The Maine Tinker Studio

Wedding, family and life style photographer, based in Maine, focusing on motherhood and travel.

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Shannon and Nick

I have been so lucky this month to be able to be apart of 2 old friends weddings. I also grew up with Shannon, she was a grade old than me. Shannon and her family is one of the sweetest and kind souled people you will meet in New England. They are soft spoken but also goofy, which I think is a perfect balance. It was such a delight to see Shannon on her wedding day. She was simply stunning, and I finally got to meet Nick. (They now live in CT) He is equally as kind, they seem like the perfect match.

Shannon and Nicks wedding was very elegant at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. Man, that place knows how to do weddings! They were so kind to vendors and very professional. There were 2 other weddings going on and you would of never known. Shannon thought of so many details focusing on a minty accent and cream colors. Ambient lighting trickled through out dinner, which was the perfect setting for the speeches. Nicks brothers speech was amazing. Nicks Italian family knowns how to party, which made the Fall Mountain gang up their game. It was a “wicked” fun night. Shannon also wins for the best guest book I’ve ever seen, I could of colored it in all night! 

Thank you so much Nick and Shannon for asking me to be apart of your day! Hope you enjoy your images.

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Time to celebrate Kate and Nate

I don’t know where to begin this post… But Kate is one of my old and dearest friends. I remember meeting Kate at my best friends sleep over when I was in 8th grade. I was the only middle school student going to have a sleepover with a bunch of high school students from a different town (we went to a regional high school). I thought it was going to be a horrifying experience, but Stacey told me I would have a blast. Little did I know I would meet some of my closet friends that night over 16 years ago. She was my choir,  theater and lunch buddy in high school! She’s one of those friends who will out of no where send you a hand made valentine all in pink.  Kate has a fireball personality that attracts everyone around her. Her smile and laugh are loud, her fashion sense is amazing, yet sometimes not practical (i.e. high heels every day rain, snow or shine), her awkward way of holding a pencil, and most of all her kind heart and caring words will always make you feel better about yourself. Kate is a gift to everyone she meets.

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As we graduated high school and moved on into our college years, we stayed in touch. Myself, Care, Kate and Trish created a secret society of SATC. This wasn’t a society to get guys it was more of a cocktail and dance troop. We loved spending time together, often roaming the streets of Portland and North Conway.

Then roughly 7 years ago I met my husband and Kate met Nate. Kate was beaming about this mysterious guy. She would talk about how romantic he was, his eyes, his smile, how handsome he is, and also mentioned he was sorta a hick :) When I finally got to meet Nate, I was thrilled to see their spark, and knew in time they would start a life together.
Nate did take his time hehehe, they bought a house moved into it together and then one day roughly a year ago, I got a text saying she got engaged! WAHOOOO!

And  now here is their wedding day!

Both Kate and Nate were stunning! Kate chose a blush wedding dress! I was so excited to take pics of it. They got married at Nate’s uncles amazing home in NH and the reception was held at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. As always Kate’s wedding had pink everywhere, and was filled with poetry, vocabulary and love. Her vows were out of this world, and while they were so amazing Nate took the show with a simple statement of his love for Kate, and not a dry eye was left in the ceremony.


Here are Kate’s Vows to Nate:

“I had to write these vows, make these up myself, not just because I’m a control freak, but because our love is not the love written in books. It is not better or worse; it is unique.

I need you to know why I love this man.

I have a distinct memory early in our relationship of you asking me, “Why do you like me?” You weren’t fishing for compliments, feeling self conscious, or worrying. You were being your honest, straightforward self. “I don’t know,” I remember blurting. “I just do.”

Even now, I get that answer. I wasn’t lacking for specifics or searching for reasons, I just couldn’t try and culminate my feelings by giving you examples. It was bigger than that.

I promise to love you even when you track dirt across the recently swept floor, because I know you’ve been bettering the outside of our home. I will overlook the syrup you sip straight from the bottle

I will be in the same room as hockey, baseball, and football games and will limit my eye rolls for many more decades of hearing your favorite punchlines (I’m tired”, “Nice to meet you tired, I’m Nate.”)

