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Happy New Year!

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All the photos in this post were taken by the lovely Taylor of TDow Photography

A happy NEW YEAR TO YOU! I’ve always been a sap for New Years. I love the chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future. I’m a huge fan of resolutions, goals and yearly-words. 2018 was a year of growth! We were tried and tested in 2018. We dealt with struggles that I never anticipated, but I’m happy to say though that as of 12/31/2018 those trials have come to a close and we are better than ever after the growth they brought.

In 2018 we also had so many celebrations

My business grew exponentially this past year. It was the best year yet for my business and I shot a record number of weddings and sessions for Cassandra Henri Photography. If I wasn’t photographing my own weddings I was second shooting for TDow Photography. Learning from her and the experiences gained from being her assistant was HUGE. She also took these sweet photos of Julian and I in December. I’ll never be able to thank her enough for capturing these pictures for us.

I WENT TO LONDON AND PARIS with two of my best gal friends who also happen to be Maine wedding photographers. An experience that I have millions of photos to go through and put on here soon.

Onto 2019! 2019- we have some PLANS for you. Derek and I will finally celebrate our 10 year union with a wedding! Yes I’ll be on the other side now and I’m very excited to share that journey on here. I’ve learned so much from my couples about the process. It’s made planning so far pretty seamless. In addition to that big personal event I plan to continue to grow professionally with another amazing season lined up and some new projects on the horizon.

SO thank you so much for an amazing 2018. I think often about how I wouldn’t have these new hopes and plans and dreams if I hadn’t been so supported in my initial dream- to be a wedding photographer. I’ll forever me grateful for that! Here’s to 2019. I know it’s gonna be a great one!

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Thankful for...

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I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Me and mine sure did. I got to spend the day inside cooking and staring at these sweet faces. I’ve decided that I will fight to host my family Thanksgiving ever year now since I realized if I host, I never have to leave my home and this past Thursday was deemed “The coldest Thanksgiving EVER”. Yeah. NO Thank you.

I thought it would be fun to take pictures of all the kids next to a sign saying what they were thankful for. We went with the first answer each gave and it was so awesome to hear their answers. Julian’s especially just about killed me.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. This Thanksgiving day post I wrote years ago still rings true for me today. I’m continually inspired by the support myself and my business has gotten to dream bigger. It takes a leap of faith to quite your job and pursue your passion and I’m so thankful that I landed. That combined with the amazing things 2018 has brought us makes me almost embarrassed by all the good fortune. More of my family moved to our area so I get to see them a lot more often, Derek got a new job with better hours so he can be home at night with us, I went to PARIS and LONDON with two amazing girlfriends… the list is endless but those are the big highlights! I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring. We’re on a roll!

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Blue Hill Maine Family Photographer/ The Weitkamps

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I don't think anything brings me more joy then when families choose to use me again and again for their photos. Popping in and such pivotal times in people's lives and seeing how they've grown and changed is so fun for me. Also catching up on life with them is really nice. This is the third time that the The Weitkamps have chosen me to take their family photos! The first was when Henry was just a little baby (here) and the second was when he was a toddler walking around the farm (here). They just this summer welcomed baby Cellissa to the clan! Don't they look great as a family of four!? She was such a great sport through her first official photo shoot and even cracked a smile for us a couple of times. 

For their family photos this year they wanted something near the ocean with rocky coastline. I reached out to a few of my photographer friends of mine to try and find the closest spot that fit their vision. We decided on Curtis Cove in Blue Hill, Maine. Just about an hour from Bangor, Curtis Cove is a a gorgeous and secluded little nook of Maine ocean. The tide worked so well with us and we were able to get some great photos on the rocks and then go out comfortably to the shore line for Henry to through rocks in. Matt has quite the wealth of knowledge when it comes to marine life and we were able to discover sea glass, algae, and moon snails while exploring the beach. There was also a small farm nearby that we could see cows grazing in. This was really fun for Henry to watch and at the end of the evening we bid ado to them before hoping in our cars and heading out. 

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I love how Henry posed himself here? Hand to cheek and resting on his mama. 

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Gwen always does a great job of styling the family photo outfits. I love the colors that she brought together this year. It's no surprise that her great taste has lead her to a career in wedding planning, day of coordination, and event design. I worked with her on a shoot styled that she organized (here) and was floored at what this girl brought together! She really is so good at what she does! Need help planning a proposal? Want a day of coordinator? Want her to take care of the whole event from planning to execution!? She does it it all. She's one of the vendors that I'd recommend over and over again. Her website is Picture Perfect Proposal and you should definitely check her out if you're looking for help in the planning process. 

Thank you so much Weitkamps for keeping me around! It's always so fun. 

Acadia National Park Family Photographer/ The Colabella Family

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I'm LOVING all these family sessions I've gotten to photograph recently in Acadia. I've said it before and I'll say it again- having professional photos taken of your family while on vacation is such a great idea! The backdrop, the smiles, and the relaxed vacation feel all contribute to a great photo session. A couple of weeks ago I met up with the Colabella family whom were visiting the area and staying Cranberry Island. They wanted to get photos taken of their family while vacationing and I'm so glad they found me! We decided to use the gorgeous Sand Beach as our backdrop and it worked out so well. We got mountain views and rocky shore line, but I think a lot of my favorites were right at the end when they (parents AND children :) ) ran around in the waves. Thank you so much for spending the evening with me Colabellas! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Bar Harbor Family Photographer/ The Mallett Family

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I'm really excited to share some favorites from my family session in Acadia National Park with the Mallett family! They contacted me a little while before their trip to Bar Harbor to set up a time for family photos. They just recently grew in size with little Hank who smiled quite a bit for us. This clan knows the area well and knew exactly where they wanted to shoot. They chose Otter Cliffs and a stone pebble beach a little ways down from the cliffs that I had never been to before. I love learning of knew spots to shoot in from families who love visiting the park. Thank you so much Mallett family! Here are a few of my favorites from our time in Acadia. 

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