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So I love this venue! The Red Barn Experience is so much fun and unique! I was so excited for this wedding because not only did I fall in love with Dan and Elizabeth at their engagement shoot but one of my former brides styled this gorgeous wedding. Lindsay Weik you did an amazing job on all the details! My favorites were the lights and branches hanging from the ceiling! I am going to be short on words because I want to get this sneak peek up and running for the bride and groom to see! You don’t need a lot of words when you see all the gorgeous! Thank you Stephanie for being an amazing second photographer and making me laugh through it all!


I was so excited to be a part of this wedding!  Two reasons…I really enjoy this family a lot and I was very excited to shoot at The Brick!

I was in love with Alyssa and Matthew’s engagement photos so I could not wait to get my camera on them for the wedding!

I loved every single detail of this wedding…the colors, the dresses, the flowers, and the centerpieces.

I really could have just died!

This will probably be picture overload…

I can’t help myself…

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I meet a lot of people…told so many names….I can’t keep it all in my brain…I embarrass myself all the time.  I know I have met people, looked at their faces…probably even photographed them…I am not supposed to remember everything….right?  I have four kids…I will admit mixing up when soccer practice is over and forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning a couple of times.  My kids are used to husband has even started to find it endearing…I love to be with people so I schedule diner or lunch and realize that I scheduled maybe three things already at the same time.  I have used the calendar on my phone…I bought a fancy planner hoping that it would help.  The problem is I have to actually look at it to stay on task…Big sigh….My fellow partner in crime Stephanie has offered to take on more responsibility so that I can do what I love to do…take photographs of people and the ones they love.  I want to take things off my plate so that the people I meet I never forget because we have had a true genuine connection.  I might not remember their name but I will never forget how I felt with them or them with me.

The one thing I remember for sure about Brittany is that I met with her and her sister at Black Bird Cafe in valparaiso, at a little table in the back and when I left I told my husband..who came with me…I could be friends with the two of them..real friends…I laughed so much, and it made me truly excited to be able to be a part of their day..I told Katrina that second shot this beautiful wedding….You are going to love them! Katrina is an amazing second photographer…thank you for always doing such a wonderful job.  I was not disappointed…the wedding day was full of love, connections and beautiful ladies and gentlemen!

Their wedding was at Signature Banquets in Lowell, Indiana.  Then we went to the perfect spot to take pictures of the bridal party and the beautiful bride and groom.  Brittany and Brendan your pictures are on their way..I hope you enjoy this little preview of your day!  Thank you again!

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So I wanted to post this Chicago engagement session with Brian and Alex but I can’t help share a little bit of this past weekend with my family.  We ventured down to Brown County and went on a three hour adventure zipline tour!  We stayed in a AIRBNB and explored some of the towns in the area! It was just what I needed after a busy season!  The weather was perfect and our time was so relaxing!

DSC_158267DSC_15626564DSC_150569Here we are playing a little Jenga and then we decided to stay there for about an hour and build the largest one we could until Jaden made the final error!  The next picture is the crowd that gathered to watch us build it.  Needless to say it was a lot of pressure that Jaden was under!  There was one woman video taping it and the owner of the restaurant put it on his webpage.  So we are kinda famous!  Who knew we would finally find our sport.  Jaden has to actually stand on a table to be able to reach the top.  I also have to comment that they both have pretty good hair!


Now to show these two’s gorgeous engagement photos!  I could not be any luckier than to be able to shoot their wedding next fall!  I know it will be perfect!


Being a wedding photographer is this crazy roller coaster of a ride.  Some days it is so amazing and everything runs smoothly and everyone loves me..Then there are other days where I doubt my abilities and being a people pleaser desperately hope that I haven’t stressed anyone out and they love their photographs.  I don’t think there is a profession that you don’t have your really good days and really bad ones.

Well today is a wonderful day.  Today I feel like the brides and grooms that are on my calendar for 2016 are amazing.  I do a little happy dance when someone books me and I get the chance to document their day.

I love Adele’s new song..

I bought some new boots.

My little family and I are going on a little vacation to Brown County to do some zip lining…

These two are on the blog and I love their fall photos.  I mean my business name is Forever October Photography so needless to say I love October and all the colors and pumpkins that come with it.

