Three New Cousins: Newborn Lifestyle Portraits in Scarborough, Maine

I openly say that the biggest reason I am a wedding photographer is simply because of the amazing people I get to work with. Yes, photography is one of my many passions. But it is the customer service side of my business that drives me the most.

This session could be exhibit #1 to make that case.

I first photographed this family back in October of 2013 when Jenelle & Joe tied the knot at Kingsley Pines in Raymond, Maine. Jillian & Chris then got hitched in the Caribbean (I missed out on photographing that one!). And Jonna & David then completed the hat trick with their June 2014 in Poland, Maine. For you parents out there... yes.... I think most parents would freak out, to say the least. Three gorgeous daughters getting married within a few short months of each other.

Flash forward to the past few months. When you all get married so close together, it is a logical next step that they just might all become parents close together. Amazingly, that is just what happened!

When I got word that they wanted their "family photographer" (THAT'S ME!) to be there to capture a few lifestyle family portraits when they were all together here in Maine, I just about jumped in the air with joy. I have been anxiously hoping and praying that this day would come! And not just because I'm a sucker for the itty bitty next generation. But because I couldn't wait to see the entire family again! These are my people. Seriously. So very much love in my soul for this family.

I could have stayed with them all day and been more than happy. I love capturing this stage in the journey of life as I know first hand how fleeting it is. Although less than two weeks ago, I see photos of these new cousins on Facebook and I swear they have grown a ton already. This stage is exhausting both emotionally and physically. But soon they are on the move, talking up a storm... stomping their feet at you... opening every door they can find.... it flies, my friends. I am so honored to have been the one to capture this time before it is gone.

Thank you, friends, for having me be there to capture this latest series of amazing for your growing family. To the new grandparents, this latest hat trick just might top the first. Or at least be a solid tie. Congratulations to all of you as you start this new chapter! I cannot wait to see what unfolds. And you know I'll be here to capture whatever comes next.

Piper :: 2 Week Old Newborn Portraits

Amanda & Justin have become one of the most "famous" couples I have. First, they were married at the Mountain View Grand in 2010 under a sprinkle of rain that brought them a triple rainbow. Then we got together for their fall foliage trash the dress session that resulted in their dachshund, Peanut, being featured as Real Maine Wedding's Pup of the Week portrait. And a few weeks ago we wandered around the Old Port to capture their maternity portraits as they anxiously awaited the arrival of their baby girl, Piper. Needless to say, it has been so amazing and such an honor to be a part of their life together from the very beginning.

And it became even more special to me this past weekend as I met up with Amanda & Justin (and Peanut & Hemi) to welcome adorable little Piper in to the world (and get her in front of the camera for the first time). With two good looking, smart parents behind her, it is no wonder that Piper is already so smart and absolutely perfect. From her long, tiny toes to her delicate fingers reaching out to the world around her. From her whispy hair to her stunning blue eyes starring out the windows. Snuggling her made my baby rabies act up (but a bout with my own teething 9 month old put that in check).

Here is a sneak peek of what we captured during the new family's session. I cannot wait to watch this little lady grow up! Congratulations, Amanda & Justin (and Peanut & Hemi)!