One of the most wonderful parts of my job is that I get to see families grow. Engagement sessions, wedding photography, maternity portraits and then onto baby and family portraits. How cool is that!!! Margo and Kirk are one of those couples that I have been photographing for years. You can see their wedding photos on the walls of my studio with their adorable dog Charlie and you may remember them from a blog post of their first born Oliver’s portrait. When I met up with them this fall for their annual holiday card shoot I knew they were expecting baby number two and was so excited to hear from Margo when he arrived! Things are pretty busy with two young boys in the house so for this session I focused on capturing this moment in their family history. Big brother getting to know little brother, family playfulness and of course all that yummy newborn goodness!

 

 

It’s their Dad’s 80th birthday this year so they did what all good New England families do. They gathered together at the family beach house for a lobster and steamer dinner!!

I instantly fell in love with this family and their beach house. You could tell that this house was always full of family, fun and memory making. From the signs on the walls to the beach art and the always swinging screen door it was quintessential Maine. I feel honored to have had that door opened for me to document their Harrington family celebration. To hear the stories of sailing adventures gone wrong as children, the silly songs sung and touching memories shared was so special. Toasts and cake were of course part of the party too! I left their home feeling warm and happy to have had an opportunity to be there for their memory making.

After dinner and cake we walked to the beach for a commemorative group portrait. Casually everyone gathered on the rock as the sunset… it was another amazing day in Maine!

 

 

 

Babies change so quickly! Lately I have been watching my friends babies grow at what seems to be an alarming rate. The changes that occur from their newborn days till just a few short weeks later are dramatic to say the least. That is why I love it when my clients book more than one portrait session for their babies first year!

Meet baby Oliver. We had his very first portrait session just a couple of weeks after his arrival and then again when he was just over 7 months old. It’s so fun to compare the two sessions and see the changes and similarities. Those big blue eyes have that same curious look in both sessions but there is no way Dad could hold his little man’s head in one hand as he did for his newborn portraits. Reaching and grabbing for leaves with his chunky little fingers is such a contrast to him swaddled snugly on the bed. It seems like everyday holds some sort of milestone in a babies first year!