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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
There’s something about a boy and his truck…er, I think that expression is usually about a boy and his dog, but in Garrett’s case, he’s all about his truck. His Chevy played a big role in his Senior Session, and he had every reason to be proud: he bought and fixed it himself, another in a long line of fixer-upper trucks he’s flipped.
The skies cooperated, too — dramatic storm clouds rolled in as we were headed to our second location, and we just had to stop to grab a couple of shots on an open field, with the big dark sky rolling out over us. As I set up my light, I had a moment to think, Maybe setting up a light with a huge battery on an aluminum pole isn’t the best idea when I can hear thunder, but the need to grab the shot overrode my common sense (and hey! I made it!).
By the time we arrived at our last location, the pond in front of his aunt’s home, the light was fading fast, but Garrett’s friend Cody drove Garrett’s truck around the backside of the pond, and I was able to include it in the shots with gorgeous colors of the sunset providing a backdrop.
Through it all, Garrett was an awesome sport, willing to do whatever I asked (and even listening to his mom when she told him to use his “real smile”. I’m so glad I was able to spend a couple of hours with him and his family…and his truck, of course!
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.
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!