engagement portraits

This seemed like a good idea at the time.

Bowser & Bruin. Oh, boys.

When my couples ask me if they can bring along their furry babies to their shoots, I always say yes. I love me some furry snuggles! For Cairsten & Jimmy, my response was no different. After building a relationship with them ever since Kelly & Ryan's wedding, I could not wait to meet their two pups, Bowser & Bruin.

We opted for Bug Light in South Portland for the views of the Portland's Old Port, the harbor, the lighthouse... the list is endless. It is a great area with lots of variety AND it's pup friendly!

Bowser & Bruin did not disappoint. They were super excited about everything. Wanted to meet everyone. Photos, what photos? We're here to PLAY! Meandering around the park with Mutt & Jeff in tow was an experiment in hilarity. When they weren't in the photo, we had them tied to a bench or I was holding their leashes to give Cairsten & Jimmy a break from the chaos. I'm sure they were both thinking "This seemed like a good idea at the time."

Yet, when it gets down to it, even with the chaos... the furry friends in our lives are an integral part of our lives. Yes, they bring chaos. But they also bring lots of kisses, laughs, and uninhibited love. And, as part of your family, it is worth the chaos for shots like this one.

I am still brought to laughs every time I see Cairsten & Jimmy post photos of their pups on Facebook. Thank you for hanging out with me boys and letting me tell your parent's love story. You are lucky boys to have such awesome people to call your own.

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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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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!

Sarah & Nick :: Engagement Portraits in the Old Port in Portland, Maine

Sarah first contacted me way back in November to see if I could fit in a wintery engagement session with her and her hubby to be, Nick, in January. Given how much I love winter and how quickly we hit it off through our emails back and forth, it was a given that I was going to make it happen no matter what. Sarah and Nick met in Chicago while they were in college. After a brief dating stint, they called it quits as they both moved around the country in pursuit of all things professional while still maintaining their friendship with each other. Obviously, there was something more to their friendship and, once they both realized it, they knew it was meant to be (despite of their cut-throat love for DIFFERENT sports teams. Talk about some fun times watching the games on TV!).

We decided to get together for their engagement session in the Old Port of Portland, Maine, where Sarah has come to call home thanks to her latest professional move. Mother nature almost kept Nick from joining us, but, fortunately, everything worked out and his flight made it in to Portland just in time. Knowing that these two were sports enthusiasts, I couldn't help but suggest that we start our time together at Rivalries to chat a bit before I whipped out the camera. Funny story: I wound up grabbing a bite to eat before our session. I was just wrapping up my meal when I noticed Sarah & Nick walk in to the restaurant (thanks to Facebook stalking, I knew it was them). Not wanting to rush them knowing that it was still before our scheduled "meet up" time, I waited a bit before texting Sarah and slyly asking her if they were there already and, if so, "I'm sitting right behind you." Needless to say, it resulted in many laughs between us and definitely set the mood for the rest of our time together. And that is how our it all went. We were laughing non-stop. Even when they look serious, they were laughing deep down in side. The two of them are seriously such a perfect match. Making it work while living in two different cities in never easy, but I know that they have a very bright future together as they tie the knot later this year out west.

Sarah and Nick, thank you so much for letting me be a part of this time in your life together. I hope that your paths bring you together in the same city soon!

Here is a sneak peek of what we captured during their session in the Old Port.