New Hampshire Senior Portraits 2014

This year I photographed more senior portraits than I ever have, which is great! I love doing it and I’ve met some really nice, funny, and interesting high school seniors! I was also able to photograph at a variety of different locations which I enjoy. Mostly I shoot around Concord, NH but I was able to get to Portsmouth, NH and some great local farms this year. As you can see there are a lot of girls here, but I do photograph boys as well! I have a few coming up, both are always welcome. I also love to photograph college seniors too! Here are a bunch of my favorites from this season. Good luck the rest of the year everyone!

 

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Bridget & Brad – Married! | Damariscotta, Maine Wedding Photographer – Pemaquid Point Light

 

Ah, Summer! How I miss it already.

I photographed this beautiful Maine wedding right before I left for my trip. I was able to get to know Bridget and Brad over the past year after talking on the phone, doing their engagement session, and communicating over many emails. Finally the big day arrived and it was a blast! It was amazing to be able to photograph a wedding at some of my favorite vacationing spots. My family and I visited Pemaquid Point Lighthouse last year so it was great to come back to a place I was familiar with and one that I knew would be gorgeous! And it was! Perfect weather and a warm breeze as Brad and Bridget made their way down the aisle, said their vows, and united their families with many personal touches that reflected their wonderful personalities. After the ceremony we headed over to The Contented Sole Restaurant for the reception, another awesome spot and incredible food and drink! The newlyweds did an amazing job with wedding details and were totally enthusiastic about getting pictures done, dancing, and socializing, something I really love when I have wedding clients!

HUGE thanks to my fantastic 2nd shooter, Ashley, who got some great shots for me. Be sure to check out the bridal flowers done by the wonderful Megan of Field Sustainable Floristry – absolutely gorgeous floral work out of Portland, Maine sourcing locally and sustainably.

 

 

 

 

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The Road Home |Road Trip USA

 

Ah yes, here it is, the last post from my trip. I cannot believe how fast 6 weeks flew by! Over 11,000 miles driven, a month and 2 weeks, hundreds of dollars in gas money spent, different climates, scenery, weather, what an incredible adventure!

If this is your first time visiting, check out part 1 and part 2 of my trip!

To see some more photos go follow me on Instagram @jennbakos or search the tag #JBOnTheRoad

After a great few days in the Bay Area, spending time with my Aunt and Uncle and my old internship bosses at Cao Studio, I headed south and then finally began the journey East. After Seattle I began to realize I was running out of time, which was a huge bummer because I knew I would have to skip a lot of places I wanted to go to. I had to accept that hopefully I would be able to come back someday to see them and accept that maybe I wouldn’t be able to…who knows. It was certainly frustrating. Some places I skipped because of the abundance of forest fires and heat. After driving through the “dust bowl of California”, I can say I don’t really want to go there again haha. Luckily I was able to spend a few days in Utah, which was seriously amazing! Definitely a place I need to go back and explore more.

I started in Zion National Park and was able to do a couple hikes. The first one was a hike up to Observation Point. I had started a little late and wasn’t sure I’d make it all the way, but I pressed on and it was definitely worth it! It was an insanely gorgeous view of the whole canyon and the textures and winding turns and scenery on the way up made it really interesting. The heat was killer but I had a lot of water, sunscreen, and some food. It was probably one of the hardest nights to sleep though due to the heat and being covered in sweat and sunscreen (no showers). The next day was a relief because I hiked the Narrows – a river hike through the canyon – so cool! You walk through the water most of the way, which was nice on the feet after the day before, and you get amazing scenery along the way. This hike is great as long as there are no threats of flash floods, which is a very real thing out there. I headed back early that day because I knew storms were coming in that afternoon. I did end up getting out of the canyon right before some big thunderstorms rolled through and sent my phone buzzing with flash flood warnings. Not something I ever want to experience!

After Zion I headed toward Bryce Canyon which ended up being a washout, but the scenery was still really neat due to the rain and fog. Hopefully I’ll be able to return someday and hike through the canyons there.

Arches National Park was next. I dealt with another hot day and closings from the rain the day before, but was able to hike a bit to see some of the fascinating formations there. Seriously, how cool is it there?! I need to go back!

After Utah, I hit the road and really began the journey back East and started my 8 hour driving days up again. It was really hard not to stop and stay a while in some places, but I managed to plan my days so I could see some cool stuff. The Aspen trees were so beautiful and intense with color, which made me really start to miss New England a bit!

