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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!

Cheers!
~Maike

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!

~Maike

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!

Cheers!
Maike

 

*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!

~Maike

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

*above, sister hugs!!!

Reutter Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

November 14, 2017

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

Hey friends!

Do you guys know about the organization called Magic Hour?  If not, you should definitely check them out [especially if you are a photographer, or someone/know someone going through cancer].  I registered as a photographer with the organization a couple years ago, and was just matched up last month with Carolyn and her beautiful family!

We were originally supposed to wander around Broad Ripple and end in a park with awesome fall colors and beautiful crunchy leaves to photograph Carolyn, Lance and those two sweet girls.  BUT, Indiana weather got the best of us, and since re-scheduling in the fall is ridiculous, we instead ended up heading to The Alexander hotel downtown [thanks so much to them for being awesome and letting us come take photos inside!]

And while photographing a 2 year old and a 2 month old is a special challenge, I think we did a pretty awesome job of capturing everyones personalities at this stage of life [special shout out to grandma and grandpa who hung out with us and assisted holding baby Anna, and wandering around with Kate when she needed a break from the camera].

Carolyn and Lance, I loved photographing you and your awesome daughters!  I wish you the best of luck as you continue to fight the wretched cancer.  Thanks for inviting me to capture your beautiful family!

Cheers!
~Maike

Jordan and Stephen! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Photography

November 7, 2017

“The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” -Helen Mirren

I met up with Jordan on Monday, they hired me on Wednesday and we photographed their engagement session on Saturday!  Whew, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind!  And while we did photograph them in the glorious month of October, it was SO COLD!  And when I say sooooo cold, I mean, at one point there was snow falling on us!  So bravo for braving the freezing temperatures you two!  It was just a practice run in case we have snow for your April wedding, right?!?

Since having Zander this last year, I intentionally took a bit of a slow year, so I haven’t had many engagement sessions/weddings this past 12 months.  Getting Jordan and Stephen in front of my camera was so much FUN!  I love photographing couples.  I love getting to know them, and their story [if you don’t know Jordan and Stephens, you should totally ask them, it’s a delightful story including crepes and awesome conversations].   Wandering around the city, finding beautiful colors and cool little nooks to make beautiful portraits with new friends is just the best.

Jordan and Stephen, I hope wedding planning is going well!  Can’t wait to photograph you again in just a few short months!  Thanks for such a delightful morning!

~Maike

Taylor Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

October 31, 2017

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to get together with the Taylor bunch and take their annual family photos!

Every year I write about how awesome these people are, and nothing has changed.  They are all still super awesome human beings.

This is the 8th time [WOAH] I’ve photographed this family!

My job, guys, is photographing you wherever you are at in life during our session.  I become friends with my clients and invested in your lives.  I LOVE that I can look back through all 8 sessions with these guys and reminisce: “awe, this was the first year they had Mia!” and “this was the year we dragged the couch out to the field with the newborn twins!” and “this was the first session of their completed family, including Mia, Lawson, Samuel and Evie”.

I have only had Zander for 8 months, so I can only imagine what it will be like 8 years down the line, looking back at the special photographs of the memories we made, and the place we were in life.

Sarah and Travis, you are doing such a good job raising those four small human beings.  I’m grateful for our friendship, and grateful you trust me to photograph your family each year.  I always look forward to your family session and love working with you all!

Cheers!
~Maike

ps: Curious about all their sessions?  Here they are! 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

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