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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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Grant 6 Months

This was my first time meeting this cute little family. Grant is one of the happiest babies ever, just making eye contact with him made him smile uncontrollably. And his face, he could definitely be a Gerber baby! Thank you so much Dana and Luke, it was so great meeting you all!
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The Studio

Before and After!

Take note- these are just cell phone pictures! I’m a busy mama and the only way I was going to finally post photos of the studio!:)

The studio is turning FOUR!! It seems like forever ago that we made the scary decision to turn our detached garage into a studio. After 11 years of hauling props and light around to jobs, I started searching for commercial space. Then it dawned on me one day while playing with the kids outside- the GARAGE! We really only used for trash bins and bikes, so why not! My husband was immediately on board and we hired a contractor and within about a month, I had a studio.

The transformation was amazing. I’ll never forget the feelings I had as I watched it come together- scared, excited, nervous-this had always been a dream of mine. The garage was pretty icky, just bare bones down to the studs. We added 3 huge windows in addition to two existing windows and replaced the garage door with french doors, light faux wood floors and a vaulted ceiling (which I insisted on). Once it was finished it was just one big empty canvas.

It took me awhile to get comfy in my space.  I eventually added a wood floor backdrop that can be flipped between white and stained wood. An area for family photos that includes 3 backdrop colors and a white couch/futon that easily slides out of the way. Then there is the beanbag area for posing newborns. And lots of storage for my prop obsession. I also have several suspension hooks ready to hold curtains and anything else I come up with.  For the first year or two I used natural light, but soon realized it was just too inconsistent and now use strobe lights.

My little studio is located in Broad Ripple. Yes, we have three kids in a little Broad Ripple house, and yes, I laugh inside when people tell me they are outgrowing their home. We technically have two bedrooms, but we are crafty with space and not afraid to knock a wall down. Every inch of our home has its purpose. We don’t have junk and my favorite thing to do is a giant purge. We are walking distance to everything we need-grocery, school, work, parks. We love our house and we love the studio, so we have made our little home grow with us. I just hope I feel this way when the kids are taller me!

Thanks for checking out my space! And thank you to all of my loyal clients, you helped make my little dream come true:)

Love,
Jan

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Baby Nico

Welcome to the world baby Nico! This boy has the most amazing head of hair with some super long eye lashes to match. I remember big sister Pia’s lenthy lashes too! Nico decided to keep an eye on me most of the shoot, but it didn’t matter because he was so calm and happy the whole time. This is such an awesome little family, so happy for them! So great catching up Andrea and Nirav, thank you so much for coming!

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Jordan is One!

How on earth is Jordan one already!? And not only is she one, but moves like a three year old (she could maybe out run me) and has SO much personality. Both Reese and Jordan are always so much fun to photograph because they are so happy and love their little lives! This little family not only loves each, but they love being with each other, which always makes for fun photos. Thanks again, Brooke and Chase!

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Vivienne is One!

This little diva will be celebrating her birthday on Valentines Day! She came all dolled up with lots of cute wardrobe changes. Viv is so sweet and calm with some seriously beautiful blue eyes. Loved photographing this little girl again! Thank you so much JoAnna and Patrick, its always fun catching up!

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