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Eric & Cayley’s Wedding . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Columbia City IN Wedding Photographer, Midwest Wedding Photographer

fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0119I was the second shooter for Eric & Cayley’s wedding last month, for lead photographer Morgan Ruth Photorgraphy.  So I spent the morning with the guys, while Morgan was with the ladies.  (So you’ll see my photos below, of mostly groomsmen at the beginning.).

They had such a beautiful day, at multiple locations, ending up at Union 12 for their reception!  And they’re SERIOUSLY just so sweet and mature!  It was a pleasure spending the day with them!  I’ve got A LOT of favorites!  Take a look…fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0120fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0121fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0122fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0123fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0124fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0125fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0126fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0127fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0128Eric’s brother, and best man!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0129fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0130Once we got to the church we did a few groomsmen portraits before the girls arrived. fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0131fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0132fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0133fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0134fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0135Eric & Cayley chose not to see each other before the ceremony.  But they did have a blind prayer time together.  So sweet!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0158fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0136fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0137It’s go time!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0138fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0139fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0140fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0141fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0142fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0143fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0144fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0145The bridal party took a trolley from the church to the reception!  So we grabbed a few photos of them in the parking lot before the left.fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0146fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0147fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0148fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0149Once at Union 12, we had portrait time with the whole bridal party.fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0150Things get crazy after a trolley ride.  😉 fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0151fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0152fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0153fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0154I just love shooting with the groomsmen!  They always have a lot of fun!!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0155fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0156But MAN!  These bridesmaids were like a group of models!  So gorgeous, they sparkle!  And Cayley chose all of their dresses, which I just L.O.V.E.D.!!  Well done, girlfriend!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0157fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0159fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0160fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0161I loved this photo of the parents together!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0162Cayley’s sister/maid of honor is getting married soon too!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0163Union 12, always killing it!!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0164fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0165Eric & Cayley had a cigar roller at their reception!  So legit!!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0166And these are the most beautiful and hearty Bloody Mary’s I’ve ever seen!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0167fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0168Bridal Party Entrances!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0169fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0170fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0171fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0172fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0173A funny & tearful speech from Cayley’s dad!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0174fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0175fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0176This was different….and so fun!  They had 5 food trucks parked outside for their dinner options!  Guests had a ticket and could choose whatever truck they wanted to get their dinner from!  I love it!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0177fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0178fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0179Morgan and I stole the bride & groom for about 10 minutes during sunset for a few more portraits….fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0180fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0181fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0182fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0183fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0184fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0185fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0186Back to the party!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0187fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0188fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0189fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0190fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0191fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0192fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0193fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0194fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0195fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0196fort wayne indiana wedding photographer union12_0197Congrats Cayley & Eric!  You are precious!  And I pray God blesses your union!

Maggard Family . Indiana Apple Orchard Family Photographer

fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0204The Maggard Family has a pioneer side to them!  This hard working couple owns and operates an apple orchard in Larwill, IN: School House Orchard!  They sell their apples, honey, and home pressed apple cider at our local farmers market.  But their biggest accomplishment is raising these two beautiful boys!  They’re full of energy and you can tell they love growing up in this little slice of midwest paradise! fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0205fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0206fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0207fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0208fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0209fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0210fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0211fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0212fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0213fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0214fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0215fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0216fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0217fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0218fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0219fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0220fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0221fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0222fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0223fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0224fort wayne indiana family photographer apple orchard_0225

Jordan Family + Hale Senior . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Columbia City IN Family Photographer, Midwest Photographer

fort wayne indiana family photographer_0157Today I’m sharing the Jordan family at their beautiful historic home in downtown Columbia City!  AND their oldest son, Hale’s senior portraits at a friends home in town.  We did back to back sessions, Senior & Family, which ends up saving you $100, as opposed to doing two separate 1 hour sessions!fort wayne indiana family photographer_0158fort wayne indiana family photographer_0159fort wayne indiana family photographer_0160fort wayne indiana family photographer_0161fort wayne indiana family photographer_0162fort wayne indiana family photographer_0163fort wayne indiana family photographer_0164fort wayne indiana family photographer_0165fort wayne indiana family photographer_0166fort wayne indiana family photographer_0167fort wayne indiana family photographer_0168fort wayne indiana family photographer_0169fort wayne indiana family photographer_0170fort wayne indiana family photographer_0171

Alli & Sid Engaged – Styled Shoot . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Columbia City IN Wedding Photographer, Midwest Wedding Photographer

fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0172I had an itch to do another styled shoot the past few months!  And I’m super thankful so many beautiful pieces fell into place to make this GORGEOUS engagement session a success!  I have lots of people to THANK!

To my friend and fellow photographer, Shannon of Simple Joy Portraits for brainstorming, shopping, setting up, and shooting this alongside me!  This was such a fun creative outlet for us!

