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  • WELCOME!

    ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • My Photo Style

    I feel happiest when I know I just captured a perfect moment that can now be relived again and again by viewing the photograph. Special moments pass us by every day, almost before we realize they are happening. A photograph is the closest thing we have to saving that time, or feeling forever. (I’m a nostalgic person, can you tell?)

  • Tech Specs

    René Minnis has been a full time professional photographer since 1998. Her commercial images and wedding stories have been published in various magazines, ads, and blogs throughout the U.S. She carries high-end Canon equipment with backup cameras, flashes, and lenses, and uses Dynalite strobe equipment. All of your files are archived on disks, drives, and a fire & waterproof external drive.

  • Fun Stuff

    When not behind the lens you would most likely see René driving in her car, singing loudly to 80's music while drinking iced coffee. She also enjoys hanging with family and friends, knitting, and hunting for treasures at local vintage/antique stores. René lives in central Maine with her dog Cubby.

Amelia, Freeport Maine Portrait

Rene Minnis Photography offers high end custom portrait shoots that capture YOU, in all your uniqueness and fun!  Amazing Maine locations, multiple outfit changes, and my skill and vision = Photographs you will cherish!  Leave this important life stage to a professional for heirloom photographs that will stay in your family for years to come.  I can visit you at your home or location of your choice in the state of Maine.  Amelia and her mother Gretchen  chose the John Calvin Stevens-designed Stone House in Freeport currently owned by USM.  I have heard it may be for sale, which unfortunately, may make it unavailable for future portraits.  It was a fantastic location with beautiful gardens and nice architectural elements as well.  Amelia, having participated in the theatre dept., was a natural in front of the camera!   See for yourself:)

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Stone “window” cut into breezeway surround by ferns, just lovely!

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Such a varied setting for portraits, I was in heaven!  for this set we picked a few wild flowers that added a nice touch

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I <3 sparkle light!

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Contact Me, Rene Minnis to schedule your portrait session today! rene@reneminnisphoto.com

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J.D. Sebago Maine Portrait

Rene Minnis Photography offers high end custom portrait shoots that capture YOU, in all your uniqueness and fun!  Amazing Maine locations, multiple outfit changes, and my skill and vision = Photographs you will cherish!  Leave this important life stage to a professional for heirloom photographs that will stay in your family for years to come.  I can visit you at your home or location of your choice in the state of Maine.  JD’s high school portraits were taken at his home,  a gorgeous residence on Sebago Lake In Maine.  We had a great time finding the perfect spots and even got some playful shots with the family dog.Maine Portrait Photography_0014

This woodsy path was great for both full length and close portraits.  Nothing says “Maine” like pine trees!

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I love this photograph with the dog, it’s so full of life and happiness!

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When available, I like to add architectural elements to my portraits.

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Gorgeous Maine setting! ahhh

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Contact Me, Rene Minnis to schedule your portrait session today! rene@reneminnisphoto.com

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Katie, Belfast Maine Portrait

Rene Minnis Photography offers high end custom portrait shoots that capture YOU, in all your uniqueness and fun!  Amazing Maine locations, multiple outfit changes, and my skill and vision = Photographs you will cherish!  Katie and I had a fantastic shoot with 2 great locations in Belfast Maine.  The waterfront (right downtown), and and old train station complete with vintage train cars made for perfection.  Mom and Dad were a great help in getting me to the old train station ( I had driven by it before and they knew where it was!).  We added in Katie’s sister Hillary who I photographed a few years ago for some “sister love” images!   Contact me today to schedule your custom portrait session!   Leave this important life stage to a professional for heirloom photographs that will stay in your families for years to come.

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Posing on these vintage train cars in Belfast Maine was so fun!  I could have stayed here all day!  I found a car that complemented the colors in Katie’s outfit and we were golden!

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On our shoots, I like to do a variety of expressions, and include full length and close up images.

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Inside Belfast Maine Train station.  What a great wall color!

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Gorgeous day (and and great subject!) on Coastal Maine waterfront!  Yup, my job rocks!

