A year ago, some of you may remember that I went with a group from my church (itown church) to the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. I think, like any good adventure, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myslef into in signing up for this. Throughout this week last year, we worked alongside the Dream Center to go into communities they have been present in over the last two decades. Our job was to simply serve, have meaningful conversations and connections, and continue to foster the relationships they have built with these communities. Some days, it looked like going to the Veterans Hospital and throwing a carnival for those who have served out country. Or maybe it looked like walking down Skid Row, passing out toiletries and inviting people to catch a weekly ride to church at the Dream Center, offering to pray with them and simply share love and hope with them as we went. One day, we went into a housing area called the Jordan Projects, where we invited families to an antique car show at the Dream Center, and then played kickball in the park with the children we came across. I was so […]
Recently, I found myself thinking back on different seasons of relational pain. Family members, friends, coworkers, guys…the whole spectrum. There’s an extent of inevitable confusion that living side by side with other humans can sometimes bring. The pain, the disappointment… and in certain relationships that perhaps had a sour ending, choices have been made, and there have been times where I’ve felt cheated and betrayed. I’ve beenmad at people — and I mean maaaad. I don’t find myself to be a distrustful person, but like anyone, you expect that there are certain things invested into a friendship (time, confidence, laughter, tears…) that would make someone appreciate that bond the way you do. I have wanted the worst for people who seemingly didn’t meet my expectations of what it means to “value my friendship”. I have wanted God to “catch” them and put them in their place. I’ve wanted people to be humiliated in the same way that my trust in them was. My bitterness had to eventually come to terms with the fact that that’s not the Jesus I serve. You see – he has this way of exposing the nastiness in our own hearts when nasty things happen to us. And […]
I met Alec early this Summer on a trip our church took to the LA Dream Center. He’s got the most genuine spirit of anyone you could meet and a humility about him that makes him easy to be around. We spent some time at the Indianapolis Art Center and got some shots of him with a mural he collaborated on (insane, right?). Being the artist that he is, he even had a good grasp of how he wanted this senior session to go. I had such a great time getting to shoot him & I love what we came up with.
THIS GIRL. She’s so lovely and has this gentle spirit that you can’t help but feel comfortable around. I love the sweetness that she brings with her and she has a really cool idea of where she’d like to go after high school. Can’t wait to watch her dreams unfold.
Being a photographer, you have this unique role of making sure your clients are comfortable in front of the camera – an intimidating place to be for some. Meeting Michael and Lindsey, I immediately knew that my job was going to be quite easy; they are already so comfortable with each other, and it just overflowed through the lens. I was thrilled we were able to make this session happen. While we are all three from the same town, they just recently moved to Baltimore, MD, and we weren’t sure if we’d be able to get an engagement session in! Thankfully, they planned a quick trip into Indy and we squeezed in a super fun evening in Broadripple. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding in 2017!
It was truly an honor to get to share in this event with Micah and Susan. They have been a part of my life for the greater part of the past decade, influencing my life greatly as individuals and as a couple. Together, they vulnerably and boldly faced the battle of infertility over the past few years, and finally they get to announce that they are pregnant with their sweet baby boy. So many people celebrating this life, and I was honored to get to do so in this way.
I was so excited to check my inbox one day and see an inquiry from miss Monika. The first time I met her was actually in my living room as a pitstop on a road trip back to Cincinnati. Matt was my brother’s roommate during their freshman year at Cincinnati Christian University, and the two of them + Monika and a few other friends stopped by to say hello on their jaunt back to school. Let me tell you – Matt and Monika are simply the sweetest! The two of them drove into Indy all the way from Ohio simply for this engagement shoot, and they filled the entire session with laughter and love. We gallivanted around the circle monument, and then landed over in Holliday park to finish our time together.