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Peter: Portland Senior Portraits!

Peter was another of the amazing Keene High Interactors who worked so hard in El Salvador! I was so excited when he wanted to come up to Portland to shoot his senior portraits and we had a ball playing around the Old Port capturing who he is at this pivotal time in life! I’ve said it before, but I just can’t get over how floored I am by the work that Peter and his counterparts put into not only making the best of their high school experience, but using their experiences to make the lives of those around them better. It’s common practice to believe that today’s youth somehow care less, take less responsibility, but Peter is a perfect example of how unfair that stereotype can be! He spends his free time raising money to build houses in El Salvador, which means oh-so-glamorous tasks like delivering flowers, picking up trash after Nascar races, working the food booths at the Keene Pumpkin Festival…all so that he can give up his winter break to put in long hours of manual labor in Talnique come February. I am so excited to share some of his senior portraits here!!

Looking dapper, right?!?!?



I love these!!!













Bustin’ out the sunglasses!







Peter! You are awesome!

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Ashley & Jay: Boston Engagements!

Ashley & Jay are getting married next fall in Maine and I was so excited to meet up with them in Boston for a little mini-engagement session! Ashley and Jay have access to one of the little “secret gardens” around Boston, those gorgeous courtyard oases between brownstones where it’s possible to forget that you are in the midst of one of the country’s most bustling cities! We played around for awhile in the garden before heading out to street level for a few last shots on the town!


















Thanks so much, you guys!! I had such a great time with you both!!

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AshleyOctober 17, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Thanks so much Cindy :) We love the pictures and are looking forward to seeing you in Maine next week!

KimOctober 17, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Ash and Jay, you guys look SO GREAT here. These pictures really capture your “essence” entirely. Love love love.

SpencerOctober 17, 2013 - 1:07 pm

These photos are outstanding! Ash and Jay, you both look great! Love the one of you both in front of the shed. Cannot wait for the big day!

–Spencer

LydiaOctober 17, 2013 - 1:20 pm

I love Ashley and Jay! and I love these pictures. Many good times spent at the garden, a perfect place for some romantic photos! Can’t wait for August!

AmyOctober 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

These pictures are fabulous! I, too, love the shots of Ash in the red dress with Jay gazing lovingly at her =) The juxtaposition of the serene ‘secret garden’ with brownstones notorious to downtown Boston make for an awesome camera shot. There are multiple photos in here that portray the loving, yet casual and BFF relationship that Jay and Ashley have. Makes me melt- can’t wait for the big day!

xox
Amy

Amy HOctober 17, 2013 - 2:44 pm

These pictures came out AMAZING! So many great shots, I love them all! Can’t wait for the wedding! love you guys <3 <3

Kathy HEBBOctober 17, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Beautiful pictures of you two. Jeff and I are so happy for you, enjoy every minute, it goes by so fast

JayOctober 17, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Pictures look great Cindy. Thanks again, see you soon.

PaulaOctober 17, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Ashley and Jay-bird. What more can I say. Both are the loves of my life and cannot be happier that they are marrying each other. Love you both <3

Brian MatthewOctober 17, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Looking fab guys! Pics look great! Can’t wait for the wedding!

MattOctober 17, 2013 - 9:07 pm

The pics came out great! Great idea using the gardens.

JoanneOctober 17, 2013 - 9:26 pm

You guys look awesome! These pics came out so pretty in the garden…love them and you both!! Can’t wait for the big day!

Deb & John StelmokOctober 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Great pictures of a beautiful couple! Congrats again to you both!

Lynne BrissetteOctober 18, 2013 - 7:29 am

Ashley & Jay, What beautiful photos for a beautiful couple! Wishing you both much love, health & happiness…Happiness is being married to your best friend! Onward & upward! Love you both, Mrs. B

MelissaOctober 18, 2013 - 7:46 am

Gorgeous photos Ashley & Jay!! So happy for you guys… can’t wait until August!

SherylOctober 18, 2013 - 10:26 am

Fantastic couple and amazing images!!

Ginny & PaulOctober 18, 2013 - 11:10 am

What beautiful pictures of you two.We have known you since you both were little and are so very happy for you…you guys make a great couple. We wish you much happiness as you plan for your big day..it will come so fast. Can’t wait to celebrate with you

Lori MurrayOctober 18, 2013 - 11:52 am

The best couple I know! Congrats to you both! Love ya!

jessOctober 18, 2013 - 11:57 am

Love it!!

AlexaOctober 18, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Amazing photos Ash & Jay!! Congrats to you both!

KellyOctober 18, 2013 - 12:36 pm

What great pictures. Love them all. Congrats again on your engagement.

RomneyOctober 18, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Beautiful!!

Nicole VOctober 18, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Absolutely ADORABLE pictures!!! <3 them!!!

KathOctober 19, 2013 - 7:59 am

What great pictures! You and Boston look great!

KellyOctober 19, 2013 - 8:56 am

Ashley and Jay, your photos came out amazing! The courtyard was absolutely the perfect spot! I have no idea how your going to pick your favs! There are so many amazing ones! Can’t wait to see more :)

JimmyOctober 20, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Pictures look awesome guys! I can’t wait for the big day!

MarykateOctober 20, 2013 - 11:31 pm

I love the pictures ! You both look amazing, cant wait for the big day :) !!!

[...] likely remember Ashley & Jay from their Boston engagement session! We decided to split their session into two short ones and include their gorgeous wedding venue, [...]

The Dempsey Challenge: Team Cuppa!!

