DIY Eucalyptus Wreath | Simple Holiday Decor |

As a photographer, I am creating all the time, and yet I sometimes need a chance to take a break and create something for myself. It’s a great way for me to get out of my head and find a way to feel inspired apart from photography. There are a ton of great tutorials online for doing DIY Eucalyptus wreaths, so I won’t write out extremely detailed instructions, but I thought I’d show you what I made. It’s so dang easy, and all I used was an old grapevine wreath, and some Trader Joe’s Eucalyptus I picked up this morning.

I love the smell of eucalyptus, and with it getting colder here in Indiana, I’m looking for ways to keep our home fresh feeling. Eucalyptus has been known to benefit one’s health, both physically and emotionally, and it can leave you feeling uplifted and warm. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take any and all of that I can get. :)

So all I did was cut fresh sprigs, and tuck them into the wreath until I liked the way it looked. If I can do this sort of project, you can too. I threw on some favorite music, got down on the floor, and let the inspiration fly. It probably took me less than 10 minutes start to finish which is a win in my book! I highly encourage everyone to take time and get out of their routine and use their hands to create something meaningful every now and again. I’m so glad I got a chance to breathe and make something myself.

xo

Kelsey & Chris | Midwest Fall Session | Strawtown, Indiana

Let me just say that I love all types of sessions, but some of my favorites are couples’ sessions, in the fall, with cool laid-back couples. Kelsey and Chris were just that, and I loved every minute of our session. I met Kelsey through a mutual friend, and we connected on Instagram. She is a lovely, lovely soul, and a lifestyle blogger who writes about self-love and body positivity. Go check out her Instagram page!

I met Kelsey and Chris and their two adorable pups at Strawtown Koteewi Park on a brisk but beautiful evening, and we spent our time walking around the lovely grounds and getting some gorgeous shots. These two were so fun and relaxed, and rolled with everything, laughing away with one another. I could tell they just loved being with each other, and it made my heart warm to get to tag along as third wheel while I snapped some photos. Their session gave me allllll the fall feels, and you’ll be able to tell why when you scroll through. I just love this season so much and I’m so thankful I get to work with amazing people like Kelsey and Chris!

Enjoy some of my favorite shots from their session below!

xo

Leah

A Moody, Relaxed Styled Elopement | The Ripple Retreat, Indianapolis

Today I’m thrilled to finally be sharing the styled elopement shoot I hosted and photographed a couple months ago. I had a vision to create a moody, relaxed, and laid back intimate wedding/elopement styled shoot and found some wildly talented local creatives to partner with for this shoot.

I seek to serve laid back couples who are looking for authentic and meaningful images to capture their unique day, so when I was putting this session together, I purposely looked for ways to make it feel simple, down to earth, and with lots of meaningful touches.

I found the perfect venue and contacted the owners of The Ripple Retreat, a local Sobro Airbnb which is darling. Rebecca, the host, lives nearby and was quick to help and easy to communicate with for our time at her space. The house felt so calm, simple, and inviting, with beautiful touches of color and natural design elements throughout. (I’m trying to block a time off for my husband and I to stay there sometime for a stay-cation!)

My models are some good friends of ours, who were so down for getting some styled wedding shots, and the bride wore her original dress and the rings were the ones they gave each other on their wedding day. How sweet is that! I wanted to work with a couple so that I could get some real connection between them. Eva and Jeffrey were so wonderful to work with! Fun fact: they run a screen printing business called The Wandering Press, and do live event printing!

The bride’s makeup was done so beautifully by Diana of Simply Blue, who is so kind and is incredibly talented at what she does. Hair, the gorgeous hair, was done by Martha of Vow Artistry, who worked alongside Diana and created exactly the look I was hoping for.

Ok the earrings. You guys, these earrings are some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Designed custom for the shoot and hand-crafted by Sarah of Chival Jewelry, these pieces stood out so beautifully. Sarah spends hours on each of her creations, and also makes them with love for each person who wears them.

I knew I wanted something unique for the florals, and luckily I was able to find Shila of Wild Clover Floral, who has a passion for creating one-of-a-kind florals. She took my general ideas and ran with them in the most amazing way, creating an installation for the shoot, along with gorgeous bridal florals. She also styled the florals for the table, complete with beautiful candle holders done with greens and water - something I have not seen and am obsessed with now!

I reached out to Kaitlyn DeSpain, a local artist who created not only the stunning invitation suite with a unique design and a piece of art in and of itself, but also supplied a hand-carved stamped tapestry she created with inspired floral prints. The colors fit so well with my vision, and her work is seriously so unique and amazing.

The cake - you guys this cake was everything I’d hoped it would be. Bri Haarer, who bakes as a side hustle was kind enough to make a naked cake for the session, with lemon and berry touches. It brought in such a simple, yet elegant touch to the table as our centerpiece.

The most beautiful thing about this session is all the amazing folks who came together with their creative passions to make this thing happen. I’m all about #communityovercompetition and one of the coolest things is seeing others live out the things that make their hearts light up. The vision I had for this shoot fell together so perfectly, and I feel so fortunate I was able to capture the beauty manifested from the minds of wildly talented humans.

Enjoy the images below, and please go check out all of the artists and makers who participated!! xo

Makeup: Diana, Simply Blue

Hair: Martha, Vow Artistry

Earrings: Sarah, Chival Jewelry

Venue: The Ripple Retreat, Sobro

Invitation Suite and Table linen: Kaitlyn DeSpain

Florals: Shila, Wild Clover Floral

Cake: Bri Haarer

Photography: Leah Rife Photo

Sydni's Senior Session | Broad Ripple, Indianapolis

Ok, so Sydni is pretty much one of the most amazing humans on the planet, and if you're lucky enough to know her, you'll know what I mean. I first met Sydni when we were looking for someone to help babysit our boys, and ever since, I've been constantly in awe of this girl. She is so, so kind. She is passionate, quiet, artistic, talented, beautiful inside and out, and has a heart for others. I see such a spark in her - a love for others and a sense of adventure - and I was so honored to be able to capture some senior photos for her.

We headed to a few spots in Broad Ripple, and basically hung out for a couple hours, talking, taking photos, and dodging the sprinkles that held off enough for us to get some wonderful images. It was kind of amazing. :) Sydni is heading off to college next year and will be studying nursing and is considering studying photography as well. My family and our boys will miss her tons, but I am so excited for her to head off and experience all kinds of amazing things!! 

Enjoy some images from her session below!!

xoxo

Indianapolis senior photography | broad ripple
Indianapolis senior photography | broad ripple

Lynn & Marcus Married - Marion, Indiana

At the end of June, on a hot but beautiful summer day, I had the honor of photographing Lynn and Marcus' wedding in Marion, Indiana. I met Lynn through a mutual friend last fall and we grabbed coffee to talk wedding photography. She struck me as being kind, genuine, and laid back, and I knew that working with her would be a great fit. She was just as laid back and kind on her wedding day, and it was obvious that she and Marcus loved each other deeply and were so excited to be getting married.

The day was hot, but the bridal party and bride and groom rolled with it and we got some gorgeous shots on the grounds of the venue, Hart's Celebration Center. We had so much fun, and the entire day was full of joy, celebration, and love. Love between the bride and groom, love from their family, and lots of love from their guests and friends. What a beautiful day it was!

I feel so lucky that I got to be a small part of their day, and I wish Lynn and Marcus so much happiness as they start their married lives together!

xo Leah

Venue: Hart's Celebration Center

DJ: DJ Krazy K - Kenny Williams

Tuxedo: Louie's Tux Shop

Rings: Helzberg Diamonds

Bartender: Joe Reel

 

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