5 Reasons to book a summer session

I know, I know. It’s a well-known fact that Fall is the busiest time for sessions! Christmas cards are calling your name, the air is cool, and the foliage is just right. For those of you who have never strayed from Fall sessions - I get it. I’m the first to admit that I love Fall and everything it has to offer. However, i’m here to make a case for summer sessions! Somehow, in the midst of all the Fall buzz, summer is forgotten. Stunning sunsets, fields of wildflowers, and that balmy evening breeze are just a few reasons why summer can be a great time to schedule a session. My hope is that after you read this post, you’ll be itching to book a session this summer - and if you stick around ‘til the end, there just might be a special offer for those who do ;)

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1. Time is on your side

Can I get a “hallelujah!”?! After those long New England winters, there’s nothing better than the sun setting at 8pm. Longer days mean not having to rush to your session! With Fall being my busiest season, weekend dates are limited and a lot of sessions end up falling on weekday evenings. Earlier sunsets means there’s a good chance you’ll need to leave work early or rush around to make it to a session. Booking in the summer allows you to be a little more relaxed and take your time.

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2. It’s warm!

Okay, I’m stating the obvious. But this is SUCH a bonus! Of course there’s a sweet spot in the Fall where you might get that perfect 60 degree day, but a lot of times I’m scheduling sessions well into November and even December due to the high demand. This can result in unhappy kiddos and sessions being cut short due to cold weather. With summer sessions, you can leave the jacket at home and enjoy the warm evening.

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3. Diverse Locations

Summer offers a variety of locations to work with. Water, greenery, sand, and wildflowers are at our fingertips, and each give a totally different vibe. You don’t need to worry about a chilly coastal breeze, lack of color, or bare trees. Flowers are in full bloom, the grass is green and trees are full of leaves — all of which make for a beautiful backdrop for your session.

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4. It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy

For real, though! Warm sun, fresh air, and beach days can work wonders for our moods. During the summer, everyone is feeling a little more relaxed and children are playful and carefree. Sessions at this time of year tend to be more laid-back without the hectic schedules, school activities and added stress. What could be better than spending a summer evening with your loved ones, and maybe stopping for some ice cream on the ride home? Not saying that kids ever need bribes, but…..😉

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5. Summer glow

Can we talk about those summer sunsets (and sunrises)?! You may need to get up early or stay up late to catch them, but I promise it’s so worth it. It’s a good excuse to let the little ones stay up a little past their bedtime for a special treat. (Bonus: No school the next morning!)

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There you have it. I’ve made my case for summer sessions and now I want summer more than ever. Actually, I’d settle for Spring right now. 🙃

One more thing — I’m offering 15% off my session price to the first 5 people who book a summer session with me! Session must take place before September 2019. What are you waiting for?!

What to Wear for your Photo Session - 10 tips to help you look great

So you’ve finally decided to schedule that photo shoot you’ve been putting off – Woohoo! Now comes the tough part…what to wear? Let’s face it. Choosing what to wear for photos can be stressful, but finding the perfect outfit(s) is easier with a little bit of guidance. Lucky you! I’ve put together 10 tips to help make planning outfits a smooth (and dare I say….fun!) process.

1. Choose tones and stick with them

Pick a color palette of 3-4 colors and let this be your starting place. Try to think in terms of tones - Neutrals, pastels, earthy tones, etc. Dress everyone in similar tones so that the outfits don’t clash, but complement each other.

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2. Coordinate, don’t match

Gone are the days of matching outfits (says the girl who purchased matching Christmas PJ’s for her family and posted a picture of it). But really, take my advice here. I suggest starting with a basic color palette, and going from there. Find colors that complement each other and look cohesive together, and it will make for a much more beautiful (and timeless) photo!

3. Use patterns sparingly

I love a good print or pattern, but when multiple outfits incorporate busy patterns, it can be overbearing and take the focus off of you. Try to keep patterns to a minimum. Consider sticking with only one pattern or print, and playing off the colors within it when planning the rest of the outfits. The clothing should coordinate, not take over the photo.

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4. Textures photograph beautifully

Textures are a great way to incorporate some visual interest when only including one pattern. When thinking about texture, choose different ones that will give photos some interest such as lace, corduroy, cozy knit sweaters, and textured tights. These look so beautiful when photographed - trust me :)

5. Location, location, location

Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. Thinking of a beach session? Flowy dresses, button-down shirts, bare feet, and soft neutral colors can all give that beachy vibe you might be looking for. Is your location surrounded by trees and green grass? Take that into account and avoid colors that blend in with your surroundings (stray from greens and darker colors).  Put some thought into the location and try to find pieces that will complement and match the vibe of your surroundings.

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6. Start with one outfit

It can be hard to try and tackle all of the outfits at once, so I like to suggest choosing one ‘statement’ outfit with a few colors in it and styling the rest of the outfits around that.

