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Ruby, Roxanna and Brad’s Family Session! Zionsville, Indiana

August 6, 2019
 “Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.” -Lady Bird Johnson

You guys remember the baby with the bird, right?  SHE’S BACK!  And fantastic as ever.  I mean, her parents are swell too, but RUBY!  Oh man.  She’s awesome.

We met up in Zionsville, downtown [which is a crazy hotspot for photographers, woah!!!], and wandered around to find beautiful flowers, awesome downtown door colors, some crazy flying bug, and the bright yellow flower that Ruby’s daddy picked for her and she held onto for the entire session [I mean, how sweet are her squishy little hands holding that flower so delicately?!?  If we took it away, she automatically had both hands up and was reaching for it.  At one point we set it on a lamppost, and all she did was stare at it and reach for it.  Girl knew what she wanted!]

Roxanna, Brad and Ruby, if we were neighbors, I’m 100% sure you would be the ones I ran to in order to borrow a cup of sugar, and then later share my chocolate chip cookies with.

You guys are fun.  I so love how your beautiful session with your one year old kiddo turned out!  Thanks for trusting me with these family memories!

Cheers!
~Maike

*Ruby’s favorite expression is one of shock!  Ha!  Brad totally taught her that.  How delightfully awesome.

Scarlett, Rowen and Grandparents Studio Session! Indianapolis, Indiana

July 30, 2019

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” -Alex Haley

I photographed Gina and Eric’s wedding back in the day, and then Scarlett’s 1 year old session last year, and NOW, they’ve added baby Rowen to the mix!  All the grandparents were in town for his christening, so Gina scheduled a special grandparent session with the kiddos.  What a beautiful gift idea, right?  When my parents are in town, I make sure to have them sit down with Z and take photos of the three of them together.  Grandparents are so special, I love that Gina is gifting these photos to them.

To work around nap schedules and possible weather intrusions, we scheduled the session at the studio, and all of us are so thankful we did, because boy was it HOT HOT HOT outside when we took these photos.

So grandparents, you all are lovely!  It was so great to see you again [last time we were all dancing up a storm at their wedding!]  It’s so fun to see how much you all love those grandbabies!  I hope you visit was delightful!

Cheers!
~Maike

PS: Once again, I’d like to apologize for calling Scarlett ‘Rowen’ the entire session [sheesh]… BUT, I did figure out why: my photographer friend Ashley has a niece named Rowyn!  [And she looks actually very similar to Scarlett]… so there WAS a reason my brain kept doing that.

PPS: Also, remember my goldfish trick of throwing gold fish at kiddos… Scarlett totally THREW THEM BACK AT US!  Hahahahahahahaha!!!  She’s awesome.

Christina and Dan! Nashville/Brown County, Indiana Wedding

July 23, 2019

“I will be bringing you someone whole
and you will be bringing me someone whole
and we be twice as strong
and we be twice as true
and we will have twice as much
of love
and everything.”
-Mari Evans, Celebration

These two!!!  You guys.  I haven’t known Christina and Dan for very long, but they are SOOOO great!  As was their wedding [duh!]

Weather report said rain in the afternoon and heat all day, but miraculously, the rain stayed away from us…. not so much the heat, but we all sweat together so it was a-okay!  After their first look I had them wander nearby a wooded area around a little pond, and on the way up to it, Christina had Dan shoo away a giant long leg spider off her dress, with a: “Don’t kill it, just brush it off”, and then remarked that they knew having an outdoor wedding in July would come with some random woodland creatures [ha: on the way back we were picking out a few freeloaders from the tulle of her dress and I found a tick, which then proceeded to JUMP at me! (Eeeekkkk! guys, I am a city girl.  I visit the country every so often, and can handle spiders, and whatnots, but jumping ticks, make my skin crawl)…. (I feel like I need to go take a shower just typing out that story)].

So no rain [yay!], heat [meh], amazing bridal party [holla!], random clouds [thank you!], tacos for dinner [yum!], some of the best speeches I’ve heard [awe!], and a beautiful sparkler exit [swoon!]

Shout out to Ashley for swatting gnats away and sweating it out second shooting with me!

Christina and Dan, I loved your wedding.  Your vows were wonderful, and I love that you included beautiful elements to reflect your passions and how you promise to not only love and take care of each other, but also love and take care of people in this world.