Back in January of this year, I resolved to make more happen with my business this year. I was tired of beginning each year with goals that centered on my personal success and was ready to be a part of something bigger and to make my business part of something more meaningful. Already donating a percentage of each booking to CancerCare, I wanted something more active, more engaged…something that would require more than money, but also time and interest and I hoped to find something that could spread the word further than my limited sphere of influence.

And thus Team Cuppa was born!

I’d heard of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing (you can’t really spend any time in a cancer center in Maine for any reason and not have heard of it!), but I didn’t fully grasp what it was. So I scheduled a meeting with a member of the amazing staff and spent an afternoon touring the facility and talking with the incredible people who work there. I was blown away. On every level.

Not only is it a warm, welcoming, beautiful space that emanates gentle healing energy from every nook and cranny, but it is embracing in every conceivable way. The mission is to support anyone affected by cancer in any way. So patients and survivors, certainly, but also family members, friends, co-workers…anyone affected by cancer in any way. There is reiki and massage. Nutrition classes and yoga. Support groups and counselors. Resource counseling and an extensive lending library. Their program offerings are ever expanding as the Center finds new and innovative ways to extend their integrative services in order to strengthen and heal the cancer community.

And they do it all free of charge.

That is huge. Crazy huge. Out-of-this-world-huge.

I know I shared a bit of my own story with cancer, but I cannot overstate how devastating and overwhelming it is to not only be faced with a life-threatening disease, but how to pay for getting what might save your life. Not just drugs, but care. Real care. Help navigating the complicated decisions and emotions. Identifying what support services are available. Coping with the side effects of a disease that affects more than just the person diagnosed, but their entire community of friends, family, and support…all those people who are caregivers in some way, whether big or small, and side effects that range from nausea to diminished income.

When I announced that Cuppa was going to have a team take part in the Dempsey Center’s largest fundraiser of the year, The Dempsey Challenge, I had no idea if anyone would take part. I had this fear that I would be knocking on doors with a can, begging for donations as the sole member of Team Cuppa. How could I have so underestimated all of you? Not only was I not alone in this endeavor, but the level of support and enthusiasm was just incredible!

Ali & Cesar came down from Canada for the event. Diana & Luigi came up from Manhattan. Kerri & Phil got their families involved. Josee brought her entire family to be the cheering section for everyone! And donations poured in from all of you who couldn’t make it. Former clients. Parents of clients whose weddings I shot years ago. People I’ve never met. We even had a 2014 couple go through the team roster and donate to each person so that every single member of our team would make the participation minimum and be able to take part on race day, donating several hundred dollars in total even though they couldn’t personally make the event.

And with all of that effort and pouring forth of love and support, our team raised more than $5000 total.

$5000.

That total comes from people choosing to give rather than go out for dinner. To give rather than buying those new shoes or that new purse. To give rather than putting it into their personal travel fund. Or retirement fund. Or wedding fund. There are a million things that we could choose to spend our hard earned dollars on every day, but you guys put $5000 of yours toward the welfare and benefit of others.

You amaze and move me more than you could ever know and I am deeply grateful for every single one of you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Justin and I hosted a little bonfire & s’mores Friday evening to kick off the weekend’s events…and I had my first-ever Reese’s peanut butter cup s’mores. Game changer, that one.



Who knew that glow sticks would e such amazing entertainment?!?!

Even Talitha & Josh stopped by, having just returned from their honeymoon in Aruba!!

Saturday morning the run came bright & early, but everyone showed up smiling and ready to rock! I’m sure that it had nothing with the possibility of spotting McDreamy!


Go Team Cuppa!!

Diana even made signs!!




Kerri’s whole family joined the Team!!
Ali & Cesar came down from Ottawa for the event!!
The little girls kept us all laughing and were more than happy to make sure that we didn’t have donuts leftover to go to waste!
So. We set up our tent Friday evening and when we left it, it was alone in the field designated the “team tent” area. When we arrived Saturday morning, it turned out that the “Boot Camp Challenge” (you know, the world’s most gigantic bounce house EVER) had set up directly beside us. Hilarious.

Messages of love and support written on fabric flags were strung across the bridge before the finish.

Ali & Cesar re-enacting the bridge shot from their Ottawa engagement session…so funny!!

With that, Team Cuppa’s inaugural Dempsey Challenge is behind us!! I’m already brainstorming ways to make next year even better…as soon as 2014 team registrations open, Team Cuppa 2014 will be ready!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

 

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KerriOctober 16, 2013 - 8:59 am

It was a great day. Looking forward to next year!

AliOctober 16, 2013 - 9:23 am

Such a great weekend! Thanks for pulling it all together, Cindy!

LiciaOctober 16, 2013 - 9:25 am

We had a wonderful time ! Looking forward to next year. You are an amazing, very inspiring person. You, and Justin, make it easy for us to want to take part. So, thank you !!!

ShannonOctober 16, 2013 - 12:19 pm

This is so awesome!! Looks like you guys had a great time. These pictures are so inspiring! Hopefully next year I will get to be there in person! Go Team Cuppa!

Diana & LuigiOctober 16, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Yay!! We had such a fantastic time, Cindy! So happy we could be a part of it. Looking forward to next year!

BeccaOctober 16, 2013 - 9:29 pm

This is amazing, Cindy. You are such an inspiration!

JustinOctober 17, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Phenomenal turnout for Team Cuppa!! Great to see some friendly faces from weddings past and meet some amazing new people to welcome into our “circle of love.” It’s so humbling to receive such an outstanding turnout (both directly and indirectly) from friends and family. As always, Cindy is the glue that brings greatness together and makes me proud of her everyday. I can’t wait for next year!