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Rachel, Silvanus + Maya | Feature Friday | Maine Family Photographer

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Rachel, Silvanus + Maya | Feature Friday | Maine Family Photographer

Today's Feature Friday goes out to these cuties. You may have recognized them from previous blog posts or from my Facebook fan page. Since June of 2017 I have photographed them on three different occasions and each time they got more and more fun. 

I love all of my clients, and I like to think I'm the type of person who gets along with everyone. I'm a people person and I like to make people laugh and feel comfortable, and it's pretty typical of meeting clients for a session for the first time that it takes everyone to warm up to each other and feel each other out. But from one of the first times I conversed with Rachel to book her session I knew these guys were "my kind of people." When we met up in June for their first ever family session it was an instant connection!

Since then, I'd like to say we've become friends and follow each other on Facebook, which I LOVE because I get to watch Maya grow and watch the hilarious videos that Silvanus and Rachel post of her. They've had some very exciting things happen in the past year like an engagement and building a brand new home, and I love watching them grow as a family knowing that I've been a small part in creating some of these memories for them.  

I can also safely say that they are hands-down some of my biggest supporters out there. They are always sharing my work, constantly spreading the good word about me and my business, 'liking' all of my posts and commenting kind words. During the holidays I received not only the most beautiful Christmas card with my images on it, but the sweetest heartfelt hand-written note, as well as a gift from them. (I may or may not have cried for 4 whole minutes.) It might not sound like a lot to some, but to me it is everything, and it's honestly the littlest gestures that really make the biggest difference. Not just for helping me bring in business, because yes that is what it comes down to in the end, but it's just knowing that I have real people out in the world that truly support me that keeps the momentum inside of my sometimes-tired heart and soul going. 

So a huge, honest, and heartfelt thank-you goes out to Silvanus, Rachel and Maya. I appreciate all of what you guys do for me and for your constant support of my dreams. I am always looking forward to the next time I get to photograph your beautiful family, especially now in such an exciting season of your lives. <3

 

Rachel's kind words:

"When my fiancé and I had our daughter we knew we needed to find the perfect photographer, capturing memories is something extremely important to us. So we went on a serious search, asking friends, looking at crazy amounts of websites and facebook pages, and looking at reviews we stumbled upon Jessica Rae Photography. As soon as I saw a couple of her photos I was 100% sure that we found the one. We’ve had three shoots with Jess, and every time she was so down to earth and completely went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable with everything, picked the most gorgeous locations, and delivered photos that we will treasure forever. When you choose Jessica Rae Photography you’re making a decision to own the most gorgeous well timed photos of your family that you’ll ever see. We are so grateful to have found a lifetime friend, and photographer for our family in Jess."

 

Here are some of my favorite images I've been able to photograph of these three in chronological order:

What a bunch of damn cuties. Until next time <3

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Annie + Barrett | Maine Couple's Photographer

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Annie + Barrett | Maine Couple's Photographer

I'm a firm believer that fate brings certain people into your life for a reason. At first it may not always be clear as to why, but eventually, in one split second it clicks, and deep down you just know why they've been placed there.

I believe that Annie was brought into my life for a lot of different reasons,   and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her this past fall. Last year Annie had been dealing with some health issues and was later diagnosed with cancer, a synovial sarcoma in her left foot. She began posting updates on Facebook, and through her boyfriend Barrett I was able to follow her journey. 

I went to school with Barrett, and though I hadn't spoken a word to him in who knows how long, I have always had so much respect for him. My fondest memories of Barrett are of him being so kind to everyone in school. In a place where I was often made fun of or laughed at because I was different, he was always someone that was incredibly genuine and respectful to me. And though he and I were never super close or anything, we shared many mutual friendships and I'll always remember Barrett as being an incredibly nice person. That sounds so cliche but when looking back at it, it's people like him that make you realize that there are good people in the world!

So when I started seeing Annie's posts it of course caught my attention. It's not very often that you see a woman her age diagnosed with cancer, and it especially catches your attention when she's the girlfriend of an old high school friend; it definitely tugged at the heart strings.

What stuck out so much about Annie is how optimistic she was, and remains to be. I think when most people hear the word "cancer" it's immediately a very negative and disheartening feeling, which it is rightfully so, but she very clearly took that diagnosis as a mountain to climb and overcome and it is so incredibly inspiring to me.

 

One afternoon Annie had reached out to me on my business page wanting to book a fall mini session for her and Barrett. She had absolutely no idea I knew exactly who she was but I had the instant desire to offer her and Barrett a private couple's session. Though I didn't know Annie personally, it really felt like I did  after following all of her updates and progress over the several months prior to her contacting me. Doing this just felt right.

