gear for sale- update

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Everything has sold on eBay. I'll let you know when I have more goodies to sell.

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

If you are in the area, stop by the Pottery Barn and say hello! I took a part-time job for the holidays, something I have thought about doing for a few years (I am enjoying the fantastic employee discount) during my slow period.

Kind words

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10/16/05
Commander's Mansion, Watertown MA

Emilie,

We wanted to thank you for being a part of our special day. You were incredible to have around- all your experience and your demeanor kept everyone calm, which isn't easy to do! As my sister Julie put it- "Make sure you tell Emilie I thought she was freakin' fabulous!" We'd have to agree. :)

The photography was one item on my planning list I allowed myself to splurge and so glad I did. The final product was beautiful! I know a college education can count for some- but your work exhibits that you have an incredible gift. The kind that folks like William and myself get to enjoy for years to come.

Thank you again for everything!

Sincerely,
Jill & William

IM

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Have a quick question? You can find me, photoemilie, on AIM.

Season finale

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My last wedding of 2005 was certainly a memorable one! Bostonians Kate and Chris got married at Gedney Farm in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. If you haven't been to this area, you must visit. It's the scene that inspired Norman Rockwell's paintings and it so cute, I squealed around every road bend.

Their wedding took place at a rustic, yet elegant peaceful barn/inn setting among rolling hills and wide open fields. Their 90 minute ceremony, a Quaker meeting w/ Jewish traditions, took place outdoors (they were blessed with a 70-degree day in November!). As customary, guests were invited to stand at will and share their thoughts with the new couple. Sometimes serious, often humorous, it was a touching beginning to a wonderful celebration. Among the friendly guests was the cast of This Old House (the groom is a producer for The New This Old House)! It was quite cool to see the crew I grew up watching on television. And also in attendance, the bride's relative and a notable producer of Broadway's newest show, The Odd Couple (with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Or as I said when I found out the name of the show, "Wow! That's the show with famous people!" So smooth).

Dinner and dancing took place inside the multi-level open concept barn. Beautiful tree branches and hanging lanterns broke up the vast space and created a cozy ambiance. After eating, a 14-piece 70's funk band, Booty Vortex (the best man plays keyboard), got everyone on their feet and shook that old barn floor! Beautiful day, beautiful wedding. And as I was driving back to my B&B I saw a shooting star in the clear night overhead. Congrats, Chris and Kate!

www.gedneyfarm.com
www.thisoldhouse.com
www.bootyvortex.com

And a big thanks to all my '05 couples for a fantastic season! You make me feel so lucky to do what I do! xo

gear for sale

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I decided to make the switch from Nikon to Canon this summer. I have sold most of my Nikon outfit, but I do have a few pieces (and other photo-related items) left to sell. Let me know if you are interested before I list them on eBay next month!

Cameras: Digital
- Nikon D1x body- 10 mint, 1 yr old- used for weddings and freelance assignments about just 50 days of the year, manual $1500

Cameras: Film
- Contax 645 AF kit (80mm Zeiss lens, film back & view finder)- 10 mint, used once!, manual $2300
- MB-15 battery pack vertical grip- 10 mint, used twice, $50
- Yashica Super T4 film point & shoot w/Carl Zeiss lens- 7, box and manual $150

Nikon flashes:
- 3 SC-17 remote cords- 10 mint, hardly used $30 each

Computer:
- Nikon LS IV ED Coolscan- 10 mint, used for two weeks, manual $375

Other:
- Tamron 1.4x teleconverter- 10 mint, box and manual $75
- Porta-Trace 5/8” wood frame lightbox, 12.5x10 5/8”- 10 mint, never used, manual $100
- Lowepro Stealth AW backpack w/ pullout laptop bag- 10 mint, used once $100
- Lowepro Pro Roller mini suitcase- 10 mint, used once $150
- Domke F6 navy camera bag- 10 mint, never used $45

** Buyer pays shipping **

ready, set, albums!

