Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Man o man was this a fun evening! We met Marie and Mike at their home in Southie to begin the engagement session. She bounded down the stairs in a cobalt blue dress and I already knew I liked her. The energy between the two of them is easy to work with. One thing I really loved about Mike was a little subtle but I highly appreciated it. Like most men we work with, he really wasn’t SUPER excited about “frolicking” around town and being photographed. It’s one of those things that we totally get and work hard to make easier for them. While Mike was not super stoked about it, he was all in for Marie the whole time. There wasn’t a moment of grumpiness or aggravation, just him trusting us and doing this out of true love for Marie. I swear it made me love him too. Ha!

We just walked around on a lovely street near their home and then made our way to a local park that we have actually been dying to photograph in. It has a super sweet monument and a ridiculously good view of the city. After that, we made our way to the Seaport and took in yet another of my favorite Boston views. One of my favorite moments was when I asked them to dance. Instead of your typical middle school style rock-back-and-forth move, they started breaking it down like it was a party. I died laughing and now expect all our couples to bust moves similar to that. Ok? Thanks.
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Meredith is one of my friends from Boston and when her boyfriend proposed I waited with baited breath for her to ask me for some photos. YES YES YES!!! It’s funny that when you are in a bible study/book study with someone for less that 12 weeks, you really can become close. I feel like Meredith knows more about me than most of the people I have known all of my life. I likewise know a ton about this spunky smart woman and it just made the session and the engagement that much more meaningful to me! When we moved from Boston, leaving that group of women tore me up (like I cried for almost the whole last meeting). I LOVE YOU MEREDITH! We actually covered a lot of ground for this session, starting at the Boston Public Library and then walking over to the Boston Public Garden. At the end of the night we lucked out with a ridiculous sunset on the Mass Ave bridge. THEN to top it all off, we put the cameras away for the night and walked to the South End and ate at one of my top favorite Boston pizza places. I mean… what could be better? These two are getting hitched in Kentucky next year and we could not be more happy for them.
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Meghan and Devin met us at the restaurant that he proposed to her in! We adore when couples incorporate their love story into the engagement session. We hung out inside for a while and then made our way out into the gorgeous light! We just walked from Toro in the South End to at least 3 little parks nearby. Then we made our way to the Christian Science Plaza, one of my favorite spots in the city. I felt like the entire way there were amazing little spots to take photos, and at each new spot the light was delicious. Devin and Meghan were super easy to photograph because they just snuggled and kissed and laughed for two hours! Afterwards they even went on a date to the Top of the Hub, another one of my favorite Boston spots! It was a great way to spend the evening, getting to know these two and walking around one of the greatest cities in the world.

One of the most memorable parts of the day was me jumping into the water fountain for a crazy water angle and getting completely hit by one of the water upshoots! Anything for the shot right?

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We met Amanda and Doug at Crescent Beach State Park, just down the road from us! Amanda jumped out of their Subaru in a cute little romper and I knew this was going to be a fun one. We started in the parking lot because there was some bangin’ light that Dan knew just what to do with, (and you’d never know it was a parking lot from the photos). Next we made a bit of a misstep and went into the woods. I say it was a misstep only because we were SWARMED by mosquitoes and there was no escape until we made it to the beach, only after all of us were covered in welts. Whoops! These two were so laid back about it. We just all dealt with it, and ended up with some funny and fun photos! I also learned how to edit out mosquito bites. Win win?? We ended up at a little secluded beach with pink sand and no one there, overlooking the pretty Maine waters. I’d say it was worth it. Dan almost got taken out by waves for a few of the shots. Dare devil. We made our way over to the main beach and broke some rules climbing into the guard stand. I’m glad we did because it made for some rad photos. Lastly, we drove into Portland to one of their favorite parks, overlooking the city for a few night shots. It was hilarious, fun, adventurous, with awesome people, and in my beloved Maine. What more could you ask for??

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On the way up to Bridgton, Dan asked me to tell him a little bit about these two since he wasn’t able to be there for the original consultation. All I could tell him other than the details and logistics of their upcoming wedding day was that Brittany (who I talked on the phone with) was ridiculously kind and sounded like a precious person. In person, she is exactly that, but even more. Her tiny frame just melted into her fiance Jim, who was always up for a cuddle or hug. It was such a casual engagement session with the two of them. They made US comfortable. Brittany and Jim actually hired us before they were officially engaged. They saw no reason to hold off the wedding plans that they knew were inevitable. Although this is rare, I can understand it and completely get knowing you’re definitely getting married before the ring. I am happy to announce that they are indeed engaged and we got to take some super fun images of them at her family’s “upta camp,” (Mainer’s will get this). When we saw how calm the lake was, Dan could not contain his excitement. The reflection was breathtaking. I definitely took a few landscapes for my own personal photo collection. We get to visit so many awesome places!

So snuggle up with a cuppa tea and enjoy this very Maine engagement session with Brittany and Jim. #loves

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