Portraits

Meaghan & Chris :: Engagement Portraits in Sebago and Naples, Maine

When one of your husband's best friends, who you see as the wild and never settle down type, meets the love of his life and decides to make his house a home with her you can't help but have your heart melt. And it gets even better when you spend time with the woman who stole his heart and it feels like you've been friends with her forever. That is pretty much the story behind Meaghan and Chris. I am SO excited that Chris found such an amazing woman to build a life with and that we get along so well. Now, when my husband is being a grease monkey in the garage working on projects with Chris, Meaghan and I are inside laughing our butts off and having girl talk time. Come time for their engagement portraits, we got together at their home in Sebago to snuggle up with Chris' beloved truck he is working on restoring and Meaghan's furry baby, Jack. The freezing temperatures, albeit before the snow flew, gave us a run for our money and we were making frequent trips inside for coffee to warm up. After the pup and truck had been thoroughly photographed, we moved down to the Causeway in Naples for portraits along the lake. The wind ripping off the lake make it even colder, but their love and Meaghan's smiles kept us all warm. And I dare say that it was worth it for the shots we got!

I am so excited for their wedding next month in New Hampshire! It's going to be such an awesome weekend filled with lots and lots of love (and snow, I hope). Congratulations, Meaghan & Chris! I am so honored to be a part of your festivities!

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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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Heather & Tom :: Engagement Session in Biddeford Pool, Maine

I first met Heather & Tom at Patrice & Aaron's wedding in May of 2011 when Heather was her sister's maid of honor. I always get excited when I meet friends and family of a couple on their wedding day who are in serious relationships. Could this be the one? Seeing new love blossom gets me giddy! It makes me even more excited when I see when the couple takes the next step (what did we ever do without Facebook?) and gets engaged. That dream scenario happened for me with Heather & Tom. And it only gets better when the newly engaged contacts me for their wedding AND I'm available. I absolutely LOVE working with couples who know my other clients. It turns weddings in to a reunion of sorts for me and makes the day even more special for me. When Heather & Tom contacted me for their wedding and told me where their reception is going to be held.... jaw meet floor. I'm so stoked for their wedding next summer! I am not even going to tell you where the party is happening because it is so awesome that I want your jaw to hit the floor when you see the photos. In the meantime, we got together for their engagement photos this past weekend. When I was helping them decide on a location, they told me they'd love the coast of Maine. So I Google Mapped my way along the coast until I found the East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. It looked awesomely perfect for a chilly November day on the coast, so we called it a date. I had such a blast getting to know these two and seeing their relationship in action. Both are insanely smart with numbers, their heights are perfectly matched for proper snuggling, and Tom makes Heather laugh. A lot. Ok, he makes me laugh, too. I am so blessed to have such awesome clients!

As you all anxiously await their wedding day like I am, here is a sneak peek from their engagement session to tide you over. You can check them out (and hit like) over on my Facebook page, too.

Heather & Tom, I am so excited for the big day! Thank you for choosing me!

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Alicia & Jeff :: Engagement Portraits in Naples, Maine

I first met Alicia at Jess & Aaron's October 2012 wedding. When I saw that Jeff had popped the question this past April (thank you, Facebook!), I immediately got all excited and giggly hoping that they'd contact me. Needless to say, I was so stoked when they did! This fall we set a date to get together for their engagement session. I love it when couples chose a location that has special meaning to them and, for Alicia & Jeff, the newly redone Causeway in Naples, Maine, is just such a place. Having not walked around the area since the construction was finished, I was looking forward to having the excuse to check it out. It's gorgeous! I had a great time getting to know the lovebirds as we explored the area together. Upon meeting Jeff, you would think he was a big tough guy with a gruff exterior. And yet he turns to mush as soon as he looks at Alicia. I caught him looking at her while she was telling me about their story and you could just see his eyes twinkling. Point out that I caught him in the act and he blushes. It makes me want to say "I think you love her" in that sing songy way that kids say to each other when they are young. Add Alicia's bright, bubbly, cheery personality and you just know they are well matched for each other. I am SO excited for their 2014 wedding!

Here is their sneak peek from our time together. You can always see them (and like) my Facebook page as well. :)

Trish & Rob :: Engagement Portraits at Fore River Sanctuary in Portland, Maine

Trish & Rob come from a long line of awesome couples to come my way from one of my dearest friends, Jess, who happens to be Rob's sister. Meeting them for the first time (since we last met years ago at another wedding) when we got together for their engagement session was like meeting up with old friends. When deciding where we would meet up, I immediately thought of the puppy friendly Portland Trails since it gave us a wide variety of woodland areas to shoot in right within city limits. The Fore River Sanctuary is one of my favorite spots in the trail network since there are boardwalks, wooded paths, marshlands, and even a waterfall at the far end of the sanctuary from where we started. For Rocky, their adorable, big lab, he LOVED me for picking Portland Trails since the tide was out and the mud flats were just way too inviting to not jump right in to as soon as he saw them. You're welcome, Rocky! As for Trish & Rob, he has this tough exterior that seems hard to crack open. But, get him around Trish, and the smiles come out. He. Loves. Her. A lot. That's what Trish seems to do to Rob. She opens him up. The two of them together seem so well matched with each bringing out the strengths of the others. Needless to say, I can't wait for their summer 2014 wedding to see their planning come to life!

