“Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name” — “Murder in the City,” The Second Gleam, Avett Brothers
Normally I don’t publish blog posts on Saturdays, BUT, April 8th is sort of a memorable day for me, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to share with you guys….
SURPRISE!!! WE HAD A BABY!
If you follow my personal instagram, you already know this :). And of course, I’ll update my M.Rinaye instagram soon with beautiful images of our baby boy as well.
Soooooo, April 8th was his due date [because obviously, he wasn’t born today… also, we’re celebrating with cupcakes]. And while most babies don’t actually come on their due date, his timing was WAY before mine -> 6 weeks early! My water broke at 33 weeks [7 weeks early] and Ronald and I spent the following week in the hospital before being induced.
But then we welcomed beautiful Andrew Alexander on February 28th! Our Fat Tuesday baby!
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since then. Baby Zander spent 5 days in NICU [an incredibly short time, considering how early he was], and since bringing him home, we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on preparing everything here at home [I mean, I thought I AT LEAST had a good month before he got here!] and getting used to his premie stuff [although he was born weighing 6 lbs, so he didn’t really seem like a premie].
Now that he’s 6 weeks old though, he has officially grown out of many of his newborn clothes, we’ve established somewhat of a routine, and are more or less used to the new sleep schedule ;).
Those of you wondering about the business, I fully intended to keep it up! My business is pretty conducive to having a baby [especially with an awesome partner like Ronald ;), and his traditional M-F, 9-5 job]. So feel free to contact me about your family session, and to continue to send referrals our way!
Happy Due Date baby Zander!
~Maike [aka: Mommy]
PS: I hope you guys are up for some small changes this year on the blog! I’ll be mixing it up a bit with more personal posts than normal, and I have scaled back weddings. BUT, excited to take a little different direction, and share the journey with you!
PPS: I love him a lot, and I can’t believe that Ronald and I made such an adorable creature.
“I think true success is intrinsic… It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.” -Tom Shadyac
Meet Ashley and Bryce!
So, old school photography community often times wasn’t one where you found a ton of friends [that whole competing for the same customers thing], BUT, in new school photography, there has been a rise in the community over competition within the professional photography realm. Which is awesome, and amazing, and I’m pretty thankful for it.
WHICH, is why I’m friends with Ashley. I was searching for a second shooter for an Indy wedding when we first moved back to Indianapolis in 2015, and came across her name on Second in Seconds. While she was already booked for the day I needed, she reached out and said she’d love to do coffee or lunch together some day. Which is just awesome! Because my love of people often clashes with the hours spent solo behind a computer screen where a lot of my work is done.
I’ve super enjoyed hanging out with her in the past year and a half, and getting to know her and have her as a friend/co-photographer in the Indianapolis area.
THIS YEAR, I decided Ronald and I needed a real life Christmas tree… and what goes best with a real life Christmas tree? A fun Christmas Tree Farm photo shoot! So I asked if Ashley and Bryce wanted to do a little swap-a-roo for photos!
And here are the beautiful tree farm photo results! Yay! I’m super in love with how they turned out [both her’s and ours (to be shown at a later date)]. And special thanks to Jay’s Tree Farm for letting us come out and wander through the trees… AND, of course for providing Ronald and my amazing smelling Christmas tree this year [it was our FIRST real life tree! Also, turns out we only have enough ornaments for one side, good thing it was wedged into a corner ;)].
And it turns out, Ashley and Bryce had some beautiful news to share! I won’t spoil it, but if you want to read her journal, you can CLICK OVER HERE, and read about it ;).
Ashley! So grateful to have you in my community, and so happy and excited for you in this new season of life for you and Bryce!
Cheers to 2017 adventure!
ps: Starting out with one of my FAVORITES… I mean, woah!!!
pps: If you look at Ashley’s journal, you can see our different editing styles, which I find kind of fun. Not only are we different in how we see the world, but we’re also different in how we deliver the final portraits from that world.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward
We’ve all officially survived the first week of 2017! Hooray!
