Lowenberg Family . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Sarasota FL Family Photographer, Warsaw IN Family Photographer

This is my sweet cousin, Ashley’s, family!  When I go home to Sarasota for a visit, they almost ALWAYS drive the 3 hours to visit me while I’m there.

We grew up together, she was like a big sister to me.  And I sooooo wish we could see each other more often.  But now we’re in different states with a bunch of kids, and thats life.  I’m so thankful for them and their little tribe of hoodlums.  They make me laugh, and they love us well!

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Mark’s Senior Portraits . Ft. Wayne IN Senior Photographer, Sarasota FL Senior Photographer, Warsaw IN Senior Photographer

Mark will be graduating with the class of 2018!  What a handsome guy, right?

We got so lucky with the weather for this session!  It was 50 degrees in early December!!  And my favorite spot was a gorgeous row of bushes we found with lots of fall color still holding on!

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Lori & Kevin Engaged . Ft. Wayne IN Engagement Photographer, Sarasota FL Engagement Photographer, Warsaw IN Engagement Photographer

Lori & Kevin’s engagement session was super adorable!  They just ooze with giddy sweetness for each other!  Since I didn’t know these two prior to this session, we chatted a bunch about their relationship during out shoot.  Come to find out we had a lot in common!  Including getting married one year from the day we started our relationship.

I’m so excited for Lori & Kevin to tie the knot in April!

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Elopement in the Evergreens . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Sarasota FL Wedding Photographer, Warsaw IN Wedding Photographer

Prepare yourselves for what is quite possibly MY FAVORITE SESSION EVER!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing my first “styled shoot” with a new friend, Maddie Butterfield (the stylist).  We’d been dreaming this session up for weeks and it was so satisfying to bring it to life!  We’re calling it:

“Burgundy & Blush Elopement in the Evergreens!”

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I was so excited that Samara & Derek agreed to be our models, as they are actually engaged and hope to elope soon!  And I’m pretty sure we are all on the same page that Samara could actually be a super model.  (But I’m glad she’s just a humble small town girl who I could recruit to be in my photographs!)

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Props to Samara, whose dress had been decided on weeks before hand… and then it ended up being 32 degrees out on the day of the shoot!!!  But she powered through in those spaghetti straps, still looking gorgeous as she froze to death.

(I’m not completely cruel though, I let them take “warm up” breaks in their car every 5-10 minutes)

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Maddie did such a beautiful job executing the sweet heart table!  I love the layers she created in the place settings!  You can see ALL of her creative ideas on her blog: click here.

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One of my ideas for this session was to do an exciting champagne opening!  We weren’t sure just how much to shake the bottle up before hand, now we know it could have used a little more.  So for anyone looking to get a crazy Champagne shot, shake it A BUNCH!

But Samara & Derek had the perfect facial expressions!  Nailed it, guys!

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All of the flowers and greenery in Samara’s bouquet were from Four Seasons Flowers, out of Ft. Wayne.  I threw them together for a wild looking arrangement.

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Wooden tiered display from A. Shively & Co. out of Columbia City.

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Vendors:

Stylist: Maddie Butterfield

Samara’s dress: David’s Bridal

Derek’s suit: Express

Florist: Four Seasons Flowers

 

***If you are a vendor in the Ft. Wayne area and are interested in doing another styled shoot with Valerie Joy Photography, I’d love to hear from you!  I offer all of my images to vendors to use for their advertising in exchange for use of their services during the shoot.***

 

 

Henson Family . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Sarasota FL Family Photographer, Warsaw IN Family Photographer

It’s so good to see old friends!

I first met Lisa about 15 years ago in a bible study group.  So I was super excited to hear from her when she scheduled a family portrait session during my most recent trip back to Florida, because it meant I would get to meet her family!

And what a sweet (and photogenic) family they are!!!  That baby William was my best buddy by then end of the shoot.  He reached for me at one point, and thats grounds for a good snuggle time with any baby I’m shooting.  (Come to me, babies!! I want to hug you!)

Side note:  It had been spitting rain for several hours before this session, but we went for it anyway (since I was leaving the next day) hoping for the best!  Thankfully it stopped about 15 minutes into shooting, and we were able to finish a beautiful session at Phillippi Estates in Sarasota FL.

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Shively Family . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Sarasota FL Family Photographer, Warsaw IN Family Photographer

When I pass a field with lots of fall colors (and feel pretty confident we won’t get in trouble for trespassing), I plan a session there!

Meet the Shively family!  Trent, Katy & their girls have such contagious, friendly smiles!  It’s practically impossible to scroll through this blog post without smiling yourself!

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