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.

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! 

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. 

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.

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:

Anderson Newborn Session | Portland, Maine Lifestyle Photographer

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In home sessions are quickly becoming my favorite types of sessions. It's kind of a vulnerable thing, letting a stranger into your home and into your life to capture it. But that's what makes them so amazing! Our homes are literally where our hearts are, so I find the images that I capture here are just elevated by that fact. Children are more comfortable in their own homes and I love getting to photograph them really in their element. 

I am so, so excited to share some of my favorites from the Anderson's newborn session with you all today. I find that my in home & newborn sessions tend to yield a lot of images so this is a big share (you've been warned). The Anderson's welcomed their new son a week before our session and he weighed over 10lbs when he was born! My Lillian weighed in at 9lb 14oz and they were similar in their temperament as well. Calm, snuggly, sleepy. Maybe it's a big baby thing. Big sister Nora was absolutely adorable. She is such a good big sister and was so proud of "her baby". She brought her camera along too and we both took pictures of him together. 

I hope you all enjoy the images as much as I do, leave some love & feel free to share. 

Are you expecting a child this fall/winter? Let's get something on the books!

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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

Baby Emmett Sneak Peek | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Hey guys!

I hope your summers are going well. Now that we're in July it feels like it's just FLYING by. I'm desparately trying to keep up with my summer bucket list. Hopefully we'll get to it all but honestly, we never do. It's been a really great summer so far though. We've had a lot of beach days, photo sessions, and we've gotten in a camping trip. It was a bit of a disaster but that's for another post, haha. 

You may remember seeing Kristen's maternity session on the blog a few months ago. Didn't catch it? No worries, you can check it out here. Anyway, baby Emmett made his entrance so I went over and did some newborn pictures. He is just the sweetest baby, but then again, aren't they all? Here's a little sneak peek for you guys!

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