This is the 5th year I’ve photographed the Bishop family! And they’re basically professionals at Valerie Joy Photography sessions now. Take a look, you’ll agree!This one is classic boy-dad interaction!
I 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…Eric’s brother, and best man!Once we got to the church we did a few groomsmen portraits before the girls arrived. Eric & Cayley chose not to see each other before the ceremony. But they did have a blind prayer time together. So sweet!It’s go time!The 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.Once at Union 12, we had portrait time with the whole bridal party.Things get crazy after a trolley ride. 😉 I just love shooting with the groomsmen! They always have a lot of fun!!But 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!I loved this photo of the parents together!Cayley’s sister/maid of honor is getting married soon too!Union 12, always killing it!!Eric & Cayley had a cigar roller at their reception! So legit!!And these are the most beautiful and hearty Bloody Mary’s I’ve ever seen!Bridal Party Entrances!A funny & tearful speech from Cayley’s dad!This 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!Morgan and I stole the bride & groom for about 10 minutes during sunset for a few more portraits….Back to the party!Congrats Cayley & Eric! You are precious! And I pray God blesses your union!
Lakeside Park in Ft. Wayne does not disappoint! And neither did Ally & her sisters! These girls are just stunning, with their joyful smiles!
The 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!
Today 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!
I 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!
Alli had never been on a horse before, but she pulled it off gracefully! TNT would love to supply all of your wedding flower needs! Give them a call!We 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!
I 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.Wes 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!
I had the opportunity to second shoot Jessica & Jake’s Lake Wawasee wedding with Morgan Ruth Photography on Labor Day weekend. It was awesome to shoot at a brand new (to me) venue on a beautiful day at the lake!Morgan, doing her thing!!Congrats Jessica & Jake!
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!
(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.)
-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.)
-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.
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 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!Kelly’s choice for “wildflower” bouquets were STUNNING!!!Thanks to Nicole Morehead for second shooting with me, and getting these shots of the guys getting ready!Kelly’s First Look with her dad!Kelly & her sweet mom!Ceremony time! Union 12 has a beautiful covered patio for ceremonies. I love all of the natural light! A photographers dream!The Flower Girl & Ring bearer met their dad at the front of the aisle. I love their sweet expressions when they saw him!Keith & 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!Mr. & Mrs. Wagner!I loved this sweet moment with Kelly & her grandma!And this little lady is quite possibly the cutest flower girl in the whole world!Kelly totally nailed this “pick up” pose!!Welcome Mr. & Mrs. Wagner! Let’s party!We stepped out back for 10 minutes to shoot a few sunset portraits!