Little Man Tanner is growing up…

So we have been lucky to have been able to photograph Tanner since he was a baby. Now he is 18 months. I felt like I had not seen him in forever his face has changed so much. He has hair and he’s this long and lean little man that can walk and talk now!

He was verbal in letting me know when I got enough photographs 🙂 He would do a pose then say, “Done!” and we would move to the next spot. I think the honesty in children is hilarious and it is too bad as we become adults we can’t be so blunt and have people find it so adorable.

Tanner went to smell the flowers and I have got to say makes the funniest face when smelling those flowers I am glad to see this expression so I could get a photograph of it.

I am excited about these photographs of Tanner I think we got some really cute ones of him in his Colts jersey and football. But don’t be fooled Tanner’s parents are big Packers fans too! He liked playing with his football, his lawnmower and he found Tommy really interesting and kept sharing his toys with Tommy.

Brian, Amy, & Tanner thanks again for being such loyal and fabulous clients. We appreciate you guys letting us follow and capture the changes in Tanner.

– Jennifer


Sophia Turns One…

Val, Sophia and Ali met us yesterday morning for photographs.

Sophia is a beautiful little girl…almost one year old! She was so cute in her tutu and other outfits her mom picked out for her. Normally she is crawling around and busy moving but with 6’6″ Tommy and me with my camera I think she was confused for a bit and sat perfectly still looking straight ahead. It was pretty funny.

Then she warmed up and we thought lets go put Sophia in the grass where it is soft surely it will be easier to crawl there but the grass freaked her out a bit. She must have that ‘sensitive grass gene’ like her father. (j/k) So then we stopped at the green bridge as our last stop before heading out…she decided that she would like the surface of the bridge for whatever reason for and started crawling and went scooting around.

Sophia did this really cute pose when we took her clothes off and tried to get her to crawl. She sat in the grass with her left leg bent and her arm resting on her knee…only a photograph could do it justice so enjoy this one of her and this cute pose…

She also thought it might be a good idea to eat sticks or leaves found on the bridge. However she has good parents that have taught her not to eat these things. But she would pick them up and hold them out to Tommy to see if he wanted to eat it. Then she would look at her parents and shake her head No. Knowing the answer…

Val and Ali are these kind of parents that you can tell definitely realize the gift they have and know what is important in life. They don’t take her for granted that is for sure.  And they even commented on just how special Sophia was and that they think their family is complete.

When you meet families like that you don’t have to work to make good photographs but the natural emotions come through very clear.

Thank you for letting us do your photographs! Tommy and I really enjoyed hanging out with you guys and he will certainly talk Family Guy with you anytime Ali  🙂

– Jennifer

Lindsay and Family

Lindsay’s mom, Mary Kaye celebrated her birthday by coming back from Naples, Florida and being with her children and grandchildren. We went to West Park in Carmel which is an awesome park for kids. The have an amazing park and water area.  If I were a little one I would love to play in it!

Lindsay is a really cool lady. I remember when she called me and she talked shop. You could tell she had an eye for good art and that photography was really important to her. It was nice talking to someone who was as into it as I am.

She also sells amazing vintage like jewelry I love it and will definitely be getting some.

Lindsay has two children, Charlie & Nora. Charlie is into Spiderman, parks, and being a boy. As soon as we got done with a shot he was off! Which I actually quite like. Because then I can get him in his element. A lot of times Tommy will grab my camera and go after them. Perhaps because he does not trust me to run and shoot pics with my camera. I am fairly uncoordinated 🙂 So Charlie went running towards some huge rocks when we were done with a shot. I get over there and he is laying on his side like a Vogue model. He noticed me and instead of shying away he threw out some poses for the camera.  It was really hilarious. So when you see the pics of Charlie on the rock I did not pose him like that…:)

And Nora is just a doll. She totally could be the next Gerber baby. She was a trooper for our hour session!

I really am excited when we get cool photographs of kids with their grandparents. I think that is such a special thing to have!

