Category Archives: Portraits

More Mollie!

Mollie is another one of my favorite people to photograph!  I’ve been photographing her since she was a little tiny baby!  I can hardly believe how grown up she looks in these pictures!

Mollie peeking

Part of why I love working the way I do is that is makes the kids I photograph completely relaxed.  Because my studio is entirely portable, we can take the pictures anywhere a parent could want! These were taken in Mollie’s bedroom! It meant that she was completely at ease in an environment she is intimately familiar with.  Kids tend to open up and smile so much more easily when they aren’t uncomfortable or scared by a new place.

Mollie closeup

Mollie in her chair

Of course, it does also mean they are a bit more distractable. This is Mollie showing me her dancing skills. She had the keyboard on the floor set to one of those auto tunes all keyboards seem to come with these days and was literally dancing circles around me!

Mollie running circles around me

And here she is hugging her Mumma’s belly. Mumma is going to have a baby any day now!

Hugging Mumma's belly

And of course, since we took these photos the day before Halloween, we had to see the costume. It’s a real cowgirl costume – all the way from Texas (via her aunt)! Personally, I’m a huge fan of the red boots.

Its a cowgirl!

Jackson, Abby AND Morgan!

So I’ve mentioned before that these are some of my very favorite kids on the planet.  And I am delighted to announce that they have a new baby brother Morgan!  (well, he was “new” 7 months before the photos were taken, but you get the idea)  He is just as adorable as his siblings and already has just as much personality.  He is a super mellow kid, which is good news for this highly energetic family.  He actually fell asleep in my arms while I was playing Rock Band with them one afternoon.  Now granted, I was only singing (and not for instance, playing the drums).  But it was far from a quiet performance I was giving.  I had him perched on my knee and when i looked down at the end of the song it was drool city all over my arm and he was in dream land.  The ability to sleep through anything is an excellent quality to have as part of this family.

At any rate, we did our annual portraits a bit later this year than we usually do them.  But the weather worked out perfectly and we got some awesome shots!

Abby by the tree

Abby with the horse

Jackson IN a tree

Jackson smiling

I had to include this outtake in the mix of photos I posted. Jackson has one of those super expressive faces and this just cracked me up. I’m not even sure what happened at that moment to catch his attention! But the look on his face was just priceless!

Jackson - huh?

And here he is! The newest member of this wonderful family! The ever adorable Morgan!

Morgan sitting

Morgan in the air

Michaela – 10/5/08

Some kids are just born to be in front of a camera. Michaela is one of those kids! She was so much fun to take pictures of! She has a beautifully expressive face and a great imagination and was an absolute joy in front of the camera. We were out at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We wandered down among the rocks and tide pools and then back into the woods for a few more formal portraits. I barely worked – I just followed her lead! Here are a few of my favorites from that day (there are even more up on my flickr account).

Michaela 01

more tidal pools

Ew.

Yes.  It is a BEAUTIFUL day.

Michaela 03

Michaela 06

Tis the season to have family portraits taken!

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting some family portraits taken for this year!  Some of you reading this will very shortly receive a little present from me in the mail.  I’ve just sent out reminder postcards that include a special gift – a $10 off coupon good towards a family sitting fee with me!  If you are interested in receiving one of these postcards or being on my mailing list for future goodies, please email me through the “Contact Me” portion of this website!  I promise I will NEVER EVER NEVER sell your name or information to any other company.  Ever.  And I only send a hand full of mailings a year and I also promise that they will all be worth your while! And really, in this age of email and instant messages, isn’t it kinda fun to still get snail mail every once in a while?

Family Postcard

Even if you aren’t interested in getting mail from me, I am still available for family portraits.  All my sittings are at the location of your choice – I will come to you!  Call or email me for more information or to make an appointment.  I can also help you make greeting cards in a variety of shapes and sizes.  But as with most things around the holidays, the sooner the better!

Fall 2008 Senior Class Portraits

Here are a few of my favorites from the senior portraits I took this year.

These were taken at the lovely Ft. Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Stephanie 01

Stephanie 02

Stephanie 03

Stephanie 04

We went to Reid State Park which is in Georgetown, ME (near Bath and Woolwich) for these next photos.

Tim 01

Tim 02

Tim 03

Senior Portraits

With September arriving, and the school year gearing up again, photography is usually the last thing on parent’s minds. But for those with High School seniors, now is the perfect time to start thinking about that all important image, the Senior Portrait. Senior portraits are usually due to the yearbook staff by November or December at the latest. And if you want to have time to book a session AND get prints made up, now is the time to start calling photographers! (or just contact me!)

Senior portraits are a lot of fun for me. Even when I was in High School myself! The year I graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School, I did senior portraits for FIVE of my friends. And the next year? I did three more! My general philosophy on senior portraits is that its best to do them outside when at all possible. Maine weather in general (and especially in the fall!) makes shooting outdoors problematic at best, but I think that overall, it’s worth it. Being in a natural setting tends to make the person in the picture more relaxed than sitting in a studio. And if the location has a strong tie to the person, the image becomes just that much richer.

