children's photography

Caudell Family Session | Roanoke, Indiana Family Photographer | Photography by Meg Miller

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These three make my heart so happy. Not only are they truly a joy-and a heck of a lot of fun- to be around, but they really value photography. You see, I get two main types of clients: I have clients who want updated portraits. Whether it be for portraits around their home, Christmas cards, Grandparents, or because their youngest just has the cutest dimples right now.... they want new portraits. And yep, been there. I get that!

And then I have clients who see their portraits as freezing time and as artwork. They value the process (no that doesn't mean that they love picking out outfits, because no one loves that). They get the vision that I'm trying to convey and they understand the feelings that I'm trying to capture.

To be honest, I really value and understand both types of clients, because I have been both. But what I will say, is it makes the whole process even that much more fun, when I know a feeling is conveyed through a portrait. When I know that a momma will look at a portrait a get goosebumps because she remembers how sweet and snuggly her daughter was... yep that gets me.

So Caudell family, thanks for being you. I always love my time with you and it goes by way too quickly. Hope you enjoy these as much as I have. XO

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Mourad Family Mini Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

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I am blessed to be surrounded by some pretty amazing mommas. The kind of moms that love their kiddos fiercely, push them to be their best, and acknowledge their hard work and accomplishments. Dima is one such momma. Watching her kindness and loving nature makes me glad to be her friend AND reminds me to try to do the same with my own children. And the rest of her family??? Well the apple doesn't fall far from the tree with this crew! I couldn't have enjoyed our session more!

Thank you, Mourad family, for trusting me with your sweet memories!

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Sackett Family Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

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One of many things I love about this photography journey is meeting new families!  I was introduced to the Sackett family after they won on a session with me through the Brains for Hope silent auction. If you haven't read about Brains for Hope, take a minute and read their amazing story!

When I sat down to read through Keri's questionaire responses, I was overwhelmed by her love for her family. It is obvious that she views each member of her family as a pure blessing!  And after I spent more time with her sweet kiddos and husband, it was very also obvious that they feel the exact same way about her! Can't wait to share a sneak at our gorgeous night!

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Dormeier Modern Child Portrait Mini Session | Photography by Meg Miller | Fort Wayne, Indiana

Modern Child Mini Sessions are quickly becoming some of my very favorite sessions. I love connecting with this sweet kiddos and getting this one on one time. I love how the simple, classic background really allows each child's personality to shine through.  I'll be offering this sessions to a very limited number of schools this year!  To learn more about bringing these sessions to your school click here or contact me

These adorable siblings are always so much fun-as you can tell from our session last fall! It is really such a privilege to watch these two grow and mature together!  Their bond is something truly special!   

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The Eddy Children's Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

Confession time. I love people watching. I always have. I can remember being very young, sitting on a park bench in Disney World and having the best time simply people watching.  

Am I the only one?

Not the creepy, stalker type of people watching.

The observant, thoughtful kind of people watching. Watching families interact. Watching the dynamic between couples. Wondering where they're from....what jobs they have.  what their names are.....and one of my favorites... watching siblings interact. 

Cue the Eddy children. These three are pretty special. They truly love and respect each other. The 'bigs' could not be more protective, helpful and encouraging. And Cohen.... Cohen is the entertainment and he knows it.... from the curls, to the grins, the rolls, and of course the dinosaur roars. It is such a sweet and enduring dynamic to watch. Those Eddy parents are doing a ton right!  Hats off!  

Thank you for continuing to trust me with your sweet family's memories. It is a true joy to watch your children grown as individuals and together as siblings. And happy, happy birthday Cohen!   PS-stop growing so darn fast;) 

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Hopen Family Session | Lake Wawasee | Syracuse, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

This family is near and dear to our hearts. My daughter pretty much considers herself a second mother to all three of these boys... did I mention that she's 6? Ha! In all seriousness, I'd keep all of these boys in a heartbeat. Little boy perfection.

And their momma.....she's as pretty on the inside as she in on the out.  she continues to be such a support and cheerleader. A constant source of great ideas and honest feedback as well as helping me to step outside of my comfort zone. Pretty much the perfect friend.  Oh and she's pretty darn talented, too. You have to check out her work at Maggie Hopen Photography. 

Thanks for a wonderful weekend Hopens!  We ALWAYS love out time with you!  

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Kellan 3 Year Old Milestone Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana Child Photographer | Photography by Meg Miller

Oh Kellan.... you had me at that first little smile you flashed my way. And those dimples!  Swoon. Your momma even warned me that they were adorable, but I wasn't prepared for THIS much cuteness!

We had such a fun evening soaking up the Spring weather, checking out spider webs, playing hide and seek, and of course popping some super bubbles. Pretty much a perfect evening, right? 

I cannot forget to mention those momma cuddles. It is very obvious that this adorable little boy loves his momma fiercely!  And something tells me that the feeling is mutual!  

Happy 3rd Birthday Kellan!  I had a blast celebrating with you!

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The Chenoweth Family | Spring Mini Session | Photography by Meg Miller | Fort Wayne, Indiana Family Photographer

Meg Miller is a family photographer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Headley Spring Mini Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana Children's Photographer

When you schedule spring mini sessions, you hope for a gorgeous day and amazing flowers would be a plus, but you sort of anticipate that won't all happen..... well.... I could not have hand picked a more stunning day!  It was warm and sunny (remember when it was warm and sunny? I think that's coming back?) with the most beautiful tulips! Combine all that with this adorable little sweetheart and I'd call that a success!  

