Ice Cream Month Session

It is July which means it is National Ice Cream Month! And to celebrate, I collaborated with The Chocolate Moose and some amazing Bloomington High School North students! What is your favorite flavor?

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Top 5 things to do in Bloomington this summer

Bloomington has so much to offer, especially in the summer. It may not seem like there is a lot happening with all the students gone, but it’s still a lively community. I wanted to share the top 5 of my favorite things to do in Bloomington during the summer.

Farmer’s Market

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Going to the Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things to do. It combines me being in the sun and warmth with my love of food and support for local businesses. Plus, so many things to photograph! There is an eclectic array of people and food items. Not only can you get your produce and sometimes meat there, but you can also get flowers, and even shop some local bakeries and coffee shops. 

Lake Monroe

Not only is this something that I think you should do on the water, but also the area surrounding Lake Monroe is perfect to explore. Go hiking on a trail or even set up a tent and camp. Maybe rent a boat or a kayak and explore the water. You could even go fishing.

Bike around town

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Now with Pace bikes scattered around town, it is so easy to be able to use a bike just to get around and explore. Go on the B-Line and see what you haven’t explored yet.

Do a photo tour

This just simply means find some awesome backdrops throughout Bloomington. It’s crazy the little nooks and crannies you can find in and right out of town. Maybe you could even document it and write a blog post.

Have a picnic at Oliver Winery

I may be a little biased towards Oliver Winery because I have done some sessions there, but honestly a park or any place with some grass would be a great location for a picnic (find some shade under a tree though so you don’t melt). Get a few of your favorite bites together (you could even pick something up at a local store like Bloomingfoods) and head out for a nice day in the park.

Bloomington just has so much more to offer that I could go into. I chose these five because they have all of my favorite things combined into them. You can get creative or even check out visitbloomington.com for more ideas.

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.

One place, how I do different angles with the same pose and area

During photo sessions, I may ask you to stay in one place for a while. I have had the concern expressed to me how this makes clients believe that they won’t get a lot of photographs from their session. The main reason why I do this is for variety. I want to make sure I get the BEST possible photograph with that specific location as well as get more options.

When I go through the photographs to “weed out” some, I look for which photographs are most flattering (i.e. no blinking, hair caught in the wind, etc.). Having multiple angles and poses in one location helps with this. I want to share with you an example of what I have done with Lauren, my wonderful model and cousin with one location.

1. I started finding a location that I could move around (this yellow wall). It had no barriers, it was pretty open and it was unique.

2. I placed her right in the middle of the wall.

 
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3. I moved around and had my camera go all sorts of directions to get some good shots. I also had her move around based off what I was seeing on the back of my camera. I also looked for what might end up being in the background based off of where I was standing.

 
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4. Here are all the photos I got based off this one yellow wall. 

 
 

5. Around this yellow wall were multiple other places I used for the session. You can see how I used each spot differently by looking through these photographs.

 
 

Don’t assume just because I am using a small amount of locations that you won’t get a lot of photographs. All of these photos I took were in one block of each other. We just went around a courthouse and found these buildings all around. So don’t get discouraged when I am only taking you a short distance during your session.

Things I love about my dad

Do you ever have a time where you just look at your dad and realize that he is just really awesome? I know I do all the time. Sure I may be a little biased, but I really do believe that I got very lucky with mine. He has taught me so many things and really raised me to be a strong person. So in celebration of father’s day, I wanted to tell you all the things I love about my dad.

1: He taught me to “never need a man”.

He taught me how to build, he taught me how to take care of myself, how to fix problems. I still like to rely on him sometimes, but he never has to worry about me.

From the time I could really hold up a screwdriver without causing harm, I was building something. He showed me how to put things together, how to make something from scratch and how to do a really big project. There are some really lovely pictures of me helping build our back porch. I have a pick in my hand as I am violently swinging at the ground to dig up the dirt. My faces would have given you a good laugh.

2: He survived three daughters.

I technically qualify as his “son” since I was the one he taught all the boy things you teach your sons, but my sisters and I gave him run for his money. We were not the easiest of children to say the least, but he had good practice being the youngest boy of six kids, four being girls.

Sometimes I still wonder how he made it through all of us growing up, because I am sure we could have done a lot of damage to him. I know we mentally exhausted him all the time and created a lot of problems. But he did it. He survived.

3: He loves food just as much as me.

We can always bounce recipes off one another and he even taught me to not be afraid of the grill. He was actually the one to tell me to always try the food before I say I don’t like it. He was the one who introduced me to the world of amazing food. He really loves when I come home so he can show what he has made recently.

4: His dad jokes are on point.

Sure they are totally embarrassing, but he has stepped his game up in the last few years. And I am pretty sure some of them have rubbed off on me.

5: He always puts his kids first, but he isn’t afraid to give us a good dose of reality.

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This one always hurt growing up because he would end up being “the bad cop” of the two parents, but now looking back, we really needed his kick in the ass. His mentality was “you got yourself into this mess, you now have to get yourself out of it.” I would moan and complain when I was growing up, but it was probably the best thing he ever did for my sisters and I.

6: He is always there for business advice.

He worked as a small business loan officer for 15 years and has been the CFO of a small business for 4 years so anytime I need assistance or advice with what to do with my business he is there to give it to me. It’s very helpful when I feel like I am failing and he can just look at me and say “this is a very common thing for small business owners. Keep your head up.”



My dad taught me A LOT growing up and I am so thankful that he is my dad. So Happy Father’s Day Dad! You deserve everything in the world and am happy I get to be your daughter.

If you would like some great Father’s Day gift ideas, check out my free guide here!