Spontaneously made our way to the strawberry fields with Abby to photograph in the tall grass at sunset. Days like these are the best days.
Jared and I spent a few days traveling by ferry to Diamond Cove Island, a small and unique community right off the coast of downtown Portland, Maine. The island totally exceeded our expectations with a beautiful coastline, views of neighboring islands, a quiet atmosphere and a great dining experience. Jared and I planned originally to stay for one night, and after spending about an hour on the island we requested a second night because we wanted to spend more time there. We spent our two days waking up late, having breakfast, bike riding around the islands beaches, a dip in the hot tub, exploring the old forts and collecting sea glass. It was wonderful.
If there is ever an opportunity to take a ferry: take it. It's seriously one of the best parts of being close to the island. It's about thirty-five minutes and the views are beautiful. For dinner, we ate at Diamonds Edge Restaurant which is right at the front of the island as you get off the ferry. On our first night a massive rainstorm came over the island. It was actually so interesting to watch from the porch of Diamonds Edge.
The island is small and quaint, and the best part is that it was the home of Fort McKinley, so the townhouses on the island make you feel like you've almost traveled back in time. When we first arrived, Jared and I both fell absolutely in love. There are no cars on the island, just golf carts, and it's one of the best places we've been to relax, live slower and explore. Thanks to the Inn at Diamond Cove for having us!
This post is sponsored by the Inn at Diamond Cove. All experiences and opinions are my own.
My windows are cracked and I feel a warm breeze flood my apartment - it must be summer! I'm sitting down to write this post after months of being away. It feels like the fog has been lifted in my life these days. I hesitate to get too personal, but if you're reading this you may have come via Instagram, and chances are you may have also seen my posts about my late grandfather. I took a break from social media and spent my time with my family, loved ones and my education. The week before my grandfather passed this Spring, I spent every possible moment by his side, and three weeks later I graduated from my university. I faced some of the toughest challenges of my life, but I am grateful. I return to my work, blog, social media and community with a warm heart and enthusiasm for the future, with a touch of resilience.
For Papa, 5.31.1931 - 4.14.2017
Just in time for Jareds birthday we received the brand new Google Home. You heard it here first: it's minimal design, clean sound output and voice activation makes this thing a perfect addition to any home. Simply, it's amazing.
We spent the morning playing trivia and asking Google how to say "Happy Birthday" in other languages. I've been learning all the commands; such as adding things to a shopping list and playing music on Pandora. But I have to say that one of the best features is setting a morning alarm and being able to silence it by saying "Okay Google, turn off the alarm, I'm sleeping in". And without another peep, it just stops.
Thanks again to Google for this beautiful thing; not only is it functional and the speaker gets super loud (especially in my studio) but it also matches our apartment!
I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday. I understand the holidays can be stressful and many are not able to see their families, so let this time be a reminder to move slower; take time for rest, relaxation, warmth and love.
I've been taking a small break from my work to finish up my second to final semester and to spend time with my family, baking for the holidays and catching up on rest.
That being said, Jared and I are also going through some changes. We are moving - again - (at this point, I think we just have an addiction to sifting through our stuff and minimizing all. the. time.) We will be really busy packing, moving and redecorating in the next month or so but it's always refreshing. We will be using our old space as a studio, hang spot and cozy place when we need to get away and to start hammering down our business plans.
I realize I don't write much on my blog and I mostly use this platform to share my inspiration, recent projects and news, but I thought I'd share some updates.
Happy Holidays to you and your families – and make some time for yourself this week.
Its Giveaway Season!
In honor of Small Business Saturday and the season of giving, I am giving away a FREE one hour photoshoot! Winners will be announced Friday, December 2nd.
What do I win?
Winners will receive a *totally free* photoshoot for up to one hour on location approximately 25 miles distance from Portland. Location will be decided later between myself and the winner. Winners can bring up to three people (that's a total of four) for the shoot. Winners will receive at least five (5) high-resolution digital images.
Where is the shoot?
The shoot location will be discussed between myself and the winner and will be in a 25 mile radius of Portland, Maine.
What is the theme?
The theme will be discussed between the myself and the winner. In the spirit of the holidays, I have hand picked a few of my favorite locations in the area to capture the essence of the winter landscape. However, if the winner wants to shoot at their home or another place they love, I am up for it!
Does the shoot include hair and makeup?
Unfortunately, no. It is the responsibility of the winner to dress appropriately and arrive prepared to shoot.
I didn't win, but I still want a photoshoot!
Yay! I would love to work with you. Please send me and inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that you entered the giveaway.
Where can I see some of your work or your social media?
You can see my recent work at www.abbylouna.com or click through the social media buttons below.
Annie is one of my favorite people to shoot with as of late and I am excited to share some recent images for her clothing line, Annie-Made. For this shoot, I was going for a late-August vibe with a mix of muted tones and summer blue.
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I finally met Kiki for coffee and spent the afternoon exploring some new spots to shoot! It was hard to narrow these down to a few favorites but here are some beautiful ones. Kiki has definitely become one of my favorite ladies to shoot with!
