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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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The Best of 2018 | Jessica Rae, Maine Portrait Photographer

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The Best of 2018 | Jessica Rae, Maine Portrait Photographer

As 2018 came to an end and we rounded the corner into 2019, I took some time off to refuel and recharge. 2018 has been a year of growth, change, and new beginnings for me both personally and professionally. After the hectic holiday season, it all came to a whirlwind of an end, and I found myself needing some serious off-time to reflect, center myself and get back to basics.

At the end of each year I like to go back and look through the sessions I’ve completed. It’s rewarding and assuring to see my work improve over time, and it’s interesting to see how my style and approach may change with the seasons.

The images I’ve chosen to include in this post are not necessarily ones that are technically my best work in terms of lighting, composition, etc. But instead, these images are ones that provoke some real emotion within me, which is something I set out to accomplish more of in 2018. Over the years I’ve slowly drifted away from the overly posed, cookie-cutter images where the subjects are simply standing there and smiling at the camera, and I have naturally gravitated more towards images that show a subjects’ true emotion or making a connection. Now, it’s not that I feel that those cookie-cutter smiling images are bad or wrong, but they don’t “do” as much for me as an artist compared to images that make me FEEL something. I may feel connected to a particular image because of a genuine laugh or smile, a silly expression, a sense of wonder shown on a child’s face, or because I nailed the lighting on an image and I personally felt excited and accomplished in doing so.

When selecting some of these images I struggled with figuring out exactly why I loved them so much; I could acknowledge that yes, the lighting looks great, or overall it was just a beautiful image to look at. But after some thought I found that I loved the image because of a deeper meaning. Some of these photos were taken when I was at a point in my life where I was making big changes and exciting things were happening and I was at a very high point. With others I could think back and hear the song the couple was dancing to at their wedding when I took the image, and could remember the emotion I felt watching this beautiful moment unfold in front of me. But in the end it all came down to authentic and raw emotion. That’s the shit that makes me feel alive inside!

I express it so often, but I truly live a very blessed life; Part of me is afraid that if I say that too many times then it will lose it’s meaning, but it’s just so damn true. I get to witness some beautiful, life-changing moments for a living. People willingly invite me into their lives to document some of the most intimate and vulnerable times of their entire lives. They invest their hard-earned trust and money into me to accurately and beautifully document one of the most pivotal moments in their entire existence. I sit here and struggle to put into words just how much that blows my mind. And I can’t help but sit here and chuckle to myself when I’m reminded that these same people thank ME for what I do, when in reality I owe them all the thanks in the universe. By believing in me, you all have given me such an incredible and meaningful life.

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In 2018 I photographed a total of 179 separate portrait sessions, 14 weddings, and 11 personal projects. Within those portrait sessions I completed 34 newborn sessions, 28 maternity sessions, 57 family sessions, 13 couple’s sessions, 7 boudoir sessions, 5 Fresh 48 sessions, and 5 seniors. I had to double check those numbers. Twice.

In 2018 I traveled 7,288 miles to and from sessions and weddings, and witnessed some of Maine’s most breathtaking places.

I quadrupled my total income from last year, when my ‘realistic’ goal was only to double it.

I excitedly and fearfully opened a new studio in January 2018, only to need to move and upgrade to an even bigger space 8 months later.

I invested time and money into continuing my education and improving my skill set which proved to be the best thing I could have done for my business at the time.

I met countless beautiful, kind humans that have become such an impactful part of my life whether they realize it or not. I have formed so many new friendships with clients and other industry professionals.

To put it simply, I far exceeded my expectations of 2018. For that I owe a very big thank-you to all of my clients that have trusted me to be a part of their lives this year, and to all of my loyal and faithful fans that never shy with their support. It does not go unnoticed and I’m so humbled and grateful that words could never express the exact magnitude of it.

THANK YOU! And let’s kick some more ass together in 2019!

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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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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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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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