Samantha, Oxford Hills Class of 2016

high school senior glamourSamantha is one of a string of beautiful and vibrant young women I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this summer. The camera loves her.
And THOSE EYES. Wow. I did nothing in Photoshop to enhance them, they really are all blue and soulful and expressive like that.
Maine senior beautySamantha considers herself outdoorsy and athletic. She enjoys camping and loves playing soccer. She’s truly a natural beauty.
Maine senior photosAnd I haven’t even mentioned that hair. How did one person get all that thick, beautiful hair?  It’s not quite fair, is it.
Maine country seniorHer mom says she loves Samantha’s enthusiasm…she puts her all into everything she does.  Oxford_Hills_senior_photographer_001She wanted her senior photos to look natural and outdoorsy. Thanks to makeup artist Sara for Samantha’s gorgeous look that brings out her eyes while keeping that natural beauty at the forefront.
Ted Coastal Humane Society_0124Samantha says her favorite thing about herself is her work ethic. Oxford_Hills_senior_photographer_002 She plans to join a college ROTC program and major in nursing. I have no doubt she will succeed in whatever she puts her mind to.
I can tell that she’s just awesome that way.
senior photos sportsSamantha is a soccer goalie and like everything she does she puts 100% into it. And apparently looks very good while doing it. : )
Maine senior photographerThanks for the great photo session, Samantha, and enjoy your senior year!

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Maddie, class of 2016

Maine senior beautyMaddie is a senior at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. She’s a beauty, that’s for sure.
Her hair and makeup for this session were done here at the studio
by Audrey Martin of Escada Hair Studio in Lewiston.
Central Maine senior photographerIt poured on her original session date and we rescheduled to what would turn out to be the hottest day of the summer so far. Wow, was it HOT. So we spent a little extra time shooting inside in the air conditioning before we braved the oven outside.
Maine senior photographerJust gorgeous…
Modern high school senior portraitsMaddie brought her boyfriend, Carlton, for some photos with her.
senior photos with boyfriendMaddie is active in cheering and softball, and she enjoys fishing and hanging out with her friends.
She likes going to the beach, in fact, she’s headed on a trip to the Dominican Republic in a few days.
Auburn Maine senior photosPartway through the session we headed for McLaughlin Garden in South Paris.
It’s always pretty there and there’s always something in bloom. It also felt a few degrees cooler there…though it was still well into the 90’s.
Maine senior portraits outdoorsMaddie has a friendly and warm personality and she’s very easy to talk to. During our pre-session consultation, Maddie’s mom told me she is very proud of how kind-hearted Maddie is.
Maddie was up for anything for her session, and her mom was  hoping for some gorgeous head shots and some scenic outdoor photos with flowers and greenery. I’d say the mission was accomplished.
Maine Outdoor senior photographerThese were just a few of the many beautiful photos we made that day.
Thanks for a great session, Maddie, you made my job easy!

Kristin and Chris, Maine winter engagement

I know there are some folks out there who are looking back on this winter fondly and really missing all that white stuff.
Not me, but it did make for some pretty, winter wonderland-ish photos. And here are some of them from an
engagement session that took place on a really cold, really windy day in March.

Meet Kristin and Chris.
maine winter engagement_0025Like many of my wedding couples in recent years, they met online. Kristin had done plenty of online dating and had given up before meeting Chris. She had previously lived in Saco for over 4 years, but she needed a change and wanted to be closer to some of her family in Bangor, so she moved north. And when she found herself living in Newport, Maine, with no friends and nothing to do, she figured she should try to find someone in that area to do things with, even if it led to nothing. She saw Chris’s profile online, but as luck would have it he lived in Sanford, Maine (the part of the state she had moved away from). But Chris’s family had a camp in Lincoln, so one day he made a pit stop on the way home from camp and met Kristin in Bangor. maine winter engagement_0024(Kristin and Chris brought these great letters with them — they got them at Michaels).
For their first date, they met at her cousins, went for a walk, went to Hollywood Slots, went out to dinner and went bowling. They didn’t want the night to end. Week after week, Chris worked the weekend shift in Sanford and when he got out of work late on Sunday night he would drive to Newport so they could spend a few days together.
One thing led to the next and Kristin moved back to Saco.
maine winter engagement_0026Chris proposed in November of 2014. They had tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Manchester, NH and stayed at a hotel across the street from the concert. After a great dinner nearby, they went back to the hotel before the show. Before Kristin even realized what was going on, Chris was down on one knee asking her to marry him. (Of course, she said yes!) And behind him was a bottle of champagne and chocolates. Later that evening they enjoyed the amazing show.
maine_engagement_photographer_0021    Kristin and Chris are getting married at The Maine Wedding Barn. They wanted a country feel and Kristin has always dreamed about getting married in a barn with hay bales. After a lengthy search they found The Maine Wedding Barn to be elegant, rustic and within their budget. And Barbara there has been very helpful, accommodating and pleasant to work with.

We did a few country/rustic themed photos in the studio before going out into the arctic cold.
maine_rustic_engagement_0022cowboy_boots_ engagement_0023(Can you see the heart in the sideways shot of the ring?)
maine winter engagement_0027maine winter engagement_0028The countdown to the big day is on and Kristin and Chris are getting very excited. They are most excited to share their love with all their family and friends. They are expecting between 150 – 200 people and they can’t wait to have a giant party and celebrate.
maine winter engagement_0029For their engagement photos, they wanted a look that reflected their personalities. They are very down to earth and love to kick back, and they love the country side of life where they can relax and enjoy life.
maine winter engagement_0030How did they feel about braving the sub-zero wind chill on the day of their engagement session?
“Chris and I loved it! It was totally cold and the wind was whipping, but we set all that aside!”
(And they did…I gave them the option of rescheduling to a warmer day, but they embraced the cold!)
maine winter engagement_0031Cold and all, we had a great time. Kristin and Chris are relaxed and fun to be around, and I know their
wedding in August is going to reflect their personalities and be a great time for all.

