Downtown Zionsville Winter Engagement Session // Kelsey & Colin

“How about coffee, drinks, dinner and a movie for as long as we both shall live?” - You’ve Got Mail

This year I kicked off my engagement session season early with this super fun engagement session in Downtown Zionsville. Living in Indiana typically my couples choose to have their engagement sessions in either the Spring or Fall. A few trickle into the Summer but usually it’s too hot and I’m too busy with weddings to do engagement sessions. But this year Kelsey & Colin kicked off my first session of the year by embracing the cold and having a January engagement session in the heart of the little town of Zionsville. And if you’ve never been, you should seriously go. It’s the cutest little town. I sometimes feel like I’m a collector of cute little towns. Living in Pendleton, I love the small town historic nature of the streets here and I love meeting couples who want to show me their small town. Or at least one that’s important to them. Although this isn’t my first time shooting in Zionsville, Kelsey & Colin did not disappoint.

Kelsey and Colin met at a Christmas Party at a cabin in 2015. They were able to put their IU and Purdue differences aside and focus on the things they do have in common; like movies, laughing, breweries, sushi, and their mutual careers in education. Less than a year after they met Colin planned the best proposal… ever. (No like, literally ever. Colin… fist bump bro. #ProposalGoals.) He planned it all at the cabin in Thorntown where they first met. Lined the dock with candles where he proposed to her with one heckuva ring! He planned it so that all of their friends joined them after the proposal for an engagement party. Definitely an evening worth celebrating. 

Their mutual love of breweries was the bud of inspiration for their engagement session. Being winter in Indian we had to find a way to work with the cold without freezing off our bits! So we lined up two indoor locations they love in Downtown Zionsville, Rush on Main and Noble Order Brewery. In between we captured some photos on Zionsville’s brick sidewalks that line all of the historic the buildings, Lincoln Park, and a few in Bites Dessert Bar. It was definitely a blast and I can’t say I have ever laughed more during an engagement session, ever.

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Venice Canals Walkway and Malibu El Matador Beach Sunset Engagement Session // Anna & Zach

"I'll be here by the ocean just waiting for proof that there's sunsets in silhouette dreams." // Mayday Parade

I am so excited to finally get the chance to share this engagement session that I hopped on a plane and traveled ALL the way to California for! And trust me, it was worth every single cross country mile because this engagement session is for the books! Venice Canals Walkway and El Matador Beach are seriously TO. DIE. FOR. Throw some sunset light and one gorgeous couple and a sweet pup in there and you’ve got one killer engagement session.

Anna + Zach are freaking adorable and so stinking sweet. They met when they were working together in Chicago back in 2010. They were in the same orientation group together and then their cubicles were right next to each other! I guess it was love at first sight because they’ve been together ever since! Including moving out to California so Zach could finish school!

Seriously, you just need to keep on scrolling down and looking at these amazing photos. Because these two are pretty fabulous! I can’t wait for their wedding next year!!

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Carmel Cool Creek Park Fall Sunset Engagement Session // Toni & Miah

“Come live with me and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove. That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, woods or step mountain yields.” // Christopher Marlowe

Toni + Miah’s engagement session at Cool Creek Park in Carmel last fall was a dream come true! Gorgeous fall colors, a stunning sunset, and a beautiful couple in love. I met Toni + Miah through my past clients Mackenzie + Casey where Toni was a maid of honor and Miah so graciously helped and drove a golf cart to help guests!

Miah took Toni to a restaurant in Cicero last September for her birthday. Or so she thought it was just for her birthday. It was there, surrounded by family and friends down by the water Miah got down on one knee and proposed to Toni. There were tears, hugs, laughter, cheers, and clapping. It was pretty sweet, I saw the video!

It was a magical engagement session and since I was already booked for their wedding day Toni + Miah decided to do an associate shooting package where I will have the beautiful, amazing, and talented Rachel Law of Rachel Susanna Photography come in and photograph their big day and I will edit them. I also photographed their engagement session but Rachel so graciously assisted me! It was a fun evening!

