Ice-Covered Maine Casco Bay

Iceburg, straight ahead! With the layers of ice floating on the ocean in Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay, it does sort of have a creepy resemblance to the Titanic movie, doesn’t it? This is what two weeks of below freezing temps combined with almost six feet of snow does to the ocean in Portland. I find it quite fascinating!

 

Layers of ice on the Ocean in Casco Bay, Maine. Photo by HAL Photography.

Layers of ice created from weeks of freezing temps and six feet of snow float in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. Photo by HAL Photography.

Snow-covered Maine Coast

Fore Street. Portland Maine Snow in January - HAL Photography

Snow-covered cobblestoned Fore Street in the Old Port of Portland, Maine.

 

If you aren’t living in the northeast, or even the chicago area for that matter, you may not have had the latest round of storms pummel your towns quite the same as we did. Portland as well as most of the New England area is currently at three storms within SIX DAYS totalling about FOUR FEET OF SNOW! Yeah, seriously. 6 days, 4 feet of snow.  It’s pretty amazing and when I say amazing I mean, sidewalks where one can lose a human or a full truck for that matter;  roads so narrow making the commute that much longer due to two lanes being cut down to one with cars parked; and road intersections where you have to be halfway out in order to see the cars coming through the intersection! But we live in Maine and that’s just how it goes. :-)

HAL Photography - Post Office Square in Snow - Portland Maine

Holiday lights reflected in the snow in Post Office Square on Exchange Street in the Old Port of Portland, Maine.

And here’s the thing – we can’t change the weather! Try as we might, we may get 2-4″ more tomorrow night or it well may end up being another 10-14″,  if the southern and western storms collide. Mother nature has it planned and all we can do is pick up the pieces, literally, many many pieces in the form of snowflakes.  Weather is one of those things that I’ve learned to just take it as it is, because no matter how much I worry or stress out, it will be what it will be. And all we can do is accept it and wait for the next one (it’s happening tomorrow, if you already forgot)! Here we go!!!!

 

Until next time,
Heather

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Happy New Year from HAL Photography

Happy New Year and Happy Holidays. Peace, joy, and happiness from HAL Photography.

peace – joy – happiness 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from HAL Photography. I am truly thankful to every one of my fantastic photo peeps (aka clients) for being so fabulous!

I look forward to discovering a new fun photograph every year to use to create my photo holiday cards.  This shot is of Old Orchard Beach, Maine during sunset in the winter snow.  I’m going to be honest, the silhouette of the dogs walking on the beach made me smile. I love Maine beaches during the winter – so peaceful and quiet. Nothing but the sound of the waves against the sand.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015! Enjoy all the happiness this year can bring.

- heather | hal photography

M & B – Destination Wedding in Portland, Maine

Here’s the longer post promised from M & B’s Maine Destination Wedding!

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M & B chose spring in Portland, Maine for their destination wedding! I first met these two guys when they reached out to me looking for a gay wedding photographer for their elopement ceremony in Portland. Well we hit it off on that first phone call and I’m so grateful this couple chose me (HAL Photography) to capture their special day.

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M & B held their ceremony at the Chadwick Bed and Breakfast in Portland, Maine. I highly recommend the Chadwick for an elopement ceremony. Intimate, cozy, with a great staff located in the heart of the West End in the Old Port.

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The witnesses were two of their best friends from their home in Texas.

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Cake, toasts, and cheers for the happy couple!

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After the ceremony, we made our downtown to the Portland waterfront. We stopped on Wharf Street to capture the couple surrounded by the red brick buildings and cobblestone streets. #capturinghappiness; #capturinglife; #capturingmaine; Destination Photographer; HAL Photography; Maine Portrait Photographer; destination wedding photographer; heather A Laverriere Photographer; maine coastal weddings; old port wedding portraits; portland gay marriage ceremomy; destination gay wedding photographer; #capturinghappiness; #capturinglife; #capturingmaine; Destination Photographer; HAL Photography; Maine Portrait Photographer; destination wedding photographer; heather A Laverriere Photographer; maine coastal weddings; old port wedding portraits; portland gay marriage ceremomy; destination gay wedding photographer;

And what is a trip down to the waterfront without the water? These two guys made me smile and laugh out. The happiness they share is evident.

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Did I mention how much these guys made me laugh? This is why I do what I do. To capture the happiness and love between two people.

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As we were wrapping up the portraits, M & B asked if I could get a shot with them. Of course I said yes! Congratulations again to M & B on your Maine Destination Wedding. I wish you many years of happiness, love, and vacations in the vacationland state!

luke & chelsea | maine coastal wedding

Luke & Chelsea
September 24, 2011
Ceremony: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Brisol, Maine
Reception: The Bradley Inn, New Harbor, ME (www.bradleyinn.com)

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse | Maine

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse | Maine

The fog was definitely thick when I headed over to check out the lighthouse before the ceremony. But wow, that view is still breathtaking.

walking down the aisle

Chelsea with her dad, walking down the aisle

Luke & Chelsea were married on the coast of Maine at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. The setting could not have been any more idyllic. A gorgeous backdrop of the rocky coast of maine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Reception at the simple, rustic-yet-elegant Bradley Inn was a short walk from the lighthouse.

