As a coastal Maine engagement photographer, I am always drawn to the charm and tranquility of the seaside. In the picturesque coastal landscape of Maine, where rugged cliffs meet the whispering waves of the Atlantic, love finds its perfect backdrop.
Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing an enchanting engagement session near a quaint dock, where boats swayed gently in the salty breeze, and champagne corks popped in celebration of a beautiful couple’s love story.
The Perfect Coastal Canvas
The couple was just visiting Chris’ hometown of Sorrento (from Virginia!), they chose the perfect evening and location to capture the true essence of their engagement. Our location for the engagement session was a dock nestled in a secluded cove. The most perfect weather—a clear blue sky stretched overhead, and the sun dipped low, casting a golden hue over everything it touched.
Champagne Dreams and Doggie Delights
They brought their furry companions, two adorable dogs who were just as eager to be a part of the festivities. As we strolled along the dock, the dogs scampered ahead, their tails wagging with joy.
We paused near a cluster of boats, the salty scent of the sea mingling with the sweet aroma of champagne. The bubbly liquid danced in the sunlight, a sparkling tribute to their love.
Capturing The True Beauty
As a photographer, my goal is always to capture the raw emotion and genuine connection between couples. A great way to achieve this is by including some of your favorite things in your session. That could be an activity, your fur babies, or a celebratory drink! You can see how these photos helped make all of that come together perfectly to tell the story of their love and the evening we spent together.
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Couples • February 28, 2024
In the heart of York, Maine, where the rugged coastline meets the rolling waves of the Atlantic, love found its perfect playground. Last summer, I had the pleasure of capturing the romance and playfulness of one of my future wedding couples! We had the iconic backdrop of Nubble Lighthouse and the pristine shores of Sands Beach. With their tasteful outfits, infectious personalities, and upcoming wedding day in the enchanting Bar Harbor, Maine, this engagement session was a celebration of love in its purest form that my photographer heart so happy!
Dressing For The Occassion
From the moment Kristina and Andrew stepped in front of my camera, their love story unfolded like a fairytale. Their complementary outfits perfectly mirrored their personalities—Kristina in a flowing, white sundress that caught the ocean breeze just right, and Andrew in a crisp button-down shirt paired with slacks and Gucci loafers. Later slipping into a more casual, yet tasteful look for their second location. They radiated a sense of effortless elegance and charm all around.
Nubble Lighthouse: A Beacon of Love
Our first stop was the iconic Nubble Lighthouse, its white-washed facade standing tall against the azure sky. As Kristina and Andrew twirled and giggled in each other’s arms, the lighthouse served as a timeless symbol of their enduring love and commitment. We captured moments of pure joy and affection that illuminated the landscape like the lighthouse beacon itself.
Sand Beach: Where Love Meets the Sea
Next, we ventured to the tranquil shores of Short Sands Beach. The soft golden sands met the reflecting sky on the waterline. They embraced the playful spirit of their love here by kicking off their shoes and running hand in hand along the water’s edge.
Looking Ahead to Bar Harbor
As the sun dipped low on the horizon, we couldn’t help but feel excited for what the future held. We chatted about their plans for their upcoming wedding day in the charming town of Bar Harbor, Maine—a picturesque seaside destination known for its quaint shops, stunning vistas, and timeless beauty. With its breathtaking landscapes and romantic ambiance, Bar Harbor will be the perfect setting for their wedding day!
Be yourself. Show off your goofy personalities to truly capture the essence of your relationship. We laughed so much during this session, and knowing their personalities more will help me tell their story on a deeper level.
I am so excited to celebrate more at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center in Bar Harbor this summer!
If you’re looking for a Bar Harbor or York, Maine photographer who specializes in fun, romantic, coastal weddings – you’re in the right place! Inquire here to work together!
Couples • February 27, 2024
As a Bar Harbor, Maine wedding photographer, I’m giving my honest thoughts on having a photo session the day you get engaged! There’s been a huge increase in the popularity of having a professional photographer capture your proposal. While that may be great for some, it may not be great for others. An alternative to that would be to have the excitement of the proposal captured later in the day!
Having an engagement photo session on the day you get engaged, instead of photographing the actual proposal, offers its own set of unique benefits:
This couple had their surprise proposal while watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Later on that afternoon, they dressed up for an engagement session in Downtown Bar Harbor along the Shore Path to capture the fresh excitement. After their session, they had dinner reservations at the Reading Room in the Bar Harbor Inn. They got to dine and overlook the harbor where we just did their session.
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Couples • February 12, 2024
If your dog couldn’t attend your wedding, bring them along on your honeymoon (or mini-moon) to include them in some photos!
Why?! Because if your pup feels like your best friend / first born child, you’re likely going to be bumming that they couldn’t be in any of your wedding photos. Bringing your dog on your honeymoon and including them in a photo session can be a wonderful way to create lasting memories. Many couples consider their pets to be part of the family, so involving them in such special moments will add an extra layer of joy and significance to kicking off this new chapter together
Your honeymoon is a unique and cherished moment in your life, marking the beginning of your journey as a married couple. Including your beloved dog in a photo session during this time allows you to capture memories that you can cherish forever. These photos will serve as a beautiful reminder of the joy and love you shared with your pet during this special time.
