Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Photographer | Celebrating 100 Years with Robert Ross

Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Photographer | Celebrating 100 Years with Robert Ross

My husband and I were married 8 years ago in July and in that time I have come to know and love the Ross Family.  I first got to know them the week of my wedding, which in itself was a tough one for them with their beloved Mother and Wife passing away.  But, in true Ross fashion, they marched on and partied like rock stars at our wedding reception!

Robert, the family patriarch and I shared a love of photography.  I remember one visit to him at his home at Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine, he showed me an amazing old camera he had and we talked for nearly 30 minutes about photography and the importance of capturing moments in time.  He knew the importance of documenting life and I loved when he would show me old photographs.

“Uncle Bob” who turned 100 this past July, was so wonderful with my children and even with his health failing he took the time to pose for a few photos with them.  I am so grateful for the last photo that they have with him.  The lighting may not be the best and not all the kids are smiling but it is perfect because it captures 4 generations.

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On July 16th, family and friends gathered at Piper Shores to celebrate this amazing milestone.  Bob had lived his dream of living to 100 years old!!!  I was so honored to be a part of his day and give him a big congratulatory squeeze. 

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Long time friends and family traveled near and far to celebrate with this gentle soul.  The night was full of great stories from his children, grandchildren and family friends.  It was truly amazing.

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For those who know Bob – you know he likes to make speeches and have a good after dinner drink and this night did not disappoint!  It was truly a fun night all around.

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Sadly, on August 25, 2016, Robert Henry Ross, Jr. passed away at his home with his children by his side.  This weekend we remember this amazing man and I look forward to being with family sharing stories.

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Uncle Bob – you did it!  You made it to 100!!!  I will miss your smile.  Love and smiles, Jennie

Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Photographer | Celebrating 100 Years with Robert Ross

Newfields NH Family Photographer | Super Joe – Kicking Cancer One Day at a Time

I first met the Silvani family when our older children were in Kindergarten together.  Jacqui and I hit it off right away, exchanged email addresses and began to plan a summer of play dates with the kids.  The week of Kindergarten graduation came and I had reached out a couple of times with no response from Jacqui.  Finally, the day of graduation came and I asked one of the other mother’s where she was and was told about her youngest son Joe Joe.

In mid-June of 2015, Joe was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer.    My heart was broken for this family who I had just met.  Little Joe Joe was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed and has been a fighter since day one.  He has endured multiple rounds of chemo and radiation.  In November, Joe had his first clear scan, which means there was“no evidence of disease”. 

In most cases this means that a cancer patient is at the end of a long road of treatment but Neuroblastoma is a crappy cancer that likes to sneak around and hide in places. The chemo treatments are designed to kill all the cells that can be found on a scan– which his did, which is great. But there are still places the cancer could be, or develop, that the doctors can’t see right now. This is why he has a comprehensive treatment plan that will continue, even though his scan is clear.

Joe is currently undergoing antibody treatments at Children’s Hospital and next week will be there once again for the entire week.  Before he headed down to Boston, we wanted to sneak in a little 4-year-old photo shoot!!!  We met at Vernon Family Farm here in Newfields, NH for an afternoon of jumping on hay bales and checking out the pigs.

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I have watched this family go through this awful time in their lives with grace, laughter and love.  I am truly honored to be a part of their “village” and would do anything for them.  When I learned that only 4% of all research funding goes to pediatric cancer, I knew I had to do something. 

For the month of September– Childhood Cancer Awareness Month– I will be donating 10% of ALL SESSION FEES AND SALES to the Jimmy Find Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, without whom Joe would have little chance of survival.

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If you are looking for a Newfields, NH Family Photographer, please contact me today about booking a session and let’s help find a cure for this terrible disease.  To donate directly to the Jimmy Find Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute please CLICK HERE.

Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Photographer | Celebrating 100 Years with Robert Ross

NH Seacoast Childrens Photographer | Reilly Roo Turns 5!

As a NH Seacoast Children’s Photographer, I know how important it is to document your children’s lives.  I started my photography business back in 2009 when my oldest son, Conor, was born.  Since then I have photographed many many children and one of my favorites is my son Reilly (aka Wreck it Reilly, Reilly Roo or his given name Thomas Reilly).

