Orono Maine Engagement Photographer/ MJ and JP

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One of my favorite parts of being a Maine wedding photographer is discovering new and beautiful places all across this great state. When I get to find a new place that's literally fifteen minutes from where I've lived for the past 7 years, I'm beyond thrilled! Well, just that happened when a few weeks ago MJ emailed me interested in engagement photos for her and her fiance JP. She had gotten my name from her coworker- Chris. I photographed Chris and Whitney's wedding in September of 2016 (here). I was so flattered that he thought enough of my work to pass my name along to MJ. She wanted to get a couple different vibes and scenery and we bounced a few ideas back and forth. Her and JP settled on starting their engagement session at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Alton, Maine. One of their favorite past times is walking the many trails there. I had heard a little bit about the place but had never actually visited. I was so glad to add it to my list of shoot locations and to get acquainted with it to explore on my own personal time. 

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We then went over to a place that I am quite familiar with- The University of Maine Littlefield Gardens! I've shot there plenty of times before (here, here, and here ;) ) and always enjoy it.

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Now- this next one was a new and exciting spot for me. I attended the University of Maine myself and took an active role in the dance department for quite a few years. The dance department is located in the 1944 Hall on the Orono campus. For our performances we danced on the Hauck auditorium stage. MJ runs the shop behind Hauck and does all the scenery and props for the many performances at the school. How neat was it for me to get to do an engagement session in a setting that I knew so well from experiencing it on my own. MJ and JP showed me a bit of what they do in the actual shop together and I photographed them at work. Then we went out onto the stage where we had a lot of fun with the different elements and patterns I found among the sides of the stage. 

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MJ and JP- Thank you both so much for having me take your engagement photos. It was a real treat to get to photograph two people doing something they love and in such a unique setting. Happy wedding planning!!!

Pushaw Lake Proposal/ Emily and Ethan

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AH! Another proposal in the books! Proposals are such an adreniline rush for me! It's like mission impossible- Tom Cruise flying in from the ceiling style- photography. The planning and excitement leading up to that pinnacle moment is so fun! Last Christmas Ethan's mother bought a couple of sessions from me to give as gifts for her children (a GREAT idea by the way ;) ). Ethan and Emily decided to wait a little bit for their session that their son Carter was a little bigger. 

We scheduled the shoot for a Sunday and a few days before Ethan called to tell me that he was going to propose during the shoot! I was so excited for them! We devised a small plan so that we'd both know when it would happen and so that I could set them up in the best spot. We were already planning to have the shoot at Emily and Ethan's home on Pushaw lake. It was such a beautiful spot and so important to them. We started our session with a few family photos in front of this little sweet shed next to Emily and Ethan's home. Just look at their sweet baby Carter on Ethan's shoulders! 

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Then we went over to the beach in front of their home where I knew Ethan planned to propose. I posed them then set myself up some distance away and yelled "Perfect!" (Our cue word) and it happened! Gah! These next few shots make me so happy. 

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Of course we needed shots of them celebrating with Carter!

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I can't thank these three enough for letting me a part of such a special moment! Congratulations Emily, Ethan, and Carter! What a beautiful family you are. 

Kittery Maine Engagement Photographer: Megan and Sean

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And the season of engagement sessions is upon us! One of the many things I love about my job is the chance to photograph all different kinds of sessions. It's always nice to break a routine and switch things up. Between photographing weddings, families, seniors, and engagements I'm constantly doing just that. For my first engagement session of the summer I met up with Megan and Sean at Fort Foster in Kittery Maine. These two got engaged there not too long ago (they brought me to the exact proposal spot!) and it is one of their favorite places ever. Seriously- they knew every nook and cranny of the place and showed me around the area with great confidence. It was so neat to explore such a scenic place for the first time with two tour guides.

I loved so many things about this session. The new beautiful area, the ideal weather, and most of all- the tons of laughter I shared with these two. There wasn't a dull moment during our whole 1hr and 1/2 time together. As someone who believes a couple looks most in love when they are laughing together- getting to photograph Megan and Sean was like photography gold. I'm beyond thrilled that they chose me to be their photographer and that I'll get to photograph them again on their wedding day in September 2018 at the Dockside in York! Thank you two so much for choosing me. I'm so excited to a part of your story!

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If you are considering having me take your engagement photos you can contact me hereWith the summer closing out and the gorgeous new england foliage on the horizon I've put quite a few sessions on my calendar recently. To see more of my work in engagement photography you can view my portfolio here. 

Bar Harbor Maine Wedding Photographer/ Anu and Tahira

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Another "pinch me" moment in the books. Last October I photographed Anu and Tahira's proposal in Acadia National Park. A few weeks ago they contacted me again in the hopes of scheduling a last minute pre-wedding shoot in the same park in more traditional attire to use as photos at their wedding this coming August. I don't think I've ever said yes to a 2:30am wake up call quicker! Yes of course! Lets do it five times. It sounded like a dream. Not only to be able to photograph a happy couple in such a beautiful setting, but to see these two again after having such a great time with them this past fall. We met at the top of Cadillac Mountain to catch the sunrise scheduled for 4:48. We started shooting at about 4:30 when all the colors started to appear and let me tell you- Cadillac at sunrise is always a good idea. After we shot there for a bit we headed over to Otter Cliffs and then Eagle Lake. I'm over-the-moon happy with the results. Thank you so much for having me be your photographer Any and Tahira! All my best! 

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Orono Maine Couples Photographer/ Kendra and Andy

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Photographing couples at the University of Maine is one of my favorite things. Photographing a couple that I've worked with before, days before their graduation, at the start of Spring at UMaine might even be better! I worked with Kendra and Andy years ago at Kendra's brother, Jesse's wedding to Alyssa (here). When they wanted to commemorate their four years at the university of Maine with some photos they contacted me and I was so happy they did! I had it on my calendar months ago and looked forward to it to kick off my 2017 season.  

On the day of we watched the weather very closely. We've been going through a slew of rainy days here in Orono and it looked like we would have nice overcast skies for our session. As our time to meet drew closer though we noticed a few rain drops and then one heavy shower. These two were such troopers about the less than ideal weather and decided to go for it! I'm so glad we did because the weather actually ended up being ok and we shot for the amount of time we planned on anyway! We shot at the Union, University Mall, and Folger library. I love finding new corners and arches of this campus I hadn't noticed before. Thank you so much for having me take your pictures Kendra and Andy! Congratulations on graduating! Here are a few of my favorites from their session. 

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