To make a long story short, Annie loved the idea and we soon set a date for their session. It was a warm, bright, sunny day which perfectly mirrored her personality. It is simply impossible to not smile when you're in her presence, and when she and Barrett are side by side it's hard to deny just how great they are together.

Annie has had her share of ups and downs since our time together, and still posts her updates from time to time. I'm already looking forward to when I get to see her next;  this girl radiates positivity. She carries a light with her wherever she goes and I'm so happy to have found a friend in her. 

 

Annie and Barrett, thank you for being you. The love between you two is so very evident and you inspire those around you to be better people. Come see me soon, you lovebirds<3

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"Amidst what has been the hardest year of my life, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Jess. She is one of the most genuinely kind-hearted women I've ever met. I'd been following her photography page for a while and she had quickly become my favorite photographer in the area. I reached out to her regarding her "Fall Mini Sessions" and she, instead, offered to gift my boyfriend Barrett & I a full session, free of charge. Turns out, she knew Barrett from high school and had been following our story, and silently cheering us on, ever since she saw that I was diagnosed with cancer. I was and still am SO touched by all of the sweet things she had to say about both of us. I've said it before, but I'm going to keep saying it: she is the kind of light the world needs.

Jess is not only an amazing photographer, but person as well. You can tell she pours her heart & soul into her photography business and it shows through her photos. I was smiling and laughing our entire session- it was hard work to make a "serious" face because I was having such a great time. She had a plan when it came to the flow of the session so we got all of the shots we needed while the light was still perfect, while keeping time in mind. It helped because my boyfriend (along with most males) is not a huge "picture person" so he didn't feel like we were just standing there posing for hours. I have canvas prints of our pictures covering my room- obsessed is an understatement. I can't wait to book our next session!"

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Below are a few of my favorite images from Annie and Barrett's couple's session.

I hope you love them just as much as I do!

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Brittney + Makita | Maine Engagement Photographer

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Brittney + Makita | Maine Engagement Photographer

It's been roughly 3 weeks since I've photographed this engagement session but I'm still pretty obsessed with it.

My fiance and I met up with Brittney & Makita for their engagement session on the coast in Owl's Head, Maine. I got a tip on this location from a fellow photographer and knew I needed to photograph a couple there, and I'm just incredibly happy it was these two.

Between Brittney's boho-inspired dress, Makita's humor and the movie-like romance these two had together, it was hard to go wrong.

Fun fact about this sweet couple: These two love birds won a complete dream wedding after entering a drawing at the Barn at Silver Oaks Estate here in Maine recently. I don't even have words for just how freakin' amazing that is!

 

As previously mentioned, I'm quite obsessed with their gallery. I hope you'll enjoy them too!<3

 

 

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Chelsey + Tyler's Engagements | Maine Engagement Photographer

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Chelsey + Tyler's Engagements | Maine Engagement Photographer

I'm so excited to share these photos with you all. Chelsey and Tyler were one of the two lucky couples I had chosen for my couple's session model call a few weeks back, and let me be the first to say that I am so happy that I decided to choose them. Not only did we have a great connection personally, but they're the type of couple that every photographer dreams of shooting; Good looking, outgoing, fun, and IN LOVE.

When I put out my model call for a couple, the main purpose was to add an updated couple's session to my portfolio as my shooting style and editing has gravitated to a more film-inspired look than what I was shooting 1+ years ago. I had a couple different ideas in mind for these styled shoots, and I ended up choosing 2 different couples out of the dozens of entries. (It was impossible to choose only 1! Even 2 was incredibly difficult.) 

Initially Chelsey and Tyler's session was scheduled to take place at Owl's Head lighthouse, but the forecast threw some nasty storms our way and we headed for a scenic little spot in Rockport. I honestly can't take credit for either of these spots, as my good friend Andy from Cross Street Photography recommended them to me when I (very gracefully) begged for his help in finding an epic spot to shoot at.

I'M SO GLAD WE DECIDED ON THIS SPOT!  Just look at this fun behind the scenes shot my fiance took as we were nearing the end of our session. The sunset was breathtaking and mountains in the distance... speechless. And no ticks, so that's one heck of a bonus.

 

Now here's the best part...

When I began photographing Chelsey and Tyler's session last night, they arrived as boyfriend and girlfriend. But I am so happy to say that they didn't leave that way. I had no idea it was going to happen but just as we were ending our shoot, Tyler got down on one knee and asked Chelsey to marry him. Tears, ya'll. Tears.

Chelsey and Tyler, I am SO happy for the two of you! In the short time that we had known each other I truly felt the love radiating from you both and you made my job just that much easier. It was a true pleasure to work with you, and I wish you nothing but happiness in the future.

PS- If you two need a wedding photographer, hit me up. ;-)

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