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Author Archives: Kelly Burden

Contemporary Images is owned by photographer Kelly Burden. I have had a love for portrait and wedding photography since I can remember. There is something special about capturing the fun and joyous moments of life so that those special occasions last forever. I take great pride in creating images that tell the story of those special times, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, mile stones in a person’s life or just because you want a photograph. Located in South Bend, Contemporary Images and Kelly Burden’s team are available to photograph your special moments in Indiana, Michigan including but not limited to South Bend, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Mishawaka, Elkhart, Plymouth, Goshen, LaPorte, Crown Point, Fort Wayne and surrounding regions!

Class of 2018 Senior Rep Search

Class of 2018

Class of 2018 Senior Rep Search. Contemporary Images Photography is looking for a few good representatives to showcase our photography! Studio Representatives will be given special discounts on photographs as well as extended sessions and outfit changes. We will set up a Lake MI. shoot day where Studio reps can meet up for a bonus Lake setting! Studio Reps will also have a chance to earn retail merchant gift cards as well as other incentives for advertising your Senior photographs to your friends!

There are limited spots available so call now 574-231-1243. You can also Text or send us a message on face book!

Seniors 2018

Senior Rep Program 2018



Holy Family | South Bend Wedding Photography

Holy Family Wedding Photography by: Kelly Burden

I have recently had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings at Holy Family Catholic Parish. Holy Family is located at 56405 Mayflower Road in South Bend, IN. and was built in 1945. It is one of the hidden treasures on the west side of South Bend, Indiana.

Holy Family | South Bend Wedding Photography
Holy Family | South Bend Wedding Photography

Holy Family | South Bend Wedding Photography

Contemporary Images Photography and Kelly Burden have been photographing weddings in the South Bend area for over a decade! We photograph weddings at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Lake Michigan and all over the midwest. Contemporary Images Photography offers a wide range of wedding photography coverage. Whether you are needing all day photography coverage or just a few hours during the ceremony, we can customize our services to suite your wedding day needs! Find us over on Facebook @

Wedding Photography Notre Dame University / South Bend Weddings

Wedding Photography Notre Dame University

Notre Dame University in South Bend Indiana is one of Indiana’s best wedding venues period!  The Administration Building “Golden Dome” is truly a sight to see during any time of year. When planning your wedding at Notre Dame, make sure to scout out a few of the prime locations for some gorgeous wedding photography! After the wedding ceremony in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, It’s customary to take a few large family photographs and a few with just the bride and groom.  From there, the sky is the limit!

There are so many different places to choose from that it helps to have good communication with your photographer and limo driver (or personal chaueffer) The Grotto is a good place to start and  to have transportation waiting.  Saint Mary’s Lake is only a few steps away from the Grotto and the lake makes a very scenic background with the sun setting. There are many other beautiful places close to the Grotto however, depending on your schedule you might decide to venture on wheels toward N. Notre Dame Avenue and Notre Dame Stadium.  With a few special arrangements you are able to have photographs taken within the stadium and even on the field. It is truly awesome to walk out on the field in “The House That Rockne Built.”  Once you leave the Stadium through the North entrance, the Hesburgh Library “Touchdown Jesus” is a great place to take a few more photographs on your Notre Dame wedding photography excursion.

    This article just outlines a few of the many possibilities waiting for you and your bridal party during your wedding photography Notre Dame University. While I have included some great landmark areas, there are many more that are certain to make your wedding photography amazing! Let Contemporary Images Photography help you capture your wedding photography at Notre Dame like you have always imagined!

If you have guest coming in from out of town, I highly recommend the Morris Inn on the campus of Notre Dame University.

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Morris Inn - Notre Dame University

Wedding Photography Notre Dame University

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Wedding Photography Notre Dame University by Contemporary Images Photography Inc.





