Henry and Asa in Cape Elizabeth

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The cute factor is off the charts with these two! The perfectly adorable children of 2010 wedding couple Jenny and Lee were a joy to photograph at their Cape Elizabeth home on Sunday. I had met older brother Henry three years ago during our Pink Initiative pop-up portraits on the Eastern Prom on a very cold, cloudy day. Meeting younger brother Asa and seeing big brother dote on him made my heart mush. Sibling relationships are magic! Such buddies already, and so much fun together! I took note of the tenderness between each member of this treasured family as we tossed leaves and even played catch while I photographed (a new found photo skill!). I was so glad to have the chance to spend some time together and look forward to watching these brothers grow!

three sisters in Central Park, part 2

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I had the pleasure of photographing Annabel, Grace and Olivia for the second year in row. (You can view images from their session last fall here.) It was such fun to see how these girls have grown. Especially at such a young age--Olivia was just one when I photographed her last!--the changes in one year are dramatic.

We lucked out with a fairly warm morning so we met up in Central Park for some photos before returning to the apartment. It was definitely a busy little morning now that Olivia is walking and Annabel and Grace are as speedy as ever, but the girls had a great time pushing dolls in strollers and listening to their mom recount stories from her childhood.

It was great to see you again! Happy Thanksgiving!

15 minutes in North Yarmouth

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Hot on the heels of Joanna's plea to help with her family holiday card photo, mutual friend (and elementary school pal of mine) Heather reached out. Could I spare 15 minutes with her family for Pink Initiative, too? Certainly! A usually busy, animated bunch, we were thrown by the serious siblings posing for the camera despite our best animated antics, silly songs and dance moves. We managed to crack a few of those frowns and enjoyed an all-too-brief catch-up in between. Love this crew and so grateful for everyone's support of breast cancer research and awareness via Pink Initiative. More than $1000 raised through $100 mini session fees and prints sales- and counting!

Patrick Dempsey and Jackson Laboratory honored by the MCC

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It's a little strange to be writing a blog post about Patrick Dempsey while he's currently on my television screen a few feet away. Yes, 'tis true, we photographed McDreamy last weekend! He was in town to receive an award from the Maine Center for Creativity's biennial Maine Creative Industries Gala at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Recognized with co-recipient The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, the evening celebrated both for their creative achievements in cancer care and research. Patrick, as you likely already know, founded the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston and the Jackson Laboratory is world-renowned for its genetics research.

During my days at USA Today I photographed major sporting events and rock stars, the head of the CIA and even shadowed presidents. It's an incredible rush to meet a celebrity but I was VERY nervous/excited this time. Patrick is as kind and calm as everyone had said he would be, graciously introducing himself to me at the beginning of the private VIP reception and carefully taking the time for genuine conversation with countless others throughout the night. He made sure to shake the hands of the band members, lighting crew, event volunteers, and asked questions about where folks are from and find commonalities about his upbringing in Maine. I adored watching his relationship with his family and was happy to overhear notes about his role on "Grey's Anatomy" and potential plans to buy a house in Maine.

After the VIP reception and some press interviews, a playful cocktail hour encouraged attendee participation in lab activities led by Eepy Bird (the Coke and Mentos guys from Maine), live music and our photo booth. Guests later transitioned to the ballroom for a 400-person dinner in the round with entertainment, awards and auctions peppered throughout.

There are a lot of images I wish I could share but cannot, understandably, so below is but a handful. You can spy a few more over at the MCC's Facebook page and on various media outlets (such a thrill to work on deadline again!). Huge thanks to Heather Cuzzi of Cairn Events for planning the gala and entrusting us to photograph it!

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