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They’ve been together for nearly a decade and they’re planning to say their vows with their families in just one week!! I can’t wait to photograph all the beautiful details of their Woodstock wedding now after photographing their engagement session. These two want the focus of their wedding to be celebrating two families coming together and it shouldn’t be any other way. Stay tuned for more gorgeousness from these two and their soon to be wedding day!!

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Who says headshots have to be boring? Why not infuse a little creativity in them like this client. Meg wanted something that was different but reflective of her creative side. To make sure we were on the same page,  she sent over a few sample photos to help convey what she was hoping to achieve with her portrait session. I suggested that we meet at Cedar Circle Farm since the location had elements that were important to her. This was my first time shooting in a greenhouse and I love the even lighting it provided. In just a short time we were able to achieve many different looks that she can use for different purposes.

Want to do a creative session like this one? Let’s chat and collaborate to create something you love.

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Katie’s grandmother contacted me about gifting a “coming of age” portrait session to her granddaughter and I thought to myself what a fantastic idea! I had never considered this type of session but I was excited she asked. We met at a location that is dear to Katie and her grandmother, Ohana Family Camp on Lake Fairlee, Vermont. I love this camp and the people who work there.  It provides many opportunities for gorgeous photos, even when it’s an overcast day as it was during this session. There is the area near the lodge that provides vistas of the surrounding mountains and a short walk down to the waterfront provides more opportunities for gorgeous photographs. We almost didn’t go down to the water since it was getting dark, but we got lucky and ran into a friend on the grounds who offered a golf cart so we quickly seized the opportunity and I’m so glad we did. The water was so serene and reflecting gorgeous light.

Since this was my very first “coming of age” portrait session, it makes me wonder why more people don’t do these types of sessions. It’s a BIG milestone in a young person’s life and the changes between middle school and high school are drastic ones. It has certainly made me think about documenting this time for my own girls when they reach this milestone. It’s such an exciting time and one that should be documented. I’m so glad Katie’s grandmother contacted me for this session. It has brought light to how important and special this time is and that we should try to preserve it as best we can.

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One of my favorite places to visit in the fall is Riverview Farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire. It’s full of pumpkins, apples, and corn maze.  All fall must haves!  And this family was game for exploring the farm with me.  We had the most gorgeous weather and how sweet is this little guy putting flowers in his pocket!
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Typically I prefer to shoot in locations that I’ve at least had a chance to scout out and determine if it has good light, but for this session there wasn’t a lot of time to do that as we had a limited schedule when figuring out a date that worked for both of us.  This girl really wanted to have her session at Feast and Field in Barnard, Vermont, a location known for mixing good local food, art and music in the field.  It’s definitely a place to check out this summer if you haven’t already done so. I arrived a bit early to see if I could find a few spots that were away from the crowds and weren’t in the open sun.  I was a bit nervous having a session at a location that I hadn’t scouted out, but it ended up being one of my favorite sessions as the light was so beautiful once I found an area to filter the sun a bit.  And, this girl is a total natural in front of the camera.  It was so much fun spending the evening with her and her family creating some beautiful portraits.
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The other night I had the privilege of photographing this family at one of my favorite locations and the weather and light couldn’t have been more cooperative. At one point there was a swarm of small insects fluttering about in the light and we weren’t sure what they were, but they intrigued this little cutie making for some fun photos of the encounter.  I hope these captures make this family smile for years to come each time they look at them.

Thank you Glenna & Tommy for hanging with me for an evening and allowing me to photograph your family!

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Now that I’ve photographed Bridget and Tyler’s engagement session I simply can’t wait to photograph their wedding in just a few weeks. They are super sweet and I think Toby, the dog, is going to do just fine with his wedding duties and posing for pictures now that we’ve had a dry run through things.  Thank you Bridget and Tyler for choosing me, I can’t wait for your big day to come!!
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The other day I had the opportunity to spend the morning with this family documenting their newly expanded family. Although it took big brother a little time to warm up to me, I eventually managed to get a few sweet smiles from him. It can be challenging photographing older siblings when you’re also there to photograph the baby.  You want them to feel just as special and that they are also the center of attention.  Especially since their world has changed and all of a sudden the focus becomes the baby.  We started early in the morning when everyone was fresh (if that is even possible when you have a two year old and newborn!) and made the first half of the session all about big brother.  Once we got a few portraits with him out of the way, he was whisked away to preschool so we could focus on the newborn photos.  This worked out really well because the baby was so alert during the first half and then fell into a deep sleep so we could get some of those precious sleeping baby shots.  It was great photographing this family and I hope I get the opportunity to do it again as the kiddos get bigger!

