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RELAXED + HEARTFELT family photos


I believe that snapping photos of your family is really only half of my job! In order to craft your best-fit experience, I make it a priority to first learn about your family dynamics, as well as your end goal for your portraits. We can chat all about those things when we connect via phone, e-mail, or zoom! After your session is officially booked, I'll send you a comprehensive Session Prep Guide to help you know exactly what to expect for our time together and how to set everyone up for success--including wardrobe ideas, kid prep tips, and even more heirloom display inspiration. 

From day 1 of booking me as your family photographer, I am focused on YOUR goals for your photos. How and where will you enjoy them most? What moments of parenthood mean the most to you to have preserved, and how can we make sure the images of those moments bring you joy for decades to come?  

I really believe in the importance of displaying photos of our kids and families throughout our homes; it's not only impactful to us as parents, but just as impactful to our kids to physically see these images every single day. To see your love for them in one more tangible way.

To be reminded constantly that they are adored, that they belong. 

I also know how overwhelming it can be to receive a gallery of 50+ digital images and no direction or guidance on what the heck to do with them! The options are endless, and it's so easy to just forget about all those pretty photos a few weeks after downloading them. I’d love to help you come up with a plan for preserving and enjoying your photos right off the bat, so that it’s one less thing you have to worry about. Better yet - allow me to take care of it FOR you!

My hope for your family session is ultimately for you and your kids to feel at ease and free to be yourselves!

If you have young kids, expect lots of candid shots with movement and snuggles. I will guide and loosely pose you throughout the session, but I never want you to feel stiff and formal! I won't be asking you to sit still and look at the camera much - that’s not my primary goal. You’re going to sit and look at your babies, your family. You are going to get images that exude love. Your children are going to look at these and clearly see how loved they are. And I hope these images also help YOU see yourself the way your kids see you! We will always fit in several smile-at-the-camera shots as well, more or less depending on the ages of your kids. ;)

If traditional posed family sessions are not your favorite (or your kids would rather get teeth pulled than dress up and stand still for even a moment), these extra laidback, documentary-style sessions are perfect for capturing the happiest of faces. These sessions are my personal favorite, to be honest. I simply tag along with my camera to your family outing or event, and snag THE SWEETEST photos of your kids being kids! No forced smiles necessary, because they can't help but smile naturally. 

I’ve got your back with wardrobe planning, too! When you choose your session date, you’ll get immediate access to my online styling service. You’ll answer a short questionnaire about who is in the session, the general style you’re looking for and the color schemes you like, and the service will choose photographer-approved outfits for you to compare side-by-side. Here’s an example of four outfits I picked out based on recommendations for a family of four in a brown/ivory + blue/orange color scheme (I chose “romantic boho” as my vibe):

Within a few days of your session, I will send you a proofing gallery to view! This will be in slideshow form initially, and will contain your complete gallery of images (for most sessions, you can expect 50-60 images to choose from). The slideshow will be available for 48 hours, starting when you click the link. During that 48 hours you'll have the opportunity to select your chosen collection. Your gallery will walk you through the steps to purchase your collection, and pick the images you'd like to keep. Easy peasy! Once you've selected your images, I'll get to work completing final edits (all the skin-smoothing, color enhancing, retouching magic) and send you your downloadable high resolution files within two weeks of your order. 

Each collection comes with varying amounts of heirloom product credit, which can be applied toward additional digital images and/or gorgeous heirloom products like wall art, albums, and archival quality prints. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy tangible art created FOR you with your most loved images! It is truly priceless.

A nonrefundable session fee of $199 is due at booking, which guarantees your spot on my calendar and covers my time planning and shooting your session. You'll have the opportunity to view a proofing gallery of your images online before selecting your collection. Collections begin at $450 and include varying amounts of digital files and product credit. I'll walk you through the full investment guide prior to booking, and there will be no price surprises when it comes time to order your files and heirlooms.

ALL family sessions include a phone consult (if desired), access code to my online wardrobe styling service, my comprehensive session prep guide, customized session planning, and a full-length sunset session. Professional in-home hair and make-up for mama is also available as an add-on to your session! #TREATYOURSELF!


