I’m small town girl at heart. There, I’ve said it! 🙂 When I met Ed, my now husband, I didn’t think so though. I’d grown up in a small town in Western New York and spent my summers in another one, so I thought that moving to the city (or at least the suburbs) of a major city would be where I’d want to live as an adult. I went to school at the University of Rochester (a little plug for an awesome school) and lived nearby in the city through grad school. After graduation from the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, I moved. There had to be more…I knew it and I was up for the adventure. I definitely didn’t think that vast corn fields and cows would make me smile every day…but all it took was one trip to the little town of Culver, Indiana and I was sold. You see, I lived in Annapolis, Maryland which is about an hour drive to Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland when I met Ed. It’s a great area and very beautiful…but it’s full of traffic, traffic, traffic and more traffic. And I had to drive in traffic to go to work, to the store, to visit friends, etc. Now I love to visit, but Culver won my heart in the Fall of 2007 when Ed asked me to come out to Indiana and sail with him. I clearly remember my first drive through the small towns and fields with vibrant green and brown hues. It was refreshingly beautiful. Since that first trip, I’ve found Culver to be  such little gem in the midst of cornfields. There are multiple delicious restaurants, a variety of wonderful clothing and gift boutiques, gorgeous Lake Maxinkuckee, an amazing public waterfront beach and of course the notorious Culver Academies. Kids can be kids. Adults can relax. And I love it. I love it so much, I want it to thrive. Luckily, there is a resurgence of young people deciding small town living is for them and there is a great group of us in Culver. Not only are they living here, but they are bringing their businesses to Culver.

As time has gone on in Culver, our town has had some small shop owners retire and close their little stores, so we have room to grow. I personally can’t stand looking at covered up windows and while having breakfast one morning at one of our delicious little restaurants, I decided to do something about it. I approached Julie Brooks & Julie Workman, owners of Civvies, an amazing little boutique shop with clothing and accessories and gifts with my idea. They just seemed like they would be the perfect fit. Read more about how we’re reviving our little town.

The Watson Family had one of the most beautiful evenings for their family session! Summer days…oh how I long for you again…when you stay light until almost 10pm! The days are getting longer now…which means Spring is coming. I just wish they would hurry up and be here already! 🙂 Anne & Phil have such a beautiful family of young ladies and I was so fortunate to meet them and completely hit it off with the entire family. I love when my clients become fast friends!
We scheduled their family portraits and went to one of my very favorite locations is nearby the studio. An old white barn, fields, fences, brick…so picturesque and then add in a gorgeous family! Read more…

Have I mentioned that working with newborn babies is one of my favorite things to do? What better way to break in the new studio then with a sweet baby girl who came to visit!?! Meet Baby Girl Lila! The studio was still in the midst of renovations, but luckily Lila’s Mommy was super understanding and has a vision for remodeling! I was able to test out all of the beautiful natural light in the studio loft and it was a dream to work with…as was Miss Lila. She’s been back since our first session and seen all of the progress and you’ll see more of her cuteness on the blog in the future, as she’s part of my Baby Club. Read more…

One of the best things about Senior Portraits with students from the Culver Academies is how diverse their lives are, yet how bonded they are due to the amazing boarding school they attend which offers so many opportunities. Because of the many activities they are involved in, having two senior portrait sessions (or more) really captures their personalities!

Patience and I met this past Summer for her “fun” portrait session at the Always Happy Life Photography studio. She brought her street clothes (aka civvies) for her first session and then in the Fall, we did her “formal” session once the leaves had changed and she was back at the Culver Girls Academy. Read more…

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Becky Furry, owner of Always Happy Life Photography is based in Culver, Indiana. She specializes in capturing custom lifestyle portrait sessions with moms to be, newborns, babies, children, families & high school seniors. Becky is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and also is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves how Always Happy Life Photography incorporates her love of children & their families with her love of photography. Client portrait sessions are on location using natural light or in the Always Happy Life Photography studio which has a background of beautiful old barns, sprawling green fields and is close to Lake Maxinkuckee and the gorgeous Culver Academies. Contact Becky at 574-598-0022 or Becky@AlwaysHappyLife.com for a personal consultation for your portrait needs.  Please follow Always Happy Life Photography on Facebook as well!

