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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.


When I realized that I hadn’t written about Paper Towns yet for Wordie Wednesday, I was somewhat flabbergasted.  I had written about John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which has become one of the most beloved books of 2012, but Paper Towns has always held a special place in my heart for a few reasons, and I reread it on a yearly basis, partially because it reflects my own perspective on how we understand others.  Thus, I knew I had to write about Paper Towns ASAP so that all of you can pick it up for a nice, relaxing holiday read.

The premise is simple; Quentin’s neighbor, Margo, who he has always had a crush on but doesn’t know very well, takes him out on a night-long adventure in which he is pushed to do all sorts of mischevious things outside of his comfort zone.  For Quentin, this night is life-changing, and he knows that school the next day will be different because Margo has fundamentally changed him.  However, he discovers that Margo has run away.  This isn’t out of the ordinary– Margo has flown the coop several times in the past, but this time, for several reasons, feels more final.  However, once Quentin realizes she has left behind clues, clearly left for him to find and interpret, he makes it his sole ambition to find her and bring her back.

What’s so fascinating about Paper Towns is how it explores the idea that we define others through our own perspectives and our own imaginings.  Quentin originally sees her as an idealized manic pixie dream girl, but realizes, as he searches for her, that he hasn’t perceived her correctly– rather, he must try to understand her fundamentally to figure out where she has disappeared to.  His understanding of Margo changes and deepens dramatically as he studies the clues she leaves behind and attempts to plumb the depths of this girl that he is obsessed with.

This idea of perception is absolutely fascinating to me and really hammers home the fact that, as Walt Whitman says in “Leaves of Grass,” “I contain multitudes.”  It’s easy to simplify the people that we know, but in order for us to begin to understand them we must remind ourselves of their complexity and that our own life experiences affect our understanding of them.  Intriguing, right??  Go read Paper Towns, stat.

PS– I have so many exciting blog posts on the docket!  An adorable Boston engagement session will be up on the blog tomorrow, and I’ll also write about my hijinks in Boston soon after– make sure to check back in to join in on the excitement!

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I’ve said it time and time again, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it– I firmly believe that photos should not live solely on your computer.  I think most brides and grooms have the intention of making prints if they’re not purchasing products or prints from their photographer, but after the rush of the wedding and the initial excitement of looking over the photos, I’ve heard so many stories of couples who have let their images sit in a drawer for years.  It’s not that they don’t love their photos, but rather life gets in the way.  It takes time to choose the right images and frames for your home, and it’s easy to fall back into a routine and forget about all of the good intentions you had for your wedding photos.

This is why I love canvas gallery wraps– they come ready to be hung, so it’s a no-fuss product.  And, when it comes to photography, bigger is often better.

I just ordered this canvas gallery wrap for my office.  This is 20″ x 30″ (I had Tony hold it to give you a better sense of its dimensions).  It’s not as large as you would think, but I was looking for it to fill a relatively small wall space.  Many people believe that an 11″ x 14″ is a great size for a wall portrait, but in most rooms that size is often too small to be appreciated.  It’s always a good idea to measure the space you are looking to fill and determine what the optimal canvas gallery wrap size should be.

If you’re spending a fair amount of money on wedding photography, you might as well invest a little more money in at least one canvas gallery wrap so you can enjoy your wedding day and the love you feel for your significant other every single day.  I believe custom portrait and wedding photography isn’t and was never meant to be stored away on a flash drive or to exist solely on Facebook– rather, I think it should be treated as custom art to be cherished for years to come and to act as a reminder for the love you share.

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