If you’ve ever lived through a Maine winter, you understand the need to squeeze every last drop of summer out of every single year…even when summer seems to extend more and more often into mid-to-late October–maybe even especially then. That never holds more true than when Portrait Season begins where Wedding Season leaves off, and judging by the crowds of families being led by photographers at the Vaughn Woods in Hallowell Sunday, we all knew last Sunday may be the last really nice warm Sunday we’d have before all the leaves are blown off the trees (because, say it with me, Winter Is Coming).
Fortunately the Vaughn Woods State Park is huge, offering LOTS of awesome locations for photos, so while my first session was able to get some portraits in by the pretty stone bridge and little falls that come down from the dam above, the rest of my sessions (two more family sessions and a senior modeling session) moved above the rocks to the beautiful sunlit field.
I’d love to hear what you think — and P.S. I suspect we’ll have a couple of warm weekends still ahead in November, but even if it’s cold, message me now to schedule your family’s lifestyle session!
Last night was a gorgeous evening for a sunset lifestyle shoot. Enjoy these sneak peeks from Olivia’s! Check out my investment packages at dorydiazphotography.com/investment.html, and message me to book your lifestyle shoot before the fall colors fade away!
Friday, I shot a sunset family session with my friend Gisel and her beautiful family on the path overlooking the “Great Falls” of the Androscoggin River. The falls weren’t particularly great that day as the dam wasn’t engaged, but the view was still beautiful: the wide Androscoggin quietly flowing under scenic train and traffic bridges with a cobblestone path unrolling beside it. Gisel and Ryan were celebrating their anniversary the next day, with a huge party planned at the house they were working to remodel themselves, and she wanted to commemorate the occasion with some pictures of their family.
I loved the evening we spent together: the kids were adorable, and Gisel is one of those people it’s impossible not to feel comfortable with: joyful and inquisitive, and Ryan was a great sport with everything we asked of him during the shoot. Their session was an easy edit: the light and their gorgeousness did most of the work. Thanks guys, for letting me capture your family!
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!
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!
With wedding season in full swing, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to do Lifestyle Sessions these days. What’s a “Lifestyle Session,” you ask? It’s an hour long portrait session where I capture life as it happens, whether it’s with a couple, a family, or an adorable toddler like Sophia.
Sophia’s gram, Jan, emailed me last week to see if I might be able to squeeze in a Lifestyle Session because her granddaughter, Sophia, and daughter-in-law, Asia, were visiting them at their camp from Washington, D.C.
I’m so glad I found a way! Sophia was an adorable little ham for the camera, and though it was pouring when I first arrived, the sun was out within minutes, and we were able to move outside with her and her gorgeous and beyond sweet mom, Asia.
I LOVE photographing kids! And Asia and I got to chat about my move ten years ago from the D.C. area to rural Maine while I worked which was an added bonus. Thank you so much, Jan and family, for choosing me to capture your very special granddaughter!