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Cath and Conor! Engagement Session, South Bend, Indiana

March 12, 2019

“Have a little faith, there’s magic in the night” – Bruce Springsteen Welcome to the first engagement session of 2019!  Yay!!!

So generally speaking, I try to meet up with clients in person to chat, and then we do an engagement session a few months before, but sometimes neither of those things are do-able.  Which was the case with Cath and Conor.  We did all our pre-wedding chatting on the phone and on-line, and then, we got together the Friday before their Basilica wedding to do a quick engagement session.

BUT, this quick engagement session was delightful and the images are GORGEOUS.  Cath had given me a heads up that Conors least favorite activity might be having his photo taken.  Side note, I get this A LOT from guys, but I promise, I do my best to make it as least painful as possible, AND hopefully also fun.  I mean, you’re hanging out with your favorite person, and flirting through a couple hours, while I happen to be hanging out with you, taking photos and chatting.

So yes.  Even if you’re coming from out of town for your wedding, and have to cram in a quick engagement session the day before your wedding, DO IT!  It breaks the ice with your photographer, it lets you feel better in front of the camera, and sets you up for success on your wedding day.   Win win win.

Without further ado, here’s my favorites from their engagement session!


Cheers!
~Maike

Julie and Krishna and son Auguste! Stylized Wedding Shoot at The Speak Easy, Indianapolis, Indiana

February 15, 2019

“I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

I met Julie at the dress fitting at LUXEredux Bridal Boutique, and she had her hair all pulled back.  Towards the end we were talking about what we should do with her hair, and she let it all down, and it was SO SO SO LONG AND GLORIOUS!  Like Howard and Walt, Julie and Krishna also had an alternative wedding.  If I’m remembering correctly, it was something like, they were recently out of school, all their friends were scattered all over the world, and it just wasn’t an option, so they eloped!  [Which I think is still a romanic awesome story].  So once again we were photographing a couple who never had all the glitz and glam of a wedding with professional photographs!

Their little kiddo Auguste, was SO much fun to photograph.  Julie said he’d never seen her all done up with her hair and make up stylized.  When he saw her for the first time, he was kind of shy, which I found out later, was so NOT him [see every photo where he’s cheesing and totally loving all the attention].

And mad props to Julie for braving the cold for the shoot!  You did excellent!  I could only see your goosebumps a little bit ;).

And Hello Gorgeous you did AMAZING on her hair and make up.  I didn’t know what was up your sleeve for all that hair, but the style you created was such a PERFECT match for the dress and the feel of the shoot!

This blog post concludes the Speak Easy Stylized shoot blog features!  It was a lot of work, but MAN, I am proud of the beautiful images we created together.  Thanks to all the awesome vendors who made this possible, especially Kaitlin with It’s KEE Events; I could NOT have done it without your amazing planning skills [guys, hire her, seriously].

Cheers!
~Maike

PS: Julie and Krishna, I can’t wait to photograph your family images!  This was awesome, but it’s going to be so much fun having a chance to hang out, play, and ya know, not be worried about freezing, or dripping an applesauce pouch on your clothes before we have a chance to photograph you ;).

*I don’t think I have every loved a dress image more than this beauty hanging on the art at The Speak Easy.  It’s like it’s PART of the art work!  I LOVE it.
*I told you guys, LONG LONG HAIR!  Next session we do Julie, we need to have them curl it and wear it long!  It’s so pretty!
*If we do a shoot together, and you come looking cute, and working on your thing, I will PROBABLY steal a photo of you.  Because how delightful does Lisa look here?  Totally in her floral element! 
*Sometimes I think about if I were getting married this year, what dress would I wear.  And I can’t say for certain [I didn’t try this dress on], but there is something about this flowey, flowery, Greek goddess, sweet, dress that is SO appealing to me.  It’s dressy, and absolutely feminine without being uncomfortable [and as a woman in her 30’s, comfort is pretty much top of my outfit choices these days].
*Shout out to Lydia with To Be Written Shop , she did all the awesome windows with quotes on them.  They were such a delightful addition to our shoot!  If you want to jazz up your wedding space with meaningful words, you should 100% check her out!
*The Speak Easy is FULL of sweet little nooks.  This is the bar area, so it’s front and center, but seriously!  We didn’t even use all the spaces we COULD have used.

