Rob + Cheli: The Engagement Session

In the midst of the madness of wedding season and working hard for my clients, I try to fit in working with my friends as often as I can, too. Working with friends gives me an opportunity to experiment with new photographic possibilities without the pressure of worrying whether my experiment will go awry–not something I love doing with paying clients. I’ve photographed Rob twice before at each of his sister’s weddings, and I’ve known Cheli for the last several years, so I was super excited at the opportunity to photograph this last minute engagement session (I’m photographing their wedding May 12th) because I knew it would provide that opportunity. They are beyond adorable together, they’re both very comfortable in front of the camera, and they’re totally game for any of my suggestions: “Run into oncoming traffic? Sure!” “Ask that maitre’d if he’d mind us sitting at one of the window tables for 5 minutes? Sure!” I so love the results–even more so because I love the two people in these shots.

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Angelina + Tom: Sneak Peek

After a wedding, no matter how late I get home, I can’t wait to load the cards and start importing the images into Lightroom, so I can reassure myself the day went the way I thought it did as I shot it. I was even more excited last night because it was my first wedding shooting with the new Nikon D850. Fast forward to midnight when I still hadn’t been able to load a single image into Lightroom because apparently Adobe hasn’t updated yet to read the RAW format the D850 uses (I could rant about this forever, but this is about Angelina and Tom, not me!).

So I woke up this morning and googled my issue, and I finally found a work-around…one that unfortunately would involve 10 hours of file conversion, but when those files finally were importing into Lightroom, let me tell you…the wait was totally worth it! I could geek out for hours about the detail the D850 captures, even in low light conditions. But instead, I’ll tell you how much I enjoyed getting to know Angelina and her family, Tom and his. While Tom could have gladly foregone ever having a single picture taken, he was an excellent sport about letting us take lots of him anyway, and Angelina’s smile lit up every space she was in. Angelina’s family treated us like family, and I will forever be grateful to Ginette for helping Angelina make the decision to choose me to photograph their special day! Here’s a very small sneak peek of their beautiful wedding day, with many more to come in the coming days!

That gorgeous day wouldn’t have happened without all of the following vendors and all of their hard work!

 

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Sean + Johnna: The Wedding

With every wedding, I’m always aware of the privilege I’m being given to document a couple’s love story as it unfolds on that first, most important day of it. But that feeling is even stronger when I’m photographing the wedding of friends: there’s an ease already established that lets me easily fit into their day. I know a good part of the story that brought them together, and it helps me enjoy the process of documenting the next chapter of that story even more. Sean and Johnna’s wedding was one of the highlights of my year, and not just because they are friends, but because the love they feel for each other shines out of them both. You can see it in Sean’s smile the moment Johnna enters his proximity. You can tell in the way Johnna’s eyes can’t stay off Sean for more than a moment. Their love is the real deal, the one fairy tales are written about, the kind a lot of people only get to dream about, and the joy of that love radiates out of them. It’s infectious in the best possible way. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed spending September 2nd with them and their incredible families and friends…but I’ll try to sum it up in the pictures below.

Thanks, guys. ❤

Lots of awesome people came together to make Sean and Johnna’s day incredible:

  • Makeup: Marissa Young
  • Hair: Katie Daniel and Simone Barcia-Beaton
  • Flowers: Katie Daniel
  • Venue: The Governor’s Hill Mansion (and their staff is seriously the BEST–shout out to Elaine, the Events Director,  and Taylor, Mikayla (sp?), and all of the awesomely friendly servers!)
  • Catering: The Liberal Cup
  • And last but definitely not least, my Second Shooter Extraordinaire and Right Arm: Jessica Harris

Sneak Peek: The Boy Who Loved Ramen

I’ve known Jack since he was small, and he’s spent quite a bit of time running around my house with my son Ronan, playing Batman in the pitch dark, making random videos, or just hanging out in the bean bag chairs in our TV room playing Star Wars on his PS4. So when Mandy asked me if I could be the one to capture Jack’s senior session, I was thrilled–and because the kid is seriously obsessed with ramen, I knew that eating ramen had to be a part of our shoot. Enjoy this sneak peek from today’s riverside ramen shoot!