Lindsay I can tell you are so much fun! And I look forward to seeing you again…

Thank you for letting us do your photographs and all your insight as well!!!

– Jennifer

Tree Hugger Aida Marta

I have a favorite tree at the IMA. Many of you probably have seen this tree. But never has my tree brought such happiness and really turned a photo shoot around as it did the other day.

Ada was unsure she wanted to be on her own for any photographs. She wanted to be with her mom and dad. Which, to me, is really sweet. Those moments disappear quickly so you have to savor when they want to be stuck to your side. She had hair barrettes with her that she wanted to keep in her hands. She would occasionally choose to put them down on a rock or by a tree and as soon as she realized she put them down she would run back to get them and count them. It was really cute.

This was the case for sweet little Aida until we got to the tree. She discovered the branch that was just about her size. She sat up on the branch and realized she could bounce on the branch and she was delighted. She just lit up it was really sweet.

Thank you Shelley, Mark & Aida for letting me do your photographs! I think you guys are a great family and you are wonderful parents! She is a smart little girl.

Enjoy the sneak peak the others will be up soon!

– Jennifer

My Labor of Love…

I have never cried immediately upon hearing good news…maybe never is an exaggeration. We all know I cry at just about anything. But when my dear friend Angela told me she was engaged…I cried. I got off the phone and recounted the whole story for Tommy and could not get through all the details without crying. I probably looked like a ridiculous site that day. [Editors note: yea…you did 😉  ]

So my friend is engaged. She is such a selfless, sincere, compassionate, amazing mother, daughter, friend, and now fiance! I am so excited for her.

This will be a special day for all of us. And of course most of all her and Ladale. But they feel like family to many of us. So I am counting down the days until we get to be there for them.

You have seen Angela’s daughters photographs in blogs and all over our website. In some photographs with Maya. Many of you also know that inadvertanly her daughter helped inspire the company name, along with Maya and Megan. Aria is over the moon excited about the big news. Aria, Angela, and Ladale will have a full, exciting, and happy life.

I could not be more happy for the three of you!

I hope you guys love your photographs you were so easy and fun to work with!

– Jennifer

[Editor’s note: I have money that says she cried when she wrote this]

P.S. – I Always let Aria snap some shots too…she loves the camera…here are some gems that she took herself!

Big Blue Eyes…and a little ‘Blue Steel’

Cooper will kill the ladies someday…This little 14 month old has the longest eyelashes I have ever seen and the biggest blue eyes. And some curls to go along with it.

He is adorable.

This if my first time getting to photograph Jill, Dave, and Cooper. And Cooper was unsure about it at first. He was a little serious but very quickly warmed up.

As soon as he warmed up he was off and going all over the place.

This is a really fun age to photograph. Some people think that it might not be so great because the subject is on the loose but I think if you go with wherever they lead you the results will be amazing.

Jill & Dave,  I can’t wait to get the other photographs up for you because he is so cute in them! Thank you for letting me do your families photographs you guys were so much fun to work with.

– Jennifer

P.S. (editor’s note by Tommy)
I just noticed that in one of these pictures, Cooper is doing a great Ben Stiller impression with a nice Blue Steel face…check it out below…along with other great photos from the session!

Baby Blue Steel (above)

Top Model in the Making…

We went yesterday for a newborn session for a precious baby named Maximilian. He was adorable but I must admit big Sister Reese stole the show. She is 2 1/2 and reminded me a bit of Maya. She was excited and friendly and totally up for any kind of photograph I wanted to take.

Then she did something funny that really reminded me of Maya. She posed her dad like I had just posed her and took her camera and started shooting.

I think big sisters are suppose to get all the attention and this little lady is no exception. Her baby brother is going to have a lot of fun growing up in this fun family and with sweet sister Reese.

The whole family was happy and warm and the love was so obvious in person and translated through the photographs.

Tommy and I had a lot of fun doing their photographs!

Thank you Marianne, Ross, Reese &Max for having us come do your families photographs!

Enjoy the sneak peak!

– Jennifer