Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Bethany & Dan Photography   |   Photographers based in Portland, Maine

Martelle Birth

Portland Maine

Ive been trying to figure out exactly what to say about photographing my friend’s Rachel and Andrew’s son Samuel’s birth. It was the kind of experience that you need to digest and sit with for a little while to wrap your mind around it. Honestly, nearly 2 months later, I still don’t know what to say. Here is the best I’ve got:

At 4:00am, while sleeping after driving back from Boston having photographed Marie and Mike’s engagement session, I got a phone call from Andrew. “It’s time,” he said with a lot of joy in his voice. Groggy but with a racing heartbeat, I jumped out of bed and started getting ready. Dan helped me pack a camera bag, thankfully since I was kind of acting like a lunatic. I drove to the hospital and walked in a room with two VERY calm human beings, and two rightfully calm nurses. In the span of 1 hour from the time I arrived, little baby Samuel was born. Rachel is a true birthing rockstar, blowing my mind with how calm, collected and poised she was the entire time.

Obviously I can’t speak for Rachel or Andrew about the experience, nor do I want to divulge the whole story of this very private event here on this very public blog. What I CAN do is tell you the impact it made on me. This was the first birth I have ever witnessed. Although I was super nervous and it pained me to see my friend in pain, it was so so SO beautiful. Bear with me here but dare I say this was also so ROMANTIC! Watching Andrew worry about Rachel and tend to her was something I knew happened at births but I just had never realized how romantic a birth experience can be. Additionally, I got to witness my friend Rachel go through the process of becoming a lioness roaring through pain and being so powerful! Who EVER says women are weak can just bite me. Rachel amazed me. I was in awe. I was crying my eyes out. She really was glowing, like they say. I never really believed that but she really was. I know this may sound crazy but if you know me you wont think it is… God was in the room. I could feel his presence. I could see his artistry. He was more real to me in that room that morning, than most other times in my life.

I am so grateful they had me with them and that I could take these photographs for them to remember what it was like when Samuel entered this world, with his parents, the nurses and midwife, me, and God in the room. Thank you to Rachel and Andrew for letting me share these images.

 

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Lobstering

Way way back in 2008 I decided that one thing on my bucket list was to ride in a lobster boat. It may seems small but I REALLY wanted to but we didnt know anyone who would take us for a ride on one. Once we started photography, my dream evolved into wanting to photograph the lobstering process on a boat. Im kind of a stickler for authenticity so I needed it to be a scenario where we were welcomed onto the boat with a lobsterman (or woman) who didn’t mind us being there photographing. It was kind of a tall order.

Enter Abbi and Javi in 2012. We photographed their Camp Wohelo wedding. Abbie’s dad is a lobster fisherman! I mentioned wanting to do this with them but never really expected it to happen since its kind of logistically challenging since Abbie and Javi live in Miami. Then… they called us for some maternity photos. They thought it would be a perfect time for the lobster boat event AND some maternity photos and we.were.so.excited!!!

We will share Abbie’s photos next on the blog but here are a few from our time with them on the boat!

O and by the way, they didnt just let us photograph them… we put on the Grundens ourselves and got to get our hands dirty!! It was more than a dream come true.
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This one was taken by Evelyn, (Abbie

This one was taken by Evelyn, (Abbie’s mom). We love it!

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Happy August, aka Pre-Fall! I know right? What???!!! Is it time for long pants and cardigans and MAPLE flavored everything yet? Not quite but it is definitely time to savor summers swan song. Get out to the beach. Drink lemonade and stay outside till the stars come out.