As a last hurrah on my trip I decided to take a hot air balloon ride in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was something I’ve always wanted to do and it was soooo neat! I really enjoyed it and I met some great people. I have to say that town was one of my favorites, maybe because it reminded me a bit of Western Massachusetts, but it was gorgeous and we got an amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as hundreds of miles of farmland.

After that, I started to see signs for Dunkin’ Donuts and I knew I was headed in the right direction!

It feels weird to be back home, kind of like I never left, and yet, I can definitely feel a change within myself from the experiences on the road.  I feel like I have a clearer sense of what I want out of life, more patience, and a new appreciation for where I live. I am more in love with camping than ever, and I’m already excited to plan more trips in the future! I just hope I will be lucky enough to be able to keep traveling as long as I live. I seriously can’t thank everyone enough for their support and their lack of support – the amount of times I’ve been called crazy for doing this alone is pretty high, but it totally ruled the fire and desire to get out there. I do however hope I can bring some people with me on the next road trip!

Now it’s time to get back to the grind!

 

 

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BOSTON!

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The GoPro was great since there weren’t people around to take my picture a lot of the time. Proof I was actually there! Haha.

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  • October 8, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Claudette Roy-Viall - Amazingly beautiful shots!!!you have a great eye!!ReplyCancel

  • October 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Nicole - Jenn! Your photos are spectacular! I just love your sense of adventure and all the things you did on your trip. I think I want to go with you next time! Seriously!

    It’s good to leave some things for the next time to ensure you will be back. There’s so much to see in this beautiful country! You’ve captured it so beautifully.

    Thanks for sharing the “virtual trip.” It’s wonderful.ReplyCancel

Many Miles to Get Here – Many Miles to Go | Road Trip USA

 

Hello again from the road!

I’ve made it all the way across to the pacific and I’m currently in the Bay Area in California!

This is a big post, I’ve covered a lot of ground since my last one, and I’m now running out of time!

Here’s where we left off – Yellowstone. From there I headed to Glacier National Park!

Glacier National Park:

The Going to the Sun road was so spectacular! Snow topped peaks, views around every corner! Less touristy than Yellowstone…I ended up spending 4 or 5 nights here because I was loving Montana and the area I was in. I did a short hike and heard of a lot of bear sightings. Everyone who is hiking carries bear spray and bells to make noise. Just a little scary! I ended up seeing a couple of black bear one evening while driving back to my camp. No grizzlies! This place was beautiful and I met a lot of other photographers while touring the park, mostly because we would see each other’s cameras and start up conversation. I came across a momma mountain goat with here little baby with her. Super cute! I did some horse back riding around the park too which was fun!

The nights got pretty cold around this time…but not as cold as Canada! Hah! Just wait…

 

Quick note on glaciers! They are disappearing fast! I was told Glacier NP’s glaciers will be melted in about 10 years. That’s nothing! GO THERE NOW!! Once these beauties are melted, the ecosystem will likely change drastically and that beautiful water will not be the same color anymore :( 

 

Canada & Banff National Park:

Amazing. It’s really hard to describe how incredible the scenery was. You really have to go see it yourself! My pictures are cool and all but it doesn’t do it justice at all!

I arrived at my little motel in Canada in the evening. I knew it was going to be cold so I didn’t camp. Little did I know we’d be getting a preview of the coming winter! It snowed about 4 inches – which I wasn’t expecting, I thought it was going to rain. I ended up buying a new winter jacket after a few hours of heavy, wet snow and freezing temps. It was fun for photos and I was happy it was only temporary!

 

Seattle, Pacific North West and Crater Lake:

From Canada I drove to Seattle area and met up with my friends from school, Tasha and Drew Vanasse! They kindly let me stay with them last year around this time on my first trip to Seattle. The next day I checked out the market for a bit and then hit the road to the Olympic Peninsula! I camped at Kalaloch and was in total bliss by the ocean for the evening, night, and morning. That place fills up quick! I was really lucky to grab a spot when I did. Highly recommended!

After the Olympics I headed to Portland for a few hours and then the Columbia River Gorge. There I was able to see some amazing waterfalls and the beautiful Columbia River of course! I would love to go back there and explore more…much like all of these places. The Gorge area reminded me a bit of Western Massachusetts.

