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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.

(Day 18/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

As an avid book lover I try not to be swayed by book covers (as I noted in my Wordie Wednesday about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) but I have to be honest– I’m not a large fan of most romance-based novels.  Sure, I like romance in my novels, but there’s got to be more to the plot.  I only picked up Dairy Queen because it is continuously mentioned on YA blogs and by critics as a classic, but look at that cover– doesn’t it look like a fluffy chick-lit novel to you where the girl or guy almost loses the girl/guy but gets him/her in the end?  Ehn.

A book review of Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I’m glad I picked it up, because this book was narrated by, hands down, one of the most compelling voices I’ve ever read.  Our narrator, D.J Schwenk, is incredibly different from most other YA narrators.  She lives in the mid west, considers herself a hick, and runs a family farm.  She fully believes that she isn’t that smart,  and, the way her voice is written reflects these characteristics.  She’s a delightful character, even though she’s flawed and not your average upper-middle class east or west coast narrator.

D.J. is running her family’s farm by herself while attending high school because her father is injured and can’t do heavy work for a period of time.  She’s missed out on a lot because of her extra duties, namely basketball and volleyball, and she’s currently failing English because she doesn’t have the time to keep up with her work.  This bums her out, but D.J. is a hard worker and knows when to keep her mouth shut; after all, this farm is her family’s livelihood, and they don’t have enough money to hire someone to help out.

A football coach for the rival town sends Brian, a player on his team, over to the farm to help D.J. out. In exchange, he’d like D.J. to help Brian train for the upcoming football season (her family has produced some of the best football players in the area and D.J. helped them train when they were on the team).  She’s at first incredibly reluctant to help him out– he’s more popular and assured of himself, and he’s a bit of a jerk to her when he sees her out in public– but they develop a close friendship on the farm.

The great thing is that the novel does explore their relationship, but what’s more important is that D.J. becomes more comfortable with speaking to her family and friends about how she’s feeling and what she needs, and that she also decides to fully live, unlike the cows she tends to that just stand around and chew their cud.  I won’t share the wild decision she makes, but I can promise you that it has nothing to do with her interest in Brian.

I couldn’t put book down, and I’m hoping you’ll pick it up and try it out.

  • Trent - i liked the book i had to read it for one of my classes and i zoomed right threw it after i had started. i even picked up the 2nd book just so i can read some more, i will say i was a little disappointed when i found otu their were only 2 books in the seriesReplyCancel


(Day 17/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

You may have noticed that if you order photos in several different print sizes (5 x 7, 8 x 10, 8 x 12) that the photos have different dimensions, or essentially different aspect ratios.  To get a little technical, a 4 x 6 and a 8 x 12 share the same dimensions although both are clearly not the same size.  Both have a 3:2 ratio.  Make sense?

My camera shoots in a 3:2 ratio, as shown in the photo below.  Thus, to order prints that are not cropped, it’s important to order print and product sizes that follow this ratio, such as 8 x 12, 12 x 18, 16 x 24, etc.

Maine wedding and portrait photographer Kate Crabtree explains aspect ratio

Most photos will crop fairly well, and when I’m shooting I’ll usually put some space around the subject in case a client wants, say, an 8 x 10.  But, I always design my proofs to look best at their native aspect ratio size (3:2).

Check out the diagram below for how vastly different these aspect ratio sizes are.  This particular image definitely loses impact when cropped.  And look at how much of the image is cropped when you purchase an 8 x 10 (a 5:4 ratio)!

An aspect ratio chart to help clients understand why certain print sizes crop the image

Here’s the thing: unfortunately, it is difficult to find frames that are 8 x 12 (or are the 3:2 ratio, except for 4×6 frames).  Why?  Heck, I have no idea.  But they do exist at local specialized frame shops and online vendors, and are, in my opinion, worth it.  After all, don’t you want to showcase the full, uncropped photo on your desk or on your wall?

An easier option is to just purchase a canvas gallery wrap, which require no framing.  I love easy solutions!

I always love to answer questions about print and product sizes, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.  I can help you select the best print/product size for you and your space!