We had a blast in July with tons of weddings, a tiny break, and lots of getting things done. Here’s a mini-recap:

  • I dyed my hair red. Yup! Ive always wanted to get back to my college red hair but always felt a little weird about it since Dan is a true and STUNNING redhead. I got over it thankfully and went for it! I love the way my eyes look with the red hair. #selfcare
  • We discovered kombucha at the Urban Farm Fermentory and we are obsessed. Our favorite so far? The Rose Kombucha with the petals picked on Peaks Island. Woah.
  • Dan’s cousin and her boyfriend (Alexandria and Matt) came to visit and we got to GUSH about all the things to do and see in Maine. They were headed up the coast for a camping trip and I THINK we talked their ears off with all the things we love…
  • We live in a tiny apartment and most of our non-daily-use, sport gear, and loved furniture that wont fit right now, is in a storage unit. It’s kind of like my future homes hope chest! We had a little time to go in and re-organize it all this month and it looks amazing. The best part? We can access everything we need now and it functions more as a garage than a storage unit. #winning
  • We photographed a maternity session with a 2012 Bethany and Dan Photography Couple. There is a first time for everything right?
  • Speaking of that, I also got to photograph a birth. Different mom by the way. Both blog posts are coming up this month!
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2014-07-16 21.54.55This amazingly cute .gif was made on the Party Party App.

You should probably go get this app right now.

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We are SO excited to announce two new photographic families we just joined! Junebug Weddings and Fearless Photographers!! Both are paid memberships that you have to apply for and be approved. Both are honors that we are so humbled to have.

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Junebug Weddings is a huge compliment to be a part of… HUGE.

Honestly, we have wanted to be a part of Junebug since we opened our business. All the photographers who we looked up to and idolized were a part of this network. They focus on great photography and showcase gorgeous jaw dropping work that we find inspiring. To think we are one of the photographers who are a part of that is actually hard to believe. To give you an idea of how happy it made me, I cried when we got the acceptance email.

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In addition, We are officially members of Fearless Photographers. We have had our eye on this group for over 2 years but never had the gusto to try and join. Each photographer is independent, meaning we could not join as a studio but rather as individuals. Finally this past week we both went for it and here we are!!! We are super excited also to be able to enter their photo competitions that they hold bimonthly. It’s a chance to run with the big boys, so to speak.

This is what the site describes itself as: “The Fearless Photographers directory is a showcase of the best wedding photographers in the world who are constantly striving to surprise you with wedding photos that will amaze you! If you’re planning a wedding and you care deeply about photography, you’ve found the right place. We want to help you find the photographer who will tell the story of your wedding day with distinctive imagery. We share your passion, enthusiasm, and obsession for photography. Our photographers are inspired to push the envelope of what is possible every single day. They are creative, talented, and among the best in the world.”

Here are our profiles:
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Whew to June! That was a crazy one! We traveled our buns off! Check out THIS timeline:

Culebra> Puerto Rico> Boston> home> NYC> home> Boothbay Harbor> home> Lebanon NH> home> Boston> home> Boston> home

It was a little nuts but we got to do SO much and it was a blast. It also lets us appreciate home a whole whole bunch. Poor Hattie is happy to have us around too. We missed that little pup. This month we are almost always local which feels really good to.

On the non-photography side of things we have been having some good fun:

  • Dan’s been fishing and surfing almost every day depending on the tides and waves. He loves being close to the water (who wouldn’t) and I love seeing him so happy.
  • We have been going on dates and enjoying the radical-ness of where we live. Maine is so perfect in the summah.
  • As dull as it may sound, we actually went through every single cabinet and closet in our tiny apartment and organized EVERYTHING! I feel so relieved knowing that we have only what we need, and each of the items that are taking up space around here are much needed and in their place. Perhaps its the SUPER Type A part of me but I honestly cannot describe how good that feels. Of course that lead to seeing a few items that we need to purchase to finish the job. Dear Target, Etsy, CB2, and Pottery Barn… i love you.
  • Current obsessions that might make their way to our house soon: Hula Girl Lamp, Linen and Silk Duvet Cover, Shell No. 4 Shower Curtain, and Nate Berkus Curtains. I guess you couldn’t say we need them… but what can I say, I think we might.
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Thank you Devin for this pic of us doing our thing;)

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