You guys are rad.

Cheers!
~Maike

*this pillow and the rings were passed around so everyone could say a blessing or well wishes over the rings.  I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!I wish I had thought of it for my own wedding.  What a beautiful way to include your guests in your love promises.

Hair : Studio M Salon [Erin Gammon]

Make Up : Christina’s Sister

Flowers : Lily Lane [Becky]

Ceremony/Reception Venue : The Old Barn at Brown County

Music : Indy Sound Rentals [rental equipment]; DJ and acoustic guitar by friends

Cake : Cousin made the cake

Catering : Holy Smokes BBQ

Dress : The Wedding Studio [Brand: Essence of Australia]

Brides Shoes : Betsey Johnson at Macy’s

MUSIC:
bride & groom first dance : Beyond, Leon Bridges
father & daughter dance : What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
mother & son dance : Wildflowers, Tom petty

BRIDE & GROOM Q&A:

Most memorable moment?

C : Reading our vows to each other

D : I’ll never forget reading and hearing vows as well as our officiant’s words. Entering the reception to signed, sealed, delivered and seeing the venue decorated with everyone was pretty breathtaking.

Advice for future brides/grooms?

C : Write your own vows! It’s worth it.

D : Doing the first look was so worth it to us. We are both emotional people and it took the edge off of a stressful day and allowed us to really enjoy the ceremony . Also, people LOVE to help if you let them. We felt so loved during our wedding because we had so many family members and friends step up to be a part of the wedding. We had family help us with the bar and the cake. Friends helped us with the flowers. We had friends spray the whole ceremony area for bugs during the afternoon. We had friends handle our music. We had a friend do our photography (tha’ts right, you are our friend now!) . [<-Uhm, obviously Dan is one of my favorite grooms!  Cheers to new friends!]

Funniest memory?

C : The power went out the night before our wedding at the venue and in the whole surrounding area including our cabin. We were too tired to even care, so we just went to bed and assumed the problem would be solved in the morning, which it was! We do not typically believe in “hope” as a solutions oriented strategy.

D : While having a quiet moment after taking a bunch of photos and getting ready to enter the venue. My mother and cousin BURST into the house in a panic over napkins! We had a taco bar with no napkins for the first a 5-6 tables through the buffet. Luckily, my cousin Brad sped off to the closest store and solved the problem.

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

C : No, it was perfect.

D : We probably could’ve used a day of planner especially because had so much flexibility with our venue that we had to control everything. So it was hard not to worry about things like the food and all of that because there really wasn’t anyone in charge other than the two of us.

Honeymoon?

Yes! We just got back from Cancun. We stayed at an all inclusive resort called Excellence Playa Mujeres. It was a perfect way to unwind for a week.

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

The Old Barn at Brown County was a beautiful venue. and we were thrilled with how it worked out.

Quinn Newborn Session! Indianapolis, Indiana

July 16, 2019

The moment I see my daughter’s face, I am instantly happier, my stress just disappears, and I forget everything else. – S. Sreesanth

8 day old Quinn joined me in the studio for her session a couple weeks ago!  Oh, and her parents Paige and Micah were there too [not every day I get to hang out with another Micah ya’all!]

And guys, I think I’ve said it before, and if you come into the studio with a newborn, I’ll say it again: newborn sessions are ALL about them.  And I know that’s obvious [duh, that’s why you’re paying me to take photos of you anyway!], but what I mean is, they call the shots.  If they’re hungry, we take a break and get that baby some milk!  [And if you want, I’ll totally photograph you nursing or giving her a bottle].  If they go through 8 diapers while we’re hanging out, no big deal!  If they’re crabby and not feeling it, we rock, we snuggle, we turn up the heat and we wait it out.

Okay, so all that to say though, I didn’t really have to pull out many tricks with Quinn.  I think she cried for maybe a few seconds at one point during an outfit change, and after her first little nap where we got beautiful sleepy baby photos of her, she kind of kept one eye open the rest of the session [ha!] but she was so charming and cuddly and sweet.

Paige, I know I kept calling you Quinn [oops], but I’m so glad you found me, and that we were able to create these beautiful images of your sweet family of three!  Momming is hard work, but you seem to be embracing all the nuances of it so far!  Micah, high fives for being an awesome dad [guys, rumor has it, he’s purchased baseball themed headbands for his daughter already!]  Rad that we have the same name :).

