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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

 

July Favorites | Personal Share

I can't believe we're already halfway through August. My birthday is in about a week and a half, and the week after that school starts for both Lillian and I. I'm at the point in summer vacation where I'm constantly torn between wanting the routine back and not wanting vacation to end. We're trying to squeeze in a few more fun activities before summer leaves for good. Oh, and it's not just any birthday coming up; it's my 30th! To celebrate I may do something special so keep your eyes out on Facebook and Instagram

I've been meaning to put together monthly favorites for the past few months, but obviously I'm just now actually getting it done. July was fun and busy and here is my little grid of some of my favorite personal images from the month. (And let's all just pretend it's not already half way through August and I'm just getting these posted) 

 
 

I also wanted to take a minute and share that I'm going to be taking on less client sessions this fall. Last fall was just a bit too much and I stretched myself a bit too thin. This fall is looking like it's going to be more chaotic with Abby going to kindergarten and how my college schedule is changing. I'm transferring to USM and will be taking all my classes in the classroom instead of online; not to mention I'm taking more classes than I ever have before. I'm not sure how my schedule is going to work out or how difficult it's going to be for me to juggle everything so I want to make sure that I don't put too much on my plate. 

I have 1 slot left available in September and 2 left in October. I may make more available as I get used to our new routine, but I won't know that until I start classes. I appreciate everyone's support. If you're interested in booking a fall session, you can contact me at daniellelachancephotography@gmail.com or just click the 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.

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