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Natalie and Family! Family Photography Session, Indianapolis Indiana

May 9, 2018

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare

Meet Natalie!

Cancer is a particularly horrific part of this life.  Cancer in a tiny little human is even more heart breaking.

BUT, don’t let Natalie’s lack of hair fool you.  This kiddo is so full of energy and smiles and laughs.  Our shoot [shoutout to The Magic Hour Foundation for matching us up!], was SOOOO much fun!  And special thanks to the Indianapolis Zoo for letting us tromp around and take these images in their gardens and with their animals. 

We obviously found beautiful flowers in the gardens [pictured above], we ran around in the open green grass, then we went to watch the dolphin show from the underwater area, did a carousel ride, got face to face with a very brave flamingo, and ended trying to convince the birds to come visit our peanut butter stick full of bird seed [it didn’t really work].

In my insta-stories I posted a sneak peek and mentioned that we all have a little magic to offer the world.  It’s so fulfilling to me to be a part of The Magic Hour Foundation’s photographer list.  I encourage you all to find ways to use your magic to make the world a better, more kind, more loving place.

Natalie, I loved hanging out with you and your parents at the zoo!  Can’t wait until we get to hang out again!


Jordan and Stephen! Indianapolis Wedding Photography

April 24, 2018

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

Wedding season is officially underway at M.Rinaye Photography for 2018!  Jordan and Stephen were featured on the blog last fall for their sweet engagement session, and I sometimes forget how much we learn about each other at those sessions [guys, even if you don’t hire me for your wedding, whoever you do hire, DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION WITH THAT PHOTOGRAPHER!]  When I got to the hotel, Jordan was talking about the hotel being under construction and she was nervous about it looking nice in photos.  She said Stephen told her, “Don’t worry, Maike can work with anything” … [which is super flattering, I’m so glad you guys were confident we would rock it!]…. then later, after their first look Stephen was like, “There’s this amazing window upstairs.  We saw it and thought, this is totally a Maike-window”… and it TOTALLY was [see the image above, so DREAMY!]  So guys, I learn a lot about you during our engagement session, but you also learn about me, which is pretty great.

This was Ashley and my first time shooting at Sanctuary on Penn [I’ve really only been back in Indy for three years now, so I’m slowly getting to shoot at all these cool places].  It was such an awesome venue!  The wood floors, and the awesome stained glass windows were great, but everyone that works there was like, 100% awesome.  They were kind, were quick to help if you needed something, and just generally very cool.

Obviously this couple is delightful, and their wedding completely matched their awesome-ness.  My favorite parts: Jordan and Stephen [duh], the awesome bridal party [everyone braved the cold weather for beautiful photos and thanked God it wasn’t a torrential spring downpour that day], that it was Jordan’s mom and dad’s anniversary [how sweet!], their awesome wedding bands [Stephen made her engagement ring and his wedding band, SO COOL], the accordion playing grandma and violin playing aunt, and the POLKA! [advice: if you want smiling fun pictures of your guests at your reception, play some polka dancing music and have everyone polka with you, because that makes everyone smile in ways I’ve never seen on the dance floor before].

You guys are beautiful human beings and I have loved being part of your wedding.  I can’t wait to share all these beautiful photographs with you!


Hair : Eye Do Makeup [Morgan Bediako]

Make Up : Eye Do Makeup [Morgan Bediako]

Florist : Graceful Hands Floral Design

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Sanctaury on Penn

DJ : MGS DJs [Don Masters]

Cake : Rene’s Bakery (cutting cake) and Costco (sheet cake)

Catering : The Sanctaury on Penn

Dress : Veiled by ChaCha

Shoes : Badgley Mischka [Amazon!]

Bridesmaids Dresses : Azazie


bride & groom first dance : Forever Like That, by Ben Rector
father & daughter dance : My Little Girl, by Tim McGraw
mother & son dance : Find Your Wings, by Mark Harris


Most memorable moment?

J: My most memorable moment was probably our first look— it was such a nice opportunity to spend some time with each other before the whirlwind of activity that was soon to follow!

S: My most memorable moment was when Jordan and I were tying the three cords together for our unity ceremony. As we were tying the cords, we were able to sing along with each other to the song we chose— it was beautiful.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

J: Don’t make wedding planning a big deal! Enjoy the time you get to spend with your future spouse and really keep the meaning of the wedding in focus, don’t get bogged down by every little detail. Also, let people help you— many people would love to help if you let them!

S: Take a few moments during your wedding for just you and your new spouse; those ended up being some of my favorite memories.

Funniest memory?

J: We had incorporated a family tradition that was in the history of both sides of our families— polka dancing! Our bridal party led the charge in leading people in the polka, and it was very entertaining watching all of our guests attempt it. They actually all did a great job!

S: Something about eating cake on the dance floor and dancing at the same time made me chuckle. You have limited time so you have to maximize the time you get!

If you could do it all over would you change anything?

J: I don’t think so! Our vision for the day came together nicely and we had a blast! I wish we could have spent more time with people, but I don’t really know what we could have changed to make that happen.

S: I also would have liked to spend some more time with our guests.


We traveled to Northern California for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. That area is so rich with national and state parks, and we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and weather while staying in the Redwoods!

