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Reutter Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

November 14, 2017

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

Hey friends!

Do you guys know about the organization called Magic Hour?  If not, you should definitely check them out [especially if you are a photographer, or someone/know someone going through cancer].  I registered as a photographer with the organization a couple years ago, and was just matched up last month with Carolyn and her beautiful family!

We were originally supposed to wander around Broad Ripple and end in a park with awesome fall colors and beautiful crunchy leaves to photograph Carolyn, Lance and those two sweet girls.  BUT, Indiana weather got the best of us, and since re-scheduling in the fall is ridiculous, we instead ended up heading to The Alexander hotel downtown [thanks so much to them for being awesome and letting us come take photos inside!]

And while photographing a 2 year old and a 2 month old is a special challenge, I think we did a pretty awesome job of capturing everyones personalities at this stage of life [special shout out to grandma and grandpa who hung out with us and assisted holding baby Anna, and wandering around with Kate when she needed a break from the camera].

Carolyn and Lance, I loved photographing you and your awesome daughters!  I wish you the best of luck as you continue to fight the wretched cancer.  Thanks for inviting me to capture your beautiful family!


Jordan and Stephen! Indianapolis, Indiana Engagement Photography

November 7, 2017

“The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” -Helen Mirren

I met up with Jordan on Monday, they hired me on Wednesday and we photographed their engagement session on Saturday!  Whew, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind!  And while we did photograph them in the glorious month of October, it was SO COLD!  And when I say sooooo cold, I mean, at one point there was snow falling on us!  So bravo for braving the freezing temperatures you two!  It was just a practice run in case we have snow for your April wedding, right?!?

Since having Zander this last year, I intentionally took a bit of a slow year, so I haven’t had many engagement sessions/weddings this past 12 months.  Getting Jordan and Stephen in front of my camera was so much FUN!  I love photographing couples.  I love getting to know them, and their story [if you don’t know Jordan and Stephens, you should totally ask them, it’s a delightful story including crepes and awesome conversations].   Wandering around the city, finding beautiful colors and cool little nooks to make beautiful portraits with new friends is just the best.

Jordan and Stephen, I hope wedding planning is going well!  Can’t wait to photograph you again in just a few short months!  Thanks for such a delightful morning!


Taylor Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Family Photography

October 31, 2017

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to get together with the Taylor bunch and take their annual family photos!

Every year I write about how awesome these people are, and nothing has changed.  They are all still super awesome human beings.

This is the 8th time [WOAH] I’ve photographed this family!

My job, guys, is photographing you wherever you are at in life during our session.  I become friends with my clients and invested in your lives.  I LOVE that I can look back through all 8 sessions with these guys and reminisce: “awe, this was the first year they had Mia!” and “this was the year we dragged the couch out to the field with the newborn twins!” and “this was the first session of their completed family, including Mia, Lawson, Samuel and Evie”.

I have only had Zander for 8 months, so I can only imagine what it will be like 8 years down the line, looking back at the special photographs of the memories we made, and the place we were in life.

Sarah and Travis, you are doing such a good job raising those four small human beings.  I’m grateful for our friendship, and grateful you trust me to photograph your family each year.  I always look forward to your family session and love working with you all!


ps: Curious about all their sessions?  Here they are! 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.


Furnish Family! Westfield, Indiana Family Photography

October 11, 2017

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale


So the last time I photographed this beautiful group of people, little Enoch had JUST joined the world!  [you can see them HERE].

Two years later, Enoch can not only walk, but runs, and talks and picks up sticks he finds in nature.  And the girls?  They feel so much older too.  To start with, both of them were super shy when we did Enoch’s new born session, but this time, they both came bounding out of the van, with SO MANY WORDS!!!  It was delightful.  Nora is the middle child, and Evelyn is the oldest, and they were both so much fun. 

Everyone helped finding cool things to be photographed with [awesome flowers], and we had such a good time wandering around one of their favorite parks to hike at in Westfield.

