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Liz and Matt's spring wedding at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine


Matt’s youngest sister Kendra said it right during her toast at the reception – that Matt is the happiest when he is with Liz.  The engagement photos I made of them last August bear witness to this statement.  And now their wedding day is another testament to this happiness.  Really it’s true for both – I can see just has much bliss in Liz the moment Matt is around her.  Five years in the making and these two are true loves.

Usually I hear what couples have planned for their wedding a year before the big day, so it’s always exciting to see it come together when that day indeed arrives.  Liz and Matt did all the planning, which is completely impressive.  I am usually always one for a day-of planner at the very least, but these two could handle it.  Liz had the most beautiful white three-ring binder full of her neatly recorded wedding plans – so impressive as I’m a fan of organizational skills as such (have I told you how much I love Staples and Muji?!).  She and Matt were both calm and collected when I arrived for the day.  I got to hang with Matt and the guys (and pooch Jefferson!) for some pool at the relaxing Little Chatham Lodge, before I headed to Hardy Farm just down the road to hang with Liz and the girls.  Liz’s romantic long-sleeved wedding gown was perfect for the spring weather that still had a chill in the air, especially as the sun went down.  After a private First Look in the barn, it was off to take all the family formals, and some portraits with Jefferson who was sure to get his time in with his beloved humans!

Charlotte Nolan officiated a beautiful ceremony amongst the trees and soft palette of florals with Liz and Matt surrounded by just over 100 of their dearest friends and family.  They wrote their own vows and said them aloud to each other so honestly, so lovingly.  After a quick half hour of cocktails, dinner commenced, served up by the delectable White Mountain Cider Company.  Toasts were given by Liz’s brother Nathan, the best man, and Matt’s sister Kendra, the co-maid of honor with Matt’s other sister Alexis.  And cake was cut – not just any cake, but a beautiful four-tiered cake baked by the talented Kendra (who is actually a pastry chef in DC)!  Just as the sun was setting, Liz and Matt wanted to sneak away for some alone time and portraits with views of the nearby mountains.  After all, these two are serious hikers – they’ve hiked all 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, in the Dolomites of Italy, and the Waimea Canyon in Kauai!  But when we came back to Hardy Farm, it was evident why all the guests came – to share their stellar dance moves!  While the Silver Arrow Band from Boston killed it, this crowd was not shy on the old barn floor – it shook so much for some songs, I anxiously watched my flash stands wobble along with the excitement.  There was jump roping with dress ties and floor splits.  Yep, splits – need I say more?!

Liz and Matt, thanks so much for allowing me to witness all this craziness and love!  I have no doubt you are enjoying Montenegro and can’t wait to hear all about it.  Congrats you two! xo

Roots Workshop 2016 update


Since starting Roots Workshop 8 years ago it has mostly followed the same format: strangers descend on a property to spend a week living and learning together. The days are spent shooting assignments (ie: a day in the life of a lobster man, or a teacher, or a summer theatre, etc) and in the evenings, there are group-style critique sessions to go over the day's haul and offer suggestions for improving when photographing the next day. By week's end, a slideshow of all of the best work is assembled, there's a presentation, a celebratory New England clam bake, and an epic party before we bid one another adieu like summer camp besties.

It's nothing short of extraordinary, but it's always bothered me that perhaps some people aren't as excited about their assignment as others (staff distribute the assignments). Personal projects are all the rage right now, and it felt like tweaking our structure a touch to allow students to seek out their own assignments would be more gratifying for everyone.

Throwback to 1998 when I was a junior at Syracuse University and studied for a semester in London with VII Photo Agency and National Geographic photographer Ed Kashi. If you aren't familiar with his work, my oh my, go here right now. He is the KING of personal projects and a longtime inspiration for his gritty and change-provoking photojournalism. I've always described his work as heart-centered at the core; the way he's able to really see people and places is unsurpassed. He's the perfect person to help lead us at Roots in this transition.

Yes, YES!! You just read that right! ED KASHI IS COMING TO ROOTS!!!

Ed will kick things off for us on the first evening of the workshop, setting the tone for the week's theme of personal projects when we'll descend on nearby Belfast, Maine, to document this working waterfront's downtown for three days. Ed will be on hand for a bit on Monday, too, to assist as students, paired with staff, research and find a photographic story to tell. Group review sessions will happen as usual, as will the festivities on the final evening (possibly with the addition of a pop-up gallery in Belfast with the townspeople who our cameras were trained on all week- this bit is still in the works).

Curious about personal projects but unsure how to begin? Wishing you were more confident approaching strangers to photograph? Want to learn how to photograph from a place of purpose? Would you like to be part of a group effort to tell the story of a town? We're thrilled to show you and would love to have you join us!

May 1-6, 2016 at French's Point in Stockton Springs, Maine. Register here!!!

new year, new portrait website


Yay! Happy 2016, all!!

This blog has been quiet the past few weeks, but we have been busy behind the scenes for the past few months assembling recent work to launch a brand new portrait brand and site!!

Huh, you might ask? I KNOW! I've been shooting for 15 years and this is the first time I've had a dedicated site for my documentary portrait work.

No longer buried as just a gallery deep on our wedding site, the shiny new url now boasts all of our portrait offerings, tons of images, feedback from clients, a separate blog, pretty hand-painted textures (like the samples below) and a bonus: a picture of me from when I was little (as an example to illustrate kids who don't like formal family portraits).

So please go tour around and let me know what you think! Show your friends, your parents, your colleagues, your siblings!

Better yet, invite me over!! I'll be traveling during the months of March, April and May for Day in the Life sessions. Gather a few families and adopt me for a few days so that I can spend time with each of you in your town! Or drop us an email at to inquire about other timing or session availability.

Other exciting studio news to come later this month!!

extended family holiday sessions

by nicole

Are you hosting the extended family for the holidays? Invite us over! Go in with your siblings and surprise your parents with this thoughtful group gift! Capture the entire gang gathered together in one place at one time (it doesn't happen very often!).

Sessions available on the following dates:

Mon. 12/21
Tues. 12/22
Tues. 12/29
Wed. 12/30
Thurs. 12/31

see more photos from this extended family session by Emilie, here: please photograph us having fun.
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