National Prematurity Awareness Month - Premie Portrait Project

Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Awareness Day. The Centers for Disease control states that preterm birth rates have risen slightly to 9.8% in the United States in recent years, and the March of Dimes gives Indiana a "C Grade" with slightly worse than average rates at 10%.  In the Prematurity prevention community, the entire month of November is devoted to prematurity awareness and prevention.  

I wanted to celebrate these amazing miracle children, their families, their healthcare providers, and the research and technological advances that are keeping premature infants alive, and often even thriving.  Below are just a few examples of the amazing children - with amazing stories - that are living right in our own community.  

I think it is such a wonder to learn about people's back stories.  So many people walk in and out of our lives every day and we have no idea what they or their families have been through.  I also think it is important to show new families, who may be facing life with a newborn infant in the NICU, success stories.  It can be an emotional roller coaster of unknowns in the first weeks and months after a premie is born.  But I want to share some hope and positivity with the images below!  

Thank you so much to all of the families who volunteered, and to the awesome kids I got to meet through this project!  

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Brooklynn 4 years old -  born at 28 +5 weeks, 2 lbs 10 oz, 72 days in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital

Brooklynn 4 years old -  born at 28 +5 weeks, 2 lbs 10 oz, 72 days in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital

Cameron 11 years old - born at 27 weeks, 2 lbs 7oz, 75 days in NICU at St. Vincent Women's Hospital

Cameron 11 years old - born at 27 weeks, 2 lbs 7oz, 75 days in NICU at St. Vincent Women's Hospital

Lane 4 years old - born at 26 weeks, 1 lb 15 oz,  11 months and 3 weeks in NICU at St. Vincent and Riley Children's Hospital.  

Lane 4 years old - born at 26 weeks, 1 lb 15 oz,  11 months and 3 weeks in NICU at St. Vincent and Riley Children's Hospital.  

Connor 11 years old - born at 32 weeks, 4lbs 13 oz, 3 weeks in NICU

Connor 11 years old - born at 32 weeks, 4lbs 13 oz, 3 weeks in NICU

Finn 2 years old - born at 26 +1 weeks, 14 oz, 155 days in NICU at St. Vincents

Finn 2 years old - born at 26 +1 weeks, 14 oz, 155 days in NICU at St. Vincents

Makenna 12 years old - born at 28 weeks, 1 lb 6 oz, spent 87 days in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital

Makenna 12 years old - born at 28 weeks, 1 lb 6 oz, spent 87 days in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital

Trevor 6 years old - born at 31 weeks, 2 lbs 15 oz, spent 6 weeks in NICU at St. Vincent's

Trevor 6 years old - born at 31 weeks, 2 lbs 15 oz, spent 6 weeks in NICU at St. Vincent's

Dominic 16 years old - born at 32 weeks, 6 lbs 2 oz, 5 weeks in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital.  

Dominic 16 years old - born at 32 weeks, 6 lbs 2 oz, 5 weeks in NICU at Riley Children's Hospital.  

Payton - 18 years old, born at 34 +5 weeks, 4 lbs 14 oz, no NICU stay!  

Payton - 18 years old, born at 34 +5 weeks, 4 lbs 14 oz, no NICU stay!  

Oliver 1 year old, born at 29+1 weeks, 1 lb 15.5oz, spent 77 days in NICU at Methodist Hospital.  

Oliver 1 year old, born at 29+1 weeks, 1 lb 15.5oz, spent 77 days in NICU at Methodist Hospital.  

Jackson 13 years old, born at 33 weeks, 4 lbs 3oz, spent 2 weeks in NICU

Jackson 13 years old, born at 33 weeks, 4 lbs 3oz, spent 2 weeks in NICU

Brody 7 years old,  born at 28 weeks, 2 lbs 13oz, 69 days in NICU at St. Vincent Women's hospital.  

Brody 7 years old,  born at 28 weeks, 2 lbs 13oz, 69 days in NICU at St. Vincent Women's hospital.  

Jonah 6 years old, born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs 6oz, spent 5 weeks in St. Vincent NICU.  

Jonah 6 years old, born at 31 weeks, 3 lbs 6oz, spent 5 weeks in St. Vincent NICU.  

Sarah 16 years old, born at 25 weeks, 1 lb 13oz, spent 114 days at NICU in Grand Rapids Michigan, and IU Special Care Nursery.  

