Aly & Ethan

Holiday World is a staple for people in this area.  I remember going there every summer during summer vacation.  I looked forward to it every year.  When I found out that Aly and Ethan both worked there and that’s how they met, it made me smile.  Aly had a MAJOR crush on Ethan for the longest time and felt so lucky when he asked her out.  She still feels the same as she did and believes Ethan is truly ONE in a million.  It didn’t take me long to see that Ethan felt the same way.  When he looked over at Aly, you could see his face light up with the love he has for her.

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They talked about marriage for a few years before Ethan finally popped the question.  And the way he did it was a complete surprise for Aly.  She described it to me “Ethan said he wanted to go to Dairy Queen for ice cream. As we were passing through Newburgh he said he wanted to go the overlook because a special boat, the Delta Queen, was passing through. As we got out and were walking along the river, he dropped to one knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’. It was so funny because I originally thought when I was asked this question I would just shout ‘Yes!’, but instead I said, ‘Is this for real? Are you serious!?’ I then, of course, said yes and we both cried and told our parents. Our parents already knew of course cause he had spoken with both sets about it. He asked my father for my hand in marriage, which I appreciate. Ethan has what I call an old soul. He is very traditional so this was important to him. He showed off my ring to my family and was so proud. I named my ring Delta Queen after the boat we were allegedly going to see.”

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Aly, as described by Ethan : Sweet, loving, intelligent, driven, nurturing, thoughtful, beautiful, honest, hardworking, funny
Ethan, as described by Aly : Hard-working, loyal, attentive, thoughtful, forgiving, gentle, witty, providing, kind, funny

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Aly let me know that she really wanted pictures with their dogs because they are such an important part of their lives and their babies. I always love to be able to incorporate pets into sessions because I know how significant animals can be.
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Why Photography Means So Much Indiana Wedding Photographer

I remember constantly hearing “life goes by quickly” and “you grow up so fast” a lot as a child. It wasn’t until I started growing up too fast that I realized how true it is. I’m a firm believer that life is precious, valuable and far too short, so I try to squeeze every bit of joy and happiness out of it and take advantage of that.

I jumped in head first into photography about 6 years ago. And I would stay up late into the night reading and learning everything that I could. (Although having a little baby at the time, I was already getting up throughout the night!) I was taking notes and practicing all day long. I wanted to be able to have beautiful images of my family and son.

Once I started doing it, I realized how much passion I had for photography. It makes my heart sing and fills my souls with so much joy. I absolutely loved connecting with other people and telling a part of their story.

I love how unique and different we all are but at the same time how connected and relatable, we can be. I love hearing the stories of other people. Photography is about being a visual storyteller. I’m not the best with the words but I do a bang up job at photography. So I utilize my skill to convey your story through beautiful images. 

When I read my brides write about a favorite image of them with a parent/grandparent/sibling/friend that I took, it brings me so much joy. Especially when a person they love passes away or they don’t get to see them often. It makes me happy that I am able to give them the gift of a beautiful photo of that moment in their life. My own father passed away this last fall and I’m so sad that I didn’t get many photographs of my children with him.  Luckily, I still have many photographs of us together.

Photographs freeze moments in time and allow you to look at them for years to come. Photographs bring feelings of nostalgia. I look back through old photos, I’m filled with the good memories from my childhood. I’m so grateful that I have photos that bring back those feelings and memories. They’re the story we leave behind for our future generations. Photographs don’t just capture the moment. They connect us to the moment.

 

 

Wedding days can be very stressful…if you let it. Preparing ahead of time can lead to picture perfect moments. Here are some tips for brides to help create beautiful images for your special day.

Expect the Unexpected

You can’t control everything. As much as it would be great if everything turns out exactly as we envision, don’t stress when someone unexpected happens.  If it starts raining, enjoy it.  If you forgot something, don’t worry about it (unless it’s the marriage certificate! Gotta have that!). The main thing is to go with the flow and keep an open mind. When you allow these things to bother you, it can ruin your whole day and leave bad memories. None of those things are as important as enjoying time with your friends, family, and marrying the person that you love.

Build in Buffer Time

Timelines are great and provide a wonderful outline on how the day should go.  Always build in “buffer” time, especially around the hair and makeup time and the family portraits. Expect that you will be running behind and all ready have that extra cushion of time so you won’t stress out or end up not finishing what you need.