 

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Anthony is 1! | Photography by Meg Miller | Fort Wayne, Indiana

I know it sounds cliche, but that year REALLY did fly by! It feels like just yesterday that sweet Anthony was just a tiny little newborn. He has been such a joy to watch and photograph over this past year.  A lot has definitely changed, but that infectious smile always remains constant. Happy Birthday sweet Anthony!  

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5 Tips for Capturing Authentic Smiles

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked is, “How do you always get kids to smile for pictures?”  The truth is, I don’t.  I mean, they smile for pictures, but if I’m being 100 % honest. There are plenty of times they won’t.  That being said, I do have a few tips and I thought I would share them with you!  

 

1. Ask Questions Get them talking! I haven't met a child, tween, or teen that doesn't like to talk about himself. Ask them questions about their favorite food, activity, song...you name it!  But the most important part is listening. Really hear their answers and respond. You'll be shocked at what you learn;) 

2. Laugh. Not them-YOU! If you want them to have fun then YOU have to have fun, too. People reflect the energy they see and kids are no different. 

3. Dance to Some Music. Babies love it. Toddlers groove to it.  Teens are so annoyed by it.....but they all laugh. If you really want a giggle then YOU do the dancing! Nothing makes children laugh (and blush) more than watching their dad do the lawn mower in public. 

4. Play. By now you know that I'm a sucker for movement. Get moving. Play a game! Movement almost always brings smiles and laughter. Try simon says, red light, green light, acting like an animal, hide and seek.... just get moving! 

5. Compliments. Who doesn't like to hear how pretty they are or what an amazing smile they have?? Better yet-show them a photo that you just captured while giving them a compliment. Double win! 

Hopefully this gave you a couple new ideas and tricks about capturing those beautiful smiles and amazing personalities. Do you have any additional tricks to getting authentic smiles from your kids? I would love to hear from you, comment below! 

 

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Runyan Family Session | Photography by Meg Miller | Fort Wayne, Indiana

Family sessions with little boys may be my favorite. There is never a shortage of energy, laughter, and hilarious one-liners. The Runyan's maternity session was all of these things and more. This sweet family is so full of love and laughter! I cannot wait to meet their adorable new little one. No doubt that she will be a gorgeous and very loved addition to this amazing family. 

Thank you, Runyan family, for sharing this very special time in your lives with me! 

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Lindzy Family | Ft Wayne, Indiana Family Photographer | Photography by Meg Miller

These four. So, so special and full of love! These two girls are so full of life and personality!  Thank you so much Lindzy family!  I LOVED our chilly afternoon together! 

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Fisher Family Session | Photography by Meg Miller | Ft. Wayne, Indiana

This is one of my favorite sessions to date. These four were an absolute blast to be around!  They were the type of family that really enjoys being around each other. During the middle of the session, Amy yelled out "AHHH I love my family so much!" Gave me chills. Just love it!   Fisher family thank you so for giving me the honor of photographing your beautiful family! 

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Mayer Family Session | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

This family is always a blast to be around. These sweet kiddos are all full of infectious giggles. I cannot tell you how excited I get to work with amazing families year after year!  Such an honor! Thank you Travis and Jennifer! You are such a gorgeous family and it was so fun to hang out and capture your memories! xo

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Chandler Family Session

Oh Chandler family how I love you. Your wonderful sense of humor. Your contagious laughs. And who can forget those blue eyes? Oh but wait!  It gets even better!  They added a new member to their family! The cutest, sweetest little furball ever.  

Chandler family, thank you for an evening full of running, giggles, dog cuddles and sunsets. Y'all are simply awesome! 

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VanOsdol Family Session | Ft. Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

I love seeing families annually!  Love it!  It is so fun to reconnect, see how much kiddos have grown, here about what's new in their lives and see how much still remains the same. I want to to check on that sweet dimple  and those curls that were so tight last year. Will they still love the same activities, books, and shows? Probably not.... and I can't wait to hear about all of it!  

Alexa pointed out that our session from last year was exactly one year ago. How cool is that? Exactly one year ago! Ryan has grown and changed so very much. He still has the most adorable eyes and smile. He is now on the move and pumps his right arm in the cutest little way and sticks his tongue out when he's really thinking.... just adorable!   

Thank you! Thank you-VanOsdol family!  I always love our time together and you just seem to get sweeter and sweeter!  

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Senk Family Session | Columbia City, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

Those who know me well, know that I may have a slight obsession with red barns, big properties, and amazing light. My kids may or may not frequently yell 'MOM!!!! beautiful red barn with stunning light!' Poor things are brainwashed. 

When I pulled up to the Senk's beautiful home I was blown away! Their property is blessed with gorgeous buildings (including a red barn!!!), adorable animals, stunning light, and wonderful humans. I loved hearing about the chickens, horse, donkey, dogs, and cats!  And of course I have to mention how beautiful these three sisters are!  Couldn't help but smile around these 3. 

Thank you, Senk family, for a beautiful night in your wonderful home!  I could have soaked it up all night!!!

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Wallace Family Session | Ft. Wayne, Indiana | Photography by Meg Miller

You may remember this wonderful crew.... I mean who can forget those precious curls and award winning smiles? I didn't know it was possible, but this family has gotten even more adorable since last fall. 

Wallace family, thank you, once again, for sharing a beautiful fall evening with me. There is nothing better than soaking up your giggles, kiddo energy, and of course those curls. Love you bunches!  

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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