Life Lately List: October 12, 2015

As promised, here is the update on what was going on with us in September! It was our most action packed month of the year and I can say Im kind of relieved we are on the other side of it, no matter how much fun it was. Whew!

The wedding tally for September was six, with two of those being double header weekends. We also did a few portrait sessions AND photographed at the US Open. We played pretty hard too since it was the last days of this years Maine summer!

We went to NYC for the US Open, and had an extra day in the city just to have some fun. We caught a stand-up comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade which was great.

We also got to go to Monhegan Island with some friends of ours. If you dont know about Monhegan, please google it. It is an incredible place to have been able to hang out. The 24 hours we were there involved hiking, building a fairy house, ocean time, listening to live irish music, visiting a brewery, and two outstanding home-cooked meals. I. Was. In. Heaven.

Dan and I took one of our days off to go and see the Pixar Exhibit in Boston. It was so amazing to learn and see how they make those movies. We watched Ratatouille not soon after because we just wanted to appreciate one of the movies with new eyes! So wild.

September 2015 Image Collage

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!

A collage of images from August

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!

Photos from our life during August 2015

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?

What is happening in our life in July 2015

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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