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On your portrait shoot bring your sibling, your pet, who-ever you like!  I love these images of Hillary and Katie.  I have my 3 favorites in “story blocks” hanging in my studio.

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 Receive a Facebook timeline cover and several previews to share with friends and family.  Book your Senior Portrait session Now with Maine photographer Rene Minnis!  rene@reneminnisphoto.com

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Maine Birthday Photo Booth

LIFE IS GOOD:

How lucky was I to be a part of Miss Cora’s 4th Birthday party in Hermon Maine?!  Mom, wanted to have a party full of fun and chose to host it at the Hermon Maine Snowmobile Club for ease of clean up, to have space for crafts, and a photo booth!  The theme was Knights and Fair Maidens.  My friend is a very talented and creative graphic designer here in Maine.  She made the adorable invites below.  I hopped right on the photo booth idea.  I love dress up and photography (of course!)  I had been eyeing the fun photo booth backgrounds I had seen on Pinterest and at some of my Maine weddings.  They were made of long torn strips of fabric in three or four colors made into a fluttery curtain or garland of sorts.  I thought, “Hey, I could make that!”  And Cora’s birthday party photo booth was the perfect opportunity.  I had wanted one for my Sabattus Maine photography studio anyway.  I had some props and Bridgit had trunks of things since Cora loves dress up!  She also went all out buying the knights outfit, which all the boys loved.  Guests enjoyed two fun craft projects; crown decorating and mask painting.  The crowns were made from fun scrapbook papers and were adjustable with a velcro.  Stickers and jewels were available to embellishment to your hearts content.   We dined on punch, macaroni & cheese, PB&J with crusts removed, and cheese puffs!  A grand feast for any little lord or lady.  The photo booth shenanigans are sure to make you smile.  Miss Cora was very cute when everyone sang “Happy Birthday”, and she blew out the candles on her pink cone castle birthday cake made by the cake decorator extraordinair, Karen.  ”Aunty” Michele was a big help at the photo booth and made the gift bags that were awarded for the castle bean bag toss game (created by dad!) where everyone was a winner.  Unfortunately I was too busy at the photo booth to get photographs of that.  After the game we all went outside for the Pinata grand finale!  Yay candy!  I hope you enjoy these photographs.  Remember to photograph your family all the time.  They change so quickly, and before you know it they are starting families of their own.  Happy Birthday Cora!  I am so proud to be your “aunty”.  Every time I see you I am impressed by the new things you have learned, your cuteness, and fun personality.  Just like Mom and Dad you are sure to grow into an amazing person!  xoxoxo Aunt Rene

 Cute invitation by Graphic Designer Bridgit Cayer

Cora waiting at the window for her friends to arrive while we finish decorating.

Birthday Party Fun, Maine Style!

Cora and Grandpa were my stand in models!

 Miss Cora and 3 pretty cool ladies.  I LOVE this photograph of Cora and Mom (heart melting!)

The torn fabric backdrop came out great, and I plan on offering it for birthdays, mini photo sessions, and some of my Maine wedding clients.  I can even create one special for your event with your colors (yours to keep when the wedding or party is over).

Fun times in the Photo Booth

These kids crack me up!

Can you say adorable?

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Photo booth Family!

Cora loved it when everyone sang happy birthday.  I could tell it made her feel so special “sniff”

 Time to break out the candy…literally

The Details:

The Birthday Girl:  The most fabulous Miss Cora

Photo Booth Creation:  Rene Minnis Photography

Photography: Rene Minnis Photography

Cake:  Karen Clark

Crafts and Theme:  Bridgit Cayer,  ideas

 Pinterest, using the search terms: castle party, knights, swords, medieval and maiden. ( she purposefully stayed away from “prince” and “princess” so as to locate more unique ideas — no Disney stuff.)

 She looked around on etsy.com, too. That’s where she found the handmade cloth banner made of castle-themed fabric triangles (seen in one of the photographs).

 Gift Bags and Snacks:  Michele Prentice

 Music:  Bridgit’s Phone!

