Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lanie & Donald. A Maine Photographer doing what she does Best in Salem MA

This past Saturday I had the greatest pleasure to photograph the wedding of Lanie and Donald in Salem Massachusetts.  What an incredibly fun day it was!  I came home exhausted and content, and even 24 hours later I was still smiling.  These two NEVER stopped smiling...not for a moment, and the love and respect they have for their families and for each other shines through in everything they do.  Two very beautiful people blessed to have found each other and so very excited to begin their lives together as husband and wife.
AND I get to join them for a day and capture all of these once in a lifetime memories...and what FUN it was!  ...and...Saturday's weather...how about that!  I first met with Lanie and Donald for an engagement shoot on March 5th, and it was a balmy 18 degrees in the Old Port that day.  Lanie had lost her wallet the previous evening, we had a fresh wintry mix of ice and snow on the ground and in the morning chaos of canceling credit cards she was not really feeling much like doing a photo shoot.  We kept our morning coffee date and talked non stop about their wedding plans.  Kudos to Lanie and Donald...with all that had been going on that morning they agreed to a walk in the brisk temperatures for a few photos.


 So, before I share my favorite photos from their day, I have two things to share...well my photos share what I am feeling, and my goal is that you will feel it too, however there are two particular things that Donald said on Saturday that I am taking the liberty and creative license to share with all of you.

Lanie and Donald had decided to do their formal photos before the ceremony so that they could fully participate in the awesome reception party they had planned for their guest...yes including a Mardi Gras parade to escort everyone from the church to the reception at the Capt's Waterfront Bar and Grill.  I suggested we do a "first look" before starting the portraits to add a little fun to this very special day.  Our spectacular backdrop (The Friendship) was perfection...but it is what Donald said right after his first look that had me seeing blue birds fluttering about...he said
 "you...look like...an ANGEL"

Gulp. :) (that's me gulping...) ( OMG how sweet!)


The second thing he said just kept me grinning all day long as I continued to photographed him., he said his smile would look like "The Joker" by the end of the day...and I have to agree 100%


Here is the sneak peek I sent to Lanie and Donald, who are currently enjoying this gorgeous weather and each other on their honeymoon.  They approved my sharing it with all of you!  What's not to approve...this was one very FUN day!

On a personal note.  The engagement shoot and sneak peek are two of the very special benefits of hiring Minor Moments Photography :)

A very special thank you to Cady Voyer for side kicking with me and capturing many of these once in a lifetime memories, and a very special thank you to Pam and Scott, sister and brother-in-law to Lanie, for the most wonderful referral :)

  To view the FUN click this link or the photo below :)
   

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jennifer and Chunhing. A Maine Wedding Photographer

Last weekend I traveled to Assonet Massachusetts to photograph the wedding of Jennifer and Chunhing.
A spectacular day. A gorgeous venue. A beautiful happy couple.
I love my job!
I was referred to Jenni and Chun through a friend.
I have said it many times, a referral is the GREATEST compliment I can receive.
Thank you Philip and Jill for introducing me to your friends :)
...and thank you Jenni and Chunhing for allowing me to capture you very special day...and those gorgeous kids too...Lillie, Ella and Jacob!
xoxo

Both Jenni and Chunhing are serving our great country in the Navy, and soon both will be living in Virginia.

My first time to this venue, Independence Harbor in Assonet MA, was in April, when I met Jenni and Chun for the first time.  They invited me to Sunday brunch where they would be choosing the food for their menu. The grounds were beautiful in March, but they were breathtaking in June.

I absolutely enjoy a couple when they can be confident that all of their planning is now underway and it's time to ENJOY the celebration of marriage and all of their family.  Here are a few of my favorites from the day.





...and if you wish to see more, here is the storybook version with music :)  click on the link, or the photo.
http://video214.com/play/wmynwPJIYDn1RBjWFXDUlA/s/dark

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's A Dogs Life. A Maine Photographer


This blog post is a month overdue.
My apologies.
I do not like excuses.
I have many of them to justify my tardiness, but I will not use them.

In my last post I introduced you to the three families taking in each of Chloe's pups...and my family was one of them.  We have Violet.

Chloe stayed at the breeders SnowyPaws for two weeks after we brought Violet home...because she was still taking care of Edy's babies. I helped Rushell with that vet puppy visit...that was fun.  This was my greeting when I first arrived to help.  All 7 of Edy's pups saying hello!


 Chloe providing a feeding before we loaded up the pups in totes for the ride to the vet.



 Pups were given their first deworming and a puppy shot...and weighed and cleared for take off  :)

 Our vet was Dr Timothy Friel of the Westbrook Animal Hospital, and helping him is Liz, a familiar face to me...we bump into each other regularly at the Animal Refuge League.
 Then back into the totes for the ride home.

...and I haven't yet mentioned how we keep it all straight...which puppy is which?  This time it was a number on the belly :)

...and to finish off this long overdue post that I am not making excuses for, here is a little bit of what things are like at home now that Chloe has returned, to find not only her very own daughter...but her very own playmate too.

Happy Home.  Happy Dogs.












Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chloe's First Mother's Day. The Purple Litter goes Home. A Maine Photographer

Last Saturday, May 3rd, Chloe's puppies went to their forever homes, and I am grateful to the families for letting me be a part of this day.  Three puppies all together, three homes.  If you have been following my blog, you already know that my family decided to keep the third puppy, the newest guardian pup for SnowyPaw's!  Her name is Violet, and she's the latest love of our life.  Yes, Joanne is having a very special Mother's Day too this year!  Happy Mother's Day Chloe!


We have known the families that both Beckett and Jaxson were going to, for a bit now, and I'm grateful to both Rushell at SnowyPaw's and to the individual families who shared their individual stories with me.  This is just another reminder that we all have stuff going on in our lives...we all do...sometimes we are just so unaware.  There is a saying out there, I've been seeing it pop up on facebook quite a bit, it goes something like this...treat everyone with kindness for you have no idea what they may be going through.  Again, I am both grateful and full of admiration to these families.  I am also just a wee bit overjoyed that Chloe's puppies are bringing "Joy to the World" as corny as that may sound.  Here are some photos I took prior to the first pick up at 10 am.

These first two are Chloe and Violet.



This next one is Chloe and Jaxson

And here is Chloe and Beckett.  My husband helped me with these photos.  We wanted to be sure to provide each family with a photo of their new baby and baby's Mommy :)

This next photo is one of Chloe's pups bidding farewell to Edy's litter.  They have shared most of their lives together at this point.  I thought it was a bittersweet goodbye...and worth capturing :)

Next, we have Beckett and Jaxson very much ready to meet their new families!!

And I can't forget my beautiful Mama Chloe, very happy for the visit
 and next is me trying to capture her funny smile.  She looks viscous, but she is so very happy!


This is Violet, taken the moment we brought her home.


Beckett goes home!
10:00 sharp I met the Stack family.  I had been corresponding with Shari for a couple of weeks.  Shari shared that her 4 year old son Liam had picked out the name Beckett.  Shari shared that she has never had a dog before, so Beckett is her first, and she shared that she is not able to have any more children due to medication that she is on after suffering from two strokes after the birth of Liam.  
I am so grateful to Shari and her family for sharing their story, and so happy to welcome them into Chloe's family!





Jaxson goes home!
1:00 I met the Myrick Family.  Mom Penny and daughter Brittany came to pick up Jaxson.  I had been corresponding with Penny and she too agreed to share her very personal story.  Penny has previously shared her life with 3 other golden retrievers, the last one past away at the age of 11 last June, and Penny and family truly believe their house is just not home without a golden, so they are welcoming Jaxson with open arms.  Penny is currently on medical leave fighting a very personal battle with breast cancer.  She is currently going through chemo and very much looking forward to some puppy cuddles.  Once Jaxson is a bit more mature Penny plans to get him certified as an official therapy dog!  







I am so grateful to the Stack family and the Myrick family for letting me share their very personal stories and photos with you.  I am so grateful for Rushell at Snowypaw's for picking my family to raise Chloe.  My heart is just so full!
Happy Mother's Day Chloe
Happy Mother's Day Rushell
Happy Mother's Day Shari
Happy Mother's Day Penny
and yes...it is a very Happy Mother's Day for Joanne
xoxoxo


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chloe's Golden Retriever Puppies at Seven Weeks Old. A Maine Photographer

We are in the final stretch before Chloe's babies move to their new forever homes!  This is a very busy week, and I have a bit of an announcement to make myself...this is another case of if it was meant to be...it will be.  Gosh, we said that when we bought our house, and some of you might remember that took 10 months, three "under contracts" two mortgage brokers, and yes, in the end we even got a peach tree...but back to the present.  In a previous post I mentioned that we really hoped to raise one of Chloe's puppies at some point in the future.  FUTURE.  That was the plan.

We miss our Chloebutt sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

We anticipate breeding her again by the end of the year...and we just know we will miss her sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much again.

So, we have decided that the FUTURE is now, and SnowyPaws' newest guardian pup Violet will be coming home to live with us.  WE ARE SO EXCITED!!

We're getting a puppy....we're getting a puppy!!!

Hello everyone, I would like you to meet Violet :)

Chloe's pups are currently seven and a half weeks old and they get to go home on Saturday when they turn 8 weeks old.  The following set of photos are from their six weeks old birthday.  My boys finally got to visit them...and they brought a couple friends with them too.  Keep in mind, these giant puppies are 6 weeks old in these photos!




Now the remaining photos below are from last week.  Chloe's pups are almost 7 weeks in the photo, and Edy's are 5 weeks old.  I've done my best to name them, if I'm pretty sure who they are...but you know...those white golden retriever puppies...well...they all look alike!  They are all gorgeous!
I really hope my next blog post is introducing you to the pups new families, so please come back here and visit again real soon!!

   Jaxson...but it could be Beckett...
                                                                Jaxson, with Beckett
                                                                                 
                                                                                   Violet

                                                                            Jaxson


Edy's Pups at 5 weeks.


 
                                          (there are still some girls available from Edy's litter)

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