Their wedding is next August at County Line Orchard and I don’t even care if it might be a little hot…that is how excited I am!


The day was perfect except for the wind..I take that back….the day was perfect, even the wind made magic happen.

I might have a slight crush on both of these two.  I couldn’t have asked for two more in love and perfect in front of the camera.

The fall light was golden and the changing breathe in the air made you want to sit and stay and lay on a blanket under the changing leaves.

I love going to Chicago.  The change of rythmn for me is inspiring.

Needless to say I love these!  I cannot wait to shoot this wedding!

Thank you for choosing me to be there and the chance to do this all over again…just with a magical dress!


I really do think the girls get a little more mature and gorgeous every year!  Victoria is no exception.  She has such a confidence that I never had at her age, I was still worried about who I sat by at lunch and if I was going to ever go out on a date…before I turned 90.  I loved her outfits and her eyes were spectacular.  I just love everything about this day….Look at her hair!  Amazing!


This is how I see love….

Hold my hand and make a promise….

a promise to keep me warm and safe…

a promise to know you could ruin me but would never want to…

a promise that my life means as much to you as your own…

a promise that we will take each others hand and walk into the future…

full of excitement of what there is to come and joy that we have each other to share it with.

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Every wedding should be like this one….

Full of such love and emotion…

and hope…

Hope for the perfect life filled with friends and family…

Hope for the future…

Of long days together that run into years…

Full of babies and adventures yet to come…

Every day should be like this one….

where you wake up with such excitement that your eyes shine and your cheeks hurt from the smiles….

and now and forever you know that even when hard times come you will hold each others hands and stand together…

Every moment should be like this one…

breathe and enjoy


if you can remember it…

The way you feel, the way you make each other feel can last forever.

Stephanie and Dino are some of my favorite friends.  Stephanie was my little one’s second grade teacher and even though she was intimidating with her gorgeousness…we became easy friends when we realized we shared the love of photography…and now a couple of years later she is one of my second photographers and someone I have grown to love.  So I was super excited that I got to be a part of her wedding day but also very stressed because I wanted everything to turn out perfect!  Katrina was my second photographer and my cute husband assisted me this day.  It was a whirl wind kind of day but just like I said before I wish for everyone that their weddings were filled with so much love, and laughter and joy!  I am posting a lot of pictures and I could have put so much more but I had to stop somewhere..

Thank you…for letting me be there and share this day with you both.

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One of my favorite places to photograph a wedding is County Line Orchard!  I have had the privilege of photographing many weddings here and I love how every bride makes the barn look like their own.  County Line Orchard wedding photos are really beautiful! I love taking pictures in the actual orchard in the rows of trees.  On this wedding day it rained…and it rained a lot.  There would be no portraits taken among the apples.  Luckily the weather would break here and there and I got plenty of time with the bride and groom at Ogden Gardens.  The Gardens have gotten prettier every year.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to do a first look and bride and groom portraits.  The rain did not distract at all from this beautiful wedding day.   I stepped into the brides family home and knew it was going to be a good day!  So much attention to detail with robes and gifts and bridesmaid dresses to die for!  Not to say anything about the wedding gown…I was in love.  Stephanie and Katrina were with me on this wedding and I couldn’t be more excited with the people that I get to work with, these images are all of us.  Both very talented photographers so I never doubt that they will make sure to capture the wedding day perfectly!

For the first time since I have been a photographing weddings I cried when the bride walked out in her wedding dress.  I have cried during ceremonies, or toasts or special moments between the couple or their families…But Tara walked out of the bathroom after her mom helped her into her dress and I was overcome with emotion.  Tara was beautiful…something that I don’t really have words to describe.  It just caught me off guard, I had to apologize cause I just wanted to stay in that moment and stare!

I probably won’t have to explain it when you see her getting ready and in her wedding dress and all the pretty flowers and details.  I also loved Tara’s mom style.  The way she decorated her home was what I have always dreamed of…she is a photographer so she had beautiful portraits of her children all around her home!  I loved it!

