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What makes us unique?

Our goal is to provide amazing, unique images and experiences to capture the world God has created for us and to preserve lasting memories and heirlooms for families and generations to come.  

We strive to create lasting relationships with our clients and to support our mission to serve our community through the gifting of photography services and sponsorship dollars to improve our communities and each other.  

Services and Experience

We are a full-service imaging provider having been in business since 2009 and have over 20 years of experience with capturing images. We provide value to our clients through our experiences and ability to creatively express and capture the unique personality of the people we photograph. We have extensive experience with Senior year of high school with both our children and our experience in guiding many families through this very fast and exhaustive year of their child’s life. 

When we say we are full-service we take care of everything for you. We don’t simply take images, provide them digitally, and leave it up to you to figure out what to do with them. While we can do that, we take great care to assist you with locating, creating and delivering products and creating heirlooms for your family or business.

We offer services including senior and family portraiture, business headshots, event photography, sports and teams, and business presence imaging solutions. Business presence imaging is our service line aimed at aiding businesses in updating and expanding their online and printed presence with current and high quality images that showcase their unique brands.

If you don’t see something we offer, please ask as we are open to new possibilities and services.

Our Capabilities

We continue to invest heavily in training and working with multiple professional partners to provide unique and expanded product lines to our clients. We are active in a number of professional groups aimed at expanding our knowledge and the photography industry as a whole. We believe in continual learning and are subscribers to professional photography training services, attend industry conferences to develop our skills and to evolve our product lines, and share our knowledge through education to schools and clubs.

We invest heavily in high-quality equipment and have multiple lighting solution options. Our equipment and experience allow us to to have the organizational capabilities to create many imaging solutions and photography types.   

The labs we utilize for fulfillment are available only to professional photographers and we go through an application process and business review to be afforded the opportunity to utilize these services. 

We offer archival quality print products through our suppliers and are continually looking for new and exciting product lines to enhance our business and the customer experience. Archival quality print products are designed to last hundreds of years and will provide heirlooms for generations to come. 

Please click below to contact us so we can chat about what is possible for you.

One of the biggest things I have learned when covering an event is to keep my head on a swivel and ears open to what is going on within the environment. 

I remember covering an event late last year when I heard and felt something happening behind me.  It wasn’t overly loud, but I spun around and captured a moment where two friends who hadn’t seen each other in years reconnected.  One of the event volunteers standing next to me asked, how did you know that was going on behind you?  I thought about it for a moment, but really didn’t have an answer as it is something that just I tend to pick up on when I am in the “shooting zone”.  I am sure after reading this, my wife probably wishes I would be in that zone more at home to improve my listening skills. 🙂

This weekend started out covering the wedding of Taryn and Chris as they started their new journey as husband and wife.  We started covering their wedding by taking images at a few locations around Indianapolis but had to pivot and move indoors as the rain started to fall. 

After adjusting locations and taking family images, I was going around taking candid photos and event photos around the venue.  I had just completed photos of the cake when I started to focus my efforts on a shot of the wedding rings with the city in the backdrop. 

Wedding rings with the city of Indianapolis in the background

As I was working on the shot and getting it as I envisioned, I heard someone say in the distance, “he is going to propose”.   I assumed it was someone attending the wedding who was going to propose.  I quickly snapped a few final images of the wedding rings, put the rings back, and made my way to the commotion.

There I found a young man, Michael, who was attending an event on the other side of the venue, in the hallway outside the elevator ready to propose to his girlfriend, who was going to be coming off the elevator soon.  I have found over the years a lot of enjoyment in taking engagement photos of the moment as it happens, so I offered to Micheal that I could take images if he wanted.  He said yes! 

Michael moments before his girlfriend arrived

By this time many of the wedding guests gathered near the hallway to the elevators so there was quite a crowd watching and waiting for this moment.  After a few false alarms with the wrong people getting off the elevator, Michael’s girlfriend emerged from the elevator and ducked back in quickly as she wasn’t sure what was going on with all these people around.  Shortly thereafter she turned to notice Michael and his proposal.  He had rose petals scattered along the floor, some in a heart shape, and a piece of cake with “will you marry me” in icing on the plate. 

He dropped to a knee, asked her to marry him, and we all waited in anticipation for her answer. 

She said yes!

Everyone who gathered, perfect strangers moments earlier, cheered and celebrated the start of a journey for another young couple.  

The happy couple!

Chris and Taryn’s Wedding at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis

A few weeks ago, a longtime friend called me to see I could photograph her son Chris’ wedding.  I have known Chris well over half his life through the stories his mom and I would share about our kids. 