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It’s hard to believe I photographed this family last fall but it has been one crazy busy winter, both professionally and personally, so I’m okay blogging now rather than never.  Besides, this family’s session is way too gorgeous not to share.  We met at one of my favorite places to visit in the fall Riverview Apple Orchard in Plainfield, NH. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves since we got permission to start the session just as they were closing.  This farm has pick your own flowers providing beautiful framing around this family in their last image, one of my favorites.  This family was such a joy to be around, playing in the leaves, eating apples as big as your head and even trying to balance them on our heads.  Well, maybe it was just me balancing apples, but it got the kiddos to look at my camera!

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If you’ve looked around on my website at all you may recognize this location.  It’s one of my favorite places to shoot, but I’ve never had a session here in morning until this family’s session.  It certainly pushed me to shoot differently because my favorite spots were not really places we could use due to the light being so harsh.  I loved the challenge though. It pushed me to think of an area in a different way and some of the images we made together turned out to be some of my favorites.  I feel so lucky they chose me as their photographer and I’m looking forward to photographing this beautiful family again this summer!Vermont Wedding and Portrait Photographer | © Amy Donohue Photography_0348Vermont Wedding and Portrait Photographer | © Amy Donohue Photography_0349Vermont Wedding and Portrait Photographer | © Amy Donohue Photography_0347

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Football is a pretty big deal in this family’s home since dad is the Dartmouth football coach and with the Super Bowl this weekend I can only assume they’ll be glued in like everyone else.  When families contact me I have them fill out a questionnaire so I get an idea of what they’re looking for in a session and I ask them to tell me a little about themselves and what they like to do together.  Since football is such a huge part of their lives we all agreed it would be fun incorporating in a short game of it  And, fun it was as you can see from the photos.  We even played peek-a-boo with a leaf, talk about melting your heart!  Family portraits don’t have to be boring, contact me today and let’s plan a session together.

 

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I LOVE receiving holiday cards from clients and LOVE it even more when clients become good friends.  Although, I’m certain our friendship would have happen even if this family had not been one of my first newborn clients in 2013.  This is my third year photographing them and each time our time together just gets better and better.  This year we thought we’d try and get Choco in the family portrait, but as you can see he found the whole thing to be rather boring.  Luckily our session was wrapping up when a nearby cat caught Choco’s attention, which required some intervention.  These portraits make me smile because there is so much love and laughter within this beautiful, fun family and I’m pretty sure I captured that during our time together.
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This is my second year photographing this family and each time I do I feel like the luckiest person ever to spend time with them.  Last year the twins were just one year old and as sweet as ever, very eager to interact with me.  This year they needed a little more time to warm up as they’ve become more aware of unfamiliar faces, but it didn’t take long before I started seeing those sweet smiles and hearing all about their favorite toys. So, let’s talk about toys and photo sessions.  I encourage parents to bring children’s favorite toys and lovies to help make them feel more comfortable and relaxed during their photo session.  However, I think it’s important for parents to be okay with this lifestyle approach to photography over what we’ve always known as traditional portraiture.   I personally embrace it because it’s a representation of who your child is at that very moment and what they love so much.  This mom’s testimony below is why I prefer this style of photography.  I think we could all use a little more embracing of the chaos in our lives because it’s all still pretty beautiful as long you look at it the right way.

