A Lifestyle Session at the Beach | Kennebunk Maine Family Photographer

When Caitlin scheduled her spring session last fall we picked a random placeholder date knowing that we would like have to change it depending on weather because we all know how spring in Maine can be. (ie, rainy, cold, windy, muddy) However, I think we were all shocked when the forecast looked beautiful and we ended up shooting in April and it was 80 degrees. I still can't get over how lucky we got. 

So we met at a beach in Kennebunk that I hadn't been to and spent the morning playing in the sand and the water... Yes, in April. That's just the kind of person and photographer I am. If I can I will ALWAYS encourage kids to get wet and dirty, haha.

Anyway, here are a few of my favorites from their session.

A First Birthday Celebration | Cape Elizabeth, Maine Documentary Family Photographer

Our homes are sacred spaces. It's where we spend time with the ones we love and make many of our memories. It's a warm feeling inside us that reminds us we are accepted and loved unconditionally. It's where we grow through our struggles and changes of the seasons of life together. So anytime I'm invited into a client's home it's not something I take lightly. I am always honored to be allowed into a small window into their lives and hearts. 

In March I got to visit this family's home in the greater Portland area. It was cold outside but this Maine home was full of love. Jay was turning a year old and both sets of his grandparents came to visit him and shower him with love. They did an adorable lumberjack theme and had a surprise cake made to celebrate both Jay and Kinna's father.

Payea Family Session | Old Orchard Beach Lifestyle Photographer

Last fall I had the pleasure of meeting the Payea family. I don't usually work with teens so it was a real treat for me. I feel like once kids aren't little anymore, we kind of forget about photographing them. I know, life gets busy (trust me!) and they start to get caught up in their own lives and activities but MAN. It's still important. But also, PSA - photographing your lives is always important no matter what. Anyway, I met them at their home and then we went down the street to finish the session at Old Orchard Beach. It was an overcast day but beautiful for late fall. I loved getting to take their pictures here; in a town that is so near and dear to their hearts. OOB is such a neat town in that literally in a blink of an eye it seems to go from tourist central, can't find a spot on the beach to sit down so you walk around all creepy-like waiting for someone to leave - to totally empty and like it has never been any other way. 

Here are a few of my favorites & don't forget, booking is still open for mini sessions.

shoot & share results | southern maine family photographer

Hey guys!

This was my first year submitting to the Shoot & Share photo contest and it was so much fun. My girls and I all enjoyed voting and I am shocked and so happy to see I had an image place in the top 10%. I also had 6 images place in the top 20% and 8 in the top 30%. I can't wait for next year's contest.

 

In other news, spring is here and actually feeling like it (kind of). I feel like it's pretty safe to say that we're past snow. That's seasons in Maine summed up, isn't it? Snow and past snow. 

My availability is still limited throughout the summer as I'm taking 4 classes during the summer semester. Yeh, I know that makes it seem like I'm an overachiever but I'm not, haha. Here is my  availability for the next few months..

May - full

June - full

July - 2 session spots available

It's hard to believe I'm already booked until July and it's only March but it's exciting. Don't forget that I am hosting mini sessions on May 12th. These make great Mother's Day gifts or would be a nice way to treat yourself this Mother's Day. We're doing them at a local AirBnb which is so exciting. There is a beautiful yard to do pictures outside if the weather is cooperating. But if it's raining, we can do them inside the loft space which is super cool and hip. 

Depending on how the summer goes, I may host a day of minis in the summer too. It's an odd year but because of my schedule, minis might work best for me. I'll reevaluate in a few months depending on how my May minis go/demand for another day.

You can learn more about my spring minis here

 

And here are my top placing images from the Shoot & Share contest.

Maine Newborn Documentary/Lifestyle Photographer | In Home with the Readers

Last fall I met the Reader's when they attended my fall mini sessions. I always feel lucky when people choose me to capture their families and lives so I was really thrilled when Nichole reached out to book a newborn session for Henry. This is definitely one of my favorite sessions. I love documentary photography and waiting for beautiful moments to happen. Nothing feels better than getting to capture a moment that happens spontaneously and I feel even luckier when my clients get that and love it as much as I do. 

I'm so excited to share these pictures, I would apologize that it's so picture heavy but I'm not actually sorry! I love the story they tell and I can't do it justice without including an obscene amount. Haha! 

