Kate & Bobby had one requirement when they asked for their engagement session: iconic Maine coastline. We talked through a few options, including a few lighthouses! There’s of course, the amazing Fort Williams Park with it’s winding flowered walkways and postcard-worthy Portland Head Light. Or the sandy shores of Kettle Cove, also in Cape Elizabeth. Or even the rugged cliffs in Acadia National Park.

But for this session, Kate and Bobby wanted something a little further from the beaten path, so we opted for the quiet Camden Harbor. Meeting in the business district, we wandered through storefronts to a harbor view where the sailboats were moored before heading to the landscaped grounds of Camden Library and, eventually, to the summit of Mount Battie for the last rays of sunshine and a sweeping view of the harbor below.

What I love about engagement sessions, and what I love about Kate & Bobby’s evening in the midcoast is how it allows me to see my couples together, before the wedding day. Engagement photos don’t always need to be editorial affairs, though I do love a pop of fashion now and then. Instead, to me, they’re about connection and finding comfortability in front of the camera.

I loved spending this time with Bobby & Kate, seeing them love each other gently, seeing how easily they held each other, and how calm the air around them seemed. These were two people who simply wanted to be together, to hold each other’s hands and walk through a beautiful coastal town, soaking in a sunset and having a thousand excuses to smile.

So we explored this beautiful hidden gem just before summer turned to fall. Take a peek.

Coastlines are my favorite locations for portraits. There’s something so energizing, yet calming about the way the force of the ocean meets the steady earth that has always entranced me. It’s no wonder so many ancient legends surround the sea.

So whether it’s in San Diego in Midcoast Maine, your ocean-inspired engagement photos are a great idea. Reach out to what availability is like. I’d love to work with you.

For more ocean-inspired goodness, check out these posts:

Pat & Saré’s sunrise session in Acadia

Linny & Ben’s micro wedding in Bar Harbor

Tierra & Zac’s wedding at the Samoset

Oceanside Engagement Photos in Camden

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