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Butler University + Eagle Creek Fall Engagement Session // Rachel & Matt

“We love because he loved us first.” // 1 John 4:19

When your clients are as adorable as these two and you have the beautiful fall leaves of Butler University’s campus you’re bound to have an amazing engagement session. And that’s exactly what happened when Rachel, Matt, + I spent an evening together last fall documenting their love. We walked all around Butler’s campus where they both were not only students but they were heavily involved in. Rachel an RA and double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish was quite popular on the campus. Matt however, was also a double major in Bio Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry was also pretty popular that day. It seemed like everywhere we turned there was someone that the two of them knew that was waving to them and saying “hello.” It was actually pretty cool.

It’s no surprise the two of them have tons of friends and people that know them. They’re quite possibly some of the nicest people you would ever meet. So sweet and so friendly. I don’t know if I’ve ever met a nicer couple! I’m so excited to photograph their wedding day coming up NEXT WEEK! (I know, I’m behind on blogging their engagement session.)

Also, can we take a moment to talk about these fall leaves and colors?

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Colorful Downtown Indianapolis Fall Engagement Session // Kelsey & Drew

“If hope is life, then we’re the living... Here with you, the path has meaning.” // Worth the Wait by Milo

So today must be a Throwback... Tuesday? Because today I’m gonna show y’all some colorful magic I captured from last November of Kelsey + Drew in Downtown Indianapolis. We traveled all around City Way, around The Alexander Hotel, and Fountain Square capturing their love.

It was a snowy night in December of 2013 when Kelsey and Drew shared their first date. A first date perfect for two musicians Drew invited Kelsey to a show he was drumming in. Before the show they had dinner but it was during the show where Kelsey felt the magic. While Drew performed she watched in awe feeling like she was the only person in the crowd and he was performing just for her. Their love only grew over the next year and after a wonderful dinner at Eddie Merlot’s Drew brought Kelsey back to a white rose lined hallway to the presidential suite of The Alexander Hotel. It was here that Drew got down on one knee and proposed to Kelsey. After she said yes, Kelsey’s family joined them for celebratory drinks. After all of the anniversary and proposal festivities that evening were complete they had an engagement party at Kelsey’s parent’s house the next day!

These two have had such a fun and wonderful beginning that it was hard to top all of that with their engagement photos. It was a brisk day in November and Downtown Indianapolis was full of Colts fans. We worked our way through the crowds and made the best of what we had and I think we did a pretty darn good job. They said they liked color... they got color!! We started off their engagement session at a really cool record art display at The Alexander where they got engaged. Record art display for two musicians at the hotel they were engaged at?! Awwww yeeeeah!

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Zionsville Fall Engagement Session // Cara & Nick

Brisk air, fall colors, a sweet pup, and an adorable couple in love.

Last fall I had got to have a blast in the cold Midwestern air photographing two amazing people! I figured before I blog Cara + Nick’s wedding from last Saturday I would share their engagement session on the blog! First, they’re just too adorable to NOT share the blog. Secondly, its a nice way to reminisce on our first meeting last year before we look at their full wedding blog!

So there’s not MUCH to talk about because I’m gonna have PLENTY to say about these two tomorrow but I’m so excited to show you how adorable these two are.

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Falls Park Pendleton Spring Sunset Engagement Session // Kaitlin & Nick

“We’re all a little weird. And life’s a little weird. And when we find someone who’s weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” // Dr. Seuss

I’m pretty sure mutual weirdness is the common factor that the three of us all bonded over during Kaitlin + Nick’s engagement session through Falls Park and Downtown Pendleton. (#WeirdosForLife!) It was so much fun hanging out with them on that crisp and cold Sunday. The weather had a chill but the sun drenched the town in beautiful, golden, warm light. And you wouldn’t know it was cold because Kaitlin and Nick snuggled up in each other’s arms and made it look like one effortless evening.

