Izzybug Photography » Indianapolis Photographer giving teens and tweens the courage to be themselves in a world that asks for so much more.

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you  really are”

         ~e.e. cummings

I will readily admit, I was never a “baby” mom.  I am never the first to ask to hold someone’s brand new baby.  I was never sitting in the circle and said, “Oh I wish I could have another baby!”  Don’t get me wrong, I loved my little girls, loved their pig tails, their little bug voices.  I loved watching them explore, get their voice, and learn what they loved.  I remember several years ago, we went on a family outing…and for the first time I didn’t have to carry a diaper bag, 50 snacks, or a change of clothes.  We just went!  I remember thinking, finally!  We can just be free, hang out, play and it won’t be a big production anymore.  A few years have gone by since then…floated by really.  It was like we were suspended in those “kid” years.  7-8-9-10, they kind of slowly grow and change…so slowly you almost don’t notice.  Then we celebrated 13.  A teenager.  Mildly sad, but really I was just proud, she was growing, maturing, becoming her own person.  Still, the time seemed to be slowly moving by.

Today…oh today.  Time hit me in the face with a sledgehammer!!!  I sent my baby to high school.  My first born was now a freshman.  Time was no longer slowly going by, time was running like a bullet train, and I wished maybe I had not let 10-11-12 go by so easily.  It wasn’t so much that she was in high school, but that in 2 short years she would be driving.  In two more she would be heading to college.  In just 4 years I would be sending my baby away to be an adult.  At 9 high school seemed so far away…but it was 4 short years, and it’s here.  And in 4 more she will be grown.  I am proud of her.  So proud.  I am proud of the choices she makes, the person she is becoming, the life and path she is choosing.  But, for the first time as a parent I can honestly say I am stunned by how quickly the years have gone.  Hug your babies.  Enjoy your teens.  Put down your phones.  Stop posting your life on Facebook and start living it again.  Time disappears oh too quickly on it’s own, let’s savor every moment we can.   8x10 2 up webPIN IT 13925634_1226814564009031_3286092656512778981_oPIN IT

Oh and did I mention My little one is now in 6th grade???  Seriously!!!  I am just as proud of her, her dedication and love of all she does, and while I want her ascent to high school to go a little slower then her sisters…I am truly excited to see the young woman she becomes!

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I have always believed there is a decade in each and every one of us.  Each personality leans towards a different era of time.  Even if we are born, raised and live in a completely different time period.  Ava was certainly not born in the 50’s, has never even come close to living a single day in that decade…but her heart and soul scream that time period.  She came up with the idea of this session, made me a Pinterest board and we made it come true!  It was perfection from beginning to end…she was perfection!  I adored every single image we took.  It just proves to me that you can do one of two things in life…follow the trends, the today, the now…the things everyone else dictates…or follow your heart.  I am so glad Ava has chosen to follow her heart!


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It is that time of year.  Schools are letting out for the summer.  Kids are gearing up for the pool, bikes, and summer sun!  Last weekend we did this amazing, yes I said amazing shoot with my teen models entitled “Girlz Rule”  Which is pretty appropriate around the estrogen filled studio!  So, in the spirit of celebrating the day my girls get out of school…I hope this little video makes you smile!  Oh and PS  this is the first time we have gotten ALL the girls in one place!!  YAY!!!


We spend so much time tearing each other down, comparing…telling each other that we are just not good enough.  We also spend way too much time listening to the world tell us the we are just not worth the effort to work, dream or reach our goals.  I am here to tell you, You ARE Worth it!!!  Won’t you join Izzybug in lifting each other up.  Seeing what makes people amazing…and taking the time to tell them! When you are on Social media, pick one friend to post on their wall, or message.  Post a pic on Instagram and tag them.  Tweet someone you know…It’s so simple.  Just write “YOU ARE…”and fill in the blank.  “YOU ARE  strong”  “YOU ARE the best friend ever”  “YOU ARE lovely”  whatever that person is to you, whatever their strengths are, tell them!!  Then #youare, and if you like tag Izzybug Photography or @courage_to_shine on instagram so we can watch the wave spread!!  We need to spread the truth people.  No matter what the world tells you, YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

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“Self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it”

Yoga pants…need I say more?  I love my sweats, t-shirts…and yes, my pajama pants.  Dry shampoo and bobby pins are my friend.  But, I’m gonna be honest, my yoga pants days are usually the ones I feel least motivated.  Those are the days I just want to blend in, and get through to bed time.  But, let’s fast forward to the days I get up, get a shower, curl my hair, and put on my favorite jeans…maybe my favorite shirt.  I slip on some earrings and the perfect necklace.  I am looking good, and I can’t wait to leave the house and conquer my day.  You know that feeling…  Your jeans aren’t so tight you feel bloated, your hair dried like it does in the salon, your skin looks surprisingly clear…ya you are rocking it!  Admit it, you will wear this outfit until it has to be washed.  You feel amazing.

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Then tomorrow comes.  Your hair won’t do anything.  Your eyes are swollen because you wore make up all day yesterday.  Your feet are swollen, your jeans are tight.  You have a breakout on your forehead like you are 13 again.  You find the biggest sweatshirt you can possibly wear, throw on some leggings and call it a day.  You are going to hide from the world in your tent of an outfit and hope you can just blend in.  Admit it…you know exactly what I am talking about.  We all do it.

Now, imagine you go into a dressing room and try on a new outfit.  The outfit that makes you spin and dance in front of the mirror.  The outfit that you swear you will never, ever take off.  It’s the outfit that makes you feel gorgeous.  You would buy it right?  No questions.  Now, imagine that outfit is free, and it’s not cloth and stitching, it’s heart and soul.  Imagine that outfit is you.  Yes, you.  Every inch, every part you.  Imagine the outfit that you rock can never get dirty, never wear out, get lost, stretch, get tight, or go out of style.  It’s easy to wear and you can rock it EVERY DAY!

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The answer is simple, choose to love yourself for exactly who you are.  Choose to see your strengths, instead of your perceived weaknesses.  Know that you are so much more than a silly muffin top, a grey hair, a wrinkle or a leaky bladder.  (Ya I went there)  Know that you are a wife who supports and encourages her husband, a mom that loves and nurtures her children, a sister that leads, a friend that consoles.  You are a business woman who creates, builds, and drives her employees.  You are so many things, you are amazing…and you should Rock YOU!

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