Just make sure to plan accordingly, ensuring that your chosen destination is pet-friendly and that your furry friend will be comfortable and safe throughout the trip. Acadia National Park allows dogs in their slower months. You can info about visiting Acadia with a pet on their website.
I travel all over the country for honeymoon sessions (with or without dogs), and offer them in the Bar Harbor, Maine area as well. Get inspired with these photos of Jax and his humans in Acadia National Park!
Couples • February 8, 2024
As the crisp air of fall descends upon the rugged landscapes of Maine, it’s the perfect time for couples to embark on a romantic getaway and celebrate their love amidst nature’s vibrant tapestry. For couples seeking a kid-free anniversary trip filled with breathtaking scenery and cherished moments, Maine offers an idyllic setting that’s sure to inspire romance and rekindle the flames of affection. Recently, I had the pleasure of capturing the essence of one such anniversary trip through a photo session that perfectly encapsulated the beauty and intimacy of the season.
As a photographer based in Bar Harbor, Maine, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the breathtaking transformation that occurs each autumn, as the lush greenery gives way to a kaleidoscope of fiery hues. From the rugged coastline to the towering forests, the entire state seems to come alive with the vibrant colors of fall, providing a stunning backdrop for couples looking to commemorate their love.
As the couple celebrated their love and reflected on the years they had spent together, I had the honor of documenting their journey through a series of intimate and heartfelt photographs. From stolen glances and tender embraces to playful moments of laughter, each image served as a timeless reminder of the deep bond they shared and the enduring strength of their love.
An anniversary trip is not just an opportunity to celebrate love—it’s a chance to reconnect, rejuvenate, and create cherished memories together. Against the backdrop of Maine’s stunning fall foliage, every moment becomes a testament to the enduring strength of love and the beauty of shared experiences. Whether you’re exploring secluded forests hand in hand or basking in the warm glow of a sunset, there’s no shortage of magical moments waiting to be captured and treasured forever. But you never need an excuse to celebrate love and have a romantic couples session in Maine!
Couples • October 5, 2023
How Your Engagement Session Can Be Both Adventurous and Romantic:
Your engagement marks the beginning of a thrilling journey—a journey filled with love, excitement, and endless possibilities. As you prepare to embark on this new chapter together, why not kick off the celebration with an engagement session that’s as adventurous as it is romantic? From scaling majestic mountains to strolling along sun-kissed beaches, there are countless ways to infuse your photo session with a sense of adventure while capturing the deep connection and intimacy you share as a couple. Here’s how your engagement session can be both adventurous and romantic:
One of the best ways to add an adventurous flair to your engagement session is by taking it outdoors. Whether you’re avid hikers, nature enthusiasts, or simply love spending time in the great outdoors, there’s something undeniably romantic about exploring the beauty of nature together. Consider venturing into the wilderness for a hike to a stunning overlook, or the cliffs of Acadia National Park. Or, if you prefer a more relaxed setting, opt for a leisurely stroll through a scenic park or along a picturesque shoreline, hand in hand with your partner.
Another way to infuse your engagement session with adventure and romance is by incorporating your shared hobbies and interests. Whether you’re passionate about hiking, kayaking, or nature picnics, let your favorite activities inspire the theme and setting of your photo session. Imagine sipping champagne and sharing charcuterie on a picnic, or sharing a tender moment atop a rugged cliff overlooking the ocean. By incorporating elements of your shared passions into your engagement session, you’ll not only create unforgettable memories but also showcase the unique bond and connection you share as a couple.
It’s these candid moments of love and tenderness that truly capture the essence of your relationship. Be present in the moment, embrace the beauty of your surroundings, and let your love for each other shine in the photos.
Ultimately, your engagement session is an opportunity to celebrate your love story in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you as a couple. Whether you’re scaling mountaintops, exploring hidden treasures, or simply enjoying each other’s company in a familiar setting, infuse your photo session with elements that reflect your unique journey together. Embrace adventure, cherish romance, and above all, savor the joy of beginning this new chapter of your lives hand in hand.
This session was the perfection depiction on their love, and translated more so in their wedding photos (view those here)! Ready for a romantic adventure? Let’s connect to find the perfect place to make it happen!
Couples • September 8, 2023
Engagement photos at a sentimental location, make for extra special memories – for this couple, that was Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine.
In the journey of love, certain places hold a special significance—a reminder of cherished memories, shared laughter, and the bonds that tie two hearts together. For this couple, the decision to capture their engagement at a lighthouse near their first apartment was more than just a choice of location—it was a tribute to the love story they had built together, one step at a time.
