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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 Bay | Maine Newborn Photographer

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Baby Bay | Maine Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Bay finally made her way into my studio a few weeks ago. I had previously photographed her Fresh 48 session in the hospital about a month ago and it always amazes me just how much newborns change within those first few weeks of life. Even between meeting her in her hospital room to the time she came for her studio session, she looked so much different!

I had such a great time with these images; I’ve been investing a lot of time and money lately into learning new techniques to add to my newborn photography and it’s been a lot of fun to put these newly learned skills to use.

I can’t wait to see Bay back with her parents in just a couple of months for a spring apple blossom sessions!

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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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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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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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