Belgrade, Maine

Sometimes assignments come along where you find yourself working really hard and simultaneously really really enjoying yourself! This is precisely how I felt when Down East Magazine sent me to the town of Belgrade to photograph some of the magic that is Maine in the summer time! The biggest challenge here was photographing a summertime lakeside town, after labor day. There was a very small window between when the leaves started to turn and there were still enough people around to have everything feel like summer. Fortunately, I had a couple of really amazing connections, and some committed friends to help out! There is no way this story would have turned out without their help!

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Client: Down East Magazine – https://downeast.com/belgrade-lakes-maine/
Photo Editor: Benjamin Williamson – https://benjaminwilliamson.photoshelter.com/index
Writer: Jennifer Finney Boylan – http://jenniferboylan.net/
A Special Thanks to Ben Ford for boating me around the lake at all hours. A very Special thanks to Kit McCann and Viva (https://www.instagram.com/seevivasing/) for fighting traffic and chilly water and making this extremely fun!

Turning Ideas Into Images

Recently I ordered two iced coffees from Startbucks, one black and one with “room for cream.” When my order was up, they had misheard me and in fact given me one black and one with lots of cream. As I stood there holding both coffees in my hands I thought how beautiful it would be to have an overhead image of 16 different cups of iced coffee filled with differing amounts of cream. Over the next week I couldn’t shake this image, and decided I should do something about it. I don’t spend very much time photographing food, but I am always looking for challenges and any way to expand my skill set.

I made a quick drawing with some crude math and set out for supplies. I started thinking maybe a few different images of coffee would be interesting! I thought maybe some fun background colors as well. Once back in the studio, I begin making an epic mess, but totally worth it. I felt like I had something fun on my hands but it was missing a human element. I thought diptychs could be fun. A few phone calls later I had some willing participants. I wanted to focus on how refreshing iced coffee can be in the summer time.

Behold the most refreshing summer time iced coffee imagery, created entirely from a passing thought.

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I wanted to have fun images that made people smile and maybe buy an iced coffee?