Happy Birthday Jack and Nora! {LaPorte, In Children’s Photographer}

These two cuties are my niece and nephew. They are celebrating birthdays this month so we took advantage of the beautiful fall scenery and grabbed some shots of them.
Jack has such a personality and Miss Nora is just adorable with her big cheeks!

Love the brother/sister love in the last shot!




Liz- Maternity Session {LaPorte, IN Maternity Photographer}

Liz and Tim are expecting their first baby soon and I am so excited for them! I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding 2 years ago and it is so great to see them again now with a baby on the way!

Our session was filled with lots of special treats. Liz and Tim were married at Liz’s parent’s house and since the wedding have now bought the house themselves! We were able to recreate a few of their favorite wedding images right in their own yard. It is a beautiful property and I can just picture a sweet little girl growing up here.

The baby carriage that we used in the photo was what Liz herself was pushed around in as a baby. How special!

I hope you all enjoy this preview. Check back in about 2 months for Baby Girl’s newborn pictures!



[…] “little” beauty is the brand new daughter of Tim and Liz (see their maternity post here). She surprised everyone by arriving THREE weeks early at 9 […]

Eva Jewell- {LaPorte IN Baby Photographer}

Meet Eva Jewell… Isn’t her name divine? I just love it!
Miss Eva is Greta Girl’s cousin! They share a special bond. They were born on the same day! I love that these little girl cousin’s will always have this special connection.

We were finally able to get together 7 weeks after the girls were born. We wanted some photos of Eva and then one of the two of them together. Easier said than done!!!:)Photographing a 7 week old is much different than a 1-2 week old. Add a cousin in there also and it creates a whole lot of chaos!:)

In the end we got some adorable photos. Even the outtakes are hilarious! Enjoy!


Saving the best for last…

My Greta Charlotte- Newborn Session {LaPorte, IN Newborn Photographer}

I am writing this to brag on my new little baby as much as just have this documented for my own sake years down the road.:)

On August 8th, 2013 I received the biggest shock of my life and caught a baby girl. I was really expecting to see my fourth son in my arms. After a few minutes my midwife Nancy convinced me to look at the baby and discover that she was well a SHE! I will never forget that moment and am so thankful that we chose to have her birth photographed by Michiana Birth Photographer. I will treasure those images forever!

I was blessed with a few photographer friends that came and took pictures of Greta for me. It was so great to sit back and let them do their magic. I also though finally got trigger happy and started posing her whenever I had the chance. Here are a “few” images I captured of her within her first month. She was a rock star baby and did so well for her pictures and continues to let me pose her still! Check back over the next year for updates on my little pea.:)



Greta Girl’s Vintage Nursery

Some girls dream about their wedding. Not me.  I was honestly never really into the whole fancy wedding thing. I just wanted to marry Cabana Boy. That was all I cared about. Me… I dreamed about decorating a little girl’s nursery.:)

When I was young I grew up collecting various little antiques. My parents were/are still antique dealers. I fell in love with Shirley Temple items. So when I thought about a nursery I knew I wanted to incorporate Shirley Temple somehow.

When I was given the shock of a lifetime and caught my little girl on August 8th. I immediately started envisioning her nursery.:)I wanted to put a lot of love into it so most of the items in her room are either mine from when I was little, hand made by me, from my parents or photos taken by wonderful friends.

Since a few friends (ok. Manly Jaci Forshtay):) have asked to see what her nursery looks like I thought I would show her off to all of you.:)

It is a sweet tiny little room that I enjoy being in. Miss Greta still hasn’t slept in it b/c I am spoiling her too much and letting her sleep right by me still. I just don’t want to miss a minute of her being so little.:)

So here ya go… Here is Miss Greta’s nursery!

Ashley of Ashley Thunder Events asked if she could blog about Greta’s mobile. She saw my  previews on instagram- “atonagel”. I was thrilled that she would love my little design so much that she wanted to share it!

I love this little shelf decorated in hankies from Plain and Fancy Antiques and filled with some special items. The Madame Alexander doll was mine when I was little along with the Shirley Temple memorabilia. The “G” planter is for my Greta Girl (#mygretagirl on instagram). The name plaque was made by her Auntie Megan and I picked up the antique toy clock for $3 at a sale.

The changing table was made by my dad. It will be a keepsake forever!

This picture frame is obviously an old window. It is actually one of the original windows from our new house that we are fixing up. So glad I thought to save two of the windows to use in her room! The photos in the frame are beyond priceless to me. I have some wonderful friends! Jaci Forshtay, Jeri Hoag, Leah Hoskins and Traci Shupert all took these photos. I am grateful to them for blessing me with these wonderful memories of my Greta.

This lamp and the suitcases featured below were all purchased at Plain and Fancy Antiques in La Porte, IN

I bought Greta’s crib bumper from Target.:)I wanted something ultra girly and light pink. Score!

The bench that you can just barely see was made by me in 8th grade woodshop class. I think I got an A-.:)

This photo was taken by myself using my all time favorite props.:)The doll bed is an item I have been lusting over for 2 years in my parents’ shop and the pink blanket was mine when I was little. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the rocking chair. Cabana Boy gave that to me for Christmas right before our first baby was born.;)

This pink flotaki rug was my first splurge. I have been wanting one for photography for forever! I could now justify it a little bit.:)

The footstool is an antique from my mom’s family and I had it recovered with fabric from Hobby Lobby. 

I hope you have all enjoyed seeing Miss Greta’s sweet little room.


Kathy Monesmith - October 19, 2013 - 2:14 am

It is adorable–the mobile is so neat and I love the antiques in it! She will love it!

rachel - October 20, 2013 - 2:50 am

SO adorable! :)