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Gorgeous Senior Photography Sessions | From Maine Beaches to Orchards & a Splash of Downtown Charm

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Class of 2020 | Senior Highlight | Thurston

"Hi Julie!!! How have I only just now seen your photography!? Crazy! I found you on Instagram, my friend posted a photo that you took of them, and I was all like, "Dang! That's nice!" So, here I am....Anyways, I'd love to have my senior pictures done by you. :)"

When I first opened up the above excerpt from an email from Thurston early last summer, I was immediately thinking...

"Heck YES, Girl! Let's do this!"

And from that very first call, Thurston and I were throwing out ideas and planning her customized sessions, and I knew that Thurston's Senior Session would be AMAZING! And, amazing it was....but, not just once, TWICE!

That's right, after talking with her & her incredibly supportive Mom, Twila; they both knew right away that The JFP Ultimate Senior Collection was the one for Thurston!

The JFP Ultimate Senior Collection is an all-inclusive Senior Collection including:


  • Your Own Customized Senior Album

  • And, so much more!

This was the perfect option for this vibrant, beautiful young lady who's involved in singing, acting, band, athletics and more!

Thurston: Class of 2020

Mt View High School

Interest/Activities: Field Hockey, Track, Band, Chamber Singers, Student Council, NHS

Some Favorites: Autumn, Pasta, Band, Chorus, Math & School in general

On the Playlist: Jack Stauber, Arctic Monkeys & The Raveonettes


Thurston had a few ideas of the type of locations and things that were important to her to include in her sessions, and the rest was up to me! So, I got busy working on a plan that would get her all she wanted and more! I am very determined to get my Seniors variety in their session(s).

It was exciting for me too, as I got to shoot in several new locations!!

Here's Thurston's thoughts...

"I loved the old downtown vibes from Searsport, the tranquility from Sandy Point, and the happiness of the orchards. They have now become very special locations to me!"

As I arrived early to Sandy Point where I would be meeting Thurston for her first session, I was first met by one heck of a thunderous hail storm. Anxiously awaiting the storm to pass by, I sat listening and watching as the hail & torrential rain beat down on my windshield.

When you are a New England Photographer who shoots on the ocean often, working around storms is more common than you may think. I was watching the radar, along with a saying a little prayer and sending out some positive vibes until the storm passed:)

The sun reappeared providing us with an absolutely gorgeous evening for shooting.

I always say, there's nothing quite like a storm to clear the beach!

Empty beaches & pink skies!!! Oh, the magic!

Our stop off at a super quaint little downtown stretch with colorful doorways, bricks, stairways and the American Flag overhanging the street behind us was the PERFECT location for Thurston to showcase her beloved Laquisha (her Bara Sax, that's almost as big as she is!) She lit up as she posed proudly as passerby's were watching with their interest peaked.

From Musical Instruments to Field Hockey Attire, Thurston was on fire out in front of my lens.

This session couldn't have ended better, than capturing her having fun out on the beach in the water twirling & splashing around in her summer dress & hat!

Next with Thurston being a Fall Lover, it seemed appropriate that we head to an apple orchard for her 2nd Session later in the season. We met up at Tregworgy Farms Orchard on a warm, sunny and busy afternoon. We journeyed around the orchards, pumpkins and even got to pet some goats! Chatting and getting to know Thurston and her mom even more as we explored made for a very relaxing and fun-filled session!!

Beautifully real photos were created & captured as Thurston was able to be her absolutely beautiful self out in front of my lens each time we worked together!!!

Her following words brought me pure joy knowing that this is how BEAUTIFULLY REAL photos are all starts with you feeling comfortable enough to truly be YOU and I take it from there!

"I personally appreciate how much you connect with your clients, it helped me feel way more comfortable...Within just the first session, I'd started feeling like I'd known you for years."

I am so happy to have met, photographed and had the chance to befriend Thurston and Twila!



Congratulations, Thurston! Best of luck next year!

UMaine is lucky to have you!

You can check-out Thurston's complete On-Line Senior Album HERE


Now, I'd love to hear from you. If you are a current High School Junior, here's how you can get started with your own customized Senior Session! Want to know more? Have a question or two? or three? No problem, let's talk!

Hey, CLASS OF 2021!!! It's YOUR time to shine!

Sessions are being booked now!

It's time to talk about your dreams for YOUR Senior Session (or Sessions!)

Julie from Julie Frances Photography
Maine Senior Photographer

Hi! I'm Julie!

I would love to chat and find out more about YOU & YOUR hopes, fears, and desires for your own session. And, together we will create your AMAZING & UNFORGETTABLE Senior Portrait Experience!!

Julie Frances Photography, a Maine based Professional Wedding and Senior Portrait Photographer, where it's so much more than pretty pictures, it's beautifully real! Serving Maine, all of New England and beyond capturing YOU and YOUR-Story in your images!



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