Maine Spring Mini Sessions | Westbrook, Maine Photographer

 2018 Spring Mini Sessions - Maine

Booking is now open for spring mini sessions! Come enjoy a quick and fun lifestyle session this Mother's Day weekend. These sessions are perfect for everyone (family, kids, newborn, couple, etc). These minis are being held INSIDE at a local AirBnB. If it doesn't rain there's also a beautiful outside space we can use!

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The details....


Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Westbrook, Maine
8 digital images with print release
15 minute sessions
$150

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A 50% nonrefundable retainer is required to book your session.

Book your session here: http://bit.ly/2HfBAN2

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Dobbins Family | Buxton Maine Family Photographer

Tonight I'm doing a flashback feature with one of my sessions from last fall that I never got around to blogging. (I swear I'll catch up... hopefully). The Dobbins family and I met up at the Little River Flower Farm in Buxton to do their session. It's definitely one of my favorite spots and I can't wait until summer comes so we can go and do pick-your-own blueberries there. 

Here are some of my favorites from the day:

February Update | Maine Documentary Family Photographer

Hey guys,

I'm still here and trucking along with my 365 project. February was a hectic month (big surprise right) so I got behind on my editing and then I blinked and we were already in March. But hey, I got my act together and am ready to share my 28 pictures from February. And only a few days late. HIGH FIVE. 

 

Have you been thinking of booking your own session?

I'm still booking in-home sessions and as a matter of fact book them throughout the year. It's still too cold (and muddy) for outside sessions but warm weather is coming quicker than we think. Here is my current availability over the next few months:

MARCH - FULL

APRIL - 1 session spot available

MAY - 2 session spots available

If you're interested in booking a session, contact me today. (go ahead and click that button below, you know you want to)

Click Away Highlights | A Maine Photographer in Florida

Last week I road tripped to Florida with my husband to attend my *first ever* Click Away photography conference. It was such an amazing experience, and I feel like I learned so much and met so many amazing new people. The weather was absolute perfection too. I didn't take very many pictures considering how long I was gone but that's kind of my MO. I get busy and involved and forget to take pictures. If you've been following me for a while you may notice I never post many (or any really) pictures from holidays or birthdays and that's why. I'm the photographer who can't remember to take pictures, lol. I'm hoping my 365 project will help with that this year. (Which I'm still rocking by the way in case you were curious)

My entire time at Click Away was so inspiring and I am so excited to put what I learned to use. And I can't wait to go again next year. I'm already daydreaming about where it will be held and what classes I'll take. 

So, we ate amazing food - seriously, every restaurant on Amelia Island is like heavenly. I didn't get to spend as much time outside as I had hoped but I managed to take a few walks on the beach and through the resort area at the Omni where we stayed. I caught a beautiful sunrise and saw a gecko! Yeh, the gecko was pretty exciting. And I got real brave after one of my classes about documentary photography and took a picture of a stranger on the docks. YEH SO BRAVE. Haha, but really, it's a pretty great shot.

Anywayyyy, here are some of my favorite pictures that I got (palms, gecko, and stranger included). Let's all just keep looking at those beach pictures and pretend that it's not going to be freezing tomorrow here in Maine. That's what I'm doing anyway. :)

One month down, eleven to go! | 365 project Maine photographer

Phew, I made it one month into my 365 project. I am seriously shocked I've made it so far. It's already been interesting and not exactly as I expected. I've found it to be difficult (not surprising) and there were days where I just barely managed to get a shot. I feel like most of the days yielded mediocre pictures at best, but that's ok. It's not about making an amazing image every single day. It's about making something that at the end of the year, I'll be able to look back on and hopefully remember some days that I had forgotten. 

So, anyway, here are my first 31 images. 

Portland Newborn In Home Session | Maine Photographer

A couple weeks ago, I met up with this sweet little family for a newborn session. Eli decided to come a little early but is thriving and everyone is settling in well. They opted to do their session in the comfort of their own home; which I just love. When we have pictures taken in our homes, it just adds another layer of authenticity and gives more depth to the stories our photographs tell.

I'm finishing up their gallery tonight and am excited to share some of my favorites with you all. 

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The Phinney's | Maine Wedding Photographer

This summer I had the pleasure of photographing Laurel with her children and her boyfriend, Kyle. They were such a fun couple and family. Then shortly after, I got the most beautiful e-mail from Laurel saying that she and Kyle were getting married. I was over-the-moon excited to for them and was so honored to be a small part of their day. 

