I REALLY enjoyed this engagement session. And I am so excited about their wedding! This sweet couple was really easy to work with, had adorable outfits, and we lucked out on beautiful weather and light! Win-win-win!
I’ve only done a few engagement sessions, but I do enjoy them when I get them! If you were hoping to book an engagement session with me – no worries, I do take a limit amount of engagement sessions each year. So be sure to contact me. (I want to point out that I DON’T do weddings, no matter how much you beg me!).
I’ve done a few of these senior shoots and I have to admit, they are pretty fun! Most of the senior shoots have been my own siblings, and this one just so happens to be a sibling of mine. 😉 Kellan is my youngest brother and everyone who meets him loves him. I am so proud of everything he has accomplished and for what he will accomplish! He gives the best hugs (to everyone, strangers included) and he is always there when you need a laugh. These are some of my favorite images that I took of Kellan. Congratulations on graduating (a year early) baby brother!
After Kellan, I only have one more sibling left to graduate! Which is crazy to me!!
Kellan Class of 2019 | Louisville KY Senior Photographer
We traveled to Mount Saint Francis in Floyd Knobs, Indiana. I absolutely love this location and usually recommend it for any shoot! It’s a beautiful location that Southern Indiana has to offer. It was an overcast day, but I’ll be honest, I have a huge crush on overcast days. And that’s another benefit to this location: it looks beautiful overcast or sunny! I also really felt like the overcast skies helped the mood of these photos!
Kellan, you are one handsome senior!
My son was with us and sometimes wanted to be in the shot, too! And Kellan wanted a few shots with him anyways. They are so cute together – Kellan is such a good uncle!
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Today is Mother’s Day! And I can’t help but sit and reflect how blessed I truly am to be your mama! I have grown so much as a person since I became a mama, and I love being a mama so much. It was what I was meant to do, I can feel it. I’m so grateful for Mother’s Day and for me to reflect on how truly blessed I am. I don’t need gifts or treats (although, that is ALWAYS nice!) to remind me of how blessed I am. I can’t believe how lucky I got with not only an amazing husband, but adorable children as well. And although I have yet to meet my youngest, I just have a feeling they will be amazing, too. Thank you, little ones, for making this mama proud and happy. Happy Mother’s Day to me!
To my oldest:
Can you say terrible twos? Although you haven’t hit that milestone yet (just two more months!) you have definitely started to show the attitude of a two year old. Some days are very tiring and it’s definitely hard to be patient. But I just try to put myself in your shoes. And I know, life isn’t always fair. I too sometimes want to cry and scream when I don’t get my way. I understand. You won’t always be in this phase and I know the saying, ‘the days are long but the years are short’ is all too true. I want you to stay my little baby forever. But, that’s not reality or possible. You are so amazing and so smart. So, I will be patient for you. I will hold you when you cry and let you tell me what’s wrong. You usually calm down and tell me what’s wrong and then you’re well on your way to being happy.
I really appreciate how polite you are! You sometimes say ‘please’ but you almost always say ‘thank you’! And it’s quite honestly the cutest thing I’ve seen.
I’m starting to prepare for your SECOND birthday? How on earth did I give birth to you almost two years ago! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. It’s been such an amazing two years, you are my favorite little almost two year old!
I can see it now, you’re going to be such an amazing big brother! You have such a sweet heart (even though you’re in the terrible twos stage) and you really do show me the world with different eyes. I’m so happy to be your mama, you keep growing and you keep learning. Together, we’re going to do amazing things. You are so special and so loved, don’t ever forget it.
To my youngest:
This past week we got to SEE you on the ultrasound machine! We were able to see you wiggle and kick and even give us a thumbs up! Oh, and one other very important thing…we found out what gender you are! And……….YOU’RE A GIRL! A girl! I can’t believe it! I had this feeling for a while that I was going to have a girl, I couldn’t shake it. And I thought to myself, ‘if she isn’t a girl…I’m not sure what I’ll do!’. Then the ultrasound technician asked me if we wanted to find out gender and I said, ‘yes!’ and she asked if I had a guess. I told her I thought you were a girl…then after about 2 seconds she said, ‘you’re right! You’re having a girl’.
I’m so excited and may have already started planning what I want you to wear, all the pictures I’ll take of you, the bows I will put on your head (against my own mother’s wishes, I bet). I am so excited to have a girl! I do have to admit, though…I thought for sure I was going to be a complete boy mom. I’m glad that’s not the case!
Now I have to start collecting girl stuff (since I have NOTHING because of your older brother), figure out a middle name for you, and buy some things for the nursery. To say that I have a lot to do is an understatement…I still have to pinch myself sometimes, I can’t believe you’re joining our family! You are so loved, little girl. We’re all so excited to meet you and snuggle you. I can’t wait to see what you’ll look like – will you look like me and your older brother? Or will you look like your daddy? Will you have brown hair like your brother? Or blonde? Or maybe that reddish tint from your daddy’s side? I can’t wait to see what your little nose will look like, what your eyes and ears and mouth will look like!
