Families

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

fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0234The Pope family WON a portrait session with me when Krista entered a fund raiser raffle for the Troy Center School!  I’m so glad our mutual love for the Troy Center brought us together for a family session on their beautiful property in Columbia City!  fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0235fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0236fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0237fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0238fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0239The kitty really wanted to join in on a few photos!  😉 fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0240fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0241fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0242fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0243This pond is pretty special to the family, as Krista’s dad gifted the land to them shortly before he passed away last year.  Now it holds so much sentimental value to them!  I’m so glad we could take their family photos in such a significant spot!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0244fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0245fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0246fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0247The jacket Krista is wearing belonged to her dad.fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0248fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0249fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0250fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0251Also!  If you’re looking for a lab puppy for Christmas this year, these beautiful pups are having a litter very soon!  And they’ll be ready to join your family for Christmas Eve!fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0252fort wayne indiana wedding photographer promenade park_0253

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

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!

New Studio Space! . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Columbia City IN Family Photographer

We have a bonus room in our home that has served many purposes over the last 6 years that we’ve lived here.  But this was always a dream of mine.  And my husband and I finally made it happen!

Of course to christen the space I photographed my 2 favorite tiny dancers!  (If you don’t already know these faces, these are my girls Mali Lu (5 years old) and Ivy Lane (2 years old).

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This space will serve well for Newborn Sessions & Mini Sessions, like the upcoming “Mommy & Me” mini’s on April 27th & 28th.

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Payne Family . Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer, Columbia City IN Family Photographer

While back in my hometown of Sarasota Florida last month I did an extended family session for my Aunt & Uncle and all of their kids and grandkids.  (I’m a tad partial to these folks!  I love them and miss them so much!!)

An Extended Family session is 2 hours long which allows plenty of time for multiple poses of every combination!

Combinations I typically take: the BIG family, individual families, kids, individual kids, couples, Grandma & Grandpa with the grandkids, adult siblings & spouses, and any other cute moments that happen naturally! fort wayne family photographer_0020fort wayne family photographer_0021fort wayne family photographer_0022fort wayne family photographer_0023fort wayne family photographer_0024fort wayne family photographer_0025fort wayne family photographer_0026fort wayne family photographer_0027fort wayne family photographer_0028fort wayne family photographer_0029fort wayne family photographer_0030fort wayne family photographer_0031fort wayne family photographer_0032fort wayne family photographer_0033fort wayne family photographer_0034fort wayne family photographer_0035