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Baby Koa | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Baby Koa | Maine Newborn Photographer

Koa was as sweet as they come. He hardly made a peep during his entire three hours here in my studio, and slept like a champ as I posed him. He had the most perfect, pouty lips and looked amazing on every color backdrop I used with him. It was the epitome of a dream session! These are just a “few” of my favorites:

2019 has brought me some pretty fabulous babies so far and I can’t wait to meet the rest that this year will bring, including our own! I’m currently due in just 3 weeks so be prepared to be swamped with a ton of photos of our own little squishy babe soon! ;-) Until next time.

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The K Family | Maine Newborn Photographer

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The K Family | Maine Newborn Photographer

Lifestyle newborn sessions are such a beautiful change of pace for me here at JRP! Newborns and babies make up the majority of my business, but it's not very often I get the request of an in-home lifestyle session as opposed to a studio session, but I'm truly hoping to book more of them this year. The K family's home was so bright and airy and made for such a warm, cozy spot for their photos today. This sweet girl is a real-life doll!!

I’m so looking forward to photographing more of these intimate sessions. Huge thank you to the K family for warmly inviting me into their home<3

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Baby Lily | Maine Newborn Photographer

It’s been a loooong winter, at least it feels like that for me here! The cold has been relentless, the snowstorms just keep coming, and due to being almost 9 months pregnant, I’ve been even more tired and drained this season than in the past. My soul is longing for some sunshine and warmer weather, and I know I’m not the only one feeling that way lately.

Luckily Miss Lily was a breath of fresh air for her studio newborn session. I first met her mom and dad this past December to photographer their maternity session (absolute killer session thanks to mom’s awesome red dress and hair and makeup!) and it’s always so nice to have clients back in front of my camera for a second or third time. It feels like reuniting with old friends, and these guys were so much fun to photograph for their maternity session that it was nothing but good vibes in the studio the morning I got to meet Lily!

She fought sleep at first, but once she gave in to the warmth and white noise in the studio, she was out like a light. Her session was so refreshing after having a stretch of some pretty stubborn babies, and she let me try some new props and techniques while I worked with her.

I always get a bit sad when I send off a final gallery to a family because I don’t always know when I’ll be lucky enough to see them back and it’s such a privilege to be apart of such an intimate and amazing, life-altering journey these parents-to-be are on. It’s nearly impossible to not grow even slightly attached to these families, especially when their kid is this cute.

I’m hoping I get to work with these three again in the future and wish them nothing but the best of course! But to be honest, I think they’re already killin’ it at this parenting thing.

Check out how sweet Lily is!

Until next time!

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Baby E | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Baby E | Maine Newborn Photographer

Baby E was my first official newborn session of 2019, and she did not disappoint in the least! She truly put me on the right track for this year’s newborn sessions and I’m so grateful for how good she was for me. I got to experiment with a lot of new techniques and props, and I always leave a session feeling inspired when I can switch things up and get a little extra creative when photographing a session. I sincerely hope to see her sweet cheeks back in my studio soon! <3 <3

Just look her sweet little rolls and head full of hair!

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Baby Mason | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Baby Mason | Maine Newborn Photographer

From the time I had worked with Kim and Bryan for their maternity session this past summer, I knew that they were going to be the best of parents. And upon arrival to my studio for their newborn portrait session it was very evident of just how loved baby Mason truly was.  I am so blessed to have this family as clients of mine. I can only hope to see them back again soon <3

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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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Heidi, Matt + Maya | Maine Maternity & Newborn Photographer

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Heidi, Matt + Maya | Maine Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Have you ever done that thing where you meet someone new, introduce yourself like you've never met them before, but actually you met them a while ago at a birthday dinner for your brother in law?

No? Just me? 

Well for me that was Heidi and Matt! I can only hope I made a great second-first-impression.

The three of us met in Owl's Head for their session back in August. The weather was perfect and the beaches were pretty empty for the most part, except for a couple of long-lost-lovers making out in the bushes across the way from us which, in my opinion, really set the mood for our romantic beach maternity session. Now thatI think about it, I probably should have left my card with them.

