Family

The "G" Family :: Mackworth Island Family Portraits

With the Christmas cards officially sent out (and I got one, YAY!), I can now safely share a couple shots from my mini session with the "G" family this fall on Mackworth Island. I have been very fortunate to have known Heather and Mike since before there were munchkins running around and watching them grow in to a family of three and then in to a family of four has really been a blessing. You may remember their daughter from her newborn session, complete with an LLBean boat tote, almost exactly a year ago. I dare say, at this point, that hanging out with me and my daughter could very well result in photos being taken! That's so awesome!

Choosing even a couple photos to share from our mini session is absurdly hard with a family as cute as this one. But here is a small selection of what we captured together this time. Does it get any cuter? I think not!

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The "W" Family :: Portraits on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine

Fall is always a time of recovery for me. Catching up from the craziness of the summer and editing a ton of sessions and wedding; spending time with my family before my baby girl grows up; and writing a bazillion blog posts that I've had on the back burner.

This portrait session from the summer makes me heart so full it could burst. I first met Tarryn & Sean years ago back in 2010 when they tied the knot at the Pemaquid Light House. To this day, their wedding resulted in my of my all time favorite photos. After all these years, I will thought of them often and wondered how they were doing. So, when Tarryn contacted me to set up a family portrait session while they were on vacation in Maine, I just about jumped for joy! I absolutely love hearing from my past couples and hearing how married life has been treating them. Getting to meet their offspring? Sign me up!

We got together on Macworth Island off the coast of Falmouth, Maine, and took their son and two furry kids for a walk (or should I say that they took Aaron for a walk). Along the way we captured moments that make life perfectly imperfect: plopping down in the middle of the path and getting dirty, eating sand on the beach, the dogs wanting to be anywhere except for where we wanted them... the list goes on. My favorite shots were taken on the beach when the dogs were worn out and sleeping in the air conditioned car. The smiles. The laughs. That's real life. Geez, I love this family!

Family Portraits on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine

The "E" Family :: Portraits at Family Home in Downeast, Maine

I just have to get it out there. I hit the jackpot when I married my husband because I have one very massive, awesome pile of people I now can proudly say I'm related to. Even if it is by marriage. Coming from a pretty tiny family, this is a pretty awesome perk. I've shot photos of the "E" family for a while now and this summer was no exception. We got together at their grandparent's home on a gorgeous lake in Downeast, Maine, to take some family portraits (minus dad) while they were on vacation. I am always amazed at just how much the kids grow each time I see them. It's become even more fun now that I have Bri since she comes along for sessions with my relatives. (And Digby did, too.)

Here are some sneak peek shots from our time together at the lake. It was such a gorgeous day and feels so long ago now. Snow will be flying before we know it at this rate and the lake will start to freeze. At least we'll have these photos to look at to warm us up!

Family Portraits in Downeast, Maine

The "M" Family :: Children Portraits in Bar Harbor, Maine

I've been a ton behind on my blog posts this fall. I have all of the photos ready to go. I just needed to have a moment to sit down and reflect. It's never something I like to rush, you know? So I'm hoping to start getting these shots out there to be enjoyed by the masses and not just my "Draft" box for my blog.

I met up with the "M" family for a super impromptu session of their girls while I was on vacation with my own family in Bar Harbor. Truth be told, my husband is, in a round about way, related to this awesome foursome and we've seen each other a fair amount over the years. They wound up staying in the same campground as us and even a few sites down. When the girls' mom proclaimed that she had to get pictures done of the girls by me, I piped right up and said "What are you doing tonight?" I had my gear for a wedding I was shooting that weekend, so it was an easy option. So down to the beach we went!

I had an awesome time with these two incredible ladies as we explored the coastline while the tide was out. Getting them in to one frame together took a miracle, but it all paid off with some really fun photos of the two of them together. I cannot get over how fast they are growing up! I think the highlight of the session was towards the end when the ladies invited themselves to dig clams with one of the nicest clammers I've ever met. They jumped right in what he was doing and he took the time to explain it all to them and they even tried to help. You, sir, are awesome!

Here are some sneak peek shots from our session. I saved my favorites for the illustrious holiday cards, but these ones are still pretty awesome in my book.

Hallie :: One Year Old Portraits at the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine

Hallie's mommy and I met online and became good friends once we discovered that we both like rock climbing and hiking and both happen to have baby girls really close in age. It has been a blast having someone else around with a kiddo the same age and I'm super excited to get to go on adventures together with our little ladies this summer. So, when Hallie turned one last month, it was only natural that we got together to capture the milestone at the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. Although I was born in Kennebunk Port, I had never paid a visit to the Refuge before. What a gorgeous spot! We took Hallie (and her daddy) for a walk around the loop and stopped at the various outlooks as her mood suited her. She had a great time exploring the environment around her. "LOOK! A STICK!" And the super cute red heart balloon they brought with them was a big hit as well. Hallie has grown so much in the last year and already has such a fun little personality. And I just couldn't get enough of her eyes and toothy smile. You're a cutie, Hallie!

Thanks to her mommy and daddy for letting me capture this awesome time in their life. I had a blast! Here is a sneak peek of what they received from our session together.

