December 19, 2019


Capturing the Christmas Spirit

About a month ago I was shooting portraits in downtown Carmel when I saw some people setting up what looked like a little town. I didn't think too much of it until a few weeks later when I learned that this was the Carmel Christkindlmarkt, one of the most popular attractions that Indianapolis has to offer during the holiday season. Built around an ice skating rink, the festive little German village features some amazing shops and delicious food and drinks. Whether you're looking for a unique Christmas gift, wanting to try authentic German cuisine, or just there to see all of the beautiful lights and decorations, the Christkindlmarkt has something for everyone. I went to check it all out firsthand with my friends Malik Davis and Tony McCrackin and captured some amazing images that really show what makes this place so special.

It's Cold Out There

On a night in which temperatures were dipping below freezing, many people lined up for a nice cup of hot chocolate to stay warm.

One-of-a-kind Gifts

The Christkindlmarkt has a wide variety of shops featuring a ton of amazing items. Nutcrackers, wooden toys, beer steins, ornaments, German Christmas pyramids, you name it!

Fun for Everyone

With so much to do in such a small vicinity, the Christkindlmarkt is a perfect place to have a date night. Huddle by the fires and listen to live entertainment or try your best at ice skating!

Late Night Street Photography

For most of the night I stuck with my pretty standard setup of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 on my Canon EOS R. It got pretty challenging trying to compose shots at a fixed focal length but the wide open aperture made shooting in the dark so much easier and the colors came out really nicely. Towards the end of the night, Tony let me borrow his Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 and I had a lot of fun capturing some images I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise. I'll be visiting this place one more time before it leaves town and I'd like to shoot a little more confidently and not be afraid to capture the images I know I can get.