Heidi was a trooper the entire evening; we had to scale down a steep ditch to access the more private area of the beach (which, when we arrived, we discovered it was not so private anymore), she walked barefoot on the rocky sands, got her feet wet in the cold waters, and climbed up into the rocky ledges for some shots. Matt did okay too.

But in all seriousness, Matt and Heidi did awesome! I loved their images and they were fantastic to work with, and they made my job easy that evening. Here are a handful of images from their maternity session:

About 6 weeks later little Maya decided to make her appearance. She was honestly one of the easiest babies I have photographed in a while, and she hardly made a peep until she needed a little snack mid-session. My newborn sessions are typically very neutral and I love working with natural/earth tones and limit the prop usage, but every once in a while I like toinclude some girly stuff like lots of pinks, floral, headbands; the works! Maya let me do that with her and I loved how sweet she looked all dressed up. Thanks for being so good to me, baby girl!

I can only hope that I'll be seeing these three back again very soon, they were so good to me! :)

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Isabella | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Isabella | Maine Newborn Photographer

Every once in a while I get a newborn that is a photographer's absolute dream. Isabella was one of those babies! She was like putty in my hands and she curled right up into all of her poses without a single peep for the whole 2 hours. I can certainly say the quickest newborn session I've had in years!

On top of being a total rockstar, this girl is cute. Like, CUTE. Just take a look for yourself below.

 

I hope you love Isabella's images as much as I do! 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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The Jankow's | Maine Family Photographer

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The Jankow's | Maine Family Photographer

In the eight or so months that I've know the Jankow family, I have had the lovely pleasure of working with them FIVE times so far. Pretty sure that's a record somewhere in my book... I'll have to check.

Casey first contacted me last summer to photograph her maternity, fresh 48 and newborn photos in a few months. Upon meeting up for their maternity session the three of us clicked really well and had a great time shooting, and I immediately knew these were "my kind of clients!" I met them at the hospital a few months later after Harper was born to photograph her hospital photos, and then a week after that for her newborn session. Soon after her that, I photographed her 3 months portraits, now just this past week for a family and sixth month portrait session.

I'm always saying that one of the best parts about my job is that I have the opportunity to meet so many new people. But every once in a while you meet some who end up becoming more than just clients, and the Jankow's are one of them. I'm been lucky to be able to call them my friends and always look forward to shooting with them or even meeting up for dinner.

I love this most recent session with Casey, David and Harper. Not only was I finally able to use my brand new Nikon D750 for the first time with some of my favorite people, but we shot at a new location near the coast which made for the perfect backdrop for their images. I'm already excited for Harper's 9 month session<3

Check out a few images from their portrait session below. I hope you love them too!

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Rachel, Dean + Ella | Maine Maternity + Newborn Photographer

I first met Rachel and Dean at their maternity session in mid-April. It started off as a warm day for that time of year with some sunshine spotting here and there, but as our session time soon approached that was not the case! Other than the slightly overcast skies pictured, you wouldn't have guessed the temps felt like it was forty-something degrees. Rachel rocked her maternity dresses in the cold winds, and Dean reluctantly followed suit. We shot at a small wildlife refuge in Albion that was still pretty bare and bleak looking upon arrival which is pretty normal for early Springtime in Maine, but the tones and treeline in the distance made for a beautifully simple backdrop for their maternity photos. Here are some of my personal favorites:

 

 

Several weeks later I received a message from Rachel letting me know that Miss Ella had arrived, so we set a day for them to come in and do her newborn photos. Sweet little Ella slept so wonderfully for me, she hardly made a peep for the entire 2.5 hour session. The weather was quite opposite from their maternity photos and was warm enough that I was able to snap a couple sweet shots of this little sweet pea out in the garden. Overall, Ella's newborn session is one of my favorites to this day. The film-inspired look, her strawberry blonde hair, and the earth tones I was able to incorporate gave it a very simple, yet beautiful outcome. Very much like their maternity photos. Here are some of my favorite from Ella's newborn session:

 

Rachel, Dean + Ella were such a great, down-to-earth family to work with, and I sincerely hope to have them back in front of my camera in the very near future.  

 

Until next time!

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