Engagement Session: Joanna + Charles

Joanna and Charles could not be cuter. Seriously. As I followed them with my second shooter Jess (we’d totally taken advantage of the opportunity for a girls’ weekend in Bar Harbor while we worked–more on that later) down the paths behind Jordan Pond House in Acadia Park, Joanna said she didn’t think she’d mind having paparazzi follow her, and as you can see, they’re both more than comfortable in front of the camera. But what really stood out to Jess and I as we spent the hours heading into sunset with Joanna and Charles was the quiet adoration they clearly have for each other, the way they looked at each other, the way they murmured little inside jokes to one another, teasing each other sweetly as we documented every word, glance, and touch. They are eloping in NYC, so I won’t be working with them on a wedding as I would with most of my clients, but I’m so glad I was able to be part of this special afternoon with them…and as you look through this small peek into that session, now you will be, too.

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Some of you may know I entered a photo of one of my 2018 couples, Alexa and Joe, into Down East Magazine’s Annual Reader Photo Contest. It’s currently trending #1 for the Lifestyle category, and #7 overall, thanks to all the love it’s gotten from you all! Could you help it stay in that spot (or move up)? All you have to do is VOTE (if you haven’t yet, or try again, because sometimes you get to vote twice!), and SHARE it with your friends so they can vote, too! I’ll love you all forever if you do! (And who am I kidding? I’ll love you forever anyway…but VOTE still!) Here’s the link: VOTE HERE!

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Sneak Peek: Melissa + Mike

When we scheduled Melissa and Mike’s engagement session, I think we all thought it would be a perfect early fall day with just a hint of chill in the air. What we got instead was a day we would have cried for in August: 85 degrees, humid and still. We all melted a little (well, not Melissa — she looked as gorgeous and fresh at the end of our session as she did getting out of the car at the start!), but the shots were well worth it, as we wandered around the scenic trails of Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. And Melissa and Mike were so much fun–relaxed and easygoing, and so so adorable. I can’t wait to work with them over this next year! Enjoy their sneak peek…there’s more to come!

Engagement Session: Alexa + Joe

I think I’ve mentioned before that my nerves always ramp up before an engagement session. Even though I rarely book a wedding without at least a phone conversation with a prospective couple, living in rural Maine means it rarely works to schedule an in-person pre-booking meeting, so that means the engagement session is the do-or-die moment the couple and I size each other up and learn to be friends — all in the space of approximately two hours!

Alexa and Joe were that rare couple that immediately put me at ease. Their warmth is contagious; it forces you to relax. And WOW, their chemistry is crazy. I usually try to give my couples a little time to warm up to being affectionate in front of the camera, but Alexa and Joe didn’t need time. They’re clearly happiest when they’re closest, and that made my job soooo much easier. And have I mentioned how right Joe is when he says Alexa is “ridiculously photogenic”?? She could give lessons to women everywhere (including me!) on how to be comfortable in front of the camera! (Her secret? She fessed up to watching a LOT of America’s Top Model haha!)

See for yourself: the hardest part about editing their shots was choosing the best shots. There were just too many! Besides how gorgeous and adorable they are, we toured all over the Rangeley Lakes area at sunset, and the setting made for an incredible backdrop for their shoot.

I’m so excited to be working with you guys over the next year, Alexa and Joe! Thank you for choosing me!

P.s. You may recognize Alexa and Joe from the photo of them in a canoe currently holding the #1 spot in the Lifestyle Category of Down East Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest. If you’d like to help me stay there (and move higher in the overall rankings), pretty please, please, please take a minute to vote: http://downeast.com/photocontest/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=62314 — and SHARE this post or the link with your friends! Thanks guys!!

Engagement Session: Jordanna + Paul

So remember that thing I said in Jordanna and Paul’s sneak peek about “squishy, squishy mud”? I never saw myself as the type of person who’d be okay with wandering through muddy sea flats with a couple, barefoot, mud squishing between my toes, but as it turns out I am that kind of person. We picked our way over a muddy path around the sea grass, small bugs darting around our feet, until we reached the rocks that mark one point of Winslow Park.

The inlet spread out around us from there, a view of picturesque boats at Jordanna and Paul’s backs. By now we were all laughing, and Jordanna and Paul seemed completely at ease with my camera whirring away–so yes, picking your way across squishy, squishy mud with two people you may not know very well at first (and there is no other word so perfectly suited to the type of mud we found ourselves sinking into) is a perfect bonding ritual, and it left a memory I won’t soon forget.

I LOVE the way Jordanna and Paul’s images came out, and I especially love the way their parents’ classic-style L.L.Bean bikes were able to become a stand-out prop. I can’t wait to see how their Save the Dates come out! Thanks for choosing me, Jordanna and Paul–I can’t wait to work with you guys again come next July!

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Emma + Luke: The Engagement Session, Extended Cut

As we walked along the carefully manicured, forest-lined trails of the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn’s grounds, Emma remarked she wanted to feel like she was getting married in a storybook forest, and she couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue. Every detail from the pretty cupola at the ceremony site to the pretty trails through that forest scream “fairy tale”. It was a delight to get to meet Emma and Luke, high school sweethearts, and her mom and sister, for their engagement session at the same venue where they’ll be saying, “I do,” almost exactly a year from now.