Thanks to Alli & Sid for being the beautiful models that made our vision a reality! And to Karina for suggesting them!  (They REALLY are engaged, if you were wondering.)

The talented ladies at TNT Floral created a wild bouquet for us, AND Alli’s greenery crown, AND Sid’s boutonniere!  (And now I’m a firm believer that we should all walk around with floral crowns, because Alli looks magical in hers!)

The Hooley family brought out Dotty, the appaloosa horse, as a beautiful accessory to our sweet couple!  If you’d like to have a horse in YOUR photo session, I can connect you with them!

Jessica Godlove of Studio 3 Hair Company was the talent behind Alli’s hair (with Halo extensions added for an even more epic look!)

And my dear friend’s, the Fergusson’s, who allowed us to shoot in their breathtaking vineyard!  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Okay, now you can enjoy this fairy tale session!

fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0173fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0174fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0175Alli had never been on a horse before, but she pulled it off gracefully! fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0176fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0196fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0177fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0178TNT would love to supply all of your wedding flower needs!  Give them a call!fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0179fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0180fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0181fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0182fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0183fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0184fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0185fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0186fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0187fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0188fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0189fort wayne indiana engagement photographer vineyard horse champagne_0190We had some good laughs trying to get a fun champagne popping shot!  Shannon and I didn’t realize we’d bought champagne with a TWIST TOP!  No cork!  (face palm). So we improvised!

1. Twist off cap.  2. Put thumb over bottle opening.  3. Shake a little.  4. Pull your thumb off a little and let it fly!

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Story Family . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Columbia City IN Family Photographer, Midwest Photographer

fort wayne indiana family photographer_0131I shot the Story family portraits on their property in Columbia City.  We had beautiful sunlight through their mature trees, and their sparkling smiles just light up every photo!

They also chose to break up their session into 30 minutes of family photos, and 30 minutes of Weston’s senior photos.  So you’ll see Wes’s individual shots sprinkled in throughout.fort wayne indiana family photographer_0132fort wayne indiana family photographer_0133fort wayne indiana family photographer_0134fort wayne indiana family photographer_0135fort wayne indiana family photographer_0136fort wayne indiana family photographer_0137fort wayne indiana family photographer_0138fort wayne indiana family photographer_0139fort wayne indiana family photographer_0140fort wayne indiana family photographer_0141fort wayne indiana family photographer_0142fort wayne indiana family photographer_0143fort wayne indiana family photographer_0144fort wayne indiana family photographer_0145fort wayne indiana family photographer_0146fort wayne indiana family photographer_0147fort wayne indiana family photographer_0148fort wayne indiana family photographer_0149Wes is joining the Air Force next year so we did a few shots in his USAF shirt.  I love these shots because they have his childhood home behind him, and his future on his chest.  So meaningful!fort wayne indiana family photographer_0150fort wayne indiana family photographer_0151fort wayne indiana family photographer_0152fort wayne indiana family photographer_0153fort wayne indiana family photographer_0154fort wayne indiana family photographer_0155fort wayne indiana family photographer_0156

Mini Sessions vs. Full Sessions . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Columbia City IN Family Photographer

I almost called this “Pro’s & Con’s of Mini Sessions vs. Full Sessions”, BUT it really just comes down to preferences.  So I don’t want to say one way is BETTER than another way.  It’s totally up to the photographer and client as to what they prefer.  If you’re considering having your family portraits taken, this might be really helpful for you to find what fits your preferences best!

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(Disclaimer: Every photographer is slightly different in how they price, shoot, and deliver their sessions.  So this post is tailored to your experience with me specifically.  This is how Valerie Joy Photography does sessions.  But it may overlap to other photographers in various ways.  I’d suggest clarifying with your photographer how they do things.)

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Mini Sessions:

-Location is chosen by the photographer, not the client.  Typically a themed session (Fall, Christmas, Snow, Sunflower field, Studio backdrop, etc.)

-Photographer chooses the dates that clients have to work around.

-$125.  Lower total cost compared to Full Session.  But not as good of a deal if you break it down per minute.

-15 minutes of shooting.

-Fast paced, to get the most photos during our time together.  This naturally doesn’t leave much time for personal discussions, or breaks for fussy children.  (It has happened that a child was fussy during their mini session, and the gallery was very limited because of that.  If we’d had more time, we could have taken a break to have a snack, and I could have delivered a much larger gallery.)

-Approximately 30 images in final edited online gallery for download.

-Best for clients on a smaller budget, families with members who can’t make it through a full hour of shooting, clients who prefer multiple smaller sessions per year, or only want a handful of images for whatever reason.

(If you want to know when I offer Mini Sessions, be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram to see those announcements.)

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Full Sessions:

-Location is chosen by client (based on photographer suggestions, if needed.)

-Client chooses the date and time which works best for them (within photographer’s availability, of course.)

