I have known Andrew since he was a wild thing, running everywhere and tackling everything with his pack of middle school boys. He is full of joviality and the best kind of humor - the sort that lifts up instead of tears down. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was capturing his senior photos? Now, he has wedded the song in his heart: Katie. They met their first day at Ball State. Both music majors. My favorite moment of the wedding was when they surprised their parents with a serenade: she singing Misty by Ella Fitzgerald and he on his trumpet. What a joy to be a part of their day.
This field. These two.
They danced and laughed under ardent sun turned glowing crescent.
Full of bright hope and confidence.
I am so excited to photograph their vows come winter!
I came upon this field by chance. Rather as a result of a mistake made by poor preparation. I was disappointed and trying to make up for lost time when I glimpsed this sea of yellow. The kids and I made this field our plans and popped out to explore and eat our picnic lunch. I have never offered mini sessions before but I knew I wanted to magnify this field before it faded. So two days later I captured three families in this glorious gold.
Happy fourth birthday to our swan princess: Lilias Joy!
A few weeks ago we celebrated our little ballerina with a Swan Lake birthday celebration.
A ten minute walk through a wildflower speckled wood, round a glistening lake led to our venue: the Visitor’s Pavilion at 100 Acres. The afternoon was uncommonly hot, but the forecasted thunderstorm held off until the evening which allowed everyone to get to and fro without wetting their feathers.
The little swans, who were asked to wear white and bring ballet slippers if owned, were adorned with a feather headpiece upon arrival. Guests munched chicken salad croissants, fruit, cucumber sandwiches, a cheese platter, and veggies before sampling sparkling swan cookies, chocolates, and rock candy.
Our glam loving Lilias wore a white tutu gifted to her by her Nene and a feather crown made by her momma. Presents were enthusiastically enjoyed as were the vintage ballerina topped vanilla cupcakes.
Swans could compliment their look with a glittery manicure and pearls and craft a ribbon wand for participation in the party’s grand finale: a Swan Lake ballet!
Swans were given a small ballet lesson with emphasis on swan-like poses and were soon ready for their grand debut! The ballerinas fluttered onto the stage, waving their ribbons and twirling to the Swan Lake theme song.
Such a dreamy way to celebrate our feminine, sparkling, ballet-loving girl with the sweetest friends and family.
Feather headpieces: feathers + satin headbands + hot glue / Vanilla cupcakes / Vintage ballerina toppers + DIY tutorial / Ribbon wands: dowel rods + screw eyes + ribbons / Swan cookies: cookie cutter + royal icing + black and gold icing for beak and eye + glitter / Rock candy
Lora and I have been friends for over a decade. We’ve adventured Lebanon and Thailand at each other’s side and when this world gets crazy I dial her number to reaffirm truth. When I visited her last month we found a park with a speckling of daisies where I could capture her family aglow in the heat of our midwest summer. In return she is making my baby in the womb a quilt to keep him warm when he is greeted by the turning of summer to fall. Love this friend for all seasons.