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Squirrel Island Engagement Portrait

This engagement shoot was so much fun…

01-engagement-photography-melissa-mullen-squirrel-island-maineKristen and Bryce decided to have their engagement session on Squirrel Island, which is a summer resort colony off the coast of Boothbay Harbor. Bryce’s family had vacationed there for years, so it was a special place for them.

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To get there, they picked me up in their boat. It was very exciting, and made for some romantic shots.

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I loved Squirrel Island. The lighting was perfect the entire time. According to Wikipedia, the island is named not because of its squirrel population, but because the island looks like a squirrel holding an acorn when viewed from above.

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I met Kristen and Bryce at Kristen and Luke’s Samoset wedding. Kristen was a bridesmaid, and after the wedding, she contacted me about photographing her own, which is the highest compliment.

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This was the first time I really got to talk to and get to know them. We were able to discuss their upcoming wedding day plans and get comfortable with each other.

10-engagement-photography-melissa-mullen-squirrel-island-maineEngagement sessions are also a great way to get a feel for the couple’s chemistry.

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My favorite part of the session was meeting their Great Dane, Jelly Bean. It’s always fun when couples incorporate their pets into their sessions. She was such a sweet dog, and really added to the whole day.

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We walked along the shore until we stopped at the old Squirrel Island post office. The sun began to set, which made the lighting even more beautiful.

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I love when a couple chooses a location that has a special meaning like this island. The photographs end up meaning more to the couple and their families.

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When it got dark, we climbed back into the boat and made our way back to Boothbay Harbor. This is a great shot of Kristen on the boat, with her hair blowing in the wind.

21-engagement-photography-melissa-mullen-squirrel-island-maine 22-engagement-photography-melissa-mullen-squirrel-island-maineI’m so excited to share their wedding, which happened June 11th. Stay tuned for their #BigFatPeaksWedding!

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  • Kristen Heikkinen

    Thanks so much Melissa! Bryce and I loved looking through these photos again. We had so much fun working with you on Squirrel and most recently on Peaks. You are so talented!

  • Mary Lynch

    So beautiful!!!

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