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

Abigail Hope | Personal Share

Abigail Hope

It's funny how time works isn't it? How a memory can feel like yesterday and a million years ago all at the same time. I remember the exact moment when the ultrasound tech told me that she needed to wait for the doctor before we could talk about anything. At that point, I had been going to the high-risk doctors office weekly for ultrasounds.  I told my husband that something wasn't quite right, but he assured me she was just more by-the-book than some of the previous techs we had seen. But then the doctor came in and told us our lives were going to get more complicated because I was being admitted to Maine Med. That first day was the hardest. No one wanted to tell us what was going on and we had to find childcare immediately for my oldest daughter. I remember my husband bringing her out to the garage to meet with my grandparents who would be watching her for the majority of next 2 weeks while I was on bed rest in the hospital.

When I was about 16 weeks pregnant, my regular blood work came back with elevated AFP levels. The immediate concern was that she may have spina bifida. The doctors at the high risk office quickly ruled that out which was a huge relief. But they anticipated that I may have placenta issues that would possibly affect my pregnancy later on. They were also concerned about the length of her long-bones and prepared us for the possibility that she may be born with skeletal dysplasia. 

It's a bit confusing but basically, my unborn child was not getting enough nutrients while in utero because my placenta was leaking and at that ultrasound visit right before I was admitted, they discovered that there was an absence of blood flow through her umbilical cord. While I was in the hospital, I asked an attending what exactly was wrong and she had said "basically, you have a shitty placenta". She was probably my favorite doctor that I saw. She wasn't afraid to tell us what was going on, why it was concerning, and I just loved her choice of words. Once admitted, I had NSTs every 4 hours while I was admitted in the hospital and ultrasounds twice a day. It honestly just felt like one really long day. I was on bed rest, and was allowed to get up to use the bathroom or take a quick shower. Other than that my husband was allowed to push me in a wheelchair around the hospital or to the courtyard twice a day for 15 minutes each time. 

At one point, I was told that if in 2 days my condition and my baby's condition remained the same that we could talk about going home and doing bedrest there. He even said if I could make it to 36 weeks we could discuss the possibility of having a vaginal birth. I was over-the-moon ecstatic. I had never had a major surgery before and I was terrified by the thought of having a c-section. I had so many amazing friends and family reach out, visit me and help me through this time.

The next day, the ultrasound showed a reversal of blood flow. It's hard to explain and I don't have the medical training to explain it clearly but basically, when the blood flow was absent, that was ok. She was able to stay in and bake as long as the blood flow didn't reverse. But it did. Blood was flowing from my placenta, through the umbilical cord, and then instead of going into my baby, it was bouncing back towards the placenta. This made for a dangerous situation and my dreams of going home while still pregnant went out the window.

When I was first admitted to the hospital, we didn't even have a name picked out. We were told on the first day there that it was a good idea to start deciding. The moment that was said to us, I feel like everything got very real, very fast. So we set out and "decided" on a name. I say decided, because it didn't end up being her name. We told our nurses - "Her name is going to be Caroline!" And the moment it slipped through my lips I started to panic that it just wasn't the right name. Thinking back about it now, I think I had so much anxiety about picking a name because the moment I picked a name, the scary situation we were in would become real. We ended up asking just about everyone we knew about their opinions and ended up writing down each of our 5 favorite names and pulling them out of a paper L.L. Bean bag. The name we ended up picking once again wasn't the name she ended up with but it helped steer us in the right direction and it did solidify her middle name - Hope.

Once it was decided that she needed to come, she needed to come fast. Even for being premature, she was incredibly small for her gestational age; likely because she was not getting enough nutrients because of my "shitty placenta". The stress of labor was not something she would be able to survive. Within 2 hours, I had signed paperwork and was being wheeled into an OR. I was a mess, sobbing uncontrollably and it was by far, the scariest moment of my life.

While she didn't need any assistance breathing after she was born, she did face a list of obstacles. She was too small and weak to feed and had to be fed in tiny amounts through a feeding tube. Even at her size and age, she hated it and would get her tiny fingers under the tube and pull it out of her nose. The nurses were constantly having to redo it and add more tape to try to prevent her from doing it. She also wasn't able to maintain her temperature on her own and by the time she came home, she was still so small that she had to use an angel ride car seat. Being a NICU parent can be extremely isolating. Especially because we lived 40 miles away from the hospital. We made the drive every day and often spent weekends at the Ronald McDonald house. The other thing about being a NICU parent is the struggle with caring for your child. Babies are supposed to be held and I know how important skin to skin contact is for a child's development and it killed me that she wasn't receiving as much as she should. Because she couldn't maintain her temperature, she could only be held for a few minutes at a time. The hardest thing was just the fact that I was not be able to care for her like I had with my older daughter. The nursing staff was absolutely amazing but it was an incredible struggle to rely so heavily on their help.

