Fierce Feminine

Fierce Feminine

This is a specific series. It's about claiming the feminine. About seeing that as wonderful, beautiful, and delicate, as well as strong, fiery, and fierce. Because I know lots of fierce girls who love to play dress up and who also climb trees, dig in the dirt, play sports, and stand up for themselves. I want them to know they can be all those things at the same time. That they can be feminine and fierce.

Episode 5 Nora - No Shame, Life after Attempting Suicide

Episode 5  Nora - No Shame, Life after Attempting Suicide

Nora's story is heart breaking and powerful. She suffered a huge loss as a teen and spiraled into darkness that wouldn't lift. It lead her to rock bottom. More than once. She hid her feelings and pretended she was fine for many years. She learned the hard way how hiding and stuffing sadness down doesn't work for her and what she needed to do to change the course of her life. She learned to live. It was a long hard road. 

Episode 4 - Kathy on Dealing with Darkness

Episode 4 - Kathy on Dealing with Darkness

Kathy is just like you and me. Someone you might see in the line at the grocery store or meet in your networking group. She is married and has two kids and a runs a successful business. That's the stuff we all know about each other. The things that we share with people. What we let people see of us. Then there are the things that we don't share. Kathy decided that she wanted to get brave and share her story about dealing with depression and anxiety. She has dealt with both of those things her whole life. 

Episode 3 - Maura - One Caretakers Strength - A Child with the Invisible Illness

Episode 3 - Maura - One Caretakers Strength - A Child with the Invisible Illness

One of the things that can strike at anytime is disease or illness. It can sneak up when you think everything is just fine. I am guilty of being afraid of this for my daughter for sure. So what happens when your child gets diagnosed with an illness that currently isn't curable? How do you deal with that pain, and then learn to cope with it every single day? That is Maura's story.

Episode 2 - Elizabeth - What's at stake when we don't speak up?

Episode 2 - Elizabeth - What's at stake when we don't speak up?

When I first heard Elizabeth's story my mouth hung open. Then I immediately teared up and cried as she kept talking. I remembered all the times I didn't stand up for myself. The times I can look back on when I knew I wanted to say something, but just didn't for all the reasons that we don't. And the ways that not speaking up didn't serve me or totally changed me. 

Episode 1 - Anna on Finding Yourself, Getting Un-Lost

Episode 1 - Anna on Finding Yourself, Getting Un-Lost

Part of my goal for The Gardenia Project is to not only help women feel empowered by sharing their stories, but to shine a light on the realities of our lives that we are often too afraid or embarrassed to talk about publicly. I want to change the dialog. I think that by sharing our stories (however dark they may seem to us) they will loose their power over us. Things that are hidden remain big and scary. Things that are shared remind us of the ways we can connect to each other, that we are not alone.

Beginners and Advanced Photography Classes with me offered in Westbrook, Maine studio

Beginners and Advanced Photography Classes with me offered in Westbrook, Maine studio

It's really a lot of fun to learn how to use all the settings on your camera and not have the camera make the choices for you. You have so much more control over the images you create once you learn these basic principles! I help this learning process to be easy and fun! Saturday April 1st is the next Beginners Class & Saturday April 22nd is the Advanced Class!

Delicious Bits of Life - A poem for my 9 year old daughter

Delicious Bits of Life - A poem for my 9 year old daughter

Then the realization that this is it. This moment. This chocolate batter. This cake. This child.

This is the best. The best that life has to offer. I have it. It is mine. It is here. And now. So I savor this. I smell the rich dark chocolate, hear the harmonies of the background song, listen to my daughter chattering on. Drink it in. And smile to myself. I totally win.

Bella's Killer Eyes - Little Women Portrait Session on Mackworth Island

Bella's Killer Eyes - Little Women Portrait Session on Mackworth Island

 These tween years are tough for girls. I remember them well. You aren't a little kid, but you aren't a teenager yet either. You still want to play with toys that you have always loved, but your loves are evolving into older girl stuff too. It can be tricky to navigate the emotions that come along with all these changes. I offer these Little Women sessions to try and help girls feels positive and powerful during this time. 

Zola in Gold - Winter Dream Session

Zola in Gold - Winter Dream Session

I had a vision for layers of texture and fabrics that would be rich and warm for this winter studio set. I wanted a reminder of all the wonderful elements of feeling surrounded by the sun in all it's shades of golds and yellows. It is so much fun to take portraits of girls inside the overlays of colors we created. I finish up each session with a cup of hot cocoa as well! A memorable experience for creating art you will both love for a lifetime. 

A bouquet of happy! Portrait session for Anna in Portland Maine

A bouquet of happy! Portrait session for Anna in Portland Maine

I am always amazed by people who are so positive even after having really awful experiences. It would be so easy to take something that was so bad, for so long, and really let it turn you into a negative person. Always expecting the worst from life and people. Anna has clearly decided that will never be the case for her. 

Highlights from 2016

Highlights from 2016

I had a whole bunch of stuff I was going to write about 2016. And maybe I will still get to that. But technology hasn't been my friend today and this took way longer than expected. So here is the 1 and a half minute video that took me all day to make! I hope you enjoy it! I realized while creating it that I did a wide variety of work this year. It kept me on my toes and has inspired me to push some more of my boundaries with my goals for this year! Please let me know what you think or what you would like to see me do in the comments below. (: 

Generations - A family portrait session

Generations - A family portrait session

During this session as I was taking portraits of the four generations I realized that even though I wasn't very close to my family I would love to have a portrait like this. To see my great grandmother, grandmother, mother and daughter all in the same portrait would be a gift. To see how we looked alike. To remember the details that have faded in my mind. 

I am grateful that I can do this for others. The chance give these women portraits that they will cherish and hand down to their sons and daughters is truly one of the reasons I chose to be a photographer.