“I did not call myself a feminist until I was nearly 20 years old. My world had taught me that feminists were ugly and ridiculous, and I did not want to be ugly and ridiculous. I wanted to be cool and desired by men, because even as a teenager I knew implicitly that pandering for male approval was a woman’s most effective currency. It was my best shot at success, or at least safety, and I wasn’t sophisticated enough to see that success and safety, bestowed conditionally, aren’t success and safety at all. They are domestication and implied violence. To put it another way, it took me two decades to become brave enough to be angry. Feminism is the collective manifestation of female anger. “ Quote by the brilliant @thelindywest ✊🏼
Today: the first snow flurries of the season and the very strong urge to start listening to Christmas music. ☺️ Yay or nay on holiday tunes before Thanksgiving?
It took me a year, but I finally completed our living room gallery wall. 🙈 Now who wants to come over for a cuppa? ❤️
I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to stop growing up. 💔
I have this fascination with a mom in my son’s music class. Her hair is always effortlessly tousled and she has mastered the art of the draped cardigan. You know the kind, right? In my mind, she also has white subway tiles in her kitchen and time to knit bonnets while her kids take long naps. 😉 The other day, she gave me a look that said: “This parenting gig is harrrrrrd.” And I was reminded: We are all doing this life thing one day at a time. We are all learning and struggling and cracking a little behind the scenes. // You know that part of the Hunger Games where they salute each other by kissing their fingers and holding up their hand? Can we start doing that? Mom to Mom? I see you, sister. I see your cardigan and I know you’re doing your best at this motherhood thing. What do you guys think? 😁
Well. My toddler is being very toddlery today 😬 (Let’s throw ourselves on the floor, everybody!) So instead here’s a picture of a joyful girl on this cold Maine day. Last tease @sarahrallenby, promise. 😉
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Today I shot my last family session of the season. ❤️ I’ll never stop being so incredibly honored that people entrust me with the meaningful task of capturing the love in their family. Thank you to all my clients and dear friends. Just a year ago I wasn’t sure I could (or should) pursue my dream of being a professional photographer... But here I am... doing it! 💫
Happy Saturday evening! I think I’ve convinced my husband to watch La La Land with me tonight while we eat the kids’ Halloween candy. 🙊We’re also sharing a bottle of wine, because it’s our first anniversary owning this crazy farmhouse! 🍷🚜🐑🌾 (Not that we need an excuse to share a bottle of wine. Please.)
It’s been a strange few days. Maine had its largest ever power outage after a huge hurricane-like storm on Sunday. We still don’t have power at our house. (Granted, I do live on a farm in the middle of nowhere 😆). Trees fell all over our neighborhood and beyond, and schools were closed. We have a generator, and feel very lucky to have some power some of the time. But many families have been without heat or hot water for almost five days now. 😳 Sending love and gratitude to the crews for working so hard to restore our power. Climate change is real and scary, and I fear it’s going to be a long winter. 😬❄️
“Come in” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm.” 💕💕
Motherhood right now is always running out of milk; painting pumpkins instead of carving them; finding drawn treasure maps stuffed into random drawers and racing matchbox cars up and down my legs. But most of all, it’s me guzzling La Croix like it’s my job. 😛I need to know: What is your favorite flavor right now? I just tried apple cranberry and it’s 🎉🎉🎉.
It’s cold and windy outside today; I’ve got my tea, some tunes, and lots of photos to edit. Wherever you are, whatever your head space, I’m sitting beside you. 💕
“May you be tired and afraid overwhelmed and ready to quit. Quit! Start over, over ten thousand times over roll out, get up, fall down break into tears open in laughter sing and dance be silly, be glad. May you forget most things, remember everything, come to know in your bones with your blood through your eyes from your lips out of earth deep below, well beyond you are love. You are just love. Amen.” -Karen Maezen Miller
The weekend flew by at warp speed with three photo shoots, a big barn project, and lots of 🍩🙌🏼. Going to sleep grateful tonight for the beautiful families I worked with, and my own for being on this wild and wonderful adventure with me. 💕 // Above, my sister-wife’s house. More on that some other day! 😆