Maine Wedding Photography 2017

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Weddings are back for me in a big way in 2017. As part of my philanthropy efforts in the next year, I will be donating 50% of the proceeds from each wedding. In practical terms, if a couple books a package with me worth $2,000, I give away $1,000. I like to keep the math simple. :)

My wedding photography remains the same, a style I have honed over 10 years in the business: primarily photojournalism interspersed with portraits. To give your images variety, I use both film and digital. And my consultative approach is frank and casual.

If you know of someone who is getting married (is it you?), I would love to hear from them! If you refer a couple who ends up booking a package with me, you receive a free 25-minute photography session in the Portland/Scarborough area. Engagement, family, headshots - your choice. :)

Thank you for reading and for caring about this work!

xo,

audra

the silver lining to the republican nominee

Matt and I had a bonfire last weekend.  The next morning we both had the same observation about the night before.  I think we have found the Donald Trump Silver Lining.

You see what we saw and heard around the bonfire was no tolerance for jokes about sex or gender.  I can't say there was alot of it before - but there always seemed to be jokes or stories that strayed in the area of being in appropriate.  They made me start to feel uncomfortable, and probably others as well.  Michelle Obama might have said it best when she said 

And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts. It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

When male friends of ours stray toward a joke that we don't like that much we usually brush it off with a "its not that bad" or "at least it isn't worse" but the truth is that its always left me wondering how can we be feminists if we tolerate even a little bit of that type of talk.

But what we noticed that Saturday night was the idea of no more.  We saw

women more willing to defend each other

women who said "no" and "that's not appropriate" when they heard something that made them uncomfortable

women who, in response to this idea that someone who speaks like Donald Trump could be a presidential nominee, decided enough was enough

I think over that scene in Glennon Doyle Melton's Love Warrior where she tells the garbage man - NO, don't do that to me - when he was about to cat call her.  It took such bravery to do that.

Now, it seems, because of Trump is so terrible, more women are willing to be that brave.  To say "NO, don't say that.  NO, thats not appropriate" 

And in that we may have found the only positive to come out of his running in 2016.

 

 

How Syrian refugees and Rodan+Fields fit together...

I am taking on some new work in my life. Very simply, it comes down to two quotes.  

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
— Horace Mann, Politician and Education Reformer

That quote has been with me for 20 years.  Whenever I have felt lost in this world, wondering what I was doing, this quote has resurfaced.  I would think, “YES, that is what I should be doing. Trying to win some victory for humanity.” 

The second quote is from my mother.  She said this when I was particularly bereft about climate change, worried that the world wasn't doing enough to solve the problem.  It’s about 10 years old and is edited by memory but goes something like this:

I just don’t think you will be happy until you are doing something about it
— Linda Bayette, Artist and Mom

She was right.  

These two quotes have turned over in my head time and time again during the past 10 years.  During periods when I have felt the disenfranchisement of corporate work, that soul ache that tells me reporting to an office every day isn't making a dent.

For whatever mysterious reason, now is the time for me.  Time to turn these from quotes bubbling in my head to actions I can take.

Enter Rodan+Fields and Rescue.org.  It's natural to wonder how these two things go together.  The answer is simply one feeds the other, like the second quote fed the first.

I signed on as a consultant for Rodan+Fields almost two months ago and have kept quiet about it until now.  I wanted to use the full 60-day, empty-bottle policy to try all the products, evaluate how they worked, and consider if this could be the vehicle I use to launch my fundraising work with Rescue.org—and in particular right now, for Refugees in Syria.

So the answers are yes, the products do work. My skin is in better shape, feels better, is softer to touch and my I have given up makeup except for mascara.  So first hurdle crossed.  This is a product I can feel good about sharing with my friends. 

And yes, the refugees in Syria desperately need our help. For reasons I can't explain, I have woken up most days in the past two months with a single thought in mind: "I need to get to Syria next year."  After the humanitarian convoy was bombed, I realized it’s probably not possible as part of a physical mission. But my desire persists, so I will answer the call in the ways I can. Rescue.org has an A+ rating from Charitywatch and a tool that allows you to run your own fundraiser - which is what I will be doing.

These two endeavors come together in that fundraiser.  My Rodan+Fields paycheck will be contributing to my Rescue.org fundraiser for Syria.  

You can join me on my fundraising mission through my Rescue.org page or by purchasing Rodan+Fields products. You can also just contact me and let me know you want to help.  We’ll figure out the rest together.