I have no idea why I started calling her that, but I do…along with Sweet Pickle, Ickle Me Pickle Me, Pickle-lickle-lei…I think you might be getting the idea. I also routinely sing things like P-I-C-K-L-E (as opposed to B-I-N-G-O), but that’s another post. She has, just in the past few months, turned into this crotchety old man and Justin and I just crack up at her super-loud snoring (she wakes herself up and then looks at us accusingly) and her exasperated look as she decides that we are utterly ridiculous for still being awake at 8:30pm as she shuffles off to bed. Not that she doesn’t spring right back to life the minute she sees her leash. Or her ball. Or- god forbid- the UPS truck.

Her cuteness factor is just KILLING me today, so I thought I’d grab my camera and share a few shots of her fluffy adorable self with you! She is clearly less than impressed with me, but she’ll put up with just about anything if there’s a treat in it for her!

Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, ME

Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, ME

Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, ME

Maine wedding photographer, Freeport, ME

I hope Little Miss Pickle Sunshine brightens your day!

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  • jennJanuary 24, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Thanks, I see it now. My friends have them in Fl. But with shorter hair. Love the long! Great dogs!ReplyCancel

  • adminJanuary 24, 2011 - 11:04 am

    She’s an Australian Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix…25 pounds of attitude problem! But we sure do love her!! :) ReplyCancel

  • jennJanuary 24, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Love her, so cute! What kind of dog is she?ReplyCancel

  • JustinJanuary 20, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Our dog looks so stoic when she poses for pictures with her mouth closed. She must be keeping her drool in as she awaits her treat.ReplyCancel

  • KimJanuary 19, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    So glad you always share your smiles!ReplyCancel

  • KellyJanuary 19, 2011 - 9:22 am

    She definitely brightened mine. We are closing on our house today and the top thing on my mind is when we can get a dog :) She is so cute!ReplyCancel

Happy Monday! I just thought I’d share a few things that are making this Monday particularly happy! I’m in the midst of my annual clementine binge…WHY are they SO good!?!? And that crazy cute husband of mine surprised me with my favorite flowers just to let me know that he was proud of me…damn I love that man.

Maine wedding photographer, clementines, tulips

I hope your week is beginning as colorfully as mine is!!

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It is officially January over here in my little office. I have been crazy busy laying plans and building frameworks for the year to come. I’ve met with my accountant. I’ve met with my attorney. I’ve sat down with my “ideas” notebook and I’ve brainstormed and evaluated and considered and then evaluated some more. I’ve read blogs and books and websites all filled with advice and structures to help a photography business be all it can be. And every single one of them begins with the commandment to “define your style.”

Style? My style? Do I have any style? Fashionistas would answer that question with a quick and resounding “no!” but I guess they weren’t asking about my clothing choices. Or were they? Doesn’t a person’s personal style influence and ultimately determine her photographic style? Don’t I approach my subjects and clients from the paradigm of my own life? My own “style”? Uh-oh. What if I’m Chacos and Carhart overalls one day and J.Crew the next? What if I love-equally-my classic pearl earrings and my royal blue manic panic hair dye? What if I am constantly engaged in a battle of my conflicting parts…my inner Martha Stewart winning out one day as I learn to sew slip covers and arrange the peonies I can’t get enough of while the part of me that craves a solitary trail on a mountain or a spanky new tattoo winning out on another? What if somehow that combination of the various versions of me, all equally loved and nurtured, IS my “style”? Then what? Insert state of semi-panic here.

And then it hit me. That IS my style! Not the conflict so much, but the reconciliation. The ability to be whatever I am in that moment. When I am feeling all Jackie-O, I put on the pearls and I love it. When I am feeling more Edward Abbey, I strap on the Chacos and I love that too. And it works for only one reason: it’s real. I am, at my most authentic, all of those things (and possibly more that I haven’t even discovered yet!). And THAT is what defines my style. As a person. As a woman. As a photographer.

As a photographer, you ask? Yes! I’m ever more surprised and delighted at how perfect the name “Cuppa” is for my business. I chose it initially because I connected several semi-defined ideas to it…I wanted my photographs to always be like coming home, like a comforting “cuppa” tea at the end of a long journey or rough day; I wanted it to be as social as a gathering of friends over a “cuppa” coffee, filled with the laughter and memory building that comes with shared moments over something warm to drink; I wanted it to be as personal and individualized as how a person takes their coffee; I wanted it to be full of energy; I wanted it to connect to my own obsession with the caffeinated stuff. All of these concepts swirled a bit hazily at first, but have come into ever sharper focus the longer I’m in business. And I realize that my style as a photographer reflects not only my ability to be what I really and truly am at any given time, but also to pick up on “the real” in the lives of others, whatever is-for them- their own special “cuppa tea” of the moment.

On the surface it would appear that my clients have little in common. One wedding will be full of sweet, southern, uber-traditional details and the next will be almost indie. It seems that I don’t attract one kind of couple. And I love that. But there is one major theme that runs through every single wedding, every single portrait session: the real. My clients have been a total mix of interests and regions and tastes, but every single one of them has been totally authentic. And will I photograph a super traditional wedding the same way I do an indie one? No. A shy and private couple the same way I do an exuberant, outgoing one? Nope. But my approach is the same…connect, learn, get to know the couple, embrace what they are at this moment, whether pearl earrings or manic panic hair dye, and enjoy the variation and uniqueness that every couple brings to my life and my work.

So as I sit here in my warm and comfy Carhart overalls and think about trying one of the meringue recipes from this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, I can rest easy with my new one word definition of “my style”:

Real.

Maine wedding photographer, style

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  • RoxyJanuary 17, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Yes, you are real in every way, shape, and form (and there are several) and that is why I love you so much!ReplyCancel

  • JustinJanuary 15, 2011 - 3:48 am

    You captured you perfectly. Your being real is why I and everyone loves you so.ReplyCancel

  • AliJanuary 14, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    What makes you such a great photographer (and friend!) is how REAL you are. Your talent is capturing what matters to people and you do it so well!ReplyCancel

  • KimJanuary 14, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    We are complex creatures, us women! Embrace it and go with it!ReplyCancel

  • StaceyJanuary 14, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    Are you a Gemini? Cause I’m totally the same way, ha ha ha! Sounds like you’re welcoming 2011 with open arms!ReplyCancel