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Seacoast-Area Photographer Guide Roundtable

What inspires your photography?

I am most inspired by love and light. I adore working with Seacoast families to create custom sessions that capture their unique personalities and spirits. The most important thing is to document all of the beautiful and intimate moments that naturally unfold during a family session. I just love those cute little kisses, big hugs, and amazing giggles and laughter that parents share with their sweet little ones. I love playing with light and finding amazing backlit areas to create beautiful highlights in my images. I am always looking for the sun and trying to filter it through trees or sea grass to create that glow effect you see in many of my images. Light is so important when choosing a location for a portrait session.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Parents are always concerned that their kids will not cooperate or have meltdowns during a family portrait session. It is so important to offer parents advice ahead of time so they are well prepared for what is to come. I always suggest building up the session about how much fun it is going to be! I suggest parents take the kids out for ice cream after so they have something special to look forward to. It’s always a good idea to make sure the little ones have full bellies before the shoot, and try to avoid bringing snacks to the session. Most importantly, just relax. Always leave yourself plenty of time and prepare to arrive 15 minutes early in case things do not go exactly as planned. My sessions are always fun and relaxed–it’s not your typical “look at the camera and smile!” I have many tricks for photographing children; parents need not worry about a thing!

How long have you been a photographer?

My interest in photography started in high school, and I am so blessed I was able to make it my profession when I went into business in 2008. It was during the planning process of my own wedding that I realized I wanted to start my career as a wedding photographer. I worked for a company that eventually moved me up to a lead photographer before I ventured out on my own in 2008. In 2007, I was inspired by the birth of my first child to build my portrait portfolio. My daughters are now six and eight, and probably the most photographed children in the Seacoast-area. I adore photographing children of all ages.

How would you describe your style?

I adore creating colorful, soft, and whimsical images infused with love and light. I specialize in natural light photography, both in studio and outdoors, and it is my goal to create one-of-a kind images for families to cherish and pass on to future generations.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

What fascinates me most about photography is being able to capture the individuality, spirit, and beauty I see in each face I photograph. I enjoy working closely with my clients and making their artistic vision come to life. Whether I am photographing the simplicity of a sleeping newborn or the excitement and romance of a couple’s most intimate day, my goal is to create beautiful memories and preserve life’s special moments.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

I have so many favorite spots in the New Hampshire and Seacoast area for beautiful family photography. For most of my sessions, outdoor, open-air environments are always my first choice. I love shooting in wide-open natural spaces because the light is amazing, especially during golden hour. There are so many beautiful beaches to take advantage of and downtown Portsmouth, NH is always a really cool spot. I’m not sure if I can pick a favorite location, as I love testing out new areas that hold special significance to my clients, and I am always learning of new spots.  

What is the best part about your job?

The best part about my job is that I get to go to work everyday and love what I do. I am able to be creative, have a ton of fun, and build amazing relationships with Seacoast families. I adore seeing the journey of a family starting with a couple at their engagement session and on their wedding day, and then reconnecting when they start their own family. There is nothing better than making a wonderful connection with a couple and then watching their children grow over the years. I am truly blessed.

Casey Durgin Photography

 

What inspires your photography?

I love real moments. I am not a studio photographer who works with posing and big lighting, rather a lifestyle photographer who captures real life. I want clients to look back at their photos and remember the feeling they had in that particular moment and be able to hold onto that forever.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

I will make sure the shoot is as comfortable as possible. I will take care of telling you what to do and the rest will flow from there. The best shoots are the ones where the client partners with me in making sure our visions are tied together. Don’t be afraid to suggest your ideas and things you like that you have seen before. I will take your suggestions with my experience to deliver the best images possible.

How long have you been a photographer?

I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. I always had a camera with me wherever I went. I got serious about photography and made the investment to a DSLR camera in 2012 and started my business in 2013. I was able to focus more time in growing my business in 2015, and things have really taken off since.

How would you describe your style?

