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Johannah & Matt :: Salem, NH

As a witness to the many emotions at weddings, it is hard not to be caught up in the moment and nearly forgetting to capture it. Having been Matt’s roommate at Yale, it was even harder as he and Johannah celebrated their beautiful wedding, but I was very glad to be able to participate through this special way. Thank you once again, Matt and Johannah, for allowing me to serve you on that very special Saturday. I wish you two the very best.

June 11, 2013 - 8:22 pm joanne - Ken, These are beautiful. I can't wait to see all of them. You did such a great job, also it was good to see you again. The best Matt's mom Joanne

Perfect Provision

Writing these entries is not always an easy task, especially for this one. I’m looking at these photos and I’m wondering how to best give you a short background into who these people are. Are they in love? Are they married? Are they getting married?????? I’m struggling here because I can’t find the words to describe how amazing the situation is. I first photographed Kim and James two years ago, as shown here, while they were in the midst of their story. The story, I will not even attempt to tell in full here, but I will say that they adopted four beautiful children, all siblings, from Brazil. The process was long and arduous, but God prevailed. This is them, a year later.

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And of course, the parents.

And the kids, one last time.

October 25, 2010 - 10:22 am Myun Hwa Dunlop - Wow, wonderful Ken! I'm glad you got so many great pictures of this wonderful family with the fabulous fall as a backdrop!

October 25, 2010 - 9:33 pm jeanette gil de rubio - The photos capture the true meaning of family. There are smiles and tenderness in the orange glow of fall. The photos are a vivid reminder of how wonderful and generous a human being can be when he or she opens his/her heart to children.

October 28, 2010 - 6:49 pm Susan Chan - Oh my goodness, these are the cutest photos ever. What a beautiful family!! The kids are adorable! And nice job, Ken!

An evening with a pile of rocks

While in Acadia, we saw some clouds (actually, there were storm clouds just about every day), but these were special clouds – the type that might make for good sunsets. How do I know? Well, they told me…

We decided to skip the sunset cruise and go find a good spot near the top of Cadillac Mountain for a viewing. We pulled over and found what appears to be a popular spot for the show. It was quickly becoming busy so we raced over and found our companion for the evening.

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As you can see, it’s a rock cairn, though it isn’t the Bates style cairns found elsewhere in the park. In fact, it isn’t even a cairn meant for marking a trail; it was just sitting there, though I love the little bird like structure on the top.

Okay, so you can’t really predict how a sunset is going to look. The winds could shift the clouds and cover the sun completely, but we figured we might as well try. We waited, and waited, and then waited some more, and the skies gave us this.

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Not bad right? Well, let’s wait a little more. Hey look! The light is getting better! Let’s not forget our little companion, and my even more lovely companion.

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Wait a little more, and we get this.

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Well, if you were expecting more…I’m sorry to say “that was it.” It was downhill from there. I blame it on those shifty clouds, but here’s a photo of cute dog named Surely Goodness and Mercy , because everyone loves a cute dog.

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September 24, 2010 - 11:46 pm Myun Hwa Dunlop - How do you do it Ken? These pictures are amazing! Composition, lighting, color - it is ART!

October 12, 2010 - 11:25 pm Roni - I just randomly stumbled into this blog... these sunset pictures are incredible!

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Below, you’ll fine three photos of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, located in Acadia National Park. The first two were taken on the same day, half an hour apart.

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Surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of people there that evening. Most of those who were there ended up next to me, which seemed to be best spot anyways for photos, and some of the were behind me, just enjoying the sunset. The next day, however, was completely different. The crowd didn’t thin out until way after the sun had actually set, which you’ll see in the photos below.

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Okay, so maybe there weren’t THAT many people.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on the all the mosquitoes. It nearly rivaled the time I had 200 bites on my back in a 15 minute span. Alaska was far better. I must have been lucky.

By the way, if the photos are ever too big on your monitor, you can zoom out by holding down “CTRL” and hitting the minus sign “-” until it fits. Hit “CTRL” and “0” at the same time will reset it.

August 23, 2010 - 7:11 am Mary Keef - These photos are incredible! Oh I wish they were in a calendar for 2011! that would be the best calendar ever!

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A week in Maine and all I got was this lousy photo. :-p

For the image above, I waited until the sun was completely covered by a cloud to get the effect I wanted. For the one below, I waited until the sun reached the edge to help bring out the colors in the tidepools and rocks. It’s always amazing how much the light changes things. I chose not to clone out the child in the photo to give you a sense of the size.

By the way, both of these were taken right next to Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park.

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Below is a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, a few minutes down the road from where we stayed. This is one of a several photos I have of the same location in different lighting conditions. I will upload the others later.

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August 17, 2010 - 2:05 pm judy grabar - The pictures are beautiful - the lighthouse is awesome!!!