Here in Indianapolis, we’ve had some chilling temperatures, and snow [soooo pretty!], and I’ve seen sprinkled throughout the internet final lists and thoughts on 2016, as well has hopes and goals for 2017, and it’s both inspiring and exciting to take a look back at what we’ve done this past year and what we hope to do next year. I love it.
BUT, before I rush into 2017, I wanted to take some time to thank all of my awesome client-friends from this past year. I’ve loved EVERY.SINGLE.SESSION. I love that I get to meet you where you are, and whatever life stage you are in. Be that recently engaged, getting married with a big wedding, or romantically eloping just the two of you, growing your family with a baby, loving on your finished family, or taking head shots for your resume and linkedin profiles. You guys are the best.
I’m so glad each of you stumbled upon my work this past year and choose to hire M.Rinaye Photography to capture these beautiful moments of your life. [Feel free to help other people stumble across my work as well ;)].
In my bio, you can read how I love people and I love art, which means I absolutely couldn’t do this without you guys!
Thank you SO much!
2017 is here and I’m excited what that means for M.Rinaye! I’ve been working on dreaming up goals and photoshoots, and in the next few months planning fun photo adventures for the rest of the year as well.
As you all make your 2017 resolutions, and goals and check lists, I wish you the best of luck!
Cheers to making 2017 amazing awesome and wonderful!
“The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.” -Jean de la Bruyere
When we met up to take these images, it was literally the first time I had spoken to Abbie or Adam. They pretty much planned their Indianapolis elopement in under 48 hours [woah!], so it’s a bit understandable.
SOOOO, while I don’t know them well, I was super honored to be photographing their commitment to each other! While they’re going to have a big wedding celebration next year, this random elopement was SO full of excitement, love, respect, and joy!
Seriously. It was so beautiful.
They had rings, special wedding socks for Adam, the paper work, an officiant, a friend double fisting some FaceTime and recording the event… it was LOVELY.
After their short ceremony hosted by Elope in Indy, we headed over to Fountain Square and wandered around to photograph some sweet portraits of the two of them…. and froze our butts off, because it’s December in Indianapolis ;). BUT, as you can see, I think it was well worth it.
Abbie and Adam, thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your sweet elopement! I loved being there while you made your commitment to each other, and spoke your words of love and admiration for each other.
Best of wishes in planning your full big wedding celebration next year!
*above, uhm, how cute are they fiddling with their new rings?!?!
“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” -Bertrand Russell
This past fall, I photographed Bobby’s sweet proposal to Camille at a local school, the Vision Academy, and it turns out, as a result of those beautiful in school shenanigans, I gained some new followers, one of which is Camille’s colleague Arielle!
And you guys, that school must just be full of amazing wonderful human beings, because Arielle is kind, thoughtful and creative. And even though Andrew teaches at a different school, he’s not too bad either… so maybe it’s just teachers. Teachers are awesome!
ANYWAY, after Arielle and Andrew got engaged, she called me up and we set a date for their engagement photos in December. And, I’ve said it before, but here in Indiana, December is sort of a wild card. Who knows if it will snow [it did the day after their session], or be sunny and 70* [remember when Indy hosted the Super Bowl?] And while it was neither of those situations, the images from the day wandering around the canal and downtown are MAGICAL. Seriously.
The first magic being when we started out at the NCAA Hall of Champions, this very cool museum just off the canal, AND AND AND, where they got engaged!!!! EEEEKKKK!!! I love engagement stories.
See, they’re both big basketball fans [Kentucky, as you can see], which means Andrews proposal on the 1930’s retro gym upstairs was PERFECT for them. SO, of course we did some calling around and arranged for some portraits [and some action shots], to be taken there [thanks Kelly!], and it did not disappoint!
I love taking portraits in general of couples in love, but then add in that extra little thing of ‘this is important to us, can we incorporate it in some way?” and it can make a session so much more meaningful!
Arielle and Andrew, I LOVED working with you! You guys rocked this cold session, and were so fun to get to know as we wandered around the city. Best wishes for planning your Illinois wedding next fall! And any more teacher friends you want to send my way, I’ll welcome them with open arms and beautiful photos!
