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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!

I have truly enjoyed watching this sweetie pie over the last few years.  I’ve been thinking about why I have enjoyed watching Zoe so much lately (because I knew I would be writing this post – and I hate writing- but it’s good for me) and I think it’s partly because of her age and partly because she’s Zoe.  Zoe impresses me so much because she is kind, smart, interesting, confident, grounded and a beautiful, talented dancer.  I really enjoyed getting to know her more at our shoot!

The other reason, the age part, is that I discovered that I really love the tween and early teen stages.  Zoe is one year older than my oldest son, so I have been in the trenches with these kids for a few years experiencing this special time in life from the perspective of a mother.  I hated the middle school years/beginning of high school years!  They were the worst ever.  But from a mother’s perspective, it’s pretty amazing.

I remember hearing terrible stories about the two-year old stage, so I dreaded it.  But it was amazing!  They you could actually watch the wheels turning in their little brains, they learned and grew sooooo fast.  They thought they were so big and independent and were so proud when they did something new.  This tween/early teenage stage is the same.  They are growing and changing so fast that I’m trying not to miss it.  Teenagers can be scary, especially when they go out into the world and you hope and pray that they remember some of what you have taught them.  They are absolutely surprising and amazing.

Capture this time so you can remember it forever.  Take lots of pictures, even if they don’t want you to.  Get the braces, the pimples, crazy hair, the awkward extra long limbs.  Celebrate the glorious teenager by taking lots of pictures and video, you’ll be happy that you did:)

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  • July 28, 2015 - 3:01 pm

    lindsay brummer - What incredible images. I LOVE them!

  • July 28, 2015 - 8:37 pm

    admin - Thank you Lindsay!

  • July 28, 2015 - 11:35 pm

    Jina - There’s something so beautiful about ballet dancers. You captured her so beautifully!

  • July 29, 2015 - 12:17 am

    Melissa Klein - These are beautiful!

  • July 30, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    admin - Thank you, Jina! I absolutely love my dancers!!

  • July 30, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    admin - Thanks so much, Melissa!

  • July 31, 2015 - 2:13 am

    Hope Copeland - Love this! Wonderful, wonderful session!

  • July 31, 2015 - 3:53 pm

    admin - Thank you, Hope!

  • August 2, 2015 - 8:12 pm

    Maria Manjelo - My God. These are amazing!

  • August 3, 2015 - 8:51 am

    admin - Thank you Maria!! Love my ballet clients:)

Painting with Light - How to Photograph Sparklers by Moonbug Photography

I did this last year and we all had a ball.  If you don’t like for your kids to play with sparklers, you can do this with any light source, like flashlights, phones, glowsticks, etc…Here’s what you need:

  1. A dark night
  2. A camera with manual settings
  3. A sturdy tripod – if you don’t have a tripod, find a level, study surface at the right height that you can set your camera on.  I’ve done this several times in a pinch.
  4. Lots of sparklers or other light sources
  5. A person or two or three to paint with.

Figure out where you are going to play and know how to work your settings ahead of time so you are not fidgeting around with your camera when your kids are burning all the sprinklers.  It’s so exciting for them you have to be prepared!  Here is the basic recipe (you can adjust as needed):

  1. Set camera to Manual mode
  2. Turn your flash off
  3. ISO = 400
  4. Aperture = 4.o This is how big the hole gets in the lens.  The smaller the number = a bigger hole.  A bigger hole lets more light in and makes the photo brighter.
  5. Shutter Speed = 4″ (4 seconds)  This is how fast the shutter opens and closes.  The smaller the number, the slower it gets.  The slower it goes, the more light is let in which makes the photo brighter.  Most of the time we shoot between 60 and 320, so 4″ is very slow.  That’s why you need a tripod.
  6. Do a few tests so that the person painting stands in the right spot and paints in the right spot so they don’t go out of the frame.

Not getting it quite right?  Try these things to adjust your recipe:

If your photo is too dark:  raise your ISO, reduce the aperture number if you can (some lenses won’t be able to do this), lower your F-stop.

If your photo is too light: lower your ISO, raise the aperture number, raise your shutter speed (you don’t want to do this too much because you need time to write).

Make these changes in small increments.  Small changes can make a big difference.


1.  If you have younger kids, just have them make simple shapes.

2.  If you are spelling a word, make it backwards to create a mirror image.

3.  Also, with younger kids, get set up and practice first.

4.  If you have trouble finding all your settings, read your manual.
Painting with Light - How to Photograph Sparklers by Moonbug Photography

See how the last circle picture is a little different?  That one was set for 5 seconds instead of 4.  The sparkle trails are longer and smoother.  Fun huh?  Let me know how it goes!

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  • July 13, 2015 - 8:33 pm

    Heather Arnita - What a wonderful tutorial! thanks for the tips!

  • July 14, 2015 - 9:22 am

    Melissa DeVoe - I love photos with sparklers! These are great tips!

  • July 14, 2015 - 12:20 pm

    admin - Thank you Heather! I took some new ones on the 4th I need to post.

  • July 14, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    admin - Thank you Melissa! It’s pretty fun:) The kids get super excited too.

  • July 14, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Crystal - What a wonderful tutorial! So much fun!

  • July 15, 2015 - 7:20 am

    admin - Thanks so much, Crystal!

  • July 15, 2015 - 11:10 pm

    rachael - great tips, so fun!

  • July 15, 2015 - 11:31 pm

    Carrie - Great tutorial! I’ve always wanted to try this but haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  • July 16, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    Shannon Hager - Wonderful tips! Thanks!

  • July 16, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    admin - Thank you, Rachel!

  • July 16, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    admin - Try it! Even if it’s not 4th of July:)

  • July 16, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    admin - You’re welcome, Shannon!

  • July 18, 2015 - 6:34 pm

    Angela - I’ve always wondered how to do this, thanks!!

  • July 19, 2015 - 6:19 pm

    admin - You’re welcome, Angela!

  • July 20, 2015 - 11:08 am

    Melissa Klein - Very cool! What a great tutorial – I’m sure that’s going to be very helpful to a ton of people!

  • July 20, 2015 - 12:46 pm

    admin - Thank you, Melissa! I hope so:)

  • July 21, 2015 - 10:09 am

    Maryrose - Love this! I loved doing this on 4th of July. 🙂

  • July 21, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    admin - Mary, I know, right? I have some new ones I need to post. We spelled LOVE and FRIENDS:)

  • July 22, 2015 - 8:06 pm

    Beth - Great tutorial! My sister and I tried this over 4th of July, and I wish I had seen this first!

  • July 23, 2015 - 11:31 am

    admin - Oh, I hope you got some good ones!