I had sworn off doing weddings for the longest time as I was always worried about missing an important shot. I started thinking if I can get a split second shot of a basket or goal in a sporting event, I can definitely do this.  With that confidence in mind, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and took on the opportunity. 

While I love being spontaneous when taking images, I always go into sessions and shoots with a plan in mind and/or on documented.  My planning cycle for this was a little more involved as I studied and researched different locations, ideas, and shots.  Chris and his bride, Taryn’s planning cycle for the wedding was quick and experienced a few bumps as state and local requirement for gatherings continued to shift due to the pandemic.  While they focused on making adjustments, we exchanged a few text messages for ideas and I came up with my shot list and plan.  

I am a little nervous not having met the people I am going to photograph ahead of time, but in this case meeting Chris and Taryn at the canal felt natural and easy.  I arrived a little early and validated the locations where I had already planned to shoot and found a few others (there’s that spontaneity thing again).  We shot at a few locations along the canal and quickly moved to Monument Circle.  After arriving at the Circle, we got a few shots of Chris and Taryn and put together a family group shot.  Unfortunately, in the few minutes it took to finish the group image of both families, it started to rain.  We had planned to take all the family group photos and I had a few epic photos planned out for Chris and Taryn at the Circle.  Luckily my experience with having to adjust while covering other events came in handy and we made the necessary and on the fly adjustments to go to the venue to get family photos completed on time. 

Chris and Taryn above the canal in Indianapolis

After family photos I went around the venue to take candids and we encountered a surprise engagement which I cover in another post. 

One of the biggest things I love to capture is emotion.  My goal is I want someone viewing my images to feel like they are in the moment with me and the image to invoke an emotional response in the viewer.  Weddings are obviously full of emotion and opportunities to capture it, which made the day fun.

I also love to be deeply creative with an artistic approach to creating images. The wedding gave me an opportunity to be creative and try new approaches.  For example, I tried a shot to capture the wedding rings on a window sill with the backdrop of the city below. 

Wedding ring against a rainy Indianapolis downtown backdrop

The venue posed some challenges that I worked through over the course of the day.  Large windows were all around which provided great light but could also pose a challenge when the windows were in the background.  My experience in taking photos in different lighting conditions came in handy.

I also quickly discovered the impact of the DJ’s lighting on images make for some interesting colors cast on my subjects which made for some cool images.

Chris and Taryn dancing with Chris Sr. in the background

Even with the weather, it was a beautiful day for a wedding and the venue with the backdrop of the city was fantastic. As with most photo shoots, there are certainly things you think about later that you would have done differently or tried. In the end, Chris and Taryn have a lasting heirloom of their wedding day that they can share with future generations. I am glad I was there to capture it for them.

In addition to the photos above, some of my favorite photos of Chris and Taryn’s wedding day are reflected below: 

The US Navy Blue Angels have spent the last few weeks flying over hospitals all over the country to honor health care workers, essential workers and people impacted by Covid-19. Indianapolis was on the schedule a few weeks ago but was postponed due to weather. The much anticipated reschedule over Indianapolis was announced the afternoon of May 11 and scheduled to occur at 2pm the following day.

The announcement started a frenzy for where I would be trying to capture the event and would have the best chance of multiple passes. I was hoping to locate an area where I could get an interesting foreground and opportunities to catch the Blue Angels banking and changing direction.

After multiple hours of scouting locations, changing the plan numerous times, and wishing I had ten different remote cameras I could setup around the city, I settled on three locations. The flight plan passed my primary target location multiple times and a shot I really wanted to try to capture was one with the Blue Angels over the city.

One concern was parking and having to haul tons of equipment to any location not near my vehicle. Fortunately, the location I chose on top of a parking garage was open when I arrived a few hours early to scout. I didn’t scout my other two locations as I was convinced this was the place right away. After a few hours of planning, two hours of waiting on the garage to secure my spot, setting up multiple cameras, and meeting many new friends (with proper distancing), it was time to for the Blue Angels to arrive.

The Blue Angels came in to the city directly toward us and veered to our right on their first pass. As they came in, I started camera one setup on a tripod, remote trigger, and a wide angle lens facing the city. I locked the remote to start shooting continuously while they passed, which allowed me to use the other two handheld cameras setup with zoom lenses to capture tighter shots.

