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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, Seacoast Weddings, and Real Maine Weddings.

(I made chocolate pomegranate cookies for Thanksgiving– you should try the recipe out.  They are delectable!  Photos taken via Instagram)

I meant to write about Thanksgiving sooner, but I’ve found this blog post hard to write because Thanksgiving means so much to me.  Many of my friends (along with Tony) set their sights on Christmas before Thanksgiving even happened, but I refuse to focus on Christmas until I’ve been able to celebrate what I consider to be the most magical holiday of the year.

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, does what Christmas has, in recent years, failed to do.  While Christmas is certainly a wonderful holiday, its commercialization has made its inherent magic feel cheapened.  The focus of Christmas has become about the gifts, the toys, the saving of $20 dollars on a 52″ television.  But Thanksgiving has many of the elements of Christmas– the good food, the time spent with friends and family, the giving of thanks– and except for the abundance of turkeys that show up in supermarkets, Thanksgiving isn’t about the buying.  It’s about giving, sharing, and reflection.

For as long as I can remember I have spent Thanksgiving at either my uncle’s or my cousin’s house.  I adore the Wardwell Thanksgiving– the house, especially my uncle’s, is always almost too warm to bear due to the wood stove and our collective body heat heating up the house (I am a true fan of the overabundance of heat), and our family is gathered together with their contributions for our feast.  My uncle owns a restaurant, my cousin has his own wine distributor business, and most of the rest of us are foodies, so our Thanksgiving feast, I swear, is more than just a traditional meal and is more like a meal from an upscale restaurant.  It is exquisite.  My uncle provides a variety of wines, and we feast on turkey, steak, ham, salad with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds, pie, and other delicacies.  And it is hard not to be blissful amongst family that I see only a few times a year and good food and wine in my stomach.

This year, I am thankful for:

1. Having a great family who I care deeply for and sincerely enjoy spending holidays with.
2. Having great parents-in-law.  We spent Thanksgiving evening with them and my brother-in-law Kyle, and played Scrabble.  A few days prior to Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law told me during a phone conversation that she was glad I had married Tony, which really made my day.  I’m lucky they are so kind, as we don’t get to choose our families.
3. Having a husband who sometimes believes in me more than I believe in myself, which makes me incredibly blessed.
4. Really, really good food.  Gah.  Can I relive our Thanksgiving feast, please?
5. Being able to own a business that is more of a passion than something I have to do 40 hours a week.  An 8-5 job would bore me.
6. Being fit.  Even though I haven’t been running as frequently as I’d like/should (that’ll be changing this week!), I still have great endurance.  It took forever to build it up, so I’m thankful that I don’t immediately lose it when I’m not working out as often as I used to.
7. Having clients that I really like.  Several have become friends, which is sort of awesome.  I have the coolest job!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that your upcoming holiday season will be magical!

By the way– here’s a few other photos from Thanksgiving, from my cell phone (I was too focused on eating delicious food to take more).  My cousin recently adopted an adorable little kitty, which we all played with throughout the course of the day.  At one point, little Josie was placed in Tony’s hood, where she just hung out, and of course we all got out our cell phones to take photos of this adorable scene, while Tony sat very still and asked nervously, “is she angry?  Is… this a good idea?”  Yes, Tony, it was a brilliant idea.  LOOK HOW CUTE LIL’ JOSIE IS IN TONY’S HOOD!


Although I’m totally missing wedding and senior portrait season, (May won’t come soon enough!) I’m excited for the fall and winter because it means that I can do some personal projects of my own.  It’s easy, during my busy season, to forget about creating art and focus on making my clients happy, so I use the slow season to focus on my artistic vision and ideas, try out new concepts, and challenge my boundaries.  I’ve worked with Kristina before during another beauty portrait session and absolutely adore her– she’s sweet as sugar and CAN YOU BELIEVE HER HAIR??  I want it.  It’s magnificent, really.  And I’ve never seen anyone flirt with the camera as well as this girl does– there’s a sweet and friendly ease to how she poses that makes her absolutely captivating and beguiling.  Anyway, I love working with models (and people in general) who I sincerely enjoy spending time with, and Kristina is definitely fun and always up for whatever harebrained ideas I have.

PS– you don’t have to be a model to shoot with me!  I offer beauty sessions for those who want to glam up and have beautiful “just because” portraits of themselves because we all deserve to feel beautiful (and have the evidence to prove it).  Contact me for more information :)

Thanks, Kristina!  You rock my world.