You guys thought I’d died, didn’t you? Or was, at the very least, so severely injured that I was rendered unable to type? I know, I know…but I have a good excuse (I actually don’t believe that there is any such thing as a “good excuse” but I’ll save that rant for another post)…I was MOVING TO MAINE!!! After a couple of months of homelessness and feeling like the universe might be conspiring against us, we are here. In Maine. In Freeport, Maine. In our new home. And I absolutely love it.

Our new house is small. No, I mean it. S-M-A-L-L. As in 900 square feet small. As in I don’t even have a full sized range/oven small. As in there is no dishwasher at all small. There is one bathroom. One. And it has zero storage (can you say “pedestal sink”?). But I love it. I love the wood-burning stove that takes up a precious quarter of the tiny tiny living room. I love the window over the sink that looks out into the fenced backyard where I can play ball with Pickle six times a day. I love that the vent over the stove is a pull chain that opens this fan that is mounted into the wall and pulls the air directly outside…I laugh out loud every single time I use it! I love that while I was throwing the ball to Pickle this morning in my pjs with a cup of coffee in my hand, I got a perfect summery waft of ocean air carried on a cool breeze with just the slightest nip to it. I love the challenge of organizing our life into the space without feeling crowded and the forced reminder that some things just aren’t worth the space they take up! I know it’s the obvious thing to say, but our house really DOES feel cozy, and I just really, really love that!

What I might love most, though, is that we can walk into Freeport Village. I pass no less than 5 bed & breakfasts when I walk Pickle every day. The Harraseeket Inn is right down the block, as is the historic Jameson Tavern. And of course, there is LL Bean! Open 24 hours…ummm, yes, this is likely to be a bad thing for our budget! I have a feeling that when we have to make a choice between a set of kayaks and the built-ins I have planned for the dining room, the kayaks are going to win by a good margin! Seriously, though, the village is the cutest thing! When Justin first mentioned that it was full of outlets, I had this panicked vision of our house sitting smack-dab in the middle of a strip mall. But it’s SO not like that! The sidewalks are brick and even McDonald’s is in the cutest little house (I’m not kidding…Abercrombie & Fitch is in the old town library building!). I am so excited to get moved in completely so that I can get to exploring!! We’re already addicted to Isabella’s Sticky Buns for breakfast treats!

We were nervous about this move. We knew that we wanted to be in New England, closer to family and in a climate and environment that we loved. But we had an amazing community of friends in Durham, a home that we were comfortable in, and great work situations. To make the leap into this unknown was tough. We knew it would be nearly impossible for Justin to find a floor/hospital that he loved as much as the one he left at UNC (as it turns out, it was almost as difficult to find a job in nursing in Maine period, much less one that he loved as much!). And that moving my business might have temporary consequences. We knew that the discomfort of losing the familiarity of our area is always part of moving and we anticipated a sense of homesickness for Durham. And all of that is there to some extent. But Freeport feels like us. It feels like home already. We miss our friends, but are lucky enough to have reached that point in our lives that we don’t have the kinds of friendships any more that can’t handle a little distance, so we know it’s only goodbye for a little while. We know that this was the right choice and are so glad that we continue to be the kind of people who squeeze our eyes shut and jump rather than inch away from the scary edge.

So we are now, officially, Mainers (from away, of course!)! I promise more photos soon, but here are few that I took haphazardly along the way…

I’m generally not a big “follow the signs” kind of person, but, seriously?

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

This is my reason for such a long absence…these boxes just got unpacked last night!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

Because of course I had to paint my office and bedroom before I could unpack them!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

Snapshot of my life for the past week or so…coffee? Check. Sugary creamer? Check. Dewalt drill? Double double check check.
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

My partner in crime. Small tangent story: Pickle loves to play ball more than anything in the entire world. More even than trying to rip the throat out of the UPS man (which, if you’ve ever seen her in action is saying a LOT!). So she is beyond delighted to have a back yard where she can play multiple times a day. So delighted that I woke up a few days ago to Pickle sitting, ever so patiently, right next to the bed, staring at me, tennis ball in her mouth…not waking me up, just waiting for the instant my eyes opened so that she would be ready at the very moment I was. SO ridiculously cute!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

The famous Bean Boot!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

Starbucks. My Starbucks. The one that is a mere walk from my front door. Ahhhh, home.
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Freeport, Maine, Moving to Maine

I have a million photos coming your way, so be prepared! My computer is out of its box and I am ready to rock out some pictures!!! Eshe’ is up next!

