My sisters and the things I love about them

About 23 years ago, two little rascals entered my world, destroying my hopes as an only child. I was the center of attention until they, Savannah & Paige, came along. Sure, I thought they were cute, but I didn’t fully understand the concept of them coming home with Mom and us having to keep them. That was 23 years ago, and now I love my sisters more than ever.

Paige, Savannah, and I never really got along growing up. We fought like cats and dogs all the time. Still, to this day, I wonder how our parents survived us. We were, as they called us, heathens. If it wasn’t them against me, I would end up picking one of them to come to my side. Constantly bickering, physical altercations, and pranks.

There are a few times in particular that I remember and will share with you today. Like most kids, boxes became the perfect play toy and let the imagination wander. We were no different. Mom and Dad just got a massive piece for our television and it came in a just as massive box. It was AWESOME. I used that as my hair salon for the twins. If you can guess what happened next, I was in danger and grounded for a long time.

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Later down the road, my sisters had a friend over. I am not sure what lead to this, but all of a sudden I was challenged. “I bet you can’t fit in this tub!” someone yelled at me about the plastic storage bin. I was stupid enough to say, “I can too!” and climbed right in. As soon as I laid all the way down, the lid snaps on. They continue to carry me in this bin when I hear, “Let’s throw her down the stairs,” so I screamed bloody murder. Luckily, no one was harmed.

These are special memories in my heart that I hold dear. Mainly because I love telling their current friends. But, I love them because it shows where we came from. Now I want to share all the reasons why I love them so dearly today.

Reason 1:

They are my go-tos when it comes to anything fashion related. I had a terrible sense of style and still just like my plain basic staples. One of my favorite things is when they go through their closets wanting to get rid of things. It’s almost like my birthday all over again, but with the things I don’t really have to worry about is in style or not.

Reason 2:

I have some of the best friends. I can call when I need someone to talk to. I always have an ear to listen to me. I am always one to them.

Reason 3:

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They will always be honest with me. I know that friends are supposed to be honest, but sisters are ones who won’t be afraid to tell you how it is. Especially mine. They aren’t afraid to hurt my feelings or tell me if I am being mean or in the wrong.

Reason 4:

I have two future party planners. Whenever the day comes that I will be wed, my sisters are going to be right by my side and helping me plan the whole thing. Like I mentioned earlier, they are very honest. But they also see things from all points of view. Which is going to be super helpful when I get “shiny object syndrome.”

Reason 5:

They are my sisters. It’s crazy how when we go out, people mistake us for triplets or even that I am twins with one of them. When we are having conversations, it’s like we almost don’t have to say every single word or sentence and we understand each other. We vibe off each other very well. We are all protective of one another. I can’t help but be so proud to be one of their sisters.

Even though they may have stolen my spotlight, I am so happy I get to call these girls MY sisters. They are everything I could have asked for in a sister and they always amaze me every day with their determination and strong will. These ladies are going places. Savannah & Paige, I love you both and thank you for being the best sisters I could ask for.

Elliana's Newborn Session

I am going to be going back to showing sneak peeks from sessions. I don’t showcase my work on my blog very often and I think that I need to get back into doing that. So without further ado…

Elliana is the newest member of the Vaughn household as she was born on the 3rd of October. I have never done a newborn session before and I felt very honored that Nicole asked if I would do them for her. I have been photographing her and her family for a few years now.

A few things I learned about Elli during this newborn session is that she wears her emotions on her face. If she is happy, upset or mad, she will tell you and you don’t have to guess how she feels. She has already learned how to mean mug and it’s the most adorable thing I have seen. There were a few times she wanted to stand her ground and not have her photo taken, but with a little creativity, we made it work. (Thanks, Eric, for being a prop!) Now let me get to showing her off. Welcome to the world Elliana. I can’t wait to get to know you over the years.

Also, this was my VERY first newborn session (and I don’t have children of my own). So, I may not really have known how to put Elli in a swaddle correctly or how to calm a baby to get the photos I was looking for, but this was a totally awesome experience. I learned a lot just in that small time frame. So thank you Nicole for trusting me with this precious moment. I really appreciate it.

Session ideas with a focus on family fun

There are so many ways to have family photos. I wanted to make a quick list for you on some great ideas for a focus on family fun during your session.

1. Bowling
2. Game night
3. Camp out/camp in
4. Baking
5. DIY Pizza night, Taco bar
6. Actually, any cooking
7.  Volunteer
8. Reading
9. Watching a sports game – on tv, in person, local sports
10. Jigsaw puzzles
11. Blanket Forts
12. Turn cardboard boxes into ANYTHING
13. Coloring
14. Playing together outside
15. Picnics

Tips of what to wear: Family Edition

Family photos can get a little complicated when it comes to clothing choices. Trendy in Indy and I are here to help make them a little less complicated for you! 

As a photographer, this is one of the most questions I get asked. It can really be intimidating and sometimes confusing when you are planning for more than two people. Here are some of my favorite tips all in one place. 

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1. Look into your home decor. 

These photos are going to be most likely hanging in your house. Picking out colors that go with your home will help. Make sure that your clothes will blend in with your home decor. 

2. Coordinate, don't match. 

By selecting a color scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colors and then add softer tones to accent and complete your color scheme.

3. Wear something comfortable. 

Family sessions can have a lot of movement (especially with little ones). Wear something that you can move in easily. 

4. Lay out each family members outfits together so you can see how they look next to each other. 

This can give you a good idea of what they look like together. This can help you also see if there is something that is not quite right. 

5. Last, but not least, make sure the outfits are timeless. 

If all else fails, when you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits think about staying classic. You’ll want your photos to be timeless. Styles come and go but, your photos are forever.

Family Fun Times

February is National Family Fun Month. I know I used to LOVE having fun with my family. From going mini golfing to just watching a movie. With it still being a little chilly (or rainy/snowy), it can be harder to come up with some ideas. 

Some of my favorites include:  

1. Board Games

2. Cooking or baking (February is also National Bake Month)  

3. Arts & Crafts  

4. Movie Night  

5. Cards

With that, I decided to share a few photos of a family playing the board game "Sorry!" 

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