It’s All in the Details | Maine Wedding Photographer

When it comes to wedding planning, it’s all about the details!  Couples spend so much time (and money!) on making sure everything is just right on their big day.   As a wedding photographer, I want to ensure they have beautiful and creative images to remind them of the tiniest of details.  This is also super helpful for my fellow wedding vendors; stylists, florists, event managers, wedding coordinators, jewelers, formal wear boutiques, and more LOVE to see how the fruits of their labor photograph and look on the big day!  (I’ll be featuring some fantastic vendors from Kasey & Chad’s Portland, Maine wedding soon!)

I have to be honest, I LOVE capturing the detail shots.  It’s probably my favorite thing.  (Can I say that?!)  I love using a macro lens and getting creative and unique perspectives.  I also feel like I’m in a secret society as I’m being trusted with the ever-important rings–and getting to see any special engravings inside the bands.

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Music Box Musings: Angie’s Favorite Romantic Songs | Maine Portrait Photographer

Hands in a heart shapeWith the recent blizzard here in the Northeast, Valentine’s Day on the horizon…and Chad & Kasey’s wedding happening this weekend (yay!!!), I have L-O-V-E on the mind!  Okay…I’m ALWAYS a hopeless romantic…let’s be honest! :)

 

I get a lot of inspiration and joy from music–all genres, all decades!  Here are a handful of my favorite love songs in no particular order.  I think there just might be something for everyone on this list.

 

Now go smooch the one you love!

2 Responses to “Music Box Musings: Angie’s Favorite Romantic Songs | Maine Portrait Photographer”

  1. Cory Harrill

    I’m glad to see Let it go is not on our list. I approve :)-

  2. Katherine hughes

    Check out “the shape of us” by Ian Britt.

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Behind the Scenes with Angie – Chad & Kasey’s Engagement Session | Maine Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited for the upcoming wedding of my dear friends Chad & Kasey!  Given that their big day is just over a week away (!!!), I thought I’d share a fun behind the scenes video from their engagement session this fall.

As a photographer, I get so excited (as you’ll hear!) when my clients are willing to try something different.  Chad was totally into the idea of climbing into this great tree at Fuller Farm in Scarborough, Maine.  And, being the amazingly good sport that she is, Kasey was on board!

One of the resulting images was a favorite from the session.  (The one I have secretly titled: “Chad & Kasey Sitting in a Tree.  K-I-S-S-I-N-G”.)  Here’s the video of how it happened!

 

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Stella | Maine Pet Portraiture

Stella

I had the great pleasure of photographing beautiful Stella, an 8.5 year old Great Pyrenees, at her home in Portland.  This charming lady has had a rough go of it over the past year.  She had a leg amputated due to bone cancer in April, but I was amazed at how well she could move around!  She was puppy-like as she wiggled in the snow.  :)

Stella’s mom contacted me for a Heal Session after learning that Stella would need to have her right eye removed due to a likely malignant growth on the eye, itself.  I was honored to meet Stella and witness the mutual love and respect she and her tremendously caring companion have for each other.

After checking in with Stella’s mom to see how her eye surgery went, I learned that the surgery was cancelled.  Apparently the bone cancer that resulted in Stella’s amputation has spread to her lungs.  However, Stella is doing chemotherapy treatments at home and is comfortable.  I wish her and her mom lots of love.

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Studio Product Highlight: Senior Rep Cards

How can you not love these cute little cards?! Senior rep cards are the mini business cards Angie’s senior representatives hand out to their friends and family. They feature favorite images from the rep’s photo shoot, along with their first name, high school name, and graduation year. They also contain the studio information.  Rep cards come in a sweet metal tin for easy storage and transportation.

Best of all, these cards also work as a coupon; those who submit a cards to the studio receive a 10%Senior Rep Cards - Angie Bordeaux Photography discount on any services or products purchased at Angie Bordeaux Photography. AND…Angie’s reps earn awesome incentives and products for referrals!

If you are interested in becoming an Angie Bordeaux Photography Senior Representative, be sure to let Angie know!

Fun idea: These are not just for seniors!  Angie can easily design these mini cards for kiddos and their parents looking to set up play dates!  During your next family session with Angie, consider asking her to make some play date cards containing your contact information to distribute to other moms and dads at child care, school, or even at the local playground!

Rep cards are free for Angie’s senior reps, but an mini card can be custom designed and printed just for you for only $30 for 25 cards.

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Studio Product Highlight: Mini Albums

The mini accordion album was one of the very first products I tried out when I went into the photography business!  They are super cute, quite durable, and completely customizable!  I think of these as a more modern, higher quality “brag book”.  We can design these with beautiful silk fabric covers in a wide array of colors or with a personalized image and title on the cover.  Up to 10 images can be in these mini albums–and we can even create panoramic-style layouts for a really unique, bold look!  I have a mini accordion album in my purse right now which features images of my daughter’s first 10 months of life.

I think you will love having a mini for yourself…and they make wonderful gifts or stocking stuffers for grandparents, aunts & uncles, and other special people in your life!

Fun gift idea: Let’s create one of these each year during your child’s annual photo session!  At your child’s high school graduation, give him or her all of the minis in a beautiful gift box.  What a treasure to have a sweet collection of childhood memories like that!

Mini accordion albums are currently priced at $24 each.  Please contact Angie for more information about our products and services.