Loren and the bird

This (above) is one of my favorite portraits of a high school senior. That really is a real live bird he is holding in his hands. We had just barely started taking pictures when the little guy flew into the window of the building we were standing near. We could tell the bird was alive, but it looked a little loopy. Loren (the guy in the picture) ever so delicately picked up the bird and warmed it in his hands. The moment was just so delicate I just started snapping away. Five minutes later, the bird had regained its equilibrium and flew off without a scratch. And we had this amazing photograph. And even more amazing is that one of Loren’s passions was ornithology – the study of birds. So in addition to it just being a cool picture, it was really meaningful to him and to what he was interested in at that point in his life.

Amos and the sitar

Here is another great example of a less than traditional senior portrait. Amos was (and still is!) a very talented musician and was deeply interested in Indian music when he was in high school. One of the instruments he enjoyed most was his sitar. So we found a way to incorporate it into his portrait.

Becky

This is a more traditional, but still outdoor portrait.

Ben - 2

This one was taken at Ft. Williams, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Ft. Williams has always been one of my favorite places to take portraits. You get everything from the ocean to open grass to forest-y to old stone buildings all in one park. The variety is just wonderful! It’s hard to go wrong anywhere on the coast of Maine though, and Belfast has all sorts of amazing locations to choose from as well.

My goal with these types of portraits is that the subject feel really relaxed with me. And to that end, I try and keep things as low key as possible. I recommend people bring at most one or two changes of outfits (though I find most are happiest with clothing they feel comfortable in which is usually the first outfit they chose and the one they wore to the shoot). As with all portraits, when you choose your outfit, you want to stay away from loud prints, bold stripes and any checker board type patterns. Subtle is good when it comes to clothing (unless of course you WANT the portrait to be all about your wacky wardrobe, but then that is another discussion!). Also think about if you have a specific prop you want to include in your portrait. Love horses? Bring me down to your stable! Spend a lot of time on the beach? Show me where your favorite spot is! Love the barn at your grandparent’s house? Lets go there! I’m very flexible about location and content. This is your time to capture how you are right now. And of course, still have something nice to send to all your relatives!

More Generations

On the bus for Irish Studies

I met Alahna when I was living in Ireland in 1999 and attending the Burren College of Art for a semester. Amazingly enough, she was also from Maine and struggling with so many of the same issues I was. We bonded very quickly.

Alahna and the Castle

I photographed her a lot while we were in Ireland. She is infinitely photograph-able and put up with me quite well.

Alahna's hands

Through the door at Bunratty Castle

I mean really, how could you not like this woman? Besides her kindness and HUGE heart, she is just, like, totally adorable!

Havin' a pint

Though this picture is kinda crappy (taken with a disposable camera in low light – yikes!) it is a great reminder of all the fun we had (and all the Guinness we drank).

One of my favorite photos of myself in Ireland is this one that Alahna took of me:

Me with the Irish music

It really has nothing to do with the photo itself and everything to do with the story behind it. We were at the Cliffs of Moher (for probably the 3rd or 4th time) and Alahna noticed this little display that was playing Irish music. And she said, “Oh! Music! Stand in front of it and I’ll take your picture.”

Um, you want to take a picture of me with the music?

Hence the look on my face.

Our friendship survived the long voyage back across the pond and has strengthened so much in the intervening years. We both finished college and struggled with what to do next in our lives.

And then this guy happened.

Alahna & Tom

And then this happened (as these things tend to).

Alahna, pregnant

She is five months pregnant in this picture. I took this at her baby shower in August of 2006.

sweet face

At the time, she and Tom (the guy) were (and sadly still are) living in Colorado. So when she was home in Maine on a summer visit, her parents took the opportunity to throw her a big ol’ party. It was amazing and sweet to see the huge outpouring of love for her and this new life growing inside of her. The party was held in the gym of the elementary school where her mother works and where Alahna attended once upon a time. I stole her away from the party for a few precious minutes to take some photos.

Alahna, pregnant and on the swing

Alahna, close up

Kiss the baby

Much to my dismay, these are the only pictures I was able to take of her during her pregnancy. The next time I saw her was almost a year later and by then the baby was very much on the outside.

Huh?

Armando Mael, AKA Manny, is almost 8 months old in these pictures. Hes got such a great expression on his face here. Like he is not quite sure what the thing strapped to my face is or why its pointed in his direction.

Behind bars

Alahna can make him laugh SO HARD. There are very few things better than baby giggles and his are some of the best.

Manny

That face he makes

Alahna and Tom were both very excited I caught this face on film. Evidently he makes it all the time, but this is the first time they’d gotten him to do it for a camera. Holy Strange Face, Batman!

Manny smiles!

Alahna & Jess & Manny

I love how concerned he looks in this picture.

