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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

Fitz and Family! Family Session, Indianapolis, Indiana

October 10, 2019

The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe. Lawrence Kutner

A few months ago, at the YMCA pool, I struck up a conversation with Steve who was there with his kiddo Fitz [the baby pool is where you get to have random half conversations in between chasing tiny humans between the zero-entry pool and the splash pad, but I’ll take it!] [Also, yay for dad’s who take their tiny humans out into the world and give momma’s a break!]

And a few weeks ago, we made these magical images happen!  Magical, because Fitz is almost one and a half, and if you have ever tried to take photos of a one and a half year old, YOU KNOW!  Luckily, I’m pretty good at my job ;), and I have excellent experience photographing Z to keep things entertaining, and work fast to get those awesome family portraits.

Speaking of Fitz and Z, Z was SO much like Fitz at his age.  Some kiddos are shy, and timid around new people, or new place.  Fitz and Z: nope.  They’re going 100 miles an hour, to explore everything, and say hi to everyone, and pick up all sorts of goodies they find along the way [at some point in our session, Fitz had collected every stick he’d come across and attempted to pull up a few roots to bring with too], he’d waved to neighbors out walking their dogs [we did their session starting at their house, and then wandering along a walkway by the water], and found a cat to pet and smile at.

Cindy and Steve, your kiddo is awesome.  As are you two [I mean, he obviously get’s it from somebody :)].  Thanks for inviting me to photograph your beautiful family!

Cheers!
~Maike

PS: Stay tuned for part two from this family, which features Ducks and Doughnuts. 

Matt & KT! Iowa City, Iowa Baby Bump Session

October 8, 2019

Friends!  Meet some of MY friends!  I’ve known Matt [or as I lovingly refer to as “Matty”], for over a decade now.  As crazy as that seems.  When I was trying to figure out life after college, I found myself somewhat roommate-less, and our mutual friend Megan [THIS awesome Megan], set us up as roomies [with two other folks].  I didn’t even meet Matt until he was moving his stuff into our rental house. 

Matty was probably my favorite of the roommates, and was often dreaming up crazy ideas, which I was ALWAYS a fan of [he had giant jars of alcohol he was fermenting (or something; I drank it, it was good) on our mantel for a while, he assisted in bringing our couches to the drive in movie theater, and was part of throwing awesome house parties with themes like: “bounce house party!” (it was just as rad as you might imagine), and “zombie party!” (I felt a little uncomfortable when the zombies left our house to stagger home; can you imagine how terrifying to come across a zombie person, NOT in the month of October?!]

5 years ago, he married his love KT [ahem… in a COSTUME WEDDING!  R and I dressed up as Buttercup and Dread Pirate Roberts], and NOW… these two amazing humans are having a tiny human of their own!!!

And with Matty’s awesome shenanigans, and KT’s amazing theater whims [she’s like, legit ya’all… a playwright who will have a show next fall at the Phoenix Theater here in Indy, that you should ALL plan on going to see, because it is going to be spectacular [it’s called “Love Bird’s”]…. between the two of them though… this kiddo is going to grow up in such an awesome atmosphere.  Obviously I’m excited to see their halloween costumes, but also, I’m just really really excited for them to be parents to this sweet new baby.

Enough about my nostalgic ramblings and gushing about how rad these two humans are, HERE’S THEIR MATERNITY SESSION!

R, Z and I drove over for a fun weekend, and we squeezed this shoot in on a delightfully chilly Sunday morning in Iowa City.  And Iowa City did not disappoint me one bit.  It’s full of beautiful murals, and cool random allies, and during our trip we saw Greta Thunberg at a climate strike, took a delightful hike, ate pizza at a barn with live music.

Loved it all.

And super in love with these photos too.

You guys are great!  You’re going to be amazing parents.

Cheers!
~Maike