South Bend Wedding and Engagement Photography / Jena and Matt

South Bend Wedding and Engagement Photography / Jena and Matt

     I had the privilege recently to photograph Jena Stopczynski and Matthew Jackson’s engagement session recently at New Buffalo Beach in New Buffalo, Michigan.  We had been waiting for this day for what seemed like forever and patience paid off! We had the absolutely perfect evening for a engagement photography session! Jena and Matt are planning a Beach themed wedding for next year and I could not be more happy with the way the engagement portraits developed!  There is still some time left to have your engagement, family or senior photographs taken at Lake Michigan however its going to be cold again soon! Very Limited availability!  South Bend Wedding and Engagement Photography





Basilica Monday Notre Dame University

Basilica Monday Notre Dame University

Looking for one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the area?  Monday March 2nd is Basilica Monday at Notre Dame University. Basilica Monday is when future brides and grooms will be able to start reserving the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Lady Chapel or Log Chapel on the campus of Notre Dame University located in South Bend, Indiana. Reservations must be made by phone (574) 631-4288 after 8 a.m. on Monday, March 2nd.  Wedding times at Notre Dame will be Friday’s at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. during summer months. Saturdays are also available at 9:00 am, 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Weddings will not be held on campus during Notre Dame home football games or other major University events.)

If you are planning on having a smaller wedding you might consider Notre Dame University’s Log Chapel. Father Sorin and his brothers lived in the chapel while they were establishing Notre Dame University. The original Chapel was built in 1831 and was re-built do to fire in 1906. The log chapel is the perfect venue for a small wedding and definitely has a war cozy personable feel.

Once you have your wedding venue reserve I would love to discuss the possibility of  my associates and myself documenting your wedding day. With over 15 years of wedding photography in the South Bend area, we have been capturing weddings at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Wedding Prices start at $900 for a wedding ceremony coverage with a photojournalistic style mixed with formal portraits of family and loved ones.  Call Kelly @ 574-231-1243 to discuss how Contemporary Images Photography Inc. can capture your wedding day at Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart!







Notre Dame University's Log Chapel

Notre Dame University’s Log Chapel







Wedding Photography by Kelly Burden In South Bend, Indiana

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Brian and Jenny were married at Saint Pauls United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana on Nov. 29th 2014. Their reception followed at Windsor Park Conference Center in Mishawaka, Indiana.


Brian and Jenny are both huge Notre Dame fans and what a better way to spend the day then to take a detour through Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s between the wedding and reception.   We timed it perfectly to catch the sunset while still being able to beat the guests to the reception!  Windsor Park Conference Center knocked this one out of the park with attention to detail!  It was truly a beautiful!
























Weddings at Saint Mary’s | Theresa and Brennan

Weddings at Saint Mary’s


Saint Mary’s is the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception! Church of Loretto and Holy Spirit Chapel in LeMans Hall  are gorgeous settings! Saint Mary’sl also offers  great locations to host brunch, rehearsal dinner and is capable of seating  up to 400 people!












South Bend Senior Portraits by: Kelly Burden

South Bend Senior Portraits by: Kelly Burden


Fall make for some of the most picturesque settings of the entire year! When scheduling your senior portraits, consider scheduling multiple sessions throughout the year to take advantage of what each one has to offer!  Contemporary Images photographs senior portraits at all times of the year as well as indoor portrait sessions for Seniors, Families, Children, Bridal, and engagement engagement photography.

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Pleasant Lake Wedding Photography by Contemporary Images

Pleasant Lake wedding photography by Kelly Burden: Pleasant Lake became the setting for the cozy little wedding between James and Melanie. Rain was in the forecast early the day of June 28th, 2014 however it came and left just in time for the beautiful outdoor wedding! James and Melanie became Engaged December of 2013 and Melanie is pursuing her Masters degree at IUPUI. James is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and is employed as a deputy prosecutor for Marian County. After the wedding ceremony all of the guest boarded houseboats and went on a parade around the lake.  It just doesn’t get more cozy than a backyard, lakefront wedding ceremony!

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Battell Park Mishawaka, Indiana | Jed and Martha Engagement Photographs


Battell Park Mishawaka, Indiana


     Battell Park Mishawaka, Indiana provided a beautiful setting for Martha and Jed’s engagement photography. The couple are getting married this this upcoming July 26th, 2014. Battell Park is located at 301 Mishawaka Avenue in Beautiful Mishawaka, Indiana.

along the Saint Joseph River. The rock garden at Battell Park is one of the largest in the state and is available for Wedding Ceremonies.



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