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Zander turns 1! Indianapolis, Indiana Personal Baby Party

March 20, 2018

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” -Matt Groening

ONE!  Guys, my little stinker turned one year old last month!  And, since he’s, ya know, ONE, and doesn’t really have opinions he can clearly communicate to me yet, I decided this party was really for the parents. Soooo….


Ha!  I am a bit of an extrovert, and since WAY back when [think, middle school basement parties], I have LOVED throwing parties.  I was seriously the girl who used clip art to design and print out invitations to pass out at school.  I’d invite friends over to dance, play silly games [the credit card game, anyone?], and for just general merriment.  And any excuse would do.  St Patricks Day party?  Of course!  Pool party?  Yes please!  Halloween?  Duh!

I’m excited to have a tiny person to plan parties for now.

And since I of course took photos of his first birthday, I thought I should share them with you guys.

Here he is!  Our delightful [also extrovert] little one year old, with our lovely family, friends, and a bunch of doughnut stuff!


PS: More of this adorable little dude soon… like, his cake smash… and some adorable portraits of him.

PPS: In case you wondered, we gathered doughnuts from 4 different places [uh, go big or go home, right?]  Fan favorites are Rise’n’Roll [if you haven’t been, you MUST check them out and get their carmel donut] but we also gathered from Longs Bakery, Taylors Bakery and The Donut Shop.

PPPS: Yes, R and I wore donut shirts ;).

Scarlett Turns 1! Indianapolis, Indiana Baby and Family Session

February 20, 2018

“I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If I photograph your wedding, I’m likely going to Facebook friend you, and also try to find you on the Instagram.  WHICH MEANS, if you decide to grow your family, I’m going to see it and be SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!

Gina and Eric are amazing human beings.  A couple years ago they got engaged, then married, and now they have a 1 year old!  And I was SOOO excited to come hang out with them in their home and photograph sweet Scarlett!

Since she was turning one the following week, Gina and I basically decided we should do a three part session.  Part 1: family images, some portraits of an almost one year old Scarlett.  Part 2: Cake smash!!!  and Part 3: Bath time!

And the more I photograph, the more I realize I REALLY value those awesome images of everyday life things.  I love the home sessions when we incorporate some of your day to day activities in addition to getting awesome portraits.

Gina, Eric and Scarlett, thank you so much of inviting me into your home to capture this sweet fleeting time in your lives!  It was so delightful to hang out with you again and to photograph your beautiful family!


Mini Portrait Session! Indianapolis, Indiana

January 25, 2018

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” -Ansel Adams

Do you need ‘just one image’, a new headshot for LinkedIn, or FB, or your website? Are you trying to capture your little person on a budget? Or maybe you’ve always been curious about a shoot with M.Rinaye? WELL, I have a deal for you! February 17th and 18th I’m opening my home, and this awesome grey wall for mini sessions! If you want to hear more, shoot me an e-mail [ohsnap at mrinaye dot com] and I’ll send you details!


PS: I’m partial, but how adorable is my baby boy in this sweet red tie and suspenders!!!


Angie & Matt! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Session

December 12, 2017

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” -Albus Dumbledore

So I’ve known Angela for YEARS.  Back in the day we worked together at a studio in Indy, and since moving on from the studio, we’ve kept in touch [yay Facebook!]  I photographed her sister Abbie’s engagement session and wedding a few years back [to Kolin], and now, it’s officially Angela’s turn, and I’m super excited to hang out with Angie’s family again… and her and Matt too [of course].

We started  by wandering northern Mass Ave for a bit, then headed downtown. Since Angela works downtown, we had some rooftop downtown access right near Lucas Oil Stadium [I’m a bit kicking myself for not incorporating that into the shoot somehow; but it is what it is].  We got awesome skyline images, and then headed down to the street to wander!

And can I just say, I LOVE shooting downtown.  I sometimes forget how much I love it, because parking is hard, and sometimes it’s difficult to plan because of construction, or events, etc.  BUT, the heart of downtown is just really cool.  Awesome ally’s, cool doors, fun lighting.  And we pretty much checked off all the awesome downtown photograph categories during their shoot.

Angie and Matt, it was SO much fun hanging out with you two.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!


ps: You should also, really follow Angie’s instagram [HERE]; it’s full of fun make up stuff and inspirational quotes ;).

pps: You two are really pretty.

Sarah & Bobby! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Session

December 5, 2017

“We are all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” -Dr. Seuss

It’s delightful when you’re friend finds her ‘somebody’, but what’s even better, is being able to photograph her and him, and seeing just how much they fit together and love each other.

