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Baby Rayna! Indianapolis, Indiana Newborn Session

June 20, 2017

“Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” -Eric Church

Yay for babies!

You know, photographing baby sessions is just a bit different now that I have Z.  I notice different cries, I’m sensitive to parents emotions, and I just generally see the world just a bit differently than before.

Additionally, I now have first hand knowledge of how fast babies change, which makes me SO glad when people hire me to photograph them with their little ones [also, because self portraits of your family when you have a newborn are just, well… the good ones are few and far between].

Which brings me to beautiful Rayna’s session!  This was my first official session after Z was born, and I LOVED it.  Stefanie found me on a motherhood Facebook group, and I am so SO glad she did!  Rayna wasn’t quite sure she was up for photos, but in the end, we convinced her all was a-okay and got some beautiful images of this sweet girl with her mom and dad.

Stefanie and Jordan, I’m so glad you found me and loved spending time with you three!  Can’t wait to hang out again!


Andrew’s 90th Birthday! South Bend, Indiana Personal Post

May 23, 2017

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” -Ausonius

There are some moments in life that as soon as they happen, you realize that moment was SO special.

Our baby boy is named after his great grandfather [on Ronald’s side of the family], Andrew.  Great grandpa Andrew has had a few strokes, wanders around mostly in a wheelchair, and has some memory issues/dementia [he knows he is familiar with his family, but can’t remember anyones names, and sometimes how they are connected to him].  He has caretakers around who hang out with him, cook for him, help him get around and chat with him.  And while he is different than pre-stroke, he definitely still has spunk to him, and that ever curious mind, thinking and creating and dreaming up possibilities.

Zander’s birth announcement is proudly displayed on a shelf at Andrews home, and family and the caretakers have talked to him about his little name sake since he was born back in February.

A couple weekends ago, to celebrate Andrew’s 90th birthday, we traveled up to South Bend, for a quick weekend trip.  Not only did Zander get to meet cousins, and aunts and uncles, but he also got to hang out with great grandpa Andrew [‘Poppy’].  And YOU GUYS!!!!

I video’d them meeting for the first time.  And it’s… well, it’s just perfect [okay, I’m not a videographer, so that part is not perfect, but THE MOMENT is perfect].

In case you didn’t catch it, in the middle Andrew says, “Don’t mark on me!” [which I’m pretty sure he’s telling Zander not to pee on him.  ha ha ha!], and then he asks if we’re scared of him [decent question ;)].

So yes, THOSE moments.  I’m grateful for moments like this in general, that I can remember.  I’m super grateful that this moment was video’d.

Hope you all are catching those moments and treasuring them in your mind forever.


*four generations! Great Grandpa, Uncle, Dad and Z!


Baby Zander! Indianapolis, Indiana Personal New Born Baby Session

April 8, 2017

“Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name” — “Murder in the City,” The Second Gleam, Avett Brothers

Normally I don’t publish blog posts on Saturdays, BUT, April 8th is sort of a memorable day for me, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to share with you guys….


If you follow my personal instagram, you already know this :).  And of course, I’ll update my M.Rinaye instagram soon with beautiful images of our baby boy as well.

Soooooo, April 8th was his due date [because obviously, he wasn’t born today… also, we’re celebrating with cupcakes]. And while most babies don’t actually come on their due date, his timing was WAY before mine -> 6 weeks early!  My water broke at 33 weeks [7 weeks early] and Ronald and I spent the following week in the hospital before being induced.

But then we welcomed beautiful Andrew Alexander on February 28th!  Our Fat Tuesday baby!

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since then.  Baby Zander spent 5 days in NICU [an incredibly short time, considering how early he was], and since bringing him home, we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on preparing everything here at home [I mean, I thought I AT LEAST had a good month before he got here!] and getting used to his premie stuff [although he was born weighing 6 lbs, so he didn’t really seem like a premie].

Now that he’s 6 weeks old though, he has officially grown out of many of his newborn clothes, we’ve established somewhat of a routine, and are more or less used to the new sleep schedule ;).

Those of you wondering about the business, I fully intended to keep it up!  My business is pretty conducive to having a baby [especially with an awesome partner like Ronald ;), and his traditional M-F, 9-5 job].  So feel free to contact me about your family session, and to continue to send referrals our way!

Happy Due Date baby Zander!

~Maike [aka: Mommy]

PS: I hope you guys are up for some small changes this year on the blog!  I’ll be mixing it up a bit with more personal posts than normal, and I have scaled back weddings.  BUT, excited to take a little different direction, and share the journey with you!

PPS: I love him a lot, and I can’t believe that Ronald and I made such an adorable creature.

Ashley and Bryce! Indianapolis, Indiana Christmas Tree Farm Portrait Session

January 17, 2017

“I think true success is intrinsic… It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.” -Tom Shadyac


Meet Ashley and Bryce!

So, old school photography community often times wasn’t one where you found a ton of friends [that whole competing for the same customers thing], BUT, in new school photography, there has been a rise in the community over competition within the professional photography realm.  Which is awesome, and amazing, and I’m pretty thankful for it.

WHICH, is why I’m friends with Ashley.  I was searching for a second shooter for an Indy wedding when we first moved back to Indianapolis in 2015, and came across her name on Second in Seconds.  While she was already booked for the day I needed, she reached out and said she’d love to do coffee or lunch together some day.  Which is just awesome!  Because my love of people often clashes with the hours spent solo behind a computer screen where a lot of my work is done.

I’ve super enjoyed hanging out with her in the past year and a half, and getting to know her and have her as a friend/co-photographer in the Indianapolis area.