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  • JustinJuly 26, 2010 - 10:36 am

    Yes, everything that you said is true. The other thing I love about Maine is that it’s 88 degree heat wave hardly touches Durham’s 103 degree norm.ReplyCancel

  • StephanieJuly 23, 2010 - 12:47 pm

When neighbor-turned-friend Gretja mentioned awhile back that she’d like to think about doing a session with me, I was super excited! She wanted some good non-wedding attire photos of she and her husband, Ryan, as well as some shots in her fabulous wedding gown since she hadn’t been able to do them before her 2008 wedding! I LOVE this! ALL of this! Everyone should have some photos of themselves that they love, that they feel capture the essence of who they are, that make them feel beautiful and confident and fabulous! And it’s NEVER too late to get those bridals done! I’ve said it before and I will say it again – if you are going to spend the time and money and effort to find the PERFECT dress, you should have some photos in it that are all about you and the dress!!! And if, for whatever reason, you didn’t or couldn’t have them done before the wedding…it’s never too late!! But enough of my preaching…let’s get on to the photos!

Check out Ryan and Gretja’s slideshow here!

Ummm, coffee & old books? Two of my very favorite things in the entire world? YES, PLEASE!!

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Parker & Otis, in Durham, is one of my favorite spots for coffee and a cupcake…check it out!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

How cute are they?!?
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

I just HAD to play around with a little grit and texture on this one! I love it!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

We headed over for some fun with the graffiti in Duke University’s Free Expression Tunnel…
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

And then to my favorite peeling green wall in downtown Durham!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Ryan is an awesome climber, so we had to grab a few shots of him “buildering”!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

I love that exact time at dusk when the sky turns this rich shade of electric blue!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

For Part II of the session, we headed over to the West Point on the Eno River for a few more family shots with the fur-babies and to start the bridals! How awesome are Roxy & Boone, their matching shelter rescues?!?
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

The light was GORGEOUS!!!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

The babies!!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Let the bridal portraits begin!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

With the backdrop at the Eno, we just HAD to do a few old-timey shots!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Gretja and I wrapped it up back at Parker & Otis…I just LOVE these shots against the metal wall! The texture!
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Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

How fun are these!?!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Nothing like wrapping up on the train tracks!!
Maine, Wedding, Photographer, Parker and Otis, West Point of the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina

Thanks so much, you guys! This was SO fun! I can’t believe you guys are moving to Seattle! So exciting!!!

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  • Deborah ZoeJuly 12, 2010 - 9:31 am

    I am in LOVE with her and the red wall. GORGEOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary RaschkoJuly 9, 2010 - 3:19 am

    Hey neighbors, The pictures are so great! I hope you’re doing well and good luck with the move!ReplyCancel

It’s official. Time is moving waaaayyyy too quickly and has the audacity to continue to speed up!! I cannot BELIEVE that it was a year ago that I shot Lila’s newborn images! How is that possible?!?!? But a year it has been and she is officially a year old! I can’t articulate how incredible it is to be there from the beginning with a brand new family and to be able to capture their rapidly growing perfect baby girl throughout her first year…amazing.

Check out Lila’s first year highlights slideshow here!

We began at the Arboretum on UNC’s campus…

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

I absolutely love that at nearly every session we’ve done, Duke has- at some point- looked at me as if to say, “I reeeeaaaally miss being the only ‘baby’ in this house.” He just cracks me up!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Lila’s endless curiosity is so amazing to watch! And I just love love love that her most usual response to whatever it is she’s curious about is utter delight!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

We just HAD to do some swinging!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

So much laughing!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

I love the way her Dad is looking at her in the left shot…and what a good sport he’s being on the right!!:)
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Two of my favorite shots of the day…
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

After playing at the Arboretum, we walked over to Sugarland Bakery and picked up Lila’s birthday cupcake!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Yummmmmm!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Oh the magic of your very first birthday cupcake!!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

With a bit of gelato to wash it down!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

What a way to end a day!
Maine, Child, Baby, Portrait, Photographer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Coker Arboretum, Sugarland Bakery

Happy First Birthday, Miss Lila Ruth!!

Ryan + Gretja are coming your way next!

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  • RoxyJuly 1, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Hands down my absolute FAVORITE baby portrait session you have done. I love her laugh when she is swinging and the cute baby fat on her legs and the way she hugs the glass trying to get to the cupcakes inside. And I love how she smears the icing all over her 1 year old face. So precious! And ALSO you changed the wallpaper on your blog didn’t you? I love it!ReplyCancel