Stephanie and Matt engagement session

Stephanie and Matt are one of those brave couples who choose to have their wedding in the middle of winter.
So they chose the middle of winter for their engagement session, too. They’ll be getting married in February of 2016, in Vermont.  They had their engagement session on a very cold day at the end of February here at the studio.
2015-03-31_0001We started with a few photos indoors, then braved the cold outside.
maine winter engagement_00032015-03-31_0002Stephanie is from Maine and Matt is from Ohio, and they met while in college in Vermont. (I did Stephanie’s high school senior portraits almost 8 years ago!) They first met in a Linear Algebra course at the University of Vermont,
but they didn’t start dating till two years later.
maine winter engagement_0007 maine winter engagement_0006 maine winter engagement_0005maine winter engagement_0008Their wedding will be at The Ponds at Bolton Valley. They chose that venue because it had a wintery feeling…a cabin atmosphere and it’s located right on the side of a mountain. It also has a giant stone fireplace.
Stephanie and Matt enjoy spending time outside and being active in the winter.
maine winter engagement_0004 maine winter engagement_0009The proposal: While Stephanie was upstairs getting ready for work (she’s a teacher), Matt put the ring in her Christmas stocking. She came downstairs, had breakfast and got ready to leave without noticing the box in her stocking. So Matt had to tell her to check her stocking…she pulled out the box and he popped the question! Matt wanted to have a different type of proposal by doing it in the morning. They celebrated for a few minutes before Stephanie had to leave for work. So she spent the day celebrating with her first graders and returned home to celebrate with Matt that night!
maine winter engagement_0010The thing Stephanie and Matt are most looking forward to about their wedding is having all their friends and family in one place. Their families have never been all together since they are spread out over the country. They are also looking forward to having lots of snow on their wedding day…but not so much that weekend that it affects people’s traveling. We had plenty of snow for their engagement photos! One wrong step and we would end up in snow up to our thighs!
maine winter engagement_0011 maine winter engagement_0012 maine winter engagement_0013Stephanie and Matt wanted to have a wintery, fun and playful engagement session. They are naturally a fun and playful couple, and it was definitely wintery, so those objectives were pretty easy. We ended the afternoon with a snowball fight. You don’t want to mess with Stephanie in a snowball fight. Even in a dress she shows no mercy!
maine winter engagement_0014So next February I’ll be making the trek to Vermont for their wedding. I know it’s going to be beautiful and fun.
Though I’m probably hoping for less snow than they are.

Congratulations, Stephanie and Matt!

Tristen and Nick, Maine engagement session

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Tristen and Nick came for engagement photos last Fall. They brought their doggies and we had a great time.
They will be tying the knot in September of this year, and they wanted their engagement photos to be done at the same time of year that their wedding would take place, with lots of foliage.
2015-02-23_0001Tristen and Nick met through a mutual friend and started communicating through texting. Tristen was away at college and they had their first date when she came home for Thanksgiving in 2009.
2015-02-23_0002How did Nick propose? Fast forward to June of 2014…Nick is on a racing team and he and Tristen were headed to New Hampshire for the weekend. Tristen had just taken and passed her nursing boards two days before that, so that turned out to be a great start to the weekend. After checking in to their hotel on Friday afternoon, they ended up at Hampton Beach at Nick’s suggestion. After walking on the beach for what felt like hours, Tristen mentioned many times that she was hungry but Nick kept wanting to walk up and down the beach. They stopped a few times to take a selfie. After selfie #4 he stated that he wanted to find someone to take a picture of them because the selfies weren’t coming out very well. So they walked and walked some more. Finally he walked over to someone sitting in the sand and asked them to take their picture. Little did Tristen know that he had told the person, “I’m going to propose and I want it on camera”. Next Nick got down on one knee and said “I brought you here to ask you to be my wife, will you marry me?” Nice job, Nick!
2015-02-23_0012Tristen and Nick’s dogs are great furkids and were so cute and well behaved for their time in front of the camera.
2015-02-23_0005Bristal is the black dog (a girl) and Benson is the little boy. I’m glad they were included; I think dogs are an important part of the family and Tristen and Nick feel the same way.
lastingimage_engagement_dogs2015-02-23_0008One of Tristen’s friends made this cool painted barnboard sign.
2015-02-23_0007The wedding this Fall will be in the Bethel area and it should be peak foliage season, which they are very excited about.
The ceremony will be at the covered bridge in Newry and the reception will be at the Jordan Grand Hotel at Sunday River.
Both are beautiful locations. The bridge is very rustic, it was built in 1872. The front of the reception area is all windows so everyone will be able to enjoy the foliage on the mountain during the reception. Sunday River’s wedding coordinator, Emily Bourassa, is helping them pull together all the details.
2015-02-23_0010 Tristen’s advice for other couples planning their engagement session is to just have fun with it. She and Nick both felt like they were not photogenic people, nor do they like having their pictures taken, but she said they had a blast. She said, “Jill had us laughing and smiling and brought out the best in both of us.” Awww, shucks…thanks!
2015-02-23_00112015-02-23_00092015-02-23_0013ohCongratulations, Tristen and Nick! I’m looking forward to capturing your beautiful wedding day in September!