Kaitlin and Nick met in the recreation center at Ball State University back when they were in college. Admittedly, Kaitlin said she was excited to have engagement photos done because they hadn’t had any photos taken of the two of them since college! As a photographer... I’m sure they saw my jaw hit the floor. I probably take photos of my hubs and I once a week! Either way we had a wonderful time walking around together and taking photos. And I think the proof is in the photographic pudding.

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Butler University and Mass Avenue Spring Engagement Session // Julia & Andrew

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must first smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” // Ben Hogan

A couple weekends ago I was fortunate enough to spend a cold and windy Saturday with my lovely clients Julia + Andrew for their engagement session at Butler University and downtown Indianapolis. Despite the chill in the air it was a wonderful time for the three of us to spend together as we walked around Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and Mass Avenue for their engagement photos.

Julia and Andrew met the summer before freshman year of college at Butler. They both have a love of golf and were about to be on the golf team their freshman year. They met at a golf event and it was history from there! They dated all through college and now that they’re graduated and living together with their sweet beagle pup, Lilly, they’re about to start the rest of their lives together!

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Magical Spring Wildflower Sunset Engagement Session // Cara & Aaron

“After all this time?” “Always” // Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

There’s something to be said for couples who have stuck it out together and been together for quite some time before getting engaged. I can’t speak much on the subject because my husband and I are crazy people and got engaged only five months into dating and then married on our first anniversary. But I always admire couples who have put in three, five, ten years into their relationship before deciding to tie the knot. It shows beautiful dedication to one another that prepares each other for a lifelong commitment.

Cara and Aaron have loved each other for over five years and have known each other since 2006! They met through a mutual friend in high school and started becoming close friends during their senior year and freshman year of college. They felt the connection but with Aaron moving to IU Bloomington and Cara still at IUPUI in Indianapolis the timing just wasn’t right. Finally when the timing was right during their junior year they decided the distance was worth it and started dating and making the trip... or more, trips... to see each other weekly.

After graduation they spent many more years together until Aaron decided to plan the perfect holiday engagement while visiting Cara’s family in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Aaron knew of Cara’s obsession with her hometown and knew that this was the perfect place for a proposal. After getting permission from both of Cara’s moms they decided to take a stroll down memory lane visiting all of Cara’s favorite spots. Walking down the Riverwalk Canal along the Savannah River Aaron decided it was the perfect place to pop the question. And after all this time, he got down on one knee and asked her. According to Cara, “It was perfect.”

The two were absolutely amazing rockstars during their engagement session! I’ve known Cara for years since we worked together at Panera way back in 2007! And although I won’t be photographing their wedding I was absolutely thrilled to photograph their engagement session! We had a stellar sunset and gorgeous weather! Which is great because it was a reschedule from a rainy date and I’m so glad we rescheduled because it turned out absolutely perfect!

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Downtown Indianapolis Engagement Session // Elizabeth & Kevin

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” // Virginia Woolf

Back in January I participated in the Indianapolis Bride Expo bridal show. It was a fun two days of meeting amazing brides who were so excited to plan their special day. As with any bridal show I run a raffle for a complimentary engagement session! When I pulled names out of the proverbial hat, Elizabeth + Kevin were the lucky winners and I’m so glad they were! A couple weeks ago I had the very distinct pleasure of spending a Saturday with them to not only photograph and document their love but I also was able to learn more about who they are as a couple.

