Grace’s Ultimate Senior Portrait Session | Maine Senior Photographer

Grace’s ultimate senior photoshoot was such an incredible and unique experience. Her mom was so truly thoughtful about the locations, there were many little stops (eight, but who’s counting), it made for one of the most memorable photoshoots, the kind that makes my heart feel warm as I remember it.

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We started out in South Berwick, which made sense, not only because that’s where I picked Grace up from her Hair & Makeup appointment, but because Grace goes to High School at Berwick Academy, this is her downtown.

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We ventured up 91 to her dad’s business, which was a total photography playground. Barn, tall flowers, and logs. Oh, and Grace was kind enough to have arrived earlier in the day to arrange a bunch of heavy tree trunks so that we could use them as a photography backdrop (above)…at least that’s what she told me.  hehe

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And though the sunflowers weren’t an actual part of Grace’s “meaningful places” tour, she had this yellow dress, and all that gorgeous blonde hair ..and well…don’t you think it was worth a few minute diversion?

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So we continued on. Grace spent a lot of time here as a kid. York Wild Kingdom. If you’re from this area, you know what’s up.

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Oh the memories…

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The next location was Grace’s grandmom’s house. Grace was super close to her grandmom, who had passed away in the spring. It was so special to have photographed Grace at her home, I feel like maybe she was smiling down on us.

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The next few spots are places that Grace drives by every day…this is her ‘hood.

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…and where she had her prom pictures taken last spring…

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and more pictures from her hometown

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I think when Grace goes away to college, she’ll look back at her senior pictures with a special fondness, not only thinking of the memories we made the night we made these photos, but the many memories she holds in her heart of the places pictured behind her.

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Thank you, Grace, for sharing your special places with me. I loved photographing you. I loved your dry wit, and giggling with you and your mom. I loved how you were like superwoman, changing in your moms car between locations, hehe.

“These photographs are downright AMAZING! I love all of them:) It want them all plastered around my house because they make me smile:) (but that would be a bit excessive…don’t you think??)” – Lisa (Grace’s mom)

Newborns and Tie Dye | Southern Maine Newborn Photographer

I like unique.  If you come into the studio covered in awesome tattoos, rocking dreadlocks, toting a large dog behind you or throwing amazing tie dye blankets at me, I’m going to love you.  (But don’t worry.  If you’re totally bland, like myself, I’ll love you too!) There’s just something about things that are out of our “norm” (whatever “norm” is) that get my creative juices flowing.

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So when I learned (at the very end of the session) that Meredith is a tie dye artist… check her out HERE! … and she brought this amazing blanket, my eyes lit up.  The wheels started turning as I grabbed from our props and started piecing together the shot I wanted to get.  And wouldn’t you know it, these turned out to be my absolute favorite images from this awesome newborn photo session!

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Gorgeous Tie Dye blanket by: Soul Shine Maine

However, when you have a mom this great and a newborn that sleeps the ENTIRE time and is so chill he’s putty in your hands for posing, its pretty hard to get a bad shot and pretty hard to choose a favorite.  Here… you decide!

 

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It is such a privilege to be able to use photography to freeze this fleeting newborn stage of life.  I do it for that… and the snuggles 🙂

~Sarah

Erin’s Ultimate Senior Portrait Session |St Thomas High School

On the way to meet Erin and her mom at The Crown for her ultimate senior portrait session I stopped by my mom’s house. I can’t remember the exact nature of my visit, but I remember lamenting to my mom about my headache and general blahness that was making me feel more like laying down then embarking on a three hour photoshoot.

I left her house with a hug and found Erin and her mom at the studio. Immediately I was healed. I’m not kidding. In fact, in all the years I’ve been photographing people no matter what has gone on before the shoot, all symptoms seem to leave me the minute the camera starts clicking. It’s a phenomenon.

Erin brought in her glorious wardrobe, including her prom dress that she pulled out from under a mattress in her basement. It was wrinkled and hadn’t been loved in a while, likely since prom night. But she put it on and brought it back to life. She was stunning.

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I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Then we stepped outside the studio for a few sidewalk pictures before heading out on our way.

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Erin’s and her mom giggled so much together, I loved being with them. They have a really sweet relationship, it’s so obvious that they truly enjoy each other’s company.

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Their laughter was infectious and I feel like the three of us spent much of her session giggling. That’s a great way to spend three hours!

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Erin is not only beautiful, but suuuuper photogenic and moves effortlessly in front of the camera. She was a dream to photograph, but also to be around. She’s sweet, funny, and adventurous.

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Sweeney5-24Erin wanted some photos under the pier at Fort Foster, but unfortunately we were there at high tide, and the bottom of the pier was underwater.

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We decided not to let a little ocean water stop us. We waded through the thigh-high water in our jeans to get our shots. Giggling all the way.  (And big props to my assistant Caleb, who rolled up his pants and waded with us.)

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Then the real water shots. Erin changed into an off shoulder black dress and we planned out our water shots. The problem was that the waves were coming in fast and furious and our first attempt was ROUGH. We decided to walk down the rocky path (shoe-less) to see if we could find some calmer water.

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And then magic happened.

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This is one of my very favorite photographs I’ve taken all year. I’m in love with it. ^^

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I left this shoot with my jeans wet up to my butt and sand caked between my toes, but totally energized and excited to rush home and upload the magic housed within my camera. It didn’t dawn on me that I had had a headache until the moment I sat in the car after the shoot.

I love that my job takes me to a place where I forget my aches and pains and completely lose track of time. I think that means I love what I do. I’m so grateful that you guys allow me to do this.

 

“These are AMAZING” – Kristen (Erin’s mom)

Cake Smash Photoshoot | Seacoast NH

Turning one is pretty big news.

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I was so excited when this little guy’s grandmom contacted me to set up his photoshoot.

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It seemed like just yesterday that I was photographing his older sister’s big one year milestone, and now it was his turn!

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His mom said he was the most smiley little guy ever…

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And she was right!

She also mentioned that he was incredibly active.

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Correct again.  I had this idea that I’d put both kids in the radio flyer wagon, but this little dude had other ideas. I kinda liked his better.

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And his sister was also super smiley ..but in that stage where a nice big smile somehow translates to closing your eyes and sharing all your teeth.  My youngest had this same smile for about a year, I love ever single photo of her with her over smile….because eventually it will give way to a more refined, natural smile. Boo.

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And mom even agreed to hop in a picture! (Moms existing in pictures is my life’s mission.)

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Then grandmom pulled out a fantastic moustache background…and you know I have a drawerful of stick on moustaches at the studio, just waiting around for someone to bring a moustache backdrop.

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And while keeping a stick-on moustache on a one-year old is quite challenging, enticing them with a cake is easy peasy.

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Mom forewarned me that he “goes crazy over food” and that the cake should be out of sight until it was time.

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It’s not that I didn’t believe her, but you know all kids like cake…

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…but this WAS different.

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This little guy tore into the cake with passion and determination, like I’ve never seen…

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..and he wasn’t just playing with it.

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He was EATING it. Like devouring it.

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Eight minutes later there was nothing but the devastated remains, and one happy boy with a tummy full of confections.

Happy first birthday little man.