Downtown | Columbus Engagement | Betsy & Gene

We started Betsy and Gene's engagement session at their adorable home in Columbus with their two sweet kitties, and then spent the rest of their session dodging rain clouds to capture some amazing images downtown.  

Betsy and Gene are getting married in Vicenza, Italy later this year and then having a reception for their family and friends at the Inn at Irwin Gardens when they return!  I can't wait to continue the celebration with these two.  :)

St. Elizabeth Seton & Conrad | Indianapolis Wedding | Allie & JT

I met Allie & JT last October for a quick dinner in Broad Ripple.  As they told me about their vision for their wedding day, I knew instantly that we'd make magic together.  :)  

Allie wanted a classic look, and she pulled it together perfectly.  From her timeless, fitted gown (Sareh Nouri from Elizabeth Johns) to her stunning bouquet from JP Parker, every single detail of Allie and JT's wedding day was exactly right.  

Even better than the details of this day are the people of this day - Allie and JT are two of the kindest and most winsome humans I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.  The love they show to each other, to their families, and to those they call friends is unmistakable - hopefully you can see it in this collection of my favorite images below. 

Bride's Dress | Sereh Nouri
Bridesmaid's Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | Kim's Kakery
Catering | Conrad Indianapolis
Florist | JP Parker
Music | Jared Wade
Suiting | Men's Warehouse
Videography | ByDesign Films
Venues | St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Ceremony), Conrad Indianapolis (Reception)

Travel Log | Joshua Tree National Park & Yosemite National Park


Flew IND to LAX.  Upon arrival to LAX, took a shuttle to rental car, picked up rental car, and drove to Joshua Tree NP arriving ~9PM.  My mother met me at Black Rock Canyon Campground after having driven down from Idaho where she was visiting her friend Cheryl.  Set up tent in the dark and went to sleep.  No photos from this day.  :(


We woke up and broke down the tent to go in search of the campground I *really* wanted to be at, Hidden Valley.  We had a quick breakfast in town at Carla's Route 62 and then drove to Hidden Valley and secured campsite 10.  After setting up camp again, we drove around Joshua Tree to get our bearings, spent some time climbing around on Hall of Horrors, and eventually ended up back at camp.  After trying to nap for a while, my mom decided it was too hot to camp and packed up and headed back to Idaho.  Once she left, I walked around the campsite (being my normal extroverted self) and met fellow photographers Mark, Charles, and Keri.  For dinner, I boiled water on my camp stove and had some ramen.  While I was cooking, a couple from Germany pulled up and asked if they could share my campsite (this was a theme for the whole week), and I said yes.  They were in a camper van.  After dinner I tracked down Mark and Keri and we drove up to Keys View for sunset, and then spent some time photographing stars until about 10:30PM.  


On the third day, I woke up at Hidden Valley early and went to meet Keri - she did an early morning sunrise session for me, which was *incredibly* sweet of her.  After that, I drove into town to make my check-in calls (my mom, grandmother, and partner all wanted daily confirmation that I was alive, lol), picked up some beef jerky and firewood, and headed back to my campsite to prep for a hike.  I hiked the Lost Mine Trail (2 mi out, 2 mi back, rated moderate) and chose to skip out on the loop which would have made it over 6 mi total.  On this evening, Pablo and Julia asked to share my campsite, and it turns out they are from right outside Vicenza, Italy where I am going to photograph a wedding in September.  For sunset we all climbed up to the rocks overlooking camp and I met yet another photographer, Brandon.  After sunset I built a fire, made some hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows.  I woke up at midnight to go out and photograph the Milky Way with Brandon and another photographer we found, Bill.  We heard coyotes singing, and I saw one coyote running down the road.  


I slept in since I was out so late photographing the Milky Way, and chatted with Pablo and Julia quickly before leaving for 29 Palms for my daily check in, more fire wood, and a gatorade.  After town, I headed back to the campsite and rested for a little while before heading out to walk the campsite loop and then hike the Baker Dam Loop (1.1 miles, rated easy).  Baker Dam was one of the prettiest parts of the park and I didn't bring my camera with me.  When you get around to the dam you're able to just sit and watch the ducks in the water.  So pretty.  Matt & Andrew (two med students) asked to share camp this evening.  That evening I drove over towards the Cholla Cactus Garden, stopping at a large outcropping of rocks just a short while past White Tank Campground.  It was there I met Shusha, a sweet girl from China, who was driving around with her mom and nephew.  We all hung out, climbed on the rocks, and took photos.  For sunset I continued on to Cholla Cactus Garden.  Post-sunset, I drove back to camp, built another fire, and headed to bed.  I was woken up at about 1:30 AM by coyotes in the camp next to mine (they had left food out).  


I was a little creeped out by the closeness of the coyotes the previous evening, and it looked as if the party-camp was going to be staying for a few days, so after a quick run to town and some more photography of the Joshua trees and rock formations, I decided to head out to Yosemite for the remainder of my trip.  The majority of this day was spent driving.  When I arrived at Yosemite I took a few moments to enjoy Tunnel View (views below on Canon and Sony), and then put my camping karma to the test since I had no campsite reserved.  I drove around asking single-tent sites if they were open to sharing.  I got about 4 votes of "no" before I found Leland, who let me camp with him for two nights (one at Lower Pines #54 and one at Upper Pines #148).  After setting up my tent for the first night at Yosemite, I cooked some ramen and sat by the campfire for a while before heading to sleep.  I woke up around 10:30/11:00PM and headed up to Glacier Point for some more Milky Way photography.  While at Glacier Point, I met another photographer named Colby (who I kind of already knew from the internet - he's in several of the same Facebook photography groups as me).  We stayed up at Glacier Point until about 1AM and then I headed back to camp and crashed hard.  