During our time together I learned so many things. I learned that they met through mutual friends, but ultimately on the dance floor. ;) I learned that their first date was at The Wellington Pub in Broad Ripple. That Elizabeth celebrated her birthday at Bluebeard while Kevin celebrated his at Bakersfield. I learned that while Kevin is a little more picky when it comes to food, Elizabeth’s foodie heart has opened him up to new things. I learned that they love trying new restaurants and that apparently The Eagle and Ball and Biscuit on Mass Ave are DEFINITELY worth a try. I learned she was a school teacher and he a tennis coach. They love to travel, drink wine, and spend nights outside at home with their adorable pup Flynn. This is why I love what I do. Before walking into their engagement session I knew nothing about them but two names and a wedding date. Now I know so much more and I feel like I made friends with some incredible people. And I think our tour d’Indianapolis engagement session was better because of it.

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Indiana University Bloomington Spring Engagement Session // Miranda & Jordan

“Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi’s life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love.” // Anakin Skywalker

This year’s engagement season has definitely been off to a good start! This Spring has been FULL of engagement sessions and I’ve been having an absolute ball! And the weather has actually been pretty dang good to us! And there was no exception for this Star Wars lovin’, Cream & Crimson wearin’, super fun, Hoo-hoo-HOOSIER alum couple! We had beautiful weather, a gorgeous sunset, and one wicked stunning campus to capture their love on! It was Little 5 weekend but we did not let that stop us! Miranda + Jordan rocked out some amazing photographs on the IU Bloomington campus that made even this BSU Cardinal root for the Crimson squad!

Although Miranda + Jordan are both IU Alumni they did not meet while attending school there! With an enrollment of over 40,000 students it’s no wonder they didn’t meet! While they didn’t meet on campus they did meet over some beers at The Ale Emporium in Indianapolis in 2014 watching an IU Basketball game. Miranda is an admitted huge IU Basketball fan stating that she decided in fourth grade she would attend IU based on this love. Luckily she got in because she applied no where else! Bonding over their mutual love of their alma mater Miranda and Jordan turned a losing basketball game into a winning love for them.

It was so much fun to spend time getting to know them during our session walking around the beautiful southern Indiana campus. We discovered that Jordan and I are BASICALLY the same person (Fruit punch Gatorade for the win!) and that they are one heckuva fun couple to be around!

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Downtown Indianapolis Engagement Session // Heather & Obi

A little bit of love in little ol' Indy...

Indianapolis is one of my favorite cities. I may be a little biased since I live here but I just love it. New York is cool. And Chicago is great. But Indianapolis is one of my favorites. I love that it’s easy to walk everywhere. If I want to do a photo shoot in three different locations in Indianapolis it’s no big deal. We can easily get to three different locales in a 2 hour time period and still have time to take some wicked awesome photos. And that’s what we did with Heather + Obi for their engagement session! We had so much fun trekking around Downtown Indy it was amazing how fast the sun was gone and the session was over! But we definitely had a blast! We started the engagement session off on the patio of Capital Grille, one of their favorite restaurants, sharing laughter, smiles, and love over a glass of wine.

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Noblesville Potter's Bridge Sunset Engagement Session // Andrea & Andy

Adorable puppies and a beautiful sun drenched couple in love...

First of all, I’m going to start this blog post with if you have your dogs included in your engagement session your session will 100x cuter. You can’t argue with this. These are real statistics. Because dogs. And because... science. Yeah.

Secondly, if you know anything about me by now, you know that I am #OBSESSED with sunset light and a beautiful sun drenched engagement session in the middle of a field. I love urban engagement sessions. Love, love, love, them but there’s just something about an open field draped in the warm glow of a Midwestern sunset that just says “home” to me. Call it the Hoosier in me. Call it the Heartland. But it’s sunsets and sessions like this that make my little photographer heart go a pitter patter.

So now that I’ve gone on and on about how much I love Indiana let’s talk about how much I love this couple. This engagement session from last November was a bit... impromptu... I guess you could say. Andrea + Andy were in the wedding party for a wedding I shot in Georgia for Rashel + Michael (who I haven’t blogged yet... whoops). After photographing that wedding Andrea + Andy invited me out Austin, TX to photograph their wedding as well. Which is where I am right now because their wedding is TOMORROW! I wanted to make sure for today’s Portrait Session Friday post I wrote about Andrea + Andy’s engagement session before they tie the knot tomorrow!

