Jaime F., 2018 Mrs. Androscoggin County

I had the pleasure of photographing Jaime Ferland, Mrs. Androscoggin County America for 2018, who will be competing in the Mrs. Maine America pageant this spring. Jaime is a great representative for our community, beautiful inside and out. The stunning makeup and hair for this session was done here at the studio by Allie Roberge of Tagli salon.

Jaime lives in Poland with her husband and son. Besides being an all-around positive role model and participating in a variety of community service projects, her special interest is in promoting art as therapy.

These are some of my faves from her session…

If you want to keep up with the news as she competes for Mrs. Maine America, join the Mrs. Androscoggin County America facebook page. Sponsors are also needed (business or individual) — every little bit helps! — and you can contact her through that page also if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Good luck, Jaime!


Andrew, class of 2018

Sometimes photographing a high school senior boy is really hard. They often don’t want anything to do with photos and are only there because their mother is making them do it. But I’ve had some very willing and photogenic senior guys this year and Andrew is one of them.

Andrew is a senior at Gray-New Gloucester High School, he’s very outdoorsy, and he’s on the track team.
When I talked to Andrew and his mom during our planning consultation, his mom said she just wanted some nice, good-looking senior photos.
Andrew said he wanted some unique photos, and that he was going to bring some of his running stuff,
if I could come up with a way to incorporate that. As soon as he said that a few ideas popped into my head.
The end result was just a little bit different — and better — than I originally imagined.

He told me that one of his favorite things about himself was his determination and his ‘get it done’ attitude.

I just love how these turned out.
Andrew had told me that running and the outdoors was his life.
So we made sure to do plenty of outdoor shots, too. I think we captured a good chunk of his personality.
Andrew really made the session fun and had a terrific attitude. I had a great time and I hope he and his mom did, too.
These are just some of my many favorites…

(for non-track folks, he’s juggling a baton used when running a relay race)

Kaisa, Maine High School Senior class of 2018

One of my favorite senior sessions this year has been with Kaisa, a senior at Oxford Hills. We started at the studio with hair and makeup by Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon.
We did some photos outside as the skies got cloudier, then we headed to a special location near their house.

Shortly after we left the studio, the rain started. We drove through rain the whole half hour to our destination, but as we turned down the narrow country road leading to the photo spot, the rain stopped and the sun came out. The timing couldn’t have been better.

The location for these photos was spectacular — A private property with a field overlooking fantastic mountain views, a barn and wooden fence, gazebo, pond… everything one could ask for.

And of course my favorite part of the session — when Kaisa’s dog, Leo, made a guest appearance. I just love these.

Kaisa’s mom describes her as outgoing with a sarcastic sense of humor, friendly and happy.
She plans on going into the medical field but isn’t sure just what she wants to do yet. She loves to wear dresses, but you’ll most often find her wearing her Birkenstocks with them.

Thanks for a great time, Kaisa and Kathy (and Leo)!
Thanks for bringing me to such a wonderful location, and for being willing to stay out in the light rain at the end.
AND I’m excited that I get to photograph Kaisa’s brother’s wedding next year, at the same great private property!

Danielle, class of 2018

Danielle is a senior at Poland Regional High School. We had a great time, starting with hair and makeup here at the studio (by Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon). Danielle has gorgeous hair, skin and eyes, and she totally rocks her glasses. She loves the outdoors, so we embraced nature and also incorporated what I would call a little ‘country glam’.

We did some family combinations first, then a bunch with her beautiful dog before we concentrated on just her. She brought a lot of personal touches, including some of her artwork since she likes to paint.
These are just a few of my many favorites…

Thanks for a great session, Danielle!

Kim and Henry {Long Island, Maine engagement session}


In early September I made the ferry trip to Long Island (Maine) to do an engagement session for Kim and Henry. I photographed Kim’s senior photos several years ago, as well as many other milestones for the family. And I’ll be looking forward to hopping on the ferry again next year to photograph Kim and Henry’s wedding.

It was my first trip ever to Long Island…I had never even heard of it when Kim asked me if I would go there. It’s a small island in Casco Bay and Wikipedia says the population is around 240. Henry grew up on the island and his family has lived and worked there for generations.

They met me at the dock and proceeded to drive me all around the island, stopping here and there for photos. Some spots planned, some unplanned. It was a great way for me to see the island and the weather was perfect.

Kim and Henry met when they ‘swiped right’ on Tinder. They say they started talking and never stopped. Kim was going to school in Vermont, Henry was in Maine. They officially met in December of 2013 when Henry made a trip to Vermont for the birth of his nephew. Kim says they ended up watching Christmas movies for hours that evening because they both love Christmas.

