Bloomington, IN Engagement Photo Session - Sam & Cam

This session was a little extra special for me because I got to photography my cousin, Samantha, and her fiancé, Camden.

I have known Samantha my whole life and I am so thankful she allowed me to photograph a very special moment for her. Sam & Cam are going to separate universities this fall and she wanted to have this special memory that she could hang up all over her room.

Their session was held in Sam’s upcoming new town of Bloomington, Indiana as we went all around Indiana University’s campus and surrounding areas. There were a few times I am pretty sure they thought I was crazy with some of the prompts I gave them, but they embraced it whole heartedly, mosquito bites and all.

Thank you both for giving me this special opportunity to photograph these memories for you!

Engagement Session for Leaina & Tyler

When his eyes met hers, you could see the undeniable love he had for her. She was his everything, so much to a point that we did these photos for her and even laid in the grass (which come to find out later, he is allergic to and broke out in hives).

Leaina is my co-worker and one of my close friends. When Tyler proposed I immediately said to her, “Can I do your photos?!” I am so happy she allowed me to capture those moments for her. Tyler was a true sport as we just went along with all of my requests. I couldn’t thank them enough for being more than willing to climb what felt like 3,000 stairs to get these photos.

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and have such a blast during your session. Even when I made sure it was safe for you to use the tree branch, but not for me and fall on my face. You both made it so fun and enjoyable.

Cute Valentine's Day ideas that won't break the bank

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Cue the stores being filled with chocolate in heart shape boxes, teddy bears with red bows and buckets and buckets of red roses. You know what I see with all of those things? Dollar signs. It seems like anytime there is a holiday associated with gifts, the prices just are right up there with the luxury items of life.

I am hoping to help you out this year. I have a few Valentine’s Day ideas that won’t break the bank or your budget.

Get a little creative

Make something. Draw it, write it, sing it, dance it. Use your creative talents to make a gift for your loved one. I honestly like these a lot more, plus you can add your personal twist to it. Some examples I have done include a picture frame with the matte border saying all the reasons why I love him and our picture in the middle, a box of letters to tell him when to open it, a coupon book filled with date ideas and nice things for each other (i.e. back rubs, doing laundry for them, bringing home dinner, etc.).

Dine in

Dinner really doesn’t have to be that fancy. I honestly just love when my boyfriend makes me food and it’s typically more top notch than some restaurants. You don’t need to be a chef to do this. You can even order one of those home delivery cooking boxes and do it together. Some other ideas is each of you make two things you absolutely love and share it with one another. You can even try to do what I do and just make something based off of what is on sale at the store that week.

Netflix and chill

This may sound crazy, but sometimes couples don’t really have time for each other everyday. We all have side projects we are working on, actual work that keeps us busy, chores around the house, friends to hang out with, children to take care of and the list goes on and on. Sometimes just something as simple as watching a movie or a tv show together can be a nice change. Just grab a popcorn and relax.

Play a game together

Whether it’s a deck of cards, a board game, or an interactive game, doing something together can be so much fun and can bring a lot of laughter. If you want to get more intimate, play 20 questions. When was the last time you did that? Whether you’re a new couple or have been together for as long as you can remember, you can ALWAYS continue to learn about someone. It can be fun and silly questions like “Do you believe that pineapples belong on pizza?” to the more serious and thought provoking questions like “When was the first moment you knew that you loved me?”

Share things you love with your love

I love taking photographs, trying and making new food, dancing, and traveling. I could take my boyfriend to a photography, cooking or dancing class, plan a trip with him, or even try a new place in town together. If I didn’t want to pay the money to take these classes I could watch some tutorials on YouTube. Maybe I could even teach him how to take photographs. This can be for both parties. Find something you love to do and share it with your significant other.

Write letters

This one is probably my favorite. Have you ever had some perfect speech written out in your head and as soon as you need to say it all of that content goes away and your mind is blank? Writing your thoughts down is the perfect way to say everything you want to say. So try it in a letter format and share it with them. Tell them how much you love them, what you love about them, compliment them, and share yourself with them. Even though it’s simple, it’s thoughtful.

Be present

Today’s world has been overtaken with technology and addiction to it is on the rise. I can’t tell you how many times I go somewhere and see a couple together not talking to each other but just scrolling on their phones. It’s really sad to me. So this one is to just put your phone away and BE PRESENT. Talk to the human being you are with. They are in person and not behind a screen. Have a conversation. I have actually started to make that more of a rule when my boyfriend and I are out. The only time we will bring our phones even out is to show each other something that we saw or to look something up if we need to find an answer to something real fast. Try this. You will be surprised what you can talk about.

Sure, maybe I didn’t exactly do all cute ones, but they are ideas that are unique. They aren’t the typical date ideas and they sure aren’t expensive. If you even take away one of these ideas I would be thrilled. Tell me below in the comments which one is your favorite and if you plan on trying any? Which ones? Feel free to even tell me ones that you have thought of. I am always looking for ideas for myself.