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Indianapolis Mass Ave Engagement Session // Sara & Paul

Our great city, exposed brick walls, and one shimmery pink dress...

A couple weekends ago I had the distinct pleasure of kicking off my 2016 engagement season with this fun and amazing couple! We went downtown and hung around the War Memorial and Mass Ave while taking some super sweet engagement photos! There was a chill in the air but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We pushed forward and had a blast with some amazing sunset light and an adorable couple snugglin’ it up.

Ever since a long night out the day after Thanksgiving in 2005, these two have been inseparable. They met on the dance floor at Indy’s own Ike and Jonesy’s bar and you can tell they still have that amazing spark they saw when first danced the night away. The two live together with their sweet cats and enjoy traveling, nights at Cancun restaurant, and watching all of the tv shows they can stream! They were definitely so much fun to spend a Friday evening with! They even let me talk their ear off at a burger joint called B Spot! (Totally legit by the way, rosemary fries for the win!) But their engagement photos were the real winner of the evening!

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Brown County State Park Engagement Session // Sarah & Steffan

Fall leaves, beautiful scenery, and the cutest little tomato skirt you’ve ever seen!

I knew right away that when I booked Sarah + Steffan’s engagement session last September that Sarah was going to be dressed in just the cutest little outfits! Considering that she runs a fashion blog and Instagram called Indy Dressed it was definitely likely that she was going to look super fabulous! (And you should definitely check her out and follow her!) So when she was texting me pictures of this adorable little tomato skirt I was super excited! I love it when my clients text me their engagement session outfits! It opens the conversation about what to wear for photos and helps put them at ease with the ever stressful question of, “What the heck are we going to wear!?”

Sarah + Steffan met at Ball State in 2010 right after Sarah returned from studying abroad in Japan. Everyone assumes that because of their mutual love of Japanese culture they would have met in a Japanese class! Due to a scheduling snafu, however, they actually met in a Communications class! It was meant to be because about five years later we met in the beautiful scenery of Brown County, IN to photograph their fun and quirky love for their engagement photos. They were so fun and so adventurous hiking through some crazy trails to get to some sweet photo spots!

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Indiana Waterfall Couples Session // Kelsey & Seth

Waterfalls, a flower crown, ankle boots, and a flowy maroon dress...

These are all the makings of a downright perfect portrait session for me! First, if you guys know anything about me I’m all for flower crowns. I love them. They're wonderful. They make everything feel more beautiful and elegant. They’re the best. One of my favorite parts about working with Kelsey is she asks me my opinion on attire, locations, and style for her sessions. She totally gets it and loves to make a super unique portrait session. When Kelsey and I first started talking about her portrait session with her boyfriend Seth we knew we wanted to do something a little different than we had done before. This time we decided to go for a waterfall. Believe it or not there are waterfalls in Indiana! Yeah! I’m just as shocked as you guys are!

So we traveled down to Cloverdale, IN to Lieber State Recreation Area to photograph this awesome duo at Cataract Falls. It was such a cool place! I highly recommend anyone to visit there! I want to do another session there but I do have one tip for anyone doing another session there. Account for travel time! Not just TO the location but WITHIN the location! Since I do all of my portrait sessions at sunset we were playing beat the clock with sundown! When I scheduled the time for their session I didn’t account for the fact that it takes forever to get to all of these cool falls. Lots of hiking and climbing to get down to where the falls are! So by the time we got down to this cool location, the sun was almost gone. Plus you’re down low and it’s innately more dark there. So I really had to push my ISO to make the photos work in such low light situations. So keep that in mind!

ALSO! Today is their two year anniversary! Which is actually a total coincidence that I just found out before I aired this post!

Now, onward with their amazing photos!

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