-$250.  Higher total cost compared to Mini Session.  But a better deal if you break it down per minute.

-60 minutes of shooting.

-More casual pace, allowing kids to relax between poses, and photographer and client to get to know each other a little bit.  This pace usually leads clients to be much more comfortable in front of the camera.

-Approximately 120 images in final edited online gallery for download.

-Best for clients who want a larger gallery with LOTS of variety to choose from, who want to have more of a say in when & where their session is, and who want an individualized, relaxing experiences.

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If you’d like to book a Full Session with me, my favorite season for photos is almost here (FALL!!!!!) and my schedule fills up quick, so contact me ASAP!

Keith & Kelly’s Wedding . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Columbia City IN Wedding Photographer

union12wedding_0100Keith & Kelly were married last weekend at Union 12 in Columbia City!  They were blessed with genuine family & friends surrounding them.  Tears were shed throughout the day, and they had an epic dance party!  Everything you’d ever wish for in your wedding day!union12wedding_0101union12wedding_0102union12wedding_0103Kelly’s choice for “wildflower” bouquets were STUNNING!!!union12wedding_0104Thanks to Nicole Morehead for second shooting with me, and getting these shots of the guys getting ready!union12wedding_0105union12wedding_0106union12wedding_0107union12wedding_0108union12wedding_0109union12wedding_0110union12wedding_0111union12wedding_0112union12wedding_0113union12wedding_0114union12wedding_0115union12wedding_0116union12wedding_0117union12wedding_0118union12wedding_0119union12wedding_0120union12wedding_0121union12wedding_0122union12wedding_0123union12wedding_0124union12wedding_0125union12wedding_0126Kelly’s First Look with her dad!union12wedding_0127union12wedding_0128Kelly & her sweet mom!union12wedding_0129union12wedding_0130union12wedding_0131union12wedding_0133union12wedding_0134union12wedding_0135union12wedding_0136union12wedding_0137union12wedding_0138union12wedding_0139union12wedding_0140union12wedding_0141union12wedding_0142union12wedding_0143Ceremony time!  Union 12 has a beautiful covered patio for ceremonies.  I love all of the natural light!  A photographers dream!union12wedding_0144union12wedding_0145union12wedding_0147union12wedding_0146The Flower Girl & Ring bearer met their dad at the front of the aisle.  I love their sweet expressions when they saw him!union12wedding_0148union12wedding_0149Keith & Kelly chose not to see each other before the aisle, so there were many tears as they laid eyes on each other for the first time!  My fav!union12wedding_0150union12wedding_0151union12wedding_0152union12wedding_0153union12wedding_0154union12wedding_0155Mr. & Mrs. Wagner!union12wedding_0156I loved this sweet moment with Kelly & her grandma!union12wedding_0157And this little lady is quite possibly the cutest flower girl in the whole world!union12wedding_0158union12wedding_0159union12wedding_0160union12wedding_0161union12wedding_0162union12wedding_0163union12wedding_0164union12wedding_0165Kelly totally nailed this “pick up” pose!!union12wedding_0166union12wedding_0167union12wedding_0168union12wedding_0169union12wedding_0170union12wedding_0171union12wedding_0172union12wedding_0173union12wedding_0174union12wedding_0175union12wedding_0176union12wedding_0177union12wedding_0178union12wedding_0179union12wedding_0180Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Wagner!  Let’s party!union12wedding_0181union12wedding_0182union12wedding_0183union12wedding_0184union12wedding_0185union12wedding_0186union12wedding_0187union12wedding_0188union12wedding_0189union12wedding_0190union12wedding_0191union12wedding_0192union12wedding_0193union12wedding_0194union12wedding_0195union12wedding_0196union12wedding_0197union12wedding_0198union12wedding_0199union12wedding_0200union12wedding_0201union12wedding_0202union12wedding_0203union12wedding_0204union12wedding_0205union12wedding_0206union12wedding_0207union12wedding_0208union12wedding_0209union12wedding_0210union12wedding_0211union12wedding_0212union12wedding_0213union12wedding_0214union12wedding_0215union12wedding_0216union12wedding_0217union12wedding_0218union12wedding_0219union12wedding_0220union12wedding_0221union12wedding_0222We stepped out back for 10 minutes to shoot a few sunset portraits!union12wedding_0223union12wedding_0224union12wedding_0225union12wedding_0226union12wedding_0227union12wedding_0228union12wedding_0229union12wedding_0230union12wedding_0231union12wedding_0232union12wedding_0233union12wedding_0234union12wedding_0235union12wedding_0236union12wedding_0237union12wedding_0238union12wedding_0239union12wedding_0240union12wedding_0241union12wedding_0242union12wedding_0243union12wedding_0244union12wedding_0245union12wedding_0246union12wedding_0247union12wedding_0249union12wedding_0250