The Urban Chalkboard Indianapolis Family Photography Mini Sessions

Indianapolis Family Photography at The Urban Chalkboard

From time to time, I host some short and simple mini portrait sessions in partnership with The Urban Chalkboard near Indianapolis located on the northside in Carmel. Over the past year I have developed a lovely little partnership with the owners and staff at The Urban Chalkboard and I cannot recommend them enough to anyone with young children! They are truly one of my favorite spots in the Indianapolis area.

If you’ve seen my social media posts you may be wondering what these little sessions include, so I wanted to provide a few details if you are thinking of stopping by to join in on one!

Indianapolis Family Photographer

How long do the sessions last?

The session lasts about 5 minutes. It may be hard to believe, but I can usually get a variety of shots and expressions during this quick time. If your child is having a rough day (I know mine has her moments!) or doesn’t come out of their shell right away, The Urban Chalkboard has plenty of space for children to relax and explore. I normally stay a few minutes after the sessions finish, in case any families need a bit of extra time.

What type of backdrop do you use?

I include a simple and classic backdrop (black or white, minimal decor) in order to give a timeless look that will display well in your home.

How many images will I receive?

Most sessions produce 5+ images in both black and white and color.

What style are the photos?

All of the images are portraits and normally shot in a fairly tight frame i.e. shots from the shoulders/waist up. They are normally a more traditional, look at the camera style image, but I try to include some variety in expressions.

Urban Chalkboard Indianapolis Family Photography

When are the sessions hosted?

Only on select dates (3-4 times) throughout the year, usually around specific holidays or events. Be sure to follow my social media accounts to learn more or subscribe to The Urban Chalkboard’s newsletter!

How much do they cost?

We require a booking fee and that is applied towards your image purchase. Prices vary depending on the event, but normally the full 5+ image gallery is around $50.

Urban Chalkboard Indianapolis Family Photography

How are these different from your normal family sessions?

My full family sessions last up to one hour and are shot at the location of your choice. Full family sessions also include wardrobe styling, additional service prior to and following your photos, more images and an image video slideshow. Sessions at The Urban Chalkboard are short, provide a small number of images and shot in a much more controlled/posed way, opposed to my lifestyle family work.

Why should I consider a mini session at The Urban Chalkboard?

Maybe it’s been way too long since you’ve updated your photos and a full session isn’t in the cards for you this year due to schedule, budget, etc… but you would really love an updated portrait of your child, or more importantly with your child. Or perhaps you’d like to surprise grandma, grandpa, dad, mom with a portrait session! These can be a simple and unique gifts and provide you with high quality images to display in your home.

The Urban Chalkboard Indianapolis Family Photography


Get in touch if you have any questions or if you are interested in booking any other type of session. (newborn, family or wedding)

15 Great Indoor Locations for Your Indianapolis Photography Session

15 Great Indoor Locations for Your Indianapolis Photography Session

On occasion you may find yourself looking for the opportunity to have family photos captured at an indoor Indianapolis location. Maybe the weather isn’t cooperating, too cold or too rainy, or maybe you just want a change of pace from the traditional sunset session. Here are 10 ideas in the Indy area that provide a beautiful setting while also being inside, protected from the elements. 

Indianapolis Family posed for family photography in Hotel Lobby

1.     Hotel Lobby

Indianapolis is home to some gorgeous hotels. Many of their lobby areas also offer great natural light! Be sure to gain permission from the hotel staff before scheduling a session here. I have a few local hotels that I work with and they have allowed me to capture some great images indoors!

2.     Green House

Why not bring the outdoors inside for your session? Green houses provide beautiful light, gorgeous colors and are also indoors! Indianapolis has a bunch of different nurseries that welcome photographers.

3.    Central Library

The downtown branch of the Indianapolis Public Library is amazing and has a large area of windows that make for a dream photography location. You do have to pay to shoot here, but the fee is very worth the gorgeous setting!

4.     Parking Garage

Okay, so this may sound a little crazy, but go with me. A parking garage can provide some great coverage from rain, while also giving you natural light and an urban feel. You can also gain some beautiful views from the higher vantage point. I would love to do an urban session with some shots in/around a parking garage!

5.     Coffee Shop

I am a big coffee fan! Iced (my fav), pour over, espresso… love, love, love! If you are like me and feel a strong connect to this lovely brew maybe your favorite coffee shop is a good spot for your next session. Little shops like this can work well for couples at engagement or anniversary sessions.

6.     Event Venue

Some of the best event venues in Indianapolis sit idle during the weekdays when wedding and events aren’t taking place. I have a few spots that I’m connected with and if you have a location that interests you, I would love to reach out and see if they would welcome us for your family session!

7.     Your Favorite Shop

You may have recently seen the new trend that includes capturing professional photos inside of large chain stores, IKEA, Michaels, Hobby Lobby. This just goes to show that with the right eye you can really make any space look special and beautiful!