But, to be honest, I of course can wait for you to grow and develop. Please come at the right time, when you are fully developed. I want to meet you so bad, but I can be patient (thanks to big brother!). You keep growing and developing like you’re supposed to. You’re perfect, little honey. You make me so happy.
I am also happy about the possibility of giving birth at a birth center! Some things have to line up perfectly for this to happen, but I have faith that if it’s meant to be, we will meet you there! It’s the closest I’ll get to a home birth. Although I really enjoyed your brothers birth, there were a few things that I’d like to change, and I feel these changes will happen at the birth center. I’m excited and I hope it happens!
Thank you both for making me a mother, for showing me how to love more, and for giving me a new purpose in life.
Family sessions are becoming one of my favorite sessions. This family session I did last fall, and am just now catching up on blogging it! I am so excited to show you this beautiful family session. This is one of my favorite locations to photograph in the Indiana/Kentucky area. It’s actually a reservoir by a big church! Mt. St. Francis has beautiful land and gets amazing light at sunset. If you’re looking for a good location to take pictures, I will always offer this one up!
This family was photo perfect – their outfits were spot on, they smiled and let me pose them with ease. They really made my job pretty easy! I love the color choices they picked out. Overall, one of my favorite sessions to date! They were really such a joy to capture.
I also do newborn and maternity photography. If you’d like to find out more about the sessions I have to offer and what it looks like to book a session with me, please check out my welcome guides. I lay out exactly how a session works and what you should expect, I really want to make this experience as simple and easy for you as possible. I want to create memories for you that you will cherish forever. If that sounds like something you’d like, please contact me with the link above! I look forward to working with you!
I love photowalks so much! There is something so relaxing about a walk in the rain, am I right? I took my son out the other day to walk in the rain. We just walked around our neighborhood and I tried to feel inspired by the elements around our apartment building. I’ve been reading a Breakout from ClickinMoms called the Art of the Photography by Sarah Gupta and it has really inspired me! She lives in New York City and she manages to make all of her photos look like shes out in the country. I was amazed and so inspired. I still have some things to practice, but if she can create beautiful images like she does in her city, then I can definitely do the same in mine.
I have always loved photo walks, but I think my photography is finally changing into something I love. It only took me four years. Give yourself time to learn and grow. I know I’ll be learning and growing for the rest of my life (in all things, not just photography).
So, on this walk I actually used three different lenses. I really wanted to capture images the way I wanted to. I think the next time I go on a walk, I’ll push myself and take only one lens. But here was my gear for the walk:
I’ll be sure to put my settings and which lens I used under each photo. I really do love photowalks! I hope you enjoy and get inspired yourself!
So my son actually has on a spiderman shirt underneath his cute sweater. I really didn’t want to take pictures of him in that shirt…but he didn’t want to take it off (he’s been really attached to the shirt this past week). But he was totally fine with having the sweater on! Luckily it was colder this morning so he wasn’t hot at all!!
My son was tired of having me take pictures of him at this point…so I decided to turn to the nature. Rainy days are perfect for macro photography! This first image was taken with my Sigma 85 before I decided to switch to my macro lens.
Then it was back to my Sigma 24 lens, which is honestly on my camera 85% of the time. Mostly because I’m indoors 85% of the time. I do find that my outdoor photography looks a lot better with my 85 lens and I am pushing myself to try and use that one more. I love the creaminess it gives my images when outside. Oh, I also wanted to point out that having a higher shutter speed (the lowest I tend to go is 1/250) is key to avoid camera shake and motion blur (unless you want this, of course!).
Then my son found a puddle to splash in. He loved jumping in the puddles. He really enjoyed it! But after a few splashes he decided to sit in the water haha! When he realized he was wet and messy he asked for ‘a tissue’ (which is what he always asks for if he ever gets messy). Sure, bud. You can have a tissue. It sure did make my morning so much funnier!
Messy bum haha!
As you can see from my settings, getting closer to the stairs, our light was getting darker. So in the above image, I brought my shutter speed down to 1/250. But I didn’t want to keep bringing my shutter speed down. So, instead, I brought my ISO up a little so that I could keep a fast shutter speed for the below images, while still keeping everything exposed (I actually purposefully underexpose my images, I just like the way they look better, I feel like they’re creamier).
He realized his bum was wet haha!!
If you have any questions, let me know! I encourage you to go on a photowalk. Rain or shine! Pro tip: if you go on a photowalk when it’s a bright sunny day, either go right before the sunsets (golden hour) or try and find some shade to shoot in. Overcast days you can go anytime and shoot anywhere (as long as no sun is peaking through, it could create hotspots if that’s the case). Just be mindful of the light you are using. You will like the images you get a lot more if you use the light thoughtfully.