We explored the trails around the venue and the “cottage” (i.e. huge lodge of a home) the venue uses as the “getting ready” area, getting some gorgeous views of the White Mountains in the distance–in fact, there’s a near perfect view of the ever-imposing Mount Washington from the Barn itself–picking out First Look possibilities, and of course, getting some great shots as we explored. Emma and Luke are avid outdoors people, so I tried to capture that in their shots.

After we said goodbye, I got a little lost going home, but I’ve never been so happy to get lost: driving slowly past the many ponds of Greenwood, Maine, watching the full moon come up over a sheer bluff bordering one of those ponds…and I even saw a moose! My heart was full with the beauty of that evening as I finally found my road home.

Emma and Luke, it was a pleasure meeting you guys, and I can’t wait for the year ahead! Thank you for choosing me to be the photographer to cover your storybook wedding!

Lexy + Jimmy: Love at First Flight

As my second shooter, Jess, and I made the long drive down the coast from the mountains of Western Maine, we were beyond excited. Lexy and Jimmy’s day was finally here, and the weather couldn’t be better: The day dawned breezy and humid, but no clouds dared mar the sky. When they finally started streaming across the sky at twilight, they only appeared to give the gift of a gorgeous sunset complete with a rainbow arcing across the sky.

Of all the couples I worked with this year, I felt like I knew Lexy and Jimmy the best going into their big day: I had done their engagement shoot last fall, and we kept in close contact throughout the months between then and their special day. And the day was an emotional one: Lexy and Jimmy had each prepared sweet letters for each other which they read before the ceremony. As Lexy read hers, she fretted about her makeup (“I wasn’t expecting to cry!”) and smiled tearily as she read Jimmy’s words for her. Lexy opted to go the traditional route and not let Jimmy see her before the wedding, so her bridesmaids got creative to help ensure Jimmy’s first view of her was coming down the stairs toward him, escorted by first her grandfather, then her father, at the ceremony. And when that moment arrived, and they saw each other for the first time, their smiles could have outshone the sun.

After the ceremony, the guests gathered below the Viewpoint for a huge group picture, where I was able to capture a picture of them and the gorgeous backdrop of the Nubble Lighthouse, then bride, groom, family, and bridal party met at the foot of the old mansion adjoining the hotel for their portraits. Despite the hot sun and warmer temps, everyone was upbeat, happy, and so much fun to work with!

Lexy and Jimmy met on an airplane headed home from Las Vegas, and thus their hashtag: #lovetakesflight, and the reception favors, bottle stoppers with an antique airplane rested on each guest’s plate. Guests also left little notes on the sign Lexy and Jimmy had set up to mark the beginning of their adventure together. Meanwhile, the Brandy Band killed through a seriously impressive set list of cover hits both classic and current that had everyone up on their feet, dancing (check out my recent blog about one pair of awesome dancers!) and singing along.

The bouquet toss was definitely one of my favorite series to shoot: Lexy and Jimmy’s single friends took it seriously (I’m pretty sure I spotted his sister Jenn doing some pre-throw stretching to ensure she was ready for the big catch!). Editing them later, I was literally laughing out loud at the antics.

Jess and I had a blast with Lexy, Jimmy, and all of their friends and family, and we’re so so glad they chose us to cover their special day!

P.S. LOTS of amazing vendors went into making this day incredible for Lexy and Jimmy!

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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!

Caroline and Tom: Never a Dull Moment

When my second shooter, Rachel (filling in for her sister and my normal constant partner-in-crime, Jessica) and I pulled up to The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, the day was off to a gorgeous start: sunny and breezy, with a hint of salt on the sea air, and the mood inside of the bridal suite was festive: Caroline and her bridesmaids were getting prepped with a steady stream of hip hop, and mimosas and laughter were the order of the day. Rachel and I immediately took advantage of the beautiful breeze to photograph Caroline’s gown outside under the pergola where she would wed Tom just a few short hours later, the lace gown blowing gently in the sea breeze.

The good weather wouldn’t last, though. By the time we headed down the short two block walk to the beach where Tom was waiting, it looked Armageddon was coming from the West, and just as Caroline got in position to make her walk down the beach bath to her man, fat drops of rain started falling from the sky, turning into a downpour within seconds. Caroline ran for the condos next door, where a very nice family let her take refuge, while Tom ran in from the shoreline, getting soaked in the process.

But even though First Look was foiled by torrents of rain, Caroline and Tom stayed upbeat. When hot, humid sunshine replaced the torrential rain, they gamely tried their best to look cool. After we restaged First Look back at the Landing, we did a few portraits with their very excited-to-see-them wolf-dog, Smokey. A lovely outdoor ceremony was followed by their reception, with Caroline’s bridesmaid Becca serenading them beautifully for their first dance. From the moment Rachel and I arrived until we packed up to go, there was never a dull moment–and I don’t think the laughter ever paused, unless it was for happy tears.

Many vendors worked hard to make Caroline and Tom’s day extra special:

Engagement Session: Delani and Mitchell

First engagement session of the 2018 wedding season! I had so much fun with Delani and Mitchell. We started off on the Eastern Trail in Scarborough, and worked our way over to the beach at the end of Pine Point. The day could not have been lovelier — not too hot, not too humid, and just the right amount of sea breeze.

Delani giggled through most of the shoot which was awesome–photo shoots are supposed to be fun! A getting-to-know-you trip to Starbucks afterward, and then I raced home to start workflow on their gorgeous pics! Hard to believe the 2018 season is already almost full. I so can’t wait to work with Delani and Mitchell on their big day!