Venue : The Speak Easy [Jessica]

Wedding Day Planner : It’s KEE Events [Kaitlin]

Bride/Groom/Kiddo Model : Julie, Krishna and Auguste

Hair/Make Up : Hello Gorgeous [Maddie & Kendra]

Wedding Dress : LUXEredux Bridal Boutique [Lexie]

Florals :  Where Pigs Fly and Such [Lisa]

Suspenders/Bow Tie/Bridal Clutch : Dapper Gent [Colleen]

Hanging Windows/Greenery/Dining Table Florals : Where Pigs Fly and Such [Lisa]

Vintage Wedding Ring : Katie Carder Fine Jewelry

Calligrapher : To Be Written Shop [Lydia]

Boyle Family! Family Photography, Indianapolis, Indiana

February 6, 2019

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake

From the moment I chatted with Rebecca on the phone, I was like, “She’s cool”.  And then getting to meet Ryan and their beautiful daughter Leona, pretty much solidified their awesomeness.

I often get to photograph newborns, and one year olds, but it’s not often I get to photograph the in-between stages!  So photographing smiley 7 month old Leona was DELIGHTFUL!  Anyone who has kiddos and can remember back in the post-newborn, pre-toddler days, where routine was key, and short windows of time where you planned anything you needed to get done for the day, between naps and eating, and diaper changes, remembers the challenges.  So we had this block of time to squeeze in all the smiles with Leona and her parents, and even though Leona woke up early from her nap, she was a TROUPER!

While I was there, Rebecca and I talked about transitioning into motherhood, and how each of us have different challenges.  Fighting for balance, still holding onto your self identity after baby comes, dealing with poop, etc.  It reminded me how important it is to realize and love into the fact each mommy [and daddy], leans into parenting differently.  And how what makes me a great mom, or the things I need to do/be to be a great mom, might be different than what makes you a great mom.  Working, not working, breast feeding, formula feeding.  Everyone is trying to figure things out. There is no one right way for motherhood, and knowing yourself is an important part in being the best mom you can be.

Boyle family, it was so fun to visit your Fountain Square home and photograph your beautiful daughter, and your super sweet fun loving pup!

So excited to share these family portraits with you!  Cheers to parenthood and all the new learning curves that come with it!  You guys are doing an awesome job!

Cheers!
~Maike

Cecilia! Newborn Baby Photography Session, Indianapolis, Indiana

January 31, 2019

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

So, even though I shared a couple post prior that I do HAVE studio availability now, I still really enjoy a lovely at home session.  OKAY, really guys, I suppose the truth is I just love my job, and there are perks to both a studio session AND a home session.  You’ve got to choose what’s right for you :).

With that being said, welcome this beautiful family to the blog!  Colleen and David added baby Cecilia to the mix just over a week before these photos were taken.  And the puppies Nala and Nelly seem to more or less approve of the addition [perk 1 of having a home session; we can attempt some photos with the doggies, but if they’re stressing us out, or just not playing along well, we can easily kick them out of the photoshoot].

I LOVED this shoot.  I know being new mom/dad, there are things you might stress out about, but really, we go with the flow.  If we need to take a break to nurse, change a diaper, rock, etc.  We do that!  It’s not a big deal.  When Ceci got hungry, we took a little break and David and I chatted about tattoos.

Perk number 2 of in home sessions: we get to incorporate your space and the things that are important to you into the shoot.  SUCH AS…. *drum roll please* [ha ha!] Davids drum set!  David, his dad, and grandad are all drummers, and the set he has in the basement, was his grandfathers set [how cool!]  You can see his grandfather playing the same set in the black and white photo hung behind it [how awesome is that!]