The next day I headed out to Crater Lake National Park, which was totally unreal! This earth is such an amazing place. Crater was definitely eerie but so beautiful. It’s very quiet besides people driving on the road, but when you get more into the woods all you can hear is the slight breeze, streams running, and birds singing. Such a nice change from the city!

 

Now I’m back where I was 3 years ago – The Bay Area! It’s strange and wonderful to be back. There were many memories, struggles, and fun times here. After today I will begin my trek back East, but I’m headed to Utah and all the parks and wonders it has to offer! Can’t wait!

 

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you see the bear??

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Old Man’s Beard (A lichen) that grows on the trees in Glacier and many other places. It is supposedly edible and was used as a tea to cure colds back in the day. Pretty neat! I didn’t try it though…

 

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Pike’s Place Market, Seattle, Washington.

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San Francisco Area

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  • September 17, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Ali - Gorgeous!! Looks like an amazing trip!ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Anne - Stunning photos! this makes me want to take on my own road trip rendezvous!ReplyCancel

2 Weeks – Road Trip USA

 

Hello from the road! It’s actually almost been 3 weeks since I’ve been out, but the photos below are from the first 2 weeks. I need to post more but it took me a while to get this up due to sloooooow internet, but I finally got it!

My brother, Hunter, was with me for the first week and we hit the road and headed to Colorado. On the way we went through, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and then finally Colorado! Everything kind of looks like Vermont until you get to Ohio, and there were a lot of white cars. Things start to flatten out on the road in Ohio and all the way through until you get to the mountains of CO. Though it was flat, the farmlands of Kansas were really interesting, I actually enjoyed seeing it and we took a detour down one of the long farm roads. You can really see for miles. Another highlight was going up into the St. Louis Arch! It’s huge and I’m totally afraid of heights (how is that thing standing?) and I was pretty nervous but once you see that view and realize how cool that arch really is, you forget about it a little. Plus, it is the ‘Gateway to the West!’ We were on our way. We ran into some hot, hot days. 90’s and almost the 100’s. Phew!

Colorado was beautiful of course and I enjoyed seeing my brother get excited about being in those mountains! We were lucky enough to be able to stay at H Bar G ranch right in Estes Park. Total treat! Thanks to my friend and co editor/founder of Tell!  The days were gorgeous and we had fun exploring. Hunter had to head back to school and I continued on my way. After visiting with Erica and Joe (past wedding clients & friends of the family) I headed out to Wyoming and the landscape change dramatically in many ways. The 6 hour journey to my next destination was so diverse! It was also really rainy but it gave it a really neat vibe. I stayed in Dubois, Wyoming which was a quaint little ranch town. Talking to some locals gave me a chance to explore some lesser known spots (so worth it).  Staying there, I explored Grand Teton National Park – so amazing!! The mountains against the backdrop of every road, lake, and field were just incredible (my new favorite word for all these places). Jenny Lake was my favorite and I did a small hike. By now the bear threat had been becoming more evident, so hiking alone wasn’t super ideal.

After Grand Teton it was off to Yellowstone National Park and the rainiest weekend I’ve experienced on the trip yet. Perhaps it was because I was only able to get a tent site…I may have stayed in a cabin if I could get anything but since it was Labor Day weekend nothing was available. My tent stayed dry but during the days I got soaked and there were constant downpours, thunderstorms, and even hail storms! All part of the adventure! I slept in my car one night because it was also getting pretty cold. Yellowstone was pretty amazing! The waterfalls and canyons were probably my favorite. I also can’t believe how the huge fires back in 1988 have shaped the landscape so much and all the trees that died are still there. I believe they call them the “standing dead”. However, it is evident that fire is a huge part of the ecosystem in Yellowstone and while it destroys so much, it also seems to cleanse the land for new vegetation to develop. Nature is truly a huge driving force. I love it.

Of course, being in Yellowstone, I saw a lot of bison and elk! I was hoping to see some wolves, bear, and moose. Maybe next time! I will tell you more about bears on my next post.

There’s nothing like the road. Every night I stop and think and can’t believe I’m actually out here doing this. A lot of people stop and see my license plate, look at me, and ask, “Are you by yourself?” Which they either think I’m crazy, brave, or lucky to be able to do this, or they are jealous haha. Shout out to The North Face and Subaru for providing awesome products!

 It is pretty crazy. It still doesn’t feel real, but I’m so happy I’ve been able to see so much already. There is SO much out there in this country.

America The Beautiful.

//More to come!//

 

 

 

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