 Additional Thanks for help in set-up cleaning and decorating:  Brian, Vic, Cil, Linda, and Rick!

michele - So. Much. Fun. The photos are bright full of love, life, excitement and birthday joy !
Beautiful photos that capture the day perfectly !!! Sweet Cora will never forget this amazing birthday !!!!!

renem - Thank you Michele!

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Poland Maine Wedding

This Wedding was a Feature Love story in the Lewiston Auburn Magazine wedding issue!

The Cliffside Lodge in Poland Spring Maine is a hidden gem!  This Maine Photographer is hoping to change that.  I live right down the road,  and love to photograph Maine wedding venues and ceremonies that are close to home.  The Cliffside Lodge has several offerings that make it a unique choice for your wedding day.  When you reserve the lodge you also get accommodations and use of the entire facility.  They have several locations for your wedding ceremony and the grounds are very woodsy and scenic with quaint dirt roads, forests, waterfront, and cabins.  These rustic locations have a great Maine feel and are beautiful for photographs.  Inside the Cliffside Lodge  you will find a large central room of wood floors, open cathedral ceilings boasting large chandeliers, post and beam work, and a large field stone fire place.  The Cliffside Lodge partners with Belle Fete Catering of Brunswick Maine for lovely and delicious plated meals.

Rachel and Tom chose the Cliffside Lodge, Poland Maine for all the reasons above as well as it being perfect to showcase Maine foliage for their fall wedding.  The day was gorgeous and there were so many beautiful details to capture including amazing flower bouquets by Laurie Ouellette  of Sweet Pea Designs.  (each one unique and full of the Autumn colors of Maine!)  We decided to a “First Look”.  This is where the bride and groom choose to do most of their photographs before the wedding ceremony.  Rachel and Tom wanted to spend more time with their geusts.  Tom waited with his back turned in the grand room in front of the fire place.  Rachel approached and said a quiet “hello”.  When Tom turned around you could just see his heart melt at the sight of Rachel!  It was such a sweet moment.  The wedding ceremony was lovely with acoustic guitar accomponyment by a friend of the bride and groom, and sunlight streaming through the trees.  Delicious food was provide by Belle Fete Events & Catering, and Cake by La Belle Torta of Auburn Maine.  After a lovely Maine sunset portrait Rachel & Tom danced the night away with friends and family to music and lighting provided by Greg Young of Northeast DJ’s.

Rachel and her attendants prepare for Rachel & Tom’s “First Look” at the Cliffside Lodge in Poland Spring Maine

Rachel’s dress, shoes, and accessories glimmered in the streaming sunlight that filtered through the trees during their wedding ceremony on this beautiful Maine afternoon in the fall.

There were gorgeous bouquets in yellows, reds, and oranges for all!  I love white pumpkins and just had to find a unique use for them.  The bride’s father was quite tickled to see me laying on the floor while capturing this photograph of the wedding rings.

Rachel and Tom have fun and supportive friends who love to laugh, as you can see!  These portraits were taken before the ceremony so Tom and Rachel would have more time with their wedding guests.

I just love the above grouping of photographs.  Look how happy Tom is, and the way Rachel’s dress is glowing in the sunlight.  The photograph of her mother and father during the ceremony,.. “sniff”

A bride on tippy toes surrounded by golden Maine foliage, doesnt’ get any better!  Adorable!

Twilight and sunset at the Cliffside Lodge Poland Spring Maine

Joy, Love, and Happiness for all!

The Details

Photography:  Rene Minnis Photography

Flowers for Venue and Bouquets:  Sweet Pea Designs

Delicacies:  Belle Fete Events & Catering

Cake:  La Bella Torta

Entertainment & Lighting:  Northeast DJ’s

Caitlin Andrus - Hi , I am interested in learning more about your venue for my wedding I am planning for 2015. I am a Maine resident and would like to schedule a tour of your facility. Also, the prices listed on the website are for 2013. What are your current prices for 2014 and 2015? And when do you start taking reservations for 2015?
Do you have more photos of the lodge other than the link provided to a past wedding event?
Do you provided tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception? or is that something we must rent on our own?

Thank you!

renem - Hello I am just the photographer of a wedding at this venue. I do not own/make reservations for this venue

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