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.

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

Beach Day with the Littles | Maine Family Lifestyle Photographer

I haven't been nearly as on top of blogging as I had hoped I'd be. But I'm doing my best so I think that's ok. It's been a hectic month over here. As the school year winds down, activities seem to increase. We've been running back and forth between softball games, school field trips and concerts, play dates, weddings, etc. We're just racing to summer vacation right now, haha. 

Speaking of weddings, my sister just got married earlier this month. I had the honor of being their photographer. It was a small gathering that was full of love. I'll be sharing a sneak peek blog post in the near future so keep your eyes out. Or subscribe to the blog to get notifications when new blog posts are shared. 

Coming up, I have a few family beach session and earlier this week I went scouting a location that one of my clients suggested and WOW. I was completely blown away. I don't know how I didn't know about this spot but I'm excited to bring my kids this summer as well as other clients. I just love the beach. Weird fact: When I was a kid I HATED the beach. HATED IT. But as I get older, I love the beach more and more every time I go. I just love to be near the ocean. It's funny how we change over the years. 

Anyway, my sister-in-law and I made our way to the beach and had a great little visit with our littlest kids. We each have older daughters who were in school. I'm trying not to think about the fact that in the fall my youngest will be going to kindergarten. *SOBS*

Here are a couple of the pictures I took while we were there. I'd love to get even more beach sessions on the books. I don't have any space left in June but I do have some availability in July. 

Dondero Mini Session | Maine Family Photographer

Hi everyone!

My Mommy & Me mini session date ended up getting rained out so I've been pretty busy rescheduling everyone and doing the make up sessions. It's been so much fun though. I've gotten to meet so many wonderful women and their children and I have been overwhelmed by the response to these minis. I love that so many women have decided to make getting in the frame a priority and I'm so happy that I'm able to give them and their children these memories. For these minis I'm going to do a sort of mini series of blog posts. 

First up are the Dondero's.  I first met Jen and her kids last fall when they booked my fall mini sessions. I was so excited when she was one of the first people to sign up for this round of minis. We met at the Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Maine first thing in the morning and the lighting was amazing. The property they have at the Little River flower Farm is absolutely beautiful. If you don't know about them, they are an organic flower farm and they offer pick-your-own flowers. AND they have pick-your-own blueberries as well. The owner, Nancy, let me know that their blueberries are actually ready for picking sooner than a lot of other local farms and are usually ready right around or shortly after July 4th! I can't wait to go and pick all the flowers and blueberries. Oh, and did I mention they also do weddings? They have the most gorgeous ceremony spot in the woods right up next to the river. It's seriously dreamy. 

My favorite part of the sessions I did that morning ended up being what I was most nervous about.. the sun. It was a VERY sunny day and even though it was early, the sun was already pretty high in the sky. (This can make it difficult to do pictures as there are often very harsh shadows and squinty eyes) The trees on the property created the most beautiful shadows on the grass, and the dandelions and fallen petals just give it a very magical feel (or at least I think so!)

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Maine Winter Maternity Session | Bunker Family

Last week, the blizzard formerly known as Stella dropped a blanket of snow over most of Maine. And by a blanket, I mean a solid 2 feet. Thankfully though, she seemed to move out as quickly as she moved in. The day after Stella, the Bunker family and I met up to do their maternity session. 

We started the session at their home; in the nursery. Cyndie and Casey are waiting to find out the gender which is something I think is so cool. When I was pregnant with Abby, I really wanted to wait to find out but I didn't possess the willpower. Whoever this little one is going to be, they are so lucky to be coming into a home so full of love. And the nursery is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I wish my room looked as nice as this nursery. 