I really love this set. Thanks for looking! Follow the social links below to see more inspo + recent posts:
Pixel, Phone by Google
I've spent the last couple of weeks playing with my new Pixel by Google. I have been so impressed by the quality of this phone and its features. The Pixel camera is super wide and I'm excited to share some photos I've taken with it in the next couple of days! For now, bask in its rose gold beauty:
I'll be posting some updates as I get to know the Pixel! If you're interested in buying a Pixel, please use this link! https://goo.gl/MLsakW
One of my good friends growing up opened a brand new pop-up shop in Salem, Massachusetts with a friend of his. Here are some photos from their second day open. They are already doing so well and their wood-fired bagels are to die for. Check them out if you're in the area!
Pop-up at Bambolina in Salem, MA
Jared and I spent this past weekend at Acadia National Park with a few friends. Acadia is just about in peak foliage right now and it rained almost all weekend, so we had a great opportunity to photograph beautiful views. We also had the chance to finally meet one of our longtime Instagram friends James Carpenter- his Instagram is @jamescarpenter if you haven't checked him out yet!
I finally have an updated hairstyle for the Spring and I am so happy with it! As some of you may know, I've been rockin' all sorts of reds and browns lately (sort of by accident):
About two years ago, I bleached all my hair and went blonde. By myself. That was fun while it lasted (...about a month). See right. I was so hot and cold with blonde hair. I wish I had given myself a blonde ombre because the one thing I hated about the blonde was how fast my dark roots were growing out. I was so embarrassed by my blonde hair that when Jared and I won a contest with another local photographer to get a couple portrait session done...we never scheduled it because I didn't want photos of my blonde hair!
Well, in the last two years I let my hair do its own thing and the ends of my hair were still lighter than my roots and had turned auburn. I even received compliments often from people thinking I had red balayage. Embarrassingly, I would explain that my hair has just grown out to this and I haven't had a haircut in over a year...
It did sort of have a balayage/ombre thing going on. Well, now my hair is all one color and I finally have a fresh cut. I'm loviiiinnnng it.
Let me know what you think! I love changing my hair but I am usually so hesitant to make major changes. Next time...I think I'll put some greyish highlights in there.
I received a gift card for Christmas to Coco Cheveaux salon in South Portland. My hair was done by Meaghan who did an amazing job and was such a sweetheart!
All photos by Jared Lank.
My boyfriends dad always has the latest copy of Country Living magazine. The other night, I was flipping through and found their recipes for porridge. I was immediately intrigued by orange and cinnamon. The next morning, I tried to recreate something like it.
I made mine with steel cut oats because I've actually never had porridge! On top is mandarin orange slices, pecans and cinnamon. It was delicious.
Last year while visitng friends in Boston, I spotted these Ilse Jacobsen boots on the subway. I loved that they were rubber boots with ties and how chic they were for rubber boots! I was so excited when I was contacted by Lines of Denmark to collaborate with them, Ilse Jacobsen and a local shop that carries the line: Rough and Tumble.
First impression: the boots are fleece lined and super cozy. However, the ankle is a little big on me, so they felt different to walk in at first. Once I spent the day in them they became way more comfortable.
A fellow Portland Instagrammer, Gretchen Powers, also received a pair, so naturally we met up to take photos. We drove to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth-one of my favorite spots.
This collaboration aims to grow the Ilse Jacobsen line and support Rough and Tumble as a local shop. Ilse Jacobsen was founded by a woman 25 years ago. These signature rainboots are natural rubber, not plastic, and handmade in Europe. They have EVA soles and working gussets so folks of all calf sizes can wear them and are lined in cotton & wool fleece.
I took a small hiatus from the blog to study for finals and enjoy the holiday season. I hope you had a great holiday! I had a great Christmas this year. Jared and I spent Christmas morning in our apartment together before visiting all the relatives. It was our first time opening gifts together without our parents or other family members so it was extra special.
I am also so grateful for what Jared got me for Christmas! I haven't stopped wearing or using any of it. I've been begging to go look at coats for a while and I've been trying to find the perfect one. Somehow, Jared found it without my and in my size! It's a little longer than I wanted originally but I love it just as much.
I was really hoping he got me a coat-so much that may I planned my Christmas day outfit around having it...hehe, I was so happy when I opened it!
We spent the next few days "staycation-ing" in Portland and trying some new places. Jared took these photos of me at Lois Natural.
Jared also got me a new iPhone and a Misfit which I've also been dying for! Also-I don't want to seem like I'm bragging but I truly am so grateful. And believe me, it isn't easy for either of us to gift, but we have been saving up and always try to give each other the best gifts because it's just something we both like to do. I saved up and sold a lot of my gear to buy Jared an Xbox One this year and making his Christmas awesome was my goal. We keep our heads about material things, but sometimes its nice to splurge especially if its for one day out of the year!
My parents have had a 1970's television set in their living room for my whole life, so this year we knew we had to get them a new TV. My brother, Jared and I went in on it together and bought Chromecasts for the rest of the family. We didn't really aim to get a bunch of tech this year, it just happened! But everyone was happy and so were we.
Jareds birthday is this week so the festivities continue! I'll do another post about my Misfit soon because it deserves its own shine!