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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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Mr. + Mrs. Tierney | Maine Wedding Photographer

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Mr. + Mrs. Tierney | Maine Wedding Photographer

 

 

Florist: Broadturn Farm

Dress: Tadashi Shoji

Venue + Catering: Sebasco Harbor Resort

Cake: Chef Alyssa Lieberman of New City Microcreamery

Music: Bruce Marshall

Photography: Jessica + Shawn Stetson of Jessica Rae Photography

 

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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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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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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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