6 Makes Perfect

Children, Couples, Engagement, Family, Portraits

I loved photographing this beautiful blended family of six on the Eastern Promenade in Portland! Erinn and Blaine are the most adorable engaged couple and have brought their four children together to form this energetic and charismatic family! Their kids are fantastic friends and it shines in how they play together and have that silly sibling banter. I had so much fun photographing the impromptu “silly faces” and sweet smiles of this bunch.

Erinn and Blaine are in the process of planning a destination wedding – how fun!! Their whole family will fly to paradise for what I’m sure will be an unforgettable wedding and then the kids will return home after a mini-vacation so mom and dad can enjoy a well-deserved honeymoon! I love that their whole family gets to not only “make it official” but also gets to have a fun vacation together weaved into the celebration – such a cool idea!

Congrats to the happy couple on your engagement and your wonderful family! Wishing you all many many years of happiness, silliness, and life-long memories!

Sand, Sea Shells, and a Surprise Proposal

Children, Couples, Engagement, Family, Portraits

This was SUCH a fun day for so many reasons! My friends Brittany and Andrew decided it was time their son, Desmond, make his first trip to the beach! Plus, this was Father’s Day of 2016 so it was a special way for this little family to spend the morning. Desmond loved the sand and had a blast collecting little beach treasures like sticks and shells. While Desmond was busy exploring, Andrew had a different mission:

The night before, Andrew had contacted me and told me he had a plan for this day – to PROPOSE to Brittany! I basically almost peed my pants with excitement! I know how perfect these two are together and have seen them go through ups and downs and always come out the other side stronger. I’ve seen them go through the journey of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood and just know they are meant to be together ’til the end and beyond! Needless to say, I was SO ready to take on the task of capturing this proposal on camera!

Brittany had brought a picture frame to the beach to use as a photo prop which was the perfect way to grab some photos of just Brittany and Andrew down by the water. Little Des played beside me in the sand while Andrew went and positioned himself to pop the question! I could ramble on but it’s so much better to see the story play out in photos:

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SHE SAID YES!!!

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Such a perfect family and a perfect day! Brittany was in shock but then cracked everyone up when she jumped into Andrew’s arms with joy! She was tickled that Andrew selflessly used his Father’s Day of all days to propose! I wonder if Des will be the ring bearer 😉 I better get an invite to your wedding haha – can’t wait to see you two tie the knot! Will be a day to remember for sure, just like this one! Could not be more honored to have been there for this moment! Love you guys ❤

Mickey, Mess, and Milestones

Children, Family

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Little Jacob turns ONE! What a fun photo session of silly Jacob’s one-year cake smash! He came with his mom, Jaimie and dad, Matt to Payson Park on this sunny day. Jacob was all decked out in Mickey Mouse attire and ready for his Mickey cake! At first he wasn’t too sure he liked the feeling of the frosting on his fingers but his apprehension quickly faded and he dove right in!

Jacob is so expressive which I love! He likes to ham it up for the camera and is always giggling and having a grand time. He definitely made a dent in his cake and his clothes had the mess to prove it! There was a momentary lapse in the giggles as stuffed Mickey got a little dirty in the frosting but oh my goodness look at Jacob’s pouty lip! SO cute! Once he and Mickey were cleaned up, it was right back to all-smiles!

Happy 1st Birthday, sweet boy! You are one fun-loving little munchkin and I can’t wait to see you and your family again in the future!

Baby Boy Bump

Family, Maternity, Portraits

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This was such a beautiful late-summer day with parents-to-be Casey and Kevin. We went to the Maine Audubon Gardens in Falmouth which was the perfect setting for these maternity photos! Casey and Kevin have since welcomed their baby boy, Spencer into their family and he is just the cutest!

I remember how excited they were on this day to get these photos done and even more excited for their baby boy to arrive! Even “big brother” Trigger the Rottweiler was excited for baby Spencer to make his way into the world.

There is nothing more beautiful than bringing life into this world and all of the anticipation that goes along with it!

Congratulations to Casey and Kevin on your new addition! You make an adorable family and I can’t wait to see pictures of little Spencer as he grows from a newborn into a sweet little boy!

Bye Bye, High School! – Miranda’s Grad Party

Events, Family

Now that summer is sadly nearing an end, it’s fun to look back on the past school year as we gear up for a new one! This new school year will bring exciting changes for Miranda, a recent high school graduate from Thornton Academy. She’ll be heading off to UMaine Farmington in the fall to start her journey to becoming a teacher – how exciting! I have no doubt that she’ll make a fantastic teacher with her love for learning and her kind, bubbly personality!

Here is a look back on her graduation party a few months ago:

How cute is this setup?! I love the black and gold decorations and the twinkly lights! The whole “feel” was so welcoming and everywhere you looked there was another cute detail. Props to Miranda’s mom Bethany and step-mom Jen for making this come together!

Everyone had a blast with this DIY photo booth – smiles all around!

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Selfie time!

Miranda had so many friends and family members show up to celebrate her accomplishments and the exciting future she has ahead of her!