I love you because you say things like, “Stay out of the hot sun” in the middle of December just to make your grandmother smile. You suffer through at least one selfie with me when you know it really matters. You take care of dead mice, force me to be independent enough to start a fire on my own, turn off the lights to appreciate thunder and lightning storms, and make sure my day starts with a hot shower followed by a warm car. Thank you for cutting, splitting, stacking, and bringing in firewood to start a fire, just to keep me warm. That seems like a lot of work. I love you because way back in 2007, just a month after we started dating, you gave me my first gift and it was a diamond bracelet and Nerds.

True love is surprising my co-workers and I with Blizzards at work, driving me when the roads are snowy, and making me laugh when I’m Grumpy McGrumpenheimer.

I hope you never grow out of goosing me as you walk by while I’m doing dishes.

I will admire, appreciate, and marvel when the alarm goes off at 2:30 AM on particularly cold nights so that you can get up to feed the fire.

Thank you for teaching me that flyfishing is much more beautiful and less boring than A River Runs Through It makes it seem.

You have taught me, both literally and figuratively, that life is about the journey, not the destination, and I can’t wait to ride next to one another for the rest of our lives. You are the most romantic, handsome, loving man I have ever met and I’m honored and blessed to be your wife.”

Music–Bill Adams Entertainment (Naples, ME)
Transportation–Sutton Limousine (North Conway, NH)
Flowers–Annie Laurie Miller (Intervale, NH) and she picked and arranged flowers from Sherman Farm (East Conway, NH)
Food-Sweeney Sensations (Jackson, NH)
Cake–Lori Pelkie (Lovell, ME)
Justice of the Peace–Christie Girouard (Center Conway, NH)
Hair–Megan Nelson of NVU (Bridgton, ME)



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“When will I get my images?”

So I thought I would write a short and sweet lil post on why my job isn’t done the day of the wedding. Many people want their images asap, and I get it. I have a 45 day turn around, but I roughly get them to my clients with in 30 days, and I feel really proud of that!

At most weddings, (not all, and not at the wedding below) I say my good byes and family members ask me the question “When we will get the images”

SCREECHHH!!! Pump the breaks! I’m probably standing in front of you after 6-12 hours on my feet all sweaty, and not looking so hot. And I bet my facial reaction is priceless.. as Homer would say “Duoh” But I do answer politely the bride and groom will share their wedding album as soon as it becomes available. The whole ride home, or hotel stay I’m thinking the list of things to do.

After your wedding day I back up your images… then I go to sleep, usually dreaming of my favorite image of that day.

The next day is the long process is culling and organizing images, (also known as deleting the awkward photos) This process actually does take around 2-4 hours depending on the amount of images and hours spent at the wedding. I do go through with a fine tooth comb looking at images side by side.

I personally edit my own images. Don’t get me wrong I understand why photographers send their out to be edited, it is probably way more cost and time effective. Yet I’m a lady who strongly feels that you are paying for my services. Below is an image that didn’t take long to edit but you can see the drastic differences. The night of the wedding the pool looked so clean, yet when culling/organizing the images. I noticed all of the dirt and filters, which took away from the reflection of the couple (don’t worry I personally know this couple, and Beege would be cool with me sharing this) Additionally there were some candles that, and an electric meter (I’m taking a guess on that one) So I used the good ole clone tool in lightroom and bump up some shadows and a little vibrance then bammmm thank you mame.
Needless to say, I think it is worth the time and care :)
Happy Sunday Everyone, Now off to go to a family photo session!

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dedicated to Cold Maine Winter


Mr. & Mrs. Kassa

You know when you meet people and you are instantly like “Hmm I like these guys, I want to be friends and do stuff with them!” That is how I feel about Kevin and Tonya! They are the sweetest couple that truly love each other. They met online and the rest is history. These guys love Portland Maine and support local vendors which was a really wonderful experience. The day started off with the men getting old school shaves at The Mens Room in Portland Maine, and the ladies getting their hair and makeup done at Bei Capelli . Their classy garden themed wedding was out on Peaks Island at Jones Landing. Harmon Barton did their bright colored flowers. Food was done by Black Tie catering. There was a boat load of yummy seafood treats! The wonderful, creative and spunky gals from Eventfull Planning did their decorating with Tonya’s vision close to heart, and music was performed by local celebs the Pete Kilpatrick Band. Thanks so much for a wonderful day you guys! Much love and joy to you both, and we better cross paths again!  If you like what you see, please “like” my page and tag your self in photos!

