A photo everyday of 2018/ week 3

Week 3! It was another week of mostly staying inside for us. Although I love Maine winters I'm really not built for this kind of cold. We've continued to find things to do inside our home and have been enjoying each other's company and that of a few visitors. I've also been anticipating the start of warmer weather with a few more 2018 wedding bookings (3 just last week!). I'm loving how this project has kept me practicing in the off season and learning new things. Until next week! Stay warm! 

 kids reading together

January 15th 2018 "Reading with Bella"

 kid doing homework

January 16th 2018 "Do your homework"

 kid in covers

January 17th 2018 "Covers"

 create wall hanging 

January 18th 2018 "Create"

 jack and the beanstalk

january 19th 2018 "Julian's favorite book"

 glow in the dark stars

January 20th 2018 "Julian's stars"

 whole 30 diet

January 21st 2018 "plans"

a photo everyday of 2018/ week 2

Wow! Week two of my 365 project was a little tricky. It was the busiest week I've had in awhile with lots of covering shifts and happily wedding bookings for my 2018 season! I did however manage to stop and take a photo each day. The cold temperatures and early sunsets made it so all of my work had to be taken inside usually after sun down. This isn't a problem but outdoors with natural light is my jam and I'm so looking forward to the day when I can actually go outside with my camera again. Looking back at this week, although I wish my lighting conditions had been better, I realize it's forced me to practice in less-than-ideal circumstances and I'm really happy to have these moments in the books! Julian had lots of fun with his friends, we congratulated my mother on her new job, and I redecorated my living room bookshelf. From big to small these moments are documented and I treasure each one! I hope you had a great week! Here's to the next half of January. 

 365 family project

January 8th 2018 "New Toy"

 Bud Light Friendly Hour

January 9th 2018 "Friendly Hour"

 boys saying contgratulations

January 10th 2018 "Congratulations Gammie"

 flipazoo toy

January 11th 2018 "Flip-a-zoo"

 light up fidget spinner

January 12th 2018 "wacky hat day"

 HUGS letters

January 13th 2018 "Shark HUGS"

 blessings jar

January 14th 2018 "Blessings"

a photo everyday of 2018/ week: 1

Hello! Welcome to this new, big, exciting, and sometimes very overwhelming if I think about it too much project I am taking on for 2018! After being so inspired by the work of one of my favorite Maine family photographers, Kristina O'brien and her own 365 project, I decided to try it out for the year. Everyday for all the 365 days of 2018 I will take a photo of my world to share. I love capturing all the special moments of my clients, but sometimes I can get so caught up in everyone else's stories that I forget to focus and take in my own. Also- we are only a week in and the benefits of putting in the work to document a part of each day have made themselves clear. I could be having a "meh" day but forcing myself to pull out my camera and take a picture of whats around me reminds myself of how truly lucky I am. Since a large portion of my focus each day is my child, Julian I checked in with him and he is on board! I take so many photos of this kid that I think when I told him "Just one picture a day", he thought YES! JUST ONE! not a zillion like normal.  I'll be taking them daily and recapping them weekly here on my blog. Here is the first batch. Week one of 2018! Happy New Year!

 maine lifestyle photography

January 1st 2018 " - 8 degrees"

 maine photographers

January 2nd 2018 "dinner company"

 kids dance to taylor swift

January 3rd 2018 "look what you made me do"

 kids and vegetables

january 4th 2018 "5 more greenbeans"

 cat on couch

January 5th "all curled up"

 growing up in Maine

January 6th 2018 "Arctic blast"

 messy table

January 7th 2018 "Lets pretend"

Our October!

 mummy kids costume

We had the best October! I hope you did too. I think October is shaping up to be my favorite month. Yes, probably just like everyone else, but I really came to appreciate it this year. I got to photograph many sessions and two weddings last month, so I felt like I made the most of it and all it's gorgeous colors. I never paid so much attention to the foliage before I became a photographer. Now I watch it like a hawk and love taking it all in while it's here. So! What were we up to!?...

 orono public library

I love our library and this past summer I just didn't get there enough. They host so many great events in addition to all the books and resources they offer. Julian and I have started going back (after I paid a hefty late fee ::embarrassed emoji::). This boy laughed SO HARD at the book he got above. I finally got my hands on Jodi Picoult's latest, "Small Great Things" and with the winding down of the season have enjoyed being able to sit and read. 

