It’s that time of year when my inbox begins flooding with emails from proud parents and graduating seniors from IU Bloomington. I’m so excited to celebrate this exciting milestone with you through timeless portraits in your cap and gown on the beautiful Indiana University campus. To inquire about graduation collections and available dates, just send me a quick message through my contact form and we’ll schedule a studio or Zoom consultation to start planning your perfect session.
I’m a few months behind in announcing this on the blog, but last fall, I was so proud to learn that I offiically earned my Associate Accreditation from The Portrait Masters. The Portrait Masters is an international juried portrait photography awards and accreditation, from which I’ve also won bronze and silver awards over the years.
As a photographer always looking to improve upon both my skills and business, I challenge myself to enter competitions on a regular basis. It keeps me on my toes and doesn’t let me get too comfortable, because there is always room to grow. The journey to Associate Portrait Master took almost four years of consistently leveling up my work, entering images into competition, achieving high professional standards with that body of work, and winning Bronze or Silver level awards that earned me points toward accreditation. Each round of feedback from the competition has taught me something important and raises the bar on what I want to accomplish.
One of my favorite ways to customize portrait sessions is by using special props that my clients bring from home. This could be an antique wooden crib that your grandmother slept in as a baby, a painting your father always kept in his office, or the timeless outfit you, yourself, might have been photographed in as a toddler. For this session, Jessica and her family brought in a beautiful heirloom painting, which I built our color palette around, a grandmother’s ornate lamp, to add warmth, and a rocking chair that older family members were once rocked to sleep in. It was perfect for her two-year-old to cuddle in with his mom at the beginning of the session as he was getting used to his new surroundings at the studio.
For the second half of our session, we changed up our color palette to more earthy tones and incorporated a small wooden toy truck that Jessica’s son loves to play with. I love that in years to come, they can use these images and the sentimental objects in them that exist in their home as a gauge for growth as their little grows up. These are the details that are so important to me that I create in my portraits.
Send me a message through my contact form to schedule your free family portrait consultation and we’ll start brainstorming how to tell your family’s unique story.
Welcome to the world, Alina! What a sweet, snuggly little one you are. We went with soft pinks, purples and creams for Alina’s session design, and I’m in love with the lilac, blush and lavender tones. Congratulations, Marleny & Sahil! I feel so honored that you chose me for your baby girl’s newborn portraits.
Newborn photography sessions are best scheduled several weeks to a couple months before baby is born. I recommend reaching out in the second or early part of your third trimester to get your due date on my calendar. We’ll have plenty of time to meet and plan out the perfect newborn session for your and your new baby at my downtown Bloomington Indiana studio. I love to incoporate your style and favorite colors, and make a wardrobe plan for the family. I even have outfits availabe for moms and siblings. Shoot me a message via the contact form and I’ll take it from there!
Meet Mateo. He was such a perfect sleepy boy for his newborn photos. Mateo’s mom asked for rich, bright colors in his session, and it was so fun to play with color when I was building his sets. Congratulations, Megan & family! Thank you for the honor and privilege of letting me create his first portraits.
Newborn photography sessions are best scheduled weeks to months before baby is born. I recommend reaching out in the second or early part of your third trimester to get your due date on my calendar. We’ll have plenty of time to meet and plan out your perfect newborn session at my downtown Bloomington Indiana studio. I love to incoporate your style and favorite colors, and make a wardrobe plan for the family. Shoot me a message via the contact form and I’ll take it from there!
I pulled inspiration from the busy bees we see buzzing around wildflower gardens in the spring for Ruby’s bright and beautiful springtime milestone session. She was so smiley and had so much fun with the apple bucket at the end!
Milestone portraits can be booked to docuement any special part of your child’s life. They can celebrate a birthday or achievement, or simple growth, which happens so fast! Shoot me a message via the contact form and we can start planning your son or daughter’s custom milestone portraits.