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29thomas wedding album_65130thomas wedding album_67820thomas wedding album_67725thomas wedding album_40628thomas wedding album_40019thomas wedding album_2318thomas wedding album_67917thomas wedding album_683Off to the ceremony.  It was beautiful and simple and full of love and laughter..  I have shot at this church several times and I love the light that comes in through this window and I try to never miss an opportunity to go there and take a couple portraits of the bride.  The ring bearer and the flower girl slay me!  They are so cute and the most patient picture takers at that age that I have ever had the privilege of photographing.  Just them walking down the aisle melts you!

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    I have to blog about 13 weddings…there are so many beautiful bride and grooms out there that  I am dying to share!  I am going to start here with becky and Jake because their wedding was a complete dream to photograph. There was just excitement in the air from beginning to end and so much love to go around!  The ceremony and reception was held at the Pavilion at Sandy Pines Golf Course.  I am in love with this place.  They recently built a house for the bride and groom to get ready in and when I say that it is amazing that is an understatement.  I have never really had a venue put so much effort into making the wedding party feel relaxed and comfortable and right at home!  I love it.

The details can be so important, it gives the day a feeling…and when I want a bride and groom to remember their day exactly how it was capturing the details is so very important because it will help them remember the day exactly how it was and what it felt like.  Becky…what can I say one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.  Her smile really is fantastic and the love that was felt between her and her mother was truly moving.  So the day started out pretty similar to any other wedding day, with hair and makeup, and getting dressed and portraits.  I love all these images…they just make me smile.

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This sneak peek is long overdue!  I hate that it takes me forever in my busy season to get beautiful weddings up on the blog.  Especially this one at County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana.  I kept thinking it was going to rain!  The rain held off and the day was absolutely beautiful.  Josh and Lisa were so relaxed and just seemed to soak in their day and the people around them.  It was filled with love and laughter!  We started the day off getting ready in the orchard and the couple decided to have a first look so they could spend a few minutes with each other.  I love this part of the day…especially for the bride and groom because it is like once all the pictures are done and they have seen each other all the stress melts away.  The ceremony was beautiful and full of tears!  The reception was amazing..all the little details were perfect!  I loved it all every minute of it!  As always my team was there..Katrina and Stephanie I always love shooting weddings with you!

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I can’t believe the day finally arrived for Megan and Craig’s wedding!  I was so excited because I had met Megan and her mother in law and they were so much fun!  Their wedding day was at Briar Ridge Country Club and it was perfect weather!

I think one of my favorite parts of the day was of course Megan and Craig…but Megan’s dad was the sweetest ever.  He was so emotional and you could just feel the love between these two.

The wedding day went off without a hitch and I had Katrina and Stephanie with me again to capture everything during the day.  On Monday two days after the wedding I got this email from Megan and I don’t think anything could have made my week more than this sweet thank you I received from her.  Words like this mean the world to me and my team because we truly love what we do.


I Just want to take a minute to say thank you! You and your two photographers did a beautiful job and we both felt so free and relaxed in front of you. That was a beautiful day and couldn’t expect more for the nice weather. I was so so touched by one of your photographers that she cried when she saw my dad cry before walking down the aisle. This is not only your job but I can see that you guys are truly passionate about it and enjoy every moment to help couples create their best memories years down the road. This is not an easy job but this is a blessing too. I am so glad that we got to work together and that we even forgot we hired you because you guys were like good old
friends of ours for a long time. I have tears in my eyes right now because I am overwhelmed by the joy from the Lord and so thankful that he provided you for us. We made the right decision. Thanks again for all the hard work you’ve done for us. Can’t wait to see the pictures and really, really hoping to work/see you soon. Last, please forward our best wishes to the rest of you, tell the other photographers that we love them and they did a great job.

Craig & Megan Dohman

This is just a little sneak peek for the couple.  Everything is just beautiful!

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From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.

~Marianne Williamson~

This picture that I posted first represents the whole day for me.  Take away the centerpieces and decorations…the dress, the shoes, the jewelry…even the beautiful Patrick Haley Mansion….and what you have is two people promising forever.  To start a marriage with prayer…to be alone with each other as you promise that the day will never come that either of you will be alone.  I was taken a back…I almost hated to take a photo…to disturb their communication with each other and God.  I thought these two are beautiful souls.  Their love is unique…and I am so honored to have been able to be the one to help them remember this day.  I hope that I did it justice..