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Senior Session: Dallas

It almost feels like cheating to do a senior session with Dallas. She’s like my second daughter, her grandmother is a talented photographer who’s taught Dal to be an excellent model, and hellooooo…she’s stunning! That skin, those eyes! Seriously. The hardest part about scheduling Dallas’ Senior Session was her schedule–the girl works round the clock, lives in two different places, and has a million responsibilities she juggles. But we finally found a time that worked that lined up with perfect weather, and here’s the result. I really should title this “Senior Session: Dallas, Round 542” because we’ve been working on Dallas’ Senior pictures all year long, with only one season left to cover: winter. I can’t wait!

Engagement Session, Sneak Peek: Jordanna + Paul

I always approach engagement sessions as a sort of bonding ritual with a couple, a way of getting comfortable with two strangers in whose direction I will be spending the most important day of their lives pointing my giant Nikon. I don’t normally feel that walking a few hundred feet in squishy, squishy sea-mud has to be part of that bonding ritual…but maybe after today I’ll reconsider.

Stay tuned for more of that story in my Extended Cut blog about the awesomely adorable and all-around good sports, Jordanna and Paul (who I just happened to realize I knew from college when we had our pre-booking interview!). For now, enjoy these sneak peeks from our sunset engagement session on this gorgeous evening at Winslow Park in Freeport.

 

Delani + Mitchell: The Engagement Session (Extended Cut)

I LOVE engagement sessions even though they come with a fair share of nerves: What will they be like? Will they like me? Will I like them? Will I be able to figure out who they are when I get to the location? or variations on those questions circle my brain endlessly in the days leading up to that first shoot. (Thankfully, I’ve loved them all so far!)

This time, at least one of those questions wasn’t worrying me: I knew right away I loved Delani. One, she has a very cool name, and two, her warm, sweet, bubbly personality had really shone through when we conducted our phone interview earlier this spring. As we got started, I quickly realized Delani could not stop giggling, which just made the session that much more relaxed, easy, and fun. She particularly enjoyed that Mitchell–quiet and calm, a perfect complement to Delani–was being forced into showing lots of PDA while I pointed a camera at the both of them, although I have to say that Mitchell did not seem to mind one bit. His love for Delani radiates every time he looks at her. In fact, by the time we arrived at Pine Point Beach for their final shots, he seemed pretty awesomely comfortable.

Afterwards, we headed to the nearest Starbucks to grab some coffee and a little get-to-know-each-other time. I think it’s SO important before I spend one of the biggest day of my clients’ lives with them for us both to feel like we’re already friends. It makes the entire process of following them around all day with a giant camera so much less stressful! Delani chatted about her work in behavioral health, and Mitchell told me a little about his work as an arborist, and the plans for the future he and Delani were shaping.

Home later to edit the shots, I realized I was smiling at my computer (this happens a lot, actually) because Delani’s smile is so infectious. I’m beyond thrilled to have been their choice of photographer, and I can’t wait to work with them capturing their marriage at Sprint Hill next May!

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Sneak Peek: Emma & Luke’s Engagement Session

I’ve never been to Norway before, so as my Waze guided me down the backroads of Maine between Farmington, where I live, and Norway, home to the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn where Emma and Luke will be getting married next year, I was surprised by how far it was. I know people who live in Norway, I thought. Do they really live this far away?

I missed the initial turn to the venue, a small dirt road off the Norway Center Road, but once I turned around and found it, slowly winding my way up the hill toward the enormous barn, I realized what an incredible location the area must be for weddings.

Emma and Luke had invited me here for their engagement session to give me a preview of the venue, and because it offers amazing views that proved to make a magnificent backdrop for their photos (soooo worth the drive out!). Check out their sneak peak here, and watch for the full blog in a few more weeks. Thank you, Emma and Luke, for choosing me as your photographer! I’m beyond excited for your wedding next year!