Today Reilly is turning 5 YEARS OLD and I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by!  It seems like just yesterday he was scaring us to death in my belly.  At only 34 weeks pregnant, I was rushed by ambulance to the hospital with contractions and I thought for sure Reilly was coming early.  The doctors monitored me and then sent me home for ANOTHER 4 WEEKS!!!! 

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It was literally the longest labor EVER – a month of hospital stays, false alarms and some bed rest.  Finally, on August 23, 2011, Thomas Reilly made his entrance into the world and has been marching to the beat of his own drum ever since.

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2012 – One Year Old

  • Loves to swim
  • Learned to walk
  • Moved to Newfields, NH

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2013 – 2 Years Old

  • Loves trucks
  • Super curly hair
  • Favorite person is Megan Conner (also his teacher)

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2014 – 3 Years Old

  • Started Pre-School at Exeter Day School
  • First plane ride and first trip to Disney
  • Daddy’s little man

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2015 – 4 Years Old

  • Became a BIG BROTHER – Charlianne is now his favorite person
  • Class clown
  • Graduated from Pre-School

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2016 – 5 Years Old

  • Starting Kindergarten
  • Loves to “shake his booty”
  • Is best friends with his big brother Conor and adores his little sister Charli

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This little guys has brought us a lot of laughs over the past 5 years and I can’t wait to see what the next 5 bring us.  Happy Birthday Reilly Roo! 

Love, Mama

Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Photographer | Celebrating 100 Years with Robert Ross

Destination Wedding Photographer | San Juan, Puerto Rico – Alison & Deb

When my cousin Alison and her partner Deb came to me and said that they were going to get married in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was more than thrilled and was SO excited to travel to celebrate with them.  A few months into planning, they asked me to be their matron of honor.  I was so honored and from that moment on, I was committed to making all of their dreams come true!

Being a destination wedding photographer is a rewarding experience because you get to travel to amazingly beautiful places and celebrate with people for more than just one day.  This trip did not disappoint!  We started the festivities off with a sunset rehearsal dinner cruise aboard the catamaran Spread Eagle II.  There was music, dancing, good food and a beautiful sunset as we sailed to see where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic Ocean.

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The ceremony and reception took place at the San Juan Water Beach Club and there were so many beautiful details.  The resort made for a perfect back drop!

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Being the matron of honor put a unique spin on being their photographer so I enlisted the help of my best friend to not only be my plus one but my second shooter.   She got a crash course in wedding photography and did a wonderful job photographing the ceremony and even a few of the formals that I needed to jump into.

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Alison walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the Rainbow” which was so symbolic and emotional.  Our Nana passed away two years ago and they were extremely close.  She would tell all of us to look for the rainbows and know that she was shining down on all of us.  She didn’t disappoint and we saw more than one rainbow on our trip – a trip that had NO RAIN.

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The sun was shining and as 20 of their closest friends and family looked on, these two declared their love for one another.  “The flip to my flop, the jelly to my peanut butter, and my very best friend”. 

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Each guest was handed a sea shell to make a wish on for the happy couple and then throw into the ocean.  It was such a great sentiment and a beautiful moment watching their dreams come true.

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Aida & Darryl from I Do, Me Too did an amazing job capturing the essence of Alison and Deb and wrote the most beautiful and personal ceremony.  I loved all of the details that were included – some that I had never heard before.

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The staff at the San Juan Water Beach Club did an amazing job of clearing a gorgeous area of the beach to have the ceremony and for us to capture the most beautiful pictures. 

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Being able to celebrate with your family is an amazing thing and I am so blessed to have been a part of this beautiful day!

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The sun was setting and the beautiful pink sky showed up right on time.  These ladies love the beach so we had a blast just hanging out taking pictures in the surf before we were ready to party the night away!

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It was all about the details when we entered the reception – from the memory wall, to the candles and the amazing flowers and centerpieces created by Lorraine’s Flowers.

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The night continued with an amazing dinner, toasts (including one by me), lots of dancing and a little “We love you Deb & Alison” sung by the whole family.  It was a great night with some wonderful people.

