sacred Heart altar

Rings Exchange Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica wedding Lady Chapel

Despite storms brewing outside the Lady Chapel had a beautiful glow during their wedding ceremony.

ND Basilica Wedding first kiss

recessional Notre Dame basilica wedding

The newlyweds beaming all the way down the aisle, brighter than July sunlight. The summer storms outside could not dampen their spirits.

And this, friends, is a key part I believe we all need for successful relationships. To realize life will not always be perfect, that rain will fall, and you’ve got to make the best of each moment. When life gives you thunderstorms and humid haze, you have a choice: You can run for cover or… go make diffused light portraits.

We made a short drive from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s College for bridal party portraits under ivy covered arched walkways. 

Saint Mary's College LeMans Hall Arch and Ivy Portraits

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay dry, stay cool, and wait for sunny skies. There is something to be admired about couples who are determined to make the best of each moment, together, and will go out in the rain and weather the storms. Once these storms have passed may you look back on ordinary moments that become an extraordinary story together.

Newlyweds under umbrella candid

rainy wedding day puddle reflection portrait

Even in a puddle reflection portrait the bride and groom were full of smiles throughout their wedding celebration!

Congrats, Katie & Mathew!

Flashback Friday – Natalia & Jeff’s 10th Anniversary

Happy 10th Anniversary to newlyweds Natalia & Jeff!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding ceremony at Saint Michael’s Church and reception at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth, Indiana.

Bride enters Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

Saint Michael's wedding altar runner

Newlyweds wedding recessional Saint Michael's Church Plymouth Indiana

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Full disclosure: I was a far less choosy editor and far less technically proficient photographer in 2006 and digging through the archives showed a lot of images that made me question my decision to proof them. The “artistic soft focus” image above and below were ones that lacked sharpness but conveyed an unedited, unscripted emotion in the moments after the newlyweds made their exit. I debated these candid images again in 2016, and when they appeared in my Instagram feed as some of Natalia’s favorites… I knew I kept these shots for a reason. They show a moment few others saw, and only two present felt the full elation of being pronounced husband and wife.

Bridal candid

Ccentennial Park Plymouth Indiana newlyweds portraits

Centennail Park wedding portrait Plymouth Indiana

Wedding Reception first dance dip

Newlyweds portraits Plymouth Country Club Indiana

bride and groom kiss candid portraits

It remains an honor to have told their wedding day story and celebrated with family and friends. Congrats, newlyweds, on your first decade, and to the decades ahead! -eB

Summer stride

taking a photo walk to school uphill

Every walk is a photo walk if you believe!

Addie joined me for a stroll to pick up big brother & sis from their last week of the school year. Nikon FA 35mm film camera came along too. I’ve been snapping film pics of the near daily walks home from school. Some with the camera pictured, some with stranger contraptions loaded with light sensitive chemical layered rolls of film for surprises to see when I develop them. Life is busy enough without rushing home to edit & post photos. I’m excited to see what comes from the expired color 35mm film, the classic black and white flavors, and the experimental stuff loaded the wrong way just to see what happens.

Charlie the Wonder Hamster Chihuahua

Meet Charlie, our adorably derpy newest member of the family and Rarely Stationary Club.

More of my hip shots & photo rambles on Instagram here.

Go get snapping! #JustGoShoot

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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Drop me a line for a shoot of your own to show off your ideas, style, and smile! -eB

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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Book your Senior Portrait Session or Portrait Shoot that shows off you!

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Themed Engagement Portrait Session

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits train stop

I’m a fan of incorporating my clients’ ideas into their photo sessions. The more excited about your photos and involved in the creative process you are, the more my energy behind the camera is fueled back into your photos. One of my favorite conversations about a customized engagement session turned out to be a time warp to 1945 to spin a classy take on the famous “Kissing the War Goodbye” sailor and nurse photograph. Victory curls, polka dots, and a (modern day) US Navy dress blue uniform were all upstaged by smiles and laughs throughout these themed engagement portraits.

I put together the vintage Guest Book post and Facebook samples -both a hit- while the rest went into the album, Save the Date cards, and print samples without sneaking online since! Here are more of my favorites from this shoot in classy black and white.

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits bench

1945 Pinup Sailor Engagement Portraits stairway

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits passing train

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits Old Glory

 

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits dip kiss

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lighthouse pier

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits lakeside pause

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pier silhousette

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach walk

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits pinup with sailor cap

1945 Pinup and Sailor Engagement Portraits beach at dusk

Kiss ordinary photo shoots goodbye and drop me a line here to see your ideas turn into the images you’ve always wanted.

World Photography Day (Shutterbug Family Portraits)

Grab your gear. Go shoot.

The last day of summer vacation winds down as the exposure dials hit their limits and rolls of film wind back into canisters, the last of the instant film ejects, and a memory card is downloaded. Today was a naturally great day for making photos. Plenty to look back on as the summer concludes and the new school year approaches.

I loaded the last of my FujiFilm FP-3000B black & white instant film into the 1960s Polaroid Automatic 100.

My trusty Minolta X-370 was still working on a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 so I got to snapping with that too – through a 28mm, 50mm, and 135mm. Love those lightweight manual focus prime lenses.

World photography day Polaroid siblings

Instagram would feel left out, so I threw it some photos of film gear and prints.

world photo day polaroid land camera automatic100

world photo day fujifilm black and white polaroids

And then the brainstorms hit minutes before thunderstorms arrived, the kids and I took as much camera gear outside as I could remember where it was squirreled away, and set up a self-timer shoot to end the summer properly. Kodaks and Argus and Minoltas, oh my! Kodak Instamatic, a few One Touch Sx-70 Polaroids, Argus C4, 35mm Nikons from fully manual FM to fully auto N65, bags of accessories to boot.

world photography day family portrait 1

world photography day photographers

world photography day family portrait

 

Read more about today’s photographic holiday at www.worldphotoday.org/

Drop me a line to set up a shoot of your own – digital, film, no big whoop.