Sunset sky....the perfect end to my night. Just what I needed to see.
Sunset sky....the perfect end to my night. Just what I needed to see.
Such a perfect night.... ending my shoot with a smile... tonight was everything I needed. 🙌🏻
The most perfect sunset night... the most beautiful engagement shoot... I love my job and I love living in Maine!!!
What a timeless beauty....
Another one of my girls from my “Empowering Girls” Mini Sessions!
"I am fortunate to have parents who didn’t set restrictions when it came to career or college choices. Because of that, I have had a varied and fulfilling career in Pharmacy, including 10 years spent serving our local community here in Berwick. Those 10 years coincided with the elementary and middle school years for our children. The family connections made during this time have been invaluable. As a member of the community, both professionally and personally, I have met so many caring, giving individuals (some who have also participated in this project!). Some of the moments that have been most inspiring to me over the years are those spent in quiet conversation with people who have Iived through events I cannot quite fathom and yet they still exhibit dignity and kindness. I am grateful to all who have shared your time, stories and kindness with me." "While I feel empowered and confident as a professional, like many others, I struggle to have the same confidence as a woman. I waivered with the decision to participate in this project but ultimately decided to step out of my comfort zone. Thanks Miranda and Lena for the encouragement! My hope for the future is that my daughter and all the other daughters out there, grow up to have confidence and dignity; to be self assured, empowered and kind." ~Kim
Sweet Little Pela from my “Empowering Girls” Sessions! “When I step on the soccer field I hear people clapping and whistles blowing. When I’m with my best friends from soccer I know I can get a goal because they help me believe and be strong." ~Pela
Look at this beautiful Mama!
Captured this dancing queen and loved every minute of it!!! I’m a mom to four boys and LOVE everything about having boys....but I am not going to lie- I’m dying to photograph more dancers!!! Give me all the dancers and bring all the dance costumes please!!! 😍
Such a beauty...
“ When I walk into a ice rink all I can smell is that hockey oder. And that’s when I know it’s time to play some hockey. When I get ready I feel amazing, sometimes I get a little out of breath, but you know what it’s worth it. When I step on that ice all pumped up and ready to go. When my blades touch the ice it’s like a whole different world. Just because it’s your first year doesn’t means you won’t try harder, and try your best.” ~Rielly
“When I step on the field, I know that I always have to be ready for the ball coming at me. I use what I have learned in softball and when I am off the field I am ready for anything coming at me. It will carry me through the next chapter in my life.” ~Molly
"5 years ago I was in a different path in my career. Generally not happy with it and wasn’t sure what to do to get out of it. I did not like any aspect of what I was doing on a daily basis and it had fallen over into my home life; as a mom, wife, friend and daughter. I had signed up to take a class off campus from work one day, I can’t recall the name of it, but the 30 question self-test I had to take as part of the class, once done, was an eye opener to me. They said to answer it honestly, and when reading thru at the end of it, I discovered things about myself that even though I knew on some level, did not realize how strong it was. I knew at that point, I had to do something about it. Against what I knew and what I had practiced in my career for years, I asked for a meeting with my boss and her manager. I showed them the test. 27 out of 30 were all true. 27 questions about how stressed I was and how it was effecting me not only in my job, but outside of my job. I sat, scared as ever to express this and just stated that this was not ok. I wasn’t changing anyone’s life, I wasn’t a millionaire and overall, I should not feel this way in any aspect of my life. They took it with open arms and made immediate changes to my work schedule, etc. I also knew that that was not all I had to change. I made a dr’s apt. if this was going to work, I had to be honest with everything. I sat with my dr and told him about this exam, what was on it, what it revealed about myself and what I didn’t like about it, how I felt. I said I need to know what I need to do to get out of this, to not feel this way. His first response, ‘you need to work out’ and what I heard at that moment was ‘you need to run’. I had run off and on for a few years prior to that, but not like I was about to. And run is what I did. I started to run 2-3 times a week…not fast, not for pace, just to relieve stress, get out of my own way, find a balance. Over the years, it has become part of my life. I love it. I love it on the days I am fast, the days I am slow…the days that I go for short runs as that is all I can squeeze in and on the days that I run longer. ***cont. in comments***
Just chopping off a little hair!!! These two are so much fun!
I am a social worker by trade, and a mom to four kids. In June of 2015, on what then was my seventh grader’s last day of school, as I sat nursing a baby and chatting with him about our summer plans, I received a phone call that changed my life forever. My sister had taken her own life. I do not remember my life without Wendy in it. As her older sister of four years, she's always been there. We were a pair, later a trio when our youngest sister, Kristine, was born. Losing a sibling was once described to me as losing your past, present, and future. This rings very true to this day. We were supposed to grow old together, and live like the Golden Girls. The following days, weeks, months were a blur. The pain was often too much to bear. Grief takes it's toll in many ways and varies from person to person, for me it was—crying, inability to sleep, irritability, head aches, physical chest pains, weight gain, and short term memory loss. With a suicide, there are so many unanswered questions. Could I have stopped this? How did I not realize she was this depressed? Why? So many whys… almost three years later and these will often still keep me up at night. Many people said extremely hurtful things following her death. Some intentional, and some accidental. Stigma (WHAT STIGMA) is still strong and people don’t understand it. Someone dies from suicde every 40 seconds in the world. We need to be okay with talking about the hard things; it could save a life. One of the things I found early on in my grief journey was a bereavement group specifically for those who lost someone to suicide. Once a month, I go to this group of the most amazingly strong people I have ever met. This group has become like a second family to me. We listen to one another, we cry, we hold each other up when their world is crashing down. I recently traveled to Pennsylvania to train as facilitator myself. In the vast state of Maine, only five of these groups exist, and none are in southern Maine where I live. I have traveled out of state in the past but I am happy to say, southern Maine will now be hosting one monthly. I once heard someone say with every tragedy you have two choices—Be bitter or get Better.
"When I step on the soccer field I hear people clapping and whistles blowing. When I’m with my best friends from soccer I know I can get a goal because they help me believe and be strong." ~Pela