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Becca Class of 2015

Becca is such a kind and vibrant young woman. She is soft spoken and passionate about music. Her goal after college is to focus on music specifically in concert music with her beloved flute. We had a wonderful time romping around Wolfe Neck Farm during sunset to capture some stunning images of this natural beauty! Congrats Becca! IMG_9285_HR IMG_9280-Edit_HR IMG_9278_HR IMG_9271_HR IMG_9268_HR IMG_9257_HR IMG_9250_HR IMG_9238_HR IMG_9233_HR IMG_9225_HR IMG_9220_HR IMG_9220_HR-2 IMG_9206_HR IMG_9184_HR IMG_9157_HR IMG_9149_HR

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August Family Give away!

The winners of our instagram free family photos session! How adorable is this family. This session is in memory of their daughter Payton who battled Spinal Muscular Atrophy. August is SMA awareness month. If you have a moment please educate your self, spread awareness and donate. This families love and strength is so heartfelt and touching.  IMG_1074_HR_HR IMG_1086_HR_HR IMG_1107_HR_HR IMG_1115_HR_HR IMG_1119_HR_HR IMG_1128_HR_HR IMG_1159_HR_HR IMG_1173_HR_HR IMG_1181_HR_HR IMG_1187_HR_HR IMG_1191_HR_HR IMG_1198_HR_HR IMG_1207_HR_HR IMG_1210_HR_HR IMG_1217_HR_HR IMG_1218_HR_HR IMG_1234_HR_HR IMG_1244_HR_HR


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Jenny and Mark

Jenny and Mark got hitched in the lovely Camden, Maine. They were surrounded by loved ones in a small intimate ceremony and reception. Their wedding reflected the love they share between each other and their amazing service dog. ( I was slightly obsessed with her) their reception was incredible personal, the arrows and scallop shells were chosen because of their engagement story. ” We embarked on an ancient pilgrimage across Northern Spain, known as the Camino De Santiago. Once a religious quest for healing and miracles, the Camino now attracts those seeking adventure, ancient Spanish culture, and spirituality. Through a rough winter of Mark’s final semester in graduate school while working in high school special education, and Jenny’s spinal surgery and busy practice, we decided we were long overdue for a dose of adventure with a touch of miracle thrown in.

We arrived in Barcelona exhausted, excited, and, um, nervous? Well… Jenny was excited, while Mark took care of the nervous part. He just wasn’t himself for the first two days which made Jenny wonder where her normally laid back boyfriend had disappeared to. We took the train to Leon, the city in Northern Spain where we would begin our Camino or “walk.”

All seemed normal as we hiked an easy 10 miles to a shady lunch spot where we enjoyed sandwiches from a local café bought that morning. Although normally sweet and sentimental, Mark seemed to be especially romantic as he started rambling very quickly. Sounding very much like his father, Otto, he began with, “Now we’re just talkin’ here.” He went on to say, “I was thinking–and everyone I’ve talked to agrees– (yes, he really said this), it seems fitting that the first day of our Spain Camino should also be the first day of the Camino that lasts the rest of our lives.” At this point Jenny responded in typical, blunt, East-Coast fashion, with, “Oh my God, what’s happening right now?” To which Mark responded by dropping down on one knee and asking Jenny to marry him.

We went on to enjoy eight more days of hiking before meeting up with some of our favorite people to share in our celebration, the Pennsylvania Fourniers. Dani, Jenny’s cousin and Maid of Honor, gladly started wedding planning while on the Camino. Jenny’s Uncle Mike, Aunt Monica, and cousins Scott and Danielle completed their journey in Santiago de Compestela alongside us, which marked the beginning of a new phase for our families together. We are thrilled to be inviting all of you to join in our lifelong Camino journey celebration next July.

To learn more about the Camino, and to share in the wedding theme, we highly recommend the movie, “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen. You will see signs of the Camino, traditionally marked with blue scallop shells and yellow arrows, throughout the wedding weekend and ceremony. Buen Camino!”

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