I was thrilled when Anna's mom Susie asked me about photographing her daughter Anna and Terry's wedding, and that not having met yet, Anna and Terry trusted me to document their big day. Anna and Terry live in New York City, but Anna grew up in Falmouth and have since learned, we have many amazing mutual connections.Read More
My heart smiles hearing the stories of the day I arrived from South Korea to make you parents for the first time. You made Mom drive home from Logan Airport and pull over every few minutes just so you two could stare at my 7-month old self. I fit in your hands and you both innocently remarked, "Isn't she big?" You were dishing out advice even then, telling me, "The only paper to read is the Wall Street Journal."Read More
Tai and Josh's laid-back wedding in Lyman, Maine at The Homestead at Rest And Be Thankful Farm in Lyman wasn't too laid-back... there was a surprise flash mob and plenty of dancing! Such a fun wedding for a fabulous couple. Again next year, please??!!Read More
I can now say I had a photo shoot with David Bowie. The four-legged David Bowie, that is. He accompanied his humans Tai and Josh on their engagement session. And what a glorious day it was!Read More
Welcome to the first installment of Merchants + Makers. From time to time, I'll be featuring the talented vendors, creatives, merchants, makers, movers and shakers in Maine's wedding community. There are SO MANY brilliant Maine businesses contributing to the local economy and devoted to making a couple's wedding the best day ever. I have been shooting weddings since 2008 and STILL meet new industry colleagues producing amazing work or managing wonderful spaces -- there are hundreds upon hundreds of us, so I know I won't run out of content to feature!Read More
.... You remind me to relax, laugh, have fun, live in the moment, and to never forget my inner child. I know you are proud to never lose your Long Island, New York accent and have taught me that "coffee" is best pronounced as "coouwwwffee"....Read More
Why are old family photos so fun to look at? Old family photos give us permission to take a timeout from our current lives to remember, reminisce, honor, and learn from the past -- the people and places that have helped forge our journey along the way and made us who are today. You could say old family photos are timeless, but maybe more appropriately they're timefull -- full of emotion and sentimental remembrance, a tribute to that moment in time.Read More
Last week I had the pleasure of hearing the talented and successful Katelyn James speak at the Maine Professional Photographers of America's annual convention. She and her husband Michael are the sweetest. They are Virginia-based photographers, so it was so great to have them visit Maine and communicate some great tips on what works in their wedding and portrait business. Katelyn reminded attendees that blogging isn't dead. Far from it. She says the blog is most important to your brand because it remains a constant and can out live all other social media platforms. A blog is where you can really start your "tribe" and create a meaningful community.
I have certainly been a dinosaur with all things social media and blog related, but I'm getting there (at least I'm writing blog post #2!). For me, Katelyn's words of wisdom come at a fitting time as I navigate this virtual world and try to figure out "how to stay relevant," a phrase my father says that has stuck with me. Katelyn reminded me to blog about what is important to me, whether photography-related or not. I think I had a misconception in the past about what blogging should be and thus it became a "chore." Right now, I hope my blog creates a genuine community for curious people who are interested in as many things as I am, or even just some of them (photography, fitness, heath, food, family, architecture, design, outdoors, big business, local businesses, furry friends, cats), and that it becomes useful and interesting to readers. Don't I have some high hopes, ha?!
Well, I figured I'd start with a fitness post because I've been pretty obsessed lately. This snow-free winter was a huge motivator for me having no excuses not to run outside. Plus my FitBit definitely jump-started that running habit. And while I love the outdoors, I can say right now that I am a total gym rat. How has that happened?? I definitely like my alone time, but the gyms fill my need for socializing and my craving for competition. Even though I'm really only competing with myself, the gyms provide easily measurable progression. Here are three great Portland, Maine gyms I love to get my sweat on at. At all three gyms, both the coaches and athletes are motivating and the workout activities are super fun!
What is your favorite workout? Where is your favorite gym? What gets you psyched to move?
Triple Jump Fitness: 275 B Marginal Way, Portland, Maine 04101
- Strength training, group classes, one-on-one personal training, every exercise is customized to you
- fitness for the whole family, from in the womb, to babies, toddlers, teens, adults
Back Cove CrossFit: 1037 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine 04103
- CrossFit gym, group classes
- Foundations classes and free class every Saturday morning at 9:30am; total newbs like me can join, so you have no excuse not to try
Evo Rock + Fitness: 65 Warren Ave, Portland, Maine 04103
- Indoor rock climbing gym, sport climbing, lead climbing, top rope climbing, bouldering with top out
- fitness and fun for the whole family, kids climbing areas, workout/training area, yoga classes, aerial yoga, systems wall, tread wall, intro classes, advanced classes, clinics, birthday parties, team building, private events
The ebb and flow of a Maine wedding photographer. Riding the waves of change on a long board with a cocktail in hand.Read More