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Photographing Greece

Photographing Greece

I am not a world traveler. English is currently my only language. I have only had my passport for 4 years. But friends, I have the bug. Particularly for photographing the world. Photographing Greece was on the top of my photography bucket list. For someone […]

Things to do in Carmel, IN

Things to do in Carmel, IN

The city of Carmel, IN is about expanding the culture and the arts. You do not have to spend but just a few minutes in Carmel, IN to recognize their drive to expand the arts. The city itself is gorgeous and each building has so […]

What makes a good Noblesville photography studio

What makes a good Noblesville photography studio

What makes a good Noblesville photography studio

Does the average consumer really know what makes a photographer good? Understanding lighting, f-stops, aperture, depth of field, exposure, RAW, or rule of thirds is way more technical than any consumer wants or needs to understand. Photo shoots are very technical and almost like a science for the photographer. The average client just knows what type of photos they like or images that are eye appealing to their eye. So what makes a good Noblesville photography studio? Let me take you through a things to help you pick out the correct person or location for your photo session. As well as lets talk about some basic mistakes.

Choosing the right Noblesville photographer

Understanding your style of photography that you are drawn to will help you first off. Looking through some photos to see what your eye likes best. What is it about those images that you like? Are the photos taken inside or outside? Is everyone in the picture posed or is there something going on in the photo? How does the lighting look? Is it darker, brighter, or black and white? How does the quality look to you? Once you can narrow down a few things you really enjoy about the image you now have some actual data to start your search with for a Noblesville photography studio. Now look for photographers that have the things you like in their images.

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Calling the Noblesville photographer

When you actually call around to Noblesville photography studios do not start with the traditional question of price. This is the time to ask questions to make sure this photographer lines up with your style. Do they offer unlimited editing or is there a limit? Find out if they shoot in a studio or go to locations. Ask if there are fees based upon how many people are in the session. What will be the time frame for receiving your images back? You will want to know if they are digital images or printed images. Also how many images are included in a session?

Does the photographer specialize

You are about to pick someone to take the pictures of your family, wouldn’t you want to make sure that is the type of photography they shoot? I wouldn’t go to an eye surgeon and have them remove my wisdom teeth. They are both doctors, but they specialize in different areas. A wedding photographer in Noblesville is not the same as a family photographer. We have blurred the lines to think that as long as they have a camera I can get what I want. If your idea of family photos is a documentary family photographer then you don’t want to have the portrait photographer from your kids school shoot your session. So know your style and make sure your studio is that style.


Yes, it is important to know the price. We have all heard you get what you pay for and that is true.  Understand that just because they are high doesn’t make them the best. Look for that person that is middle of the pack in pricing or towards the top. These companies have more to protect so they are more willing to stand behind what they did for you. Companies that are higher priced most likely have more back up protection for your images to be stored for years to come. But if a price seems out of whack then it probably is. Just make sure you understand everything that comes with the price. How much editing, how many hours at the shoot, how soon the images returned, how long they are stored, how many images in return, etc.

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Noblesville photography mistakes


Most people get stuck in the mindset of this idea that every fall I will pay $200-600 to have our yearly photo taken. Going into a search for a photographer with a preset idea of what you will pay has already limited your search. If you have set your mind at $200, then you have missed out on the features of the $300 session. Go into the pricing with an open mind to gather the data. Don’t get me wrong, please do not put your family in debt over family photos. Stick within your budget, but keep your mind open to possibilities of different price brackets. Maybe that would require every other year photos instead.


It is important to educate yourself on the different styles so you know what options you have. Most people are stuck on portrait style where we pose you on blankets in coordinated clothing. Research the styles such as lifestyle photography or documentary photography. These types seem to bring out more emotion in the photos.

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Like I mentioned before about not having a wedding photographer take your family photos. This is a huge mistake that most people make in choosing the wrong Noblesville photography studio. For the most part I believe that people settle for someone that doesn’t shoot their style because it is in their price bracket. The photos they like at one company cost $800, but this guy that shoots senior portraits says he can do those type for $400. So consumers go with the cheaper person, but get not exactly what they were looking for. Remember that images are a investment and will be there for generations to come. Take them serious.


For more questions regarding Noblesville photography you can reach out to Molly Kathleen Photography with your questions.

Why Documentary Photography Works

Why Documentary Photography Works

Why Documentary Photography Works I know there are many people considering having their family photographed who have very little understanding of documentary photography. When asked to describe the genre, the first example that comes to mind involves a publication or internet news – media that […]

10 Best photography locations – Carmel, IN

10 Best photography locations – Carmel, IN

10 Best Photography Locations in Carmel, IN

Best photography locations or best places for a photography shoot or session come up all the time when talking with clients.  If we were to pull up a Google search report I would guess “photography locations” is one of the highest searches on Google. People are always wanting to know where to be photographed. There are really two types of photography locations, one that is very important to the client and one that the client has no connection with at all. Think about that for just a second with me. The meaningful location is either the place the couple was engaged, a family property, a location they visit often, or the clients home. Then there is the location where the clients have no connection to the property at all, a park they have never visited that has a great bridge, a pumpkin patch they haven’t visited before, or a farm the photographer knows about.

