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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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