Patrick Haley Mansion prayerThe day began as it always does getting ready…I have to admit this one of my favorite parts of the day is a bride getting ready…you will be able to tell that by the amount of pictures I post of it.  Olivia had such a soft beauty.  She chose two wedding dresses.  One to be able to see him before the wedding to get the pictures out of the way and one to surprise him as he walked down the aisle.  Adam and Olivia were married at the Patrick Haley Mansion.  This venue is stunning.  The light streaming in through the windows has to be my favorite part of it all!  I had Katrina Sebastian and Stephanie Rudakas with me to capture the day and I really do love this little team of mine.  I call it a team because we work side by side and we all know by now what the other is thinking! These images are pieces of all three of us.  I love it!  I am so grateful to the both of them…

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I love when spring is here…

I love when wedding season begins…

because each year my amazement for the power of love is renewed.

I get to watch from the very beginning the start of a family and a glimpse of what they will become.

I love to see how a groom will take as many pictures as the bride wants because he knows how important it is to her.

I watch as he places his hand on her back to guide her as they walk, or carries her dress to keep it from getting ruined.

I also watch as the bride looks to him with all the confidence in the world that he is there for her and when she looks up at him she knows everything will be just fine.

I love when the father and the mother cry….

because I know one day I will be there watching my children get married to the people that fill their hearts….

They have created something special…

their child is grown and starting adventures and a family of their own and it is so very tender.

Erik and Rachel got married this April and have now officially begun their life together..

Their wedding receptions was held at Maggiano’s restaurant in Oakbrook, Illinois.

I don’t think the food could have been any more delicious!  Rachel is the sister of one of my brides from two years ago so I felt right at home knowing how much I already loved being around this family.

These are just a few of my favorite images from the day!  I loved everything about it!  Rachel was stunning and Erik was dignified!

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post these pictures.  I love them!  I love this adorable couple!  I cannot wait for their wedding in June!

Diana and Anthony are getting married at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso, Indiana.  I love weddings at Aberdeen…I might be biased because it is around the corner from where I live!  That really helps!  I also love weddings in the garden.  It is just a great location!

These two on their engagement picture day were just perfect!  Her makeup was perfect by the way…I can’t get enough of it. I loved the motorcycle and the little bit of edge it brought out to Hamstra gardens where we took their engagements.  Of course I love it there.  With the backdrop of the gardens and the easy feel these two had between them…made my afternoon a piece of cake!

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Adam and Olivia are getting married in a little under two months.  I have to say I cannot wait!  They have picked a perfect location in the Patrick Haley Mansion for a spring wedding.  I had the privilege of shooting their engagement photos back in the summer and these two needless to say are perfect for one another.  I like when a couple is comfortable in each others arms, like it is where they belong. You will see why I can’t wait to photograph their wedding!

Thank you the two of you for being so amazing to work with.  We loved every single minute of it.  Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer,  I cannot wait!

So these two beautiful people got married in January!  On one of those days where to even go outside you thought your fingers were going to fall off!  Needless to say that we did not take any outside photographs!  I was starting to edit their photos and I realized that I have never shared their engagement photos of when it was really warm outside!  So I am sharing them now and a couple of wedding photos that I have come across while editing!

We started off by taking a few of them with their little boy!  He was about the cutest thing ever!


I love when it comes full circle!  Anna and Jonathan have been my favorites to photograph.  I love their style and friendliness!  I took their engagements and wedding and now their maternity and when their little on came home.  I have loved every minute of it and hope to capture their family memories for a lot of years to come! I absolutely adore their home and Jonathan is an auctioneer so they always have unique finds!


Here is the little one just a couple of days old and he is absolutely perfect!

I love getting ready pictures and all the details.  I cannot get enough…. I spend some time making sure that everything is documented…a bride will have her pictures in 20 or 30 years but she won’t have her shoes, and her jewelry or her flowers.  So in this blog post I have on purpose put in a lot of the detail pictures and the bride getting ready and her portraits.  Kayla gave me a lot of time to capture this part of the day.  I absolutely love all the bridal portraits…but without scheduling this time during the day it can feel rushed…so with all my potential brides I make sure to help them schedule this time in their day and let them know that in their getting ready location one source of natural light can really make all the difference!

