I met Katie my freshman year at IU when I was a student in her business presentations class. She and her husband Galen are both professors at Indiana University. I met Katie and her family at the Woolery Stone Mill in Bloomington, Indiana. The fall colors, golden hour sunlight, and candid smiles made this fun shoot one for the books.
When Caleb asked if I could take some new headshots for him, I was thrilled! He and I became good friends during our time in high school show choir, but we've attended the same schools since elementary school, all the way through college at Indiana University.
Caleb just moved to New York City - in fact, these photos were taken the day before he left - and I wish him the best of luck on this new, exciting chapter!
I've seen Katherine perform at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music many times, but hadn't ever really talked to her until our shoot. I was stoked when Katherine asked me to take pictures for her - her iridescent locks were truly a delight to photograph, as I knew they would be! During our portrait session, we explored downtown Indianapolis and chatted about everything from female-fronted symphonic metal bands to the existential to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Katherine is a composer and arranger. You can check out her work here.
Samantha and I met at my first job out of college and we became great friends over the two years I worked there. When I heard she was pregnant with her first child, I told her I would love to take maternity photos for and her husband Jay. Sam knew exactly what she wanted for her photo shoot: snow and a long, red dress.
We originally scheduled the shoot for a weekend in late January, but knowing the unpredictable nature of Indiana weather, we weren't sure if we'd have snow. When a snowstorm hit Indiana the weekend before our shoot, I called Sam and Jay up for a last-minute schedule change. We made our way to Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana, where we found a stunning winter backdrop for these photos - a perfect complement to the red dress.
Indiana finally got hit with snow last night. Ellie and April made a snowman and had a snowball fight today. I watched/photographed the shenanigans.
Riley and I met in 2015 during our summer internship at Wiley Publishing in Indianapolis. Little did we know that first day on the job that we'd become friends for years to come. She helped make my first summer in a brand new city one for the books. Riley is full of smiles, and her vibrant personality shines through in these pictures. She embraces fun and silliness and is always willing to help out a friend.
Despite the chilly December air, we had a blast taking these photos. And, just for good measure, I threw in a little behind-the-scenes pic of how ridiculous I looked behind the lens today.
The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers perform their annual holiday concert, The Chimes of Christmas, at the IU Auditorium each December. Featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and guest artists from the Jacobs School of Music, the show is a great way to ring in the holiday season.
I performed with this ensemble from 2012-2016 as a first soprano, so I always feel right at home being their photographer. I also have a sister in the ensemble - and I may take a few too many photos of her, but can you blame me? Live performance photography always pulls me out of my comfort zone, but I have so much fun being immersed in the experience of live music.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from the show!
I have two websites - one for photography, and another that serves as my collective portfolio for everything from writing to design work and more. I've put a lot of TLC into this photography website over the past year, but my portfolio started to lag. I knew that some new head shots would rejuvenate the site - yes, photographers need new photos too, sometimes! I wanted to be sure to choose someone from within the Fort Wayne photography community, so I reached out to a fellow photographer whose work I've admired for years.
I discovered Danielle Doepke on Instagram and was instantly struck by her stunning portrait work. She has a unique way of capturing light and color, and it is clear she loves what she does. So, naturally, when the time came for a redesign, I reached out to Danielle and we set up a time to get some awesome photos during the final weeks of Autumn.
Its pretty rare that I'm on the other side of the lens, but it was great to see how another photographer works, and Danielle was super fun to work with! You can check out the full gallery of our shoot on her website and explore her truly stunning portfolio! Thanks so much for the photos, Danielle!
In the last 12 months, I've traveled to the three largest US cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, and, finally, New York City. There's something uniquely enchanting about New York. It pulsates with an unmatched energy. I was fortunate to stay with my dear friend, Rafael (pictured in the gallery below many times). It is refreshing to see the city through the lens of someone who lives and works there. This colossal metropolis is sprinkled with smaller communities that make it feel like home.
Over the past six days, I covered a lot of ground. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from the trip, including:
Peter and Kassandra celebrated their engagement at a vineyard in Vineland, Ontario. The evening was a blend of Serbian and Polish music, food, and traditions. A live band, homemade desserts, and family from across the U.S. and Canada made for an unforgettable celebration, despite some unexpected chilly weather. The turning leaves and delicious wine made up for it, though!
Congratulations, Peter and Kass!