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Vanessa + Josh | 8.25.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

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Vanessa + Josh | 8.25.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

Vanessa and Josh finally tied the knot this past Saturday on their property in Sidney. It was a gorgeous rustic wedding complete with mason jars, babies breath, and their very own barn. How freaking stunning is Vanessa in that dress!? Thank you both for choosing me as your photographer and I wish you two a lifetime of happiness!❤️ Here are just a few previews from their big day.

Photography by Jessica Rae Stetson of Jessica Rae, Maine Portrait Photographer and second shooter Benjamin Wheeler
Dress David's Bridal
Alterations Cozy Cottage Fabric's & Alteration's
Catering Just Got Smoked BBQ Catering
Floral The Robin's Nest
Hair & Makeup Couture Styles
DJ DJ Jolt

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Lorryn + Garrison | 8.18.18 | Maine Wedding Photographer

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Lorryn + Garrison | 8.18.18 | Maine Wedding Photographer

I photographed Lorryn and Garrison's wedding at Sites Farm in Athens last weekend on August 18th 2018. The day started off wet and rainy but ended with lots of sun and laughter. Thank you guys so much for having me as your photographer! Congrats to the happy couple, and enjoy your cruise! Here are a few previews from their big day.

 

 

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Barbora + Dean | 8.11.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

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Barbora + Dean | 8.11.2018 | Maine Wedding Photographer

I had the honor yesterday of photographing Barbora and Dean's wedding on a family's property in Roxbury, Maine. From the first time I met up with Barb and Dean at a little coffee shop a few months ago, I just had the feeling that this wedding was going to be one for the books. They had such a calming yet vibrant vibe; they sort of radiated off of one another when they were together. You could really tell they love and cherished one another with the way they spoke about each other and the smiles they shot each other in between chatting. 

 

From the moment I arrived to their location yesterday until the moment I left to head home, I felt so incredibly welcomed by everyone. The love and excitement in the air was contagious, and though many of their guests did not speak English, it didn't hinder the communal understanding of why we were there celebrating, and ultimately the language of love and friendship brought all together.

 

I want to say a huge thank-you to Barbora and Dean, and all of their friends and family who I was able to meet yesterday. You have entrusted me with the responsibility of documenting the amazing and beautiful day that was your wedding, and for that I am forever grateful. You two deserve the universe, and I wish you nothing but the best❤️

 

Here are just a few previews from their wedding!

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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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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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