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The dance floor was full the entire evening with music by Emir Feliciano.

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I want to thank Alison and Deb from the bottom of my heart for including me in such a magical day and a trip that I will never forget.  I love you both!!!

If you are planning a destination wedding or a small intimate wedding in New Hampshire, contact me today to find out more about Weddings by White Wave Photography.

Venue: San Juan Water Beach Club

Flowers: Lorraine’s Flowers

Officiants: Aida and Darrayl from I Do Me To

DJ: Emir Feliciano

Sunset Cruise: Spread Eagle II

 

NH Beach Photographer | My Little Beach Bums

NH Beach Photographer | My Little Beach Bums

As a NH Beach Photographer with three kids of my own, I never seem to have enough time to get pictures of my own kids.  It’s not really about having the time myself, but I need at least ONE more person to help me to corral these kids while I shoot.  This past weekend we had a mini vacation on Cape Cod and I had a “village” with me to help run around after these three.  Let’s just say that sometimes you just can’t get them all looking at the same time!  Of course, mine all go in 3 different directions.

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What I love most though is that it captures their personalities perfectly.  Conor (my oldest) is very happy to be with his siblings and is at an age where he listens to directions (most of the time).  Reilly is 4 and well, 4 is the worst!  He does what he wants and this photo shows him in true Reilly style – just doing his own thing and digging in the sand.  And then there is Charlianne – or as we call her at home “tornado Chuck”.  She is constantly on the move and it is hysterical to watch!

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This girl is only 16 months old and already taking charge of our whole world.  She started to crawl before she could sit and has been a solid walker for over 6 months.  Now, she is in a full sprint ALL THE TIME.  No worries though, these big brothers are always there to catch her when she falls.

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My kids love the beach as much as I do and each year when we go to Cape Cod to visit family we love to head down to Paines Creek to eat dinner and watch the sunset.  This year we had more clouds than sun but the company was worth it.  My aunt Kathy, who is a budding photographer took this great photo of me and my little lady and I just LOVE IT!  THANKS KATH!

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I am usually the one behind the lens and am so happy when the opportunity arises for me to have someone else take a photo of me and my babies.  I urge all of my clients to do the same.  Step out of your comfort zone and be sure to get some photos of you with your babies because they will be all grown up before you know it.  Trust me – my “little man” is catching up to me quick!

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I would love to spend the evening with you and your family at the beach.  If you are looking for a NH Beach Photographer, please contact me today!  I love having my toes in the sand while at work :).

 

Exeter NH Children’s Photographer | Reilly’s Last Day of Pre-School

Exeter NH Children’s Photographer | Reilly’s Last Day of Pre-School

These week marked yet another milestone here at our house.  We started the week with Kindergarten screening for my middle son Reilly and then yesterday had his LAST DAY of Preschool at The Exeter Day School.  The morning was full of lots of singing, goofing off and a few tears (by both his teacher and I).  Trying to get a photo of Reilly these days is tough because he is a typical 4 year old and THINKS HE IS HYSTERICAL!!! 

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I have given up trying to get that perfect smile and embrace the goofy!  He didn’t stop there and his whole “performance” at the school concert made me laugh out loud.  I swear that he is going to be on stage one day.  Those lips have made me smile since I first saw it in his ultrasound picture at 34 weeks!

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This year we were so lucky to have Mrs. Styles as a teacher.  She embraced Reilly’s crazy and just went with it.  Through his silliness she managed to teach him how to write his name, count and share her love of nature.  We will truly miss seeing her each day. 

Next year, as we move on to Kindergarten this will also be the first year that he and his “girlfriend” G will not be in his class…which is ok because she just “broke up” with him LOL.  She was willing to pose for ONE more picture with him but only with their fabulous teacher Mrs. Styles.  I just love these kids!

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Moments like this are the reason that I am so passionate about photographing children.  Time just goes by way to fast and your newborn will be heading off to Kindergarten before you can blink.

Contact me today if you are looking for an Exeter, NH Children’s Photographer, I am currently booking summer lifestyle sessions and would love to get to know your family and document your children’s milestones.