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Olympic National Park Elopement | Mia + Jamie | PNW Elopement Photographer

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Olympic National Park Elopement | Mia + Jamie | PNW Elopement Photographer

There are some experiences in life that will stay with you forever. Some feelings; soaked through shoes, freezing fingers, wonder. Red wine by a fireplace in a big cozy lakeside lodge. The great joy of capturing a couple making it forever in a place as new and incredible as any we’d ever seen. Found friendship. Magic.

Mia + Jamie, I found the cork to your post-waterfall-nuptials champagne bottle while cleaning out a bag the other day. I realized I had never shared these images as a set. They brought back so many memories from last spring for me, I hope they do for you as well. So much love to you for inviting us along to share this experience with you. To new adventures ahead! xoxo

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Zephyr + Tony | Engaged! | Stonington, ME

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Zephyr + Tony | Engaged! | Stonington, ME

For those that don't know, I grew up in York, Maine. York is the second exit on 95 when you cross into Maine from New Hampshire, some may even call it "northern Massachusetts" ;) - and it's really pretty! But I must report, despite my roots, my heart belongs Maine's midcoast now. Before I was about 25 and met Lawrence, I had no idea what Real Maine looked like...you know, where the tall pine trees meet the sea...the kind of Maine you read about in books and hear about in E.B. White quotes. I hadn't spent much time north of beautiful downtown Portland! But I'm here to tell you, if you've never taken a slow drive up Route 1, and down some of the off-shoot peninsulas (or ferried out to the islands!) you're seriously missing out. 

I had the pleasure of solo-adventuring up to Stonington, Maine a couple of weeks ago for the most beautiful engagement session - complete with my very first (and definitely not my last!) experience sailing, and the most perfect sunset imaginable. Zephyr & Tony, I can't thank you enough for sharing the Stonington you know and love with me, and I cannot wait for your wedding! (However, sad to report I am still workin' on my Bowline skills!)

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Happy New Year! | 2016: A Year in Review

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Happy New Year! | 2016: A Year in Review

I can't believe it's the end of December again already. WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN!

'Tis the season to reflect on the year gone by while eating copious amounts of stocking-candy and leftover Christmas cookies while staring at your tree and dreading un-decorating. For some, 2016 was what you may colorfully refer to as a "dumpster fire," but for me, man, it was one hell of a year.

2016 marked my first full calendar year in business, without any W2s to fall back on. (And we're still here! Phew!) It brought me to the West Indies, to Italy, to San Francisco for the first time, to New York City more than once - to Austin Texas and all over New England. It was a stellar year for travel. And along the way I photographed the weddings of 27 gorgeous and wonderfully in love couples. I couldn't have dreamed of a better first full year in business.

In mid September, on a way-too-cold but beautiful Maine evening, my handsome lobsterman-friend asked me if I wanted to go to the beach and go swimming. "You're insane," I said,  "YOU can go swimming, I'll watch" - (aka walk the beach drinking wine out of a coffee tumbler) he rushed me into the car so we could catch the sunset. When we arrived, he jumped in the frigid Atlantic, toweled off, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I immediately said YES! ...Just kidding, I apparently didn't say anything at all! For like, a really awkwardly long time. (Sorry, L) I was so stunned I forgot most of the experience, but eventually I came to, and realized what was going on and said, "OF COURSE!" I felt like my heart might explode in a million pieces from all that love. I am so excited to experience life with this guy (and his dog of course) by my side - and also be able to experience weddings and photographing them from a new perspective.

So what would an end of the year blog post be without sharing some of my favorite moments from 2016? Below is a little video I created of some amazing moments, as well as some images I loved. I hope you love them too. 

I wouldn't be here without you all, if you stood in front of my camera this year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to have the best client-friends in the entire world, but I'll take it. You are all so beautiful and so special to me!