Here is a sneak peek from our time together. You can also check them out over on my Facebook page. Be sure to hit like while you're there!

Trish & Rob, I had a great time with you two! I'm sure our paths will cross many time before the big day. I'm so excited!

Lauren & Jon's Engagement Portraits in the Old Port of Portland, Maine

I have been anxiously awaiting Lauren & Jon's wedding since they first contacted me back in February. Suffice to say, these two are tying the knot this winter at one of my favorite venues ever. I am so stoked for it! Needless to say, waiting until the snow flies is taking forever. So we got together in the Old Port last month to take their engagement photos with their furry baby. First off, I love me some puppy time, so I was so excited to get to meet their little girl. Second... um, these guys are so awesome together! From Lauren's rock star outfit and boots to Jon's awesome smile (especially when he spoke about Lauren), these guys had it going on all session. We started off with a cup of coffee and ended with a stop at our favorite bar. YES PLEASE!

Here is the sneak peeks that I posted over on Facebook for these lovebirds. You do not want to miss it when I post the sneak peeks from their wedding this winter, so make sure you like my Facebook page to see them (and many more) as soon as I post them!

Lauren & Jon Engagement Session in Portland's Old Port in Maine

Christine & Joshua's Portland Headlight Engagement Portraits

When a couple contacts me a year and a half in advance of their wedding, it gives us plenty of time to get to know each other more and more prior to the big day. Add in the bride being a loyal Facebook page follower and it is a recipe for feeling like we are great friends. That was just how it felt when I got together with Christine & Joshua for their engagement session at Portland Headlight at Fort Williams Park. Hugs were given out immediately even though we had never met in real life. I'm a hugger. They were huggers. We were one big happy bunch. Together we wandered around the park: Joshua snuggling Christine as close as he could, Christine glowing and basking in Joshua's love, and me making my little happy noises I've become known to make during my shoots when I'm super stoked about what I'm capturing. And, given that I had a really hard time chose what to put in to this set of sneak peek photos, I was one happy camper.

I cannot wait for Christine & Joshua's wedding next September! I'll warn everyone now that I just might tear up watching their two say their vows because I love watching my friends get married!

Engagement Session at Fort Williams Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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

Samantha & Ryan's Engagement Portraits at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Oh. My. Goodness. Now, I must preface this post by saying that I am truly blessed to work with so many awesome people who pick ME to capture such awesome milestones in their life together. These two? Just wow. Talk about two of the most genuine, caring people you will ever meet. And did I mention funny? Because I had an absolute blast exploring Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, for their engagement session. They told me they'd love to have photos with Maine's rocky, not beachy, coast in them but would love some variety to go with it. And I knew Two Lights would be perfect for them. From their cheesy thinking moments in the woods to their seaside cuddle time, I just could not stop making my little happy noises with each click of my camera. It really was so hard to chose only a few to share here from their session because they just rocked it so much. I cannot wait for their July 2014 wedding to come just so I can see them again!

Engagement Portraits at Two Lights State Park in Care Elizabeth, Maine

Ashley & John's Oceanside Engagement Portraits in Portland, Maine

Ashley originally contacted me for her 2014 wedding well over a year in advance. She's a smart one! The more and more I learned about her and Jon, the more and more I knew I had to get picked to photograph their big day. Obviously, I won! I am so over the moon excited for their big day next August. In preparation for the big day, we got together at their ceremony location to chat about their plans before we took their engagement photos. I love it when the location of the session is so meaningful to a couple! We had a blast wandering around the expansive property; gardens, rocky shores, ocean views, sandy beach, gorgeous woods... it was seriously awesome. And Ashley and Jon are just so darn cute together! You can tell that they are each other's best friend just by the look on their face when they look at the other. That. Is. Love.

Speaking of love, here are shots that we captured during our time together. There were certainly a ton to chose from, but these are definitely some of my favorites.

Oceanside Engagement Portraits in Portland, 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

Levi :: 11 Day Old Newborn Portraits in Windham, Maine

This post, like many more in the works, has been a long time coming. By now, little Levi isn't so little any more. But, back when John & Jenessa's family first went from a family of three to a family of four, I had the honor of snuggling their newborn baby boy. Levi was just eleven days old at the time. Looking at him, he has the face and the eyes of a wise man already. You can almost tell he has an old soul. As soon as he was in my arms it just took me right back to when my own daughter was born. How tiny we all start out as. His skin was all wrinkly and flakey. His breath was so innocent. His long fingers wrapping on to one of my own, so small they didn't go all the way around. *sigh* Newborns... <3

Here is a peek at what his mom & dad received from our shoot with them and his proud big sister.