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"even my husband had to admit he enjoyed our family session (this in itself is miraculous). And i am absolutely obsessed with our photos and even more obsessed with how they look on our walls! i had no idea how to properly arrange prints on the wall so it was sooo worth it to have mackenzie work her magic throughout our house. it makes me happy every time i look around and see our gorgeous photos throughout my day!!                                                                                                          - Brittany H. 

Fill out the inquiry form linked at the bottom of this page to start the process (or even just to learn more)! You'll be able to request a date from my availability calendar and fill out a short questionnaire telling me about your family and your photo needs. I'll reach out within 48 hours to go over my investment guide with you and/or schedule an in-person design consult!

step 1 - reach out!

Once we agree on a date, you'll receive an official booking link through which you will be able to sign my contract and pay the session fee. You'll then receive your access code to Style & Select, and I'll send you my comprehensive Family Session Prep Guide to help you know exactly what to expect on session day!

book your date!

I'll be in touch as your session date nears, making sure we discuss all your questions and requests regarding your session and end products. I'll send photos and videos of all the beautiful heirloom possibilities, or I'm happy to stop by your home in person instead!

get excited!

Wooot! The best part! All you have to do is show up with some clothes on and the best moods you can muster - I promise it will be painless and even FUN (I'm looking at you, dad).

We will likely grab a couple more posed family shots toward the beginning of the session, and by the end the kids will be happily running around like maniacs (this is when the real magic happens, anyway)!


Following our session, I'll send you a sweet slideshow of your images! Then you'll select your collection, download your digital files, and apply your product credit to prints, an album, or wall art (OR additional digital files, if you truly do not want tangible products)! Choosing your collection, ordering, and paying is super simple and all done online!

All heirloom products will be delivered within 4-6 weeks of your order date (or sooner).

Ready to get started?! I can't wait to hear from you!        


the process

I don't know yet if I want an album or wall art. Will I be able to just get the digitals?

You sure can! While I am a full service photographer and specialize in designing tangible art, I will never push products on you if that's not your jam. Your product credit can be applied to the purchase of additional digital files (though you may find it more cost effective to upgrade collections as opposed to purchasing a few additional files)! I am also happy to provide guidance on the best consumer retailers to print your high resolution images.

My toddler goes to bed at 7, can we schedule our session for 5?

Golden hour light is everything when it comes to beautiful outdoor portraits! But if you're truly ok with shaded photos and can do without that evening glow, we can absolutely make something work. If you DO want sunset light but your kiddos don't do well after 7pm, I would encourage you to schedule your session in the earlier part of spring or later part of fall. Or schedule nap time to be a bit later on photo day! Often times babies and toddlers will totally surprise you with how well they handle staying up late to party every now and then!

Will you help me install my gallery wall?

Absolutely - I provide complimentary installation with each gallery wall purchase. Take me up on it!

How far do you travel for family sessions?

I am more than happy to travel anywhere within a 20 mile radius of Brownsburg, IN. An adjustable travel fee will be applied to sessions outside that radius.

My kids hate being photographed, what if they won’t cooperate?

For kids who truly hate to have their photo taken, I’d recommend trying a Fun Day Session! You’ll likely end up with fewer posed smiling-at-the-camera photos, but I promise you’ll love the genuinely happy candid shots just as much. And your kids will enjoy the whole process so much more! I’m usually still able to grab some of those more intentional group shots in this setting as well, especially when that’s right in the midst of a fun activity.



let's do this!

Submit an inquiry to start the booking process

meet mackenzie

In order to learn more about your family and start creating a session AND end products that will serve you best, I'd love to first hear more about your vision! Tap "INQUIRE" below to fill out a quick questionnaire about your family and your needs, and request a specific date from those available on my calendar. After I receive your inquiry I will reach out within 48 hours (usually sooner) to go over my investment guide with you and answer all your questions before confirming your booking! If you have a specific question in the meantime, shoot me an email anytime at mackenziethadaphoto@gmail.com.


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lifestyle newborn & family photographer
greater indianapolis, IN

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