Cheers to a 2017 filled with love and light and warmth and happiness. 

xoxo
Jamie


Music in video by Blank & Kytt

 

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Elyse + Josef | Brooklyn, NYC Wedding Celebration / Dance Party of the Year

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Elyse + Josef | Brooklyn, NYC Wedding Celebration / Dance Party of the Year

It's always amazing to be able to take a break from Maine's coastal views and cool green forests, and shoot in a completely different environment. I met Elyse and Josef in Nevis this past spring, (crashing on the couch of their villa!) and they told me the beautiful story of how they chose to be married in the midwest, in Josef's hometown, in a small  ceremony with their families so his grandfather could witness their vows. One year later, on their anniversary, they threw the most fun and wonderful party for all of their friends in Brooklyn and invited me down to capture it. It was seriously the Party of the Year. Elyse looked gorgeous in a chic glittery silver cocktail dress,  the entire atmosphere at the Brooklyn Winery was intimate and warm, and their friends and family toasted them with hilarious and lovely stories from their pasts. The band was incredible, and I've never had so much fun capturing dancing photos! 

The party continued into the wee hours of the morning, and to be honest, is there any better way to celebrate your wedding/1 year anniversary? I don't think so. Sending so much love to you guys, I can't thank you enough for having me down and inviting me to share the celebration of your love! // xo


Venue: The Brooklyn Winery
 

 

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Wanderlust: Italy

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Wanderlust: Italy

Italy has a piece of my heart, and it always will.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to travel and experience Italy,  and in 2010 when I was in college, I was fortunate enough to make that dream a reality. I spent a semester wandering cobblestone streets, eating, drinking, and learning so many things - among them, photography. A large part of my photography education happened in Rome as I studied under an Italian photojournalist shooting entirely in film. Returning to the United States was bittersweet, but from the moment I stepped onto the return flight I knew I'd be back. And I wanted to take my dad. My father's parents were born in Italy, though my dad had never made the trip himself, so when I found out Way Up North, an incredible photography conference was being held in Rome, I knew I had to go. And whether he liked it or not, (pretty sure now that he liked it!) I was taking my dad with me. The images below are some of my favorites from a whirlwind 8 days spent in Rome in April. 

It was so wonderful to see old friends, meet new friends, and show my dad this amazing city. I know I'll go back again, it's just a matter of when . . .

 

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Celeste + Chris's Destination Wedding in Nevis, West Indies: Part III | Cottle Church and Paradise Beach

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Celeste + Chris's Destination Wedding in Nevis, West Indies: Part III | Cottle Church and Paradise Beach

As I sit down to write a bit about this incredible island wedding, I am (as usual) struggling to find words to describe how truly amazing this day was. The colors! The views of Mount Nevis and St. Kitts! The gorgeous family and friends that surrounded Celeste and Chris...The love! So, so much love. I spent most of my time in Nevis like "somebody pinch me. this is my job?" but on this day the feeling was especially prominent!

Celeste and Chris held their ceremony at Cottle Church - a gorgeously historic church built in the early 1800s with dramatic views of Mount Nevis in the background. The wedding was officiated by Celeste's father, with beautiful spoken pieces woven in by other family members - but I think my favorite part was watching Chris watch Celeste walk down the aisle. These two have so much love for each other. 

After the ceremony, we took some beautiful portraits with the sun setting behind Mount Nevis, and headed to Paradise Beach for an incredible party. Dreamy twinkle lights surrounded tables and a dance floor set up in the sand beside the bright blue Carribbean ocean. Guests toasted the couple with heartfelt speeches, enjoyed a beautiful dinner, and danced the night away to the most fun band I've ever seen. Beach bonfires and late-night swimming were the perfect way to cap the perfect night. 

Celeste and Chris: I cannot thank you enough for inviting me to share in your destination wedding celebration and experience Nevis! I had the most wonderful time, and I know I'll be looking back at these images dreaming of sun and warmth when the cold Maine winter hits! I wish you both all the best, and I can't wait to see the amazing things you do together! Enjoy! // xo

VENDORS:
Ceremony Venue: Cottle Church
Reception Venue: Paradise Beach Nevis
Wedding Planning & Decor: Dianne Brisbane Design
Makeup: Fache Beauty
Hair: Marina Melnikova
Celeste's dress: Monique Lhuillier
Groomsmen's pocket squares: Bonobos
Catering: Cleo Hanley-Walters / Ole House Cafe
Music: Greenhouse Band

 

 

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