They had a small, intimate ceremony at Laurel's mother's house surrounded by their closest family and friends. I'm so excited to share some of my favorite images from the day with you all, it may take a while to load because I have -lots- of favorites. 

There were so many special touches throughout the afternoon. Laurel's grandmother's memory was included in just about every detail. Laurel's mother made her wedding gown and lined the inside with one of her grandmother's nightgowns. The napkins were handmade (again by Laurel's mom) using pillowcases that had belonged to her grandmother. I was very close to my grandfather and losing him last year was extremely difficult for me, so to see her grandmother throughout the day was extremely touching to me. 

Hawley Family Session | Maine Lifestyle Photographer

Well, now that it's unofficially, officially winter in Maine, you know what that means... Time to catch up on blogging all the sessions I did this past fall that I got too busy and forgot about doing.

First up on the docket is the Hawley family.

They were my very first EVER booking that came from Instagram. They are from Louisiana and road-tripped up to Maine to experience our fall foliage. We met up in Wells and it was a beautiful - though unseasonably warm - fall day. The kiddos were just the cutest and we had a great afternoon. And of course, because this was their first time in Maine it seemed only appropriate to come with whoopie pies (from Wicked Whoopies) on hand for the kids to enjoy as the session came to an end. It was quite the hike for the littles but they did such an amazing job, they totally earned those whoopies! 

Here are my favorites from the day.

Roberts Family Tree Cutting Session | Southern Maine Lifestyle Photographer

Are you ready for the holidays yet? 

If you're like me, the answer is "not quite". But I'm never ready and often out on Christmas Eve like a lunatic trying to finish up odds and ends... usually stocking stuffers.. because I can never plan ahead enough to get done like a normal person.

This morning I am sharing a throwback session from last winter. It was on my old website so I'm just reposting it here. ;) I have room for ONE in home session this month. January is already booked and February only has one spot left as well. 

From December 7th, 2016... A couple weeks ago, the Roberts’ family and I met up at Boiling Springs Tree Farm in Southern Maine to do a couple family portraits & then document their holiday tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree.

These guys are seriously awesome. They are such an easy going family and I was so excited to tag along. We met at the tree farm in the morning so we beat the crowds. It was a particularly foggy morning which made for a really cool backdrop in the beginning of the session. The kids had such a great time picking out trees, helping cut them down, and then, of course, hot cocoa afterward.

I actually photographed the Roberts’ family last year when I was doing a project for a photography class I was taking in college. This was before I started my business and one of the very first steps that pulled me in this direction. It is so fun to go back and see how much the children have grown.

And with that, here is our session….

November Favorites | Maine Lifestyle & Documentary Family Photographer

Hey guyssss!

The last couple months have been pure insanity over here so naturally I've missed at least last month's "favorites" post. And honestly, I don't think I took a single picture of my own kids all month because I was so busy between school and client sessions. I want to use my favorites of the month posts to showcase my personal work so in that regard, I guess there wasn't much of a point in doing a blog post for October. I know I'm a little early this month but it's close enough. Can you believe that it's almost December?!

My busy season is officially all wrapped up and my classes are wrapping up. I have a few more exams and big papers due before the end of the semester but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm excited to be able to relax and enjoy some down time with my kids.

Oh, don't forget about my Black Friday weekend sale is still going on until Monday, November 27th at 11:59pm. Save 10% off gift certificates or $50 off an in-home session booked for the month of December or January. This can apply towards holiday tradition sessions!

Holiday Tradition Sessions | Maine Family Documentary Lifestyle Photographer

The holiday season is upon us...

And I am beyond pumped. This is my favorite time of year and I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be booking "Holiday Tradition" family documentary sessions. Does your family have a special tradition that you would love to have photographed? This is for you. Whatever your tradition is, I want to be there to capture it. The things we do with our children are so, so special and hold so many memories. While we all snap pictures with our phones or cameras, imagine how much more special the day would be for your family if you could be 100% totally and completely immersed and present in the activity. 

 

 

Through the month of December, this will be the only type of session I offer and space is very limited. There will be one session spot open for each of the following weeks:

  • the week of December 3rd 
  • the week of December 10th 
  • the week of December 17th

 

You have 2 options for Holiday Tradition Sessions...

 

Essentials. | $300

1 hour of shooting in your home or wherever your holiday tradition takes place. 

Digital download & personal use printing release

 

Deluxe. | $550

2 hours of shooting in your home or wherever your holiday tradition takes place. 

Digital download & personal use printing release

 

A 50% nonrefundable retainer is required to book your session. The remaining balance is due 2 days prior to your session.

