Some of you may know that I've been traveling for the last six weeks. I wrapped up my travel season in Rockland, Maine last week and stayed at the most unique hotel. Jared came along and we stayed in Room 502, a cozy, mid-century modern space with a panoramic view of the ocean. The hotel features an art gallery on all floors and is full of art and design inspiration. Each night guests are invited to a complimentary "wine social" - which was one of my favorites - and a simple continental breakfast each morning. The hotel is centered in downtown Rockland and walking distance to great restaurants, the Vinalhaven ferry terminal and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. I absolutely fell in love with Rockland and I look forward to returning! We took a look around the hotel and visited some of the other rooms:
If you have the chance to visit Rockland, I absolutely recommend 250 Main Hotel. Their staff are friendly and kind and have great local recommendations. In fact, I received a message via Instagram on my last day in Rockland from a friend who decided to book a reservation based on my posts from this hotel! Shoutout to Carla and her husband Matt for having their own little getaway during Halloween!
Special thanks to 250 Main Hotel for their hospitality. Book yourself a little getaway: www.250mainhotel.com
Photographs commissioned by 250 Main Hotel. All experiences and opinions are my own.
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.
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!
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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!
This weekend, I partnered with Amtrak Downeaster for the Holiday Getaway. Jared and I had so much fun exploring a city we love and it was just a short ride along the Amtrak. I've been a frequent rider on the Downeaster for years so I was excited to review this experience. For the Holiday Getaway, Jared and I spent this weekend in Boston getting some of our Christmas shopping done and meeting up with some friends.
Thanks to Amtrak Downeaster for the opportunity to spend the weekend in one of my favorite cities. I am so fortunate to have a stop right here in Portland!
My experience was truly wonderful. I had my tickets right on my phone, so when we boarded the train I showed the barcode and our ID's. We boarded at 6AM, so I was worried about the Cafe car opening late. Fortunately, it opened about ten minutes later and we got coffee and breakfast! Watching the sunrise from the train was so unexpectedly beautiful.
Our trip home is about two and a half hours and we were so tired from the day. We were out about a 45 minute walk to North Station so we hopped on the Green line which took us right there. The train was almost full on the ride back but remained pretty quiet. I started editing my photos but because the white noise from the train on the tracks is so soothing to me, naturally I fell right asleep. Both ways were comfortable and quiet and the crew on board was so delightful (we had a "host" on board-someone that welcomed us both ways and gave us maps to our destination. He was so sweet!) Our experience was great, as always, and I thank Amtrak for the opportunity to participate in the Holiday Getaway review to share my experience with my friends (a term I use for both my close friends and my followers).
If you're headed to Boston, some of my favorite places to hang and take photos are Beacon Hill, Tatte Bakery, Skywalk Observatory, Newbury Street, the Science Museum and the Aquarium! Of course there are so many great spots in Boston, these are just some of my most frequent stops!
If you're interested in traveling on the train, visit traintomaine.com! The Downeaster has deals for everyone like monthly commuter passes, ten-ride passes, college 6TIX, corporate share pass, and $5 Black Friday fares. The Downeaster also has a really awesome holiday deal from now until the end of the year! Take 5 – Pay $5. Gather your friends, coworkers or family on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of 2015 and take advantage of the Take 5 – Pay $5 promotion. Buy one full-price ticket for yourself and you can bring up to 5 companions for $5 one-way.
Another great gift opportunity: the Train to Maine BOGO deal. All you have to do is buy one full price ticket and you get to bring a friend for free! This promotion runs until December 31, 2015 and tickets must be purchased three days in advance of travel to take advantage of this discount. Offer valid on select trains.
Be on the lookout here on my blog and on my Instagram as well. I will be hosting a giveaway with Amtrak to award one lucky winner two round-trip tickets on the Amtrak Downeaster!
Amtrak Downeaster sent me travel accommodations and incentive to review my experience on the train.
We love going out and exploring new places. The roommates, Jared and I took a trip over to a corn maze and made our way to Jareds family farm in Kennebunk. Here are some photos from our excursion!
Here are some photos via Instagram that Jared posted:
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Thanks to Kylie and the rest of the Q team!
So far, Jared and I have been loving Portland. I upgraded my gear about a month ago and we took the weekend to walk around the area and shoot. Here are some photos of our adventures.
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Here are a few shots of a last minute shoot of the band Dead Elect from Boston.
Check out a recent article on the group by Erin Schroeter of BU's "The Buzz": MOUNTAIN MEN TAKE BOSTON: The Dead Elect Is Killing Pop Punk
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