Taking a little break from weddings today, I’m very excited to share my first ever national newspaper publication. Chef Erin French of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, ME has been getting a lot of press lately for her win as Maine’s Chef of the Year by Eater Maine as well as the announcement of her new cookbook that will be coming out in the months ahead. I have been documenting some Erin’s restaurant journey’s over the last year and half and a photo from one of my most recent trips to her new restaurant was used in a New York Times feature in the Sunday paper. Below is a screenshot of the article that was posted online as well as in print. You can read the article here.

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Anna and I officially got to meet last December on a cold evening in Portland for a beer and some great conversation about her wedding. However, she and Kit had already seen me almost five months prior photographing the wedding of their dear friends Leah & Ryan. And thanks to a recommendation from Leah and her maid of honor, who was also a bridesmaid in Anna’s wedding, I was lucky enough to document this beautiful gathering of friends and family. The two were married on a spacious, rolling hillside just up the road from where Anna grew up in the woods of western Massachusetts on her parents maple syrup farm.

Every ounce of this wedding was a reflection of the delicately curated style that Anna & Kit have.  They treated their guests to pourover coffee before the ceremony, served up by the groom himself. An oyster bar and signature cocktails welcomed guests to cocktail hour, where they were then seated in the most beautifully decorated barn with family style seating and flower arrangements of locally sourced blooms and veggies. Guests filled their bellies with some of the couple’s favorite bistro style foods, including Anna’s favorite sandwich a spicy, vegetarian Banh mi on crusty bread. I can attest to the amazingness that was that sandwich. But the most wonderful detail of all at this wedding was the close knit bond of friendship that surrounded these two people. The same group of friends that attended Leah & Ryan’s wedding were also in attendance for Anna & Kit and I quickly learned that this group has some amazing history together. They all met and worked at the same restaurant in Boston years ago. Many met their spouses while working at that restaurant, and those years spent together working hard in kitchens and other areas of the business have led them to careers in the hospitality field. Some of them moved to Maine and others are still in the Boston area, even working at that same restaurant. But they all get together every year for holidays and when one, or a pair, from the group gets married they are all there together celebrating in the joyous occasion. It is a rare thing to have friends like this and I know that Anna & Kit know how lucky they are to have been able to share their wedding day with these wonderful people.

I consider myself lucky have met some of these people and it was honor to document this wedding for Anna & Kit. Congratulations you two! I hope you’re enjoying the start of your marriage during this most wonderful time of the year.

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Venue: family farm

Music: DJ Yedz

Videography: Farenorth films Jessica Pierce

Photography: Anne Schmidt

Gown and suit: JCrew

Hair and Makeup: Viselli Santoro Salon Boston

Flowers: DIY

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Today is a very special day for a long life friend of mine. Chef Erin French of The Lost Kitchen was named by Eater Maine as Maine’s Chef of The Year today! I attended the soft opening of Erin’s new restaurant in Freedom this June and just realized today that I never shared the photos of that amazing night!! So today couldn’t be more fitting to raise a glass and share with you the fantastic things that are happening at the Mill at Freedom Falls.

This win is very special for Erin. Her journey to restaurant owner is an amazing one and I feel so privileged to have documented some of this journey over the last couple years. I have known Erin since we were five years old so this is especially sweet to see her win.

Congratulations Erin. I’m so proud of you!

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To see more of my photos from other Lost Kitchen experiences like Erin’s traveling dinners and the creation of this restaurant, click here and here.

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Hey everyone! The week I have been waiting for ALL wedding season is finally here. This Friday is my last wedding of the 2014 season and it is a big one for me and my business. I will be heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the nuptials of these two love birds. The last time I photographed Moraima and Jesse she was pregnant with their son who is now a year old! Moraima is originally from Puerto Rico and has family that still lives there. After having photographed Jesse’s family a few times, we all became friends and it was after their maternity shoot that they asked me join them in San Juan for the wedding. I was over the moon excited to say yes to this wonderful couple and honored that they chose me. Photographing a wedding outside of the continental US (and yes, Puerto Rico IS still a US territory for those of you keeping score) has always been a goal of mine. I love to travel to new places and have always wanted to do a destination wedding. The beauty of this wedding is that it is still technically the United States! That means no passports and no visas required to work there. (I am going to do a separate post on this topic in the future for those of you wondering what this might mean)

Since I have never been to Puerto Rico, I don’t have a photo of my own to share. So Moraima was kind enough to send me a couple shots that she recently took on a trip back home while her and Jesse were doing some wedding planning.

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If you would like to follow along with my journey this week, see some wedding sneak peeks as well as some of my personal travel photography, then head on over to Instagram and follow @annesphotos. My camera bag is packed with a ton of film so the majority of my personal work and some of the wedding is going to be shot the old fashioned way, so there will be a bit of lag time until I can share my photos with you. The lab has to work their magic first, but I’m sure you’ll be patient. Trust me, it will be worth the wait.

See you next week!

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Today is the day after Election Day. I thought it would be nice to share a few shots I took on a recent trip to DC. I might be a big time nerd, but I truly believe that our nation’s capital is one of the most magical places in our country. So many people never get the opportunity to stand in front of the Declaration of Independence or our nation’s Constitution and really stop for a second and contemplate the gravity of what is in front of them under all that protective glass. I am proud to live in a country where we can elect our officials freely and express our feelings, good or bad, about the results. I’ll be completely honest in saying that I woke up disappointed with many of the races that I was following in my home state of Maine and new state of Texas. But I can only hope, with all my being, that these elected and re-elected officials will put aside the partisan gridlock and the theatrical behavior and get to doing what we elect them to do. Create jobs. Take care of its people. Create community…for all. 

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  • Maria - I feel the same way, Anne. Thanks for sharing these photos. I can’t believe you had time to shoot the wedding and take photos around the city!ReplyCancel

    • Anne - Maria, I know! I was a little overzealous with the amount of walking I did all over the federal mall that day and then shot a wedding that night. My feet hurt so bad!! But it was worth it.ReplyCancel