PS: Andrew, I feel like with your fashion sense, I might need to e-mail you outfit ideas for my next personal photoshoot, because your outfits combinations were a 10 ;).
“Your love is bright as ever
Even in the shadows” – John Mayer
Natalie and Tom and their beautiful Indianapolis Central Library wedding are HERE!!!!
And what a spectacularly beautiful day! I LOVED photographing them and spending time with their awesome crew of bridesmaids, groomsmen, and best women ;).
I’m going to take a moment here and just let you know that green is one of my least favorite colors, but HOLY COW, how much do I LOVE their color scheme. Maybe it’s the beautiful deep green that they chose for those dresses? Maybe it’s that green with Natalie’s awesome red hair? Maybe it’s those beautiful bouquet colors? I don’t know, but I’m so much in love with it all!
Natalie and Tom did a first look, and if you read below, both the first look AND walking down the aisle were their favorite parts of the day [her for the first look and him for her walking down the aisle]. Lot’s of people think first looks take away from the aisle feeling, and here’s a pretty good example of how both moments of their day were incredibly special and wonderful in their own way.
Things I loved about this wedding: the colors [duh], that one groomsman who was all “Turn it UP!” basically the entire day [yay!!!], the adorable ring bearer [Tom’s nephew], who was so fun and charming throughout the day, but when it came time to walk down the aisle got a bit freaked out and cried the whole way walking towards Tom and the other groomsmen, while his sister the flower girl followed close behind with a bit of a bewildered look on her face, the AMAZING location [it feels like it fit Natalie and Tom PERFECTLY], the beautiful weather, and the awesome party!
Natalie and Tom, we’re so grateful you found and hired us to photograph your wedding day! We loved spending the day with you and wish you all the best for your first year of husband and wife!
PS: Special shout out to Ashley, awesome second shooter for the day!
Hair : Tyler Mason Salon Spa
Make Up : Tyler Mason Salon Spa
Florist : Special Occasion Designs
Ceremony/Reception Venue : Indianapolis Central Library
DJ : EventOne
Cake : Ritz Charles
Catering : Ritz Charles
bride & groom first dance : XO, by John Mayer
father & daughter dance : Unforgetable, by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:
Most memorable moment?
N: Seeing Tom for the first look. I was so excited to see him.
T: When Natalie was walking down the aisle.
Advice for future brides/grooms?
N: Know that all the details will work themselves out and have fun!
N: Getting to the cake cutting part and realizing we didn’t know what we were doing. Thanks for helping, Maike!!
If you could do it all over would you change anything?
Yes, we went to Mauritius, Africa, an island off the coast of Madagascar. Absolutely beautiful and relaxing.
Lastly, are there any other vendors that you LOVED and want to give a special shout out to?
Special shout out to Chrissy from Special Occasion Designs for her absolutely beautiful flower arrangements, Janelle for her wonderful coordination skills at the Indianapolis Central Library, and of course Maike and Ashley for fantastic guidance and capturing our day!!!!
“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” -Mark Twain
So if there is one thing I learned about Kellie and Jamie during their engagement session, it is they love laughing together. Now that I’ve typed that, I’m thinking maybe it sounds a little hokey, but seriously, these guys just totally love being with each other, and smiling, and laughing, and joking, and I LOVE it.
Having your photograph taken can sometimes be a little [for some of us, maybe a lot], intimidating, and weird, and it’s hard to step in front of the camera and be natural. The more you joke and have fun, and act goofy in front of my lens though, the less hard it will be [and no worries, I help guide you through poses and prompt you with silly things to make you smile, and look adoringly at each other ;)].
BUT, back to Kellie and Jamie.. they’re awesome. At some point in the session, we had a mini dance session in the park [was there singing? I’m pretty sure it might have been prompted with some singing], and at another point, no kidding, Kellie recited all the words to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It was magnificent!
I loved wandering around Indy with you, and finding sweet little Broad Ripple spots for these fabulous engagement portraits Kellie and Jamie!
Can’t wait to hang out with you again on your wedding day!