Perkins Cove

Ashley & Luke's Rainy Perkins Cove Engagement Portraits

Have you ever had one of those days that makes you look around for Murphy to see where that Law wand of his is waving? For Ashley & Luke and myself last night, I dare say that was the case! After a week with bright sun, warm temperatures, and generally summer weather, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball last night for their engagement portraits in Ogunquit's Perkins Cove. With an eye to the sky and dark clouds forming, I managed to catch just enough data connection on my phone to tell that rain was coming near and, from the looks of it, it was going to get wet. Sure enough, a bright red blip appeared inshore of us and we were in the direct path.

This is where being prepared for anything comes in handy. A quick jog to my car to grab a few of my umbrellas and these two love birds hit Marginal Way with me for a wet walk along the water. Despite offers of $100 for their umbrella from those who were walking by and getting drenched, Ashley & Luke cuddled up and stayed (mostly) dry.

Putting up with the storm gave us the most amazing light after the clouds. Gazing out to sea, the horizon and the sky seemed to blend together as if they went on forever. The sun just peeked out enough from the clouds to give us a smidge of warmth. And we were able to tuck those umbrellas away for another day. And that won't be their wedding in 2017 because we've had our fill of rain when it comes to their nuptials. Hey, if it has to rain, let it be during your engagement portraits.

Ashley & Luke, I am so very happy to be a part of this chapter of your life together and am glad that our paths crossed a few years ago to lead us to now. Alan and I can't wait for your wedding next summer! Thank you, Jen, for being our matchmaker!

Erica & Micheael's Perkins Cove Engagement Portraits in Ogunquit, Maine

It is hard to believe that it has been well over a year now since I first met Erica & Micheael. And yet here I am preparing my equipment for their wedding this weekend. You know what they say about time! I have been feeling so much nostalgia for their engagement portrait session that I just had to share it again now that the count down is on. (And, since I launched this blog since their session, I never had the chance to share it here in the first place.)

Erica first contacted me about photographing her wedding way back in April of 2014 as they were starting their wedding planning. After six years of courtship, it was time for them to make it official! With a love of the great outdoors and Maine itself, like me, we made a connection fairly quickly. As they officially booked me to photograph their Maine wedding, we set to work on planning their engagement session. For a juxtaposition to their wedding venue (you'll know where after this weekend), we went to the coast and opted for the quintessential coastal village of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit for their sunset portrait session.

Looking back on their session, it is hard for me to chose what I loved the most. Having never been to Perkins Cove, I was struck by just how picturesque the area itself was. The fishing boats and dinghys in the harbor. The smell of the sea in the air (yes, that fish smell, too). The shingled siding of the storefronts and homes. And then the cute little spots tucked away in obscure corners.

But then there was Erica & Micheael. Erica navigated the village walkways in awesome, sky high heels with such perfection (and, goodness, does she have awesome shoes). Her outfits were perfectly matched to the seaside town. Meanwhile, Micheael doted on Erica so much that it was easy to see why they were together. Planning a wedding was a natural fit for these two. And, boy, are they naturals in front of my camera.

As the sun went down that night, they left to celebrate Erica's birthday. And now, just over a year later, we're getting ready to celebrate their marriage. I cannot wait to see the two of them (and their family & friends) this Saturday. It's certainly going to be an awesome day!

Here is a look back at some of my favorite images from their engagement session in Perkins Cove. Stay tuned to see their wedding sneak peek! You surely won't want to miss it.