I am quite baffled, really.

I am quite baffled, really.

Technically, this post should have hit my blog yesterday. But, truth be told, it took me until mid day to come to the realization that it was August 8th. And thus here I am. It's the middle of the night and I have just wrapped up another night owl editing session. Now is as good a time to write this post. My daughter is asleep in her bed in the room next to my office (with the dog not too far away from her in his own bed). Alan is down in the other end of the house having gone to bed hours ago. It's just me and my thoughts. And I am blown away.

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Meghan & Hunter's Rainy Day Engagement Portrait Session

Meghan & Hunter's Rainy Day Engagement Portrait Session

Meghan & Hunter... where do I even begin!? These two love birds work together, but didn't connect until they were matched online. Shortly thereafter, it was clear to both of them why. And, after hanging out with the two of them in the rain, it's pretty clear to me as well. For many couples, my "I think we might miss the rain" email that I sent them yesterday afternoon before their engagement session might have given them pause and consider rescheduling. But Meghan & Hunter's response was simply that they wouldn't melt. My kind of couple!

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Margot & Nicholas's Destination Wedding at the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House

Margot & Nicholas's Destination Wedding at the Bar Harbor Regency Stone House

There might have been a royal wedding "across the pond" this past spring (just in case you forgot, of course), but Margot & Nicholas had their very own fairy tale wedding day here in Maine for their destination wedding at the timeless Stone House at the Bar Harbor Regency. When I arrived at the Stone House to start capturing formal photos of Margot with her ladies, she literally took my breath away when she came out of her room with her hair pinned up, a sparkling tiara atop her curls, three strands of pearls just grazing her collar bone, and an absolutely stunning gown and long veil from Lovely Bride's New York City Bridal Shop. I'll admit that it took me a bit to recover! I knew that the day would be filled with loads of amazing details, but I don't think there was anything that could have really prepared me for just how incredible it all was.

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Jen & Mike's Engagement Portraits at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

I first met Jen & Mike at Danielle & Dustin's wedding last fall. Danielle had told me that her brother was engaged to Jen and I will admit that I was secretively hoping that they would consider me for their own wedding. It goes without saying that I was super excited when Jen reached out and asked me if I would be able to travel to Connecticut in 2019. Then we shared a laugh over the idea that traveling to Connecticut would take just as long as traveling to many places here in Maine. Of course I travel!

As we were planning their engagement session, I suggested Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve so that they could take in some of Maine's coastal beauty in a location that was also environmentally minded, much like the two of them. From the views from the hill tops to the pathways through the woods, the boardwalks among the ferns and then the views over the marshlands, we had an awesome time exploring the Reserve and chatting about their plans for their fast approaching wedding. Truth be told, I might have pulled a few lovely ticks off me, but I dare say they were worth it for the images we were able to capture together. I cannot wait for their wedding next year!

Jen & Mike, thank you for trusting me to capture this chapter of your life together. What a blast!

Welcome to the world, Baby Darren!

Welcome to the world, Baby Darren!

I feel as though my relationship with Samantha & Ryan is like a chapter book. The prologue was in July of 2013 when I first met them for a cup of coffee in Sanford. Chapter 1 was in August of that year as we met up for their engagement portraits. Chapter 2 then happened in July of 2014 when we celebrated their nuptials at The Woodlands Club during the heat of summer. It was a few years later that we met up again and celebrated Jessica & Matt's wedding. Then Samantha & Ryan announced last year that they were pregnant and chapter four began!

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Anne & Derek's Wedding at Portland's Ocean Gateway

Anne & Derek's Wedding at Portland's Ocean Gateway

When Anne & Derek reached out to me in early December, the snow covering the ground and April seemed like a distant thought. Before we knew it though, the snow was melting, the grass was starting to look a little less grim, and the days were getting a bit longer. The chill of winter was hanging on by a thread as I arrived at the Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront to meet Anne & Derek on their wedding day. Yet they were troopers as we made our way to Portland's Fort Allen Park for their first look next to the Fore River. The chill in the air made for good cuddling weather as they spent some moments together taking it all in.

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Elizabeth & Michael's Maine Maritime Museum Wedding

Elizabeth & Michael's Maine Maritime Museum Wedding

Exactly eleven months prior to their wedding, Elizabeth & Michael reached out to me with their plans for their June 2018 wedding at Maine Maritime Museum. I was instantly excited at the opportunity to visit the Museum after Kelly & Kevin's wedding back in 2015. As I got to know Elizabeth & Michael and learned more about their story, my enthusiasm only grew (as did the "reply" list of our email chain). Fast forward to this past Saturday and even mother nature couldn't dampen my spirits. It was time for Elizabeth & Michael to finally get hitched! I am not sure that the forecast was what they had in mind when they opted for a June wedding, but my goodness did they rock it!

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Praise from Scott & Molly

Praise from Scott & Molly

★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

“We were so impressed with how easy she was to work with, the quality of the photos, and her professionalism. Susie put a lot of care into planning which shots we wanted, identifying all of the friends and family we wanted shots with, and the location and timing of it all.”

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Samantha & Ryan's Maternity Portraits

Samantha & Ryan's Maternity Portraits

It is hard to believe that we are mere weeks... days... away from meeting Samantha & Ryan's bundle of joy. And here I am getting nostalgic about the journey that I've been on with them since they first contacted me about their wedding in early 2013. It blows my mind that it's been that long already! Over the last five years, I've captured their engagement portraits and then Sam's bridal shower before their wedding in July of 2014.

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