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Parker! Indianapolis, Indiana Newborn Session

January 14, 2020

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” – By Frank A. Clark

When you’re BFF is expecting a baby, it seems weird to gift them diapers sometimes [I mean, that IS probably the most practical thing, but ya know…]  I have mixed gift giving feelings.  I LOVE finding the perfect gift, and thinking about my friend and what he/she would want, but I HATE the obligation of gifting something and the pressure to just buy some festive socks or whatever.  I want it to be good and useful, not destroy the environment, support small businesses and make my friends happy.

You know what is GOOD and USEFUL and will make your friends happy for YEARS AND YEARS TO COME?!?!  [oh, and also does not destroy the environment?] Family portrait session!

Which is what Kate and Colleen’s friends gifted them for their beautiful new little human Parker!  Who was AMAZING during her session.  This sweet baby was a trouper.  11 days old, and slept so beautifully for us.  We did most of their session in their awesome home in Fountain Square neighborhood, and then wandered down to the nearby park, where we hoped for some fall colors [we found one beautiful tree with leaves still on it], and also incorporated some perfect Christmas greens.

Kate and Colleen, you guys are doing awesome!  So loved hanging out with you three and taking this first family portraits.  From experience, your sleepless nights wont last forever, and the same with that newborn smell of sweet Parker.  Soak it all in!

Cheers!
~Maike

Tyler Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Fall Family Portrait Session

January 10, 2020

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” – Oscar Wilde

I’ve now photographed these beautiful humans a handful of times.  The first shoot we ever did was right when I was starting out and Eli, their oldest kiddo, had just been born, then we’ve done another one when both boys were in the picture, and another one with their extended family.  Back in the day though, these guys were definitely my husbands friends.  I mean, they were cool and all, but I didn’t KNOW them.  That was like, nine and a half years ago.

Since then though, magic has happened.  We moved back to Indy, and started hanging out here and there with them, then I was searching for some day away from mom school for my kiddo [they recommended a place that was PERFECT for us], and then Kristen and I started working out together [okay, the term “working out” I use loosely, but we definitely hang out at the YMCA one or two times a week together].  And now Kristen is one of my Indianapolis BFF’s.  I’m so grateful for her.  She’s got good parenting advice, she’s so smart and talking about God with her is so intriguing, she’s down for consignment shopping together, is THE friend to go to when you’re like “I feel like I need some nicer pants, that are comfy, but not jeans” [joggers, that’s the answer, though I haven’t tried them yet], and she shows up so well.  Guys, if you’re trying to find new friends, or grow better friendships: show up.  Say yes when there’s an invite.  Follow up on plans for lunch, or an art show, or a drink, or whatever.  Kristen is so good at this.

Steven’s alright too ;).  He and Ronald won 2nd and 3rd place last year in a winter 5K race together.  He used to own Fairly Handy, so he’s also the person I ask to borrow a saw from, or advice on what order I need to DIY my bathroom.

IN ANY CASE.  We did their family portraits, on a spectacularly beautiful fall morning [the day before it snowed here in Indy].  And I’M COMPLETELY OBSESSED!

Kristen texted the day before and was like, “I’m struggling with outfits”.  But guys.  I mean, woah.  I love this session so much.  Kristen should probably be an outfit consultant or something.

Ben and Eli, you guys are also rad.  Taking jumping photos of you was SO a highlight and will be featured on my website soon.

Tyler family, I like that we’re friends.  Thanks for being awesome.  And for hiring me to photograph your pretty faces.

Cheers!
~Maike

Nacrelli Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Extended Family Fall Portrait Session

November 12, 2019

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Yay for fall photos!  I will never NOT be a fan of fall photos.  Some people love summer, some people love spring, the rare person loves winter… and I will always fall into the LOVE FALL section.  I don’t think I can emphasize enough how delighted I am that it’s here… and also how sad I am that rain came so quickly to take down all those brightly colored leaves.