“We LOVE the photos! Simply perfect! When we thought about doing another family photo session this year…I wasn’t sure at first if we needed to. We so loved the photos from last year and…it was only a year ago. But Amara & Beckett have changed so much, and the moments captured this year are so special to who they are now…who we are now. Right down to the teddy bear that Beckett loves…”Teddy”…the one his great-grandmother bought at a thrift shop for his first birthday…and the baby doll…”Baby Girl”…my best friend bought Amara for her second birthday…her first doll. Amara’s dress and tights from her sweet best friend, the sweater from Beckett’s great-grandmother, the baby doll dress from that same great-grandmother. The old vintage quilt I love…the one with all the stains from picnics and snuggling. I bought it for $3.25…a steal! The old wooden wagon we flipped over last week on our dirt road…they both fell out and cried…the one with our pumpkins in it this week. An old man gave it to Jeff a few months ago. He was unloading the back of his pick-up truck when he saw Jeff. It was filled with old metal Tonka toys and that wagon. He gave them all to Jeff. I’ve been wondering who they belonged to long ago…but feel so fortunate to share them with my children now…these cherished toys from years past. Beckett’s old metal truck…his favorite color orange. The lollipops that remind me of our little day trips into town…sneaking into Gillingham’s for a little sweetness. I so love these children and my husband and my family! Thank you so much for freezing in time these precious moments. The ones…that when I look back…will erase everything that was ever stressful about these hectic, sleepless, and crazy days. Forever Grateful, Kristina”

Thank you Jeff and Kristina for trusting me to capture your family again.  It’s truly an honor to document your beautiful lives and may you always cherish each and every moment of this journey as I know you already do.

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Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire isn’t exactly in my back yard but when I get requests to meet clients here I jump on the chance because I love the area so much.  I grew up with Lake Barkley right in my back yard and was always out on the water all summer long on various water crafts soaking up the summer rays.  It’s in my blood and I’ll never tire of it.  This area of the world is so beautiful, I can see why this family keeps coming back to spend their summers here.  It’s a very special place for them where they’ve created lots of memories, so it was important to have the session where those memories are.  Just like in my childhood home, the home they keep coming back to is right on the water which made the perfect backdrop for their session.  It was so great documenting this family and I hope they have many more memories on Lake Sunapee together!

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I’ve photographed many of my friends, and each time I’m asked I’m flattered that they value my photography.  This time was no exception, we’ve been great friends with this family since we moved to Vermont in 2007.  We’ve attended many basketball and soccer games together and our boys have been the best of friends since the 5th grade.  Determining where the session would take place took a little figuring out. but at the last minute things came together perfectly and we met at a beautiful location on a piece of private property, with permission of course!  Looking at these images in a collage like this reminds me how much fun that evening was and how great it is to spend time with friends.  It hardly seems like work when things come together like they did for this evening.  I feel like I captured who they are as a family and I hope they treasure these photos for years to come.

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When you show up for a session and this is the scene unfolding on the front porch you quickly pull your camera out of your bag and start snapping.  This family was so much fun to hang with.  Their energy and love was so relaxed and apparent.  They say a sister is a friend for life and it couldn’t be more true for these sweet girls.  They are the best of friends and I loved hearing all about their summer adventures while snacking on blackberries from the yard.Family Portraits | Strafford, Vermont | Amy Donohue Photography_0170

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This summer has been wonderful in discovering new areas that photograph well and this area is by far one of my new favorites.  I’m so glad this family decided to reschedule their session to a day when the weather was more in our favor.  Not only does this location have great light, it is also a great place for little ones to run around and have fun without too many distractions. And, run around we did.  So much that I had forgotten how much energy a five and almost two year old have.

Thanks so much Madhavan family for spending the evening with me and choosing me as your photographer!

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This session couldn’t have been at a more perfect location for this family.  Dad works at The Aloha Foundation on Lake Fairlee, Vermont and it seemed only fitting to have their photo session there.  It was an absolute gorgeous day to document this time in their lives while their children are young.

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If there was adventure to be found during this photo session these boys were going to find it, from throwing rocks in the water to going on a hunt for trolls.

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I love it when mom and dad agree to let me take a photo of them without the kids.  And, in this dreamy light on the water….perfect!

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Engagement photos are one of my favorite sessions, especially if the bride and groom have booked me for their wedding.  It gives me a chance to get to know them and it gives them a chance to feel at ease in front of my camera before their wedding day.  Let’s face it, it’s not everyday that you’re in front of a camera and for most people it’s hard to relax, so I always recommend adding an engagement session or going with a wedding collection that includes one.  Another benefit is that you have a variety of professional images in everyday clothing, not just your wedding day attire, to hang on your walls or include in your wedding album.