The sky looked like it may open at any point, but thankfully it held out, which created a beautiful softness to the scene, giving off beautiful white light. It looked like a giant softbox in the sky. I am convinced the ever-prepared bride, Chelsea, helped to keep the rain away by being prepared for it. Don’t worry, the rainboots and umbrellas still got a chance to show off their color-coordinated stuff.

 

  

you may now kiss the bride

You may now kiss the bride

Finding reassurance in each other's eyes

Finding reassurance and laughter in each other’s eyes.

It's official!

It’s official!

Just like I promised, here are the pictures of the bridesmaids with the bride sporting their rainboots and color-coordinated umbrellas. Thankfully, we didn’t need them, but how cute do they look here? I’m so glad we grabbed this shot!

The rain didn't come, but only because they were well prepared

The rain didn’t come, but only because they were well prepared.

What is a wedding without family?

Family is what it is all about.

Wedding photos at the lighthouse were this photographer’s dream come true!

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Lovely flower arrangements

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Inside the Bradley Inn – A toast to the new couple

 

All the single ladies!

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Congratulations to Luke & Chelsea! Many more happy years to enjoy together.

“Can’t think of a better way to spend the day thank to see you married!”

My sentiments exactly. What a wonderful, fun, happy, wedding day. Family, friends, good food, good beer, and great weather made it all come together perfectly to create this very special day for Luke & Chelsea. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Update: Luke and Chelsea recently welcomed a baby boy into their family and he is absolutely adorable! Congratulations on the new addition!

 

Maine Fall Family Portraits are back!

Maine Fall Family Portrait Photographer

It’s that time of year again! Yes, running through the leaves IS just as fun as you remember! Let’s capture the happiness. HAL Photography is booking sessions for outdoor fall family portraits! I’m going to be honest with you, September, October, and November are my favorite time of year for family photos. Why? The lighting (late golden sunshine), the weather (sweaters, jeans, and all those comfy clothes!), and the colors, oh the colors! Red, yellow, orange, green, such wonderful warm foliage colors make up autumn portrait photography in Maine and New England.

Wait, summer is almost done? Noooo! Don’t worry, you will be happy to hear that I am one of the last people to wish summer to end. Summer is still here, and it’s not going out without a final show of all it’s got! 80 degrees and sunshine all week. Wow, what a week! But…some say it will come to an end, I’m not saying who (ahem, Farmers Almanac),  so I suppose we shall prepare for the next season of beauty in Maine. Let’s do it, let’s capture the fun and happiness!

Contact Heather anytime to book your appointment, 2o7.59o.  o571  or heather @ halphotography.com.

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PS. Yes, I will totally photograph you jumping into the pile of leaves before the kids do. Because yes, it really is that much fun!

behind the scenes of a family portrait photoshoot

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‪Two year olds can be unpredictable, fun, and absolutely amazing.
Capturing real life between the moments during a session. It’s just one of the things that we love to do as family portrait photographers.

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ella | one year old portraits

Miss E - One Year Old | HAL Photography Maine Portrait Photographer | Gisland Farm, Falmouth, Maine

sneak peek: ella | one year old!
Gorgeous lighting during our family portrait photoshoot with this happy girl last night at Gisland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.

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HAL Photography, maine portrait family photographer, has a few slots left for summer family portraits. Drop an email today!

Family Portrait | York, Maine

The C family invited me (HAL Photography) to their home overlooking the water in York, Maine to capture their family on their son Lucas’s first birthday.

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A few things to know about this little guy.

1) He is a very handsome little guy- those blue eyes are the real thing my friends. And his personality is just as sweet as that face!

2)  His latest accomplishment was walking. Having just mastered it a few weeks ago (and the stairs a few days before the party), he was on the go and loving life with his new found freedom!

3) He is a big fan of showing me how he really feels about this whole Family Portrait Photographer idea. Please see above for reference. He’s such an adorable little guy!

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Thank you to the C family for inviting HAL Photography to your home to capture your family and the precious moment’s of Lucas’s 365th day in this world. What a great afternoon it was!

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bug light | maine lighthouse

Beautiful dusk capture of Bug Lighthouse, Portland Breakwater Light, Maine. Captured by HAL Photography. www.halphotography.com #capturinghappiness #capturingmaine #halphotography

Maine Lighthouse: Bug Light, captured by HAL Photography

One of the many reasons I love to capture maine, especially at dusk.

Just a tiny little lighthouse on the rocky maine coast, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, or “Bug Light” as it has been nicknamed, can be a calm, peaceful retreat from the summer activity of it’s neighbor to the north, Portland Headlight. Overlooking Fort Gorges, situated across the Casco bay from the Old Port section of Portland, Bug Light is one of my favorite lighthouses Maine has to offer. Take a walk or run down the Greenbelt Trail in South Portland and you’ll find it (if you head toward the water, that is!)

Keep on doing what you’re doing, maine. (As long as it includes temps over 40 in June!)

-heather

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