 dunegrass golf course

Like I said, I was fortunate enough to photograph many sessions in October (here and here)  A few of them were the engagement session of couples whose weddings I will be photographing next year. Victoria and Ben above are one of them which I'll be blogging soon! Finishing out the season getting to meet and work with my couples for next year gets me really pumped! 

 halloween 2017

Earlier this month my niece, baby Cassandra came for a visit and for her first ever over night away from her own home! She adjusted easily to a new setting and her and Julian had a blast playing, watching movies, and carving pumpkins! I love the pictures I took of them while carving. Cassandra really knows how to pose for a camera. That might be because I've had one in her face ever since she was born.. She was determined to have a small and happy pumpkin. Julian wanted a scary one that wasn't smiling but in the carving kit we got everything smiled. He settled for a creepy grimace. The next day baby Cassandra had to take that jack-o-lantern of hers everywhere! To the post office, to the gym pool, to the store... her and that pumpkin were inseparable. 

 pumpkin carving
 girl with pumpkin
 girl with jackolantern

I had been searching for a good apple cider recipe because every year it feels like we pick so many and can't use them all up. This slow cooker apple cider recipe was great! I love the effortlessness of using a slow cooker and it made the house smell amazing! We opted to not add caramel and it was still delicious. 

 homemade apple cider

And then of course we have the height of October activities- HALLOWEEN. My town does a great job of organizing a town trick or treat with all the downtown businesses getting involved and a trunk or treat for other organizations to get in on the action. Julian had known he'd be a mummy since Halloween last year. He believes that Halloween is only for scary things and rolls his eyes at any cute family themed costumes I think of, because I'm clearly missing the whole point. He did make one very cute mummy though so it was a win-win. My mother made his costume out of his old karate gi. She is so good at sewing! She came out with us for the night an dressed in a matching outfit, also made by her and went as a Grandmummy. 

 homemade halloween costumes
 mummy costume
 halloween orono maine

I hope you are enjoying the last of this semi-warm weather. Now onto the turkey! 

ps- my 2018 season is filling up! I'm about halfway booked with weddings and would love to hear from you if you are considering me to be your wedding photographer :). You can find all my info and contact me here. 

September Little Things

 Cassandra Henri Maine Wedding Photographer

Now that it's October it's finally starting to feel like fall! We finally have some color! I'm watching the foliage trackers constantly and looking forward to all the color that Maine will be seeing soon. Lots of you want to get in on that and I don't blame you! I've got quite a few sessions lined up from engagements, to families visiting Bar Harbor, to seniors! The variety in sessions is really nice this time of year. Switching it up keeps me refreshed and energized. As for my clan- in September we wrapped up summer and did all the typical September things. We went Apple picking at Treworgy Orchards and we have our pumpkin picked for carving! We also ate way to many apple cider doughnuts. Ah well. Here's a bit of other things we did according to the pictures on my phone! 

 UMaine swim lessons

Julian has been swimming three times a week since school started. The University of Maine swim team puts together a program where children can get one on one lessons with a swim team member. He was able to get the same instructor as last time who came back especially to get to work with Julian. Hearing that from her and the swim team couch made my heart so happy! This community is great and so many in it love this sweet boy of ours. 

 UMaine Orono Campus

One time when Julian and I were exploring campus he decided to poke around the flowers underneath the UMaine bear. To our surprise he found a toy telescope. Now after every swim lesson we always go out and check underneath the UMaine bear for toys. Nothing to report this season! 

 baby boy first birthday

It may have been in August, but I have to mention that we got to celebrate baby Jackson's 1st birthday! His parent's engagement and wedding are on here so it's only fitting that we give him a shout out! Happy first birthday Jackson! 

 Portland Maine air bnb

Derek was a groomsmen in one of the weddings I shot at the end of the month. I got to stay in the airbnb with him and the rest of the bridal party the night before the wedding. The airbnb that the groom had found was so unique with lots of interesting pieces of art. I thought this blue guy deserved a mention! Also the wedding was SO FUN and I can't wait to share Allison and Josh's big day on the blog. 

 Orono Maine bog walk

Quite a few trips around the Orono Bog Walk were had! We love this walk. It's unique and the distance is just long enough for Julian. He even asked to go around twice last time! 

 September in Maine

I'll leave you with this chicken that I got moseying around the apple orchard that made my day! I hope you get to enjoy the rest of this gorgeous season!