Cape Elizabeth Family Lifestyle Session | Southern Maine Photographer

Bree won my New Year’s giveaway and last month we got together to do their family pictures. To our surprise as we were driving to Kettle Cove it started raining rather heavily. We decided to go ahead with the session and hope that it wasn’t still raining when we got there. Not surprisingly, it was! We didn’t let it slow us down and it ended up clearing up just in time for us to get to the beach and play in the water.

Don’t forget- booking for fall mini sessions is open!

2018 Fall Mini Sessions | Maine Lifestyle Photographer

Fall is coming! 

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual fall mini sessions. Last year the mini sessions booked out and I opened a second day. Booking was opened early to my e-mail subscribers and there are only a few session slots left. 

This year's minis are going to be held at McDougal Orchards and they're going to be the best ones yet. I am fully booked this fall so if you were hoping to book a session, this is your chance. I'm going to have a small and simple set up for more posed sitting portraits and then we'll also do more lifestyle posing like usual. 

Here are the details:

$150
20 minutes
10 digital images included (with the option to purchase more)
Personal use printing rights
Saturday, October 6th {Rain Date: Sunday, October 7th}
McDougal Orchards, Springvale ME
 

These mini sessions are open for families, kids, couples, engagement, & maternity.

Ready to book?! Of course you are. Here is the link to the booking page: https://daniellelachancephotography.com/mini-sessions/
 

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Carle Family | Wells, Maine Family Photographer

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A couple of months ago the Carle family and I met up to do their family lifestyle session. We opted for a pretty spot in Wells, Maine. They all had great attitudes and these kids were seriously fantastic. I've never seen a pair of siblings so willing to get along and they totally went with whatever I asked them to do. Photographing this family was such a joy - though I did feel a pang of jealousy that my kids don't get along this well, hah.

Fall mini sessions will be announced soon, and I have a poll going on over on my facebook group about possible locations. If you'd like to give some input, come and join the group. I'd love to have you!

I have a couple fall sessions scheduled but as of now, the only other sessions I will be doing this fall will be the mini sessions. Depending on my school schedule I may open dates up somewhat randomly throughout the fall. 

Are you subscribed to my newsletter? If you're interested in booking a mini session and you aren't on the list, you can and should sign up now. I always open booking up to previous clients & my newsletter subscribers first. 

Also, one last note -- I am looking to take on 2-3 weddings next year. If you know anyone who is engaged and still looking for a photographer, send them my way. 

I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation!

C + R | A Barn Dayton, Maine Wedding Photographer

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It was a warm and beautiful day when Chantel and Roger got married at A Barn in Dayton, Maine. I don't shoot many weddings but I really do love them. It's such an amazing experience to get to capture one of the most important days of my clients' lives. Chantel and Roger's day was full of love and beauty and I am so honored to have been able to capture the day for them. I'm excited to share some of their images with you all now. And be warned - it's picture heavy.

I still have availability for weddings in 2019. Contact me to book your wedding today.


Vendors

Venue:  A Barn

Dress: Corston Couture

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Jessalyn

Flowers: Downeast Flowers

Bartending: TNT Bartending

DJ: Maine Platinum DJ


 

 

Rumery Family Session | Southern Maine Lifestyle Photographer

I first met the Rumery's last year when Mike reached out about planning a family session as a gift for his wife's Mother's Day gift. It's been a year and I am still struck by how thoughtful of a gift it was. Needless to say, I was thrilled when Mikayla reached out about scheduling another session. 

We met in Dayton, Maine to do a sunset field session. They brought along their black lab, Oakley. Their daughter Brooklynn is honestly one of the cutest kids you'll meet. She was so sweet and followed directions incredibly well. The promise of ice cream afterward might have had something to do with it.. maybe.. haha! 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our session...

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!