Little did she know, she had a big surprise in store…


A brand new car! She and her friends piled in and even took it for a quick spin around the neighborhood.


As Miranda opened her cards and gifts, she was so grateful and grinning from ear-to-ear to be surrounded by all those who love and support her. Since Miranda has been cheering for many years, her mom made a super cool quilt out of all of her cheerleading t-shirts! What a creative and thoughtful gift that Miranda can take with her to college!


As the daylight faded and nighttime fell, family and friends gathered around to watch a bittersweet slideshow of Miranda’s life up until this point. Tears were shed at baby photos and laughs were had at snapshots of those silly pre-teen years. The night ended on such a happy note as everyone wished Miranda the best of luck on this new chapter in her life. I don’t think there’s any doubt she has a bright future ahead!

CONGRATS, Miranda! And so the adventure begins…

Shirley it’s a boy!

Children, Couples, Family, Newborns

There is nothing better than a new addition to a family, especially in the form of a brand new little baby! A little while ago my husband Mike and I took a little overnight trip to visit our family members Adam and Lauren who were expecting their first child! I say “were” because he has officially entered the world now – sweet little Oliver Grey Shirley! I cannot wait to take his newborn photos in a few days but that’ll be a future blog post. This one is all about when little Oliver was still in his momma’s belly!

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Look at these beaming parents-to-be! These two have been through so much in their 13 years together, especially in regard to the journey of becoming parents. They are very open and honest about their struggles becoming pregnant but in the end it all worked out and they now have their perfect little boy, or “Little Man” as they fondly called him throughout pregnancy.

These two are ALWAYS making each other laugh and are the most down-to-earth couple you’ll ever meet. Little Oliver will grow up in a house filled with smiles, giggles, and more love than he could ever imagine!

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I swear, when people talk about the “pregnancy glow,” it’s 100% true. I mean, look at momma Lauren; she is the perfect example!

Sweet little boy, safe in his momma’s embrace. I’m sure having him finally here in the world is a million times better, but Lauren has said many times she truly enjoyed pregnancy!

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Dad-to-be Adam was just as excited! From listening to Lauren’s stories, it’s easy to gather that Adam was an amazing, supportive team member throughout the pregnancy and also the birth! It’s apparent in these photos that he loves Lauren more than anything and now gets to share that love with his son as well!

Oliver’s tiny shoes were adorable! It’s so crazy that babies come into this word as such tiny little beings and grow into strong, adult individuals in the blink of an eye. Of course, until then, there will be plenty of time to enjoy all the years in between!

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Adam and Lauren live in a beautiful town in coastal Maine, hence the photos by the gorgeous open water near Algerian Coast. Once we left the shore, we drove around for a bit and they gave us a tour of the big island, the “fjord” (which I had to google), and a beautiful place called Asticou Gardens. The gardens were in full springtime bloom and were a stunning location for these photos.


Once we returned to Adam and Lauren’s house, I couldn’t resist getting some photos with their other “child,” Gracie the Great Dane. She is such a gentle giant and will make a wonderful big sister to baby Oliver!

I can’t say enough what a pleasure it was doing this session, especially for family because now I’ll get to see little Oliver grow up at every stage of his life!! Can’t wait to meet him ASAP! Thank you again to Adam and Lauren for hosting us overnight and visiting before and after this photo session! You were already amazing parents, even while Oliver was still cozy in his momma’s tummy, but now that he’s here, the second half of your journey begins! I have no doubts that this little boy will grow up in an amazing, loving, laughter-filled home! See you soon ❤ ❤

Gathering Winds Farm – Minis!

Family, Portraits

A little over a month ago I did a special on Mini Sessions. I was lucky enough to have a friend, Stacey, graciously offer her farm’s apple orchard as the setting for these shoots! It was GORGEOUS! The apple trees were in full bloom and Stacey said that normally only lasts about a week before the blossoms start falling in preparation for apple season – what perfect timing!! I’ve always been in love with the dreamy feel of apple blossoms and cherry blossoms, especially when there are hundreds of trees! THANK YOU STACEY!! Gathering Winds Farm is just beautiful – plus Stacey and her family have lots of neat farm pets 😉

Here’s a look at some of the shots from all of the wonderful families that came out for the day:

Bsullak Family (at their own farm!)

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Whidden Family

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Buckley Family

 

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Roberts Family

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This was such a fun day filled with such fantastic groups of people! I thank each and every one of you for making me smile, laugh, and love what I do even more! I thoroughly enjoy photographing families and the love they share among parents, children, spouses, siblings, and even extended family. To be able to capture these moments, especially while kids are growing SO fast, is something I cherish every day!

 

Shout out again to Gathering Winds Farm!

Hope to see you all again in the future! 🙂

Easygoing Eva

Family, Newborns

I’m so far behind on blog posts! Time to catch up!

Over a month ago I had the pleasure of photographing the newborn daughter of one of my coworkers, Sara. This session was so fun because I got to see Sara progress through her pregnancy every day at work and hear so many funny stories about her experience! There was a surprise lunch planned for her as sort of a “baby celebration” but Baby Girl decided to make her appearance earlier than expected!