8.     Studio

Here at KWP I don’t currently have a full time studio space (long term dream!), however, I do have access to a few rental studios where I can arrange for your session! If a studio session interests you, let me know and I can send you some additional information.

Mother with children in Indianapolis studio

9.     Church

Your church may be the perfect spot for your family session. We all know they make great wedding locations and photos, but they may also allow us to capture family or engagement photos on your church campus. Having a space that is special to you and your faith can make for very meaningful portraits.

10.   Museum

As you may have heard Newfields is a great location for photos and they do have a few indoor locations that can work great! There are also a variety of different types of museums in Indianapolis that could provide a unqiue backdrop for your session. Always be sure to inquire (or ask me about a location) before taking photos!

11.   Brewery

The rise of craft beer popularity in the Indianapolis area has created a boom in some really interesting and visually stunning breweries. If you and your spouse or fiancé love craft beer this could make for a picture perfect spot!

12.   Union Station

Do you remember going down to Union Station as a kid when they had all of the shops open? This shopping location is now closed, but the event venue and the hotel are still open! This is definitely one of the most interesting locations in Indianapolis and could make for some really fun and special images.

13.   Airport

Love to travel? Maybe one of your parents is a pilot? An airport session could be a fun and outside-the-box location to host your session. There are a few smaller airports throughout the city, in addition to the Indianapolis International Airport. 

14.   Your Own Home

Often times your own home gets overlooked as the best spot to host your session. The space where you raise your children, eat your meals and say your prayers at night, is often times the most important place in your life. Even if your home doesn’t look like West Elm (hard to do with little kiddos!) I promise I can help you make gorgeous, connected and memorable images you will deeply value!

15.   Embrace the Elements

If you are up for an adventure we can always brave the elements to get some interesting photos. Light rain, snow, hot and sunny, cloudy skies… we can make it work for you! While, I would probably avoid some of the harsher elements with very young kids, making the most of your surroundings can be a fun adventure for the right couple or family.

Book Your Indoor (or Outdoor) Session

I love a sunset session as much as anyone, but it isn’t always available with the unpredictable weather here in Indiana. (i.e. the 2018 winter that never ended) Get in touch with me today and I can help you find the perfect spot for your next session!

*also, while I handle all location planning for my clients, if you are interested in setting up your own shoot (or even with another photographer) please be sure to get proper permission before shooting in any location as rules and regulations are constantly changing.  

Family Night Mini Sessions - Indianapolis Family Photographer - Kelli White Photography


I love connecting with new Indianapolis families, especially at events where I get the chance to photograph their adorable smiles! I had the chance to work with The Urban Chalkboard again at one of their recent family nights. It was so much fun and the kids enjoyed pizza, and playing with lots of fun toys and activities. 

In between the activities, I was able to capture some of these cute little smirks and smiles! It was a very enjoyable evening and I had the chance to test out my normal school photography set up with families and sibling shots. I have loved the simplicity that the black back drop can provide and it really does a great job of putting the focus on the children and their expressions. 

All of the families were really sweet and I enjoyed having the chance to meet more people in and around the Indianapolis and Carmel area. After spending a few years away from Indiana, it is so nice to be home and back in the midwest. I love the people and, yes, even the weather most of the time. The chance of seasons is just not something we had when I lived down south. 

If you have young kids in the Indianapolis area, or even if you are visiting from Terre Haute or another location, be sure to check out The Urban Chalkboard. They have so many fun activities for kids and they have classes for a variety of ages to enjoy. They also have some solid coffee for all the sleepy mamas out there! In addition they are starting a preschool soon so if you have kiddos in that age bracket you should check out The Learning Studio! They are a great community partner of mine and I loved being a part of their family night!

Indianapolis Brand Photography - Kelli White Photography - Urban Chalkboard


Over the last few months I have had the privilege of working with one of the best locations in Indianapolis for families and children! The Urban Chalkboard is a lovely little spot for young kids and it's also a treat for mom and dad to enjoy some coffee and conversation while their kiddos play. 

They are currently in the process of opening up a preschool called The Learning Studio and they were in need of some images for their new website and social media presence. It was so much fun to interact with the teachers and potential students and families! 

They have some incredible programs planned for the children and they also have amazing teachers leading the program. It is sure to be a lovely opportunity for each child that attends and learns in this special place.

Mr. Daniel in the photo below came to sing and dance with the children. He plays songs, sing, dance and provides instruments for the kids to play with. He is very popular on the northside of Indianapolis and after seeing his class you can understand why! His energy is so infectious and the kids LOVE him!

I recently started offering school photography in the Indianapolis and Terre Haute areas, so I felt like this opportunity made for a great partnership. I love working with the staff at The Urban Chalkboard and I really enjoyed having the chance to work on some brand photography.  

If you or your company is looking for a brand photographer in the Indianapolis area, please reach out and let me know how we might be able to work together! I would love to help you take your brand to the next level with images that represent you and your business. 

Also, if you have children in the Indianapolis or Carmel area. be sure to check out The Urban Chalkboard and learn more about The Learning Studio