Lessons from Winter Wildlife Photography

Coming into winter, I was afraid I wouldn’t see my camera for a while. With temperatures dropping into the teens and twenties, would I need it? Would I find wildlife? My normal places were growing quieter and quieter. The green herons no longer fished from fallen trees in the marsh; the sounds of songbirds floated…

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7 Tips for a Great College Graduation Photo Session

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” —E. E. Cummings Living in a college town these past 19 years, I’ve certainly become accustomed to graduation seasons. Each May, August, and December it’s not uncommon to see graduation caps dotting the sidewalks of Purdue University. Students huddle to take selfies with…

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Finding the Sacred with Nature Photography

In Beth and David Booram’s book When Faith Becomes Sight, they take time in their second chapter to talk about transcendent moments. When I hear the word transcendent, I think of something extraordinary or something spiritually way beyond me, but they explain that these moments don’t have to necessarily be rapturous or extraordinary. They write,…

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A Morning with White-Tailed Deer

Do you have those mornings in wildlife photography where the woods are silent and you wonder if you are ever going to see anything? A squirrel? A bird? Something?! This morning started like that. As my husband and I walked through the tree-lined trails, everything was silent. No movement whatsoever. Just the crunch of our…

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Senior Photos: AJ and the Contagious Smile

I’ve gotten to know AJ and his family over the years, at first from a distance working for our neighborhood publication and then via marching band carpool and band events. Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed photographing the Sound of West Side marching band at football games, their March-a-Thon fundraising event, and homecoming. Once…

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The Fleming Family Photos

What a fun family session with two generations Saturday evening! When the Fleming’s session suddenly changed and one of their kids couldn’t be in the photos, they pivoted and asked their in-laws to be in the session instead. It reminded me of how important it is to encourage people to be in photos. For as…

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Senior Session: A Unique Location with Hannah

Hannah had the awesome idea to do something different for her senior photos – she decided to have them at a school her family is remodeling in Montmorency, Indiana.  Her family is renovating the old school into an event space, and it is definitely still in construction phase. Despite the materials and dust (and the…

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Browning Family Session

We laughed, we rolled, we ran, we ate Cheez-its during this family photo session . . . well, maybe not all of us but at least two! The Browning kiddos were a lot of fun, and I couldn’t feel more privileged to capture kids who I have known since they were in their mama’s belly.…

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Senior Session: Westside’s Dan Gavin

I had a great time photographing Dan for his senior photos! We walked up and down Main Street in Downtown Lafayette and ducked into alley ways and popped over to side streets, and the whole time he remained calm and up for anything. Dan wore things that were uniquely him. He captured where he’s from…

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4 Tips for Photographing Toddlers

Chris & Mary’s Fall Family Photos I had so much fun photographing Chris, Mary, and their little guy this past weekend during their family photo session. I met Mary many years ago when she was a personal trainer for our business. After working on other endeavors for a while, she came back – this time…

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