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Barbora + Dean | 8.11.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

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Barbora + Dean | 8.11.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

I had the honor yesterday of photographing Barbora and Dean's wedding on a family's property in Roxbury, Maine. From the first time I met up with Barb and Dean at a little coffee shop a few months ago, I just had the feeling that this wedding was going to be one for the books. They had such a calming yet vibrant vibe; they sort of radiated off of one another when they were together. You could really tell they love and cherished one another with the way they spoke about each other and the smiles they shot each other in between chatting. 

 

From the moment I arrived to their location yesterday until the moment I left to head home, I felt so incredibly welcomed by everyone. The love and excitement in the air was contagious, and though many of their guests did not speak English, it didn't hinder the communal understanding of why we were there celebrating, and ultimately the language of love and friendship brought all together.

 

I want to say a huge thank-you to Barbora and Dean, and all of their friends and family who I was able to meet yesterday. You have entrusted me with the responsibility of documenting the amazing and beautiful day that was your wedding, and for that I am forever grateful. You two deserve the universe, and I wish you nothing but the best❤️

 

Here are just a few previews from their wedding!

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Finding Inspiration | Maine Portrait Photographer

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Finding Inspiration | Maine Portrait Photographer

Confession time...I've been in a funk.

Or at least that's what I've been calling it in my own mind. I know I'm not alone; I know others have been in this same slump I've found myself in. Especially those who create art or content, or make a living as a creative.

I think as an artist I often struggle with feeling inadequate. I've surrounded myself with things and people that I've intended to help inspire me, only to find that it's all left me feeling like less in the end.

And you know what? I *know* I'm not "less;" but sometimes I simply can't help but feel that way. It's not those "things" and people at fault for making me feel this way instead of being inspired, that's all on me. It's up to me to keep my mind open and heart full, no one else.

Sometimes I sit here and I stare at an image that I already carefully selected and have shared online, but most times, I'll admit, that I'm not staring out of admiration. I'm staring at all of the things I could have and should have done differently.

"I should have feathered my light a little more."
"I should have had her rest her hand there instead of where it is now."
"I should have used a lower aperture in this shot."
"I should have spent 5 more minutes making sure Baby's fingers were straight under her chin."
"I should have used my 85mm for this shot."

I should have. I should have. I should have.

But I didn't. And I can't change those things in the images I've already taken and delivered.

But you know what I can do? Instead of interpreting all of those "should-haves" as weaknesses, I can start seeing them as strengths.

Strengths, because I have the power to take those mistakes and turn them into improvements. Next time I'm going to lower my f-stop to make sure that bokeh is spot on. I'm going to make sure those fingers are as straight as can be. I'm going to be sure that my light is right where it needs to be.

Instead of feeling such a lack of inspiration and "in a funk" because I've failed to find it in the things around me, I'm opening my eyes to see that I truly can be my own inspiration simply by recognizing what I have the power to do going forward. And don't get me wrong, a lot of my daily inspiration and drive lies within my children, my husband, my family and friends, but sometimes you need to find a new spark to ignite the fire within you again.

I sometimes forget that this hobby-turned-career of mine should not be taken for granted. This is a gift that I've been given to change lives with. You know, to some people, this camera in my hands is just that, a camera. But to me and to some, this camera is a life-changer and a memory-maker; It's a time-freezer, and a tear-jerker. It's a straight up super power. And I think I'm just now realizing as I write this... That I had actually forgotten just how much of an impact I can truly make on people's lives with this gift I've been given, including my own.

I've come so far, I just need to open my eyes.

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Tara + Jacksen | Maine Maternity & Newborn Photographer

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Tara + Jacksen | Maine Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Tara and I met up for her maternity session at a new spot I wanted to check out, not too far from where I live. Her mom and friend tagged along and we headed into the wooded area of this location to find an old stone bridge covered in moss and pine needles, and ever since then it's been one of my favorite spots! 

That evening was absolutely perfect; It was warm out with just a slight breeze and the sun was lighting up this location just perfectly. We walked a little further off the path to find an even better piece to this location; a large stone archway smack dab in the middle of the woods. This thing was giant; and with the warm, glowing rays that shot through the tree tops, it was straight out of a fairy tale. Her golden dress certainly didn't disappoint either. 

Tara rocked her maternity session and was so amazing with trying new things with me, we even got to play around with some smoke bombs!

Check out some of Tara's maternity images below:

It wasn't too long after our maternity session that Jacksen decided he wanted to join us Earthside. I played around with some fall-inspired props and with his gorgeous skin tones, he pulled it off so well. You can see some of his images below:

I say this often but, Jacksen was also such a good sport for his newborn session. Hardly a peep came from him while we were shooting and we finished in almost record time<3

Until next time!

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Silvanus, Rachel + Maya | Maine Family Photographer

Silvanus, Rachel + Maya | Maine Family Photographer

Now that summer finally decided to join us here in Maine, I've felt myself yearning to find a field with long grass and a delicious sunset to photograph in. There's just something about the sunlight... When it begins to set and the light shoots through the trees in the distance, sending vibrant rays of sunshine to the ground. It glows on the tips of the tall grass, and when a cool breeze blows through, it's like complete and utter magic.

Now, imagine this scene and put a beautiful family smack dab in the middle of it.  If anyone asks, THAT is my happy place. And I have the photos to prove it!

 

Silvanus, Rachel, and Maya joined me at a sunny arboretum for their family session. Taking their photos was a photographer's dream; All you had to do was step back and just watch them together, and just that in itself made for the perfect family portrait. Their love for each other was so natural and unposed, and I barely made any directions for them the entire time we were together.

I'm extremely thrilled with the way their gallery turned out and I hope you'll enjoy it as well! Check out a handful of their images below.

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