Sarah 16 years old, born at 25 weeks, 1 lb 13oz, spent 114 days at NICU in Grand Rapids Michigan, and IU Special Care Nursery.  

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Mekenzie Avon Class of 2018

Mekenzie was willing to try anything on her portrait session! She is a senior at Avon and on the dance team. We explored the outdoor scenery of Ellis Park in Danville and then traveled over to the downtown square for a more urban vibe. The lighting that night made for some unique portraits! Here are a few of the stunning images from her session!

 

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Mariah Class of 2018: Franklin High School Senior Photos

Mariah has been both a high school and competitive cheerleader winning her numerous awards. I loved how they brought white daisies to incorporate into her photos! At the end of her session we were able to get her hair wet and play in the water. All of this chilly weather is starting to make me miss summer sessions like this one.

 

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Jessie Class of 2018

Jessie is a huge baseball fan! Her family has season tickets for the Indianapolis Indians. We were able to get special access to Victory Field for part of her senior session! We also explored around the canal downtown to finish out her shoot.  Despite a pause for rain I had a wonderful day photographing Jessie.

 

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Morgan Class of 2018: Avon Senior Pictures

I had a wonderful time exploring Avon with Morgan for her senior session. She has participated in the Avon's Color Guard winning numerous prestigious awards. I loved how we were able to photograph her cap and gown shots at the high school. Being a huge Cubs fan, Morgan also had to get pictures with her new puppy Wrigley, named after Wrigley Field.

 

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Aubrey Class of 2018: Plainfield Senior Pictures

Aubrey had beautiful summer weather for her senior session in Plainfield. She is a competitive dancer with such talent it made it easy to capture beautiful performance images!

 

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Meghan Class of 2018: Avon Senior Pictures

Avon senior Meghan was an absolute pleasure to photograph! Wanting to capture both her sweet and sassy side, we ventured through Holcomb Gardens for a beautiful outdoor landscape before traveling to the more urban scene in Broad Ripple.

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Fountain Square Senior Pictures: Emily Class of 2018

Emily loves the bright lights and the city! She has contributed her talents in Avon High School's musical theatre, show choir, and other community theatre productions. We explored Fountain Square to capture the city atmosphere Emily loves to be apart of!

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America the Beautiful : Avon Indiana Senior Portraits

There's nothing that says summer and Americana more than a vintage pickup, cold drinks, and a group of friends outside having fun!  We wanted to celebrate summer and the 4th of July with a patriotic themed photo shoot for some of the ANP senior models.  Check out some of my favorite shots from the session, and this awesome behind the scenes video.  I loved seeing the girls excited and having fun together during this shoot. 

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Dear Class of 2017

Dear Seniors,

Congratulations on your huge accomplishment!  I am so excited to see where this life takes you!  You're going to be getting a lot of advice in the next few days, weeks, and months, and I wanted to throw my two cents in for what its worth. 

The best advice I can give you as you complete high school and move on to the next big steps in your life is: "Don't be afraid...you're going to be OK."  It may not make sense yet, but give it some time.  Go out there (where is "there" anyway)  and try things, make mistakes, and take chances (the safe, life affirming kind) trusting that it is highly likely that you will become a better and more enlightened person because you did.   Your plans, interests, friends, finances, health, all may change, but remember, it's all leading you down the same path, and chances are very high, that it will all work out.  In fact, change is what molds us, what teaches us, what allows us to grow, what exposes us to opportunities we never knew. You may be changed too, but as long as you keep moving forward, you will most likely end up where you are meant to be.  There are so many pressures and expectations which you may or may not be feeling yet, but I want you to know YOURS is the loudest voice you should listen to.  Yes, many have gone before you, many have sage advice (I mean look at me, right here, giving advice) and many can set you on the path for great success, and it is wise to listen.  However, if you're not sure what you want, if you don't love the thing you thought you would, if you get homesick, "Don't be afraid, it's going to be OK!"  Don't feel like you're obligated to stay on the same path you designed - with minimal information and life experience - when you graduated high school.  I think real happiness is obtained when we feel that our passions and our opportunities for success collide.  And, sometimes it takes awhile to figure out what those passions are.  I would say we learn more from trying and failing than doing what is safe.  The reward often feels much sweeter when we take (calculated) risk and succeed! 

