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    Welcome to my blogsite! My name is Jan Van Velse and I am a formally trained photographer. I studied fine art and photography for 4 years at Purdue University and graduated in 2002 with a BA in photography, and minors in communications, advertising and philosophy. After college I was mainly a wedding photographer but these days I stick to newborns and little ones, which is my true calling!

    I love being a photographer. I have to be a photographer. I could not imagine being anything else in life.

    Enjoy!
    Jan

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Clare, Class of 2017

Okay, I’ve made a liar of my self once again! No, I don’t do senior pictures…unless you’re related to me. And I have to say, I am starting to like these sessions and could see them becoming a staple in my near future, oh and it of course helps when the subject is as beautiful as Clare. Starting her senior year at Chatard, Clare is one of the sweetest down to earth girls I know. She is always smiling, happy, laughing and loves my kids! She has babysat numerous times and m kiddos adore her. Clare- Ruth watched me edit all of these photos. You might be her new hero. Congrats on your senior year, Clare! I know you’ll do great things:)

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Henry, Ruth and George at the State Fair

Ah the fair, one of our many traditions that admittedly stresses me out, but I know when I’m old I will give anything to have my kids little again at the stinky fair.

This year we did it a little different, I bought bracelets online ahead of time, which is also a money saver, so the stress of calculating tickets and who is riding what, is out the window- THIS is the way to go! Chris took off work early on a Friday, so we didn’t have to fight crowds either, and it was just the 5 of us. Which meant, we did what the kids wanted to do, and Chris and I ate nothing delicious. But that is totally okay, kind of.

We rode rides, ate toddler food, took lots of pictures, had a few meltdowns. And then we were poured on, I mean buckets of rain! We huddled under an awning, which happened to be at a game where the kids can throw darts at balloons, $20 later we make a break for it through the rain, laughing and stomping in puddles all the way to the pig barn. Which is a perfect place to go after running through a hot steamy rain. I’m not sure I have ever felt more dirty in my life but we still loved seeing these cute fat pigs. And horses, and sheep and goats…

We do love the fair and I especially love showering after the fact. This year we learned that George (2) is a fearless ride lover, Ruth (5) is really good with a dart and Henry (7) can finish a root beer in 30 seconds. I love these kids and I love our stinky traditions.

Oh, and the fair is such a prime spot for a photoshoot. I might have to do fair sessions next year, remind me!!!

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Caroline

So so so happy for this cute family! I have been photographing them since big brother Cooper was a baby. And now they have Caroline, a pefect little addition. Caroline is perfect and happy, this sweet girl smiled constantly and barely made a peep. Congrats Elizabeth and Doug and thank you for having me capture this precious time:)

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Henry and Ruth’s First Day of School

It was a bitter sweet day, and one that we have been preparing for what seems like years! To Henry, it was pretty much just another day- I mean, he is a veteran second grader, no big deal. But Ruth, an incoming kidergartner, was a little bit nervous. Luckily both popped right out of bed in good moods, ate waffles, posed for some pictures and we were off! I included a little (very amateur) video from my cel via the link at the end- (note the difference between cell and camera). oh, Henry’s first day was actually yesterday, that’s why Ruth is not in uniform in a couple photos. So Henry had two days of photos- which is one of his worst nightmares and is apparent in one particular photo:) Happy first day of second grade and kindergarten to my oldest babies! George and I will miss you during the week- its a new era!

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Jaya

Meet Jaya, one of the newest little members on my husband’s side. This sweet Florida girl has a contagious smile and award winning hair! She is just plain adorable and happy. During her visit she met lots of family members, which apparently wore her out because she fell asleep in the studio! So cute! Welcome to the world little Jaya and congrats Jenny and Charles!
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