I LOVE weddings with UMaine ties. Ross and Jenn are both alumni and three of my previous Black Bear brides and grooms were also in attendance. The location was fantastic despite the weather. It was approaching freezing with the wind chill making outdoor portraits a challenge.

Everyone was fantastic to work with and I even got to take home some wedding beer. I’m happy to call this one a great success and wish Ross and Jenn a lifetime of love and happiness. ūüôā

Shooting fireworks is a favorite¬†pastime¬†of mine. While the technique¬†is very basic to do, just point and shoot, the challenge comes in the timing. Leave the shutter open too long and you’ll get a bright white blob of light. Too short and you won’t see anything. What’s my secret? Luck. ūüėČ There’s no way to know exactly what the pyrotechnicians are shooting next so over time you figure out how many bursts it takes to make an acceptable image.

Location is just as important. We camped out for three hours at Agamont Park¬†because it was the best vantage point to get both the fireworks and the Margaret Todd Windjammer, Bar Harbor’s iconic schooner,¬†in the same shot. I’m happy with the way the images came out and I hope you enjoy the show below.

  • Lynda Springer - July 13, 2013 - 1:20 am


I was really looking forward to this wedding. Amy and Chris are an awesome down-to-earth couple which perfectly fits my shooting style. The ceremony was in Camden, which I love, and the venue was at an amazing location, the Ducktrap Retreat overlooking the Penobscot Bay. Looking at the forecast, the only thing that was not amazing was that it was supposed to rain throughout the day. Booo!

Well, almost as if we had planned it, the rain stopped about an hour before the ceremony began and the sun actually peeked out just as the ceremony was beginning. I may have even heard some twitterpated birds chirping outside in the trees. The rest, as they say, is history. (see below for the history part) ūüôā

Ceremony location:  Our Lady of Good Hope Church

Photography: Tony Llerena Photography

Second Shooter: KellyRy Photo
Caterer: Chris Hart
Hair & Makeup: Amanda Miclon
Dress: Private Label, Ella Rosa  РPurchased & altered: Henrys Bridal
Flowers: Joan (Family Friend)
Cake: Veronica Shorey (Aunt)
DJ: Barry Lord
  • Tifani Pedro - June 28, 2013 - 3:46 am

    beautiful photos.

  • Andrea Herson Littlefield - June 30, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Lovely! Congratulations!

  • MrsRaylene Clarke - June 30, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    What a beautiful wedding Amy, congratulations!

  • Lynne Allen Comtois - June 30, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    It’s all so beautiful to look at – your happiness shows in every picture. What a great day it was .
    Love and miss you.

  • June Tanguay Lentz - July 3, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Absolutely stunning! Amy & Chris, you both look amazingly beautiful and so full of joy! The photos are flawless! Simply gorgeous!

  • Lisa Shorey Dingwall-Carroll - December 9, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Breathtaking photos!What a beautiful wedding!

Where have I been, you ask? I haven’t been posting very often lately and with good reason. There’s something going on nearly every night of the week for my family.¬†This is especially true as the final days of the school year draw near.¬†For the last couple of months I’ve been assistant coaching for my son’s Little League team and going to all of his Cub Scout meetings.¬†My daughter is on her middle school softball team and in band.

If you have kids and get the opportunity, I would highly recommend getting involved in some way shape or form in your children’s activities. It’s a great chance to get involved in the community and to get to know the other kids and their parents. The sacrifice and effort that goes into all of these events and activities is something that needs to be appreciated first hand.

What about photography, you ask?¬†A lot of the work I’ve been doing this year has been commercial which I typically do not use for advertisement. It may not seem that way if you’re following me on Facebook but I’ve actually had my most successful first and second quarters to date. June is setting up to be extremely active and my traditional busy season ¬†is only now getting under way. Be on the lookout for new content coming your way. In the mean time, here’s a baseball card I created for my little slugger. ūüôā


  • Cynthia Karris - May 30, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    What a handsome boy. Go TJ

In June of 2012, my family and I embarked on the longest road trip of our lives. We decided it would be a great idea to drive from Hampden, ME to Denver, CO in order to save money and see the country on our way to a wedding. While the kids will probably have been too young to remember it, the trip was long and memorable and one of the coolest experiences of our lives. ¬†Two weeks of driving doesn’t leave a lot of time for photography but I tried my best to take the camera out every so often.

Below are some of my favorite images from the trip. Do you recognize any of the locations? Let me know what you think and where I should take the family on our next trip!

  • Cynthia Karris - April 18, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Beautiful pictures.

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