Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FREE Wedding Month

It's September! Do you know what that means?! It's FREE Wedding month!

What does that mean?  Well for Stephanie and Jon it means they are getting married this month, and they are the winners of a FREE wedding from Indy Wedding Ideas.

What does it mean for you?  Well if you are engaged, it is good news! I am running a FREE wedding special this month!  If you are still looking for a wedding photographer and decide you would like to  book Simple Heart Photography for your wedding in 2016, then you will get 10% off whatever package you book.

Here are some fun images from the engagement session with Stephanie and Jon...you could be on the blog next showing off your love.

Check out my website and contact me today to set up a meeting.  Looking forward to the opportunity to be your storyteller for your special day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A man and his Honda

I remember the night when my dad came home with his "new" car. I was in 8th grade and on the phone in my room. I remember saying I needed to go, so that I could go and see my dad's new car.

Since then...we became a Honda family.  My first car was a Honda, my brother's first car was a Honda, my sister's first car was a Honda.  You could say we are brand loyal! 

I learned to drive stick shift in this car.  I passed the "steep hill" test in this car.  All five of the kids in our family have fond and funny memories of this car.

The time has come, 25 years and 417,236 miles later for this beloved Honda to end it's term as a member of the Honda family in the Patt driveway.  

My dad has tried everything to keep this car running for as long as humanly possible.  He had faithful friends in the back seat to keep him company and safe. It may have rattled a bit, you might have gotten a workout driving because of lack of power steering fluid, the door might have fallen off if you closed it too hard, but it got you to your destination, time after time.
Thanks for the memories!  Glad I was able to capture a few memories for my dad to have once this car goes off to Honda Heaven!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Tribute to my Father and His Father

I have a vivid memory of my grandfather rocking my baby sister to sleep in his chair at his house.  He was crying, and my 7 year old self didn’t understand why.  Shouldn’t he be happy? He was rocking his newest granddaughter, a moment that all grandparents love.  I remember then asking my parents, “Why is Poppa crying?”  They said, “He wishes Grandma could be here, too.”  She had died just a few weeks prior to this moment.  I wish I had a picture of that precious moment of my Poppa rocking my sister.  I take comfort in knowing that there are lots of pictures of him with the babies of the family because he always loved rocking them. 

And like father, like son, my dad likes rocking babies to sleep as well.  He waited years to have a grandchild to rock to sleep.  Finally on his birthday 6 years ago, I gave him his first grandson. Then 19 months later, another one. My brother and his wife brought the first granddaughter into our family for him to rock, and a week later my husband and I had the 2nd granddaughter in the family.
I am so grateful to witness so many precious moments of my dad rocking these babies. It is a joy of his heart and I am overjoyed to be a part of it. This Thanksgiving there will be another grand baby for him to rock to sleep, thanks to my brother and his wife. His cup overflows!

With Jacob, the #1 Grandson

With Luke #2 Grandson
With Kiley #1 Granddaughter (photo credit: Cindy Patt)

With Abigail #2 Granddaughter


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Best of 2014: The Kiss

I am the romantic that loves to make the newly weds kiss, dip and all that mushy sweet stuff!  

I sometimes realize I have a plethora of kissing pictures at the end of the shoot.  

There is just something sweet to me about capturing the special moment in a beautiful way.  I once did an engagement shoot and after several kisses with his bride "to be" groom confessed, "WOW! This is the most kisses I have had in a long time!"  

I then quickly reminded the bride that she needed to kiss her man more often.  
Ya know, kissing is the original "facetime!"

Pucker up and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Advice to Engaged Couples: Slow Down and Look

As I am editing one of my weddings from last month, I am reminded about a small, but very important gesture that can often times be forgotten on your wedding day. 

A wedding day is exciting, busy, full of emotion and is over before you know it.  The bride spends hours getting ready, making sure every detail is just right, every hair is in the perfect place and that she is ready to meet her groom at the end of the aisle.   Let's face it the groom is ready in about 15 minutes, 20 if he needs help with his cuff links.  

The ceremony starts, all the family and bridal party portraits are done after the ceremony, then you jump in the limo and the party starts. Before you know it you are dancing to the last song and headed off into the sunset as a newly married couple.  

The day was beautiful, fun, and memories were made, but did you remember....to stop...slow down...and look into the eyes of your new spouse!  This is what the day is about...you two starting your new life together. This day wouldn't be happening if it wasn't for the love between the two of you.

Before I was a wedding photographer I attended many weddings over the years. Something I always looked for during the ceremony was to see if the couple was holding each others hands. Have they made eye contact yet? Did he wink at her or whisper in her ear? What was the first thing they said to each other? 

As I became a wedding photographer I still look for those moments so I can capture them with my camera.
Brides and Grooms who are about to walk down the aisle this wedding season...don't forget to stop...slow down...and look into each other's eyes. It only takes a second, but it is those moments that are important on such a busy day.  (and then your photographer can capture them so that you can remember them forever!)

Here are two such moments from Stephanie and Joe's wedding that inspired this blog! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Best of 2014: All about the Shoes

I love that wedding trends have trended away from the traditional white wedding shoes. Don't get me wrong, I do love the classic white. At the same time, I think it is really fun when a bride decides to add a pop of color to her ensemble with her shoes. I personally went with practical for my wedding day. I am all about comfort and my husband and I are about the same height, so I didn't want heels.
My business card for my wedding business is a picture of a great pair of blue heels, telling the brides, "I've bee in your shoes." As in, "I have been a bride. I know what you are going through...the fun, the excitement and the challenges of planning a wedding."
Even though I am a photographer, I love to help make the wedding planning and wedding day as stress-free as possible for my couples. I love to help by talking through timelines, suggest venues and vendors and offer any helpful advice to help the day run smooth.

I love that he exchanged his cowboy boots for his dress shoes

Wedding Boots. Now this I could get on board with!

Photo Credit: Beth Pack