 I am a lifestyle photographer and enjoy capturing the candid moments. I love natural light and working in the outdoors.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

The feeling I get when delivering images to a client cannot be explained. Whenever I finish with a shoot and get the images on my computer and begin the editing process, I am always overcome with a smile. Time cannot be stopped, but with the images I take, my clients will be able to hold onto those moments forever.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

Anywhere at the beach, but preferably Rye Beach. Rye is home to me; it is wonderful sharing my home with my clients. The beach is my happy place, so whenever I can work with a family with my toes in the sand is a good day in my book!

What is the best part about your job?

Definitely delivering images to my clients and knowing what a special gift they are getting. I find myself looking at my wedding photos and newborn pictures of my daughter from time to time and they always make me so happy. I am proud to say I get to do that for others!

Hannah Rose Photography

 

What inspires your photography?

There are a few key things that inspire my photography. One is the light. Light sets the mood and great light can take an image from mediocre to mesmerizing. True, raw emotion is the other inspiration for my work. I like to feel the connection between my subjects when I look at the images I create for them. I strive to create images that capture the true essence of my clients and their connection with each other, whether it be serene, silly, or pure affection. The most beautiful thing I can capture is a child laughing. A child’s laughter is infectious and simply magical. As a mom for 10 years now, I’m acutely aware at just how quickly the time passes. While being a mother is hard, it’s also the most amazing job you will ever take on. The love we have for children should be celebrated and documented. This is a driving factor behind what I do. 

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Relax and be themselves. Most of all remember that their children will not stress me out. Let me take the lead with the kids and don’t be frustrated if you feel as though they are not doing what I ask of them right away. It’s intimidating to be in front of the camera, I assure you they will come around. Also, remember that I stand behind my work 110%. I can guarantee that I will create beautiful images from each session. Even when my clients seem to think a session isn’t going well, they are always amazed at the end product. When choosing a custom portrait photographer, you are choosing an entire experience from start to finish. Our session together will be fun and carefree, so be yourself, relax, and have a blast. 

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I’ve been in business for myself for five years. 

How would you describe your style?

Timeless. I don’t use props, stiff poses, or backdrops. I create images that are relaxed, sun-kissed, heartwarming, and that will withstand the test of time. 

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

Our time with our babies is fleeting. Today we live in a world today that is hectic and often times stressful. I adore that I am able to slow down this time for a few moments and celebrate the love between you and your children. My clients adore the images I create for them, but what really drives me is knowing that these images I create will be what your children look back on someday. They will know they were loved. They will see the proof and feel the love. 

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

I love to shoot in Hollis, NH. It is filled with great parks, farms, fields, and gardens. 

What is the best part about your job?

Well, first I am a photographer. That part rocks! Beyond that, I love the families I get to meet and work with. I adore meeting each and every family and learning about their story. The families I work with are top notch and I feel fortunate they have chosen me to take an intimate peek into their world. It’s truly an honor. 

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What inspires your photography?

Being part of families’ biggest moments and major milestones are what inspires me! Capturing life, love, and family–especially in it’s beginning stages–is what it’s all about for me. My ultimate passion is newborn photography, as there is something so extraordinary about documenting the very beginning of a child’s life. You are able to freeze a parent’s most special moment, and because of how sleepy and malleable newborns are, you can create art using the most special person in their life. It’s artwork that will tug at your heartstrings forever!

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Clothing can make or break a portrait, so this is where they should spend the most time planning. (1) Simplicity is key to creating a timeless portrait. Everybody in the portrait should wear items that complement each other in style and color. It is not necessary for all clothes to match, but they must make sense together. If dad wears a suit and tie and mom wears shorts and a t-shirt, the portrait may look unbalanced and poorly planned. (2) Pick clothes appropriate to the portrait’s setting. Think of the color tones at the location of the portrait and dress in complimenting colors. For example, the beach has lots of cool tone and the woods in autumn are filled with warm colors. For newborn portraits, a simple white t-shirt and jeans are all you need! (3) Stick to solids and subtle patterns. Bold stripes, large designs, and polka dots stand out and tend to draw attention from the portrait’s subject. A mix of patterns can clash and reduce the quality of a portrait. (4) Dress in timeless clothing for your family portrait. Let your age, rather than the clothes you wear, date the portrait.

How long have you been a photographer?

I would consider myself a photographer since the very first roll of film I developed (yes, I am dating myself) in 1998, so…18 years. I opened my studio in 2005 after returning from college at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

How would you describe your style?