As they strolled hand in hand along the winding paths that led to the lighthouse, the couple couldn’t help but feel a rush of nostalgia wash over them. It was here, near their first apartment, that they had embarked on countless walks with their beloved dogs, exploring the neighborhood and discovering hidden treasures along the way. Each step they took was a testament to the journey they had shared—the ups and downs, the laughter and tears, and the unwavering support they had offered each other through it all.
Perched majestically against the backdrop of the ocean, the lighthouse stood as a symbol of hope, guidance, and enduring love—a beacon that had watched over their relationship from the very beginning. As they posed for photographs beneath its towering presence, the couple felt a profound sense of gratitude for the love that had brought them together and the countless memories they had created along the way. With the salty breeze in their hair and the sound of crashing waves in the distance, they knew that this moment would be etched in their hearts forever.
As a couple, what kind of location will you choose for your engagement session? I’m always happy to help my couples brainstorm ideas to help tell their personal story. Get it touch!
Couples • August 18, 2023
This Brewery Hopping Engagement Session was one for the books! Let me tell you how this all came to life. Their wedding day was right around the corner, and we still hadn’t done their engagement session yet. This may not sound like a big deal, but I always find engagement photos with your photographer important. Why? Well, it gives us the chance to meet and get to know each other before the big day. More importantly, it allows you to get a feel for my approach to shooting, posing, and how I handle lighting.
Between our busy schedules, and us living a few states away, they weren’t sure if it could work. Totally understandable, wedding planning can be a lot! I started brainstorming some ideas to find a way for this work. After reviewing their notes from our phone consult, I remembered that they love trying out different breweries. Coincidentally, I had just discovered some breweries and fell in love with their fun aesthetic. Instantly, my creative juices started flowing and piecing together a vision that I low-key dreamt up a few months ago. I messaged them right away proposing that we meet halfway (in Portland) and do their session at these awesome breweries. They immediately loved that idea for a little weekend away in the midst of the wedding planning busyness. To top it off – Jess was able to schedule her wedding hair and makeup trail nearby, on the same day.
We spent the first half of the session at Bissell Brothers in Portland. They had a couple drinks to take the edge off (liquid courage is always encouraged). That made for some cute candids with the brewery as a backdrop. A warm Saturday in November had everyone out and about. So once they finished their drinks we hopped over a few streets to Apres (currently my fav place + drink). We started outside on the artsy streets of downtown Portland. We luckily snagged one of the awesome spots to sit inside so they could set up their game of cribbage. Between little bursts of photos, the three of us just hung out and got to know each other. So many laughs were had!
Truthfully, I am so glad this session was able to happen. Not only was it refreshing for my creative soul, but I also really got to know Derek and Jess on more of a personal level. They told me their story and let me in on some inside jokes. She shared the sentimental story of her grandfather teaching her how to play cribbage as she casually pulled the whole board out of her purse, and we all laughed about how our dads are so similar when it comes to getting them to cooperate for family photos. When their small, intimate wedding day rolled around a month later, I truly felt like I was there hanging out with friends that I’d known for so long.
So, if you’re thinking that you don’t really need an engagement session – let this be your sign to just do it! At the very least, it will be worth it to feel relaxed and comfortable with your wedding photographer on your wedding day.
And also, don’t be afraid to make your session unique and fun!
Couples • February 3, 2023
Ellie + Trevor came dressed to impress and the result left me swooning! Their trendy, yet timeless outfits paired so nicely together – they chose solid colors to pop against the rigid coastal backdrop in Acadia National Park. Her pale blue dress, with minimally textured sleeves, complimented his neutral colored outfit of a long sleeve button up tucked into fitted dress pants. This outfit combination gave an elegant, sophisticated feel for this newly engaged couple. I love being a Bar Harbor Maine Engagement Photographer!
Prior to their session, Ellie informed that they’re usually super awkward in front of the camera and don’t know how to pose. I quickly reminded her that it’s totally normal to feel that way and that’s what I’m there for – to walk you through the entire process, make you feel comfortable, and have lots of fun while we’re doing it!
By the end of their session, they were so relaxed, giggling and their love and excitement was really shining through. Although, even at the start of their session, you would never know they were nervous, these two are natural beauties.
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Couples • December 27, 2022
This is the perfect example of not needing a specific reason for a photo session. Kelsey and Todd are already married, but wanted to do a session together while they were visiting Acadia from Canada! So they booked an Adventure Session in Acadia National Park with me. The scenery isn’t like what they have at home and it had been a while since they had photos done at their wedding – so what a perfect opportunity!
Their casual attire represented them perfectly. While still looking nice, they felt comfortable in their everyday clothes because that’s what truly felt like them. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to get moving around on the rocks a little more. I’m convinced that Blundstone boots can go with literally any outfit – but they were perfect for this fun couples session with some adventure vibes on the cliffs of Acadia National Park.
Check out the fun we had together during this low-key session!
I love photographing adventure sessions! Looking for a photographer to hang out with you on your next adventure? I’m your girl!
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Couples • December 22, 2022