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!

Summer Portrait Session in Bloomington, Indiana - Lauren & Bailey

Lauren & Bailey are two people that I am so thankful to be around. Their upbeat personalities make my job so much fun and enjoyable. Any idea that I have they are all in for it. They are naturals at the portrait game and love incorporating their personalities into the photographs. Their summer collection was no different from the spring, except for that they now know what to expect from me and my ideas. The green house photos are awesome, but poor Lauren got the heat from the one of the rooms that the temperature was warmer than expected. She handled it like a champ though. Enjoy their summer session!

Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Why I absolutely love summer

Summer is my favorite time of year. It's warm out, you can open your windows (especially the car windows), go for walks, hikes, and actually enjoy the sun and air. Honestly just thinking about summer helps warm me when we are in the cold months.

It's time for the lake, the boats, the outdoor atmosphere. I love that I can feel comfortable and feel the heat on my skin. I live for the heat.

The main reason I love summer? Lighting. There is so much time in the day. Obviously, there is the same amount of time in winter, but it feels so much longer. It feels as if the days don't really end.

This really helps when it comes to sessions too. I have so much more time for sessions with the light being out as much as it is. I do have ideal times of the day I like to take photos in, not everyone can do those times or there are different moods for each session.

Summer is where you can also have really fun in your sessions. You can do lake photos, camping, picnic, etc. types of photographs. The possibilities are endless. (See my recent post on summer session ideas to get more).

Ultimately, summer is great. It's my favorite season. Plus, I get to celebrate my birthday during the summer.

Fun Summer Session Ideas

Now that summer is here, I wanted to share some of my favorite summer session ideas with you all. This list you can use for yourself, with your significant other, or with your family.

1. Lake fun! - On the boat, at the beach, camping - All of these can be lifestyle sessions
2. At the park/playground - this one works really well with almost everyone. It brings back a lot of childhood memories and the swing set is a timeless memory.
3. Planting - Yes, planting can actually be a really fun lifestyle session.
4. Grilling/Picnic
5. Washing the car
6. Sidewalk chalk
7. Hiking/Walking on the trails

If you can think of anything else, let me know in the comments below!

Jackie & Levi (& Soon to be baby girl)

I was so glad to be the photographer for Jackie & Levi because they made this so enjoyable. I absolutely loved the constant musical numbers they did while we were walking around to each part of the locations. It made it more fun and I really got to know them just because of that. Here are some of my favorite photos I am going to share with you from this session. Hope you enjoy!