I also think it is important to try not to compare yourself to others.  They're not you.  Don't be bound by other people's expectations, their level of comfort, their resources, their version of 'success'.  Try your very best to be true to yourself and honest with what makes you happy.  Social media is a facade.  Be careful putting too much value in what you perceive everyone else is doing based on social media.

I am not saying it is good to be nonchalant, or lazy about your future. Oh no!  You will need push through tough times, and not give up when things become difficult.  You will have to work hard, and create and capitalize on opportunities and invest in experiences that will help you grow.  Sometimes you will have to say 'no' to things that will take you off course, and sometimes you will have to say 'yes' to things that you're not sure about.  Determining which is which, can be tricky, but again, that's where your own inner voice can help.  Your family and trusted experts can also be very helpful in offering guidance.  Don't be afraid to ask for help. Generally speaking, people like to help, and share what they have learned along their way in life. (Hey, again, look at me, exhibit A, right here.) 

These are just a few little tips based on my experience.  No one can follow these things perfectly, and I am still trying every day to apply it to my own life.  I just really feel strongly about allowing young people the freedom to explore who they are, and create the life that allows them to really feel content. No matter how you get there, remember, it will all be OK!! 

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My Number 1 Most Frequently Asked Question, Answered!

My Number 1 Most Frequently Asked Question, Answered!

Hopefully the first thing that draws you to Adrienne Nicole Photography is that you enjoy the images you see online and on social media.  Maybe you've seen your friend's images and want to know how you can get the same unique photographs.  After you've decided that Adrienne Nicole Photography offers what you are looking for I'm sure you'll have questions. 

Parachute Dress Fashion Inspired Senior Portraits : Indiana Senior Photographer Avon, Indiana

Parachute Dress Fashion Inspired Senior Portraits :  Indiana Senior Photographer Avon, Indiana

Why have ordinary pictures when you can have epic portraits?  There are no ideas too crazy that I won't try and figure out how to deliver.  If you have an idea you think is crazy, or a location you think is special, I would love to help you make your vision a reality.  I was so excited to be able to work on these unique portraits for one of my senior models. Morgan did a great job maneuvering and posing in this giant skirt. Check out this behind the scenes video and the following images to see how this shoot came together. 

So... What's your major? A College Themed Photo Shoot. Class of 2017 Avon, Indiana.

So... What's your major? A College Themed Photo Shoot.  Class of 2017 Avon, Indiana.

The reason I love working with high school seniors, is that I get to help celebrate one of the most pivotal times of their lives.  Watching them choose what direction they want to take after high school, learn about themselves and what they want from life is always fun.  I can only imagine what these girls are dreaming and what opportunities lie in front of them still waiting to be discovered. 

Boho, Cochella inspired Fashion Photo Shoot : Adrienne Nicole Photography Class of 2017 Senior Models

Boho, Cochella inspired Fashion Photo Shoot : Adrienne Nicole Photography Class of 2017 Senior Models

One of the perks of investing in the Adrienne Nicole Photography senior model program is the opportunity to participate in extra fashion based photo shoots.  We recently finished our first shoot with a boho, summery festival shoot. Check it out and get some fashion ideas for your senior portraits this year!  I am still booking for this summer and fall, so give me a call, or send me a message!

Alexis: Roncalli Class of 2017 : Indiana Senior Photographer

Alexis: Roncalli Class of 2017 : Indiana Senior Photographer

Mom calls Alexis her Beautiful Butterfly.  She says she really wanted to capture her daughter's bubbly and happy personality in her senior pictures.  Alexis and her mom are planners and they had great ideas for her session including nature and the outdoors, bright colors and flowers.  Alexis is even thinking of incorporating nature and biology in her college and career plans.  Her mom and aunt came along for her session to help with outfit changes and hair and make up.  I think we really got some great shots!  Stay tuned in the Spring to see what we've been working on for graduation - I told you they were planners! 

Riley: Avon Class of 2017 Senior Portraits

Riley: Avon Class of 2017 Senior Portraits

When Riley came to plan her senior pictures, she wanted to be sure we included dance in her session. Dance has been a huge part of her life, starting with ballet and now she is a member of the Avon Gold Dance Team.  Riley has great style, as you can see, so it was hard to narrow it down to just a few outfits.  Riley rocked her session, check out just a few of the best shots from the day!