Perspective | Maine Family Photographer

A few weeks ago one of our wonderful clients called me about getting some new headshots. While we were chatting she shared that I had taken “an amazing picture” of her daughter during their last shoot, back in June. But she wasn’t talking about the daughter I was hired to photograph. She reminded me that at the end of her daughter’s 15th birthday shoot, I walked over to their younger daughter and asked if I could grab a quick shot of her. She had been playing along the salty shore at Drakes Island with her parents, as her big sister was off getting photographed with her besties.

The little girl was around the same age as my youngest, and still held all the joy and innocence of childhood in her face. She had that after beach look, curly, sun touched hair that was likely loaded with sand, and a big towel draped around her damp swimsuit. The air was orange from the firey sunset and this sweet girl, glowed as she hugged her towel and waited patiently for us adults to stop chatting.

My client went on about the photo, she said, “what is amazing about it is that I took a photo of her just a minute earlier with my phone, and yours looks so different. Like so completely different. Even her hair looks like it was combed, and it wasn’t”. She was so in awe that I asked her to send me her photo so I could see what she was seeing.

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When I see these photos, I don’t think that one is necessarily better than the other, but they are starkly different.

Both of us captured what we saw. A mom captured a silly playful moment with her little girl who was enjoying the beach, and one minute later, I captured a patient little girl, who was bundled up as the sun disappeared behind the horizon.

Perspective changes everything. That’s the beauty of the art of photography.

Holden| NH Newborn Photographer

“I brought my climbing gear,” he said.  I immediately thought of rock climbing gear and, as a former rock-climbing guide, started brainstorming all the set ups I could create.

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“No, I’m a lineman.” he explained.  Oh, ok…  I had no idea what that was.  The look on my face must have betrayed me because he quickly explained that he works on power lines.  As I rummaged through his gear setting up the shot, asking what each thing was, I gained a much clearer understanding.

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Holden’s dad, Justin,  literally scales telephone/power poles with a harness around his waist, a helmet on his head and giant sharp spikes attached to his boots.  (I thought there were cherry-picker-basket-truck things to give these guys a convenient lift up to where they need to work.)  The sheer mass of the insulated gloves this man wears to do his work put the whole risk factor into perspective.  When I asked Amy if she worries about him her response was, “every day” followed by stories of him coming home with all his arm hair singed off. I was in awe and more excited and determined than ever to make their lineman shots not only work… but rock!

Aaaaand Holden’s mom, Amy, is a nurse.  So basically his parents are a bunch of heroes/lifesavers if you ask me.  Also, I really don’t think they could be any sweeter.  As the session when on, we got to chatting more and I found out they are avid outdoors people and hunters and adventurers.  As if the deal wasn’t already sealed…  I just REALLY like them!

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Would you believe that Holden, at the ripe old age of 6 days, had a big story to share too?  You see, Holden’s cord was wrapped around his neck when he was born.  His shoulders were stuck,  only for a few minutes during birth, but by the time they got him out he wasn’t breathing and his heart wasn’t beating.  In fact, his heart didn’t beat for THREE minutes.  They immediately whisked him away, performing CPR.  Can you EVEN imagine!?  I can’t and I won’t.  Praise God this little fighter made it.  They brought him back to life!  Back. To. Life.  Guys, he is beautiful and handsome and precious and all things good and lovely… and he has no deficits from this crazy start to life!  I get goosebumps just recounting the story to you all!  I am certain that this little boy is destined for great things.  And I can’t think of two better people for this miracle baby to be entrusted to.    Health, happiness and blessings to you Justin, Amy and Holden!

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Hugs & Snuggles,

Sarah