THIS YEAR, I decided Ronald and I needed a real life Christmas tree… and what goes best with a real life Christmas tree?  A fun Christmas Tree Farm photo shoot!  So I asked if Ashley and Bryce wanted to do a little swap-a-roo for photos!

And here are the beautiful tree farm photo results!  Yay!  I’m super in love with how they turned out [both her’s and ours (to be shown at a later date)].  And special thanks to Jay’s Tree Farm for letting us come out and wander through the trees… AND, of course for providing Ronald and my amazing smelling Christmas tree this year [it was our FIRST real life tree! Also, turns out we only have enough ornaments for one side, good thing it was wedged into a corner ;)].

And it turns out, Ashley and Bryce had some beautiful news to share!  I won’t spoil it, but if you want to read her journal, you can CLICK OVER HERE, and read about it ;).

Ashley!  So grateful to have you in my community, and so happy and excited for you in this new season of life for you and Bryce!

Cheers to 2017 adventure!


ps: Starting out with one of my FAVORITES… I mean, woah!!!

pps: If you look at Ashley’s journal, you can see our different editing styles, which I find kind of fun.  Not only are we different in how we see the world, but we’re also different in how we deliver the final portraits from that world.

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A 2016 Year End Thank You!

January 10, 2017

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  -William Arthur Ward



We’ve all officially survived the first week of 2017!  Hooray!

Here in Indianapolis, we’ve had some chilling temperatures, and snow [soooo pretty!], and I’ve seen sprinkled throughout the internet final lists and thoughts on 2016, as well has hopes and goals for 2017, and it’s both inspiring and exciting to take a look back at what we’ve done this past year and what we hope to do next year.  I love it.

BUT, before I rush into 2017, I wanted to take some time to thank all of my awesome client-friends from this past year.  I’ve loved EVERY.SINGLE.SESSION.  I love that I get to meet you where you are, and whatever life stage you are in.  Be that recently engaged, getting married with a big wedding, or romantically eloping just the two of you, growing your family with a baby, loving on your finished family, or taking head shots for your resume and linkedin profiles.  You guys are the best.

I’m so glad each of you stumbled upon my work this past year and choose to hire M.Rinaye Photography to capture these beautiful moments of your life.  [Feel free to help other people stumble across my work as well ;)].

In my bio, you can read how I love people and I love art, which means I absolutely couldn’t do this without you guys!

Thank you SO much!

2017 is here and I’m excited what that means for M.Rinaye!  I’ve been working on dreaming up goals and photoshoots, and in the next few months planning fun photo adventures for the rest of the year as well.

As you all make your 2017 resolutions, and goals and check lists, I wish you the best of luck!

Cheers to making 2017 amazing awesome and wonderful!

With Gratitude,

Abbie & Adam! Indianapolis, Indiana Elopement

December 27, 2016

“The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.” -Jean de la Bruyere

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When we met up to take these images, it was literally the first time I had spoken to Abbie or Adam.  They pretty much planned their Indianapolis elopement in under 48 hours [woah!], so it’s a bit understandable.

SOOOO, while I don’t know them well, I was super honored to be photographing their commitment to each other!  While they’re going to have a big wedding celebration next year, this random elopement was SO full of excitement, love, respect, and joy!

Seriously.  It was so beautiful.

They had rings, special wedding socks for Adam, the paper work, an officiant, a friend double fisting some FaceTime and recording the event… it was LOVELY.

After their short ceremony hosted by Elope in Indy, we headed over to Fountain Square and wandered around to photograph some sweet portraits of the two of them…. and froze our butts off, because it’s December in Indianapolis ;).  BUT, as you can see, I think it was well worth it.

Abbie and Adam, thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your sweet elopement!  I loved being there while you made your commitment to each other, and spoke your words of love and admiration for each other.

Best of wishes in planning your full big wedding celebration next year!


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Arielle & Andrew! Indianapolis Engagement Photography

December 20, 2016

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” -Bertrand Russell

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This past fall, I photographed Bobby’s sweet proposal to Camille at a local school, the Vision Academy, and it turns out, as a result of those beautiful in school shenanigans, I gained some new followers, one of which is Camille’s colleague Arielle!

And you guys, that school must just be full of amazing wonderful human beings, because Arielle is kind, thoughtful and creative.  And even though Andrew teaches at a different school, he’s not too bad either… so maybe it’s just teachers.  Teachers are awesome!

ANYWAY, after Arielle and Andrew got engaged, she called me up and we set a date for their engagement photos in December.  And, I’ve said it before, but here in Indiana, December is sort of a wild card.  Who knows if it will snow [it did the day after their session], or be sunny and 70* [remember when Indy hosted the Super Bowl?]  And while it was neither of those situations, the images from the day wandering around the canal and downtown are MAGICAL.  Seriously.

The first magic being when we started out at the NCAA Hall of Champions, this very cool museum just off the canal, AND AND AND, where they got engaged!!!!  EEEEKKKK!!!  I love engagement stories.

See, they’re both big basketball fans [Kentucky, as you can see], which means Andrews proposal on the 1930’s retro gym upstairs was PERFECT for them.  SO, of course we did some calling around and arranged for some portraits [and some action shots], to be taken there [thanks Kelly!], and it did not disappoint! 

I love taking portraits in general of couples in love, but then add in that extra little thing of ‘this is important to us, can we incorporate it in some way?” and it can make a session so much more meaningful!

Arielle and Andrew, I LOVED working with you!  You guys rocked this cold session, and were so fun to get to know as we wandered around the city.  Best wishes for planning your Illinois wedding next fall!  And any more teacher friends you want to send my way, I’ll welcome them with open arms and beautiful photos!


PS: Andrew, I feel like with your fashion sense, I might need to e-mail you outfit ideas for my next personal photoshoot, because your outfits combinations were a 10 ;).
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