Ashley + Matt: The Engagement Session

I knew from the moment I first talked to Ashley when she called about booking me for their 2018 Sugarloaf wedding this past summer that we were going to get along swimmingly. My instincts are rarely wrong, and they didn’t fail me this time either. As Ashley and Matt approached the benches in front of Higgins Beach in Scarborough, where we had planned to meet for their engagement shoot, I could see her warm, friendly smile from a block away. It was colder than we’d expected–a warm front would blow in the next day  causing large portions of the state to lose power for days, but Saturday was brisk and breezy. Still, Ashley’s smile never dimmed, and she was game to dance, sit on the wet sand, or explore the landscape of Higgins Beach without a single complaint about the weather or the wind whipping at her long dark hair.

In between shots we got to know each other, chatting about their work and mine, their progress on their wedding plans, and so on. This is what I really LOVE about engagement sessions, and why I’m a firm believer that even the most camera-shy couples should include one in their package: it’s an awesome opportunity to get to know each other before the big day. And Matt, Ashley’s fiance, confided he’s not thrilled to be in front of the camera, but you’d never know it to look at his pictures. That’s because over the course of a session, we’re all getting more comfortable together until before you know it, you’ll stop noticing my camera clicking away in front of you, and you’ll stop formally posing, and instead, you’ll just start being who you are with the love of your life…while someone happens to be taking a picture of you doing it (yay me! This is why I love my job!).

Ashley and Matt are my last engagement session of the 2017 season, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to work with each and every one of my couples in 2018. Here’s to an awesome year, guys!!

xoxo

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.

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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Engagement Sneak Peek: Alexa + Joe

I swear as the summer flies by, the engagement sessions just keep getting better (and that’s really a very high bar, because they’ve all been AMAZING!). Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to wander all over the Rangeley area with Alexa and Joe, capturing their adorableness against the incredibly beautiful backdrop of the Rangeley Lakes Region. Right from the beginning, I loved the way they are together: the way Joe looks at Alexa, the way Alexa is almost giddy in Joe’s presence. Their love was truly a joy to capture.

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Sneak peeks are always sooo hard for me: I want to post everything, all at once! But this time, I’m going to build a little bit of anticipation for the awesomeness, so stay tuned for the rest of their love story in pictures.

 

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.

 

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!

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!

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!