Archive for Dec 2013

Forget being snowed in, we have been “iced” in for two and a half days now.  The kids have only just started their school vacation and I am already tearing my hair out!  But thanks to this adorable little guy stopping in the studio this morning, a few snuggles left me feeling a bit renewed <3 Oh, and the fact that I am pretty sure this is the first baby that has not peed, pooped or puked on me during a session was pretty amazing as well!

awilliams 6 {Litchfield, Maine newborn photographer} Ayden Michael: 9 weeks

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A huge thanks to Ayden’s auntie (who is also a great friend and fellow cheer coach) for referring his mom and dad to me. There are certain people you meet in this world who you can instantly feel how truly good their souls are.  The Williams family is just full of those souls<3

I think I have lost track of how many times I have photographed this little guy. And I am pretty sure he gets cuter every single time I see him, which means I was super excited that he was all signed up for my mini sessions last weekend.  Unfortunately, the little dude was sick on modeling day, but we were able to get him in the studio this morning.  Not only was he his usual adorable self, but he was quite charming and busted out a mean rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” icon smile {Litchfield, Maine studio photographer} Adrien: Christmas Mini Session

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I have been so antsy to get into my new studio space, but as of last Tuesday the room was still full of tools from my husband converting the space for me.  There was drywall dust everywhere, junk that needed to be sorted through and it felt like things were moving so slow. But that same Monday, I had a desperate request from one of my favorite clients (who am I kidding, all my clients are my favorite!) to hold a mini session day. Without going into detail, let me just say that her situation was heartbreaking and I knew I just had to get her sweet babies into the studio. So my husband, being the amazing man he is, spent all day Wednesday cleaning out the space for me while I went prop shopping:)  Now with a fresh coat or two of paint by my dear friend Sara, some hardcore cleaning by the hubs and a little creative use of space by me; who cares that the floors aren’t done. We were getting these sessions done!

And here are a few of the results from our first official shooting day in the new studio space:)

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A huge thanks to all the families who came out to play yesterday! I had such a great time and was so grateful that your children were so much easier than mine were to photograph at the end of the day icon wink {Litchfield, Maine photographer} Christmas Mini Session Sneak Peek 2013!

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I have had so much fun photographing Nina over the past year. Her personality has developed so much and she is walking everywhere now! Normally I would be sad that we just completed her one year session, but lucky for me she is my niece so she doesn’t have a choice to not be photographed by me a time or two over the next eighteen or more years of her life icon smile Look who just turned ONE!! <3 Nina Dell <3

Sadly, I had to miss her first birthday party to help out my grandparents.  Nina’s momma went all out with her Dr. Suess theme, and saved a bit of the decor for this very special session. After an outfit change, we moved on to Christmas and candy canes, and we didn’t stop until we could no longer keep this little angel cornered in the studio.

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Megan and I went to high school together (not saying how many years ago now) and that is pretty much where our story ends. We weren’t really friends, not really enemies. We just kind of had different circles. But thanks to those many years between high school and now, and thanks to Facebook for encouraging us all to “be friends” with every human being who has ever crossed even the smallest path in our lives, I spent my Black Friday morning with Meg and her family:)

Our approach to this family session was a bit different than my usual. We were going to capture real. This meant minimal posing, if any. This meant I was going to capture exactly what it looks like when families get together and are present in the moment. When the kids just play and the adults enjoy bits of conversation by a warm fire over coffee. When grandparents remember exactly how to be a kid again and siblings tell each other secrets, giggling one minute and making their little sisters cry the next. This is family and this is being real.

I took Meg and her family outside first for a couple sort of more traditional shots while the sun was still high enough that we wouldn’t freeze to death.

Poor 1 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

I love this series with the boys going in for the sneak attack:)

Poor 2 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

We got cold pretty quick and the kids were really looking forward to getting inside to play with their cousins….and grandparents.

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I love when secrets look like sweet kisses<3

Poor 34 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

…even if there is a little bit of teasing in the seconds that follow.

Poor 36 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

The next time you think about all the stress that comes with dressing up and making sure your kids, hair and makeup are perfect for family pictures…..don’t. It just makes more sense to have awesome images that really show your family, that tell your story, that make memories that will live on.

Poor 24 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

Poor 40 {Manchester, Maine lifestyle photography} Megan + Jared + Jesse + Max + Sara....and a few more:)

Meg, thanks so much for inviting me to capture your family.  It was great to reconnect and to spend the morning meeting and playing with everyone.  Hope you love these as much as I do<3

 

I first met Dominic about two years ago in New Hampshire.  At the time, this boy had recently learned to walk and his hair was a bit more red like his mama’s…and he was super excited to see his daddy returning from deployment. Well, so much has changed and yet stayed the same in the past two years. Daddy is deployed again, but this time he has a sweet baby brother to tell all his secrets too. Oh, and to teach all about ever single Skylanders character you can imagine.  That part’s not actually a secret….he will tell anyone who will listen:)

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If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that OpLove sessions are near and dear to my heart.  For more information on this amazing program, click here icon smile Operation Love ReUnited: Dominic and Antonio