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What to Wear: Fashion Inspiration for Families

One of the main things parents stress about when planning a family photo session is what to wear!  Angie will always have an email exchange or call with you to discuss the styling of your photo shoot to help you think through what will work best for your family.  However, here are some quick tips to help you in planning your look:

1. Be yourself and be comfortable!  This is the same thing I tell my high school seniors.  If you don’t feel good in what you’re wearing, you won’t look as good in your images!  Of course you may want to dress up a bit more, but make sure you are remaining true to who you are.  This is especially true for kiddos.  Yes, they look adorable in poofy dresses with a ton of crinoline or dress shirts and vests, but if your child is uncomfortable, it’s not going to make for a very good experience.  There are lots of adorable and comfortable options so make the process easy on yourself to avoid meltdowns. :)

2. Coordinate, but don’t go overly matchy-matchy.  You want your images to reflect the unique personalities of your family members, while still looking like one cohesive unit.  Although you are welcome to have everyone in the same basic outfit (e.g., jeans and a black t-shirt or khakis and a white dress shirt), I suggest coming up with a palette of coordinating colors and patterns.  At a minimum, accessorize those basic outfits with pops of color.  For instance, if you want to have everyone in khakis and a white shirt, consider:

  • Having everyone in a different style of white shirt–mom in a peasant blouse, dad in a dress shirt, son in a polo shirt, daughter in a long-sleeve v-neck, etc.
  • Accessorizing with bold jewelry, scarves, hats, vests, ties, and headbands.  Let each member of the family accessorize their outfit in a way that shows their style and personality.  If dad always wears a hat but would be miserable in a tie, let him pick out a hat that will coordinate with the feeling of the shoot!  If your daughter loves chunky, layered necklaces–perfect!  Add them to her outfit!
  • Relaxing the “uniform” requirements.  Instead of being rigid with the khaki pants and white shirt look, mix it up by staying in that palette, but letting family members wear whatever they want in those colors, for instance, your baby girl may be wearing a white dress, dad may be in a white linen shirt with khaki cargo shorts, and mom may wear a white maxi dress with a cropped khaki jacket.

3. Think about the end result and the purpose for your photo session.

  • What do you plan to do with your photos?  Are you planning to have large prints or canvases made to hang in your home?  If so, consider the colors in your home when selecting your outfits.
  • Are you planning to use your photos in holiday cards or announcements?  If so, think about outfits that will suit the occasion, season, or theme.
  • Do you want images of the kids “in their element”?  If so, consider picking outfits that fall on the more casual side for a “lifestyle” shoot as opposed to a more formal portrait session.
  • Do you want a mix of casual and formal images?  If so, consider wearing layers and/or accessories that can easily be removed.  If you have small children, doing a complete outfit change may be difficult, but removing a cute peacoat, blazer, bow tie, or sweater is much easier and can completely modify the look for a outfit.

4. Don’t recreate the wheel.  If you are admittedly not great at coordinating outfits for your entire family, use to your resources!  First, your favorite photographer will have suggestions! :)  Second, check Pinterest and Polyvore!  These are invaluable places to find outfit suggestions from people with amazing style!  Third, look at displays in your favorite department stores.  Places like Old Navy will often have wonderful displays with a family of mannequins dressed in coordinated styles from their most recent collection.  Use the expertise of those store stylists to get ideas for what may work for your family.

5.  Use what you’ve got!  I beg you…don’t break the bank and buy all new outfits for your whole family solely for the purpose of a photo session.  Of course, if you need some retail therapy, by all means, get your shopping on! :)  However, I guarantee each family member likely has, at least, the good start of a photo worthy outfit already in his or her wardrobe.  Contact Angie to talk it through!

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Studio Product Highlight: Client for Life

At Angie Bordeaux Photography, we are thrilled to invite you to become our Client for Life! For a one-time fee of $1000, you will get a yearly photo session with Angie! This would make an incredible, unique and thoughtful gift for the newlyweds in your life or for new parents. Imagine having a professional photo shoot of your family every single year–and being able to have the tangible memories of how your family has grown and changed!

This investment will pay for itself by the 7th year! Clients for Life also get advanced access to specials and the opportunity for additional discounts and free gifts! Payment plans are also available for this special program.

If you would like to be part of this exclusive club, please contact Angie for more information and details.

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Baby Ellie’s Shower Featured on Baby Lifestyles! | Maine Lifestyle Photographer {Published}

I am so excited that my images from Baby Ellie’s shower have been published on the fabulous blog, Baby Lifestyles! It was an awesome day with an amazing family–and bonus–the shower was held at my best friend’s beautiful home in Portland!  I’m thrilled that my first time being published as a photographer was for this event. I got to meet sweet Ellie today, so the timing of this could not have been more perfect.

Check out my baby shower images at Baby Lifestyles!

 

 

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Ethan | Thornton Academy High School Senior

Ethan was my second senior rep for this year!  He is such a great kid–and he’s uber-talented!  He sings, dances, acts, and enjoys athletic activities such as snowboarding and mixed martial arts.  And, hello, look at that face!  Could he be any more adorable?!  I had a blast working with him during our session at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  It’s a great location with the beach, rocky outcrops, wooden bridges, and beautiful foliage.

Ethan - High School Senior

Thanks for representing for my studio, Ethan!  You are an amazing guy, and I hope you have a brilliant senior year!

One Response to “Ethan | Thornton Academy High School Senior”

  1. Cory Harrill

    I’m glad to see Let it go is not on our list. I approve :)-

  2. Katherine hughes

    Check out “the shape of us” by Ian Britt.

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