Ogden Gardens

My Sister from Equador | Veronica & Juan | Ogden Gardens Couples Session

We all have THOSE friends - you know - those amazing, comfortable, wonderful, caring friends that you wish you could see and talk to every single day, but can't.  And not only can you not see and talk everyday due to life and love and work and other circumstances, but you literally only get to see each other every 5 years or so.  BUT once you are together again, NOTHING has changed.  Memories come pouring back, laughs, smiles and fun just seem to happen without even trying, and you don't skip a beat learning how to be friends.  Because you don't have to learn - it's already there. 

Veronica was an exchange student from Ecuador my senior year in high school.  So only one year.  I don't even know why we started hanging out or how but I guess when you have a lot in common and have the same values (and same sarcastic personality), it's easy to become friends.  But it wasn't only me that loved this girl - everyone loved Veronica.  She's one of those infectious people - she smiles, she laughs, she's definitely hilarious and she's so laid back.  Teachers loved her and the students at my school embraced her.  I was so lucky to have been one her best friends during her tenure here and get to know her.  I always said she was the Ecuadorian version of myself.  (: 

I was so sad to see her leave the summer after our senior year, but knew that we had forged a friendship that would last a lifetime.  We keep in touch somewhat through Facebook, but as with all distant friends, even with this technology, it's hard.  Time is sparse and while I'd love to talk to all of my friends on a weekly basis, it's impossible.  Since then, she has been back to my hometown a few times.  Once during our college years, another about 6 years ago, and most recently, a few weeks ago.  I was SO EXCITED when she messaged me to tell me she was visiting and we didn't hesitate to travel up for the weekend to see her.  She got to meet my family and my 3 crazy kiddos.  And I got to meet her love, Juan.  (: 

And there we were hanging out and joking again - like the 17 years from high school had never passed.  We try to get each other gifts every time we see each other.  One of my gifts to her was a photo session for Juan and her.  It was so much fun and they were beautiful models.  They did such a good job at "keeping it real." 

I can't wait for Juan and Veronica to visit again!  And SOMEDAY I promise, Veronica, I will make it to Ecuador!  Let my babies grow up a little bit.  (: 

Excuse the overshare, I LOVED this session too much to hold back:

Thanks to Veronica and Juan for letting me take them on a photo adventure.  'Til next time....

Love you Veronica!!! 




Girls just want to have fun! | The Luchon Family | Ogden Gardens

So I have to apologize to Eric (dad) for the blog title - the session wasn't ALL girls since he was included.  But lets face it - they were the stars of the show!  My last blog post featured the Hrivnak family and I knew Dustin from working at a grocery store in Valpo back in my early college days.  Oddly enough, I met Eric at the same place!  I cashiered there and he was a bagger.  Thankfully we have all moved on to bigger and better things but we are thankful for the friendships that were forged.  You know you have good friends when you keep in touch even after 15+ years. 

Eric and his beautiful wife, Samantha, have three darling girls.  I loved getting to spend some time with them while sneaking in some family pictures. 

And I LOVED the girls' outfits, especially the boots!

Back to my title: Girls just want to have fun!!  See below (:

We let the girls loose for a few moments while I snuck some shots in of mom and dad, the foundation of this beautiful family.  I admire the Luchon's laid back nature and their strong faith.  The girls are so blessed to have such loving and fun parents. 

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.