Also super delighted these fine folks hired me for their extended family session!  Yay families!  Yay for taking the time to coordinate schedules and outfits and have family portraits taken!  Krista, in case you’re a local midtown/SoBro/Broad Ripple dog-owning person, is the owner of Shake Dog Salon!  And it’s where I take my pupper Bentley to get groomed.  You guys, I’ve been to a few groomers in the decade I’ve had Bentley, and Krista is SO SO good.  She does great work on doggies hair, but more than that, she’s this sparkly beautifully warm human being that I love chatting with at drop off and pick up.  ALSO, when I went into labor, I had an appointment for Bent, which I had to cancel, but then when we rescheduled a few weeks after I brought my baby home, she graciously sent someone out to collect my doggie from the car so I wouldn’t have to haul everyone in and out. [There are certain kindnesses that are just seared into your brain after having a kid, and that was one of them].

We had so much fun in PERFECT weather [seriously, it stormed the entire day before].  I’m so glad I found you and your business Krista, and I’m so glad you hired me for these sweet family memories!  Your mother-in-law is a lucky lady to have these gifted to her.

Cheers!
~Maike

PS: The cousins [all four little girls], are CLEARLY cousin BFF’s.  Shoutout to my cousin BFF Laura!  Sisters are great, friends are cool, but the ‘cousin bff’ is so so special.  It was so delightful photographing these little ladies.

Jade and Mike! Indianapolis, Indiana Proposal!

November 7, 2019

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

You guys.  Is there anything more romantic than proposal stories?  I LOVE that proposals don’t always go as planned.  I LOVE that some proposals are elaborate, and some are simple.  I LOVE that proposal stories reveal so much about the type of people who are saying they want to love each other for the rest of their lives.

Mike came into Indy from out of town, so had to trust Jades friends and me with where he should propose and how it should all go down.  It didn’t go as planned BUT, we did get beautiful photos of the two of them when she said yes [which actually, there was some confusion about if she actually said yes when he was down on one knee… but she did rectify that with a glorious YES!  About 10 minutes after when we were rushing over to see the sunset].

Shoutout to Emily who passed my name to Mike for this delightful proposal!

Second shoutout to the cool ducks who decided to do a celebratory fly over minutes after they got engaged [you can see Jade waving to them below].

Third shoutout to the fantastic sunset.  That was lovely.

So excited for you guys and the next season of your life!  Wedding planning!!!

Cheers!
~Maike

Snyder Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Session at Newfields

November 5, 2019

“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” Menachem Begin

Met up with the Snyder family at Newfields on a PERFECT fall day.  Honestly, the sun was glowey, the weather was delightfully chilly [well, in the shade it was chilly, but I did end up sweating just in my t-shirt, so… like I said, pretty perfect fall day for photos!]

This sweet family of three was delightful to wander around with.  Luke is just a few months younger than my kiddo, and he’s just as adventurous, and excited to chase squirrels, run in the grass, gaze into the fountains of water and stick his hands in the water when no one is looking to tell him not to #2yearolds.

And weirdly guys, I think this is my first Newfields [formerly known as the IMA] session!  How crazy is that?  I’ve lived in Indianapolis for a total of almost 9 years, and I’ve been there to photograph the pretty flowers, or to wander around and try new techniques out, but I’ve never actually taken a portrait session there.  And it was LOVELY [side note: if you want to do this, there IS a photography fee, and we have to apply beforehand].  We wandered the grounds where they’ve already started to put up Christmas lights for their Winterlights Exhibit, we saw the cool display with about 800 pumpkins on it, we found cool things to look at, walked like camels, and made dinosaur noises [second side note: Luke knows more dinosaur names than me hands down].  You guys are awesome, and I loved doing all the aforementioned things with you!

Cheers!
~Maike

Emily and Devin! Indianapolis, Indiana Wedding Photography

October 29, 2019

“In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” —Maya Angelou

Emily and Devin were recently featured on the blog for their engagement session around Broad Ripple, and their wedding was JUST as delightful.  Ceremony and reception were both at The Historic Ambassador House of Fishers, which is just such a sweet lovely place for a wedding with an outdoor setup for their ceremony, and an awesome giant tent on the other side of the house for the reception.  And Emily and Devin’s wedding day weather was ideal [as an October bride myself, you hope for the perfect weather, and if it happens to be a bit windy, you take it as a win, because it’s not raining, or snowing].