So Kayla and Jim got married at White Hawk West Country Club.  For a wedding in October I was so surprised how cold and windy it was.  It made outdoor picture taking almost impossible.  Of course they were willing to go outside but my main focus of the day is that you don’t feel miserable!

Kayla was such a beautiful bride that it was hard for me to stop taking her bridal portraits…


My second shooter Chris Zibutis from Christopher Z Photography did an amazing job on the boys getting ready pictures and did so many great dramatic pictures using lights.  Couldn’t have asked for anything better!

We then were off for the first look….which I love doing by the way!  It really just gives the bride and groom just a few moments to take it all in!

Some more portraits and some group shots!  Their bridal party was a hoot!

These next two shots were taking by Chris being so amazing when we couldn’t go outside!Again Chris!Then off to a beautiful ceremony and an amazing reception!

Kyle and Sarah were married last October at Sand Creek Country Club and everything was beautiful.  Everywhere smiles were from ear to ear and just an excitement for the big day was finally here.  What a beautiful gathering of family and friends.  Of course it was cold….but everyone was willing to go outside for a bit and brave the weather and even ride around on the golf cart with the wind whipping in their faces.  I think this time I complained the most which is a first.  I didn’t like the wind on the golf cart so I might have screamed a little!  The bride and groom never made a peep!  The day went off without a hitch and the most relaxed wedding day ever!  I loved the colors that Sarah picked!  On a cold day they just made me smile!  Katrina and Stephanie were there to make it even a little bit more fun for me and as always Katrina takes beautiful pictures as my second shooter especially the first dance pictures…just beautiful!


We ventured outside for their first look and I think one of my favorites so far this year!

Then in for the ceremony and even that was filled with so many smiles and laughter!

Abbey was a dream to work with!  Her black hair and perfect skin made her so easy to photograph.  She is a Senior at Wheeler High School and we went to several places to get these beautiful images of her.  One of the places was in her back yard and  I completely fell in love!

Abbey wanted something different so we did something different on a couple of different images.  I love being creative like that!

I of course could not pick the images I wanted to share, it was too hard so I picked a lot! How could I leave them out?


I wanted to give a little sneak peek to Katie as I am working on her photos!  I know it can be so annoying waiting!

What a fun, cold, windy wedding day!  These two beautiful people got married at Sand Creek Country Club in October.  I just kept hoping that the rain would stop and the wind would die down and things would get a little warmer.  They never did!  These two braved the cold!  I love them for that!

Katie was such a calm, low key bride…she made the day so easy and relaxed.  Her details and her gorgeous dress made me a little jealous!  They were stunning.

Just an amazing day and I am so honored to have been there to capture it!


I will have to say that looking back over the years this family is definitely one of my favorite families to photograph.  I started with engagements then wedding, now family.  In between I have been a part of one of Jessica’s sisters engagement and wedding and recently another sister is getting married and I was able to take her engagement photos.  I love walking up and feeling like I know them!  I am completely comfortable…because the whole family is genuine and real…I love it!

Their wedding day!Jacyln (Jessica’s sister’s engagement)
Jacyln weddingmost recently cutest engagement session ever of another sister!Their son is to die for!  He made me laugh the entire time!

Dan and Liz are incredible!  They are getting married next September and I cannot wait.  I love September weddings!  Typically the weather is perfect and the leaves on the trees are perfect and people love to be outside!

We went to Tall Tree and that place never ceases to amaze me.  Around every corner is a beautiful setting! Thank you guys!  I had so much fun just spending time with you and getting to know you both a little better..why I love what I do!

He is so tall!  I probably said that like 30 times and had to apologize continually! These two were so much fun to photograph.  Everyone feels so awkward at first and then after I usually make a fool of myself…everyone relaxes.  I loved how beautiful everything was.  The trees, the sky…what they chose to wear!  Everything was perfect!  These two are getting married next July and I really cannot wait!

I love to take picture of Lauren and Kyle.  They are perfect together.  Every wedding day is stressful at the beginning.  Worry about the rain, arrangements, making sure everyone is where they should be.  The moment these two saw each other…no more stress, no more concerns…just the best smiles, sweetest moments and genuine laughs.

