i want to remember you as you are | indianapolis family photography

the craig family | Indianapolis Family Photographer Carissa Hawkins

“I want to remember.”  It’s not often that a Mama verbalizes exactly what I am thinking to her children as we are shooting. Jordan gets it.

We Mamas want to remember.

I want to remember you as you are. Now. I want to always see you’re sweet and loving spirit. I want to recall your spunk and your spice. I want to see that little dimple. I want to always see you as the ray of sunshine you are.

My mission is to give you this memory jog, mama. My goal isn’t just to give you the most beautiful images but to give you memories. To bring tears to your eyes when you’re kiddos are grown and that dimple isn’t so pronounced.

It’s important to me. This is what I do. the craig family | indianapolis family photographer Carissa Hawkins


the craig family | indianapolis family photographer Carissa Hawkins

Henry | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

It’s so easy as a mom, wife…photographer, to second guess your decisions and wonder if you’re doing the right thing. I often feel that way.

Henry’s session was an exception.

I felt, as I was shooting and editing that I was making the right choices. That what I envisioned for this session was actually happening.

And that felt GLORIOUS!! {in my best Macklemore}

It’s also super helpful when first time parents are so cool, calm and collected. Not to mention, GORGEOUS!! I am really proud of this one guys,  I hope you enjoy it too.

Simple, Clean, Timeless, Minimalist Newborn details are my ABSOLUTE jam!  Thanks for trusting me, Rachel & Tyler!
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Oh Cecilia! | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

You’re breakin my heart…

Gosh, I just love the joy that radiates from Mom’s face as she thinks about her family. It’s probably one of my favorite things to witness- a family that is so in love. Like. SOOO in love.

No heartbreak here. Just joy from Jeff, Antoinette and Cecilia. 
Indianapolis Newborn Photographer Carissa Hawkins | CeciliaIndianIf you’re in the Indianapolis area and you’re having a baby. I want to be your photographer. Ok? Email me at carissa@carissahawkins.com to reserve your spot on my calendar.

Reina | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

It’s important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No. We adopt because we are rescued.     

-David Platt


I don’t know what it’s like to welcome a baby I didn’t birth into my home. I don’t know the kind of courage it takes to love someone as my own.

But I am blessed to know people who do and who are that courageous. And I am thankful for their friendship and the unconditional love they allow me to witness.

Baby Reina, Although you sleep a lot, it is such a joy to watch as you grow. Your smile is so wonderful. 

This life is such a blessing, friends.

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Sawyer | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

Two boys followed by this sweetie.

Sawyer. I just love her name! Such a strong name. I’m a sucker for strong girl names.

Anyways, Sawyer lives just down the street, so it was a total treat to get to know her just a few days after she was born. I so enjoy her parents. They are seriously cool. They are the kind of neighbors that leave a case of beer on your back steps, just cause.

I’ll stop. You’re here for a snuggly baby photos, anyways. Indianapolis Newborn Photographer Carissa Hawkinson’t belabor the point…adorable baby photos!!




Maxwell | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

Hey there Maxwell! Welcome!

I really hate to make these blog post about me but honestly, I just cannot believe how incredibly blessed I am to be living out my dreams and working with the sweetest families!


Sara, Kyle and baby Maxwell were an absolute dream to work with!

With such a loving couple, baby Maxwell hit the parent jackpot! These two are the sweetest! I loved spending time with them prior to baby M’s arrival.

And then there’s Max. Such a chill little guy! It was such a pleasure to spend time in his company.

Don’t miss out on the cuteness here, scroll on down! Indianapolis newborn photographer Carissa Hawkins

Parker | Modern Indianapolis Newborn Photography

Modern Indianapolis Newborn Photography, coming up! One of the things I love best about Indianapolis is how easily it can be to connect with like minded, friendly people.

Like Katy, Adam and baby Parker.

We share a common love for our neighborhood, the color Revere Pewter and Hubbard & Cravens. Aside from all that, we share mutual friends.

I love that Indianapolis allows for a big town, small town feeling. I love that being a photographer here means I get to know some of the best people.

Katy is one of the first to take advantage of the free maternity session when you book a newborn session and I could not LOVE her maternity photos more!! So beautiful!!

Now scroll on down and check out this little dude!! He’s given me probably my most favorite awake shot ever- if you’re following me on social media, you’ve seen it a few times. I’m obsessed with his little face!

If you’d like to take advantage of maternity photos before you little one comes, hit me up. I’ve got some openings for summer and fall 2017 babies.

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Baby Graysn | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

If only it was my place to tell you the entire story of this amazing family.

What I can tell you, is that this little girl is the rainbow her Mama prayed for. She’s the chance to love again.

Meet Graysn.

Man am I thankful for the faith this family has. They never gave up or gave in. They worked through the pain and on the other side is this beautiful little rainbow.

I can’t wait to see Graysn grown!


Newborn Photography | Baby Ophelia

This beautiful little miracle baby. And her amazing parents. And her sweet and protective sister. And her thoughtful and loving brother. Ah! What is not to love about newborn photography when you’ve got this family as subjects.

It was such a pleasure to spend so much time with them over the last month or so.

This session was the one where I felt like everything I’ve learned over the last year just clicked and it went so smoothly and I was seriously pleased with so many photos straight out of camera.

Here’s to more sessions like that!

Special thanks to Posh Petals for making that gorgeous flower crown!

Ophelia Fresh 48 | Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

As a parent, I’ve learned that even the best made plans don’t go as planned and learning to be flexible is necessary.

This was the case with Baby Ophelia. She had her own plans. So, we rolled with it and switched what was supposed to be me photographing her birth to a Fresh 48 session. It’s all good. Her first few hours are documented and she’s safe and healthy and that is all that matters.

Congratulations Karazim’s!
Indianapolis Newborn Photographer Carissa Hawkins