The Blue Angels arrive in Indianapolis, framed by the Salesforce and One America buildings from my vantage point

As they veered to our right, I grabbed the camera with the 300mm lens to try to get a tight shot. On this first pass I had to focus on framing the shot as they were closer than I expected and were filling the frame. After successfully getting a few tight images, the Blue Angels headed west of the city closer to where I had originally planned to photograph until adjusting the plan a few hours prior.

The Blue Angels heading west of Indianapolis as part of the May 12, 2020 flyover

When they headed west it was a good time to assess what I had so far and to plan any additional photos I wanted to try on the subsequent passes. As I was checking the handheld cameras, I had to laugh as I realized camera one was still plugging away continuing to take very uneventful photos of the city.

We knew the next pass would bring the Blue Angels back around to our left over Methodist Hospital before they headed up to the north side of the city. I swung camera one, which was now resting, in the direction of Methodist and got it dialed in quickly. With the flight plan taking the Blue Angels north after passing Methodist hospital, I figured this was the opportunity to get the shot I wanted to capture of them banking.

The US Navy Blue Angels headed toward Methodist Hospital
US Navy Blue Angels over Indianapolis May 12, 2020

My vantage point gave me the opportunity to watch most of the flyover as they traversed the city. Once they headed north and back around the east side of the city, it was time for their final pass. I was hoping this pass would have taken them directly overhead and the group of hospitals downtown including the VA, instead it took them back over the city. I adjusted camera one back to its original position to try different shots with the city in the foreground and worked the handheld cameras to try to capture the formation within the city landscape.

US Navy Blue Angels on their final pass of Indianapolis May 12, 2020
The US Navy Blue Angels framed between the Salesforce and One America buildings in downtown Indianapolis May 12, 2020

The pass back over the city was an opportunity to capture different images I had not planned and some that proved to be many of my favorites of the day. Eleven minutes after it started the Blue Angels had accomplished their mission, as they had earlier in the day in Detroit and Chicago, and were off to parts unknown. Most of us in the rooftop community assumed they were off to refuel themselves and their planes before heading back home to Florida.

The Blue Angels gave the city an awesome way to honor the many people who have been working hard throughout the pandemic and those impacted by Covid-19. The flyover returned a sense of community and a needed morale boost to those of us gathered to witness the flyover in person and to those who are living the moment through our images and accounts.

When it was over, I could feel the excitement and energy in our small rooftop community, which had grown to approximately 30 properly spaced vehicles. I am not certain if it is the new normal or due to the fact it was chilly, but most people left and didn’t gather afterward as I believe we normally would have prior to the pandemic.

After breaking down my equipment, I loaded a few images on my laptop. After a few minutes with my head down working, I quickly discovered I had returned back to where I was a few hours earlier, me alone on the rooftop. I know it will take a while for our sense of community to return and for us to build up to interacting more as people once we know the threat of the virus is over, but today was a great first step. Thank you to the US Navy Blue Angels for eleven minutes of excitement, electricity, and the foundation for rebuilding our community!

(Please note…. The all the images within are set to lower quality to improve loading times.)

Yesterday was a pretty eventful late afternoon and evening at Eagle Creek.  

I didn’t realize it at the time but I ended up with some of my favorite images of wood ducks or anything nature for that matter.

As I drove to the park I called my mom and dad to catch up. When I arrived at the park, we continued talking as I drove through the park to explore my normal haunts for activity and possible image opportunities. It wasn’t until I arrived home and processed images that I realized the irony that part of our talk was about wood ducks and what they eat. By the way, wood ducks are mostly vegetarian but also eat small insects, tadpoles, snails, and salamanders. While we are having this discussion and I am driving around searching for the wood ducks, I come across a pair very close to the road in one of the flooded areas. I stop, swing the camera out the window and start to shoot images from the truck as we continue to talk. I shoot for about a minute or so explaining to them what I am seeing and how at one point the male duck stopped and seemed to be posing for me. I mentioned that I thought I may have some “National Geographic” type images as a result. A few minutes later I arrive at the area I intended explore. As I parked, I told them I would text a few back of camera shots (basically a horrible photo of the camera screen shot with my iPhone) as I was pretty happy with what I thought I captured.

I had intended to be at the park a short period of time. While at the park, I learned that the park may be closing as early as today or at the latest Monday due to a lack of social distancing going on there. Upon hearing this, I decided to stay as long as there was light and it was a great decision as I ended up capturing much more than I anticipated.