And perk number 3 of in home session: I can come up with random ideas as I get to know you.  Colleen and David met at IU, and wanted to incorporate an IU swaddle into the session, and in the last 10 minutes of the shoot, I was like, “Wait!  I have an idea!  You guys have IU sweatshirts, right?  Let’s put them on!”  And then we created a beautiful IU snuggle photo of this sweet family of three with Ceci wide eyed and looking directly at me [I can’t tell you how much I love this image!!!]

So Colleen, I’m so grateful you found me!  LOVED being invited into your home to photograph your wonderful family.  Can’t wait to share the rest of your gallery with you!

Cheers!
~Maike

Howard and Walt! Stylized Wedding Shoot at The Speak Easy, Indianapolis, Indiana

January 28, 2019

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” -Alek Wek

WAY back in the day, my house mates and I lived in a beautiful big house, with a beautiful big yard, and we used to throw amazing awesome themed parties [one was a ‘Princess Bounce House Party’ <-I’m not joking when I say AWESOME parties].  WHICH, is where I met Walt!  And as we chatted, we figured out that his husband Howard, probably attended at least one of those parties back in the day too. Getting nostalgic of the good old days during this shoot was delightful.

So YAY for photographing old friends!  While we were hanging out during the shoot, we got to talking, and Howard and Walt had such a good story about their wedding.  It goes something like this: It was the first day in Indiana that it was legal for them to get married [June 25th, 2014; they’d been together since 2009], Howard came home, and was like, “We have to go get in line to get married!”, and so they headed downtown, and waited in line for 2 hours to say I DO.

Since they didn’t have a traditional wedding, they don’t have traditional awesome professional photos from their wedding day, so having them be part of this shoot was SO lovely.  I love their story.  Also, if you’re thinking about eloping, HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER!  I mean, just my opinion.  Just because you have a small intimate ceremony, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have beautiful images to remember your day.

Special shout out to Formally Modern who provided the tuxes for Walt and Howard!  They fit SO well, and were so wonderfully unique. Another shout out to Dapper Gent, who provided the suspenders and bow ties [and YES, that is a bow tie made out of cork!  How awesome is that?!?!]  Link to vendors featured below!

Cheers!
~Maike

*Cork bowtie from Dapper Gent.  Doesn’t it got so PERFECTLY with that red jacket from Formally Modern ?!?  I LOVE it.

*We used that awesome pocket floral from Special Occasion Designs by Chrissy on Walt’s jacket too.  LOVE it.

*The photos above, SERIOUSLY make my mouth water.  Have you guys tried Nameless Catering’s green dressing?  It.Is.So.YUMMY.  [Real name is ‘Pesto Caesar’].

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

W: Maybe go earlier in the day, but nothing else.

*The back of Mama Carolla’s [the best Italian food in SoBro, IMO], looks like THIS [above].  LOVE me those awesome fall colors, and it’s just a short walk from The Speak Easy.
*Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but we didn’t have champagne [oops], BUT, we did have beer on tap #thankyouspeakeasy.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

W: Waiting in line 2 hours at the city/county building
H:  I had to be the wife on our marriage license since the forms weren’t updated.  

*I wish you could see it better, but Karen Couture Keepsakes, also hooked us up with the button boutonnière on Howard above.
*This super cool table is a Violet Vintage rental!  Isn’t it so gorgeous with Special Occasion Designs by Chrissy‘s floral arrangement on it?!

Advice for future couples or getting married?

W: Don’t stress with the small stuff.
H:  Show gratitude toward your spouse and have fun! 

