First Birthday

Johnny is ONE | Cake Smash | Indianapolis Children's Photographer

I first met the Moore family when baby John was 11 days old.  I had the honor of shooting his newborn session in their home.  One year later they came to my studio for some updated family pics and a cake smash.  Mom is a baker (like a real baker people - follow her on Instagram @moorepleasebaking) and she made the perfect little smash cake for her little man.  John was perfect - cute, smiley, and oh so polite with his cake.  Mom and Dad had to smear some frosting on him to give the cake smash effect.  Frosting or not, his session was adorable.  Happy birthday buddy!

If you are looking for a family photographer in the Indianapolis area, please contact me at kellymartinphotos@gmail.com or 765-749-4388. 

ONE | Avery | Carmel Children's Photographer

So how awesome is my job?  I get to cuddle with precious newborns, hang out with fun families, and in this case, attend first birthday parties.  I photographed the Long family last fall and baby Avery was about 6 months old.  She was a star throughout the session.  So when they contacted me to attend and photograph Avery's first birthday party with a lifestyle feel, I was so excited! 

Avery once again was a STAR - hamming it up, smiling, and devouring her cake without actually getting too crazy messy.  She is obviously the princess of the family, and rightfully so.  Thanks to Josh and Jessica for allowing me to capture these great memories. 

If you are looking for a family photographer in the Indianapolis area, please contact me at kellymartinphotos@gmail.com or 765-749-4388. 

The Anatomy of a Cake Smash | Elizabeth Turns ONE | Indianapolis Children's Photographer

I've had several first birthday sessions in the studio lately.  Like all kids, one-year-olds can be so diverse.  Some can already walk, so it's a struggle to keep them in one place and some are content just chilling in one spot.  Some are very independent and others want to cling to mom's leg.  There are also babies that are pretty oblivious to their surroundings and are happy, happy, happy.  Cake smashes always add an interesting dynamic to a session.  Here you go, little one, here is a pile of pure, messy sugar - go to town!    

Elizabeth took the route of hating her cake at first, and taking a little liking to it after realizing how yummy it was, then we had to add some goldfish to keep her happy (and in one place), and there were spurts of happiness throughout the process.  I think she felt every emotion possible - sad, scared, happy, excited, curious, confused - all for a little cake and some sweet, sweet photos.  Love it!  

Thanks to the Beyer's for choosing me as your photographer once again!!  Always a pleasure!

If you are looking for a family photographer in the Indianapolis area, please contact me at kellymartinphotos@gmail.com or 765-749-4388. 

Aria is ONE | First Birthday Tutu | Indianapolis Children's Photographer

I was excited for this session - for one I was able to catch up with a high school friend and meet her cutie little family and secondly, I love one-year-old sessions.  All ages have perks and I enjoy all of them, but one-year-olds are not yet to the age that they really understand what is going on and usually don't rebel like some older toddlers.  In conclusion, if they are fed and well-rested, they are usually happy-go-lucky. 

I'll admit that Aria was a little hesitant in the studio at first.  She needed a little comforting from mom in the beginning but after we played around and blew up a balloon, she was pretty happy. (Seriously, who doesn't love balloons??)  I loved the little smirks she'd give us.  We did end the session around her nap time, so she laid on mom for a couple shots and then laid her head down on a blanket - some of my favorite photos from the session.  It goes to show that some of the best shots are unplanned.  (: 

I'm #1!!!

I know she is sad in the next photo, but I just love the emotion....the tuck of the bottom lip...

Nothing like being in mama's arms....

The "let's go home" photo....my fav

Thanks to the Cheetham family for visiting the studio for Aria's first birthday photos!  It was a pleasure to capture this moment in time! 

Kelly Martin Photography offers custom on-location lifestyle and portrait professional photography services in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  Session types include family, newborn, maternity, children, couples, engagement, seniors, lifestyle and more!  Real. Creative. Personalized.

If you are looking for a children's photographer, please contact me at kellymartinphotos@gmail.com or 765-749-4388.

Tattoos + Graffiti + Cuteness = Perfection | Different is Good | Indianapolis Family Photographer

This is a throwback session from last August - another one that I've been itching to blog since I wasn't yet a blogger back then.  This session took some planning but I was more than happy to spend the extra time for my brother and sis-in law, Vinny and Monica, to help celebrate their daughter Mia's first birthday.  First thing they told me is that they wanted something different.  Not the normal sunset in the park session. So after some brainstorming, I knew exactly what I wanted to do - we just had to find the right locations.  The first portion of the session had to involve graffiti and we found the perfect spot. 

The second half of the session didn't pan out like we hoped (there were supposed to be fountains and mermaid outfits but bad weather and locked gates got in our way).  But we carried on and actually, got some really great shots of Mia (one of which is on my business cards).  You can't go wrong with Mia - she always has this matter-of-fact look on her face and then when you dress her up in a cute outfit and she smiles - well, freaking adorable. 

It's appropriate that I'm getting around to writing this blog now, because I will be photographing Vinny and Monica's new arrival in about a month.  And again - they want something unique and something different - something that is....them.  So stay tuned for that - planning is underway!!

On to the throwback...

Thanks to Vinny and Monica for trusting my creative endeavors and wanting to do something different - love the challenge!  I'm looking forward to photographing your family for years to come!

Kelly Martin Photography offers custom on-location lifestyle and portrait professional photography services in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  Session types include family, newborn, maternity, children, couples, engagement, seniors, lifestyle and more!  Real. Creative. Personalized.

If you are looking for a family or children's photographer, please contact me at kellymartinphotos@gmail.com or 765-749-4388.