Thursday, April 30, 2015

book #11 I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

book #11 was not on my original book list for 2015. since i'm apart of two different book clubs, i knew that there might be a few books that would get added to my list :) book #11 of 2015 is I Am Malala; The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. 

malala tells the story of her early childhood, growing up in pakistan. she went to school with other girls. she listened to her father talk politics with other men. she watched TV. she played with her brothers in the alley behind their home. she fought over silly things with her best friend. she had a normal childhood. that is until a group preyed on the fears of the people. and even the government couldn't stop them.

malala, a young girl, was targeted by that taliban because she wanted to go school. she wanted other girls in her community to be able to go to school with her. she wanted to read books. she wanted to become a doctor...then later a politician. she had dreams that she wanted to fulfill. and she was vocal about it. she did news interviews and told the world about what was happening in pakistan. the taliban tried to kill those dreams....quite literally. but, they didn't succeed.

malala fought back and the story of her bravery is inspiring! she's a great role model for anyone. sometimes you must stand up for what you believe in, even if its not always easy. 

if you know anyone, especially a teenage girl, this story would be a great read for them. It was inspiring to read as an adult. it was a quick read. check it out friends. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What should you bring to your photo session?

Often times I'm asked, "what should I bring to my photo session?" 

Well, you don't NEED to bring anything with you. But, many times, if you do bring something along, it makes your photos more personalized and more meaningful. Here are a few ideas that my clients have brought along.

Toys that have meaning....
It's always great to capture something that's special to your child. One of my favorite photos of me growing up is of my playing with my koala stuffed animal. I still have that stuffed animal somewhere! 

 Cool shades....
Anything that gets your family to loosen up a bit!

Little girls with flowers always make people go, "aw!"

Bikes an wagons always make for a great photo!

If you're graduating high school and have played an instrument, you might want to remember that time. There is a strong likelihood that you will never pick up that instrument again!

Books are a great way for families with small children to hang out. Kids can sometimes be pretty nervous when I show up with a camera. They also are notorious for not posing for photos. This takes the pressure off and kids can relax and hang out with their family. A great picture doesn't have to have everyone looking and smiling at the camera. 

Special Items For Baby....
When you are pregnant sometimes you get special little little shoes. AND most people get an ultra sound photo. Those are great to use in a maternity shoot!

Balloons can have special meaning. Balloons can add a pop of color to your session. Kids love balloons. You can't go wrong with balloons!

Or clown noses, or bubbles, or kazoos, or lollipops, or fairy wings, or anything fun! Anything that gets your family and kids to loosen up and really have a good time!

So, the point is.....bring something meaningful or something that is going to make you have a good time. Your photos will end up so much better than just the traditional posed photo!!! And no idea is too crazy!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

book #10 brown girl dreaming

book #10 has been crossed off the list. yesterday i finished up brown girl dreaming. 

in brown girl dreaming,  jacqueline woodson, tells her own story about growing up. the book feels more like a book of poems that tell her story rather than a chapter book. this book was such an easy read. i loved it reading about jacqueline's time with her grandparents down south. the time she spent barefoot in the garden with her grandfather. the time she spent traveling with her grandmother as a jehovah witness. 

right before jacqueline was ready to start school, she and her brother and sister joined their mother and baby brother in NYC. jacqueline had to learn about an entirely different world. a world where she could no longer run outdoors and play until dark. one where she had to wear shoes all the time.

i loved this book. i hope you do too!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Indianapolis Family Photographer: Spring Specials...Mommy and Me and Spring Mini Sessions

Hey faithful readers! I just wanted to let you know about a couple of different specials going with Purple Peaches Photography. 

Spring Mini Sessions
Schedule a mini session in April for $60. This is a 30 minute session. You will receive 5+ images from the session, edited by myself on a disk with full printing rights. These sessions are geared couples, families and children. These mini sessions are only offered a few times a year and are a deep discount from a regularly priced photo session.

Mommy and Me Mini Session
Come one moms....get out from behind the camera and get in those photos with your children. A Mommy and Me mini session can be a great way to capture your special and unique relationship with your children. For $50 you get a 20 minute session, 5+ images on a disk that have been edited by me and full printing rights to the photos. These sessions are for mom's and their children. 

Contact me today at to schedule your mini session!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mommy and Me Giveaway!

Guys, my photography season is about to kick off! I mean, I photograph all year long, don't get me wrong. BUT, most of my sessions occur between April and Nov. And this year, April has been super chilly so things have been delayed a little bit. But, last night I was marking down some sessions on my calendar and realized that I'm filling up. And I can't wait to photograph you all. 

When I was thinking about all of this, I was thinking, that a GIVEAWAY would be the best thing to kick of my busy season! I did these fantastic Mommy and Me sessions last year what do mom's like more than photos of their kids???? Well, maybe their actual kids....sometimes ;)

So here's the here to get to my facebook page. At the top of the page will be a post about the contest. Share that post on your facebook page and you will automatically be entered to win a free mommy and me session for you or you can give it away as a gift to someone else. It's that easy. 

The contest will go on now through Sunday April 12. So if you want some fantastic photos, like the ones below.....or you would like to win something like this for your a special mother in your life, share this on facebook!!!