Max and family! Family Photography Session, Indianapolis, Indiana

April 17, 2018

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” -Henry Ward Beecher

So those of you in the mommy crowd know having a group of women to talk with [re: all things babies, husbands, lament about how full life is and how you don’t have time to get much done, ask for advice, compare and contrast parenting styles, etc], is PRICELESS.  If you’re fb friends with me, you know how much I loved mommy and baby yoga [dad’s were welcome too, but it is primarily mommy’s]; Stacey is one of those friends I connected with in class.

We were able to photograph a session with her sweet boy Max, husband Peter and grandma and grandpa [who are moving to Indy area soon!  hooray!]

Their session was AWESOME.  Here in Indiana we’ve had snow off and on for like… ever.  So we didn’t end up going outside, but what we got inside in their home was just delightful.

Stacey, I’m so glad we’re mommy friends!  Loved photographing your family!


Roxanna, Brad and a Baby Belly! Indianapolis, Indiana Maternity Portrait Session

April 10, 2018

“As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation.” Gloria Swanson

So we scheduled this session for what was sure to be a beautiful Saturday morning in March… maybe a little brisk, but probably a few green trees and we’d most likely be able to find some blooming flowers.

But then, it snowed like, 10 inches in Indianapolis.  So we rescheduled.  And while the Saturday after our original date called for some rain, we successfully avoided it with our early morning photography session.  These two [technically three ;)], were such troopers!  ‘Cause guys, even though it wasn’t raining, it was COLD.

I try not to complain about the weather, but I will say, I am ready for change.

But let’s talk about Roxanna and that beautiful baby bump!

I only barely know Roxanna and Brad, but guys, there are certain things that are tell-tale signs couples are comfortable with each other, and are so ready to be amazing parents.  These two, they’re going to rock parenthood.  After we tromped through mud, Brad noticed some stuck on Roxanna’s shoes and wiped it off with his hand [anyone with a baby knows what this is good practice for], and the way he was making Roxanna laugh, it was great.

I’m so excited for these two!  And so proud of these beautiful images.


Zander’s Cake Smash! Indianapolis, Indiana Personal Post

April 3, 2018

“Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” Taylor Hanson

So a month later, and I’m finally sharing Z’s 1 year old portraits and cake smash!  Hooray!

You guys, I love him.  I love these sweet photos of him.  I love how excited he is about new things, and the curiosity he has about life [see him licking the balloon, I mean, it appears to be covered in sprinkles, why wouldn’t you see if it tastes like sprinkles?!?!…. although, this was BEFORE he got his hands in the sprinkle cake… but still… curiosity adorableness ftw!]

I’ve been doing weekly photos of him, and monthly photos of him, and taking random shots of him here and there, but those were all pretty basic [don’t get me wrong, I like that they’re basic – I’ll share them eventually, they were pretty low pressure].  But for his first birthday I gave it some more thought, bought some adorable doughnut balloons to go with his party theme, and an AMAZING cake for him to try on his birthday [from Taylors Bakery, and guys, honestly, it was SOOOOO good; go there and buy a cake next time you need one].

This was not only his first time tasting cake and sprinkles, but also his first time seeing and playing with balloons.  I am SO glad we got photos of it.  He was so smiley and curious, and just generally intrigued by them!  It was awesome.

Tiny child, you have changed my life and made it 1000 time better than it was before.  So glad you’re here.  So honored to be your mommy.


PS: We had the extra cake in the cake box the week after the session to munch on whenever [like we do, when there’s extra amazing cake, duh].  And overtime we would hold Z and walk past it, he would make an “MMMMM” noise and wiggle his feet and get excited that he might be getting another taste.  And if we opened the box, more squeals of delight.  It was hilarious.

PPS: I kept in the drool drops and didn’t photoshop them out because guys, he was FINALLY pushing out his first tooth!!!  Sooo, obviously, #allthedrool

Smith Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Session in Broad Ripple

March 27, 2018

“I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.'” -Paul Walker

I’ve known Ally and Nate for a few years [we all worked together at a studio in town years and years ago, when we were kids ourselves ;)].  So when Allison e-mailed me to say they needed some new family photos, I was SUPER excited.

Our session was delightful.  Addi sang me her favorite song, the Paw Patrol song, we explored around the Indianapolis Arts Center, we wandered around Broad Ripple a bit, and we dodged piles of ‘poopy’ [thanks for pointing them out Addi!]

I loved family sessions before I had Z, they were fun, and interesting, and just a cool thing to be a part of.  But since having my sweet baby, there’s like this whole other level of beauty in a family session.  I realize the importance of them so much more.  Our tiny humans grow so quickly!  And sometimes as a mom or dad, you see their little special quirks/habits, but can’t quite get photos of it in action [most recently, Z has started to scrunch up his face and sniff his nose in and out really quickly… it’s adorable, but I have yet to get a photo of it with my professional camera].

And guys, lets be real, we each have thousands of photos of our tiny humans because of our awesome smart phones and digital camera’s in general.  But parents getting in the shots too, are super important.  I look back at my family photos, and of course look at me, but I LOVE looking at my parents when they were a young mommy/daddy and how they interacted with us when we were tiny.

So, if you’re on the fence about scheduling a family session.  DO IT!  Even if your budget means you can’t hire me, go get yourself a sweet photo of your family at the stage you’re in right now.

Smith family, y’all were so much fun to hang out with.  I’m super stoked to share these beautiful images with you.


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 ;).