I heard Moriah sing for the very first time during a yoga workshop where she performed with my favorite yoga studio. I was totally and utterly blown away by her voice and her music and the words to every single song! So, of course, I began hunting her down so that I could buy everything she’d ever recorded! I was delighted to find out that she has a new album in the works and, after lots of brainstorming and talking through visions, I am so so SOOOO excited to be collaborating with her on a series of sessions to celebrate the new album!!

Not only is Moriah an insane musical talent, but she and her husband are also the founders and heart behind ReTreeUs, a phenomenal non-profit which should enjoy your attention and support! And when they aren’t running their farm, teaching, investing in social justice, or generally pouring their souls into making the world a better place, they can be found writing and creating music together as Spruce Canopy Music. So many wonderful things.

So without further ado…introducing Moriah Salter:

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Moriah! I can’t wait for our next session and for your album to be released!! THANK YOU for all the amazing beauty and light that you give to the world!!!

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I can hardly believe that Elizabeth and Mike’s wedding was TWO years ago! I’d just arrived home from Haiti the evening before and they kicked my 2012 wedding season off with a PERFECT start…amazing friends and family plus a riotous good time! One of my very favorite things about wedding photography is how I get to be around for the official beginning of a family and that often I get to see bits and pieces of that family’s growth! It’s amazing to shoot engagement images when the talk is wedding, wedding, wedding and then see all that wedding talk come to life on the big day and THEN see that wedding settle into a marriage and then sometimes even get to see the family grow! It’s an evolution that never grows old  for me! So of course I was beyond thrilled to meet up not only with Elizabeth and Mike, but also the rest of Elizabeth’s family for a super fun family session on the beach in Wells! Their beautiful little girl is just months old and was totally perplexed by the entire endeavor…she just looked so thoughtful the entire shoot! 

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And Mike & Elizabeth’s little one wasn’t the only addition to the extended family since the wedding! Both her brother AND her sister also expanded their families!
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And the people responsible for beginning the whole story!
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Thank you guys SO SO much!! It was SO fantastic to spend the afternoon with you guys!!!!

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In the last month, I’ve flown over 8,000 miles, taken up two new sports (muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu!), got a spanky new tattoo, finished my first real knitting project, and spring finally came to Maine after a long, cold winter! While I did a less-than-stellar job at documenting ALL of it as I went along, I thought I’d share a few bits and pieces…

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Have you ever heard of a holz hausen? It’s a method for stacking firewood in a beehive shape. We were intrigued after admiring the cylindrical stacks of a home we pass all summer long on our way to the farmer’s market. After googling our little brains out, we {and by “we” of course, you do realize I mean “Justin” right?} got started!

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In the midst of our holz hausen intrigues, I ran off and got a lovely new tattoo! Scott at Sanctuary Tattoo in Portland did an absolutely phenomenal job bringing to life my convoluted vision…he is a true artist in every sense! I’m ridiculously in love with it, if that’s not weird to admit out loud?

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And then I made not one, but TWO trips to Texas…there was family and work and play involved, and my brother and I snuck off one afternoon for a quick beer at the famous Floores Country Store

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No trip to Texas would be complete without at least some of my Mom’s menagerie making an appearance…you know how I love the fur-babies!

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I maintain that there is not a THING wrong with the classic white wine spritzer…especially not when it’s 90+ degrees outside!

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My mom snagged this shot of my brother, Mat, and I!

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I got off the plane from Texas to discover that while I was away, the wasteland of mud that was the Maine I’d left behind and gone through a transformation, bursting forth with life and color! I was delighted, also, to find that the many families of chipmunks that we harbor (c’mon…how can anyone resist those adorable cheeks!?!?!?) had left a few of the tulip bulbs I’d purchased at last fall’s Common Ground Fair uneaten! Huzzah!

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Don’t you love that yellow-green that happens in spring? SO bright!!!!

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Gratuitious shot of a favorite nook in our house…this image serves no purpose whatsoever.

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Between trips, Justin and I participated in the Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms!We both have longer races coming up later in the year and this event had distances that worked perfectly with where we are in our training schedules! I ran the 10k on Saturday and Justin ran the 25k on Sunday. What a fantastic event! Seriously, if you are into this kind of thing, check out next year’s race, you won’t be sorry!

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While I was doing the 10k, there was also the “canicross 5k” where people could bring their dogs along for the run! I was so glad Justin snagged some shots of the dogs…HILARIOUS!!!! Please note the absence of a certain fluffy orange and white dog…we would definitely end up carrying her for the last 4.5k and, well, that just gets embarrassing.

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Our efforts were rewarded with water bottles…

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…and BEER! Yay for races that give you beer as an incentive!

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Justin’s training partner, Kevin, was doing this race as well, so he had a partner in crime to get into trouble with over the course of his 16 mi or so! Don’t you love how shaggy his hair is? I love it…it gets totally crazy sometimes which makes me super jealous, and it just fits Justin’s sense of humor so well. He keeps playing with the idea of shaving the top so that it’s an extreme mullet and then walking around downtown Portland asking strangers for directions…don’t think he won’t do it folks, simply for his own amusement.

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And what on earth would be the point of all that running if not ICE CREAM?!?!? Tis the season….

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In other news, we recently decided we needed a living room on our back deck. The warm months here are fleeting and we are initiating a plan of “sneaky fun” this year wherein we squeeze extra joy and fun into every moment possible (such as doing non-computer work on the deck in the sunshine rather than holed up inside my office!)…we think this is a brilliant plan and have purchased new patio furniture to prove it.

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Speaking of orange and white fluffy dogs…enjoy the fluff while it’s there…someone’s getting her summer shave next week!

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Aaaaand, we finish where we started…this time with the completed holz hausen! {It turns out, as we later discovered, that it’s actually NOT the best way to season wood, so we’ve added another cord stacked in the traditional manner, in case you were considering building one of these beauties yourself!}

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Good times, y’all!

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  • MeredithJune 5, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Look at you two on your deck – so cute! I also love the photo of you in the car before the race! And the nook photo!ReplyCancel