I love hanging out with your awesome family Furnishes!  I love how these family photos turned out and can’t wait to share the rest with you!


ps: Dates are booking up fast for fall family sessions!  If you’re interested in those awesome fall colors of beautiful red’s and oranges, and that sweater weather [it’s going to be here any day now, I’m sure… right?], shoot me an e-mail and we’ll set up a date! ohsnap at mrinaye dot com.

Foltz Family! Indianapolis, Indiana Extended Family Photography

October 3, 2017

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt

You guys remember sweet Addie’s striking blue eyes from a couple years ago?  [Check them out HERE].  Addie and her mom, dad, aunts and grandma all joined me for another session!  This session was missing one beautiful soul who passed away this past year [I know I only met Addie’s grandpa Paul a couple times, but he was so kind and loving to both his family and me].  They also added another wonderful addition to the mix: the currently very smiley, sweet, adorable baby Paul [who is 6 months old! Almost the same age as my baby Zander!]

Baby Paul has the same sweet bright eyes Addie has, and I know he’s just a baby, but it so feels like he has the same demeanor and calm, sweet, awesome personality that his grandpa had.  He didn’t cry once during our session, and it felt like he was just taking it all in and watching everything that was going on around him.

When they were booking this session, Holly said to me, “Your pictures have brought us so much joy, remembering Dad over the past few months.”

So guys, here’s my encouragement to you: Get photos taken as a family together.

Sometimes it will be for you, and sometimes it will be for your kids and your grandkids.

I love my job, and am so grateful for the families that take the time to step in front of my camera to make sweet memories.  Memories to hang on the wall or to stick in albums.  Photos that will serve as discussions starters 10, 20, 30 years from now.

Foltz family, I love you all [even Ben, who I know doesn’t enjoy the whole photo taking thing ;)].  Thanks for once again trusting me to photograph your family and provide you with beautiful memories for years to come.


Tiffini and Henry! Indianapolis, Indiana Mom and Son Family Photography

September 26, 2017

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” -Nina Dobrev

I met Tiffini at a photography workshop a couple years ago, and since then we’ve done a few different shoots together, and hung out to talk photo and help critique each others work/websites/etc.  As photographers not associated with a studio [we each own our own businesses and don’t have every day employees], it’s been AWESOME to connect with each other!

When Zander was born, Tiffini came to our home and photographed all three of us together when he was two weeks old, and I SO cherish those photos, so I knew we had to get together and do a mini session with her and her son Henry as well!

We met up at their adorable little house in downtown Indy, and just wandered around the neighborhood!

As I mentioned in my Facebook post, shoutout to Greg the dog!  We didn’t take him along for all the shoot, but he definitely wanted to be a part of the session… and he thought his ball should be part of the session too.

Tiffini, I’m so glad we met and have been able to shoot together!  It’s been fun getting to know you and I’m so glad to have you as a friend in the photography world.


Hanna Family Session! Indianapolis, Indiana Extended Family Photography

September 18, 2017

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot

So, you’ll recognize Steven and Kristen and those little boys from their session last year [you don’t remember?  LOOK HERE].  This year, Kristin’s sister-in-law Emalee scheduled a session to include the extended family!  And although it was a bit chilly for their August session, we tried our hardest to keep moving in order to keep warm, while wandering around downtown Indianapolis.

Those little boys [Eli and Ben], were awesome during the session!  Not only did they put on their best smiles, but they also assisted in finding cool walls and helped in bringing out the best smiles in all of their family.  And it’s quite clear that they are a little bit the life of the party when hanging out with their family.  They love giving hugs out [especially to grandma], and being tickled [especially by uncle Jeff], and I’m pretty sure in many ways, they are already each others BFF’s.

Kristen, Steven, Eli and Ben, I ALWAYS love hanging out with you guys… Cathy, Jeff, Tim and Emalee, I LOVED meeting you and wandering around downtown Indy with you guys!  So glad you made time for family portraits while everyone was in town!


*LOOK HERE, and scroll down to image number 4 to see the above cuties in front of a different door last year.  Maybe I need to start a series #brothersinfrontofdoors