Shasta Lake 2018

Shasta Lake 2018

This summer Mike and I traveled to the West Coast to join some family members on a houseboat vacation in Redding, CA . Shasta Lake is a beautiful lake that we had done vacations on for a long time when I was younger, but the last time we had gone was in 2010. It was really nice to get to do it again as an adult and we had a good time relaxing, drinking margaritas and reading. Here are some photos from the trip!

Ronan Visits

Ronan Visits

Ronan and Taylor stayed over during the week of Kitty's graduation, and then we went home that weekend for a Mother's Day day of bonding. We met up for brunch at Slate's Restaurant in Hallowell. Later in the day my sisters and I got matching tattoos of a pine tree while my mum decided on a sunflower. We went to El Rayo for fish tacos afterwards. It was a great day!

Ronan's Second Birthday

Ronan's Second Birthday

My nephew Ronan turned two in March and his mom threw him an Elmo themed party at my aunt's house in New Hampshire. I'm glad I brought my camera along to capture his special day!

Family Session: The D'Ambras

Family Session: The D'Ambras

One of my best friends, Rachel asked me to come take some photo of her and her two kids to send to her husband. I spent the night at her place and the next day we took the kids to their swim lessons and then played in their backyard in the afternoon. It was a lot of fun hanging out with them.

A Vacation in Three Parts: Paris

A Vacation in Three Parts: Paris

On the last leg of our anniversary trip, Mike and I went to Paris for three days. We took a very short plane ride from the Edinburgh airport and arrived in Paris shortly after noon. Our little flat was the tiniest of the three and the building was a little rundown. The location, however was fantastic! We stayed in Montmarte, right down the street from the Sacre Coeur, which we explored right away. We walked by the Moulin Rouge and checked out the shops on Champs Elysees. We spent the next few days exploring Paris; We went up the Eiffel Tower, but couldn't get all the way to the top due to construction. The view was amazing!  We checked out the Arc de Triomphe. We checked out the Louvre obviously, but we also went to the Musee D'Orsay, which had the most amazing impressionist art I'd ever seen. It was a revelation! We had an awesome dinner in the museum that night.  On the last day we checked out Notre Dame and Jardin du Luxembourg.

A Vacation in Three Parts: Edinburgh

A Vacation in Three Parts: Edinburgh

On our anniversary vacation we went to Edinburgh, Scotland on the second leg of our trip. We took the train from Kings Cross. The trip took about five hours by train and we arrived in Edinburgh around 2:30pm. Honestly, the train ride was very pretty once we got into the country, however, the train got overloaded, and we were unable to even get to the the dining car for food. We planned poorly and did not have any snacks with us! We ended up stopping for lunch right off the train and grabbed some sandwiches to take as we walked to our flat. It was adorable! Probably the best place out of the three flats during our whole trip. We took in the sights the next three days... Hiked up Arthur's Seat, walked the Royal Mile, explored Edinburgh Castle, walked to the top of the Scott Monument, checked out the National Gallery of Scotland, saw St. Giles Cathedral, had dinner at an amazing restaurant called the Devil's Advocate, visited the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and took in the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. It was an amazing couple of days and we can't wait to go back someday.

A Vacation in Three Parts: London

A Vacation in Three Parts: London

My husband Mike and I planned an epic September vacation to coincide with our 2 year wedding anniversary. We flew into London and spent three full days exploring the city and checking out all the main attractions: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Pauls, Tate Modern, and Shakespeare's Globe. We also got to see Wicked the Musical on Broadway, and it was magical. And finally, we stopped at Platform 9 3/4 while we were at the train station because I am a huge HP nerd. We enjoyed our time in the city and our AirBnB flat was very conveniently located to allow us to see as much as we could fit in to three days. Here are the highlights from London. Enjoy!!

Danica & Nick: Married!

Danica & Nick: Married!

My beautiful best friend Danica got married recently and I was asked to take their wedding pictures. It was such an honor to be a special part of their day. The wedding ceremony was short but sweet, and it was hard not to cry as I looked through my viewfinder. Danica and Nick are perfect for one another and it was an amazing experience to witness their love.  Here is a selection from their wedding day. 

Popham Beach

Popham Beach

My sister Taylor and I took a trip to Popham Beach with Ronan. He had a blast playing in the water and sand, destroying sand castles, and people watching. Here are some photos from that day!

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

Mike and I went up to camp for a week this summer for our vacation. We spent the week kayaking, reading, babysitting our nephew Ronan, and checking out Old Hallowell Day. Here are the pictures from that trip!

St. Alban's

St. Alban's

Mike's parents recently bought a summer camp in Maine and we went up there recently to help them get it sorted. It's in a beautiful spot on the pond and is so quiet and peaceful. Here are a few pictures from our trip up there.

Southwick's Zoo

Southwick's Zoo

I went to visit my friend Rachel and we decided to meet somewhere in the middle for us both. I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Connecticut, so we picked Southwicks Zoo as a middle ground. We figured her kids would like it and we were right! Steven was not a fan of the smell of the animals, but still had a good time checking out the giraffes. Alaina was just taking it all in. It was a great day! Here are some shot from the day.

Ronan's Birthday Party

Ronan's Birthday Party

We celebrated my nephews 1st birthday and Ronan had a blast opening all his presents! He got a few outfits,  a whole library of books; some great classics we read when we were little, and a fun walker toy. 

Ronan's Cake Smash

Ronan's Cake Smash

Recently my sister Taylor drove down to Massachusetts with our mum and her little boy Ronan, and we had his first birthday party at my house. We had a delicious Greek lunch from a local place, had him open all his presents, and then we decided to give him his own cake and see what he would do! The results are pretty darn cute, if I say so myself.

Grey Animal Farm

Last summer, we took the O'Roak boys and the Jetts to the Grey Animal Farm. I had actually never been myself so it was fun to watch the kids experience it.

Ronan: The Second Set

My sister had me down for a second set of newborn pictures for her son Ronan, about a week or so after his first set and I am sorry to say it has taken me this long to update the blog with the shots from that shoot. Hope you enjoy my adorable nephew.  Ronan will actually be turning one soon so I'll add a newer phone snap of him so you can all see just how adorable he is!!

Rachael & PJ : Married!

Rachael & PJ were married in Harpswell Maine, on a beautiful day in their backyard surrounded by family, friends, games, adorable children and a few dogs too! Here is a sneak of their day! More to come!

 

Ronan Andrew Smith

Little Ronan, was born March 24th at 11:20pm!  He is beautiful and perfect! I am so excited to be an auntie. I took very few photos at the hospital but I did go up a few times to get some newborn shots. I'll slowly be updating and adding them as I edit them! Here's the first batch of photos!

Taylor's Baby Shower

My younger sister Taylor's baby shower was recently held at Ri-Ra's in Portland. We had so much fun with the fox decorations and gold and blue color scheme. We played some fun games and ate some delicious good. The cupcakes from Nothing Bakes Like a Parrot were amazing!  Here are some shots from the day!

Honeymoon 2015

2015 was an insane year! We bought a new car, my husband got a job opportunity so we relocated from Maine to New Hampshire and both started at new stores (we both work retail) and we also got married in September! My photography did fall by the wayside a bit last year because of this and I can't wait to get back into it! For our honeymoon we went and stayed in an adorable cottage near the White Mountains and went hiking, and ate dinner out and just relaxed; something we hadn't done all year. Without further ado...our honeymoon pics.