We are a husband and wife team and began Velvet Lotus Photography together in 2011. We had love at first sight and were engaged less than five weeks after we met. We are proud parents of three amazing children and our puppy. While we have always enjoyed photography, our passions for it began to blossom after our first child was born. After our second was born, we took everything to a new level and began offering our vision to others. While each child we have has been a surprise, each one is loved and hugged every day. Each holds a special place in our hearts. We live our lives for and through each other and our children. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know us and we cannot wait to be a part of your special times!

Chris was born in 1977 and has lived most of his life in Indiana. In addition to photography, his passion lie in cooking and computers. His favorite foods are sushi, pizza, BBQ, and chocolate chip cookies. He loves a great wheat beer or a pour of a nice bourbon. His favorite video games involve Mario and Zelda. He has been skydiving, visited the Grand Canyon, and loves riding a motorcycle. He is also a web developer. While always a Hoosier, after graduating from Purdue he will always be, first and foremost, a Boilermaker.

Chris's favorite things to photograph are seniors, weddings, engagements, and his children.

Chris also leads photography workshops on photography basics, editing, and workflow. He also does editing and retouching for other photographers and is actively involved in communities created to educate other photographers world wide. Contact him for more information on his workshops.

Deckard Family

Stephanie was born in 1982 in Ohio and lived in Alabama and Mississippi before settling in Indiana after college. She has studied photography since high school and uses imagery throughout her daily life. Also a professional singer, Stephanie has been a vocalist for numerous choral pieces and was backup singer for George Benson and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Her favorite foods are sushi, nachos, and chocolate. She enjoys Stella Artois and sweet wines. She enjoys everything life has to offer and carries a smile on her face from even the simplest of things.

Stephanie's favorite things to photograph are newborns, families, boudoir, and her children.

Stephanie is also a bouqitue fashion consultant and offers a fresh and unique vision for styling women. Learn more on her Mad Love Beauty + Boutique page.

Chris and Stephanie Photos copyright Nicole Speer Photography and Courtney Venable Photography. Used with permission.

Laura is our office and social media manager. Laura was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived her whole life in the south until 2016, when her family moved to Lafayette. She joined the Air Force Reserves shortly after high school and has served her country for nine years. Laura is a loving mother to four precious children. She graduated last fall from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associates of Science in Liberal Arts and is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in Communications. Laura loves the outdoors (when it's warm), spending time with her family, and sharing a glass of wine with her friends. Her favorite foods are sushi and fresh fruits (her secret addiction is Godiva Chocolate)! Laura's hobbies include a variety of activities such as; home decorating, attending yoga classes, reading mystery novels, and staying active.

Laura has been married for six years to her husband and fellow Air Force member, Thomas. Their four children range in age from a one year old toddler to a six year old first-grader. When she isn't working, she remains very active in her church, busy running to all of her kids activities, and providing for her family's needs. Laura has a vibrant personality with a passion for all she does!

Laura and Family