Archive for Oct 2013

I first met JJ when he was six or seven, back before my husband was my husband. JJ and his sister, Abby, were some of my favorite kids that attended an after school program at their private school. My job there was pretty much to hang out and play…oh and I suppose there was some responsibility involved, but mostly it was just play:)  Now, with both our families being connected to the military, we have had the opportunity to visit more than a few times over the years.  But that does not mean it is any easier to believe that “little” JJ is graduating!

JJJansen 2 {Winthrop High School senior photographer} JJ: class of 2014

JJJansen 3 {Winthrop High School senior photographer} JJ: class of 2014

JJJansen 7 {Winthrop High School senior photographer} JJ: class of 2014

JJ, I still cannot believe how much you’ve grown. Best of luck in life and love and if ever you need to bang on the drums, you know how to find us:)

I could not believe how fast my fall mini sessions booked up for last weekend!  Thanks a million to all of you who came out.  I said it on my Facebook page a few days ago, and I will say it again now….my clients have THE most adorable children EVER! Here’s a little peek just to prove it:)

fallminis 1 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 2 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 6 731x1024 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 8 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 9 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 14 731x1024 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 15 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 18 731x1024 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 22 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 23 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 26 731x1024 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 28 731x1024 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

And if that wasn’t enough cuteness for you, some of these sweet little angels brought along their Halloween costumes as well <3

fallminis 7 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 12 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 20 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

fallminis 29 {Maine Fall Mini Session photography} Soooo much cuteness!

 

When I first received Diana’s request for a pre-deployment session, I was excited like I am with all OpLove sessions. Diana is from Colombia and Alex is from Maine, but they are currently living in Kansas. They planned to be in Maine for Alex’s brother’s wedding a few weeks ago, and Diana found me through my blog. (Yes, bonus points for Diana!)  Anyway, when I met Diana and Alex in person for their session, I was even more excited.  This is one stinkin’ cute and in love couple!  And Miss Diana, well she is just one of those people that come into your life and you instantly know you are going to be great friends:)

Diana and Alex, I wish you both all the love and luck in the world through this deployment. Alex, stay safe and stay smart…and Diana, make sure you let me know when you are back in Maine this fall. Enjoy your sneak peek !

2013 10 24 0001 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

2013 10 24 0002 697x1024 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

2013 10 24 0003 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

2013 10 24 0004 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

2013 10 24 0005 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

2013 10 24 0006 {Maine OpLove photographer} Diana & Alex: predeployment

Hannah received an awesome baby shower gift from her great friend Morgan (Adrien’s mom)…a combo maternity and newborn session done by yours truly:)  And while she was excited about the newborn session, she decided to swap out the maternity session for a little family session once the twins were about three months old.  Of course, this worked out perfectly to capture Maine’s gorgeous fall colors and to get a few shots of the kids in their Halloween costumes as well. Oh yeah, and so I could snuggle those babies again too:)

2013 10 23 0001 {Winthrop, Maine family photographer} Hannah + Matt + Aiden + Jaxon + Harper

2013 10 23 0002 {Winthrop, Maine family photographer} Hannah + Matt + Aiden + Jaxon + Harper

2013 10 23 0003 {Winthrop, Maine family photographer} Hannah + Matt + Aiden + Jaxon + Harper

2013 10 23 0004 {Winthrop, Maine family photographer} Hannah + Matt + Aiden + Jaxon + Harper

It feels like this session was forever ago, which means it also feels great to be getting caught up and back on track this week.  Oh, and see all those names up there in the title of this post? Yep, that’s right this family has SIX kids. And like I always say, there is nothing better than a blended family.  It takes a whole lot of something extra special and a heart that is filled with love to not only welcome someone else’s children into your life, but to love them unconditionally and as if they were one of your very own.  Holly and Dan fit the mold perfectly and I am so glad to not only call them my clients, but honored to say that they are also some pretty sweet friends:)

2013 10 22 0001 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0002 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0003 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0004 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0005 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0006 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

2013 10 22 0007 {Wales, Maine family photographer} Holly + Dan + Cassidy + Brittany + Caleb + Abby + Paige + Kayleeann

Even though I lived in this part of the world for just a bit and we have our share of farms and cornfields and cows, this feels like a step back in time.  A different sort of life. And in a way it is. Brittany and Graham were married at the  Fireside Tavern at the Historic Strasburg Inn which is nestled among Amish farms that seem just ordinary to anyone who lives here. For those of us from the North, driving behind a horse and buggy takes a little getting used to…but makes you take a few extra minutes to slow down your own pace and wonder about such a different sort of life. Of course, Brittany and Graham aren’t Amish….I just had to share a little of the scenery with those of you who might not be familiar with the area:)