Then we all ventured out to Cape Elizabeth to do some pictures with the classic Maine coast. As I was driving up I couldn't help notice how big the waves were. For some reason it didn't occur to me that huge waves = huge winds. That is, until I stepped out of the car. IT WAS SO WINDY. And cold. I shoot and just hang out in Cape Elizabeth a lot throughout the year and I've never, EVER, been there on a day as windy as this one was. The fishing boats were violently rocking off shore and the few cars that were in the parking lot had their occupants sitting in them. 33 and sunny feels a lot different than 33 and cloudy with harsh winds.

I felt really bad about how windy it was because it made it unbearably cold. But Cyndie and Casey were so good about it. We took some breaks to warm up in the car and made use of some snuggly poses. 

I love how these images came out and I'm so excited to share these with you all now. I seriously am so excited to meet this little one in about a month and do their newborn session. 

If you're interested in booking a maternity or newborn session (packages are available), contact me by clicking the button below.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Children for Your Upcoming Session

Here’s the scenario: You’ve been scouring the internet and social media for the past few weeks searching for the *perfect* photographer for your family. After a lot of recommendations, research, and thought, you did it. You pushed the button and have officially booked a family session. You’re so excited to finally be able to have some beautiful images; that you are in; hanging in your home. Then you turn around and see your toddler standing in the middle of the room wearing nothing but a diaper with a crayon up his nose. You announce to the rest your family that the session has been booked and your big kids groan and roll their eyes.

Don’t worry. I’m here to let you know it’s going to be ok. If you’re anything like me, you like to be prepared. So today, I’m going to give you 3 ways to prepare your children for your upcoming family session. I swear, they seem simple but I use these with my own children and they never fail.

 

 

1.    Don’t Stress.

Of course, this is easier said than done but just breath mama. I am also a mother and believe it or not, my kids don’t usually like doing pictures. I get it. But let me take the stress from you. It’s not yours anymore. Your job is just be excited and have fun. When we are stressed, our kids pick up on it. Even the littlest ones. If they can sense your anxiety, they may start to become anxious themselves. This can’t be a fun experience if Mom is clearly stressing about it, right?! Keep the tone upbeat. I would even recommend telling them that you all are going to be going to the park, beach, wherever the session is going to happen and your wonderful, goofy friend Danielle is going to tag along and take some pictures.

 

 

2.    Give them permission to be themselves.

This one is huge. It might be the most important advice I can give any of my clients. I am capturing your family’s dynamic and your personalities. Reassure your children that it will be fun, and that they are allowed and encouraged to be themselves. All children are unique and awesome, and I want to get to know who they really are. It may seem small and a bit silly but you’d be surprised how much pressure this can relieve for them.

 

3.    Include them.

This may sound odd, but include them. Let them know that this is not something they are doing for you, but something you are all doing together, for each other. Let them help pick out the outfits or accessories. Ask their opinions on the location choice. Let them ask questions, show them my website. See what pictures are their favorites. Children of all ages love to be included and help. This is a subtle way to get them invested and excited for the day.  

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I hope that these tips will be helpful for you. I am just as excited about these sessions as you are and I can’t wait to meet your family.

 

Danielle

Downtown with Em | Maine Childhood Photographer

A couple days ago, my girls and my niece were all supposed to have a big sleep over at the grandparents. Unfortunately, Grammy and both my girls came down with a cold so it had to be cancelled. I knew how disappointed Em (my niece) probably was, so I invited her to have some one-on-one time with me. I also warned that we were mostly running errands, but hey, that can be fun with the right company right? 

 

We started the morning with a little volunteering at the school setting up for our upcoming Art Show. We couldn't stay for long, but she loved getting to help out. After grabbing some lunch and running the rest of our errands we decided to make downtown Biddeford our little photo session spot. It was such a beautiful day at one point we actually had to take our jackets off. We took turns taking each other's pictures and all in all, I think it was a successful and fun day. 

I don't often have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with Em so whenever the opportunity does arise, I try to jump on it. I've never done an in-town session like this so it was really neat to get to try out a few new ideas. I'm so glad I was able to get out during this week of unseasonably warm temperatures. Let's all keep thinking Spring and melt this snow away!