Guest post by Cuppa Photography:
Maine boasts an astounding array of stunning locations for engagement photography sessions. From the rocky coastline studded with picturesque lighthouses to the deep woods of the northern forests and western mountains, from quaint fishing villages to gritty city alleyways, there is something to reflect every couple.
Here are my top ten favorite locations for engagement sessions in Maine:
- The Coast
The Maine coast is world famous for its beauty. Whether you choose a sandy beach to stroll along hand-in-hand or embrace the more rugged rocky shores, there is no shortage of coastline to fit every palette.
Sandy beaches: Popham, Higgins, Willard, Goose Rocks, Reid, Sand Beach (Acadia)
Rocky shores: Two Lights, Reid, Orr Island, Acadia, Jasper, Deer Isle, Fort Williams, Wolfe’s Neck
- Gritty Urban Settings
Don’t be dismayed by the grittiness to be found in back alleys and working docks. The rough edges of these sorts of locations create a pleasing juxtaposition to the warmth of the love story you are sharing. It also lends itself to a feeling of a private moment being captured and can take on a candid feel.
Any urban center! Portland, Bangor, Lewiston, Augusta…wander the streets and keep your eyes peeled for the “in-between” places.
Maine is brimming over with fantastic parks, from small city parks to the acclaimed Acadia National Park. Scattered across the state are 36 official state parks, from the miniscule Bradbury Mountain to the enormous Baxter, each with its own distinct feel. Don’t overlook the parks local to your area- they are treasures when it comes to engagement sessions, many with more than one sort of setting to make use of!
Fort Williams, Mount Blue, Rangeley, Vaughn Woods, Wolfe’s Neck, Lamoine, Acadia, Camden Hills
- Historic Urban Settings
On the flip side of the gritty alleyways of Maine’s urban centers is the historic old New England feel that many boast. Old seaports with cobbled streets, the brick and stone and clapboard of early America, Maine has it all.
Any urban center! Portland, Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, Auburn
From the great North Woods to the forested woodlots around every corner, trees are as much a part of Maine as it’s famous coastline is. Look for lush undergrowth through the summer months or the resplendent foliage of autumn, or even the woody bare openness of the winter woods.
Any of Maine’s state parks will offer a variety of wooded backdrops, or simply keep your eye out as you drive your local backroads. They don’t call Maine the Pine Tree State for nothing!
While looking out over Maine’s famous coastline, it can be easy to forget that the Appalachian Range of mountains extends up along the western side of our fair state. Don’t underestimate these mountains as a backdrop for your engagement session. Or choose something closer to the lakes region or even the coast. You won’t be sorry to include these views in your session.
Sunday River ski resort or the Artist’s Bridge in Bethel/Newry, Sugarloaf or Saddleback ski areas, Baxter State Park, Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island, the Camden Hills
Maine is dotted with working farms, many open to the public. With open space, rustic barnwood, and plenty of winding dirt tractor paths, farms can be a wonderful location for your engagement session. Be sure to check that the farm is open to the public or get permission before planning your session there.
Pineland Farm, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Laudholm Farm on the Wells Reserve
- Seasonal Wonderland
Make the most of whatever season you are in when it comes time to shoot your engagement session! Couples often want to wait for the warm summer months for their sessions, but there is beauty to every season in Maine, and even the coldest months can be ideal for a great engagement shoot!
Head to the mountains or the lakes region (Sebago, Rangely, Moosehead) to capture the peak foliage on the fall, or try a cozy Christmas tree farm in the snow mid-winter
- Small Towns
Maine’s small towns boast charm unmatched anywhere else in the United States. Each enjoys it’s own special “claim to fame” and capturing a bit of that identity can set your engagement session apart.
Rockport’s art scene and famous breakwater, Kennebunkport’s charming shops and old homes, Stonington’s lobster boats and picturesque public library, Wiscasset’s antiques
Maine’s rugged coastline is studded with some of the world’s most picturesque lighthouses. For many out-of-state couples, shooting their engagement session at one of these lends and iconic Maine feel to their images.
Cape Neddick Light, Portland Head Light, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Spring Point Ledge Light, Rockland Breakwater Light, Bass Harbor Light, West Quoddy Head Light