Taking the Splash | Maine Senior Portrait Photographer

This past senior season was special for me. The class of 2017 is my son’s senior class, and I had the honor of photographing so many of his friends that I’ve watched grow up. A hugful (bigger than a handful, it’s not a thing, but we should make it one) of kids I photographed this year were from my son’s high school and had been in front of my camera before.


There was a special comfort level that we had with one another. One that allowed us to push the boundaries.


Living on the seacoast, means that there was almost always water around..


And that water called to us. Pretty much.


So we went to it…

..like into it.


and it was magical


and fun


and funny


and memorable


and unique.


and beautiful. Okay I’ll stop. But you get my point…it was an awesome way to end some of our summer sessions.


..and there was this one…who plays soccer..and isn’t afraid to get dirty …and her mom told me more than once that they were down for anything…so …well…some mud was involved..


and even one of our guys took a dip..


Thank you for braving goosepimples and indulging my imagination. You guys are the best, and never, ever disappoint!


Mason | Maine Newborn Photographer


mchenry-blog-15Courtney and I grew up in the same small town, went to the same schools, and played soccer together for more years than I can count.  I’m still not sure how we’re old enough to be moms…. of multiple children, have husbands and homes and careers that we’re passionate about.  But we are.  And we do.  I was so blessed to get the chance to photograph her beautiful family.


Maybe it’s because her children were, like, the best behaved children I’ve ever encountered.  Maybe there was HEAVY coaching that happened beforehand that I don’t know about.  Or maybe it’s just because Ted and Courtney are beautiful people inside and out that make beautiful babies inside and out… but I really couldn’t find a bad picture in ALL my shots.  Narrowing it down is always hard for me but this time it was darn near impossible.  You see what I mean?






Inked | Portsmouth Photographer

Yesterday we celebrated our oldest son’s 20th birthday, which is so completely surreal, because up until yesterday, I thought I was 20. I mean, I feel twenty. Except in the morning, when I wake up feeling like I’ve been struck all night by bed trolls with clubs.

Anyway, when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said a tattoo.



I also wanted a tattoo.


This was the perfect opportunity to do something memorable and meaningful.


So off I went with all my boys.


The tattoo I had planned was a special word, “Elior” – which was given to me by a friend as a potential name for my photography business, 6 years ago. A Hebrew word, it means “God is my light” and although I chose a different name for the business, this word has stuck with me, and has been my internal mantra and is so secretly special to me.


Biruk and I hadn’t exchanged notes, it was divine providence that had us both getting Hebrew tattoos. He came home from his first semester of college with his own special Hebrew word, “Jehovah Jireh”, which means God provides. Apparently I told him about this word a few months ago, and it stuck with him and became special.


Ladies first. It had been 20 years since my last tattoo. I was nervous, but pleasantly surprised that the pain wasn’t as bad as I remembered. This could be because I asked if there was a topical numbing agent they could use, which our tattoo artist said he was using. I believed I this until we walked out of the place two hours later and my husband informed me that he was just joking. No numbing agent. So it could’ve been the placebo effect.

Or maybe my 44 year old self is tougher than my 23 year old self.


I’m going to just sort of shut up here and let the rest of the photos tell the story. Lets see  if you can figure it all out. I believe in you.








(Biruk’s first tattoo is across his ribs (ouch). It says “Philippians 4:13”)





Good times, right?