. Meredith captures portraits of pets and weddings with her beautiful photographs. We are thrilled to be able to feature her work and have her answer a few questions about Maine and her photography!
1. Tell us a little about your background as an artist
I fell in love with photography at an early age when my grandmother gave me my first Minolta camera. Growing up, I took classes both in high school & in college. I was lucky enough to be able to take a photography class during my time abroad in Florence, Italy. It was hands-down my favorite course during my time as a student! After graduating from school, pursuing my dream of being a photographer only made sense!
2. There is such a positive, lovely message behind “& unlimited.” Tell us a little about it. How did the name evolve?
& unlimited is based on the idea of life’s unlimited connections. I document the connections between people & the things they love- their significant others, their families, their pets- all of their life’s loves. My love for the meaning & the design of the ampersand came first, and the notion of documenting connections followed. The word “unlimited” seemed perfect for what I was trying to convey.
3. How does the beautiful Maine scenery influence/affect your work? What’s your connection to Maine?
Maine is simply an extraordinary place. We’re so fortunate to live only a block away from the island-spotted, rocky coastline, and only a few minutes out of one of the cutest cities in the country, Portland. Although the scenes within five minutes of our home would be enough inspiration for years of photography, it doesn’t end there. The small towns, the mountains, the foliage, the rivers, the lakes- all of it creates a seemingly endless natural inspiration.
My boyfriend, Michael, and I are relatively new to Maine, as we moved here two years ago after graduating from college. Having both grown up in North Carolina, we were anxious for a change. We’ve found that the overall lifestyle in Maine suits us quite well, and right now, I cannot imagine us living anywhere else!
4. Favorite thing about Maine? Least favorite thing about Maine?
Living so close to the water is certainly one of the things in my life for which I am most thankful. Portland, recently named as one of America’s Foodiest Small Towns by Bon Appetit, constantly impresses us with its amazing restaurant scene. Fall in Maine cannot be beat- it is definitely my favorite time of the year.
When they find out that we’re from the South, most Mainers always ask us about our experiences with Maine winters. To be honest, the winters are not so bad, as long as you are able to get out & enjoy them! Springtime is what we miss the most about living in North Carolina- there is just not as much of a spring in Maine.
5. Any Maine secret hot spots (restaurants, parks, experiences, towns) you want to divulge?
Two of my very favorite trail systems in Southern Maine are Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freeport & Robinson Woods in Cape Elizabeth. This summer I was exposed to a couple of Maine’s most beautiful, lesser known islands- Isle of Springs & Hupper Island. Both have that magical ability to take you away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Picking a favorite restaurant in Portland is impossible, but we’re almost always up for a trip to Duckfat, Fore Street, Caiola’s, Flatbread, El Rayo, or The Good Table.
6. Is there anywhere you would absolutely love to do a photo shoot?
In Maine, it would be hard for me to ever turn down a coastal or an island photo shoot. I’ve been blessed with some great ones, both on & overlooking the water, and cannot imagine many better spots for a shoot. Outside of Maine, my trips out west to the mountains of Colorado & Wyoming have offered some of the most awe-inspiring views I can remember. An opportunity to shoot somewhere like Jackson Hole or Aspen would be incredible!
7. Are there any other Places You Have Been or Places You Have Never Been which particularly inspire you and why?
I’ve always been drawn to the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, a Place I Have Never Been. The color, even in the grays, seems majestic. I’ve always wanted to explore the coast & the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, so I’m incredibly excited to be shooting a wedding in Oregon next August!
8. Do you have a “most memorable moment” during a photo shoot? Or a favorite photograph?
Out of all of the talk of the gorgeous scenery around me, one of my favorite photographs was taken from the comfort of my own home- a shot looking through the legs of one of the greatest loves of my life- my tall & lanky black lab, Orvis.
9. How much planning goes into a session? Or is it more organic, and you try to let things happen naturally.
All of the planning for my photography sessions comes from getting to know my clients as best I can ahead of time. I believe this makes everyone a bit more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, and helps to create beautiful, natural moments.
10. Who is easier to photograph – people or dogs?
You rarely have to convince a dog to smile or warm up to the camera. A few treats and the good times roll!