Time to Get Ready

When getting ready, decide what kind of vibe you prefer. Whether you want to hang out alone or with a couple close friends or with a room full of all your girlfriends. Figure out what makes you most comfortable. Also make sure that you gather all your little details (rings, shoes, dress, bouquets, invites, etc.) together and have them ready for your photographer. This saves us time and allows us to capture better images.  Also make sure to put all your bags and such in a dedicated corner of the room, out of the view of the camera. It helps clean up the background of your images. And grab some silk robes for all the ladies.  It creates a cohesive look and you don’t have to worry about what you are wearing underneath looks like.

First Look

I always recommend first looks. The first look happens before the wedding and the bride, groom, and me sneak off to another area. And I get to capture this wonderful moment when they see each other all dolled up and ready for the day. There’s an exciting and overwhelmingly loving, private moment I get to be a part of. I also do some bride/ groom portraits while we are together. If you don’t do a first look, then the portrait time after the ceremony is extended so we can do the bride and groom portraits then.

Formals Can Be Boring

Formals aren’t the most fun but they are definitely the images that mom and dad and grandparents love. So it’s worth it to do them. Make sure everyone is ready to go after the ceremony and they don’t sneak off to the reception area. Tracking down grandpa and making him come back wastes time and wastes his energy!

Best Time for Gorgeous Shots

The golden hour is something photographer’a love! It occurs early in the morning and also an hour  before the sun sets. This light is gorgeous and flattering.  Make sure to take advantage of this time. Let your photographer steal you from your reception for 15-20 minutes to get gorgeous images!

Party Time

Once the reception starts, you’ll generally only need me there for a couple hours. To cover the cake cutting, dances, and other events and to peruse around the dance floor a bit. There are only so many dance photos you can take, especially when people have started drinking! 😉

Some extra tips

Make sure someone knows how to tie ties and attach a boutinierre. 

Practice bustling your dress before your wedding day. You don’t want to be spending 15-30 minutes stressing out because you can’t bustle your dress. 

When you do your first kiss…make it last. Let it linger for a few seconds.

Most importantly…have fun and enjoy your day!

Hey! So I wanted to do a sort of “Introduction” post. Even though I’ve been doing this for 5 years now, and even with an “About Me” section; I wanted to be open, honest, and vulnerable with you all.

Last year I turned 30. I was definitely excited about it. I’ve spent most of my 20s doubting myself and shrinking who I was so I could let others shine. This is something I’ve done since I was very young.

I’ve always been creative. I remember being a young child and I would sketch cartoons I watched. I drew a tattoo for my dad. I was constantly drawing, it made me happy to be creative. Then I compared myself and I had someone say something negative that I took to heart. It crushed me. I slowly began a negative loop in my mind. In fact, I was around 11/12 when I became depressed. I hated myself and hated everything I did. I stopped drawing. I stopped doing something that made me happy.

I was able to get through this time with another creative pursuit…poetry. I expressed my feeling and emotions on paper. I couldn’t express them any other way. Being creative truly saved my life. It brought me out a dark place. My home life was also complicated and didn’t instill any confidence in myself. Depression has been something I have fought on and off since then. And being honest with myself and asking for help are the best ways to deal with it for me.

I took time off a couple years ago because I wasn’t able to focus. I could barely stay awake during the day. Which was becoming dangerous when I was driving. I talked with my doctor and got diagnosed with hypertension and ADHD, but she also tested my thyroid. Come to find out, I had hypothyroidism. Starting medication was life changing.

Getting my mental health in check is vital for me. So with my medication, plus learning techniques to deal with stress and negative feedback loops, I’m on the road to becoming a bad ass boss babe!

I am in awe of women who own themselves with no apologies. They give me life and inspire me greatly! I want to meet them, listens to them, photograph them, and learn from them.

I’ve also given myself a new mantra that I repeat over and over. It leads to me feeling great and smiling and ready to get out there:

I am smart. I am funny. I am kind.

I am beautiful. I am amazing.

 

Back again! Deitra’s back, tell a friend!  

Hey everyone! I’ve missed you all so much and am back at it again.  There’s been lots going one over in my world. But I’m so excited to get back to my photography.  I am only going to take Senior and Wedding sessions, so if you know anyone looking, I’d appreciate you sending them my way.

I had to redo my entire website (note to self…don’t let your hosting expire and forget to back up your site!).  I’ll be adding more posts of my past sessions and weddings.

I know many photographers who follow me, have asked about my freebies.  Hang tight!  I have to re-upload them all, but I will be working on that in time as well.  As well as other fun stuff!

Until my next post, enjoy a recent shot of my sweet little ones who keep growing older no matter how hard I try to keep them little!