I actually was first friends with Sarah’s mom up in South Bend [we were teacher friends who bonded over baseball (go South Bend Cubbies!)… (which were actually the South Bend Silverhawks when we first met)].  When Sarah’s mom heard we were moving down to Indianapolis, she basically hooked up Sarah and I on a friend date, to which I am SUPER grateful.  Cause Sarah’s awesome.

And it turns out Bobby isn’t too bad either ;).

These two are having an Arts Garden wedding next year, and I’m SOOO excited.  It’s been on my list of “I’d really love to shoot here” venue’s forever.  Cool venue, downtown Indy, amazing couple…. seriously seriously excited.

BUT, until then, let’s go ahead and geek out about their engagement photos!!!  We met up on Mass Ave and wandered a bit here and there… in the freezing weather.  But thankfully, although cold, you can’t REALLY tell it was like, 34*… and it wasn’t rainy! [Seriously, this fall has been the pits for awesome fall weather!]

Sarah and Bobby, I LOVED shooting your engagement session, and can’t wait for your downtown shindig next year!  So glad we’re friends!


Obaji Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

November 29, 2017

“My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.” -Gena Lee Nolan

If you’ve been keeping up and reading the blog the last few weeks, you’ll see a common theme: sucky weather.  While the weather today and this past weekend has been GLORIOUS, here in Indy, the October/early November pretty much struggled most weekends.

We had big plans to hang out outside, by the Palladium in Carmel, with beautiful fall colors, and just a bit of a November chill in the air.

Instead, we had to toss all plans and improvise because the day of their shoot it POURED BUCKETS!  Like, flooding in the streets, 10 seconds outside = soaking, kind of pouring.  There was absolutely no way we were going to make their formal family shoot [with a sweet gender reveal] work outside.

So instead, we hit up The Speak Easy Downtown!  For those who don’t know, it’s a co-working space that also hosts events and is AMAZING to take photos in.  Seriously so so cool.  They have another location in southern Broad Ripple that my husband works out of, but the one downtown, is [I think], their newest location.  Both locations are definitely on my bucket list of places I want to shoot a wedding in some day [hint hint: shoot me an e-mail if you’re getting married at either Indianapolis Speak Easy!  I want to chat!!!]

And you guys, for such a rainy day, and a new unfamiliar location, these little girls, Aris and Athena, did AMAZING.  They were so adorable in their sweet floofy dresses.  Aris is 18 months old, so there WAS bribery involved in the form of gummy bears [yum], but we got some gorgeous family heirloom shots during this shoot, for sure!

I don’t do a ton of super formal shoots, but Konye is Nigerian [remember, they had two weddings: their white wedding and their Nigerian wedding].  In Nigeria, family photos [from what I understand], are super formal.  So we made it happen!  I think Lindsay and I agree though, next time, we need something a bit more casual, where the kiddos can play a bit easier, and maybe get a little dirty :).

Speaking of kiddos, baby # 3 is on the way, and, if you scroll down below, you’ll see the surprise!

Congratulations Lindsay and Konye!  Your two daughters are delightful and I’m so excited to meet baby number 3 this spring!



*starting above with one of my favorites!  Konye and Lindsay were reciting a poem/book for Aris that talks about being strong and smart and kind. It was soooo delightful to watch them remind their daughter of all the good things she holds in her with this beautiful poem.

*above, Aris was maybe not 100% into having her photos taken, so we got some fun shots of the rest of the family watching her be silly.

Wade Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

November 20, 2017

“I think home has become my friends and family, wherever they are.” -Rachel BrosnahanYou guys!  The Wade family is back!  And with a new little!  The last time I photographed these lovely people was when Graham was a tiny little newborn [okay, he wasn’t really TINY, but he was adorable, and new!]  And now they’ve added Mariel to the mix!  She was born the Friday before my baby Zander was born.

And these folks were super troopers… seriously.  November is usually filled with beautiful fall colors on the trees, and maybe just a little bit of a bite of briskness in the air here in Indianapolis.  This Saturday morning though, it was full on cold… like, see your breath cold weather!  But we bundled up, wandered around, unbundled for some photos, and then re-bundled.  And we ended at The Dancing Donut, where we warmed up with yummy donuts and some hot drinks to warm our hands [shout out to The Dancing Donut for letting us take some photos in there!  Love that place!]

I’m super blessed to know your family Amanda, Robert, Graham and Mariel! Thanks for hiring M.Rinaye to photograph your family session this year!


*above, talking about donuts makes Graham smile. Ha!

*above, sister hugs!!!