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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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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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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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The Rideout's Big Announcement | Maine Family Photographer

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The Rideout's Big Announcement | Maine Family Photographer

Back in 2013 I had the pleasure of first meeting Kara, Kenzie, and Kami when I photographed they're gorgeous country wedding. They're really the sweetest little bunch; I remember having such a blast just being in the company of their friends and family on their wedding day. Kara and I became friends on social media and stayed in touch here and there over the years and occasionally chatted online. 

So fast forward about 4 years later, and I receive a message from Kara wanting to book a surprise session for her and her husband Kenzie and daughter Kami. I wasn't quite sure at first what sort of surprise this would be, but she soon told me that she had just found out she was expecting again and wanted to make the announcement to Kenzie and Kami during the session! She asked if that was something I would like to do and I immediately jumped on it! Like, UM YES! HELLO, this is a photographer's dream session! <3

So, we set a date and began figuring out the details on how we would announce it. We came together to make a plan that would surely fool the two of them. And, (spoiler alert) it did!

We started off with shooting like any other family session, then told Kara we could break out the props she brought along with her which were 3 chalkboard signs. On them I asked that they each write what they are thankful for but to keep it a secret and not show anyone else, and then we would one-by-one reveal what they wrote.

 

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Eeeeeeek!<3

 

 

 

Kami went first:

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Then Kenzie went next:

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And then just before the big reveal when Kara showed hers:

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And when Kenzie and Kami turned around...

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Goosebumps and tears, ya'll! It meant so, so much to me to be able to be such a significant part of this event in their lives. I was the first person Kara told and literally no one else knew but the two of us before she announced it to her family. It sessions like these that make what I do SO incredibly special and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Thank you so much to the Rideout family for including me in two of the biggest, most important parts of your lives. I am so humbled you chose me to do this for you<3

 

Check out the rest of their gallery in sequential order below, you really don't want to miss the 'after' photos!

 

Until next time<3

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Townsend Sisters | Maine Family Photographer

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Townsend Sisters | Maine Family Photographer

Back in early August I was contacted by Evelyn who wanted to book a session for her and her three sisters before she headed back off to college. For a slight moment I was a bit hesitant solely because I hadn't photographed a group of teenage girls before, but it sounded like nothing but fun and I'm always up for something new!

Check out some of the images from their 'sister session' below!

 

 

Can't you just tell how much fun we had that night?! I'd hang out with these ladies any day :)

 

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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