Back to the title “anticipation and afternoon snack”……. After arriving at home very late I do what I normally do and head straight to my computer and start to load images. I find there is this feeling of excitement and anticipation when you think you have good images. It is very much like that feeling many of us had as kids at Christmas when you wake up and see all the presents under the tree on Christmas morning. You can’t wait to see what you unwrap. While the small screen on the back of the camera gives a good representation of what you have, it truly comes to life when you can see the images on a much larger screen or in print. After loading way too many photos to my computer, I start the review/culling process. While the images I referenced as “National Geographic” were what I hoped for, I quickly discover two iconic images that first show the “anticipation” of a wood duck as he sees a snack ahead and the image just as he is ready to capture his “afternoon snack”.

Anticipation (Note the small bug and its reflection a few inches from the duck’s bill)
Afternoon Snack (The moment milliseconds before the small bug becomes a meal)

After arriving at the area I wanted to explore, I quickly learn from a group of other photographers a Virginia Rail is roaming the reeds along the lake. I actually see it fly over to another area where it stays, out of reach to us. There is also a Green Heron in the reeds so I do my best to get a few images of it while we wait. After waiting a few minutes, patience is not my strong suit, I continue on my walk to explore other areas looking for kinglets and warblers. I discover, but unfortunately couldn’t capture due to branches being in the way and the fact they don’t sit still very long, a male Ruby Crowned Kinglet. They are tiny birds with a little splotch of red on their heads. Google them, they are pretty cool. I did end up capturing a female peeking out from behind a tree.

Female Adult Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Yellow Rumped Warbler

As I head back to the truck, I learn about the park closing and that there were other migratory birds around the park, a Bittern and a Sora. This explains the 10 or so photographers all huddled around the lake. I tried searching for them with no success.

After leaving to explore and walk other areas of the park, I arrive back to where I started and was fortunate enough to capture the Virginia Rail as it popped out of the reeds. Looking at the timestamp on the images I had 1 to 1.5 seconds to capture it once I got it framed and focused before it took off. They are extremely skittish.

Virginia Rail

After exploring a little more, I come back to walk around the lake one final time. I find the Green Heron is still hanging out in pretty much the same place he was a few hours earlier. Another photographer is shooting from an opening along the lake. It is a small opening in a very tight location along the bank where you have to navigate bent over through branches, weeds, and sticker bushes. After they leave, I decide to head in as I am getting this shot. As many of you know, I am famous for having my reading glasses on my head. I can see far away, but I can’t see the back of the camera without them. As navigate myself through the maze of foliage, I crouch down further to get into position. Just as I do one of the branches recoils, hits my glasses and promptly drops them in front of me right in the lake. I am glad at that moment some of the thoughts in my head didn’t come out of my mouth. Does anyone know a priest who is hearing confessions over Zoom? These are cheap readers, but regardless I won’t be able to see what I have shot and the backup pair is a walk back to the truck. I find the glasses and they are reachable with some serious stretching, but I am not reaching for them out of fear I will scare the Heron and not until I get this shot. So I position myself in my new blind (literally and figuratively) and capture a few images. I stretch out, grab the glasses, check the photos through the soaked glasses and head back to the truck.

Green Heron
Green Heron

After that little adventure, I hang out a little longer waiting for the Rail to reappear as another photographer saw it while I was hunched over in the weeds 75 yards away fishing for my glasses. I should have probably told them “your welcome” as the Rail probably darted their way when I was glasses fishing.

I take in the peace and quiet of one of my favorite places of solace during these crazy times. I am a little sad the park is closing but I also see where nature is doing amazing things when people are no longer in the picture. I can’t wait to see how everything looks again after things return to normal.

I still have new places on my list to explore that allow me to get out of the house while social distancing. I look forward to seeing what new photo opportunities are out there.

Everyone stay safe and healthy!!!!

November 1, 2019

Over the summer we have been working with Scott Flatt, our friend and head basketball coach at Covenant Christian High School, on a special project to transform their locker room. In addition to sprucing up the walls, we wanted something that would inspire and motivate the team, as they enter and exit the locker room.

View of old locker room space as you entered the locker room.
View of old locker room space as you exited.

Starting this summer we tested a number of different products and worked on a number of different design ideas. We landed on our final design on Tuesday. Wednesday, we ordered approximately 35 different images to use within the space. To my surprise they arrived on Thursday and we spent a few hours this morning transforming the space. Below are what it looks like now along with a few videos of the new space.

New view entering the locker room. On the green wall, every player by number in program history is listed and along with every award winner. Under each award is a photo of the most current recipient.
New view as you start to exit the locker room.
New view as you walk out toward the court.
The unveiling to the team! I think they liked it!
Video as you walk from the locker area to the court. The players touch the sign above the door. It is off center due to the door closer arm on the left hand side of the door.