7. Comfort is KEY!

A lot of my work is based on capturing real moments, movement and playful behavior. If an outfit is going to hinder you from running around and chasing your kids, a piggy back ride, or laying down in the sand (Yep, I might ask you to do that ;) - then save it for another time. Pick clothes that will let you run around and be carefree. If you wouldn’t normally wear a long flowy dress, then don’t! Your comfort is the most important thing, and it will show through the photos.

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8. Perfection is boring

I live for the imperfect moments. It’s honest, real, and what we’ll look back on several years down the road and smile at. Messy hair, belly laughs, kids running around like crazy (because is anything a more accurate depiction of children?) and chaos is my jam. So don’t stress if your toddler is off the wall, your hair isn’t perfect, or things seem to be going awry. I promise you we’ll capture some great moments, and it will be special to look back on these moments down the road.

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9. Don’t forget about shoes!
This one can frequently be overlooked. I mean, who has time to think about shoes when you’re worrying about the rest of the outfit?! I’m not saying you need to buy new shoes, but maybe think twice about wearing ratty old shoes or putting your kiddo in bright neon sneakers. While they may not be visible in every photo, there will be full-body shots and they can really tie the whole outfit together.

10. Ask for help

I’m here to help! Did I mention that I LOVE to help clients’ pick out their outfits and offer advice? Or that I also offer a styling service with every session that makes thing even easier? It’s basically a personal stylist from the comfort of your own home. Is there anything better?

I hope you found these tips helpful! Do you find planning outfits to be stressful? Or do you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below. Also, Spring is right around the corner (I hope…) and a GREAT time to get outside for a session. I’m currently booking Spring/Summer sessions, shoot me a message to secure your spot!

Blais Family

Alright everyone, it's official - Spring is in full swing. The grass is turning green, flowers are blooming, and snow is a thing of the past (it's finally safe to say that, right?). Which means...family sessions are back!

Repeat clients are some of my favorite. I'm always honored when they return to schedule another session with me and it's so fun to watch families grow over the years. I photographed this family last year in the dead of winter, which meant we were confined to the indoors - but this year we were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather and explore the beauty of the Seacoast! Okay, so it was still a bit chilly, but they were great sports. Their little boy, Beau has grown so much in the past year and was a ball of energy. Oh, to be almost 2 and your biggest care in the world is how many pine cones you can collect from the ground to hand off to dad (see below). Enjoy some favorites from their session!

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Newborn Session | Baby Isla

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and Spring seems to finally be on the horizon - which means that photo season is ramping up. After taking some time to be home with my little one, I finally picked up my camera for my first session of the year. What better way to spend it than with this sweet newborn girl + her family?! Having my own newborn has given me a whole new appreciation for these sessions. The snuggles, tiny features, and joy they bring into a family is so special. Here are some favorites from my session with baby Isla!

The snow is melting and I'm booking for Spring! Schedule your session today!

Ashley + AJ | Wedding

I met Ashley several years ago when I was college roommates with her sister Kristen. Over the years I've had the chance to get to know + grow fond of her and her family, so I was excited when she asked if I would be interested in documenting her special day. 

Ashley + AJ met while she was living in Hawaii, and had their formal wedding there but wanted to celebrate with friends and family once they were back in the states. They held their reception at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland, Maine - in a room lined with windows overlooking the water. The night was filled with happy tears, cake smashing, and some killer dance moves. So glad I got to be a part of it all! Here are a few favorites from the night :)

Looking for someone to capture a special time in your life? I specialize in Newborn, Family, Maternity & Engagement, but am open to all inquiries. I'd love to work with you!

Hawaii

Aloha! A few months back my sister-in-law asked us if we'd be interested in going to Hawaii, as they would be there for a wedding and had a place for us to stay. We were even invited to the wedding (Mahalo Max + Karli!)! After talking about it, we decided we couldn't pass it up. We spent our first few days on the island of Kauai, and the rest in Honolulu. From lots of snorkeling, to hiking the Napali Coast, to ziplining, horseback riding, luaus, shave ice, and countless beaches - it was an unforgettable experience. Did I mention shave ice? (seriously, though) I could bore you with the details of the 10 days we spent there, but i'll just share some highlights of the trip below. Pictures don't do Hawaii justice. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed Hawaii - which is a lot.

Coconut Truck, Kauai
Hammocking

Hammocking

Tunnels Beach, Kauai. Fun fact - this is where Bethany Hamilton was attached by a shark. Luckily we didn't run into any while we were there :)

Tunnels Beach, Kauai. Fun fact - this is where Bethany Hamilton was attached by a shark. Luckily we didn't run into any while we were there :)

The prettiest little church in Kauai

The prettiest little church in Kauai

Horseback riding at Princeville Ranch, Kauai

Horseback riding at Princeville Ranch, Kauai

Ziplining Views

Ziplining Views

Sunset in Kauai

Sunset in Kauai

Sunrise in Lihue, Kauai

Sunrise in Lihue, Kauai

One of our favorite parts of the trip - Hiking the Napali Coast.

