A day on the water with Capt. Catherine Corey, the only woman with Casco Bay’s water taxi service.

Had some much fun meeting Capt. Corey at 4:30am one chilly morning before sunrise. She picked me up at the dock in Portland and took me out cruising Casco Bay as the sun came up! It was a magical morning on the water! Below is the beginning of the Maine Women magazine article about her.

 A day on the water with Capt. Catherine Corey, the only woman with Casco Bay’s water taxi service.

“This is my own boat,” yells Capt. Catherine Corey, wearing a purple rain jacket and a cream-colored knitted hat and commanding a 24-foot enclosed boat she has named Island Girl. “Isn’t she pretty?”

Capt. Catherine Corey surveys the bay at first light from the deck of Island Girl. Photo by Heidi Kirn

A subcontractor with Fogg’s Water Taxis & Charters, Corey is the only female water taxi captain on Casco Bay. In the busy season (July would be the height of it) she might do upwards of 20 runs a day. Some of her customers are tourists, but others are repeat customers, including islanders, construction crews and people like Portland Public School teacher Hannah Edwards, who taxis to and from Cliff and Peaks Island a couple times a week to meet with students.

After Corey picked up Edwards on a recent morning, she mentions to the teacher that the little school on Cliff is the oldest continuously functioning schoolhouse in the nation, established in 1880. Read the full story on Maine Women Magazine

August Issue of Maine Women Magazine, Editorial Photography

August Issue of Maine Women Magazine, Editorial Photography

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First look at The Garden Spot at 33 Elmwood, Westbrooks outdoor space

33 Elmwood has just opened the most stunning outdoor space and kicked it off with a private party last night to preview it. There is an outdoor bar (hello summer!) with gorgeous decks, patios, picnic tables, benches with fire pits. Tons of grass beyond the patio space to spread out or for kids to run around while the parents (try to) relax or play corn hole. (Or maybe bocce is more your speed?) Live music was performed last night by Amanda Tubbs and Owen Conforte which kicked those summer vibes up to next level.

33 Elmwood’s menu is full of unexpected takes on typical foods such as the small bite served last night of fried deviled egg with siracha, chive and sea salt and the curried scallop with Brussel leaf and red pepper chutney. And were you even there if you didn’t ‘gram the Pride’s Punch? (A rainbow drink, with rainbow ice cubes with a garnish of a rainbow fruit roll up)

This will definitely be a go-to place for me this summer for hanging out with friends and family. The best part (besides no cooking, cleaning to entertain at home) is if it rains you can just head inside for candle pin bowling! No back up plan needed.

Architectural photography of The Rowan Hotel in downtown Palm Springs

I recently spent the most amazing week spent in Palm Springs, California photographing some amazing residential interiors and architecture as well as some amazing hotels with the incredible photographer, teacher and mentor, Scott Frances. We spent a morning photographing interiors of the stunning hotel, The Rowan, in beautiful downtown Palm Springs. And I thoroughly enjoyed going back at sunset to photograph the exterior. The desert beauty permeates every experience here. The views from the rooms and open decks are breathtaking. Every interior space is so beautifully designed. Palm Springs is most definitely is a desert dreamland.

Moira Driscoll, editorial portrait photographed for Maine Women Magazine

Maine’s Leading Lady

How Moira Driscoll left New York but held onto her acting career

For an actress who left a thriving New York City career to raise a family in Maine 15 years ago, this double shift of wall-to-wall acting was about as good as it gets. She’s traditionally commuted for roles, nipping down to Massachusetts for parts in the Oscar-winning Spotlight and HBO’s adaptation of Olive Kittredge or taking a combination of Concord Coach and the Fung Wah buses to get to New York for voiceover work or Law & Order auditions. But this winter Driscoll hit a sweet spot in the Maine acting world; being busy in her hometown. Read the full story by Mary Pols here

Refugee Resilience // editorial portrait photographed for Maine Women Magazine

Editorial assignment was to photography M.L without showing her face for Maine Women Magazine.

“[Not having asylum] affects everything,”

Transitions are often difficult, but for M.L., 57, identified here by just her initials because of her legal status, change has involved one brutal awakening after the next. She immigrated with her sons to the United States in December 2014 to escape a political situation that made her afraid for her safety and for her children and their futures. Leaving behind what had been a happy upper-middle class life, M.L. arrived in Maine thinking that her husband would soon join her and their two sons, now 16 and 22. Instead his attempts to get a visa were blocked. M.L. was forced to adjust to single motherhood, immediate poverty and Maine’s coldest season all at once. Read the full story here

Advertising Campaign for MaineGeneral Health

Last fall I worked with the fun and talented team at Garrand Moehlenkamp photographing a commercial advertising campaign for MaineGeneral Health. Over the course of a couple days we photographed for their print and on air campaign: We’re with you.

We kicked off the first photoshoot in a beautiful apple orchard which featured a family and then moved to the second location a playground in Augusta. Perhaps, the funniest thing of the entire process was when the creative director jumped in (literally) between shots to chase the 2 year old around and bribe with fruit snacks to get him to run to his mom, laugh and smile! Thankfully, it worked and we got the shot!

Day two started at The Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care where we photographed outside three generations in the serene courtyard for this print ad shown below. We wrapped the shoot at the colorful Farmers Market in Waterville. Since it was actually open for business and we did not want to disrupt the market our biggest challenge here was waiting for our moment when we would not capture shopper’s faces in the picture. As a bonus, we all left with some fresh tomatoes and fall vegetables!

Below are a few of my favorite outtakes from the days

Taproot Magazine knitting article photographed by Heidi Kirn Photography

Heidi Kirn Photography was thrilled to collaborate again this month with Taproot Magazine . We photographed a feature on a knitting pattern. How adorable are these toadstool doll and leaf set? (and the models are pretty adorable too!) (secret fun fact: Heidi Kirn was also the magazine designer of this issue)

Taproot Magazine is an ad-free, independent print publication celebrating food, farm, family, and craft. Their mission is to build and support the vibrant community of people participating in both the practical and fine arts, to craft handmade lives, by producing quality, unique, beautiful, positive, and heartfelt print media and an online marketplace selling a curated selection of prints, craft kits, and handmade goods. HOW AMAZING IS THAT??? Wouldn’t you love to support this type of publication? You can subscribe here.

If you are in the Portland area you MUST stop into the market to browse the amazing items on sale there including magazines, books, calendars. They share the space with Milk & Honey of Swallowtail Farm, a farm cafe and apothecary.  

Below are a few sample layouts and images from the current magazine TEND. Had a blast taking these photos. I hope that you get your hands on the whole issue! It is beautiful!