I have shared in the past why being a photographer is such a responsibility and should not be taken lightly, especially when it comes to documenting families. This beautiful, little family is no exception. On March 28th, ten days before her due date, my husband and I got the text we’d been waiting for. “It’s go time.” The baby was arriving early! I couldn’t have been happier for our best friends, Kristen and Scott. And just after noon that day, Isabella Claire entered the world. This tiny, little six pound peanut filled this family with so much joy at a much needed time in their life. For many months, Kristen’s dad had been battling cancer. It was no secret that he’s had health problems for many many years, but when the diagnosis of leukemia was given, it almost wasn’t believable. It was something that no one was expecting. And leading up to the baby’s birth, it wasn’t if he was going to pass away, but when. Just over two weeks after Isabella was born, my husband and I went down to Boston to meet the beautiful, new baby and spend time with the new parents who were visibly sleep deprived but overjoyed at the same time (I remember those days well).We brought them food, a requirement when visiting the home of new parents, helped with diapers, and took turns snuggling the baby so that mom could get in a nap. It was a happy weekend.
Five days after our visit, after the insanity that was the Boston Marathon explosion and a city in lockdown, we got the news that Kristen’s dad had passed away peacefully at home. My best friend, who was learning how to be mother to this tiny baby, had to now endure the pain of her losing her father. Now, I believe whole heartedly that babies know exactly when they are ready to be born. And everyone in this family, and their friends, all said that baby Isabella knew that she was supposed to arrive ten days early so that her grandpa could spend the last few days of his life on earth holding the most precious gift his daughter could have given him. Without a doubt, we all believe that. The blessing in disguise was that he got to see his first grand baby before he died.
So as I was saying…this beautiful, little family is no exception. It was an honor to be able to take these photos for them. And I know that whenever Kristen looks at her daughter, she will be reminded of how much her father loved her. And now that I look at these even more…I think that Isabella might just have her Grampy’s eyes.
I am delighted to share this post today, because today is Vanessa’s 15th birthday. I was lucky enough to be able to spend time with her last week while she was on April school vacation for an afternoon of portraits. We shared stories of awkward teenage angst, having to do homework on your vacation, reading Romeo & Juliet and not understanding what the heck you were reading (ok, maybe that was just me. Shakespeare was never my thing). I absolutely adore this girl and am glad that I’ve gotten to know her this year. I look forward to many more photo shoots in the future.
On a small island, a boat ride away from the big island of Mount Desert, is where I spent my day last week with this lovely family. Katelyn, Nick and new baby Elliott (and their pups Abigail and Norton) live on an island that most people might not be familiar with when they think of the MDI area. Let’s put it this way, it’s not one that the cruise ships are clamoring to get to in the summer time. But for those of us who have lived here all their life, Islesford is an institution in Maine island living. It has a history that runs deep through Nick’s family. When you say the last name of Hadlock on this island, people know who you’re talking about. Hadlock Cove even bears their family name. Nick is an eighth generation islander and fisherman who spends most of his year on a lobster boat, like so many people in that area do. And it is on this little island that this family is laying their roots.
To even get to them, I had to take the mail boat over, which leaves Northeast Harbor at exactly 11am and returns at 4pm. And if you miss the boat…well…you’re out of luck. This is the reality of island living. There are schedules and routine and things that need to be planned out significantly. There is no spur of the moment when you live on an island. However, it does make it a little easier when you own your own boat and need to get to the hospital in Ellsworth when someone goes into labor…which was the case for Katelyn. And so after a boat ride, a car ride and many hours of labor later, baby Elliott, all nine pounds of him, joined his island family.
There is no knowing whether Elliott will take over his dad’s lobster boat someday (although they’re already talking about it), but one thing is for sure; it will not be long before we see this adorable little boy sporting his own pair of Muck boots and Grundens and having his picture taken with the tasty crustacean. And I already promised them that I would be there to take that photo.
The plastic rings on the right are actual lobster tags from every year that Nick has been fishing. It will make a great toy for Elliott when he’s big enough.
This is the first look (not use a wedding term or anything) of what is about to be the new portrait arm of my business. If you’ve been following my work and this blog for a while then you know I’ve always photographed families and babies. It wasn’t until recently that I have been deeply drawn to the contemporary portrait (dare I say glamour) genre. But don’t cringe yet; this is not your momma’s glamour portrait. Hell, it’s not even mine and I came of age in the 90′s. These are real people, their real style and real connection, nothing forced or fake. The woman of the L Factor Salon were the first to jump at this experience and I was thrilled to have them all together in my studio.
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Yesterday was Pi Day. Yes. A day where we Americans celebrate mathematics and that famous never ending number that is 3.14159….well, you know. And in true American fashion, we honor this day by eating, well, pie! So we took the opportunity to celebrate math and family and enjoyed an evening out where we filled our bellies with chocolatey goodness. It was especially fun as our daughter is about to turn two years old at the end of the month and her reactions to things are ever changing and grow more and more exciting with each passing day. Here’s to math and unconventional dinner options!