As we alluded to in our recent announcement about our new website and business, it has been a very busy summer.

We have spent the majority of the summer working on getting our business in a position to better serve our customers and on a plan to transform it into everything we believe it can be.

We haven’t posted many images on social media but from a photography standpoint took a few breaks to photograph and to try new techniques.

I got very involved in my photography club, The Digital Photo Guild. If you are interested in joining us, please let me know or follow us on Facebook. Our guild spent part of the summer working on entering work in the exhibition at the Indiana State Fair, our racing themed exhibition at the Plainfield Library, planning a few fall outings, and learning from each other in our meetings. Personally, I put together a presentation on useful photography applications, which we will continue to review in greater depth in December’s meeting. We also applied what we learned in my presentation in an astrophotography outing at the end of September. We are planning another outing before the Milky Way disappears from our hemisphere at the end of October.

I was also able to take my niece on an afternoon and evening photography shoot where we went to multiple locations to take nature photos of everything from birds, snakes, dragonflies, and landscapes.

I also spent an evening shooting at the Indiana State Fair with one of my friends from the photo guild.

Now that we are relaunching, I will start to focus more of my effort back on editing and posting photos on our photo site while continuing to improve our website and business.

Thank you all for your patience as we move through this journey together.

Rick

A Leap of Faith…..

A leap of faith in 2009 started a major life transformation for me and my family. I was offered an opportunity to start a side business which would allow me to stretch myself personally and my photography skills.

Thanks to everyone who has commissioned or purchased images from us, we were blessed that our leap of faith continued to expand over the past 10 years as I balanced a full-time job along with our side business. We are blessed and extremely grateful to all of you!!

Our lives can be defined by a number of leaps of faith. Every time we listen to God and allow him to guide us through these moments, we are blessed by his favor. Recently another opportunity presented itself to allow us to take another significant leap of faith by expanding our business into a full-time venture.

What’s Next?

These past six months have been spent in prayer, deep thought, and putting everything we had collected in our heads, from conferences and webinars, on Post-It notes, notes in our phone, email drafts, scribbles, and any other way you can jot down ideas and evolving them into a business plan, a new website, and expanded business partnerships and product lines.

When the time was needed to step away from all the planning I was able to teach photography techniques, take additional training, try a few new photography techniques and implement new business practices.

What you are seeing here is only the beginning of our new venture and leap of faith.

We would love your feedback on this new venture and would love to serve your photography needs. We look forward to working with you!

Blessings, Rick

What makes us unique?

Our goal is to provide amazing, unique images and experiences to capture the world God has created for us and to preserve lasting memories and heirlooms for families and generations to come.  

We strive to create lasting relationships with our clients and to support our mission to serve our community through the gifting of photography services and sponsorship dollars to improve our communities and each other.  

Services and Experience

We are a full-service imaging provider having been in business since 2009 and have over 20 years of experience with capturing images. We provide value to our clients through our experiences and ability to creatively express and capture the unique personality of the people we photograph. We have extensive experience with Senior year of high school with both our children and our experience in guiding many families through this very fast and exhaustive year of their child’s life. 

When we say we are full-service we take care of everything for you. We don’t simply take images, provide them digitally, and leave it up to you to figure out what to do with them. While we can do that, we take great care to assist you with locating, creating and delivering products and creating heirlooms for your family or business.

We offer services including senior and family portraiture, business headshots, event photography, sports and teams, and business presence imaging solutions. Business presence imaging is our service line aimed at aiding businesses in updating and expanding their online and printed presence with current and high quality images that showcase their unique brands.

If you don’t see something we offer, please ask as we are open to new possibilities and services.

Our Capabilities

We continue to invest heavily in training and working with multiple professional partners to provide unique and expanded product lines to our clients. We are active in a number of professional groups aimed at expanding our knowledge and the photography industry as a whole. We believe in continual learning and are subscribers to professional photography training services, attend industry conferences to develop our skills and to evolve our product lines, and share our knowledge through education to schools and clubs.

We invest heavily in high-quality equipment and have multiple lighting solution options. Our equipment and experience allow us to to have the organizational capabilities to create many imaging solutions and photography types.   

The labs we utilize for fulfillment are available only to professional photographers and we go through an application process and business review to be afforded the opportunity to utilize these services. 

We offer archival quality print products through our suppliers and are continually looking for new and exciting product lines to enhance our business and the customer experience. Archival quality print products are designed to last hundreds of years and will provide heirlooms for generations to come. 

Please click below to contact us so we can chat about what is possible for you.