Alahna’s sister is also named Jessica, so I will be his Auntie Jess while she gets to be his Aunt Jessie. Terribly confusing, I know, but what else are we to do? He has to call me something! Hopefully they’ll all move back to Maine in another year or so when Alahna is finished with her advanced schooling. And then I’ll have this little guy and his momma to photograph to my hearts content! Just as with Laura and her family, it is so much fun to have a whole new generation of friends to play with. I love my work!

Mary

Mary Headshot 1

Mary is a gifted psychic and medium (and the mother of the bride Maggie!). She wanted a new head shot for her website and asked if we could do a small shoot before the wedding! This one (above) is, I think, my favorite.

Mary Headshot 2

Mary Headshot 3

Mary Headshot 4

Headshots

For about as long as I can remember, I’ve loved photographing people. When I was in High School, one of my favorite things to do was to take some friends, grab my camera and have an adventure. I’d find someplace interesting, plonk the friend down in the middle of it and somehow together we would tell a story through the pictures. Very often, we had no idea what the heck we were saying, but that was beside the point. The photos were what mattered.

Emy

In college, I was the same way. Most of the time, shortly after making a new friend, I’d pop the question: “Can I photograph you some time?” Even developed a few full blown narratives with pictures. Duane Michals was (is) my hero.

Lauren in the window

But I always enjoy returning to the single portrait. There is something about catching that moment – that fraction of a second – when the person you are photographing drops their pretense and just is. Even make-up-ed and in costume, that moment is still there. You just have to be patient. I love that moment. Its another one of those things that makes what I do so very worth it.

James in Santa Monica

People have so many different reasons for asking for head shots. I’ve done my fair share of actors just getting into the biz, but lately it seems I’ve been working with people with very different agendas. For example, Gary here is a piano player and radio DJ.

Gary the pianist

And Billi is a personal chef and baker. I did an extensive set of portraits of her and her farm last summer as she was setting up her website.

Billi and the sunflower

She loved having images of herself outside in her garden instead of the very stuffy studio shots one often sees of professional chefs. She wanted a variety of images for lots of different purposes and was very happy with what we ended up with.

Billi and the cuke

Firefly Farm

Billi in her kitchen

For more images of Billi and Firefly Farm, please visit my flickr site.

Generations of Friends

Jess and Laura 1983

This is my friend Laura. I have known Laura since we were both 4 years old (yeah, that’s me asleep on her shoulder). For those keeping count, that is 25 years. This picture was taken in 1983, on the way back home from a trip to the Boston Children’s Museum (my family was living in Massachusetts at the time). It was a long ride, we’d had a fun day, and I was pooped. Seriously, how many five year olds do you know who would put up with letting someone sleep on them AT ALL let alone in a bumpy car? That is life long friend material right there.

Jess and Laura 1985

Our families lived in the same neighborhood and we all became great friends. We used to take ski vacations together. On this one, in 1985, Laura gave me the chicken pox. It took me a long time to forgive that one.

Jess and Laura 1989

My family moved away from Massachusetts in 1986. But Laura and I stayed in touch. This photo was taken in 1989 in a subway stop in Washington DC (we were showing off? maybe? who knows…). Laura’s mom and her future step-dad invited me a long with them on a business trip to DC. It was the first time I’d ever flown in a plane. And even though it had been a few years since we’d seen each other, we fell right back into step, as the best and easiest of friends do. As we grew, our trips to visit grew less and less frequent, but we always sort of knew where the other was and what they were up to.

Jess and Laura 2000

In 2000, Laura married a wonderful man named Shane. And in 2001, they had a baby. A boy. Jackson.

Shane Jackson Laura and me 2003

This photo was taken in 2003, the very day I met Jackson for the first time. It’s such an amazing thing, meeting the next generation. Indescribable, really. It was also around this time they decided it was time to move to Maine (finally!). I was so thrilled to have my oldest friend back within a reasonable driving distance!

Less than a year later, their daughter, Abby, was born. And now I have TWO amazing new friends.

Abby peeking

I get to play with them and watch them grow.

Abby smiling

And see them change and blossom. Its hard to put into words how deeply cool I find all of this.

Jackson

To get to photograph them and know them and know that I’ll be part of the things they remember from being little.

Jackson laughing

Such a gift.

Jackson hanging

This is just one of the many reasons I love what I do. I get to record life and watch it unfold all around me. I get to document some of the most important times in peoples lives. It is an honor and a privilege and just so much freaking fun. Especially when you get to do it for people you love.

To see more photos of Jackson and Abby, check out my flickr site. There are two sets, taken a year apart. Its amazing how much can change in just one little year. You can tell that in the second set, they are much more used to me and my camera. They had a very hard time staying serious and following any sort of directions from me. They just wanted to play! Not that I minded – on the contrary, I love just following them to see where they lead. Such imaginations on these two, I swear.

So thank you Laura, for continuing to be one of my dearest friends. In another 25 years, I’ll be photographing the kid’s weddings, telling stories of Abby screaming “TICKLE ME!” and Captain Jackson of Playground Rocket Ship Alpha, and posting photos of us with gray hair and relieved looks on our faces.