I’ve lived in Bloomington for almost 11 years now, and while I didn’t grow up here, it certainly feels like home. It’s a beautiful, fun, open-hearted little city, and I’ve spent a lot of time exploring it through photographing my clients. Below are some of my favorite locations to shoot in and around Bloomington. They work for maternity, family, engagement, high school senior or on-location headshot session locations, and they’re not in much of any particular order.
Before you commit to one of these locations for your session, however, I’d love for you to consider if there might be a certain spot that’s special to you and your partner or family. For example, the place you got engaged, or a spot where you’ve spent a lot of time together. I love to shoot in new locations, and would happily try out a space that is unique and special to you!
Sherwood Oaks Park
Sherwood Oaks Park, nestled on the south side in the Sherwood Oaks Neighborhood, has some of the best location variety packed into it. There’s a cute playground for the kids (and humorous newlyweds-to-be!), a creek with a great bridge running over it, beautiful hiking trails in the large woods, and the easier to walk and equally beautiful Clear Creek Trail, a paved trail running along a large open, grassy field with an old red barn at one end. I’ve had so much fun in that field with adventurous client
The Indiana University Bloomington Campus is a favorite location for current students, faculty, and tons of alumni, and for good reason. The buildings are beautifully timeless. It’s always impeccably landscaped. But more than anything, it means so much to so many people, myself included. Many of us did a lot of learning and growing up there, and it’s a special place to us–what I believe is most important in choosing a photography session location!
Fountain Square Mall
I’m so thankful for this great indoor location! It’s gotten me through southern Indiana winters and many unexpected rainy days over the years. It has lots of big windows and natural light, beautiful filigree stairs, a glass elevator, gorgeous fountain, a super fun Wizard of Oz mural, a skywalk and is so very pretty over the holidays with all the twinkly lights.
Brown County State Park
Brown County isn’t exactly Bloomington, I know, but you really can’t find a more beautiful natural location in the fall than here, and it’s only about a fifteen minute drive from Bloomington! The overlooks are absolutely incredible, there are tons of open, grassy fields, cute cabins and tree lines. Not to mention, an interesting “shore line” type area at Ogle Lake!
Flatwoods Park is another location a little off the Bloomington path, located out near Ellettsville/Gosport, but it’s a really nice, sun-drenched change of scenery. The old, graceful willow trees sway in the breeze in time with the long grass, through which walking paths are cut. It is so dreamy at sunset. Oh, and a sweet little foot bridge!
The B-line Trail
The B-line Trail is a goldmine for urban, artsy backgrounds, and it’s definitely a client favorite. There are lots of murals and sculptures, a few bridges, and some of my favorite urban alleys along the way. It’s a fun walk, and I typically recommend shooting on the B-line or downtown for sessions without small children who are walking on their own, as it is a high traffic area.
Harris Ford Bridge at Clear Creek Trail
The Harris Ford Bridge was originally introduced to me by a client, and I’m so grateful! Chad and Jessica, pictured below with baby Liam both inside and outside the womb, wanted to shoot at the bridge for their maternity session, and then we came back later when Liam was older. The best way to find it is to park at the Church Lane Trailhead and walk up the trail. There’s a creek running under the bridge, too, which is great for families with kiddos who are old enough to know not to go for a swim in the creek!
Walk Kirkwood from the square to the Sample Gates, and you’ll get an incredible amount of urban variety, like some really nicely-lit alleyways (Oddfellows is a favorite!), and some great street art. You can take almost any cross street off Kirkwood and find some pretty brick or an interesting door, and of course you’ll end at the Sample Gates for a beautiful shot down Kirkwood!
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Beloved homestead to T.C. Steele and his wife Selma, the state historic site boasts formal gardens, eccentric art studios, and beautiful hiking trails. It’s especially beautiful in the spring when the hillsides are covered in daffodils.
Oliver Winery is a bit of a drive north of town, but it’s so very much worth it! It’s a treasure trove of beautifully landscaped gardens, fountain and pond. And you can grab a delicious glass of wine after your shoot at their on-site tasting bar!