This morning I slept in a little again, and by the time I woke up Leland had packed up his stuff to move to the next site.  I lounged for a bit, trying to decide what to do for the day.  After a quick morning snack, I also packed up and moved my camp to Upper Pines.  I decided if I only had one full day in Yosemite I would go big, and chose to hike the Upper Yosemite Falls trail (7.6 mi round trip, rated very strenuous).  The trail was switchbacks the entire way up, with an elevation gain of 2600 feet.  I met a girl named Jenna whose husband had taken off at full speed, and we decided to be trail buddies on the way up.  There were several awesome views on this hike, and the view down on the valley from above was totally worth it.  Once I hit the top I spent some time napping on a rock (true to my regular form), and then took some photos of Derek and Kevin goofing off at the top.  They returned the favor and took a picture of me (sitting down, because I don't have a death wish).  I made some new trail buddies on the way down (Edmund and ... Michael, I think.  I forgot to write their names down, whoops).  After that hike, I went back to camp, ate some dinner, and turned in early around 8:30PM.  


I woke up and realized there was no way I could tackle another hike after Upper Yosemite Falls the day before, so I packed up camp (after Leland made us a breakfast of pancakes and bacon and strawberries!) and headed to Glendale where I spent the night with a friend before flying home on 5.21.  

Indianapolis Engagement | Private Property | Kirstin & Ben

There might not be any green in the trees, but today's weather was absolutely perfect for these two!  Kirstin and Ben were originally not sure if they'd be able to have an engagement session because Ben is stationed in Florida and wasn't sure of the opportunities for leave, but he was able to get some time to come up and celebrate their anniversary AND get some photos done!  

I'm so looking forward to their wedding this September up at Lake Wawasee!  Kirstin's family has a home there, and they are getting married on the property!  I can't wait! 

Estate on the Halifax | Port Orange Wedding | Tiana & Gage

It was a perfect day at the Estate on the Halifax - beautiful weather all day long, and lots of love from all the family and friends gathered for Tiana and Gage's wedding.  

Tiana has been in my life since she was 5 and I was 17.  We were both in a hometown production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Now she's all grown up, graduated, and married ... and we sang the entire soundtrack to Joseph as she got ready on her wedding day!

Here are some of my favorites to look back on.  :)

The Kenwood Inn | St. Augustine Wedding | Carrie & Malachi

Carrie, Malachi, and I have been friends for several years now.  We met through my childhood best friend, and Malachi also works in the wedding industry as a kick-ass videographer.  So when they decided to get married in St. Augustine and asked if I would be their photographer I responded with an enthusiastic "YES!".  They had a small ceremony at the Kenwood Inn in St. Augustine, with only family in attendance.  Since they were friends, they gave me a lot of leniency to play and experiment - so while these favorites include the safe images that you're used to, there's also a lot of weirdness.  :)

Our Lady of Lourdes & Union Station | Indianapolis Wedding | Katie & Patrick

Katie and Patrick planned an absolutely magical day for their wedding!  The wedding colors were perfect, the week's rain gave us one day of respite, and their wedding party was filled with super fun friends.  :)

We started the day at Our Lady of Lourdes, spent a little time on Monument Circle, and then danced the night away at Union Station.  

Here are some of my favorites from their day.  

Central Library | Indianapolis Wedding | Anna & Mike

The thing I love most about Anna and Mike is their laughter.  Their wedding day was filled with it.  The thing I love SECOND most about them is that they requested their DJ play Wild Wild West for me, and then we all rapped it on the floor in the middle of their reception!  

Their wedding at the Indianapolis Central Library was full of fun and beauty - here are a few of my favorite images.  :)


Bride's Dress | Stella York from Sophia's Bridal
Cake | Cakes By Donna 
Catering | Ritz Charles
Florist | Mark Stratton
Music | Pro Sound Entertainment Inc.
Suiting | Louie's
Venues | Indianapolis Central Library

Antigua, Guatemala | Late Engagement | Stacy & Walter

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with two of my dearest friends, Stacy and Walter.  

In 2007, Walter proposed to Stacy in the crypt (Walter, you're weird) of the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua, Guatemala.  They were married in the hotel gardens in 2008.  Stacy and Walter never had engagement photos taken, so we took some time this trip to wander around Antigua taking "late" engagement photographs - which is why it is great to travel with other photographers, right Stacy?  ;)

The colors in Guatemala are amazing ... I'm game for another trip if anyone is interested.  :)

The Barn at Kennedy Farm | Indianapolis Wedding | Kat & Derek

Kat and Derek are #RelationshipGoals.  Together for SEVEN years before they got married (high-school sweethearts, of course!), went to college at rival schools and managed to make it work (IU vs Purdue), and have recently adopted the sweetest little puppy named Atom.  <3  I just love everything about them (and cried approximately 4 times on their wedding day.)

Here's an assortment of my favorite images from their day.  

Bride's Dress | Brides of Carmel

Bridesmaid's Dresses | David's Bridal

Cake | Family

Catering | Fazoli's

Florist | JP Parker

Music | DJ Sound Solution

Suiting | Men's Warehouse

Videography | Andrew Brueck

Venues | The Barn at Kennedy Farm