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Nothing makes me happier than being able to continue to photograph our longtime clients back in Indianapolis even after our move to Maryland. I really do plan to make this happen often – I told Brandon that my goal is to be able to make it back 2-3 times per year for these photo sessions, because they mean so much to me.

I’ve been so focused the past few weeks in returning client galleries, that I’ve been slacking in my blog posts. So, starting things off is a favorite family of ours. Hard to believe we’ve been shooting this crew for nearly 8 years now – let’s keep it going, friends! Especially if we end the session with ice cream, amiright?! 😉

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Just wanted to do a quick follow-up on my last blog post. Oscar had a very good first day of Kindergarten. He even rode the bus home – that’s a huuuuuge win.:)He stepped off the bus with a smile on his face, and almost immediately said, “I should have rode the bus this morning.” Haha! The next morning, he only hesitated for a second before going on the bus. And this morning, he gave me a hug and got right on the bus – he’s getting braver every day.

As far as I can tell, he’s having a good time at school. I get a lot of “I don’t know” responses when I ask questions, but I think that’s pretty par for the course. He did say that he doesn’t talk to many of the other kids yet, so each day I challenge him to talk to just one kid in his class. Hoping he can make fast friends – that will put this mama’s heart at ease a bit knowing he has buddies that make him smile. He has such a good smile. And a goofy one, too. 😉




  • Lori smithSeptember 7, 2017 - 11:07 am

    So glad he’s getting braver each day!!ReplyCancel

We met the teacher last week, saw the classroom, and found his cubby – and you could just see him taking it all in. He was excited and nervous. He was quiet and shy. I knew going into this time of our lives, it would be a bit overwhelming for him. But overall, he has done sooooo so well with all the transitions over the past few months. He’s ready for this.

Today, he starts his Kindergarten adventure. It’s the first time he’ll be in a classroom environment (he didn’t do preschool), and the first time being away from family (we were lucky enough back in Indy to have family nearby when we needed sitters). You can tell he’s feeling all the emotions – just like I am. Last week, he was counting down the days to start school. Yesterday, he said that he didn’t need me to be there for him when he got off the bus, and that he could do it himself. Then, this morning, he said he didn’t want to leave home and didn’t want to meet new kids. Aaaand he didn’t get on the bus this morning because he was scared. It’s hard to say he’s ready for this.

So, we loaded up the van and followed the bus to school. There were kids, parents, and teachers flowing into the school. We walked in the double-doors and found his teacher. He sat in line quietly, he listened to his teacher, and he followed directions. He walked in line with his classmates, down the hall to the classroom. He’s ready for this.

As I sit here, I’m hopeful he’ll have a great day, but nervous that at any moment his heart might be sad. I find myself wondering what he’s doing about every other minute. I know it will take a little bit of time – that it will get easier and that he’ll quickly grow to love his adventures away from home. And I know, deep down, we’re ready for this.





  • Cindy PikeSeptember 5, 2017 - 2:01 pm

    Such wonderful adventures you will have Oscar. I’m sure once the first day jitters wear off…you will be ready for this! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Lori smithSeptember 5, 2017 - 4:41 pm

    You can just see the apprehension and uncertainty on his face. I’m so glad he got the first day under his belt, and tomorrow won’t be nearly as scary.ReplyCancel

July 9th. It was a perfectly sunny, summer day in Indiana. We spent the day eating, lounging by the pool, talking and laughing, watching the kiddos play water games, and then ended the day with a fireworks show. To many, July 9th is just another summer day – but to us, it’s the day our family celebrates a great woman. And this year, it was extra special. My Great Aunt Jean just celebrated 100 years of living.

Now, I know that we had only been in Maryland 5 weeks, but this is one of those family events you just can’t miss. And to make it even better, we didn’t tell Aunt Jean and surprised her! So we made a long-weekend trip back to Indy to share in such a special day. It was so great to spend time with family, and Aunt Jean came up to me multiple times throughout the day to tell me just how happy she was that we came all the way back just for her. And that right there made the 10 hour drive with 3 kids (5-yrs and under, no less) worth it.:)




  • Aunt Janet HopewellJuly 31, 2017 - 10:06 am

    Katie and Brandon, beautiful job capturing Auntie Jean’s very special day, but most of all it wouldn’t have been the same great celebration without you!❤️ReplyCancel

  • Susan & Keaney SloopAugust 2, 2017 - 9:54 pm

    Great pics of a wonderful celebration for Aunt Jean! Your kids are so cute! It is always good to have a great day with family around the pool! Susan & KeaneyReplyCancel

  • Sandi SuttonSeptember 5, 2017 - 10:18 pm

    Katie & Brandon, Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. I haven’t seen Aunt Jean in many years but so thrilled to see highlights from her 100th birthday celebration on your blog. She looks wonderful! Happy 100th Birthday, Aunt Jean!ReplyCancel

Sooooo, I was in Indy a couple of weeks ago – not many people knew. We made a surprise trip back into town for my Great Aunt’s 100th birthday party (I’ll be sure to post some pics in an upcoming blog post), and while in town I stopped by Lacey & Tyler’s house to meet Baby Jetsen, as he was just 4 weeks old. And I can’t forget to mention their sweet pup, Cora, who loved to be in on the action. It was adorable.:)

I’m so glad we had the chance to get together – it was great to catch up with this fun couple, and to be honest, it felt great to be shooting again! I MISS IT. We’ve put a bit of a hold on shooting with the move and such…and now I just need to figure out how to market myself in Maryland…meh, next week’s project. 😉