Two words: organic and vintage. I love using organic materials such as wood, burlap, wool, fur, etc. to create layers with different natural textures. The vintage style in general has a sweet spot in my heart, as I feel it’s just timeless. I would definitely consider myself to be more of a posed photographer rather than candid, as I build scenes for my clients to be photographed in based off the interior decorating in their home.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

The fact that I get to be creative everyday and turn my creativity into a business that preserves people’s biggest moments.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

My studio for sure! I have an indoor and outdoor studio all in one location. This allows me to give my clients two completely different looks in one session. My indoor studio is where I build scenes based off the interior decorating in my client’s home, and my outdoor studio has such a classic New England feel with tall fields of grass, a rustic barn, and beautiful old pine trees.

What is the best part about your job?

Being my own boss and, of course, getting to snuggle with babies all day long!

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What inspires your photography?

People, hands down. Locations and backdrops are important, but I am mostly inspired by my clients. I’m inspired by their personalities and background stories. It allows me to translate what I think is most important to capture with my camera.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Be yourself and let those kids be free! I do my best work when everyone is having fun and is relaxed. I take snapshots to create memories that show the true you. Come with ideas for poses, but also let yourself get caught up in the moment.

How long have you been a photographer?

I like to think I became a photographer when I received my first camera on Christmas when I was nine. I have been working professionally on and off for the last 10 years, but my official business was established a year ago when I moved to the Seacoast.

How would you describe your style?

Natural! I try and capture my subjects in their truest form with natural light. I strive to make my images look like film and show the true beauty of love and family through candid lifestyle imagery.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

The clients! I love meeting new people and then capturing them in their truest form to ensure their final images reflect their personalities and experience with me.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

I really enjoy New Hampshire orchards and farms in the fall and winter because of the colors and its true New England feel. I mostly love to capture families, especially newborns, in their own homes. It’s where everyone is most comfortable and it gives the images a sense of personality. The shoot landmarks a time period in your life with everyday surroundings. It really captures the meaning and essence of family.

What is the best part about your job?

I love it when I find myself smiling or laughing while editing a specific image because it reminds me of the memory that went with that particular shot.

Maxine Cadman Photography

 

What inspires your photography?

Connection. The moments you laugh a little louder or hug a little tighter. The way your family loves–right now, in that moment.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Be comfortable and don’t stress out! Anyone can dress up in cookie cutter white and khaki, but is that really who your family is? Plaids, polka dots, zebra print–if it makes you feel like your most authentic self, then you’re going to love the way you remember feeling in your pictures. If you try and force an outfit that’s ill-fitting or not comfortable to sit and play in, then you’re going to be more self-conscious about what you are wearing and distracted from having a good time!

How long have you been a photographer?

I photographed my first family session in 2006.

How would you describe your style?

Relaxed and fun; full of laughter and interaction. And sometimes full of fart noises and Disney songs, too! I’m not a studio photographer. At your house, at the park, wherever we are, it’s as much about the experience of a photo shoot as it is about the images. If all you remember is having a bad time, why would you want to do it again?

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

Watching ‘my kids’ grow. I have families I have been photographing since 2008, and seeing kids grow up right before my very eyes is astonishing. Even though I have my own, it’s all the more humbling to be allowed a glimpse at time going by for others, too.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

Exeter, NH! It’s my home. I’ve grown up here, I graduated high school here, and now I live within walking distance of downtown. And it’s idyllic! I love all of New England, but Exeter holds a special place in my heart and my business.

What is the best part about your job?

What’s NOT the best part about my job? It’s a good day when I’ve wiped snot from another kid’s face or been peed on (or more) by a five-day-old baby. My own kiddo is nearly grown. So getting to go back in time and hang out with all the different ages over and over again is blissful! It’s like being an aunt–have fun, sing songs, play games, get them giggling, then send them home!

Melissa Koren Photography

 

What inspires your photography?

People are inspiring to me because everyone has a unique story to tell with their eyes, expressions, gestures, posture, etc. Just as the saying goes, “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” a picture really does tell a story of that moment in time, and I love capturing those stories.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Contrary to popular belief, I believe that besides chatting with me briefly about outfit choices and locations, I really feel that it’s important not to over plan anything and just be prepared to hang out with me for an afternoon or evening of fun!