One of our favorite parts of the trip - Hiking the Napali Coast.

Breathtaking views the whole way.

Breathtaking views the whole way.

Resting at the halfway point (Hanakapiai beach)

Resting at the halfway point (Hanakapiai beach)

Hanalei Pier

Hanalei Pier

Onto Honolulu! Lanikai Beach, Oahu. 

Onto Honolulu! Lanikai Beach, Oahu. 

The best travel companions!

The best travel companions!

If we lived in Kailua, we would definitely keep this place in business. If you're ever there - GO. 

If we lived in Kailua, we would definitely keep this place in business. If you're ever there - GO. 

Heavenly.

Heavenly.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Taking a break - snorkeling is hard work

Taking a break - snorkeling is hard work

Surfboards line the street walking to Waikiki

Surfboards line the street walking to Waikiki

Kailua sunrise

Kailua sunrise

Luau on the North Shore for our last night in Hawaii

Luau on the North Shore for our last night in Hawaii

Free ukulele lessons

Free ukulele lessons

Sharks Cove

Sharks Cove

Cliff jumping on the North Shore

Cliff jumping on the North Shore

If you made it this far - I'm glad :) Don't these sunny photos just make you want to book an outdoor session? It may not feel like it just yet, but Spring is here and I would love to work with you. Contact me to book your mini or full session today!

Charleston + Savannah | Travel

For as long as I can remember, Charleston & Savannah have been on my travel bucket list. Ever since I laid eyes on the Spanish moss covered tree-lined plantations, colorful buildings, and cobblestone streets, I had the itch to go. When my husband and I sat down and talked about taking a mini-vacation, it was a no brainer. Charleston stole our hearts - from visiting Boone Hall Plantation (The Notebook, anyone?!), to kayaking down creeks, walking through rainbow row and waterfront parks to enjoying some of the best food and southern hospitality (Thanks, Lauren & Tyler :)), we will definitely be making our way back. Although we spent the majority of our time in Charleston, we were able to spend a one day in Savannah and our last day biking around Hilton Head Island. Savannah was quaint and artsy, with beautiful parks and enormous spanish moss oak trees lining the streets. Hilton Head was picturesque and we both agreed that we can see family vacations there in the future. Here are a few (OK, a lot. How was I supposed to narrow it down?) photos from our trip. Thank you to everyone who gave us recommendations! Enjoy!

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Becky + Travis | Engagement

OK, I admit it -  I've totally been slacking with the blog posts BUT i'm so excited to share some of these engagement photos with you all! Spring is almost upon us, which means warmer weather and more chances to get outside for photo sessions! Yesterday, this sweet couple drove all the way out to Portsmouth just to hang with me for the afternoon and take some photos. These two were naturals in front of the camera & troopers in the chilly weather. We ventured around Prescott Park and Strawbery Banke, because let's face it, those old historic buildings make for the best backdrops. Thanks for hanging out with me, hope you enjoy the photos!

Wagon Hill | Lull Family

It's not every day you get to take photos of the cutest 6 month old around, and we just so happen to be related. When my brother, sister-in-law and nephew were visiting the other weekend, we headed over to one of my favorite spots (Wagon Hill) to take some photos. We lucked out with great weather, lighting, and a pretty content baby. When it came to his close ups he refused to crack a smile, but lets face it - he pulls off a pretty cute serious face. Enjoy a few of my favorites from the day!

Loomis Family

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to hang out with this family on the most perfect (okay, and very chilly) Fall day. Their house is a stones throw away from the water and we were able to head down to their dock and get some great shots. Rylin couldn't get enough of the camera and Bradley (with some gummy bears and chocolate bribing) was a trooper. Thanks for hanging out with me - Enjoy the pics!

THE POWERS FAMILY - MATERNITY

Ashley + Justin are wonderful friends of mine from college, so when they asked if I would take maternity photos for them, I couldn't have been more excited. What started out as a rainy day, turned into a beautiful summer night and we were able to take full advantage of the nice weather. From the charming nursery with homemade touches, to their energetic pup (Baylee) who joined in on the fun, I had a blast spending the evening with these two. I can't wait to meet baby Powers and to see Ashley + Justin become parents! Enjoy a few of my favorites from this session!

 

HIBBERT FAMILY — PORTSMOUTH NH

Get ready for some serious cuteness. With it finally starting to feel like Spring, we took advantage of the nice weather and explored Newmarket and Portsmouth the other weekend. The day consisted of sun, venturing out onto train tracks, and strolling - okay, running, around Prescott Park. The boys were full of energy and laughs - and despite a few falls and some grass stains, we were able to get some great shots. I mean, how could you not with those long eyelashes and curly hair? Here are a few favorites from the day; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!