Remember way back last April when I shared a blog on the Always Happy Life Photography Studio Progress? Well, since it’s now the beginning of the year, I figured it was time for an update on how the rustic old barn has become my very cool photography studio space. Many have seen a little bit here and there on the Always Happy Life Photography Facebook page (Are you follwoing me? If not, please go do it right now!). But what a transformation to see it all in one place. I find it very hard to believe the once falling down old barn is almost completely finished for this stage of the update. It is everything I had dreamed of when we decided what the old barn was to become in its new life…bright, cheerful, rustic, fun, functional, modern with plenty of character and perfect for my photography studio. All of my clients that have come to visit already think so too! After all, the studio is for everyone. Yes, it is wonderful for me to have it, however, I wanted it to be for my clients. I want everyone to smile when they see the bright green door outside and are greeted with the welcoming interior on the inside. The Always Happy Life Barn Studio is meant for YOU and YOUR FAMILY!

So, without further adieu I’ll give you a photo tour and explanation of how and why we went about renovating the barn (formally an old corn crib and lean-to) into a rustic modern “I can’t help but smile whenever I walk into it and I hope you do too” amazing space.

When we started way back the barn looked like this: Yes…it’s true. Should have been a tear down, right? You don’t need to say more. However, there is character in it and potential…you just have to squint hard and you’ll see it. And we like character, potential and a bit of a challenge around here. Especially when something has stood on our property since approximately 1916! It was originally a corn crib and also served as storage for a school bus, hence why the barn has been known as “The Bus Barn” for years. It definitely deserved a chance…

But now, in all of her glory (and a little bit of snow)…it looks like this:
Back in April, the old barn wood was removed from another local barn (thank you, thank you, thank you!) and a trailer full of barn wood was brought back to prep for the inside walls. Since the walls were insulated by Eco Comfort with Icyene spray foam (amazing stuff), we needed to put up new inner walls. Everything was power washed to remove dirt and grime, but only lightly so that the old paint stayed adheared to the wood for texture. All of the wood was faded barn red when it came off the barn. We only ended up with enough barn wood for two walls, so we chose the large West wall and the North wall of the barn and everything else was dry walled with fresh new walls.  Keep reading about the barn renovation…

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Becky Furry, owner of Always Happy Life Photography is based in Culver, Indiana. She specializes in capturing custom lifestyle portrait sessions with moms to be, newborns, babies, children, families & high school seniors. Becky is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and also is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves how Always Happy Life Photography incorporates her love of children & their families with her love of photography. Client portrait sessions are on location using natural light or in the Always Happy Life Photography studio which has a background of beautiful old barns, sprawling green fields and is close to Lake Maxinkuckee and the gorgeous Culver Academies. Contact Becky at 574-598-0022 or Becky@AlwaysHappyLife.com for a personal consultation for your portrait needs.

15 Month Old Portraits
Wow!!! What a busy, busy, busy, busy summer I had! Now that the leaves have started changing and things are settling down a teeny tiny bit before the holiday craziness starts, I have a little time to update the blog and add some past sessions to Facebook for families to share. Bear with me! I always want to make sure my clients have their images and orders first, before I take time to work on the blog. I think that is appreciated! 🙂

This cutie patootie came to visit me and check out our great barns here at Always Happy Life Photography. They are such the perfect back drop for portrait sessions. He played, he ran and he rocked! And he was B-U-S-Y!!!! What little man isn’t at 15 months? So fun!

His Daddy is a fireman too…and his Mommy brought along his very own little guy sized firefighter’s outfit. So adorable, don’t you think? See more of this little guy’s 15 month portrait session!