This spot is special to Kim and Henry because it’s where they got engaged. On a New Year’s Eve day, Kim had been at work all day on the mainland, and Henry picked her up at the island dock. He took her to her favorite spot on the island and they had a little picnic with hot cocoa and banana bread (Kim’s faves) and then he popped the question.

Plans are well underway for the September 2017 wedding on the island. Kim and Henry are really glad they decided to do an island wedding and are really excited for everyone to get a little taste of island life.

They wanted to embrace all of Long Island in the photos and they think we accomplished that really well.
I saw so many nooks and crannies of the island, and each with a different look.
There was rocky coast, fishing boats, sandy beach, pebbly beach, trees and flowers…

When I asked Kim what advice she had for other couples about to have engagement photos done, she said “Just have fun with it! Smile big and let Jill work her magic!” Good advice!
We ended the afternoon with the most beautiful sunset, just before they took me back to the dock to catch the return ferry.
Thanks to Kim and Henry for being such great hosts and tour guides.
Looking forward to my wedding trip there next September!


Tamara, Oak Hill class of 2016

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Tamara has so much going for her as she gets ready to graduate and head into the world.
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Tamara has been in the Green Ladle culinary program through school, and plans to continue studying culinary arts after she graduates. I tried to include some not-too-serious details in some photos that gave a nod to her culinary background.
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Besides her love of cooking, Tamara considers herself very outdoorsy and enjoys spending time outside
and camping with her family.
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Tamara’s makeup and hair were done here at the studio by Audrey Martin of Escada Salon.
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I had so many favorites from her session…I’m just going to show a bunch and let the photos do the talking…
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One of Tamara’s other loves is soccer, so we made sure to get some in her soccer uniform…
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Thanks for letting me capture your senior photos, Tamara!
It was a pleasure working with you and I know great things are in store for your future!

McKayla, Oxford Hills class of 2016

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I had a great experience photographing McKayla’s senior photos. She’ll be graduating in a few months from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, and it’s seniors like her that give me great hope for the future.

Besides being incredibly beautiful, this girl is super smart and very active. She’s a National Honor Society member, on a variety of sports teams — soccer, cheerleading, and track and field. She’s a Freshman Kick-off Mentor. She plays multiple instruments in the Jazz Band and String Quartet. She’s in the Chamber Choir and took part in the Wizard of Oz Community Broadway Musical.
Not to mention she also has a job!

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I recently asked McKayla to tell me about her senior portrait experience, and here’s what she had to say…

Q: How was your overall senior portrait experience?
A: It was awesome! Despite the humidity, I had so much fun, it felt like it was all about me. It was a special time I will not forget.
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Q: What was your favorite part of the experience?
A: I think my favorite part was going back to see the photos, the video was so nice and I know my family loved it too.
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Q: What’s one piece of advice you have for others who are having their senior portraits done?
A: Don’t stress about it! You’ll be struggling to find the one you like the most rather than trying to find one you like. Just enjoy every moment of the spot light being on you. Oh and learn how to keep your face relaxed because I couldn’t seem to keep a relaxed face, it made me laugh a lot though which helped create some good pictures. When in doubt, laugh!

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Q: Why did you want to include the props you brought?
A: I brought my saxophone, violin, javelin and soccer cleats. I brought these items because they are defining symbols for me in my high school career. One thing that has stayed consistent with me throughout middle and high school is music and my instruments. Soccer is a sport I’ve played since third grade and is my favorite sport. I started throwing Javelin my sophomore year and it came very naturally to me, I’ve gone to States every year since and hope to go this year too. I just brought things I love, things I will talk about when people ask me what I did in high school.
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Q: How would you advise someone else to prepare for a senior photo session?
A: I think if you don’t have anything you really care to bring, then don’t search for something, you don’t need anything. But if you’re really into reading, bring your favorite childhood book or a book you really like now or a book that made you realize something special. If you like math, you’re weird, but you could bring a math book. I think if there’s an item that describes you or your high school career, go for it and bring it with you.
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Q: What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? And what was the outcome?
A: I think my biggest fear was that my pictures wouldn’t look like me. I was worried they would be over edited, but when I was getting my hair done I was talking to Jill and I let her know I didn’t want them edited so much that it didn’t look like me, but edited enough so that it’s still special. She did a perfect job.
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Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I want to work all summer and then go to college in the fall. I plan to major in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. I have a lot of schools to choose from but one of my top choices is University of Maine at Farmington.
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When I asked McKayla for three words she would use to describe herself, she said “Leader. Passionate. Hardworking.” Those are fantastic qualities to have, and I could see them all during my time with her. I am sure McKayla will succeed in whatever she puts her mind to, and the world will be better for it!

Thanks for trusting me with your senior photos, McKayla, and here’s to the bright future ahead of you!
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And thanks to Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon for the lovely job with McKayla’s hair and makeup!