How long have you been a photographer?

I got my first SLR camera at age 12 and started photography classes using a dark room then. I also studied lighting and filming extensively during college while studying the performing arts. After living in Miami, NY, LA and Boston, I moved to New Hampshire to start a family. I took more photography classes at that time, started my business, and have now been in business here for almost 10 years.

How would you describe your style?

My shooting style is all about having fun, my image style is artistic, and my business style is based on keeping up with technology. Whether it’s offering people the ability to purchase their digital negatives as a web hosting service, or the fact that I also take snippets of video to compose into their proof/keepsake movie, I’m always staying ahead of trends.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

The incredible emotional reward I receive when people tell me that they cried happy tears when they viewed their proofs video. It’s heart warming! I always joke with people that I judge success by the amount of happy tears that I receive, and it’s so true.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

The beach is my “summer office!” It is truly special because of the variety of images one can capture there–sand, rocks, water, lighthouses, sea grass and gorgeous skies.

What is the best part about your job?

Making people happy!

Story Brook Sessions

 

What inspires your photography?

We are a family business. Family is at the center of everything we do and it is family that inspire the images we create. We love that our images document the beautiful evolution of families; from engagement, to wedding, from wedding to maternity, newborn, family portraits, seniors and golden anniversaries.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Collaboration is key. We love to work with our clients beforehand to style photo sessions. Outfits, props, and setting can all be individualized to give your images the feel you are looking for.

How long have you been a photographer?

Sutherland Photography is a generational business. Kathy studied photography in the seventies and has been working as a professional photographer for 35 years. Raised by a working photographer, Laura and Lacey began taking photos as very young children, began studying it in high school, and have been working as professional photographers for 11 and six years respectively.  

How would you describe your style?

Traditional, whimsical, and documentary. Each of us has a distinctive look to our images. This benefits our clients by giving them a variety of images to choose from.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

I think we are artists first. We see the world in frames, begging to be captured. Even when we aren’t working we are making images. We are photographers because it is what we love to do.

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

A beautiful setting is always inspiring. We love to shoot on the water, whether ocean or lake. Kathy hates heights, but Laura and Lacey love to shoot from mountain tops. Bring on the vistas.

What is the best part about your job?

We all love getting to know our clients and watch their lives grow. Couples whose engagement and weddings we photographed are coming to us with their children. We just did the senior portraits of a boy whom we photographed when he was a ring bearer in his uncle’s wedding. We get to celebrate milestones with our clients, which is something truly special.

Sutherland Photography

 

What inspires your photography?

The connection between people inspires me most. Whether it is a mother seeing her child for the very first time or a dad tickling his children and chasing them around the playground, I am drawn to capturing these sentimental moments in time.

What is the best tip for someone preparing for a shoot with you?

Relax, have fun, and be yourselves. I want your session with me to be fun and stress-free, so don’t worry about your kids being on their best behavior because I am prepared. The best thing you can do is relax and let me handle it. I will joke with your kids, laugh with them, embrace their personalities, and capture some fun candids along the way. Once everyone is warmed up, I will convince your child that they like me enough to give me a great smile for those perfect family shots!

How long have you been a photographer?

I have been a photographer for almost 15 years.

How would you describe your style?

My style is one that is classic and candid, capturing sentimental moments for your family to enjoy for a lifetime.

What motivates you to continue being a photographer?

I love it. I love the connection I have with the families that I photograph. I love taking a moment in time and turning it into a beautiful piece of art on the wall that will evoke emotion every time my clients look at it. 

What is your favorite New Hampshire-area location to shoot and why?

I love shooting at local farms, fields, and beaches along the Seacoast. New Hampshire offers such diverse options for backgrounds in my portraits and I love to utilize them all to fit the personalities of the families that I photograph. 

What is the best part about your job?

The relationship that I form with my clients is by far the most rewarding part of my job. I have watched many of my families grow over the years from getting married, to the arrival of a new baby, and to a senior heading off to college. I love becoming part of their story by being the one behind the camera.

White Wave Photography

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