Meet Geneva, “Eva” for short!

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I swear Eva was the most laid-back newborn I’ve ever photographed, hence the title of this blog post! She was only 11 days old at the time of this session and slept peacefully for almost the whole shoot. She did open her eyes a few times to gaze around but never made a peep!

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What a gorgeous baby girl! Geneva has lots of dark hair like her mom right now but you never know… Eva’s older sister, Ari, has much lighter locks.

 

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Ari is such an energetic little girl. She’s definitely very curious and smart as can be! We were discussing our favorite colors and I said mine was “orange like the sun” (meaning that color it turns during sunset) and she instantly called me out on it – “The sun is YELLOW, silly, not orange!” Haha, she got me there! I conceded and told her “Oh, you’re right! How could I have been so silly?!” She’s one smart cookie and sure does love her new baby sister!

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Mom, Sara and Dad, Jared are also smitten with this new little cutie and she is right at home in their arms!

Even though sweet baby Eva gets lots of snuggles and lovin’, “Princess Ari,” as her family fondly calls her, still laughs, plays, and gets lots of love and snuggles of her own!

What a perfect little family!

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You can truly feel the happiness surrounding this bunch. Wishing Sara and Jared many years of joy raising these two beautiful little girls!!

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Blaises at Bates

Children, Family, Portraits

What a gorgeous day! The Blais family chose to have their family portraits done at Bates College which was such an awesome location! I had never been to the Bates campus before and when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised at what a beautiful area it was.

Meet the Blais family:

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This family was referred to me by a mutual friend and I’m so glad they contacted me for this session – they are such a fun bunch! I absolutely loved that three different generations were present for this session.

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The kids,  Audrey and Cam, were so cute during this shoot. They are cousins and you can tell they are wonderful playmates and the best of friends!

They loved sitting close to the water watching a little family of ducks in the pond.

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We explored all over campus and found some beautiful backdrops for photos. I think we were all happy to be outside enjoying such gorgeous weather!

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These parents sure do love their little ones! There was lots of play and laughter throughout our session and candid photos are the best!

Brittany and Sam are such fun-loving women; they were all smiles and had some silly moments that are always fun to capture!

Helping the kiddos climb a tree!

These grandparents sure do adore their grand-kids!

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What an awesome day with this fun and friendly group!! Thank you all for a wonderful session! 😀

Slides, Swings, and Smiles

Children, Family, Portraits

I had such a blast the other morning with this beautiful family at the park for a portrait session!

I met Jaimie and Matt through mutual friends and I’m so happy we were introduced – they are such genuine and fun people! With their two boys, Issac and Jacob, they make a perfect little family!

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Issac is a playful little boy who was SO well-behaved for photos! At our session location there was a playground on-site and in view and when I asked Issac if he would pose for some photos first he cheerily agreed, “Okay!” I was so impressed by Issac’s manners and good nature. Plus he has a great smile with those two front teeth missing 😉

Jacob is around 9 months old and the sweetest little blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy you’ll ever meet! Unlike his brother with two teeth missing, Jacob only has two teeth total! So cute when he shows off that adorable baby grin!

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Jaimie and Matt are proud parents and make such a beautiful couple. I can’t get enough of how happy these two are! They love each other and their family so much and it shines through their personalities so clearly.

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Time for some more family portraits:

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After being such good sports and modeling for formal shots, it was time to let the boys have at the playground! These two loved the swings so much. I definitely enjoy watching kids just have fun and take a break during portraits for some candid shots.

Sometimes you need a little extra push from Mom and Dad:

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Next it was time for a little project; Jaimie and Matt had a friend take a family photo at this exact park during the early stages of Jaimie’s pregnancy with Jacob. Although Jacob is technically in the “before” photo in mommy’s belly, we recreated the shot with him right next to his big bro!

Three is so fun and four even even more fun! These two little boys have the best parents and the best relationship with each other. You can tell Issac loves being a big brother and Jacob just adores his sibling role model!

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Issac cracked me up at one point; while I was taking the photo above (with the lake behind me) he chimes in and says “HEY! Why don’t we take a photo with the water in the background instead?” He has an eye for scenery, this one! I told him I definitely needed a solo photo of him after that suggestion so here it is! TA-DA!

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Jacob is super close to walking on his own. Jaimie said that he’s cruising along furniture at home so it’ll be any day now. A little extra support from Mom and Dad will have to do for the time being.

Matt is such a proud Dad and it definitely shows through with that look in his eye. He has a healthy competition going on with our mutual friend Andrew in recreating the Pride Rock scene from The Lion King with their little boys filling in for the role of Simba.

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Jaime gets so many awesome snuggles from these boys. They are the spitting image of their Momma, for now at least. Jacob truly didn’t cry at all and only fussed VERY briefly towards the end after being such a trooper all day. I couldn’t resist snapping one shot of that adorable scowling face as he was comforted by Mom.

What an awesome outing with such a fun bunch! This family is all smiles and I just love how playful and carefree they are – they are the perfect example of “go with the flow” and it works so well for them! Thanks for a great time, guys! See you again soon 😀

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