We started off with family and friends in a local hotel getting ready and taking care of details.  Hair, final touches of makeup and then the dress.  It is so interesting how defining one dress becomes.  It symbolizes your style, how you feel about yourself…what you consider beautiful.  Everyone tells you how beautiful you look, and how perfect it fits…it was made for you.  I have always thought that one of the best moments of the day is when a bride puts on that dress.  I feel like it is that perfect moment when she feels the most beautiful and I like to make sure I never miss taking portraits right then and there.  With everyone standing around telling her how perfect she looks and how beautiful the pictures will be.  I just love it.  I wait for it, and it is the first pictures I look at when I get home.  Lauren was no exception…As always thank you Katrina Sebastian for second shooting.  Thank you for the beautiful images that you create..the hours of learning that we do together and for being an amazing friend.  (you know we are good friends when on a wedding day you can tell me to get my crap together and focus…we don’t have time for you to be distracted..) It is better to get to share this amazing journey of wedding photography with you.  Thank you Tammy for being an awesome assistant at this wedding.  It makes my day go so much smoother, when I can really depend on someone to be there.


We then left for County Line Orchard.  We had some time before the first look to take some truly beautiful portraits of the bride.  It is a dream come true when a bride and groom have enough time scheduled in the day to take a lot of pictures.  Also willing to trust me that to get those beautiful images..sometimes it takes time and patience and getting out of the car when I see the perfect spot!

After those portraits and some very beautiful rain that made the sky look amazing we had the bride and groom see each other for the first time.  These two needed no instruction.  They are natural and beautiful in front of the camera.  Their responses were so genuine…I hope they forgot that we were there.(I am sure they didn’t but by how natural they were it is hard to imagine that they didn’t)

Off to the apple orchard to find perfect spots to take bridesmaid and groomsmen pictures and amazing pictures of Kyle and Lauren.  It might be an overload but I do not really care, because I never tire of seeing them!

Oh how the two of them kill me.  I love how he holds her…I love the way she smiles at him.  I truly could have taken their pictures all day long.

Then it was time for the ceremony and reception! The ceremony was performed inside the orchard because of the rain…but it really didn’t stress these two out!

I drove up to this house and instantly I fell in love and wanted to raise my kids here.  Courtney and I walked around to find a perfect place for the dress and it just got better as we went inside and around the backyard.  I could tell instantly a whole big life was here full of kids and experiences and love.  Lindsay is sweet and smart and just comfortable to be around.  Her family was amazing and I am glad I got to spend the morning with them taking pictures of the details of the wedding.  It was so sweet when her dad walked in the room to see her for the first time, and her bridesmaids were so involved in making sure that Lindsay felt loved and taken care of.

The rest of the day went the same.  The bridal party was the best.  No one let the rain stop them.  The details were perfect…We got ready at her home and then went to a local park to take the group picture and to do a first look.  I love when a bride and groom choose that option…it gives them just a moment to take it all in and just enjoy looking at each other and inevitably kissing!


This bridal party loved to get their picture taken!  I could have shared one million more!

You would not have believed the mosquitoes on this day.  I actually had to have Courtney fan the mosquitoes away from me so I could get pictures.  Alison was a trooper…she was getting eaten alive, but would go “did you get the shot?”  I loved that!  They came up with a great place to take pictures and she is gorgeous so how could the images not be gorgeous!

These two made me laugh.  Paul kept letting us know that he was uncomfortable in front of the camera and did not take good pictures.

That is not the truth.  I think everyone relaxes and then they both look amazing in pictures.

I love going to the city.  So many places to take pictures.  I love just walking around talking to the couple and getting to know them a little better.  Hopefully getting to know me a little better so they are put at ease on the day of their wedding.  Lets be honest….a couple spends a lot of time with me on their wedding day and I want them to like me!

So here are some of their engagement pictures…hard to choose which ones to share cause I loved them all.


This one got out of the car and I thought….wow!  She was smiling and comfortable in her own skin and just sparkling.

Of course it always takes a little while to get used to being in front of the camera but the first picture on this page is the first picture that I took of her…

So needless to say…amazing shoot.