I first met Brittany’s brother and mom a year ago when I shot her brother’s senior session, and this past spring they contacted me to cover Britt’s wedding.  It was a long drive on my own, but the little details, the fun bridal party and the gorgeous fall colors made the trip totally worth it.  Brittany and Graham, I hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it would be and more.  Enjoy your sneak peek <3

2013 10 21 0005 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0006 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0007 697x1024 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0008 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0009 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0010 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0011 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0012 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0013 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0014 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

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2013 10 21 0017 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0018 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0019 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0020 796x1024 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0021 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

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2013 10 21 0023 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0024 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0025 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0026 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0027 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0028 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0029 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0030 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0031 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0032 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0033 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0034 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0035 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0036 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0037 754x1024 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0038 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0039 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0040 559x1024 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0041 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

2013 10 21 0042 {Strasburg, Pennsylvania wedding photographer} Brittany & Graham: happily ever after <3

A few weeks ago while I was in Pennsylvania for a fall wedding (sneak peek later today!), I was able to squeeze in a quick senior session before I headed out for the 8 1/2  hour drive back to Maine. Now technically Kaitlyn is no longer a senior and is in college, but the last time I was in PA our timing just wasn’t right, so we were determined to get this session done this time no matter what.  And by no matter what I mean poor Kait was so sick…like she went to the doctor the next day and was diagnosed with mono!  This girl was such a trooper and with a few kisses from her sweet bull mastiff, Sophie, she was ready for almost anything:)

2013 10 21 0001 {Lancaster County, Pennsylvania senior photographer} Kaitlyn

2013 10 21 0002 {Lancaster County, Pennsylvania senior photographer} Kaitlyn

2013 10 21 0003 {Lancaster County, Pennsylvania senior photographer} Kaitlyn

2013 10 21 0004 {Lancaster County, Pennsylvania senior photographer} Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn, you are just awesome!  Thanks for hanging in there and making being sick look so easy.  I am sure you have rested lots and there is no doubt in my mind that you will never let anything get in the way of accomplishing all your dreams and goals.

From the day I met up with Jeannine and Brian to shoot their engagement session, I knew that their wedding was going to be nothing short of amazing.  They took so much time in planning to include not just the people who mean the most to them in their lives right now, but to also honor those who were certainly watching this beautiful day from heaven. On the same note of sentimentality, it was easy to see that Jeannine is and always will be “daddy’s girl” and Dad totally stepped it up with an amazing cupcake display for the reception.  And by amazing, I mean he crafted this thing with his own two hands…and not just from any old scraps of wood either. Nope, he selected cuts that he had saved from Christmas trees from Christmases that he, his wife and their two children were able to gather around together. So sweet!

So pair all this sentimentality, unique touches, amazing family members and a fun wedding party and this is what happens….

2013 10 15 0002 695x1024 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0003 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0004 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0005 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0007 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0006 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0001 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0002 775x1024 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0003 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0004 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0005 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0006 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0007 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0011 696x1024 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0008 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0013 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0012 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0010 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0009 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0020 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0014 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0015 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0021 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0019 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0016 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0017 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 16 0018 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

2013 10 15 0001 559x1024 {Maine wedding photographer, Lewiston, Auburn, Poland} Jeannine & Brian: happily ever after <3

Jeannine and Brian, I wish you both all the happiness in the world and then some.  Enjoy every second and every breathe of your new and amazing life together<3

It’s been a rough morning for me and I am not going to go into details, but what I will do is give this dreary Monday a good kick in the pants and move on as best I can.  If all goes as planned, this week should bring a few new posts with what I have been up to lately….and man have I been busy shooting!  So, in the very near future, there will be some cute fall weddings, a senior or two, another fun military couple and even a little family session.

In the meantime, remember Senior Rep Livanah’s first session and how she is totally gorgeous and killed it? Well, yep she did it again:) And we even got her little sisters and pretty little mama in on this one<3

2013 10 07 0002 697x1024 {Maine senior photographer} Livanah...part 2:)

2013 10 07 0001 {Maine senior photographer} Livanah...part 2:)

2013 10 07 0003 {Maine senior photographer} Livanah...part 2:)

Kelly, Livanah, Maggie and Delaney: I really do just love all four of you girls to pieces.  You are all beautiful both inside and out and am so glad that not only did I have the chance to photograph all of you, but that I get to see all of you in my every day life at least weekly if not more<3