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Babies 8 months and younger (but not crawling yet)

I have been commissioned to create a series of photographs to be hung in the NICU at Eskenazi Health.

Research indicates that access to art and natural beauty play a positive role in the healing process. “The artists and selections, guided by input from our community and inspired by Eskenazi Health’s role in caring for it, represent the diversity and brilliance of our community and will carry forward Eskenazi Health’s deep and longstanding connection with the people of Indianapolis. But, most importantly, the Eskenazi Health art program will further enhance positive health outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO and medical director at Eskenazi Health. “We are committed to creating a comforting environment of health and healing for our patients, visitors, staff and our community, and the selected works of art contribute to this characteristic of our new, modern and efficient facilities.”

I am searching for Indianapolis babies to be the subjects of this body of work.


  • Baby must be 8 months or younger and not crawling yet.
  • The parents/guardians must sign a release that will allow me to publish your baby’s name and photographs which will be hung at Eskenazi Health.
  • Photographs must be taken before June 15, 2016.
  • Photo session must take place in my studio on the north side of Indianapolis.

If you are interested in being a part of this unique opportunity in which your child’s photograph will become a permanent piece of art that will inspire hope and happiness in parents of babies in the Eskenazi NICU, please email a photo of your baby and your contact information, including phone number, to

After I look at the applicants, I will contact you if I think your baby is a good match for this project.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Moonbug Photography baby model search Indianapolis

Moonbug Photography baby model search Indianapolis

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Weekday Specials in September

Mini sessions are now available every Tuesday and Friday 9:00 – 2:00 at Holliday Park or the Studio. The session fee is $50 and a special $350 digital file package that includes 5 digital files is available. See below for more details about mini sessions. Printed items and packages are also available.

1 hour sessions are also available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 – 2:00 at Holliday Park or the Studio.  The session fee is $75 and a special $850 digital file package with 12 digital files is available. Prints and print packages are also available.

If you are up in the air about whether to get a digital package or prints, read this article.

Indianapolis photographer, Sonja Clark, embraces a unique, natural style of children’s photography.  Moonbug Photography offers on location and studio photography for newborns, babies, kids, families, seniors, maternity and births. Moonbug Photography also has a fresh approach to creating stunning school pictures. Weekend and Friday Mini Sessions

Holliday Park

Friday, September 25th 4:00-6:00

Friday, October 2nd 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 18th 9:00-2:00

Saturday, October 24th 9:00-2:00

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What does a Mini cost?

$50 Session fee due at scheduling time to hold your spot.  A special $350 digital file package that includes 5 digital files is available.  Additional files are $50 each.  Print packages are also available.  Check the website for details.

What is a “Mini Session”?

The Mini Session is a 20-25 minute photo shoot that is offered on a limited number of dates throughout the year. Dates and locations are announced periodically through email, facebook and the website.

Note:  It’s best to keep your session limited to just kids or a family of 4-5 depending on ages.  Since we only have 25 minutes to shoot, it’s important to set it up for success.  Big families, toddlers who need a long warm up time and babies will do better with a regular session so we can relax and not have time constraints.

How do I schedule a Mini Session?

A limited number of sessions are available throughout the year and are reserved quickly.  The best way to schedule your session is to email or call the studio.  The reservation fee is required at the time of scheduling to hold your spot.

How is the Mini Session different from a typical session?

These sessions are 20-25 minutes long and have a specific date and location.  You will have at least 20 proofs to choose from.  Mini sessions cost $50 and regular weekend sessions cost $150.

A regular photo session provides a, custom portraiture experience.  These sessions provide a wider variety of images to choose from and more location options. More importantly, these sessions are designed around your needs, with more time to bring out your family and child’s personality.

How do I order images from the Mini Session?

Approximately one-two weeks after the photo shoot, we will have an in-studio ordering session.  During this session, I will show you a slideshow of your pictures and help you place your order.  I have special software that will allow me to import a picture of your walls at home to show you exactly how your pictures will look on your wall to scale.


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Should you get digital files or prints?  It’s actually not a simple question.. Many people [and photographers] go back and forth as to the best way to do this photography thing.  Times are changin too, so we learn more and more about the digital world as we go. Here’s what I tell my clients, “it depends.” It actually depends on you and how responsible you are;)  Here’s why:

Think about WHY you want digital files.

If you are afraid your house will burn down and you want the files “just in case,” just don’t worry.  Get your electrical work up to code, turn off the stove when you’re done and don’t use space heaters.  Your house probably won’t burn down, and if it does, your computer will burn too and you will loose all your files in addition to your prints.  Unless you are very responsible and you have backed up all your files in the cloud or on an off site hard drive. I keep your files as long as possible as another back up for you.

You might think it’s cheaper to get digital files and that depends too.  It might be cheaper, however, you have to think about quality here.  I have had many, many clients come back to me and ask me to print something for them that they couldn’t get to look beautiful at a cheap consumer printer.  THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.  It makes me sad when I make a beautiful black and white picture and it gets printed at a local drugstore and it ends up green and grey.  You want to look at your photos and feel warm and fuzzy, not frustrated because they didn’t print it right.  I recommend first.  If you are in a hurry, use Costco.

You might want to share them on the internet so your friends and family can see your beautiful family.  I love doing this too, so I put them online for you (print orders and digital orders) so you can share away.  Don’t let this be your only reason for going digital.  This reason doesn’t make it very cost effective.

You might be under the impression that you will “own” the files.  You will sort of “own” them but you won’t be the only one.  It’s standard practice that when you get your files, you will get limited copyrights.  This means that you can publish them and print them for personal use only and you can’t make any money from them.  The photographer retains the right to use them and make money off of them.