Am I the only one that finds it odd that we take people out of their normal environment and try to fit them into a different environment? Let me tell you where the best photography location is in Carmel, IN. Your LIFE. That is the best photography location. Your family is amazing and the amount you pour into each other is more than anyone including yourself realizes. Every day you are serving each other in so many capacities and filling each other’s emotional buckets. The world is a tough place and continues to take from our emotional buckets. Your family and the home you have created is an emotional refill station and should be documented. Your life is full of odd events, normal and not so normal events. Routines that are welcome and not so welcomed. Very quickly we begin to feel unimportant until we are photographed in those events and realize the importance we play in this family nest.

Don’t get me wrong, Carmel, Indiana is a beautiful city… but let’s explore more.

Let me show you 10 great examples of the best photography locations.


I know the first thing you are thinking, my home isn’t photographable. Trust me, none of us live in a Pinterest home or HGTV. Pinterest should be renamed “the things we will never accomplish.” Your home isn’t being photographed, the life in the home is being photographed. Think how many times in your home you have said, “oh my gosh” because of something that has happened or happens in your home. In my home with 3 little girls it happens only 42 times before noon. In your home there are bedrooms, bathrooms, playrooms, kitchens, a yard, sidewalks, trees, playhouses, toys, living rooms, and more. The possibilities of great photos in those locations are endless.


The things that happen in the kitchen are described in emotional words. Bonding over baking. Sneaking or stealing cookie dough. Taste testing food. Stress of something burning. Conversations from work or school. Tough decisions. Celebrations. Gosh the amount of emotion that happens in a kitchen are endless. Recently in a family photo session I captured one child sneaking to steal cookie dough when the mom wasn’t looking. Only for her to turn her back while the other child climbed up on the counter and began to dance. Now tell me that isn’t your home too. Capturing those moments in an image will be priceless for that family for years to come.


Over the years I have discovered there are 3 types of photos that come from a bedroom. One is the early morning wake up with bed head, smiles, bad breath, glazed over walk to the bathroom. The second is the child quietly playing in there room in the middle of the day in the quiet. The third is the beautiful bedtime routines, snuggles, tuck in, bedtime stories or prayers.


I know that can sound weird. But if you think about the funny quirks in your family don’t most of them happen in the bathroom?  The way they brush their teeth, rinse their mouth, leave the water running, brush their hair, and so on? Capturing these funny moments can be some of the most fun for families.


Most neighborhoods in Carmel, IN or Hamilton County in general have parks in the neighborhoods. But for more established neighborhoods there are some wonderful city parks that can be enjoyed. Parks can be some of the best photography spots with kids. There is so much determination and laughter that happens when kids are playing in the park. These locations can be more comfortable to the children if it is a park they visit often.



We all have that favorite place we eat or for some of us we have multiple favorites. Is there a place your kids love to eat? Maybe for your family it is just that local pizza place every Friday night as a relaxation that the week is over. A way to reconnect as a family over a giant pizza with giggles as the stress of the week melts away. Talk about the best photography locations, what a great place to capture a memory for decades to come.

A Walk

Some of the best images I have captured of my children have been on a walk through our neighborhood. Let me be honest, a walk with my kids can be excruciating because they stop every 2 feet to touch something new or pick it up. There really isn’t much walking going on. But from a photography stand point it has been amazing to capture images of them exploring this beautiful world. It has so many mysteries and new items to explore.


Many of the neighborhoods in Carmel, IN or Hamilton County have neighborhood pools. If your family is anything like mine the kids are always wanting to hang out at the pool. Which is really not hanging out… it’s more of a workout. There is always a lot of giggles and trying new things. Jumping in, throwing the ball, going under water, twirls, spinning, splashing, etc. There are so many great colors that pop when taking a picture around water. Local pools can be the best photography locations.

Extra Curricular Activities

Many kids these days are involved in many activities outside of school. Maybe it is private music lessons, sports, dance, painting, or other private lessons. Capturing the moments of your child learning can be a precious priceless moment. The proud moments you feel watching them score or learn a new move captured and frozen in time on an image. Maybe it is the amount of tylenol you took as they tried to perfect ‘Mary had a little lamb’ on the violin that you would like to capture. No matter the feeling, these are the moments you wish could be captured forever.


For many around Carmel, IN or Hamilton County the weekends are for hanging out at the lake. Many times I hear parents say, “gosh my heart is at the lake.” There is this feeling that the stress of daily life disappears on the lake. The kids feel free, the parents feel free, everyone just enjoys being together. How many times have you said, “I wish I could just freeze these moments.”

Dream… what happens in your life that you wish you could capture that moment? What or where do you wish you could freeze for decades to come? Think of that spot or moment that is where your heart is. The best photography locations are where you feel comfortable. The best photography locations are places that mean something to you. Dream.

To learn more about photography session ideas read more on Molly’s journal. If you are interested in making your dream become a reality reach out to Molly.

Why Family Photography?

Why Family Photography?

Why Documentary Family Photography? I started my photography journey the same way so many women have. Brian bought me an entry-level DSLR when our first daughter was born. I quickly became obsessed with documenting her every move. Can you say over 2000 photos in less […]

Family Photography

Family Photography

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new documentary family photography business in the Indianapolis, IN area. I decided to get into photography so that I could capture and document my first born child’s life. The day she was born, my husband […]

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