Abby and Nathaniel met at the First Congregational Church in Woodstock, Vermont when they both moved to the area to attend Dartmouth College.  With this in mind, it seemed appropriate to have their engagement session in Woodstock too.  Their recent proposal in April has them planning the wedding of their dreams, graduating, starting new jobs and moving to a new city all in a matter of months.  For some people having that many big events happening in their lives would cause a lot of stress but if it did with these two you wouldn’t know it.  They are absolutely smitten with each other and were so carefree during their session.  It’s such an exciting time for them and I can’t wait to document their wedding in the fall.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful high school senior from Hanover High School in Hanover, NH for her senior portraits.  She was so much fun to hang out with and get to know.  She has dabbled in photography herself throughout her high school career and it’s always fun to chat photography with someone you’re photographing.  It doesn’t get any better than that! I also loved that she incorporated in her guitar, another hobby she picked up in high school.

The other great thing about this session was that it reminded me how exciting this time is for high school seniors.  As a mom of a high school senior myself, I realized that I was caught up in all the “things” to do in preparing for that transition to college, and in some ways in denial that it was happening.  Spending a little time with this girl, getting to know her and hearing her hopes and dreams reminded me that it is such an exciting time for them.  It’s a time for them to pursue their dreams, discover things and live any life they want to live.  My time with her certainly enlightened me and made me appreciate this milestone in my own senior’s life a little more instead of letting the deadlines, applications, etc. overshadow this amazing milestone.  It’s such a wonderful time to celebrate and document, and I wish this girl the best of luck in her future endeavors wherever they take her, which I know will be far.

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He’s at least a few months old now and I bet getting cuter every day.  Newborn session are just like weddings in my book.  They are the most challenging to photograph but are also the most rewarding.  I love getting my baby fix, which I’ve been feeling ever so strongly lately with my oldest graduating and preparing for college this year.  And, since I won’t be having any more babies of my own, I feel like one lucky gal to be able to snuggle with a newborn every now and then to photograph their first few days in the world.  It’s too fleeting and too important to not document.  Contact me if you’re considering a newborn session, it’s never too late to get professional photos of your little one.

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I was so excited to be able to squeeze this family in during the holidays and meet them.  They were so full of energy and such a great reminder of how wonderful a large family can be.  I only wish I had half the energy of these guys!

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I’ve had the privilege of photographing this family several times now and probably would have rescheduled this session due to the snow showers had it been any other family.  But, they’ve been in front of my camera before and they were game so we gave it a go and I’m so glad we did.  They always have great ideas for their session to make it fun and most often the images I capture end up being some of my favorite client images.  This time was no exception.  I also learned a lot during this session about photographing in snow showers.  The first thing was to work quickly because you don’t want everyone’s hair soaked and they were not wearing jackets so it gets cold pretty quickly.  Again, this session would not have worked had there been younger children but these guys were troopers.  The second was to shoot many, many, many frames as the focus gets thrown off pretty easily as the flakes come down between you and your subject.  Call it a happy accident, but I’ve included one soft focus image that I absolutely love!

I’m so fortunate to have clients like this where so much fun is injected into the session and they are game for just about anything.  They end up with images to treasure for generations to come and I get to add a learning experience to my photography journey, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.  Thank you Wilson-Kelley family for allowing me to document your beautiful, fun-loving family!

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I love photographing love.  This, I know for sure.  For a couple of years now I’ve been getting my feet wet in wedding photography.  First, by being a second shooter for some fabulous photographers in the New England area, which I still love to do, and have more recently started taking on weddings on my own as the primary photographer.  I’m not one to rush into things.  I am the type of person that has to consult with Consumer Reports if I need to buy a vacuum cleaner.  I’m a pretty methodical person and I feel like this is a quality that comes in handy when you are a wedding photographer.  I want to make sure that I am organized and efficient when it comes to delivering the highest level of service to my clients.  For this reason, I have incorporated engagement sessions into my packages.  I feel there are so many benefits to this.  It gives me and the couple a chance to spend some time together before their big day and get to know one another.  It’s also a great time to talk about poses we’ll do on their wedding day and I find that couples who have an engagement session before hand appear more relaxed and natural in their wedding photos because they know what to expect.  It’s also great to have engagement photos to use for save the date cards, guest sign in books and also great to have photos in your wedding album of you in something besides your wedding dress.  I just feel it is a win/win for both myself and clients when they are incorporated into sessions.