I was obsessed with her hair.  I know she thought I was crazy when I just kept asking her how it was so healthy.  “No heat” she said.  Well that takes me out of the running for gorgeous hair cause I can’t live without my straightener.

Sometimes when I meet these girls I can’t believe how confident they are.  I know I was not like that as a Senior….everything made me nervous….so uncomfortable in my own skin.

I just loved every minute of this shoot.  I also love when I get to take Stephanie with me to help me with sessions.  I love her energy, and how much she makes me smile.  So thank you Stephanie for coming out and your enthusiasm for photography.


I have to tell you not everyone can pull off a short wedding dress and red lipstick on her wedding day.  Alex did….made me want to wear that dress and cut my hair short and wear really great lipstick.  I loved it.  This couple is perfect for each other.  Things on a wedding day can always be a little stressful no matter how much you have planned every detail.  But when this bride and groom were together all the stress went away and they were so happy together!  They got married at a catholic church in Hammond, Indiana and then we headed out to Tall Tree Arboretum to take pictures of the bridal party and it was the perfect day and the light was amazing and the surrounds just absolutely beautiful.  Then off to a reception at Duneland Falls in Portage, Indiana.  The timing was perfect, the bridal party was so much fun and with so much to laugh about.  I love this wedding and I am in love with the images…just perfect!

This wedding makes me love the song playing on the blog about how

We keep this love in a photograph

We make these memories for ourselves

Where our eyes are never closing

hearts are never broken

time is forever frozen…still



So this summer has been so busy it is hard to wrap my brain around it.  My daughter is in the Netherlands for three weeks, my other boys are at scout camp so I am course am editing like crazy!  I am hoping to be all caught up soon!  Nothing feels better than to get images to my families or brides that they are waiting for.  I am also leaving on a vacation to California to drive Highway One and camp along the way!  I am beyond  excited!

Before I left I wanted to put up a sneak peek of this beautiful wedding!  So much fun and I loved being there!  I like always could have posted a million more picture.  Everything was perfect!


It was just a beautiful morning of crying and love.  What a wonderfully close family!  The wedding ceremony was beautiful as well in the church that they attend!

Then off to the orchard for pictures and the celebration!

So in Northwest Indiana I was subjected and many others to the worst winter (I feel) of all time.  Even in May it was cold and the leaves on the trees had stayed in their little homes.  Then Katrina and I stepped off the plane into just stinking heaven.  I felt like the sun was closer to the earth warming everything and making it so bright that I could barely stand it.  I realize it was from living in one eternal frigid darkness for the last several months that I had come out of hibernation.  I took pictures of everything.  Every flower, tree, sun flare that I could get my hands on.  So Utah, thank you so much for welcoming us with such open warm arms.   The reason for our visit was the wedding of one of my favorite people.  Courtney!  My fearless assistant!  It was hard not to ask her to help me on her wedding day because I have come to depend on her so deeply.   I can barely function without her.  After many strong words and Katrina telling me “if I was nice to her she would help me!”  we muddled through the day!  By the way, Katrina, there was only one road into the place.  ONE ROAD!

So the first couple of pictures are just my happy to be here in the sunshine pictures.


Then began the most beautiful wedding ever!  And in the perfect place ever.  Sundance of all places.  My favorite place and my favorite actor’s little slice of heaven.  Have I ever told anyone the story of when I started chasing Robert Redford  in the airport? Anyway for another day!

Then we went out for the first look and lots and lots of pictures!

and the details…    oh my!

Then it was on to the ceremony!

Then on to the reception!

It was just a wonderful experience to be a small part of this wedding.  Everything was absolutely perfect!


  • liz bradleyJune 10, 2014 - 3:01 am

    jaw dropping amazing. SMP is featuring this right?! Jessica such a beautiful job!
    Courtney, I’m [nearly] speechless. Could you be any more lovely?! that dress so perfectly suited for you and the location. all the details incredible. and smokes?! yeah, wow. and however did you come about Sundance? amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Megan OlsenJune 11, 2014 - 1:28 am

    Hi Jessica,
    I’m Jeff’s cousin and I was wondering if I could see some of the pictures taken with me and my family as we left the reception? If you please.ReplyCancel

  • JudiJune 11, 2014 - 1:53 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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