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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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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

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!