Life Lately List: September 28, 2015

Happy Fall you guys!!! Its been a hot summer up here in Maine so it really REALLY feels good to put on the slippers and snuggle down.

Im about a month behind on these lists so today is an update on our August, and at the beginning of next month I will fill you in on what happened in September. We should be all caught up from now on since wedding season is slowing down… slowly.

In August, we photographed SIX weddings. The weekends were full of travel and our weeks were filled with editing and long breaks to recuperate.

We went on a little hike and saw our first fall leaves.

We bought a HUGE mural that hung in Portland all summer. It came down because the construction was finished but… we wanted it. I reached out to Inge and now it lives in our storage unit, awaiting its forever home, just like us. Its 12ft tall friends.

It was so hot some days that we would just go one drives and shop because we couldn’t stand to be in our non-air-conditioned apartment. Hattie took naps on a cold pack and we took her to Home Depot occasionally since she’s welcome there. Yay for AC.

One of our date nights, we headed to a really nice restaurant in downtown. One of those ones where they clear your crumbs from the white tablecloths. We enjoyed it and even realized that our favorite parts were the cheeseboard and the dessert, both of which are actually pretty reasonably priced. Looks like a cheese and dessert date is in our future!


Life Lately List: August 28, 2015

Well it’s already the end of the month of August, and I am sliding in just under the wire with our monthly life lately list! I cannot BELIEVE its already the end of August! Wedding season is in full swing and we are just trying to keep our heads above water, still pay attention to each other and our life outside of weddings, and eating right. Its a tall order but we are managing ūüėČ

Here’s what happened in July:

We went to mid-coast on the fourth of july and photographed a wedding. Its always nice to be in that part of Maine.

Dan’s mom and one of his brothers came to visit us. We went camping in Acadia and then up to Canada for more camping. It was fun to show off our state to the family and also nice to unplug for a couple of days. I swear this place is truly one of the most magnificent places I have ever seen.

We had one Saturday off in July and went to the Farmers Market here in town. We were both wearing turquoise shoes. I love us.

The Tall ships came to Portland.

I ate a lot of Lobster.

On one drive home from a wedding in Vermont, we listened to the Beach Boys and I broke down listening to that song “God Only Knows” thinking about Dan and how much I adore him.

All in all a good month!

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Life Lately List: July 14, 2015

Happy Mid-Summer to you all!!! This past weekend was so hot in Maine that I could barely take it! I just have to remind myself of what the winter is like and Im ok with the heat. Can I get an amen?

June was wild around here. We were busting out a zillion shoots, driving all over the place, and generally being pretty badass if you ask me. The last two weeks of June we had over 8 shoots!! Each morning Dan would jump out of bed and exclaim “It’s HELL week” in a drill sergeant voice… as his attempt to get me up and moving. It was humorous and it worked!

A few notes:

We hung up his surfboard in the living room and I love the way it looks.

After 5 years in New England, we finally stopped at Red’s Eats for a lobster roll. I can finally say I completely understand the long lines now.

We did a commercial shoot for MTI Lifejackets, our second shoot with them. Here is the blogpost from the 2012 shoot we did with them: MTI Lifejackets We will post the 2015 shoot once the new jackets are released! Woot woot!

I had my first real photographing injury in June too: an Intercostal Muscle Strain
I was laying on the ground beside my camera, which was also on the ground. I couldnt see into the viewfinder so i just kept inching my head a little lower to see and eventually pulled it just far enough to pull those leeeetle muscles. It was nothing to sneeze at either. I woke up and thought I was having a heart attack. I couldnt take deep breaths and my entire upper left quadrant of my chest was stabbing pain. We went to the doctor and I was crying, terrified that I was really sick, like going to die sick. EKG and Xrays. The whole nine. Eventually we figured it out and Im recovering thanks to meds. Thankfully Im feeling much better now.

What have you guys been up to?

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Iceland Vacation 2015 Part Two: Icelandic Horses

These little guys left quite the impression on us while we were in Iceland. So much so that we want to share a blog post of just them!

Icelandic horses are one of a kind. No other horses and come to Iceland, and once an Icelandic horse leaves the country, they can never come back. Its an exclusive bloodline, kept isolated and pure since the beginning. They stay out all winter. They have been bred for thousands of years to be tough physically along with kind demeanors.

The first one I saw took my breath away.

Now it’s important to note, I’ve never been a horse girl. There were two camps when I was growing up, the horse girls and the dolphin girls. I was a dolphin girl, (shocking I know). I’ve always been a little nervous around horses. They are so BIG and so powerful. Ive also always been touched by them in a mythical way. I love a good horse movie, (Wild Hearts Cant Be Broken… can I get an amen). Still… they weren’t ever really my THING if you know what I mean.

One long look at an Icelandic horse sent me wide eyed down the road to horse love.

They are all over the place and we stopped constantly to photograph them. I was always careful… never touching them or being disrespectful to these horses we met along the way. I was nervous due to my lifelong caution around them. These little guys would come right up to us on the other side of the fence. We never really had to try and get close because they would come close to us! Still… I was dying to touch one.

