The G Family was making the trek out from California and when they booked their session, the first thing they asked is “What location will scream Maine in our photographs?” and the obvious choice, in this case, was the Portland Lighthouse (AKA: Portland Headlight) located at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, ME. I photograph a lot of families in the Portland area around Fort Williams because many times it is so different from where their family is from, the lighthouse is so recognizable, and the park that the lighthouse is located is absolutely beautiful.
Hope and her two adult sons and their families made the trek from Southern California to Maine for a week of R+R and exploring the area. We walked across most of the park and photographed them along one of my favorite paths. The Portland Lighthouse is one of the most famous/most photographed lighthouses worldwide but I only included it in a few of their images as so much of the park is so picturesque. The rocky coastline offers breathtaking backdrops with the city of Portland’s skyline off in the distance, little Casco Bay islands, passing boats and ships, and a few other lighthouses in the area.
With five kids under 10, we had to take a handful of breaks to be silly and run around, and when I was technically “done” I stuck around and captured them playing together in one of the gardens as the sun was setting. As we walked back to the car, they really went “all out” and showed me just how flexible they are (and I have never been!) and did fun dance moves. There is never a dull moment when any kids are involved!