Abigail Hope was born 7 weeks early. I remember trying to find the best possible angle to make her small and fragile 3lb 1oz body look "normal". It seems like it was just yesterday. I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning and have to check my schedule 5 times throughout the day but I remember every single detail from this. At the same time though, I look at my boisterous 6 year old child and feel like it was a thousand years ago, or that maybe the whole thing was a dream. She's overcome so much and I just love the kid she's becoming but every birthday she has gets me a little weepy. There was so much uncertainty before she was born and for the first year - 2 years of her life. I wasn't sure what her life would look like. If you had told me that she'd be as fiery and strong-willed as she is, I probably wouldn't have believed you. 

I am so thankful for everyone that was in our corner throughout that time and am so thankful for my sweet and sassy girl. Abigail Hope.

And because this is too wordy and everyone likes before & after pictures - here are a couple from when she was born & now.

Fall Mini Sessions | Maine Photographer

It's true! Fall minis are coming!

 
 

 

I just wanted to take a minute to make sure everyone has all the details about the mini sessions and information about how to sign up for your spot. I've created this handy little informational picture that can be shared on social media but I also wanted to make sure you all had a place to read everything clearly and easily. The sessions will be taking place on my property in Dayton, Maine. We'll have some tall grass and beautiful foilage - the perfect mix for fall pictures. Space is limited.

 

The details.

$150

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 {Rain date: October 21st/22nd) - SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 {Rain date: November 5th} - SOLD OUT

Dayton, Maine

20 minute session

10 digital images with print release (with the option to purchase more images)


*A 50% retainer is required to reserve your spot. It is non-refundable and the remaining 50% is due on the day of the mini sessions.*


You can reserve your spot here: https://calendly.com/daniellelachancephotography/fall-mini-sessions/

Once you reserve your spot, I will send you a confirmation e-mail with your invoice & contract attached.

Here are a few images from our location here in Dayton which is just outside the Saco/Biddeford area if you aren't familiar.

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August Favorites | Maine Childhood Photographer

August was a busy but really good month for us. I finished up my summer class and made a solid effort to squeeze every last drop of summer. We took a few mini 2 day trips to some of our favorite spots and explored new areas and found new playgrounds to try out. We literally spent an entire day driving around towns we'd never been to and playing at the various school and park playgrounds. The girls absolutely loved it and it was nice reminder that some of the best childhood memories are simple things. Also I turned 30 this month. To celebrate we took the girls down to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. It's been on my bucket list for YEARS so I was so happy to get down there. And now, I can't wait to go back again. We were all so impressed with how clean the facility was and it was just an incredible experience. I also celebrated my 30th by doing a silly milestone shoot with the help of my sister. 

But so now, here are my favorites from August.

 

Roberts Family Beach Session | Kennebunk Maine Lifestyle Photographer

Wow, I was just looking through my blog posts and was shocked to realize I never blogged this beautiful family's session. I am seriously shocked. I don't know how it slipped past me but HERE IT IS - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! 

Danielle won a family session during my New Years giveaway. I was so excited to do their session and we picked an early morning in June. Little Isla is just the cutest kid and so full of curiosity. The Roberts' are such a loving family, they were such a joy to work with. 

It was a bright and sunny morning and the tide was low enough to provide a lot of beach space. (It's a spot where the beach almost disappears during high tide). Isla was very curious about the ocean so naturally her reaction was to make her parents go in first to see how it goes. 

I love capturing her on-the-go nature and the gentle, loving vibes that they all give off. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. 

If you're interested in booking a fall session, I have 2 spaces available in September. They're going to go fast, so contact me to book your session today.

 
 

Russel Family Session | Portland, Maine Photographer

Hey guys!

I have so, so been slacking with blogging this month. It's just been insanely busy between my summer classes ending and trying to get everything done that I wanted to get done before school starts up again for everyone. 

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite images from the Russell family's session from last month. We originally were going to meet in Scarborough but were surprised to find our location completely packed on a Sunday evening. Luckily, there are so many great spots close by and they were super flexible so we decided to head over to Kettle Cove. 

I still have 2 spots open for session in September, so if you're interested in booking you can contact me by hitting that button below.

