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Liz and Ryan! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Session

July 27, 2020

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” – Leo Buscaglia

Yay for love!!!  Remember that gorgeous boat proposal I blogged about a few weeks ago?  [or was it a month ago?  Pandemic season has got my timing all confused; I don’t even know anymore].

Well, my friends officially hired me for their wedding photography this October AND we made their engagement session happen!

And I know I am the one that suggests early morning sessions, but man, these summer mornings are SOOO early.  We met up at 6am, because I wanted to get some of that awesome pre-dawn blue sky, and some cool lights.  And guys, I HAVE NO REGRETS!

While the humidity and heat and allergy season did catch up to us eventually, our session was SO rad.

I’m so excited you found each other, and I’m so excited for you to spend the rest of your days loving each other.

Cheers!
~Maike

Teresa and Drew! Indianapolis, Indiana Proposal

July 23, 2020

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

Proposals!  I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but I LOVE proposals.  As I was driving downtown Indy to photograph Drew and Teresa, I kept going over details and thinking through my settings and camera, etc.  And I took a moment to be like, “Yeah, proposals are nerve wrecking!”  Ha!  I mean, I’m sure more for the proposer than me, but I’m there too, hoping that all details for the special moment go as planned, and double checking my time, and location, and, in this case, hoping I don’t have to go too far to find parking.

ANYWAY, meet Drew and Teresa!  Drew called me up a few weeks before the proposal and after both visiting and scoping out the location, we hatched a plan, that went off without a hitch.  Surprise proposal?  Yes!  Mini engagement/newly proposed to session around downtown Indy?  Yes!  Follow up surprise dinner with parents and brothers?  Yes!

Delightful things about this proposal: Teresa dabbing away tears after Drew asked her to marry him, and saying something along the lines of, “Oh man!  I wore the wrong mascara for this!”  Also, them explaining to me that Le Meridian was where Drew’s parents spent the first night together has husband and wife [guys, you KNOW I’m a sucker for sentimentality built into the story], and the gorgeous ring… ya’all… there’s a diamond from her grandmothers ring, and a diamond from his grandmothers ring, and they PERFECTLY fit each other one on each side of Teresa’s new diamond.  UGH.  So good.  I love jewelry that has a story!  When my husband asked my bff about what ring he should be considering from me, she was like, “It needs to have a story.”  My engineer of a husband was like, “I’m sorry, what?!”  [Mine has his birthstone in it; which I love].

Shoutout to Le Meridian and Spoke and Steele for being super rad places.  And to the ladies biking around on the Pickled Peddler who provided some tunes on our portrait walk, and those random street musicians who hooted and hollered when I had these two smooch in front of an awesome building.

Congratulations Drew and Teresa!

Cheers!
~Maike

Ella! Indianapolis, Indiana Newborn In Home Session

July 20, 2020

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” – Pope John XXIII

I’ve photographed these guys now for their engagement session, wedding day, maternity session, and now the newborn session!  I mean, I know the newborn session was mostly about Ella, and this was HER first session, but guys, I’m so lucky to have clients who repeatedly come back to hire me.

Now onto Ella!  We had a beautiful sunny day for her newborn session.  I came to their home, and we did both posed studio lighting shots, and lifestyle shots in and around their home.  This was also my first LONG session in a mask [I did wear a mask for indoor shots for their maternity session].  Guys, I have so much respect for those healthcare workers who spend 8+ hours in masks.  It’s no joke.

Sarah and Bobby, you guys are falling into parenthood beautifully.  If you’re like me, you’ll have more questions in this season of life than ever before, and the sleepless nights will someday be a little blip in your memory.

Cheers!
~Maike