Favorites about this wedding: the softest wedding dress I’ve ever touched [and seemed SO comfortable to be in too!], the first look, which after a beautiful sweet moment, Emily spun around and asked Devin, “How does it look?”  and Devin answered, “What?  How does what look?”… the dress of course :) [don’t worry, he made up for it by telling her how spectacularly beautiful she is], the most adorable flower girls, who insisted on spinning THE.ENTIRE.DAY.  [they’re the best], cake cutting to Cake [YAY!  I freaked out a bit when I heard it playing and was like, “I did this too!”… it’s like a little easter egg, where only the people who know Cake, are the people who get it], the speech that ended with all the entrepreneurial puns [a perfect match for this start up couple] and lastly, how many older folks were on the dance floor the ENTIRE night.  They all should win dancing awards!  LOVED their energy.

You guys were great.  Love the two of you obviously, but you also had a rad bridal party, and cool family [shoutout to grandma who offered this piece of advice up:  “Love him to death”].

“Webster’s dictionary defines wedding as ‘the fusing of two metals with a hot torch.’ Well, you know something? I think you guys are two medals, gold medals.” —Michael Scott , The Office

Enjoy!
~Maike

 

Hair : Michelle Baker (Ciao Bella Salon) & Anita Fisher

Flowers : McNamara Florist, Fishers

Ceremony/Reception Venue : Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens

Music : PBJ Pro DJs [Joe Backe]

Cake : Brides Cousin

Planner : Alexa Jo Weddings

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Real Love Baby, Father John Misty
father & daughter dance : Dancin’ Shoes, Faith Band followed by Dancing Queen, ABBA
mother & son dance : In My Life, Beatles

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

E : Ours were the same! We both loved seeing our friends and family from near and far all in one place, getting to know one another. We also LOVED seeing guests pack the photo booth all night. We also loved the speeches!

D : see above

Advice for future brides/grooms?

E : Soak it all in and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Funniest memory?

E : Saying ‘I Do’ early!

D : When Emily was so eager to get married she said ‘I Do’ early!

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

E : No!

D : No!

Honeymoon?

We are heading to an off-grid cabin in the mountains for our mini-moon. We plan to hike, read, visit hot springs, and RELAX with our pup before settling back into life in Denver.

Any others vendors you want to give a shout out to?

You! You were our favorite vendor!  [***Awe, shucks, you guys are too much. Thank you!***]  McNamara did an amazing job with the flowers & the venue was amazing.

Ducks and Doughnuts! Father-Son Session, Indianapolis, Indiana

October 16, 2019

“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.” – Douglas Adams

When Steve asked if I’d photograph just him and his son, the lovely one and a half year old Fitz, I was ALL ABOUT IT.  I suggested thinking of fun things they do together, or places they go, and we could center the shoot around that location and that fun thing for the two of them.  I mentioned the park, or a hiking spot, and his reply was, “Well, we do this thing on the weekends, where we go get doughnuts, and eat them in Broad Ripple while watching runners.  We wave at the runners, pet dogs, and then wander over to the ducks to watch the ducks.”

Guys, I LOVE doughnuts [remember Z’s first birthday party theme?!?], and wandering around with these two was SO delightful.  That did mean that we only got a handful of traditional “everyone look at the camera and smile” shots, but I think this session is full of so much more lovely moments.

The lovely way Fitz holds onto Steve’s finger when he crosses the road, or how excited he got when he got to pet one of the doggies they see every weekend, or the way Steve whisked him up out of the road when a car was coming.  Yes.  I’m here for all of it.  Children grown and change so fast.  It’s lovely to get beautiful photographs taken of their awesome smiles, and everyone together hugging on each other and loving each other, but it’s also pretty great to get beautiful images of those moments that are part of your routine, but that you know are so SO special, and something you’ll want to remember your entire life.

There was an article I read a couple weeks ago about this dad who every Friday [I think], would take his three boys out for Dairy Queen ice cream, and he would randomly post photos of them all in their booth eating ice cream, and eventually they all head off to college, and his last one was him in the booth solo.  BAH!  Traditions of time spent with the people you love are so beautiful.  And Fitz and his Dad going for doughnuts and to see the ducks is right in line with that.

SO, yes, I’m totally available for traditional sessions where we take beautiful photographs of your family or your kiddo.  I’m also available for incorporating a tradition you have into your session.

Fitz, I love your energy and the kindness you greet strangers and doggies with.  Steve, you’re one cool dad.

Cheers!
~Maike