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November is here, and thus ends my busy season photographing weddings and the start to the open season for album designing (Nov-April). Please be in touch with your order!

tough act to follow

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My long-time childhood friends, Chad and Cora, were married in my New Hampshire hometown over the weekend. They started dating 10 years ago when we were in high school and their wedding was quite an event. Nearly 200 people packed the town church in an evening ceremony with beautiful selections on guitar and a huge bridal party in autumnal colors (one of the flower girls, Anna, 2, announced her processional at the back of the church by saying 'Here comes Anna!' before darting up the aisle to much laughter). The reception was spotted with thoughtful fall details... hot apple cider, hurricane lamps, candied apple favors, and pumpkins lining the walk outside carved with their names and other appropriate words and images- love, a heart, etc. But the highlight of the evening was when the newlyweds approached the dance floor for their first dance. The groom surprised his bride with a live performance of their selected song by Livingston Taylor- James Taylor's brother (they look like twins!). She was shocked, and everyone in the room seemed to be sniffling by song's end. I heard one table talking about how sorry they felt for other grooms-to-be in attendance because that would be tough to match. Livingston stayed for dinner and graciously obliged his fans by posing for snapshots throughout the evening. Congrats, Chad and Cora!

a note re: Pictage's new coffee table books

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Pictage is now offering something they are calling a coffee table book, not to be confused with my coffee table albums. Their new book is like that of the proof catalog book many of you have seen when you met with me, but this new style has one image per page. Yes, it is an inexpensive way to have a collection of images from your wedding or event, but it is nowhere near comparable to the quality of a custom album. Let me know if you have any questions.

favorite things...

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Many people often ask what makes a perfect wedding for a photographer. Here is what I consider the best possible wedding, photographically speaking:

people:
- a great group of people- the couple, their families, friends & bridal party, as well as the other vendors
- those same people are also fun loving and expressive.

place:
- a bright, spacious room full of natural light for the hair and make-up process.
- a daytime outdoor ceremony
- a picturesque outdoor location for the posed group shots, preferably shaded and on level ground.
- the reception at the same location as the ceremony- inside a neat room with windows and oozing architectural richness.

other:
- a partly cloudy day- bright sunshine leaves the subject's eyes in harsh shadows
- lots of neat details that make the wedding unique- seasonal flowers, creative guest books, personalized place settings
- eating at the same time as the bride & groom (many places feed the vendors after all the guests have been served and by this time, the couple is already up circulating among guests= missed photos!)
- a lighted dance floor- my camera needs some ambient light to focus.

It's all in the details...

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I have attended many, many weddings. Each one is always different from the next, and that's what makes my job such fun and keeps the gig fresh. I've seen a lot of creative touches that work, and some that don't. So I think that this blog serves as a great arena to share the great ones!

For instance, I photographed a particularly unique wedding last weekend in Meredith, NH.

The bride wore a custom-made blue dress; the groom wore a tux and magenta argyle socks. The outdoor ceremony was presided over by two female friends who invited the guests to introduce themselves to those seated around them at the start and then later to stand and share their blessed wishes for the new couple out loud. After saying I Do, a 75-person marching band greeted the couple at the end of the aisle (a huge surprise to all the guests) and played a series of numbers to get everyone in the celebrating spirit. It worked! The reception began with another muscial act- this one, a Barbershop chorus including the bride's grandfather. A swing band got everyone on the dance floor and provided some great tunes for a twist contest (complete with competitor number bibs) led by a friend and her professional dance instructor husband! Instead of a cake, there was a pie station featuring many flavors made by friends and relatives. We all left with big smiles and warm fuzzy feelings after such a great, fun night. Congrats, Sarah and Tad!

Welcome to the blog of emilie inc.

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I turned in my press pass in Washington, DC, and have found myself photographing first dances in New England instead of fires and Hill hearings. With the launch of my new website, I have decided to jump on board the blog bandwagon. Here I will share what I have learned, what I have been up to and general chit-chat for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Stay a while, and come back often.
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