Brittany and Zach’s wedding will be this fall, creating a wonderful balance of photos with both warm fall foliage and these cooler winter photos, all while showcasing two beautiful seasons in Vermont.  It was my first engagement session since including these in my packages and I’m so excited to make this a part of my offerings.  These two have been so wonderful to work with and I was so excited when the bride wanted to do her session at the covered bridge in Woodstock, Vermont.  I look forward to their wedding day and capturing their love all over again!

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Brittany and John contacted me in the fall wanting photographs of the two of them and their Siberian husky pups but wanted to wait until there was snow on the ground.  To be honest I was a little nervous having two dogs to photograph at a session, especially young dogs, but it ended up being so easy.  The dogs were so well behaved and Brittany and John were such a sweet couple to photograph.  Here’s a little of our session.
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This fall I was asked by Clickin Moms to guest host on their Instagram account and this is where Karen found me.  She is also a fellow photographer in nearby Massachusetts and wanted to have professional photos taken of her own family.  I must say I was a bit in shock to hear she was willing to make a day road trip out of her family photo session and drive all the way to Vermont, but I am so glad she did.  It was wonderful to connect with her and meet her beautiful family.  After much thought, I began to realize that I’d totally do the same thing.  It must be a photographer thing!  It was also their anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to get away for the day, see scenic Vermont and have someone document it.  I’m so honored she chose me as that person.  They are a wonderful family and I can’t tell you how happy it made me when I received their holiday card in the mail with the below image on it.  I feel so lucky to do what I do and it truly warms my heart when I capture memories for families.  I’m also so grateful for the friendships and connections it brings into my life.

Thank you Karen and Scott for choosing me to document your day!

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This family was probably one of my favorite families to photograph this year.  Seriously, who doesn’t like being around one year old twins that are this cute?  Kristina and Jeff were high school sweethearts that waited 15 years for these precious little beings to come into their lives and couldn’t be happier to be their parents.  I’m so glad they choose me to document this time in their lives and I hope they treasure these images for years to come!

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This family in Hanover, NH was so much fun to work with.  Mom contacted me as she wanted to document this time in their lives when all their boys were teenagers ranging from 13 to 19.  All four boys play hockey and music instruments at a very accomplished level and this has been a big part of their family culture.  They have also homeschooled all the boys and the oldest two are Dartmouth College students.  The parents are bursting with pride over these young men and they should be as they are also such gentlemen with great personalities.  I really enjoyed spending my evening with them as we moved from Occom Pond to other various locations on the Dartmouth College campus.  Thank you Goff Family for choosing me as your photographer.  It was such a treat to work with you!

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This family is so very special to me because not only have I been photographing these kiddos for years, they’ve been great friends and neighbors of ours from the moment we moved to our little village.   We’ve celebrated birthdays together, had many wonderful gatherings together and had the most wonderful babysitter until she went off to college.  It was so great to see her again and also to photograph them.  You can’t tell from the pictures but they are serious goof balls together which always makes photographing them so much fun but also challenging to get a few great smiling photos for mom.  Here’s a look at our evening in the backyard.

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I had the loveliest evening with this stunning lady and her mom a few weeks ago over at Silver Lake in Barnard, Vermont.  Emma’s mom wanted professional high school senior portraits done now that she has graduated from The Sharon Academy and will be headed to college next year.  Emma expressed that it was her first time having professional photos taken of her, and after shooting a few images, I was convinced that she was lying to me.  She’s so natural in front of the camera and beautiful, both on the inside and out.  I loved capturing her carefree spirit and gorgeous smile while chatting about her after school plans as she heads out into the world.  Best of luck Emma, I know you’ll go places!

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