Branding Photographer

Editorial photography for Maine Women Magazine's Tri for a Cure issue.

I met Sarah at the Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine to photograph her with Elaine’s bike. Read an expert from the July issue of Maine Women Magazine below.

Sarah showing me the bike pack at with Elaine’s RX Bar and snacks still in it. She couldn’t bring herself to remove them.

Sarah showing me the bike pack at with Elaine’s RX Bar and snacks still in it. She couldn’t bring herself to remove them.

How a breakfast and a bike connected two brave women fighting cancer; Sarah Emerson will ride a bike belonging to the late Elaine Bourne over the finish line at this year’s Tri for a Cure.

In 2017, Sarah Emerson stood on the sidelines at the Tri for a Cure. She was deep into her fight against breast cancer, but she wanted to show her support for the participants. So she made a sign and held it up as women raced past her. “I had chemo on Friday,” the sign said. “You can do this!”

Many of the women running the race stopped to give her back that encouragement. They hugged her, took pictures with her and told her they’d see her on the course the following year. In 2018, Emerson walked into the survivor’s breakfast, an event held the day before the Maine Cancer Foundation’s annual Tri for a Cure. “There were only a few empty seats left and I grabbed one of the last ones,” she says. A few minutes later, another woman slid into the seat next to her and introduced herself as Elaine Bourne.

ourne had been training for the 2018 triathlon for months. In September 2016 she’d been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a fast moving, aggressive form of the disease. She’d viewed that diagnosis into a call for both acceptance and action. She’d bought herself a beautiful new Trek bike and started training for the Tri’s 15-mile bike ride, the 1/3-mile swim and the 5K, all while working full time and pushing back against cancer. But that May, while running another 5K—Bourne was an avid runner and had run several Beach to Beacons—something felt not quite right. She was winded. She had to take breaks from running.  By June, Bourne learned that her cancer had reached Stage 4 and metastasized to her brain.

But she refused to drop out of the race. She reached out to the Maine Cancer Foundation to ask for help figuring out a way to participate that wouldn’t include all three portions of the triathlon. She was matched her with someone who could do the swim and the bike, but her partner would use her own equipment. Bourne’s shiny new Trek would not be used.

Read the full story here at Maine Women’s Magazine

 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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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