Portland waterfront engagement session of Jill and Chris

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Jill and Chris were visiting from Manhattan to participate in the Tri for a Cure and get a little wedding planning done. We met in Portland for an engagement session (aka practice for the big day) and to get to know each other more. In addition to the sometimes awkward kiss-on-command nature of these intimate sessions, we were keeping an eye on a sheet of rain moving across the water toward us. So we hustled quickly, dodged raindrops, and were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow and some dramatic light before the sun disappeared for good. Can't wait for their formal fall I Do's in October!

Drakes Island morning family session

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Seeing this NYC crew in Maine has become an annual highlight of my summer. A fun-filled hour of outfit changes, toothy grins and a tour around the beach. Our session last summer was also in the morning and, knowing where we could find the best light, we found ourselves repeating our steps a touch – a nostalgic nod and also the beginning, perhaps, of a traditional line-up on the deck? This trio is all set for their holiday cards!

Little people are very busy and a lifestyle portrait session is more like a photographic playdate than it is all formal line-ups. We do those at the beginning of the session and then I follow the children's lead on what they want to do. It yields the most natural smiles and best chance at capturing their true personalities. A enthusiastic high five to big brother James who was celebrating his 5th birthday! See you all next summer!

parents-to-be on Portland's waterfront

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Nearly 4 years ago I had the happy pleasure of photographing Kim and John's stunner of a wedding at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport. They were recently in Maine for a reunion at Camp Kieve where they met as counselors in college. They are expecting their first baby in a few months and we met on Portland's East End, where they were engaged, to capture this sweet moment in their lives. Could they be any more adorable together? Best wishes in the coming months, you two! I have every confidence you are going to be stellar parents. Let's do this again next summer with your little lady, too, eh?
 

inspiration: sunflowers

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There's just something about sunflowers! Their cheery yellow-orange glow brightens the room and leaves you daydreaming about sunny days and warm sunsets. In Maine, the sunflowers start to appear at the local farmers' markets just about now — the end of July — making them a perfect accent for your late summer wedding.

top left: Emily + Jontop right: Jen + Chasmiddle & bottom left: Erin + Toddmiddle & bottom right: Lee + Chris

Downeast wedding of Caroline and Jonathan in Blue Hill

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I felt like I knew Caroline already when I officially met her on this day.  We had chatted several times over the phone about photos, schedules, how amazing Maine is, and more.  As I walked to the cottage she was getting ready in, I could hear a laugh through an open window and knew it was her.

This girl is a pro at planning events, so I hoped she would be able to let go of all the little details and enjoy the day, and she most definitely did. It helped that Jon was wandering around the grounds keeping an eye on the preparations, in the most laid back way.

After a lovely ceremony in town at a church, we took Caroline's family friend's antique Ford Phaeton back to the John Peter's Estate.  I just love shooting here.  The property overlooks Blue Hill Bay across hayfields with grasses and wildflowers blowing in the breeze.  You feel like you are in your own world up there on that hill.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and snacks in front of the old colonial home before moving into the tent for dinner and dancing.  Caroline and Jon's family and friends were also treated to photos taken by her father, Dan, of Maine scenes that were transferred onto ceramic coasters as favors.  Their cake was also made by Caroline's aunt and sat atop stands that were used by generations of her family.

The sun set ever so slowly as the music rang out and I'm sure this party took a long time to wind down.

Caroline and Jon, thank you so much for including Rachel and I on your beautiful day!
 

photographers: Denise, emilie inc. photography with Rachel reception: John Peters Estate, Blue Hill • caterer: A Moveable Feastflowers: Fairwinds Floristmusic: Jon Bates Band hair/make-up: I Do Spastent: Wallace Eventsladies: David's Bridal • guys: J Crew • honeymoon: Nantucket
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