3.4.14 Non Profits
Best Buddies celebrates 25 years as an organization this year. Tim and I were honored to photograph again this year the Indiana Best Buddies Black and White Ball at D’Amore downtown Indianapolis. They had a sold out crowd, which enjoyed an extensive silent auction, some amazing food from Thomas Caterers of Distinction, libations, and several moving videos created by the evening’s Emcee Matt Mays. Lilly Lane worked their magic with flowers and decor and many, many other volunteers and sponsors made such an elegant and fun evening possible. Most importantly funds were raised for Best Buddies to continue to expand in Indiana year after year.
Our good friends Bethany and Eric recently welcomed their little angel, Kendall into their lives. Although I don’t do newborn sessions anymore, I can’t help but photograph our closest friends sweet newborns. I have to say doing Kendall’s session made me miss doing newborns. They are so precious. Everything is so tiny and cute and everything is so new in their world. Get your baby fix here.
Bethany’s good friend Amy made the hairbands and hats!
All of the blanket’s are from either mommy or daddy’s baby days.
a little surprise for her hubby Eric!
Bethany’s great grandma made this kitty pillow, she’s 103, how awesome is that!
This past year has been a full one in our lives no doubt. The beginning of the year I had two kids under the age of 2, if that doesn’t say enough in itself. Transitioning to being a mommy of two was a challenge at times and was getting a new “work schedule” lined up. The majority of my time is spent as a stay at home mom, with some designated office time during the week and of course some weekends and evening when I’m photographing or having meetings. After doing photography as a full time career for so long it’s been an adjustment for it to be more like a part time job. (I realized I’ve officially been in business 10 years now)! With two small ones at home I’ve realized that for now limiting myself to 10 weddings a year will provide me the ability to still serve my clients really well and take care of my priorities at home with the kids. Tim has just continued to grow into a great side shooter and general help on the wedding days. He is working during the week as a Civil Engineer doing sustainable design which is right up his alley.
Thinking back on 2013 I can’t help but realize that a few books had a big impact on my year. First One Thousand Gifts, by Anne Voskamp- a book that really helped my see the small everyday blessings that are really awe inspiring. A breathe of fresh air when last spring I felt consumed with diapers and feedings. Secondly, It Starts With Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, which rocked my view of what I eat. This summer Tim and I did their Whole 30 and it radically impacted how we think about our food. We both dropped some lbs and I was even able to get back to my weddings weight. (which I doubted was possible after 2 babies in 2 years) It just feels good to feel healthy. Care taking for the kids hasn’t allowed for the structured workout time I used to enjoy, so eating right and chasing the kids around has allowed me to feel pretty healthy still. (big note I gave up drinking Coke last year- I didn’t think that would ever happen) Lastly, I read 7 An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker, which really dug into being intentional about how we live day to day. Our Western American way of life can just be overwhelming at times. Simplicity in my household environment and intentionality in where and what I purchase will continue to shape over the coming year. (I even decided to switch to cloth diapering) Sometimes you read books that just make you think, laugh or cry, but these three this year had an impact the spilled beyond the print on the pages.
2014- is more unknown. I don’t know how I will be shaped, how I will grow and what will look different at the end of the year. I’m sure having two kids both in the wonderment of toddler hood will be both fun and exhausting. I am so excited for all the couples I am working with this next year. I am so blessed to continue to do something I love so much, photograph couples in love and come alongside them in such a wonderful season of life. The friends in our life continue to enrich us with their deep relationship and encouragement. (especially as we strive to live for Jesus) Our families are such great support and our dear to our children’s hearts. 2014 can bring a little rest, a little more joy, more time outside (perhaps success in gardening), more date nights and plenty of silly songs with my kids. The rest and fun is underway now as Tim and I are on our first adult vacation since our babymoon with Jonathan. (don’t worry I wrote this ahead of time)
To sweet surprises in 2014!
It’s a little behind to post these, but December proved to be full of sickness and traveling for the holidays for our household. These are some of Charlotte’s photos I took just a week or so after her first birthday. Charlotte’s middle name is Pearl and these are some of her grandmother’s pearls.
Since New Year’s day she’s become a “walker” and is enjoying her new freedom. I continued to be amazed at how quick she is already. My little baby girl is well on her way to toddler.
Katie & Jeff individual lives of adventure crossed paths in God’s perfect timing and after dating and dreaming together a few weeks ago they began their adventure of marriage together.
It was such an honor for us to be a part of such a sweet and special day. Although Katie felt sick and barely had a voice, she was still a stunning bride. As the day progressed and maybe more cold medicine kicked in, she was able to really enjoy the monumental day with Jeff. With just a few leaves hanging on outside, we were able to get some outdoor pictures at College Park. As we were finishing the pictures of just the two of them the sun broke out and was shining on them. The pastor delivered a wonderful message throughout the ceremony of the long race that marriage really is. Jeff is an avid runner so this was quite applicable. Godly marriage is no sprint, but a long journey full of ups and downs as you travel through life together. (just to be real Tim and I do tend to still tear up sometimes at weddings, and we sure did at this one) It’s just overwhelming to think of how these two were brought together and how their families and future families will look so different years in the future and how important their foundation is of their marriage.
We left College Park to arrive at Park Tudor where Katie had several travel type things incorporated. Katie’s family did some incredible work for this wedding including- all of the flowers, her mom making the vases, her parents making the candles for the table out of old wine bottles (how awesome) and so much more. I’m sure there’s a room or garage at Katie’s parents house that has now been reclaimed from “wedding room”!
After lots of fun dancing and good food, a sparkler send off was the perfect ending to the day.
To the road ahead Katie & Jeff- we pray it’s full of blessing and adventure!
grandma’s fur- perfect!
measure twice at the tux shop! these were the shortest pants I’ve ever seen at a wedding- replacements came just in time
loved Katie’s dad praying before giving his daughter away