Kristen + Michael : A Wedding Day On The Farm

February 13th, 2014

Kristen and Michael planned an artistic, classy yet relaxed wedding day on an old Indiana farm.  The groom told me he prayed for good weather, and his wish was granted.  The sun glowed, the blue skies were punctuated by the puffiest of clouds, and the essence of love permeated the cool autumn breeze.

Patricia + Matthew : Engagement Fun at the Indianapolis Art Center

January 15th, 2014

Patricia and Matthew are fun, creative, loving, and full of surprises.  Our morning engagement session at the Indianapolis Art Center was filled with stolen kisses, sneaky adventures, and a twist of Irish hurling!  I get really excited when people bring their favorite things to portrait sessions.  And this is the very first time anyone brought hurling sticks!  We played, we laughed, we climbed under bridges and over sculptures.  This was truly a morning well spent!


Danielle + Daniel : A Woodland Engagement

January 10th, 2014

The past two years have been exciting, challenging, and transformative for me.  I have been living in San Francisco and focusing mostly on the art side of my business, and totally neglecting this blog!  I am now preparing for another big move, this time back to my hometown of Indianapolis, IN.  In celebration of my return, I’m looking through my archives and posting some of my very favorite Indiana sessions.

Meet Danielle and Daniel.  They are kind, loving, adventurous, and brave enough to wake up before dawn and sneak into Eagle Creek Park with me for this unbelievably gorgeous sunrise engagement session!

Aside from the beautiful sunrise and scenery we encountered that day, I love this session because Danielle and Daniel didn’t hold anything back.  They fully enjoyed themselves and allowed me to capture authentic moments as they unfolded.  As a result, I think I was really able to capture their unique and beautiful spirits.

California Squirrels

April 19th, 2012

Squirrel in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA


A few months ago, I decided to take a break from blogging to focus more deeply on my art.  Most of the time I love to hear all of your thoughts and reactions to my work (both good ones and bad!), and I use that input to grow as an artist.  Recently though, I felt like I needed less input and more quiet self reflection.  A break from blogging and social networking has given me some much-needed time to listen to my own creative inner voice.  Today I am interrupting my own silence to share some pretty giant news: at the end of this month, my husband and I are moving to California.

I have lived, loved, and worked in the Indianapolis area for most of my life.  For me, this city holds cherished friends and family, amazing nature and wildlife, and countless happy memories.  To all my clients: you’ve been amazing.  Thank you for letting me share in your lives and witness your most important moments.  Thank you for giving me a chance to do what I love most in this world and call it work.

What’s next?  If you’ve already booked a wedding with me for any time in the future, our plans are still on!  I’ll brave the TSA checkpoints to get back to Indianapolis for your wedding.   And no, it’s not too much trouble- I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  If you’re a portrait client, please stay in touch.  I’ll be making a few trips to Indianapolis every year, and I would love to see you and/or schedule your session during one of those times.  If you live in the San Francisco area: please give me a call!  I will be continuing my photography work when I get there.  And if you’re a California squirrel, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Newborn Photography Posing Workshop with Rachel Vanoven

October 26th, 2011

Newborn Portrait Poses

After years of practice in the art of photography, I still crave new experiences.  My most recent adventure has been in newborn portrait photography.  Obviously, newborns are 100% adorable, but I’ve always struggled to capture portraits that are worthy of their chubby little cheeks and teeny tiny toes.  If you’ve ever tried to take a great picture of an infant, you have probably experienced my frustration.  Since they have very little strength at this age, posing them is a very difficult and delicate process.  Their mood is highly unpredictable, and let’s face it- they don’t take direction.  So when I saw Rachel Vanoven‘s work with newborns, I was fascinated.  I signed up for her workshop hoping to learn some tips for creating these amazing newborn portraits safely and masterfully.  All the images in this blog post are mine, taken at this workshop.  However, Rachel Vanoven did the actual posing work while demonstrating the techniques for each pose to the class.  I have had a few opportunities to practice these techniques since the workshop, and I can’t wait to get more experience!  If you are expecting a new little miracle, contact me ASAP for special pricing on newborn sessions (limited time only)!

Sleepy Newborn Portrait Poses

Adorable Newborn Portraits

Creative newborn photography

This is one of the poses that fascinated me most.  It’s so cute and shows off all the cutest baby parts- fingers, toes, cheeks!  In the class we learned how to do this safely as a composite of multiple images, so the baby is never left unsupported.

Newborn Photography - Adorable Poses

I love this one- baby burrito!!

Newborn Pose - Daddy's Hands

This baby was soooo sweet.  She is so happy to be held by Daddy!

Newborn Poses with Antique Props

I love these props!  I have a similar nest as shown on the left, but I’m still shopping for a cool bucket.  I love that I have an excuse to spend time shopping at antique stores “for work”.

Modern style newborn portrait

Newborn Portrait Photography

Erin + Jon : A Perfect Denver Wedding

October 17th, 2011

After an absolutely incredible engagement session with Erin and Jon, I couldn’t wait to dive into their wedding day.  And dive, I did.  I spent the entire day with them, vicariously experiencing as much love and excitement and fun as any wedding photographer could wish for.  By the time the reception hall closed its doors, I left with all my memory cards full, a slight limp (ok, my gear is a bit heavy), and a huge smile on my face.  Denver was incredible, but what made this wedding so special was Erin and Jon.


Wedding photojouranlism candid photograph of bride with cell phone

Candid wedding photojournalism image of mother and daughter painting fingernails

Wedding details - box labeled "Wedding Stuff"

Bride getting her makeup done before the wedding

The bride's pearl necklace

Candid wedding photography of bride with makeup


Wedding photograph of rings on piano keys

Bride and bride's maid before the wedding ceremony | Wedding Photography by Reflected Spectrum

Wedding photojournalism image of flower girl giggling before ceremony

Wedding photography of bride and groom exchanging rings

Bride and bridesmaid running through a parking lot

Wedding portraits of bride and groom in Denver

Bride and groom signing the marriage license

Bride with flower girl

Bride and groom dancing

Portraits of bride and groom, wedding cake

Bride and groom dancing outside