Venue : The Speak Easy [Jessica]

Wedding Day Planner : It’s KEE Events [Kaitlin]

Groom/Groom Models : Howard and Walt

Wedding Attire : Formally Modern [Brian]

Couch Octagon Coffee Table : Violet Vintage [Megan]

Catering : Nameless Catering [Hannah]

Flower Center Piece/Floral Pocket Boutonnière : Special Occasion Designs by Chrissy

Suspenders/Bow Tie : Dapper Gent [Colleen]

Button Boutonnière : Couture Keepsakes [Karen]

Calligrapher : To Be Written Shop [Lydia]

Ella and Family! Newborn Baby Photography Session, Indianapolis, Indiana

January 21, 2019

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana

If I’ve photographed you before, and we’re friends on Facebook, you already know that I now have access to A STUDIO!!!  I signed a year lease back in September for an awesome studio at The Stutz Building [hooray!]  And while I LOVE photographing people outside, and wandering around the city with folks, there is something SO cool and beautiful being in the studio.  It might be because I trained on studio lighting in school, and it feels a little like going back to my roots of photography.  And while the images themselves feel different than my outdoor work, maybe just a bit more refined, and classic, they still very much focus on relationships and interactions and love.

So I’ll be featuring a few of those sessions on the blog!  If you think a studio session is something you’d like more info on, give me a shout! [ohsnap at mrinaye dot com].  I’d love to chat more with you about the experience and what you’re looking for [baby, 1 year old, toddler, family, extended family, boudoir, etc]. AND, it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, we can plan a session in any season and any weather [hooray!]

To start us off, this is the Smith family!  And beautiful new born Ella!  You might remember them from their session last spring with big sister Addi, who is always delightful to photograph.

We did a little bit of everything for their studio session with brand new baby Ella.  We did some full family some individuals with each family member, and some solo ones of the girls.  And let me just say, they were all AWESOME!  Addi was an awesome big sister, and so helpful with her brand new sister Ella. 

Hope you guys are staying warm while the temperatures outside are FREEZING!  Here’s to a strong end to the first month of 2019! [#sayswhiletidyingup]

Cheers!
~Maike

Trace Fashion Shoot! Indianapolis, Indiana

January 15, 2019

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” -Alek Wek

Every once in a while, you stumble across something that just makes you go, “YES!  Sign me up!”  Early last fall, I’d made a new friend, and she was going to a meet up for 1 Million Cups at The Speak Easy.  The speaker looked interesting, and I’d been wanting to hear and experience a 1 Million Cups event, so I got up early, left the kiddo with Ronald and went!

And it was SUCH a good decision.  I got to hear Kristin talk about her startup business Trace Fashion, and her dream for her Indianapolis based company.  I’m a HUGE fan of small businesses, especially when women are pioneering them, so I went home, signed up to buy one of their first rounds of blazers through Kickstarter, and followed them on Instagram.  After following them for a few weeks, I thought, “This would be a super fun project”.  I shot a message to the account, and we started brainstorming THIS lifestyle shoot.

This shoot was SO lovely.  Kristin did awesome work in getting models, jewelry, and a house to shoot in!

The house, listed for rental is with Elizabeth Maora and located in Bates Hendrix. It was A DREAM to shoot in!  Every corner you turned you were like, “Yes please!  This is SO lovely!” [Side note, as I was editing, I was thinking how this would be a GREAT house to rent for a wedding for all your bridesmaids or groomsmen to get ready in!  On her website it’s called Viva Las Vegas. You’re welcome ;)].

The jewelry [Distinct Jewels] was SUCH a perfect match for the blazers.  And I loved meeting and working with the awesome models [Sierra is a fashion blogger, TOTALLY follow her, Danielle is a fellow photographer and creative, and Sam is a friend of Kristin who’s rocking mom-ing with her little baby bump, and her daughter also featured in the shoot].

So ladies, thanks for showing up and having a rad time with me for this shoot!  Kristin, can’t wait to get my blazer and to see your business bloom!

Cheers!
~Maike

Kimono Blazer : Trace Fashion

Home : Elizabeth Maora

Jewelry : Distinct Jewels

Model : Sierra Holmes

Model : Danielle Lawson

Model : Sam and her daughter