Portraits at Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve in Wells, Maine

Date: April 27, 2013  |  Location: Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine

Jess' Family :: Maternity & Family Portraits at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

I have been slacking off on my blog posts for a while now (although I have been posting sneak peeks over on Facebook). I promise I'll be posting more, especially as I approach my 5 year anniversary for Suzanne Simmons Photography. Yipee!

Before the holidays of 2012 really got in to the swing of things, I got together with Jess and her family for a very brief maternity/family portrait session around Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth. It was super chilly out and the wind in the park always makes it feel like the coldest place in the greater Portland area. But, being that Abby's favorite swingset is there, we had to hit it up. I have know Jess since we were both bachelorettes planning our own weddings (longer ago than we care to remember). I took her maternity pictures with her husband, Tim, while they were anxiously awaiting Abby's arrival over three years ago. Now that baby #2 was on the way, we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to capture this time as well. That special time when you still have one baby and it is just the three of you. That time before another little being comes in to the world and your routines are toss aside as you learn how this new family unit works. We had a great time shivering our butts off and racing around the park a bit with each other. I still can't get over how absolutely adorable Jess looks as she is weeks away from her baby boy's arrival.

Here is a sneak peek of what came from our time becoming popsicles. And, coming shortly to another blog post, you'll see the little bundle of joy that came in to the world a short time later. <3 

 

On a personal note, six months later...

It has been quite a while since I posted anything other than photos of my gorgeous couples that I have been fortunate enough to work with this season. And what a season it has been! Beyond the business side of things (which I'll talk about later after my season has officially wrapped up), it has also been my first wedding season as mom. It has been filled with so many amazing moments and a few challenges as well as I got accustomed to having Bri dependent on me. So many of you have asked about her and I thought it was about time that I shared another photo of her. It is hard to believe, but she just turned 6 months old last weekend. YIKES! Time has flown by so fast.

Brianna at 6 Months

Thank you to everyone for your well wishes and for your support this year as I balanced life as a mom, wife, and photographer. It has been one heck of a good time!

xoxo,

A Belated Goodbye to my Sister

It has been a couple weeks, but I still felt that it was appropriate to give my baby sister a proper "blog" send off. Being three years apart in age, we've always been tied together through thick and thin. We went to boarding school together and then eventually followed each other through our Bachelor's degrees at the same University. We even lived in the same town for a while, her in her apartment and me with my husband in our house a few miles away. Saying we are close is an understatement. My husband never had to worry about my father when we were dating. He had to worry about my sister.

So you can only imagine my reaction when her plan for after graduating from graduate school became to go to a far away land for at least a year to teach English. Heartbreak would be putting it lightly. But she went at the end of July. Before leaving on a jet plane, our mother had just one last request for some family photos. My mother does not ask for anything. Ever. So, with my tripod in hand and a well trained assistant (my husband), we snapped a portraits at my childhood home. This is a tiny look at what came from the session.

To my sister: I miss you more than I could ever begin to tell you. The next eleven months, fifteen days, four hours.... could not go by fast enough. I can't wait until you come home again.

Lani & Nathan :: Backyard Wedding in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Lani and Nathan.... where do I even start? Honestly, I could gush about these two (and their amazing families) for pages and pages. Lani first contacted me about their wedding in her hometown of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, last summer. Being a bride (and groom) planning from out of state, we spent a long time emailing back and forth about their vision for their day and, of course, about what their interests were (besides each other). They met while in the Caribbean, they both love the outdoors, they love their family.... oh, yes, and he's a (fantastic, super amazing) nature photographer. No pressure! But any pressure that I was feeling leading up to the day (and, yes, I was certainly feeling it) disappeared as soon as I met them. Nathan is a warm hearted guy deeply in love with the absolutely stunning Lani. They are both the most genuine people I have ever met. Together, they just glow. You could tell just by the way they looked at each other that they are bonded deep down.

And that is how the whole day was. Filled with this glow that emanated from all of their loved ones that traveled from far and wide to be there to witness the start of this new chapter. Coming home to Lani's hometown and the backyard of her parent's gorgeous home was a natural decision. The entire day fit them like a well worn, toasty winter glove.

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Lani and Nathan (and family), thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day as your two families officially joined together. You are absolutely incredible individuals and a power house as you come together. I am incredibly honored to have been there to witness it. I cannot wait to see where your adventures take you next. I know it will be amazing.

Keep your eyes open for more photos from their day in their gallery on my Facebook page for even more photos from their sneak peek.

Charest Family :: Fall Portraits in Falmouth, Maine

I first met Kiersten and Adelynn at Brooke & David's wedding a couple weeks ago. On October 24th we got together again and captured some family portraits for the upcoming holidays with Kiersten's sister-in-law, Dana, and all of their offspring and the men in their lives. Now, this is one photogenic family! Heck, even Robbie's 1.5 year old puppy looked at the camera!

Crossett Family Portraits

What do you do for your parents when they are celebrating their 40th anniversary? For the Crossetts, nothing is more precious than their amazing family and, therefore, the obvious choice was to capture them all together during their vacation in Maine. I spent time with their gorgeous family on Drake's Island Beach in Well, Maine. Here is a sneak peek from our session together. There is so much more to come!

Everyone can use a few laughs. For this bunch, I just had to look to the kids to break out their best funny faces. Good job, guys!

Congratulations on 40 years, Mr. & Mrs. Crossett! You have an absolutely beautiful family. You are an excellent roll model for all of us married folks. May you be blessed with many more perfect years together.