Friday, February 20, 2015

My Sister's Birthday. An Inspired Cup Filling Maine Photographer

Every year since my sister Carmen died I have blogged on her birthday, February 10th.  No need to double check your calendar, I'm a bit behind this year, but all with good reason.

This year I chose to attend Inspire.
Inspire is a little get-a-way retreat for photographers.
A little "cup filling" for the soul

Cup filling.

When my kids were babies, my husband and I agreed to let them go to our employers daycare.  It was pricey, and my part time salary didn't even cover the costs, but we both agreed that the boys would lead a richer childhood exposed to other adults and other kids then they would staying home with me watching Y&R.  Our employers daycare was an accredited little school and we enjoyed a few perks as parents, including an occasional guest speaker with sage advice for new parents.  Hands down, the best advice we ever received had to do with that hell know the one...when you pick up the kids from daycare and get home and try to start supper.  Why was that crazy hour?  Ugly hour?
OMG get me out of here hour?

Our boys needed their cup filled.
Undivided attention.
They needed to know we were there for them.  They needed us to sit with them.  Hold them.  Just be there for them.  They hadn't seen us all day.
Fill their cup.

Sometimes cup filling took just a few minutes.

That advice changed our routine.  Now, nearly 20 years later my husband and I continue to use that phrase, but we are usually referring it to me or to our dogs.

The Inspire photographers retreat was cup filling for my photography business soul.  It was emotional.  It was exhausting.  It was soul searching.  It was sharing.  It was vulnerable.  It was tiring.  It was fun.

So, back to my sister Carmen.
She was with me throughout the retreat.  I took one of Carmen's journals with me to use for notes.
Carmen would have loved Inspire.
Happy Birthday Carmen :)
I am inspired.
My inspirational cup is full

Monday, January 12, 2015

Minor Shades of Blush

Happy 2015!
I have much to update you all on, but this post is not one of them.
This post is for my Boot Camp girlfriends only.
I have developed a new product...and I am releasing it to a test market only.
If you are one of my boot camp girlfriends, please proceed...all others...if you have landed on this page and are interested in this product, please by all means let me know and I will schedule additional dates.
I am overjoyed to share this!
Welcome 2015!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Traditions. A Maine Photographer

Every year I photograph these little ones.  They were the subject of my very first business card. Some of the faces have changed.  Some have stayed the same.  They are a part of my Christmas tradition.  I was ecstatic to get this Christmas card this year...this photo says it all.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Girls on the Run Maine. A Maine Photographer With the Best Job in the World.

This is how I started my Sunday morning.  Bright.  Cold.  (and early!)
I was asked to photograph this event and I said YES! in a heartbeat.
I overheard the emcee saying she has the best job in the world.
I have to disagree.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Maine

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Family Portraits a Moment in Time. A Passionate Maine Photographer

Some say a photo is worth a thousand words...

Take a 15 minute break out of your busy life and let me capture your thousand words.

Where:  Riverton Trolley Park

When:   Saturday October 25, 2014 (15 minute time slots) between the hours of 9am and 11am
              Sunday   October 26, 2014 (15 minute time slots) between the hours of 9am and 11am

Cost:     $50  Please make checks payable to Westbrook Strong.  100% goes to Matt's Scholarship!

What do you get in return?  An unbelievable awesome feeling of doing something great and a beautiful digital negative of your very own thousand words that you can use any way you wish.

In addition, I will offer three different packages for purchase, all at reasonable rates, and  available for a limited time to receive and enjoy in time for the holidays.

Can't make it that weekend?  Then here's a special offer just for you!
$100.  Limited time slots, must be prepaid.  Thanksgiving Day.  My studio in Westbrook.
(12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30).  Half hour timeslots, perfect for those of you who have college students home for the holidays, or extended family you wish to capture in one photo.  No limit on family size!

What to wear?  All photo shoots will be outside.  (if it is monsooning, we will move indoors to my studio)  Identical clothing and colors are not my style, and need not be yours either, however, if you keep your shirts to solid colors with no patterns and large logos, and your colors coordinate nicely together as a family, you will capture a forever moment in time that is also visually pleasing!

How do you reserve a timeslot?  Email me at (please just copy and paste...the link is causing issues to my sanity) and list your requested day and preferred timeslot.  Please give me a range if possible.  I will confirm within 24 hours of your email.      

My personal thoughts.  I wish to thank Laurie and Gary Rairdon for letting me share their thousand words.  Their family portrait was my first family work of art as a professional.  There is no monetary value that can be placed on this photograph.

Together.  Let me photograph your thousand words.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cats Available for Adoption This Week from A Maine Pet Photographer

Here are a few of the beauties I photographed this week at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

 8 year old Bella


8 year old Jerome
4 year old Josie

 14 year old Julius II

3 year old Leah


                                  6 year old Mouser

2 year old Nala

11 year old Spirit
                             5 year old Sprinkles


                               12 year old Stella
1 year old Sweet Pea

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Paws in the Park 2014 A Maine Photographer Having a Tail Wagging Good Time

Give me a beautiful sunshine filled day and surround me with beautiful dogs having the time of their lives, and for me it doesn't get much better than this.
This annual fundraising event for the Animal Refuge League is one of my all time favorites to photograph.  Eye candy for any dog photographer.  I have been volunteering my time and talents for the Animal Refuge League photographing the cats for over four years now.  I love the challenge of photographing the cats on a weekly basis, but it doesn't even compare to being out in the sunshine photographing dogs of all sizes!  Here is a small selection of my favorites.  You can see all the photos on my business facebook page here Minor Moments Facebook Page or you can purchase photos here   

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