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Maine | Travel PhotosMay 4, 2017

This past summer my husband, Wesley, and I ventured up to Maine to see what was there, and we were so pleased with what we found. Maine was something we never expected. Wes loves going to Mexico and to the Texas Gulf Coast to fish and swim and sit on the beach, and Maine had rocky coastlines and the water is frigid. Nevertheless my sailor husband connected with Maine and the people there.

Lori Wilson Photography-6537 I am always up for any adventure so I fell in love with everything there before we event left Dallas. I loved the small-town-sailor-new-england vibe.Lori Wilson Photography-6563

If you ever go to Maine, we have a few recommendations. But I must first explain our vacation style – we like to maybe see one touristy thing and then find a good dive bar and make friends with the locals. A lot of our time in Maine involved us watching the tide rise and fall (there were TWO high tides) with a beer/wine in hand. When Wes napped I would go shop. I was constantly taking photos and making Wes pull over for the perfect shot of whatever spoke to me (sorry babe!). But our style is super low key, so just know that before reading below.

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Definitely fly in and out of Portland. Bangor’s (pronounced “Bang – gor” …you will get corrected) airport is so small.

Also Portland has some awesome areas in that town. We stayed at the Pomegranate Inn and I highly recommend it. It’s a cute little Inn in a nice neighborhood AND their breakfast is to die for. I had one of everything – it was that good. And I am a semi picky eater.Lori Wilson Photography-6630

Maine is great for day trips because everything is so close (unlike Texas)…we drove through Freeport and Booth Bay Harbor. Freeport is ok..if you want to shop, then go there. But in my opinion, I would rather find a local store than another JCrew (but I do love me some JCrew).

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We stay at the Samoset in Rockland which was lovely. If you want the resort feel, then definitely check it out. Wes got to golf (on the foggiest morning ever…haha poor guy) and I walked out to the Rockland Breakwater (the white lighthouse). They also have a great pool and I definitely felt like I should be a member of some rich New England family while we were there.
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After Rockland we moved on to Camden (10 miles down the road) AND IT WAS SOOOO WONDERFUL!!! I cannot tell you enough wonderful things about Camden. It is semi-touristy but not too bad. We stayed at the Hartstone Inn and I was a little disappointed when Lorelai Gilmore did not greet me at the front because I felt like her and Michele should have been there. Its the best little Inn. They have a sweet little happy hour and I hear their dinner is to die for. I remember seeing Martha Stewart recommended some other Inn in Camden that was already booked so instead we booked the Hartstone and let me tell you I WAS SOOOOOOO glad we found the Hartstone. It should have been Martha’s pick.Lori Wilson Photography-6704 While in Camden we just roamed the streets. There’s a wonderful antique mall that you should check out. Also there a wine and tap place (vine and tap is the name, I think) on the harbor that has a good little vibe. If you are a Gilmore Girls fan then check out the grocery store on the main street. I went in and bought a water… but I wanted to steal corn meal and get kissed by the local Dean – just kidding. What I am trying to say is that it was very similar to Gilmore Girls. (I did buy that water and then eyed the check out boys and the girls they were flirting with and wondered which one was Rory. I may be a little obsessed but just go with it). Lori Wilson Photography-6706 After the wonderful Camden, we drove up to Bar Harbor and stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn. Now I don’t like to be a downer but this was my least favorite part of the trip. The hotel was just ok. It desperately needs to be updated. The three best things I can think of from that experience was 1. sleeping with the balcony door open and the AMAZING sun rise waking me at 5 am (it really was awesome) 2. We met some awesome people at the happy hour (apparently everything revolves around alcohol for us – whatevs! it’s a vacay!) 3. It’s a good location to walk to town.

The town of Bar Harbor is SOOOO touristy. I just don’t love the shops with the cheesy Bar Harbor shirts and Moosetang (yes, I saw that) shirts. But they did have some great little bars that were a little more hip. There was one place called the Cottage Street Pub which had a fun vibe. It was just filled with other tourists and we wanted to meet locals and feel like we were truly apart of that town for the night.

 

Lori Wilson Photography-6754 But another HUGE perk of Bar Harbor is Acadia National Park. It really was incredible. Wes and I may have gone on a random semi long hike to get to the beach but really the path just took up back to the parking lot…where we PARKED! (I was embarrassed but thankful for the sights I had seen) But hey it was an adventure. The water was FREEZING for this Texas girl’s blood. But seeing the water and sand made my heart whole.Lori Wilson Photography-6779 Lori Wilson Photography-6781

Wes and I already have another trip planned back to Maine this summer so I am sure I will have a few more thoughts or photos. But hopefully you found this helpful if you every decide to explore that wonderful state! If you have been to Maine and have any recommendations please send them my way. We are doing Portland, Samoset and Hartstone this year and will have ore time in each place. So please send any must see’s my way.
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Port Aransas, TexasMarch 31, 2016

I made it down to Port Aransas for two weekends this month – one for a shoot and one for pleasure. I always love being near the ocean. I am a water person and being near it just makes me think clearly and helps me reboot from this busy life. Here are some of the photos of the scenes that I saw.

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My favorite selfie – Grand CanyonSeptember 11, 2014

Traveling alone is liberating, a great method of self discovery and sometimes slightly scary. It makes you become your best friend and makes you totally ok with silence.

A few years ago, I was stuck in Las Vegas for a day and unfortunately totally over the strip and casinos. So I rented a sweet, little convertible and headed to check off a big item  on my bucket list – the Grand Canyon. I quickly stopped off at the Hoover Dam – it was so cool – and then kept driving to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drive was fine until I hit a mini canyon road with a sign that said LOOSE GRAVEL. It was a rough road and I kept wondering if I was going to disappear into Arizona with no cell service… but the site of tour buses passing me was reassuring. It was a pretty drive though…

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I was starting to wonder if I should turn around and then I hit a paved road and saw the canyon off in the distance. Tears filled my eyes and I am pretty sure I screamed with joy.

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It was the most meaningful trip and the most quiet trip I have ever experienced. Taking photos of yourself while traveling is hard alone. I had lots of kind people offer to take my photo and they did, but my favorite photo is the one where I place my camera on a rock, set the timer and sat down. I really had no clue what it would look like and after a second attempt, I got this one.

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It is my favorite selfie. It says so much more to me than just someone at the Grand Canyon. I was in a weird place during this time of my life and this trip was the turning point. It was an experience that I feel changed my life. It taught me to choose for me, no matter how scary that choice is. This moment, this girl sitting there staring out on something she had always wanted and finally accomplished alone, was still with me when I decided to leave the security of a full time job and take photos for a living, when I accepted another twin newborn shoot even though the first one was bit of a disaster and anytime I walk into a situation terrified of what’s to come.

I have an enlarged photo sitting on my bed side table just incase I lose sight of that girl.

This trip was the experience of a lifetime.

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An Oasis in the Middle of the CityMay 8, 2014

Welcome to the Lucky’s little farm life in the heart of Dallas. When I arrived I had to do a double take at their front yard or pasture as it was filled with bluebonnets (something I was only used to seeing on the side of the highway or in Ennis). Their property is filled with hidden paths, blooming flowers, chickens, cats; and overall it’s a great place to escape. I hope you enjoy the photos from my visit there.

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Rockport and Port Aransas, TexasApril 11, 2014

I’ve been wanting to take my camera down to our favorite weekend spot, Rockport/Port Aransas, for a while now to shoot a photo story. Here are my favorite (yes, there are quite a few) photos from my time there.

 

 

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