I so enjoy taking the “off” season to go back through the summer and fall prior and blog all my amazing sessions and weddings. As 2018 comes to a close it’s the perfect time to go through and reflect. This was my last official session in Acadia National Park and wow did I feel like I went out with a bang. The scenery, colors and lighting meshed so well for my session with Erin and Jake who were in Bar Harbor celebrating an anniversary and a baby on the way! We hit both Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain at just the right point in fall foliage. We also hit it on a very high tourist day but found parking effortlessly- and that’s a gift from something else ;) Thank you so much Erin and Jake for having me take these photos. It was so hard to pick my top ones to share here and that’s always a sign of a great session. Here are some of my favorites from our time in Acadia National Park.
Engagement sessions are one of my favorite parts of my job! They are always fun and full of lots of happy people and gorgeous places. They also give me a chance to get to know my couples. If you are considering adding an engagement session to your package I would highly recommend it! They are invaluable in that they give both of us a chance to practice working together before the big day! Also- having the photos to document such a special time for you and your partner is something you'll be thankful for all your lives. For more reasons on why to opt for an engagement session click HERE. I believe it's benefits are so great I devoted a whole post to the topic last year.
This year I photographed many engagement sessions for my 2018 wedding couples. Most of my sessions were in the fall toward the end of my 2017 wedding season. It was a great feeling to end my season while shooting the engagements of couples I'll continue to work with. I loved wrapping up 2017 with such excitement for the future. I also got to work with couples that will be getting married elsewhere but wanted to have the excitement of their future nuptials documented while in Maine. Anu and Tahira came back from New Jersey after I photographed their proposal in Fall of 2016. MJ and PJ wanted to take pictures in Maine where they live and work before getting married out of state. There were the high adrenaline proposal shoots of Emily and Ethan and Jason and Emma. All big moments for me and my career. 2017 was a great year for me and my work in engagement photography. A huge thank you to the couples that trusted me with documenting such a special time for them. I've loved getting to be a part of the journey even for just a little bit.
And now for something so so special! I'm happy to finally share the proposal of Emma and Jason! Jason contacted me a few months before he and Emma's planned trip to Bar Harbor Maine. Emma was running in the marathon last fall and Jason planned to propose to her while on the trip! I literally shriek every time I get a proposal inquiry. After my first one two years ago (that of Anu and Tahira HERE) I was hooked. It's like a thrill ride and I love getting to be a part of it. Jason and I communicated back and forth about timing and location and eventually decided to do the whole thing on Flying Mountain in Acadia National Park. We picked Flying Mountain because of it's view and it's easy accessibility. For such a short hike to the summit it has a stunning view. I arrived early the day of and made the 15 minute trek up to the top. After looking around I picked our spot and waited. There were very few people on the mountain and once Emma and Jason arrived it was just the three of us. When we saw each other we said "Hi" as strangers do and Emma then bolted to the other side of the mountain. Jason asked her where she was going and she replied "I wanna look around before sunset!". He then turned to me and mouthed "one second" and went after her. It worked out that we were the only three up there because when he suggested they have someone take their picture they had to return to my corner of the summit. In our planning Jason and I decided that I would cue his proposal by taking a picture with his camera when asked and then saying "Perfect!". Our plan played out and I quickly switched to my camera to capture the proposal! Of course Emma said YES! She was so surprised and they were so happy for the remainder of our session. Thank you so much Emma and Jason for having me photograph your proposal. Congratulations and happy wedding planning!!!
I'm so happy to share another one of my amazing couples whose wedding I get the honor of photographing! I have Victoria and Ben's wedding for October 2018 on my calendar and I couldn't be more excited for it. I met Victoria quite a few years ago through our college sorority, Delta Zeta. She was a natural leader and is even recognized in the chapter with an award that's given to current members in her name. When she contacted me looking for a wedding photographer I was so excited. They will be getting married at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland Maine. It will be a new venue for me, which I love. It's always nice to see more of Maine's amazing wedding venues. Also, the venue is stunning.
For their engagement session they decided to have their pictures taken at Dunegrass Golf Course in Old Orchard, Maine. It was one of the places they scouted as a wedding venue. While they didn't end up going with it they always thought it was a beautiful place. I couldn't agree more! We got to zip all over the place in a golf cart driven by Ben- thank you Ben! (I don't have the best history with them). Riding around all the holes, it was hard to pick where to best use our shooting time. Every little corner was so pretty and included either water, a bridge, or amazing light. I'm so happy with the decisions we made though and the resulting photos! Thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer Victoria and Ben! Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session.
I love it when my couples are up for anything! Wether it be interesting locations, unique activities, OR inclement weather- all of those things help create photos that are unique to you! Danielle, Adam, and I were supposed to meet on a Sunday on Mackworth Island off of Falmouth Maine. I had seen that the weather wasn't looking ideal a few days prior but we decided we'd wait and keep an eye on it. Weather in Maine changes constantly and you almost seems like you can't trust it until the morning of. The day of our session came and things still weren't looking good so we made a plan to meet earlier and try and beat the potential thunder and lightning predicted for later that day. While we didn't get any lighting we did get a steady downpour. I was so happy that these two still wanted to get out even for just a few shots. They had planned for it, looked great, and were more then flexible with the rain. I had my trusty clear umbrella that I always bring and I love the shots we got with it! Rain really adds some romance to a shoot and having to be underneath an umbrella and in constant close proximity of one another makes a couple real cozy real quick! We realized we'd both be in Orono Maine the following weekend for the University of Maine's homecoming. I live there and they would be traveling up for the festivities. I knew the foliage would be at peak and offered to take some shots up there as well. This way they'd get a full engagement session instead of just the 15 minutes we had on Mackworth island. In the end I don't think it could have turned out any better. We got romantic rainy photos on the island and fun bright ones with the gorgeous foliage on the UMaine campus, which is where these two met. Thank you so much Danielle and Adam for being so flexible and willing to brave the elements with me. I cannot wait for your wedding next year at Sugarloaf! Below are a few of my favorites from our two mini sessions together.