family portraits

"J" Family Portraits at Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford, Maine

"J" Family Portraits at Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford, Maine

My relationship with Michelle & Jory goes back almost three years at this point since they first contacted me to photograph their wedding at the Maple Hill Farm Inn in Hallowell. Since their first message, I've been lucky to photograph their engagement portraits, wedding, maternity portraits and, now, their family. Seeing them each time is like spending time with old friends at this point.

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Winter Family Portraits with the "R" Family in Standish, Maine

Winter Family Portraits with the "R" Family in Standish, Maine

Did you know that it's the holidays? Christmas is in four days! But when you buy a new home and move in when it's cold, snowy and icy out... time slips by pretty rapidly! So, when my friend Michelle contacted me recently for their family portraits, we made it happen and set up a mini session at their new home in Standish, Maine, this afternoon. Between their two rambunctious four legged children and a very enthusiastic four year old (she get it from her mama!)...

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Carly Lou at One!

This session. Oh, my heart!

My relationship with Trish & Rob goes back several years at this point when I first photographed them for their engagement session. Then their wedding at the Spurwink Church and Mariner's Banquet Center in Portland. And then they had Carly and called for me to visit them for her newborn portraits. And then a year flew by and it was time for her first birthday session. I know it's cliché, but really... where did the year go?

Seeing the family again for another session means more to me than I could ever put into words. Watching Carly walk around, smile, look deeply at the clouds and trees around her, her whispy hair being blown around.... she is becoming such an incredible little human! I also see nuances of her dad and his family in some of her spunky moments. Her mom is in there too with her sparkly eyes and big smile.

And this post would not be complete without mentioning my love for the big ol' cocoa puff with legs... Rocky. As soon as I saw him, he got so excited and started dragging Rob along to see me. Much like Rob & Trish, Rocky and I have been buds since their engagement session and seeing him again for each session makes me smile a bit more. And it makes him jump a bit more, too. I am such a sucker for dogs!

Carly, Trish, Rob... and Rocky... thank you so much for having me capture this milestone for your family! Carly is so amazing and very lucky to be a part of such and incredible family. Love you guys!

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

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!