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Exist In Photos

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The last two days have been heartbreaking and overwhelming for our family. Yesterday my family lost this gorgeous woman, wife, mother. My cousin Desiree Strout was just 28 and on her way to give birth to her third baby (and first son) when they hit a patch of black ice and their truck rolled. She was killed in the crash and her baby boy is still in critical condition. Her husband, Harry Weeks, is in stable condition but has a long road ahead of him in terms of his emotional and physical recovery. Their oldest daughter, (8) who was with them, suffered minor injuries and was released later in the day, and their other daughter (2 1/2)  was with family and safe.

Losing Desiree has been a complete shock to our entire family, a family that, regardless of distance and time spent without seeing each other, has always been very close. My brother said it best when he said “Our family is nothing if not strong and united. When something happens to one of us, it happens to us all.” – We have all rallied together to try and build as much support as we can for Desiree’s husband Harry, so that he can recover and adjust to life without his wife. 

You never know when a loved one will leave you. Never EVER miss the opportunity to record your or their time on this Earth. Desiree’s babies are going to grow up without her, but she understood how important it was to document their family and her love for them, so they’ll always at least have these photos.

The photos below are a combination of a family session that we did in 2013 and then her maternity photos with her second child in 2015. Unfortunately, we were not able to update their family photos before we lost her. 

There are multiple benefit events being coordinated to help support the family, and we have also set up a GoFundMe for those who are unable to participate or wish to donate more. You can find the GoFundMe event here: https://www.gofundme.com/loving-wifemother-lost-too-soon

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News Outlets looking to use photos to report on this tragedy, please email me at info@jessicamichaelphotography.com 

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Midcoast Maine Women in Business Showcase: Kristine Colson – The Wentworth Event Center – Belfast

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Name: Kristine Colson
Business Name: Wentworth Event Center
Email: kristine@wentwortheventcenter.com
Web Site: http://www.wentwortheventcenter.com
Phone: (207) 930-3630
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWentworthEventCenter/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wentwortheventcenter/

How would you describe yourself?
I am analytic, driven, energetic, outgoing, optimistic, persistent and social. I enjoy collaborating and helping others succeed. I am also realistic, and self aware of my growth opportunities which help me to continuously grow and become a better version of myself.

Tell us a little about your business and how you got started.
I run Wentworth Event Center in Belfast Maine. We host weddings, meetings and celebrations. 
The business started in 2009 when my father and I identified the need for event space in Belfast. We already owned the property, and had a vacant building at the time. Each year since 2009 we have made improvements to the building and the property. Continue reading »

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Midcoast Maine Women in Business Showcase: Jen Wenz – The Aquarian Gift Shop – Belfast


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Name Jen Wenz
Business Name The Aquarian Gift Shop
Email theaquarian@outlook.com
Phone (207) 218-1036
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theaquariangiftshop/
Instagram http://instagram.com/magickintheair

How would you describe yourself?
I am a Woman with many names, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, and Nana to My Family and Loyal friend and Confidant to Many Wonderful People I have met throughout the years! I am an Independent 10th generation, Traditional Solitary Gray, walking my path and sharing words and knowledge of enlightenment with those Open-minded Souls who choose of free will to follow their own Unique Spiritual journey. Continue reading »

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How wearing makeup can affect your self esteem

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Yesterday morning, while drinking my coffee and scrolling Facebook I came across a post by a local radio station. It was a message they were posting from one of their followers, talking about how her 8 year old came home from school and asked if she could wear makeup because a classmate did. The mother said  “The makeup may improve my daughter’s low self-esteem. It may also attract unwanted attention from pervs. Is 8 years-old too young for makeup?”

I read through some of the comments and overwhelmingly everyone had negative comments about makeup in general. Continue reading »

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Kayla’s Glamorous Maternity Session


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I have had the pleasure of photographing Kayla three times now and each time gets better than the one before it. Kayla is a gorgeous Mama to a beautiful little girl and is expecting another little girl in October! Continue reading »

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Katie’s Spokesmodel Test Shoot

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“I saw an advertisement for a Spokesmodel Contest posted on Facebook for Jessica Michael Photography. I was sitting in bed at the time and jokingly turned to my husband and said ‘I should enter this – haha!’ He told me that I should because maybe then, I would be able to see how beautiful I really was. I rolled my eyes and entered the contest, with no expectations of hearing anything back. When Jess contacted me for my finalist photo shoot, I was soooo happy to have even made it as far as I did! At my shoot, I was nervous as hell, not knowing what to expect, but it was so easy! Amelia did my hair and make-up, so my skin was flawless, and Jess showed me how to pose for each photo. It was so reassuring to have Jess there to make sure I looked my absolute best. When my photos came back….. I looked at them and couldn’t believe my eyes! There was a curvy, beautiful, and confident young woman staring back at me. I have never seen myself as anything other than a wife, a mother, a boss, a volunteer, etc…. It was the first time in my life that I felt good about my looks. That particular day changed me. I became more confident because I knew that I was more than just A, B, or C. I was a beautiful woman. At that point, winning the contest was just icing on the cake for me, because in my heart, I had already won.”

Continue reading »

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