Then we stayed at the Steinsholt Guesthouse. Kari, the owner and keeper, was so friendly and we were able to chat with her about our time so far in Iceland. The guesthouse is a part of a working horse farm so naturally we peppered her with questions. I asked if she would take me to see them so I could photograph them. She said of course and that we could go in the morning.

We woke up and it was FREEZING and I almost told her it was ok and not to worry about it. Something in me said “dont you dare. this is your only chance.” so I asked her to take us up. Little did we know what we would have the time of our lives. She took us up over to the top of her fields and opened the gate and invited us in to a herd of 50-60 horses. They surrounded us, coming to see their mom and see if she had any treats. They nuzzled us and let us pet them. They nipped our shoulders and closed us into tight circles of horses blocking the wind and overwhelming us. It was like we were being surrounded by gentle giants, that were simply interested in treats and saying hi to mom and meeting us. We likened them to “Giant Hattie’s” like our little cavalier king charles whose only interest is in snuggling and kissing. It was unreal.

After that I was done for when it came to horses. Can I have one… or ten… or a farm of them?

If you get a chance to visit Iceland, please make it a point to meet the horses.

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Iceland Vacation 2015 Part One

In April, we went on a vacation to Iceland! Its been a few months and we were able to let some time pass and let the trip sink in. Dan gave me the tickets for my birthday last year and I had been looking forward to the trip for 6 months. About a week or so before our departure flights we decided to make some plans for our time there. Ha! Most of the hip and trendy hostels were all booked up but we managed. It was a truly unforgettable trip for us and I am so happy we went.

I had heard about Iceland from friends who have been and unanimously everyone was sure the Dan and I would love it.¬†I have to say they were both right and wrong. We DID in fact spend almost every waking moment in awe… and the alternating moments in fear.¬†I’ve found it hard to write about the experience of being there because it was so intense, both good as well as uncomfortable. Many of our experiences involved both of those feelings. From a terrifying drive up to a view I’ll never forget, to swimming in a hot geothermal pool and having to get out dripping wet into an arctic breeze and change out of my swimsuit. It is a place of contrast both visually and emotionally. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it the whole time we were there.

Iceland is shockingly beautiful. We draw much of our own personal inspiration from landscapes. This applies to life in general as well as in our photography.  While we are not landscape photographers, we use the surroundings as the secondary consideration when composing the spirit of our work, emotion being the first. Personally though, my emotions are connected to my surroundings, especially dramatic contrasting oceanic spaces. Hence my deep love for the Maine and NC coasts. Iceland fit the bill for that 110%. One of my favorite aspects to the Icelandic landscapes were the intense blues and blacks. So. Good! It was so other worldly I had trouble taking it all in.

The horses there were so moving to us, they get their own blog post, check that out tomorrow.

The weather in Iceland is terrifying, at least it was to us. The wind is so strong that our car was constantly being wobbled around as we drove past sheer cliffs into the ocean and over bridges across glacial rivers. We spend most of the trip gasping from the unending views that compare to nothing else I have ever seen… and gasping from the fear or being blown off the road. It wasn’t an unfounded fear either. We have known multiple friends on separate trips who have had near-death experiences on this island, from cars flipping off the road to hypothermia in frozen rivers. Stories that I wasn’t sure I was glad to be aware of previous to our adventure or wished I didn’t know until we returned. Let me just say that it’s a good idea to get the wind and sand insurance… you know… in case the wind sand blasts the paint off your car… since that actually does happen.


After spending 10 days driving all around this country, we can say that the music of Sigur R√≥s and Bj√∂rk makes complete sense. It’s funny… having enjoyed them for eons prior to visiting, I can hear it on a whole new level, imagining the vistas the must have had as a part of their souls while the composed their music. Such a fun new perspective for the music lovers in us.


There was so much that happened that I realized I can’t tell you the whole story here. Call us up and lets meet for drinks at one of our favorite bars and we can recap the stories for you. You can choose from some of these selections:

“I was doubled over and crying in the passenger seat”

“The backwards walk back to the car to avoid having our faces sandblasted off”

“The horse encounter that may be in my top 10 favorite life experience to date”

“All seasons, one day”

“Rainbows Waterfalls Swimming and coats”

“Food adventures from Skyr to Jelly Pizza”

“Lets just leave all our belongings behind so we dont die trying to retrieve them”

“I wish I lived in VIking times”

and many many more….

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A few bullet points of our Icelandic experiences:

  • If you get a chance, visit Iceland.
  • Be careful and respect the weather.
  • Reykiavik is not the whole story and in order to really get a good feel for the place, you need to venture out.
  • The Blue Lagoon was 100% worth the cost in our opinion. How often do you get to interact with a wonder of the world?
  • The food was not to our taste… at all… no matter the price range… Other than the bread, coffee, and Skyr… we were unimpressed.
  • If we ever get the chance to go back we will yell “YES PLEASE” emphatically all while trying to calm our racing hearts.

Want more? Tune in tomorrow for Icelandic Horses and also check out our portrait session we photographed of Hobie and Halldóra.

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