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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 12/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

I have a new favorite location to shoot!  The magic with concrete is that it acts as a natural reflector and bounces light into your face and eyes, making them look radiant.  And, believe me, there’s a LOT of concrete on the top floor of this parking garage!   It’s the perfect location if you want your portraits to feel urban.

My fashion and beauty shoots tend to be a bit softer and more feminine, but I was craving to do something with a bit of bite.  Together, Diana and I came up with a vision– a rocker gal with awesome aqua eye makeup.  She pulls off that makeup so well that I almost want to wear it every day, and I rarely wear makeup!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from this session!

diana poses in a parking garage in a fashion shoot in Bangor Maine
diana poses in a parking garage in a fashion shoot in Bangor Maine

Diana looks up at the camera in a beauty shoot in a parking garage in maine
A portrait taken during a urban fashion shoot in Bangor Maine
A photo from a fashion shoot in a parking garage in Maine
A natural light fashion portrait taken in a parking garage in Bangor Maine
Diana looks away during this fierce fashion shoot in Maine
Diana pulls down her sunglasses during a fashion shoot in a parking garage in Maine
Diana is a fierce rock star during this edgy fashion shoot in Maine
Diana posing in an edgy fashion shoot in a parking garage in Bangor Maine
diana poses in a parking garage in a fashion shoot in Bangor Maine
Diana stands on top of a parking garage during a fashion shoot in Maine
Diana stands on top of a parking garage during a fashion shoot in Maine
A windy day photo shoot in Maine
Natural light creates a sunflare in this portrait
Diana is gorgeous in this beauty portrait from a shoot in central Maine

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Blade Runner book review

(Day 11/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

Please, don’t judge this book by the cover.  I was upset about having to purchase this book 9 years ago for my English 101 class because it looked so… dull.  So not me.  And I’m a science fiction fan (LOVE Star Trek: The Next Generation AND Battlestar Galactica)!   I was bummed that I wasn’t able to get into any of the other College Comp classes that had really interesting topics and would have to read and write about this book.

Naturally, I ended up loving the course.  We read and wrote about the concept of self and what it means to be alive, what with the continuing development of artificial intelligence.  And, naturally, this novel turned out to be one of my favorites of all time, ugly cover and all.  I try to remember that when I look for a good book to read, but what can I say?  I’m a photographer and good images and graphics definitely help to draw me in.

Here’s the premise– In 2021, Earth is a wasteland because of World War Terminus.  Most of the world has migrated to Mars, but a select few have stayed, despite the poor living conditions.  Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter and retires androids who have run away from Mars.  These androids look exactly like humans and have been created to serve them at the new Mars colony, and can only be distinguished as machines via one or two tests.  When his superior gets injured taking down a new, more sophisticated android, Deckard takes over his current bounty list and finds himself, over the course of a day, questioning his beliefs and his understanding of reality and life once he meets an android named Rachael Rosen.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the best kind of science fiction because most of its energy is focused on philosophizing about how one determines what is real and what is not real via the idea of empathy.  And it’s a question that has to be considered today, as artificial intelligence continues to be improved.  I promise, it’s neither dry or stuffy– it’s exciting, relevant, and a fairly quick read.

PS– I haven’t actually seen Blade Runner, which I feel a little guilty about, seeing that I love Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  I’ve been told that the book acts more as inspiration for the film, so the two are fairly different entities.

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