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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine wedding photographer who creates evocative and timeless wedding photography for couples who would like their love story to be told authentically. Although she is located in Bangor, Maine (central Maine), she happily travels to coastal and southern Maine, and throughout New England to capture unique wedding photos and engagement portraits. She has been featured on Style Me Pretty, recently named as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States by Weddzilla, and published in Maine Magazine and Real Maine Weddings.

I’m often asked what my favorite lighting/weather conditions are for portraits, and I often have a hard time responding, because they all produce different effects.  I love fog for the atmospheric quality it provides to photos, and overcast days because of how easy they are to work with, but I also love bright sun and big, blue skies.  In other words, I’m pretty easy to please!  Monday delivered soft light for almost the entirety of Meg and Maxime’s session in Kettle Cove, which is located in Cape Elizabeth, and it provided for some pretty vibrant captures, and I found myself thinking that maybe THIS is my new favorite light to work with!  Meg had an easy laugh and giggled throughout the entire session, which made my job of photographing Meg and Maxime easy as pie.

By the way, Kettle Cove is one of my favorite places for Maine engagement portraits.  Why?  There’s a variety of landscapes within a small space.  Rocky quintessential Maine coastlines, sandy beaches, green, vibrant trails, and the sun sets behind the ocean, which allows for easy and dramatic silhouette portraits.  It’s a gem of a portrait location!

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from our time together.  I’m counting down the days until their Blue Hill wedding at John Peters Estate!

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It was supposed to rain, but Matthew was determined to ask Natasha to marry him on North Bubble in Acadia National Park that very day, so, as I like to think of it, his love for her cleared the clouds and brought some soft light for his proposal! ;)  I had been in contact with Matthew for a week, helping him come up with a location and plan so that he would be able to remember how beautiful the moment when she said yes was.  We sent several long emails and diagrams (yes, diagrams– Matthew is an architect, so his diagrams were much prettier and complex than mine, drawn awkwardly in Paint!) back and forth, so that by Friday we were both ready to go!

I’ll share more of the story throughout the post.  It’s a good one.

portraits-on-north-bubble-nm (1)I followed Matthew and Natasha partially up the mountain.  I was joined by Tammie, who hopefully made me look less stalker-y and more “I’m going on a hike with my mom and taking a few random photos as I go up!”

portraits-on-north-bubble-nm (2)portraits-on-north-bubble-nm (3)The view was pretty incredible, and the rainclouds were long gone.

mountaintop-proposal-maine-nm (1)I went up to Natasha and Matthew and asked if they wanted me to take a photo of them with their camera.  They went down to the spot Matthew and I had planned for, and we took a few photos.  I then asked if I could take a photo with my own camera, and said I’d email it to them later.  They happily said yes.  Please note Matthew’s hand in his pocket– he’s getting ready!

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To say Natasha was happy was an understatement.  She was pretty thrilled.

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This is what a groom-to-be looks like once his proposal has succeeded! :)

proposal-in-acadia-national-park-mn (3)Luckily, Natasha did want to take a few photos on the top of North Bubble (and now realized why Matthew wanted her to wear a dress), so we took some scenic portraits and enjoyed the view.  The bugs weren’t quite as kind, but it didn’t kill their smiles.

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IMG_6372IMG_6416-2bar-harbor-maine-proposal-photos-nm (3)Matthew and Natasha, I loved spending the evening with you two and felt privileged to be a part of your proposal.  I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos!

  • Ryan - Kate Crabtree: Real Life Paparazzi! Love this! Amazing captures as usual!ReplyCancel