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fort williams family session|maine portrait photographer

so…i met jennilee a few years back at matt & amanda’s wedding…and then i saw her again this year at dani & greg’s wedding…and again at sarah & zach’s wedding.  this time it was her turn to get in front of my lens…with her cute husband and ADORABLE twin two year olds.

we met up this past sunday at fort williams in cape elizabeth…one of my favorite places to shoot.  there’s so much variety…you could shoot 4 sessions there in one day and have a different look for each one.

we started off at the lighthouse…bc…it’s maine, and you kind of HAVE to.  but it was CRAZY windy, and after getting the obligatory family-in-front-of-the-lighthouse picture…we moved to another part of the park full of sunlight and no wind.

this is sydney.  we bonded later.  she was my little monkey…mammy came along for child wrangling, and at one point, sydney asked to get down, and then walked over to me and put her arms up.  i happily obliged.  😀

SUCH a beautiful family…

know how i got that smile out of these two?  i told them dora was inside my lens.  they TOTALLY bought it…kendall-on the right-kept saying, “i see DOWA!”  it was ridiculously adorable.  and VERY effective.

i love the interaction in this one.  i know the highest goal of a family photo shoot is to get a picture of everyone looking at the camera and smiling, but i think these moments of family interaction are just as important…capturing that family dynamic…freezing that moment of time…will evoke more memories down the road than the perfect fridge photo.  😀

when 2 year olds decide to be unruly and rambunctious…make lemonade. i love this!

daddy with sydney (on the left) and kendall (on the right).

and of course, we had to take a few of just jennilee and troy.  because they’re still jennilee and troy, even if they’ve also become mommy and daddy.

we might or might not have trespassed in order to get inside this old building…totally worth it…you know…if we did.

thanks for coming to hang out with me, guys…i had a great time!

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Phil Boltz4 November 2010 - 17:48

Hey Gwyn! These folks look like super fun! Nice post.


Jennilee & Troy Gervais4 November 2010 - 18:20

We had SO much fun with you on Halloween. The girls were quite restless(to put it nicely) and you wouldn’t even know it. You really captured the love we all have for each other. We LOVE them Gwyn. Thank you SO very much!!


sarah + zach: engaged, part 1|portland, maine photographer

so…anyone who’s been ’round these parts for a while has seen sarah and zach a few times.  their wedding was one of the ones i was most excited to shoot this year…and i knew their engagement session had to be epic.  for instance…zach’s idea was to find a bridge…and they would both jump off…naked…and kiss…in midair.  sarah and i both vetoed that idea, but the pressure was on to come up with something that would satisfy zach’s need to go big or go home.  i’m PRETTY sure we accomplished just that.  but the awesomest part of their session is going to have to wait for part 2.  (so y’all come back now, y’hear?)

we started off at portland velocipede…i met josh & gillian…its charming owners…a few months back in my european-style-bicycle obsessed haze.  i knew they’d be up for helping me do something fantastical for sarah & zach’s session…they didn’t disappoint!  they are always SO helpful and do their utmost to make sure your riding experience is nothing short of amazing.  even knowing we were just borrowing the bikes for a jaunt around the block, josh filled tires and adjusted seat heights for zach & sarah.  (i took one out, too…that was a frame size too big and the seat was probably too high, but i didn’t really give him a chance to do any adjustments!  and even on the wrong size bike…they just ride better in europe.)

dunno if you can see it, but sarah’s cream and purple pashley sonnet bliss perfectly matches her outfit.  couldn’t have planned it better if we’d tried!

they also tried out some of the cargo bikes portland velocipede just got in…i believe this one’s a bakfiets.  when i was in copenhagen in may…i saw entire families in/on one of these babies!

while we were riding, josh even hopped on a pashley guv’nor and came to check how we were faring.

sarah hadn’t been on a bicycle in years…and was wearing a skirt and platform heels…and it took her all of 10 minutes before she was proclaiming that she wanted to take the sonnet bliss home with her!  (another brief plug for portland velocipede before i move on…go visit them.  ride a bike.  connect with them on facebook or twitter.  they’re awesome.  also, they have their first tweed ride coming up on nov. 7!  my new pashley britannia hasn’t been shipped from england (sad face), or i’d be there with tweed on!)

after a fun ride around old port…we set off on foot for another of my crazy ideas.  (some of this crazy will make a LOT more sense in part 2.  some will probably still just be crazy!)

sarah likes kissing zach better than kissing a silver stripe…

after a brief staring contest…zach proved to be more open-minded.

i think i’ll leave the others for part 2…

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Matt Keo1 November 2010 - 17:28

I think this is soooo cute!

[…] saw part 1 last week…and i’m a bit behind the times, since they’re already married, but this […]

Gail15 November 2010 - 14:12

My favorite session of yours. Eva!

[…] sunday i met up with jill + greg (who went to high school with my beloved sarah + zach) in NJ to capture this time in their lives when they’re young, independent, living in (near) […]

kayla: senior|newburyport, ma photographer

today i went to newburyport, ma to hang out with kayla and her mum…kayla’s graduating in may…which, of course, means senior picture time!  she’s a super cool girl…into skateboarding, windsurfing (the family spends their summers in oregon.  i wish i was as cool as them!), and running.

the one on the left is one of my very favorites from the session…

this is another favorite…

these were at kayla’s mom’s request…very mary tyler moore, no?

kayla (& teresa) thanks for the fun afternoon…i hope you love these images, and i’ll see you when it’s time to hang out with the whole fam!

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busy little bee|dover, nh wedding photographer

so.  october.  in new england.  it’s pretty much the new june for weddings.  i’ve photographed 3.5 weddings already, and i’ve got 2.5 more to go…here’s a tidbit of what i’m working on (and bonuses from september.)

first up in september, january and i flew to PA to be with lindsey & brian.

the next weekend i was up in maine at sebasco harbor resort with ben & debbie.

had a weekend off to prepare for the NEXT weekend…

friday i was surrogate shooter for christa who couldn’t shoot her best friend’s wedding because of being matron of honor…i know…weak excuse.  😛

saturday morning i was up bright and early to photograph leah’s bat mitzvah…the party was at the portsmouth pearl, which is a super cool venue i’d never even heard of!

first wedding of october was my beloved jess & pete.  oh how i love them.  and we had some lovely light there by the three chimneys inn in durham…

didn’t even have to wait a full week for the next fabulous fall wedding…jess & seth got married on friday at the willowdale estate…another amazing venue i’d never worked at previously…(but fully intend to again!)

saturday morning up bright and early…earlier than i would have liked for sure…to catch a flight to key west for alanna & bobby’s wedding part 1.

i feel like the only way this could be more key west…is if i’d found her some drag queens to pose with.  😀  the parrot is a little more photogenic, though…

had a rather more…adventuresome…trip home than i’d have liked…(upshot to getting stuck in miami overnight:  friend you haven’t seen in over a decade…and yardhouse happy hour.  but then this past saturday was sarah & zach’s big day…i was so excited for this one…me love them long time…and sarah, well, she is so ridiculously stunning.  i told her if i didn’t love her so much, i’d hate her.  (her other friends totally agree.  :-D)

so…today’s another crazy busy day, so i’d better quit blogging and get back to work!

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Alyssa Andrew25 October 2010 - 22:56

Wow the last shot is stunning of the bride, as well as the serious couple standing near the trees!