Archive for the ‘Children’ Category

In addition to may other events through the summer every year Chesterton’s European Market has their Pumpkinpalooza on Halloween weekend. The kids get to trick or treat at the vendors booths, decorate pumpkins, and go on a hayride in the park. The Pumpkinpalooza is the last outdoor market of the season, which will be starting again the first weekend of May. It’s hard to believe, but that’s right around the corner.

While putting this video together I couldn’t help but recall the sights, sounds and especially the smells of the Market vendors. This coming season will be my 4th season at the market and I can’t wait. At the risk of being redundant I’ll say again, the smell of the food vendors alone is worth the trip. I challenge you to walk through the market and not eat something. There’s also live entertainment supplied by some great local musicians. You can find out more about the vendors, food and otherwise at their website


Newborn Baby Photography Northwest Indiana

Models Needed for a New Baby Program

I am putting together a baby program and I am looking for women who are in their 5th to 8th week of pregnancy and infants 12 months or younger to serve as models. All models will receive portrait art as compensation and may be included on my website and in my portfolio. Please call me at 219-230-6440 for more details.

Help Spread the Word

You might be thinking, well that doesn’t apply to me, my kids are all grown up. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a number of new babies in my Facebook feed and I’m sure you have as well. How cool would it be if you passed this on to a friend of yours that just had a baby or just announced they are expecting. Just let them know you’re thinking about them and you care. It won’t cost you anything and it won’t cost them anything. You get a stronger friendship and they get great baby portraits. Maybe they’ll even send you a photo!

Only Available for a Limited Time

This offer is only available for a limited time. I can only take 7 babies and 2 or 3 expecting Moms. As followers of my MJ Photography whether through my blog, Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere, you are getting the first opportunity to take advantage. I will publish this exclusively for my faithful followers for the next two weeks, after that I will open it to the general public. Therefore, if you want to take advantage or know of someone who could benefit, please let me know. Call me at 219-230-6440 I’m looking forward to hearing from you and especially excited about a new baby photography plan.

Again please call me at 219-230-6440 for more details.

Today’s photo is a couple of little fishing buddies. I love this tropical location.

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Limited Edition Easter Portraits

Spring is in the air. Which means that it’s time for Easter and children will be dressing in their best outfits just for Easter Sunday. You’ve spent a lot of time and effort find the right dress and the matching bonnet. Bring your little cutie to MJ Photography Saturday April 16. I am creating Limited Edition Easter Portraits for the first 10 families. Dress them up in their Easter finest and get special Easter portraits that will bring you to tears for years to come.

Special Pricing for the First 10 Families Only.

The first 10 families to call and reserve their spot for this Limited Edition event will receive special pricing available only for this event. The event includes a 15 to 30 minute portrait session to create the photos followed by a private viewing of the portraits during the following week where they can select from special packages create just for this event.

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Today’s photo is from my IPhone camera. I am out of town today so I decided to use this photo. I created this a few days ago, when he was talking to me at my desk. I liked the lighting on him and grabbed a few photos and this is my favorite.


Today’s photo was done in the family’s home. It’s not a perfectly posed photograph, but it represents the little boy. I just put him in an area and interacted with him. I have plenty of photographs of him making silly faces just so I could capture a genuine smile.

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Photo of the Day

March 15, 2011

I photographed this little girl in her home using a large bookshelf as the background. She was a little bashful, but I love her expression here. I think her big soft eyes and the slight smile make this photo._MG_9447-Edit

To Look Back on Someday.

February 6, 2011

20110206-032414.jpgI was sitting in my living room today and saw these dinosaurs poised for battle. It struck me that someday when my boys have grown beyond dinosaurs I might find this photo somewhere and remember the roars and the battles.

It’s snowing!  Now’s the time for winter portraits in the snow.  The snow will only last for a short time and it is most beautiful now while it is still stuck to the bare tree branches.  Get your little ones dressed up in their best winter hats and scarves and picture their little red noses and rosy cheeks.  Snow Angels, snowmen and snowball fights.  Put away the shovels and the snowblowers and remember why your kids get excited when it snows.  This goes for teens too, you picked out the coolest winter coat and matching boots.  Now is your chance to show them off!

Special Discounted Pricing!

Call me now for availability!  Special Limited Edition discounted pricing and entry into the National Charity Model Search for children newborn to 18 years.  Don’t this opportunity melt away!

Call 219-218-7509 for pricing and availability!


MJ Photography is participating in the International Charity Model Searchuntitled-7783 to select North America’s Cutest Kid and to raise funds for the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. (

Is your child North America’s Cutest Kid? We’ll give you the opportunity to prove it! The grand prizewinner will win a $2500 savings bond, a $2500 travel package, and a $100 Target gift card.  The second and third place runners up each will win a $500 savings bond and a $100 Target gift card.

Model Search Special:

$50 entrance fee includes a 90-minute model session and one image submitted to the international gallery.

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Each vote is $1 (no limit on the amount of votes you can cast), and all proceeds from votes benefit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (  Every family member who registers their information on the Charity Model Search Website will also receive 1 complimentary vote.  The top 5 paid votes, and the top 5 complimentary votes in each region will move on to the final judging round for a total of 50 finalists.

Grand prize international winner and runners up will be determined from the 50 regional finalists. The winner and runners up are selected by photography experts.

Call 219-218-7509 now to enter your “Cutest Kid” in this exciting contest.

*Contest open to residents of the US and Canada. For more information, visit