Dondero Family Session | Freeport Maine Family Lifestyle Photographer

I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that October is already almost over. Seriously, where is the time going?! I've been super, super busy this month with sessions, school, and the kids' after school activities. Almost every night I kick myself for not updating the blog often enough with these beautiful sessions I've been doing. I figure I'll have plenty of time to catch up with blogging over the winter months. 

So, we're wrapping up October and I'm hopeful that November will be a bit calmer. As far as session availability goes, I have room for possibly 1 more session in mid-November. 

I have something special planned for December and will roll out that information in a few weeks. 


Now, for the best part of the post. THE DONDERO FAMILY! If their sweet faces look familiar, I'm not surprised. I've had the pleasure of photographing these three multiple times over the past year. I first met them last fall during my very first run of mini sessions. I was so, so excited when Jen reached out about scheduling a full session this time around. I always assumed that full sessions were actually easier on kiddos than the minis. Even though they're longer, they're so relaxed and we can really take our time. After our session was over, I asked Alex what his opinion was. Did he prefer the mini sessions or the full session? THE FULL SESSION. And, by the way, he speaks for all 6 year olds here. 

The tide was low so when we got to the end of the session, we all rolled up our pants and went to play in the mudflats. It felt like we right out of the book One Morning in Maine. Which is one of my all-time favorite books by the way. I can still remember my grandfather reading it to me when I would go for sleepovers. 

Thank you so much for the great adventure guys!

Carter Lifestyle Newborn Session | Southern Maine Photographer

Happy October!

I just love October. It's my absolute favorite month of the year and leads right into all my favorite activities of the year. Apple picking, fall baking, everything pumpkin - except pumpkin spice coffee. I tried so hard to love it but no, it's gross. Sorry not sorry y'all. Not to mention the fairs, corn maze, foliage, and then leading into Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Seriously the best time of year. I'm almost half way through the semester and I feel like I'm doing pretty ok. It's a heavy courseload but I'm totally managing. 

As you may have seen if you follow me on Facebook, both mini session days are officially sold out. I'm super excited and I think they're going to be a lot of fun. I've been pretty busy this month and next month is going to be ~CRAZY~ but I'm so ready. 

Last week I had the pleasure of doing miss Liv's newborn pictures. I had done Maddie's maternity pictures a few months ago and I was so excited to get the call about Liv's birth. I love newborns and I love newborn sessions. Especially now that my kids are getting bigger (kindergarten is a big step guys) I love getting to soak in all the new baby goodness. I still can't get over how much hair this child has. She has more hair at 2 weeks old than my oldest did at 2 years old. (I'm barely joking right now)

Here are some of my favorites from my morning with the Carters:

Guillette Wedding | Portland, Maine Photographer

Earlier this month I had the honor of photographing these two special individual's wedding. I enjoyed my time with them so much. Jeremy kept us laughing all day and I was completely overwhelmed by all the love between their families and between the two of them. As I've been editing their pictures I keep finding myself laughing and getting teary-eyed all over again. 

I'll warn you guys that this blog is very picture heavy so it may take a few moments to load all the pictures. It'll be worth the wait though! 

The details...

Dress: David's Bridal

Ceremony venue: Maine Irish Heritage Center

Reception venue: Cumberland Fairgrounds

Flowers: Broadturn Farm

Cake: The Cookie Jar

Catering & Decor: M.A.N.E Events & Catering

DJ: Mike Violette

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sibling adventure along the maine coast | maine family lifestyle photographer

Hey guys,

I'm super excited for my fall sessions this year and have been checking out a few new places. I love scouting with my girls; I get the opportunity to take some pictures of them but also share the joy of exploring new areas. Last week, we checked out a spot on the coast and we all had a great afternoon. It was incredibly foggy but I assured them that fog always adds a little magic to pictures. They loved climbing along the rocks and adventuring through trails. Lillian even told me it was her favorite scouting trip yet. It did start to rain a bit so we weren't able to stay as long as we'd like but I think we'll be heading back soon and I can't wait to take a few of my fall families to this hidden gem. 

Also, I've actually have had a early October session spot become available for anyone who may be interested. Feel free to contact me and share this blog post with anyone who may be interested in a fall session. 

And don't forget - I still have availability for the second day of mini session OCTOBER 29TH. Learn more here..: https://daniellelachancephotography.com/blog/2017/9/4/fall-mini-sessions-maine-photographer