Archive for August, 2011

August 26, 2011

She’s got “the look”- Profiling a local photographer

A picture’s worth a thousand words they say, I guess I could agree with that, but what is amazing to me is when a picture leaves you speechless. There are some photographers that just have it; a gift, a talent for seeing things through different eyes. They can take an ordinary object or scene and present it to their audience in such a way that it conjures up an emotional response, makes a definite impression and expresses meaning to the viewer, and that is a definite gift. We now live in a technological world; we can capture a moment on our cell phones and have it uploaded to facebook or twitter in a matter of seconds to share with others. A photograph helps to slow things down, imprint a memory, give us a tangible piece of the past, and we often rely on these for comfort that not all from our past is gone and forgotten but it lives on in our memories and in that photograh. We seek out professional photographers to help capture some of the most important moments in our lives, weddings, births, moments of transition, graduations, etc. and we do so because those people have that gift of vision; they have the look; they can see past the basics of what is happening on the other side of their lens and really capture emotion, movement and expression. Photography is an art and like many mixed media artists each photographer is unique in the way they capture their subject.  Here in Portland we are blessed to have some amazing artists in the photography business.

I have recently been putting together some marketing type items (more to come on that later) and I needed some specific images for some business cards I was working on. I wanted a variety of pictures containing cupolas and weathervanes and for help with my project I turned to Kelsey Martel Photography. Kelsey Martel is local photographer based out of South Portland (but willing to travel) and she is one of those special people with “the gift”, “the look”, “the vision”, whatever you want to call it, she’s got it. Whether she is capturing a small decorative detail at a wedding that might otherwise go unnoticed or slowing down time if only for a second when photographing a precious baby or carefree toddler, her work showcases her talent to capture moments in a refreshing way. I have had the privilege of knowing Kelsey on a personal level and because of our relationship I have acquired numerous amazing photographs of my pets and some of my most favorite landscapes around Moosehead Lake and Pine Point Beach here in Maine. Kelsey’s work is creative and original and I was so happy that she was willing to help me yet again with another project! If you have never seen her work, take some time to check out her business information page on facebook at!/pages/Kelsey-Martel-Photography/146100255404891 or email her at for more information on photographing your next event.

So without further a due here are some of the shots from our “Cupola Hunt” enjoy!

The picture below is my favorite from our day out on the hunt! The copper weathervane against the blue sky is stunning.

Ah barns! I think you know how I feel about these buildings! I am in love with this place.

August 19, 2011

It’s not you, it’s me…..

So much for all my lofty promises! Well I suppose we are on the verge of  breaking up now because I didn’t hold up my end of the deal? Well let me first say I’m sorry and try to salvage what we have left. I am asking for your forgiveness and I’ll try to explain myself for what it is worth! I mean second chances happen, right?
Well in the past few months a lot has gone on in the “barnhouse” and without boring you with every miniscule detail I’ll just run down a few of the big ones to help catch you up on the latest. In June Mark went to Africa for two weeks, a great experience for him and such a wonderful opportunity thanks to the military!


Unfortunately right before he left we found out that Ruca, our female 11-year-old english mastiff, has cancer. This news was devastating as we both have had delusional dreams of our beloved pets out living us and always being around. After careful research covering all our options we decided to let Ruca live out the remains of her beautiful life in style and comfort and without surgery. At almost 12 years old we could not ask her to undergo all that it would entail to try to remove the cancer, which has likely spread at this point anyway. So we cried, we talked, we treated her like she was somehow different for a couple of days and then we realized, she is an amazing dog who has no idea she has cancer;  so we decided let’s make the most of the time we all have left together and continue to spoil the heck out of our princess pup!  And that’s what we have been trying to do!

Hmmm what else is happening? Well we had a great week of family visits from Mark’s daughter and mother, Willow and Marge. We got to play tourist in our town a bit, which was a blast! And we also snuck in a trip to one of our favorite places on earth, Mount Desert Island! Some pictures below are from our trip!  We hosted a great cookout with both our friends and families.

Congrats Steve and Lauren!

We had a wedding to attend, busy work schedules and not to mention everyday clean up around the house!  (the dogs are shedding bad!) Plus summer is the time for lots of little projects;  we renovated our den room with new flooring, new paint on the walls and trim and “new-to-us” furniture. The project was exciting and turned out to be quite the transformation! We are very pleased with the results, and next on to painting the bedroom!

Some more big news in the world of animal chaos aka “our life,” our chickens have begun laying eggs!!! It started with 3 to 4 a day and now we are up to 10 a day! That’s more eggs that we can eat, I mean at first Mark was cooking eggs for breakfast everyday, then we were making quiches and searching for any recipes that were egg based that we could find. Finally we realized that yard fresh eggs are pretty much the bomb and maybe we should ask if anyone would like to buy any? Right away we had interest from friends and co-workers who wanted to place an order for our eggs! So now we are business people for real! Well I mean we aren’t breaking any records but it is nice to get a little something back to help pay for chicken feed and pine shavings! Plus a bonus, we have an almost never-ending supply of breakfast!

Sandy Beach Acadia National Park

Well there they are, all my excuses why I haven’t held up my end of the deal. I know, I know, excuses are like… well you know what they are like but hey I through the cancer card in there in hopes for a sympathy vote! So what do you say, will you come back to this blog for more reading however unimportant, irrelevant or infrequent these posts may be? I hope we can work this out because I really enjoy what we have….. do you think you can ever forgive me? I sure do hope so! Haha!

I hope summer is going well for everyone, unfortunately it seems to be flying by per usual… so please enjoy some Acadia National Park beauty on this glorious Friday! Happy Weekend All! Stay Inspired!

Oh and a little shout to my love… Happy 2 Year Anniversary Mark! Here’s to many more filled with dogs, cats, chickens and laughs! Love you!

The Bubbles at Jordan Pond Acadia National Park

Bubble Rock, South Bubble Mountain Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond from South Bubble Acadia National Park

View from top of Cadillac Mtn Acadia National Park

Sandy Beach Acadia National Park

Maine's Beautiful Rocky Coast Loop Road Acadia National Park