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Becky Furry, owner of Always Happy Life Photography is based in Culver, Indiana. She specializes in capturing custom lifestyle portrait sessions with moms to be, newborns, babies, children, families & high school seniors. Becky is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and also is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She loves that Always Happy Life Photography incorporates her love of children & their families with her love of photography. Client portrait sessions are on location using natural light or in the Always Happy Life Photography studio which has a background of beautiful old barns, sprawling green fields and is close to Lake Maxinkuckee and the gorgeous Culver Academies. Always Happy Life Photography is an authorized professional photographer approved by the Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy.

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MaKennon {Class of 2013} Culver High School Senior Portrait

Summer is here and that means it’s time to start thinking about the Senior Portraits for the Class of 2013!!! It’s always best to do them when the weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming and everything is green. MaKennon was my first senior for 2013 and we had fun checking out a new location with some great scenery. So close to the Always Happy Life Photography studio too! She brought so many cute outfits and I think her session images came out amazing! Here are a few favorites. Go see more of this Senior Portrait Session!

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MaKennon {Class of 2013} Lifestyle Senior Portrait

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Becky Furry, owner of Always Happy Life Photography is based in Culver, Indiana and travels throughout the Midwest and East Coast for custom lifestyle portrait sessions. She is available for sessions in the Michiana area, Central Indiana and nationally. Becky is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and also is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She loves how Always Happy Life Photography incorporates her love of children & their families with her love of photography. She specializes in maternity, newborn, children, senior and family photography. Always Happy Life Photography is an authorized photographer for the Culver Academies. Client portrait sessions are on location using natural light or in the Always Happy Life Photography studio which has a background of beautiful old barns, sprawling green fields and is close to Lake Maxinkuckee and the gorgeous Culver Academies.

This family was one of the very lucky winners of a mini session from the Small Town Savvy, “Helping with the Holidays” Giveaway from way back in December! With Theresa being a school teacher, one daughter in college and busy teenagers, it was tough to try and get their session in before the holidays. So they opted to do it when school was out and the weather was better! They had a perfect evening for their family portrait session and we used the fields and barns onsite at Always Happy Life Photography for their background. Read more….

Fathers are very important in each of our lives. We are reminded of this as we celebrate Father’s Day this time every year. Tomorrow is no different. For those of us who are fortunate to have a loving father figure in our lives, it is a happy time. For children who are growing up without one, it is a painful and discouraging reminder of the crucial influence that is missing in their lives. Luckily, there are ways to help these children benefit from having male role models in their lives. Yes, you can be that person…even if you’ve never been a Dad.

While nothing can replace a father’s love, a positive role model can be a teacher, confidant, example and friend to a child whose father is no longer present in their lives. There are many mentor organizations that coordinate volunteers with children and youth in need of a positive role model. Of these, Big Brothers and Big Sisters is one of my favorites. Read more


Are you planning to have your family’s portrait taken soon? Excellent!!! Did you know there are some do and don’t guidelines for what to wear? Here are a few tips to help create a timeless family portrait that you will treasure for years to come. I promise, this will help you to not have images like some of the ones seen on “Awkward Family Photos“!!! If you need help with planning your clothing for your session, I’m happy to help. Also, please feel free to bring a few different clothing options with you to your session and we can pick and choose what works the best!

What to Wear for Your Family Portrait Session:

Tip #1: Discuss the family portrait together with the entire group. Your family portrait should convey a sense of your family’s personality. Talk about possible color schemes, settings and poses. Feel free to discuss these with me too prior to your session. I want you to {LOVE} your images.

Tip #2: Choose clothing that fits with the setting of the portrait. If you are having your portrait taken on the beach, summer clothing is appropriate. Make sure to dress for the weather. Layers are great, because then you have additional looks easily and they add depth to your images.

Tip #3: Coordinate colors. Everyone in the family portrait should wear colors that meld well together. Some families choose to match their colors exactly. While this is not necessary, you do need to ensure that all the clothing colors complement each other.

Read More Tips on the Always Happy Life Photography Blog!