maine farmers and producers (shot for rising tide co-op)

maine farmers and producers (shot for rising tide co-op)

One year in the fall I got to drive around the state of Maine photographing 25 different farmers and producers for Rising Tide Co-op. It was one of my favorite jobs ever and it gave my 1994 volvo a chance to really shine. These people are golden. They work so hard to make good food and inadvertently make the world a better place, with seemingly no ego whatsoever. In fact, usually when I show up at a small Maine farm for a photoshoot, they are wearing a shirt or hat with a different business’ logo on it. Support these gems, buy local food whenever you can.

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clint + suzanne + cadence

clint + suzanne + cadence

Clint, Suzanne, and Cadence, Shisito the cat and Luna Lovegood the lizard all live in a sweet house in a sweet town and they are all deeply, truly, authentically, and undeniably beautiful. It’s a serious privilege to get to photograph these beings.

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a k shipbuilding - schooner mary e

a k shipbuilding - schooner mary e

Wooden Boat called these guys itinerant gypsy boatbuilders, and I think that pretty much nails it on the head. Andros Kypragoras (also my life partner) runs his own business, traveling with a caravan of highly skilled boat builders, doing major structural restoration of historic wooden vessels all over the country. In 2017-18, they worked at the Maine Maritime Museum restoring the schooner Mary E. Learn more about this whole incredible operation at www.akshipbuilding.com

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melissa + corky

melissa + corky

Melissa and Corky are so many good things at once, I get teary eyed just thinking about this day. They are strong, beautiful, eager to connect, loyal to their communities, and put their love for each other and their family first. They brought a lightness and a humor to each moment of this day, despite there being a recent tragedy that shocked them just that morning. They brought their families together, mixed all the love and joy with all the grief and moved through this day with unbelievable grace and authenticity. You two are gorgeous all the way through.

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(stillness) retreat and performance, 2017

(stillness) retreat and performance, 2017

Susan Bickford is a magic maker, and I feel so lucky to have been invited into her world. She created a truly innovative and breathtaking annual artist retreat that culminates in an experimental performance and foraged feast, and then video installation. In 2017 she hosted it at her home, on the reversing falls in Nobleboro, Maine.

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lauren and tommy

lauren and tommy

Lauren and Tommy, you guys are so sweet, so in love, so gracious and full of life. And now you have a baby!??!?! I wish you both the absolutely, most glittery, most peaceful, most fulfilling and brightest and love filled best.

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apple creek farm

apple creek farm

Jake and Abby are the real deal - they have a mid-sized (for Maine) and quite successful (for Maine) diversified farm, they’re building their own house, Abby also works off the farm for a farm mediation service, and they are the sweetest funniest loveliest folks and please go eat their delicious food and buy their decadent wool - www.applecreekfarm.me

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sovereign rising retreat, 2017

sovereign rising retreat, 2017

Dance parties, bonfires, ceremony, affirmations, chocolate, herbs, skinny dipping, yoga. Women coming together from all over the country to connect, learn, share, and just be. Camille Rose Fields and Brooke Hampton host this retreat every year if you can believe it - learn more at www.sovereignrising.com

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objects from a house fire

objects from a house fire

I got a call one day from a friend who’s house had just burnt down. She said of course she was devastated, but that when she walked into what was left of her home, so much of what was left inside beautiful in an alien sort of way. She asked if I could document this charred and tragic still life, and I am forever amazed at her gorgeous mind - to see the beauty amidst such loss.

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liza + noah + cricket + oliver

liza + noah + cricket + oliver

Every single person in this family is incredibly talented, brilliant, kind, peaceful, hilarious, and beautiful. But the thing I appreciate most is how entirely at peace with themselves they are. Spending an afternoon with the Gottliebs was like a big pot of chamomile tea for my soul. Gottliebs - if you’re reading this, maybe you should monetize this somehow?

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shepherd's craft farm

shepherd's craft farm

Laurel raises sheep for fleece, meat, and pelts, and mixes and matches over ten different breeds to create the most fantastic sheep for her purposes. She has a couple of border collies that are kept sharp and quick with near-daily herding practice, and the mutual respect and admiration she shares with her creatures is beautiful. In a contest of intellect, determination, compassion, and work ethic, I put my money on Laurel Banks. Find her here - www.shepherdscraftfarm.com

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liz + jesse + jack + harry

liz + jesse + jack + harry

They called to inquire about wedding photography, but then within minutes we realized we had mutual friends all over the country, I had tried to hire his mom as my midwife, and they were next door neighbors to the dairy farm where I worked for three years. You know what they say, only in South China, Maine.

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independent auto

independent auto

Two Volvo mechanics in Augusta, Maine that have amassed a cult following. I would follow them to the ends of the earth.

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zoe + dylan + ida + thea

zoe + dylan + ida + thea

These people are actual fairies. This family is actual magic. Having two tiny kids is no joke but the grace and humor and sweetness in this house reminds me how special a time it really is.

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go-en fermented foods

go-en fermented foods

Nick and Mika make the most incredible food with deep respect and love for the process. They are also some of the most beautiful humans inside and out I’ve ever met. Their miso is amazing and hopefully if we eat enough of it, we’ll all be a little more like them. Check them out - www.goenfermentedfoods.com

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