Camping & Sparklers | Personal Share

Hey everyone!

I know it's a bit delayed but HEY here's some personal pictures from earlier this month. The 4th of July is probably our family's favorite holiday (except for Christmas. I am a Christmas maniac). Justin loves to buy lots of fireworks and I'm never mad because let's be real, fireworks are the funnest thing ever. He likes setting them off, the kids and I like watching them. It's a win-win. This year the 4th marks our one year anniversary in our house; almost to the day. So we decided kind of last minute to have some of our family over. My sister & niece came over early in the day and she and the kids played water balloons and did some crafty things. Justin smoked some brisket, we ate lots of delicious foods and then when it got dark, the fireworks started. My sister-in-law and her family came over and we had a lot of fun playing with sprinklers and watching the fireworks. Plans for next years show are already in the works and I have a feeling it's going to be quite the show. 

I had the great idea that we should just spontaneously go camping the next day. Because we had such a busy 4th, we didn't really have time to go through our camping stuff and make sure we had everything we need. Generally, we go camping a couple times a summer so I kind of thought we didn't really need to check everything. Overall the trip was kind of a bust. I don't want to drag on about all the horrors but the first night we ended up eating dinner at 10pm and having to grab a hotel room. Yup. Camping, right? We were lacking some pretty essential camping equipment that we didn't realize and by the time we got to a town with a camping supply store it was too late to go back to camp and set up in the dark. The rest of the trip was actually pretty good despite the fact that the lake was so flooded the girls couldn't swim or play at the beach like we'd planned. We enjoyed playing board games and playing "Chopped: Camping Edition". We also went out to and did some moose safaris and managed to see some each night out.

In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session Sneak Peek | Portland, ME Photographer

One of my sessions last week was with the Anderson family. They scheduled an in-home newborn session and it was just wonderful. Little Oliver was so cuddly and sleepy and big sister Nora was an absolute riot and such a caring soul. Here's a little sneak peek from their session - keep your eyes out for their full blog post later on.

*Edit to add*

This family's full blog post can be found here!

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Want to see more from this session? Check out their full blog post here:

https://www.daniellelachancephotography.com/blog/2017/7/27/anderson-newborn-session-portland-maine-lifestyle-photographer

Abby's Mommy & Me In Home Session | For Fun

Oh, I'm so excited to share this special little blog with you all today. This week I have been very busy with sessions and editing. But on Friday, between the 2 sessions I had scheduled that day, my youngest daughter came up to me and had a photo request. She would like to do a "Mommy and Me" session with her baby doll and she was hoping I could find time to do it. Of course, without hesitation I put down my laptop, grabbed my computer and off to my bedroom we went. She was absolutely thrilled that I was going to do this special session for her. She loves to play with my tripods and pretend that they are cameras. She will spend hours lining up her stuffies and dolls and playing photo session with them. I just love the way her mind works. It was so cute to watch her take care of her baby - she wanted REAL LIFE stuff she said. Seriously, I love her. I may be biased (yeh, I definitely am) but she's adorable and I thought these photos were so cute and funny I just had to share them. 

Abby helping her baby run through the hallway

Abby helping her baby run through the hallway

Abby and her baby

Abby and her baby

They love to read together

They love to read together

Lunch time for baby

Lunch time for baby

"Feeding" her baby

"Feeding" her baby

Rocking baby to sleep

Rocking baby to sleep

Carter Maternity Session Sneak Peek | Maine Family Photographer

Hey guys!

This week has been crazy busy but it's the best kind of busy. The kind of busy that leaves your heart feeling so full you don't even know if you can handle it. A couple nights ago, I met up with the Carter family to do their maternity pictures. Here is a little sneak peek for you all! Keep your eyes out for their full blog post in the next couple weeks.

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Johnson Party of 3 | Maine Rustic Wedding Photographer

Johnson Wedding

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Earlier this month I photographed my first wedding of the season. As you may know, I don't take on many weddings so I'm excited to share this one with you all now. Amanda and Mike already have a beautiful daughter and Amanda was really excited to finally become a Johnson as well. It was a laid back event with their closest family and friends in early June. The weather was perfect and the day was full of love. 

Amanda and Mike chose to do a first look and they are some of my favorite images from the day. The look on Mike's face just reminds me of a kid in a candy store looking at his future wife. 

Vendors:

Dress: Davids Bridal

Hair: Alyssa Ames of Hair Care N Design

DJ: TMBmuzic with Michael Breen

Cake: Cakes by Babbs

Catering: Famous Dave's