You must be a self motivated DIY kinda person that is tech savvy and knows how to back those files up in several places. After you have backed them up, PRINT THEM. If you leave them on your hard drive, what’s the point? Read this article on Petapixel. It does a great job of explaining why we should print our files. I’m going to write a whole post based on that article, it’s so good. It basically says that we are entering into another possible Dark Ages because we aren’t printing things and we don’t know how long digital data will exist. It gets lost all the time and we may not even realize how much is disappearing. Poof!

If you know you want a digital package, the process is easy.  I will put your proofs in an online gallery and you will choose your favorites.  I will then touch them up in photoshop and dropbox them to you.

A case for print:

With a print session, you have lots of help so that you are sure to get exactly what you need. Before your shoot, we will have a pre-session consultation on the phone or in the studio. During this time, we can discuss, in more detail, your needs and goals. We will decide on a location and get a clothing strategy. You can come to the studio to see and touch the products that you may wish to purchase. When I have a general idea of what items you want to display in your home, I can be more prepared during our session and make sure we get the shots you want.

After your photoshoot, you will come to the studio for your ordering session.  Clients find this very helpful because I can help you choose your photos and make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.  The best part is that I can import a photo of your wall and we can plug in your new pictures to decide on exact sizes and arrangements. How cool is that?  I get big hugs for this. Especially from those that have tried to do it on their own.

I have to mention the quality issue again.  It’s better.  There’s no way around it.  I use the best printers in the country and you are guaranteed to get gorgeous prints of your family that you will love.

If you are still on the fence, call me and we’ll figure it out.

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Parents love school pictures from Moonbug Photography.  And I love working with schools.  I have found a way to make administrators, teachers, parents and students super happy and excited about school pictures again.

Administrators and teachers have found that working with a boutique company, like Moonbug Photography is much easier than the “Big Companies.” I will work with directors to create a program and a plan that works best for your school. I like to keep things simple and flexible.

Parents get to choose from several poses and order exactly what they want. The best part is that they actually frame the pictures and hang them on their walls. Gone are the days where they write the obligatory check and then throw the pictures in a drawer, never to be seen again.

As a former teacher and a mom, I can gain a quick rapport with children. When the little ones are comfortable and having fun we get amazing results. I do whatever it takes to make your students happy and comfortable so their pictures turn out beautifully and reflect their personalities.

My vision is to provide preschools with school pictures that are beautiful and make parents happy. I am committed to making the process customized to your needs so that it is simple and easy for you from beginning to end. Please take a look at the links below to see what I have to offer and contact me with any questions. I’m available to meet with you or any committee to discuss how we can work together.

Comparison Chart and FAQ’s for School Administrators

Comparison Chart and FAQ’s for Parents



Moonbug Photography School Portraits in Indianapolis

Reviews from parents:

Dear Ms. Clark,

We’ve never met, but you took pictures of my daughters, Isabel and Anna Hargrove at Sycamore School. You might remember Anna because you were kind enough to give us the large posters that were hung at the school entrances of her (she was wearing a green and pink flowered shirt). Thank you for that – certainly unexpected and a great surprise!

In any case, it isn’t really important that you remember my children specifically because I’m just writing to tell you how very, very much I appreciate the pictures you took. We have, for a number of years, had the girls’ pictures taken by ——— up in Westfield and she does excellent work, but we’ve always continued to do it because we figured we’ll never have decent school pictures.

I’m not willing to say that I won’t have their pictures taken at other times, but I’m not worried about school pictures anymore, if you continue to take them. I will, of course, also communicate this to Sycamore in the hopes that they will continue to ask you back. But whether they do or not, I’m sure you will hear from me again and from a number of my friends that I am referring to your site – the pictures are a terrific advertisement and I have a lot of friends with small children who are very jealous!

I have two of the pictures on my desk at work and, literally, every person who walks in my office (including the lady who waters the plants) has said, “Those are gorgeous pictures of the girls.” And they really, really are. They are so perfect, and they capture the girls’ personalities so well. I’m not fortunate to be home with the kids during the day and I travel a lot for work, so I have never regretted spending (in some cases, a lot of) money for good pictures. I get so much joy from their pictures that it would be difficult to calculate their value to me.

So I was just sitting here looking at them (after the 200th person mentioned them) and thinking about how much I enjoy them, and it occurred to me that I ought to mention it to you, too, and thank you because these pictures do really make every minute and every day I have to be away from them that much easier to bear.

Thank you very much!


Jennifer Thompson


Hi Sonja:  Just wanted to let you know, again, what a great job you did with all the children’s photos!  Especially Christian’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   -Elly Grubaums

My daughter received her beautiful photos today at school.  These are the best school photos I have ever seen.  You did a fabulous job!   -Sheryl Ciulla

I just wanted to tell you I absolutely love Isaac’s school pictures!  You did a fabulous job!  You need to market yourself more to schools- this is incredible!  What a wonderful school picture- one you will actually keep and not throw in a drawer!   -Cass Schuchman

Thanks so much for taking such wonderful pictures of my children!  My son, Haynes Whorley, and daughter, Phifer Whorley, both attend Sycamore School and I think you did a terrific job!  Thanks again.   -Lisa E. Haynes

I just had time for a peek—the boys’ pictures look wonderful. You did a great job capturing them at their best. You have a gift!   -Pamela Greisemer

WONDERFUL work on the Sycamore school pictures this year!! Thank you.   -John White


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  • July 29, 2015 - 5:25 pm

    Melissa DeVoe - How fantastic!! Your hard work shows in all of your fabulous reviews!

  • August 1, 2015 - 8:09 pm

    Angela - Awesome! I’ve done school portraits before and it’s really fun

  • August 3, 2015 - 8:50 am

    admin - Thank you, Angela. I love doing them too!