Cheers!
~Maike

Rika [and family] Maternity Session! Rio Rancho, New Mexico

July 9, 2019

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean De La Bruyere

If you know me, you probably know I’m a middle child [shout out to all the other middle children of the world!!!]  My sister and brother have appeared on the blog here and there [like the last time these guys were on the blog, was for a family session a few years back; I also featured my brothers wedding (which was more like an elopement really), a few years before back as well].

This feature though, is all about that sweet bump of my sisters!  She’s growing a baby due in the middle of August, and we all are so excited and happy for her!  They don’t know if it’s a baby girl or a baby boy yet [eeekkk!! Yay for surprises!!!], but Joshua is hoping for a baby brother [if this happens, it will continue the trend of my parents only being grandparents to boys ;)].

I’m so glad we were able to squeeze so many fun things into our trip out to New Mexico a couple weeks ago [yay for cousin weddings, and being able to host a baby shower for my sister while all the family was in town!]

Rika and Rusty, I’m so excited for that little baby coming soon.  Joshua, I know that baby will be loved either way, but I’m hoping against you and have my fingers crossed for a baby girl.

Love you all!
~Maike

PS: Are you in New Mexico and love my work?  I love shooting in other cities, so shoot me an e-mail if you want me to get in touch next time I’m in town and have some availability!

Elise Newborn Session! Columbia, Missouri

July 2, 2019

“Therefore, (God’s) promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all.” – Romans4:16

These guys were on the blog not too long ago with their family maternity session [so swoon-worthy, you probably want to check it out HERE], and I’m so excited to have them back on the blog!!!  Bonni is one of my super good friends [from Drury University and our college days], because guys, it’s not just ANYONE that I’ll drive through hours of stormy rain to photograph your 9 day old baby [luckily my drive home had zero rain storm to drive with (thank you Jesus!)].

BUT GUYS!  LOOK at how adorable this sweet squishy beautiful child is!  I took big sister Alayna’s newborn photos too [a few years ago, HERE [my photography has grown a bit since that shoot, but oh how I love looking back at it].  She was probably one of my first actual newborn’s to photograph [did her session when she was brand spankin new (like, less than 48 hours old I think)].

And guys, it’s fun to do compare and contrasts with big sisters newborn look.  There are so many similarities when you put images right next to each other, but then again, there are also SO many differences.  I love that DNA mixture means shared and non-shared traits.  So cool.

Bonni and Jake, you have once again create a beautiful new human being.  I loved being with your family and seeing how gracefully you have become a family of four.  Alayna, you are so precious with your baby sister.  I love how obsessed you are with her, and how you want to be near her and touching her/smothering her.  You are already such a good big sister, and I can’t wait to see how you two grow up together.

And Elise!  Child you are so loved.  I’m so glad you’re here and we can dote on you and ooh and awe at your preciousness.  You’ve been born into a fantastically loving family.

Love you all!
~Maike

Christina and Dan Engagement Session! Indianapolis, Indiana

June 25, 2019

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Welcome Christina and Dan to the blog!!!  Our first session [because Indy’s spring has seemed to grace us through mid June this year], was rained out.  Our next session was one of those days that seems cool, but then you hang out long enough and realize there’s a TON of humidity in the air, which is 100% going to make you sweat sweat sweat.

But, as Dan pointed out, it was just a practice run in the sweat department for their wedding day coming up in July.

You’ll notice a little theme in their session: SoBro!!!!  Southern Broad Ripple, for those not in the loop ;).  We met up initially at Dan’s duplex, and then wandered from there, hitting up prime places that played a role in their romance, which was so super lovely.

If you’re thinking of a special spot for your photography session, I can totally incorporate places with sentimental meaning [love that], but also, you don’t have to.  I’m always on the lookout for new places to shoot with cool walls, neat lighting situations, etc.

The second half of their session was at Christina’s condo, specifically the courtyard area.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but GUYS.  I loved shooting there.  It was like a secret little garden with beautiful old buildings, and some flowers, and lovely lamp posts.  So beautiful.

So yay for Christina and Dan!  So excited to photograph your wedding next month!  I’m sure these next few pre-wedding weeks will fly bye!

Cheers!
~Maike