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Samantha & The Snow Day

Samantha & The Snow Day

This past weekend I had the privilege of having a mini photoshoot with one of my childhood best friends.

Samantha and I met in 5th grade, and for many years we were inseparable. We went through a lot together in our adolescence, and then in our teen years we didn’t see much of each other. A few years ago we moved into the same city, and now we live just a 5 minute drive apart. It wasn’t difficult for us to pick things up where we left them, real friendship is always waiting there for you.

One of our favorite things to do is to sit down to a cuppa of english breakfast and discuss our lives (all while petting our cats of course). Today we did just that, but first, we went out and played in the snow for a 15 minute mini session! Samantha is a lovely model and we really were laughing the entire time (after all, a photoshoot is an experience, and you should be having fun!)

Check out some highlights from our snow day below!

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Now, have you got a chance to play in the snow yet this winter? Go ahead, go!

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Ken & Rico

Ken & Rico

I recently had the privilege of photographing two good friends of mine, Rico and Ken. They just hit their 5 year anniversary, and I was actually there on the night they met. We all went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I was hanging out with Ken and a few other friends, and he mentioned how beautiful he thought the woman across the room was. We all joked with him, but he insisted on talking to her, and eventually getting her number. Luckily, he succeeded, and today the two are one of the most adorable couples I know. They live in Carmel, IN with their three dogs, and I would argue that this couple is nothing but #goals. To celebrate their 5 year anniversary, the three of us embarked upon an adventure across Carmel. We shot in three locations: Their back yard, The Carmel Christkindlmarket, and their living room (Yes! You can take lovely photos in your own home!)

First, Ken & Rico not only have a beautiful home, but their back yard lines up with a pond and small wooded area, and lucky for us it was a beautiful and sunny cold day.

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Next, we made our way to Downtown Carmel for some shots at the ice skating rink and the Christkindlmarket!

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Finally, to wrap up our long day of walking around outside in the cold, Ken & Rico cozied up in their living room. The room was luminescent with natural light, which was a beautiful touch with all of the cool colors of their space.

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While the two are so beautiful together, I also managed to capture a few individual portraits, here is a sneak peak at those!

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I am so thankful to these two models, and we all had such a fun time during this morning/afternoon shoot. I am currently seeking models for portrait and couples photography, and I thank you for checking out this first couples session!

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Nicole, Brent & Amelia

The first step to becoming a good photographer is to practice and apply what you have learned about both your camera and the art of photography itself. My personal goals are to practice portrait photography of individuals, couples, and families.

I am so lucky that my friends let me practice with their little family to build my portfolio. Brent and Nicole were married a few years ago at the Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens in Fishers, Indiana. For this photoshoot we chose to go back, but this time we would have little Amelia. Having attended the wedding myself, it was a nostalgic experience, and i’m sure even more so for Brent and Nicole as they ventured back to where their commitment began. Going back through the photos immediately after our session I was grinning from ear to ear. I had so much fun on this shoot and it truly validated my choice to explore photography as a creative outlet. I loved knowing I had captured beautiful images that they would surely look at the rest of their lives.

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Right away little Amelia was a little ham. She loves smiling at the camera, and I was thankful to always have at least one parent beside me to capture her attention. Family photography is not easy because there is a lot of movement, and children are unpredictable. It took us a few minutes, but once we hit our groove, it just kept coming.

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This photo is one of the first we took at the Ambassador House. I love that we captured the curiosity as Amelia adjusted to this new location. Some say everyone needs to say cheese and “smile!”, but so much can be learned from the eyes of a child as they take in their surroundings.

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I loved this shot because it shows how happy Amelia is to look into her mother’s eyes. The intimate connection between the two is so obvious.

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Nicole and Brent tell me daddy is the playful one. It is no surprise that in his arms, Amelia bursts into laughter.

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This little girl is pretty independent and has no problem being set down for a little bit! In fact, she may just speed away if you let her. Thankfully, before she ran I was able to get a few beautiful portraits of her in her Christmas coat.

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Believe it or not, this little girl posed herself! She wanted to stand and so she did. While I got many photos of her smiling and standing up against this fence, this shot is one of my favorites because it shows her determination and focus. Being a baby is hard, and so is learning how to stand and walk on your own!

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While little Amelia played right next to us, I was able to get a few couples portraits of Brent and Nicole. I love the way she leans right into him, and with her beautiful Morganite wedding ring shining right in focus as a reminder that right at this house the two were married.

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While taking more intimate shots of the two, I got a few of their conversation. I think it is really important to take some photos of a couple being themselves, and if this doesn’t show their playfulness, then I don’t know what would. Not all great photos are posed, some are caught in the moment. This moment shows that the two still make each other laugh. Playfulness is so important!

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to capture this moment in their lives for my very first photoshoot. It was a great experience with several learning moments. I look forward to my next shoot!

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