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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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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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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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