I spent a couple weeks in California in December - partly to meet three awesome couples I'll be working with in 2018 (photos of that to come), and partly to visit a city I've come to love. I photographed a really fun engagement last year at the Sutro Baths, but was a little taken aback by how crowded it was. I made a point to revisit Sutro Baths this trip, but this time I went at sunrise, and we were literally the only people there.
Leah Fisher Arsenault Photography recent weddings and shoots
After my last wedding of 2017 in October I rented out my place in Portland (just for the winter, I'll be back!) closed on a house in Brooksville, ME, moved some things in, photographed a bunch of awesome couples I'm excited to be working with in 2018 and hopped in my vanagon for it's first true test on the road outside of Maine.
We started in Jackson, NH, visited Mass Moca in MA, took a work break in Hudson Valley, NY, discovered that we probably shouldn't have stopped in Harrisburg, PA then finally took a few days to stop in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I had no expectations for Shenandoah and it was the true highlight of the trip for me. Skyline drive was beautiful, deer were everywhere, there were no crowds and plenty of small hikes. From Virginia we headed to Asheville - messed up some planning and ended up at a KOA. Then we did a night of dispersed camping in the Pisgah Forest. This was also a sweet surprise and I loved how close the mountains are in Asheville. We hiked Looking Glass Rock (I only brought a film camera, oops!) and then headed into Asheville for a few days. Asheville reminded me of Portland a lot, or maybe kind of more like Portland 5 years ago but somehow with more breweries and way, way more antique furniture. We scored big thrifting and antiquing in NC. I would make the Grey Eagle at the top of anyone's list of places to go see a band in Asheville, and get a drink at the Double Crown afterward.
From Asheville we beelined to NH, and then onto Maine. Some thoughts on living in the van for about two weeks - A lot of life's worries go right out the door when you're confined to the van and the road. - It's important to find places to pee! - I hit my head so many times. - State parks in New England close really early in the fall and that makes it more difficult to find places to stay than I anticipated. - Cozying up in the back of the van with the back hatch open and the screen in is the most comfy place in the world.
More van trips to come.
Collin + Mackenzie celebrated the second day of their wedding weekend by throwing a big pizza party at Flatbread Company in Rockport, with music from by Chris Brinn & Friends. Before the party we did one of my favorite things - went around to some spots special to them, including the Norumbega Inn and Beloin's which has awesome little waterfront cabins.
Mackenzie + Collins had a pretty incredible two day wedding bash. The first day they got married among their friends and family at Union Hall and then celebrated at Nina June + Whitehall. Here is Part 1 of their amazing wedding weekend. I especially loved this wedding as Mackenzie referred to me as her "friend-tograhper" :)
Mari and Luke sure have a knack for strange weather! When we got together for their engagement shoot it was dumping snow, and super cold, but we had fun with it. At their wedding they had rain and wind but you'd never know from the smiles of their faces. This group knew how to make the most of a tent, a band, awesome food and a boat full of beer!
Awesome working with:
Venue: Parent’s backyard
Day of Coordinator: Dragonfly Services
Caterer: 111 Maine
Bouquets: Watershed florals
Tablescapes: Sweet violet gardens
Mari's Dress: Maria Antonieta couture
DJ/Band: DC Project