PROPEL networking luncheon, October 8th

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What better way to spend your lunch hour than listening to me gab! Join me for some eats and juicy networking nuggets at Portland's Chamber of Commerce office next week on Thursday, October 8th at noon as part of the Chamber's younger division, PROPEL, entrepreneur lunch series. Come hungry, ask questions.

Click here to learn more and register.

published: NPR

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Earlier this month I had the neat opportunity for work for NPR. Yes, NPR.

Photography + NPR is a fairly new thing as, clearly, NPR is radio. With their popular online presence and fantastic use of sound & photos in multimedia packages, listeners can also become viewers and learn more about the stories they heard on their radio while in the car commuting, let's say, when they get home and are browsing on their computer.

My former boss from The Washington Post Magazine, Keith Jenkins, is now the senior supervising producer for multimedia at NPR (and a multimedia professor at Georgetown, among a long list of things that keep Keith super busy) and one of my most favorite people. I was extra lucky to share an afternoon coffee with Keith on Friday (something we did nearly daily while at the Post together) while I was in DC last weekend. I was touched when Keith suggested me to his photo editor when they were looking to assign this piece on healthcare in Maine, and I loved hearing the inside scoop on the NPR office and Keith's new position there. It sounds like a fantastic, creative crew and one that I'd love the chance to collaborate with again.

Photographing an editorial assignment during what was my last, and consequently, my most busy week of the regular wedding season may have seemed crazy but it was actually a welcome boost, much like I imagine my Roots Workshop is for wedding photographers mid-season. NPR is running a series on 10 Americans from around the country, highlighting each person's current healthcare profile. In Maine, Martha Martin and her husband Jim are working five part-time jobs between them to pay off their bills. Armed with nothing more than a page of notes from the photo editor, I loved the challenge of capturing Martha's day. It was a refreshing change in routine to temporarily turn off the wedding world and spend a day peeking into the life of a total stranger made familiar through photographs.

Listen and read Martha's story, and view the multimedia piece by clicking this link or watch below and browse a few of my favorite photos from the day.



Martha has been a Mary Kay director and consultant for a combined 10 years. She starts her day in front of an illuminated mirror in her bedroom getting ready.





Martha, her husband, two daughters and two dogs live in a pink house near Freeport. Very fitting for Mary Kay.



Dropping off Mary Kay product.

Another one of Martha's jobs is to help elderly folks with errands.



Back at her house, Martha tackles laundry and other tasks around her home.



She makes sales calls from her home office.







Martha made sure to take a few minutes to put her feet up, relaxing an injury, before heading to the grocery store Deli for the evening shift (I wasn't allowed to photograph there).

Back at home, readying for bed.

An illuminated palm tree outside their house was a gift from Martha's daughters, a reminder of Martha's dream to retire in Florida.

* Sela and Will

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I first met Sela last year on a brisk winter morning in Portsmouth for her first official family portrait. One year later, Sela is a big sister! I had the lucky opportunity to photograph these adorable siblings at their home in Exeter, New Hampshire. With my regular wedding season now over, my schedule transitions to portraits for the fall.

Meet Sela's baby brother Will, just three months old.









Did Will see a ghost? Nope, just a huge black box in front of his face.

Father Chris worked from home for a bit so he could be part of the picture taking.

Two year olds have a strong opinion when it comes to smiling on command.

With two under two, Chris and mom Susan have their hands full. Literally.
















A sweet email from Susan just after our session:

Hi Emilie,

LOVE the photos. I know I'm going to have trouble deciding which ones to frame!!

It was great seeing you. Thank you for rolling with the chaos that we now call our life!! Both with rescheduling and the unpredictability that comes with children. You're a true professional and a joy to work with.

I have to share a story with you. When Sela woke up from her nap on Thursday, she asked immediately, "Where's Ms. Emilie?" When I told her you had gone home, she put out her lower lip and asked when you were coming back. It was too cute. And in an amazing coincidence, my dear friend Christine (you took their family portraits last fall) stopped by that afternoon. In hand--a Fisher Price Digital Camera. If anyone could experience spontaneous combustion from excitement, we would have seen it that very moment with Sela. That camera has not left her little hands since that day! She takes pictures of everything--people, trees, the cats. She even chased after a chipmunk! Mostly, we see lots of photos of feet, as she is still trying to master the coordination!

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for coming to our home. And please keep me updated on any workshops you have planned.

Best,
Susan

* Courtney and Brad, Wentworth Lodge

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photographer: Whitney
ceremony: St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Scarborough, ME
officiant: Father Michael Henchel
venue: Wentworth Lodge, Cape Elizabeth, ME
caterer: Leslie Oster Aurora Provisions
florist: Fiachre Portland, ME
dj: friends from college Connor Brogan & Nick Czarniecki
cake: Aurora Provisions
cake topper: Icing on the Cake Bakery Los Gatos, CA
hair: Jen DeLuca
make-up: Kristen Galan
gown: Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC
invitations: Weeks & Reichel Printing Co., Sayville, NY
honeymoon: Aruba

Whitney met Courtney's parents at the studio before we met Courtney and Brad. Typically, pre-booking meetings at the studio are informal, a casual back-and-forth conversation about plans, expectations and browsing of photographs. Courtney's father, however, took this process very seriously and assessed this situation like he might a job interview noting our handshakes, eye contact and gauging the warmth of our personalities as to how we might fit into his daughter's big day. We triumphantly passed, thank goodness, and Whit booked the date for Courtney and Brad's nuptials on Maine's southern coast.

How they met, in Courtney's words:
Brad and I met our junior year of college, fall semester. We began dating in October. I had decided to study abroad in Spain spring semester, which made it very difficult to leave since Brad and I had soon developed a very strong relationship. After a tearful goodbye at the airport, Brad went home with my parents, where over wine, they had decided to surprise me and send Brad to Spain to come and visit while the rest of my family had already planned a trip. His surprise trip to Spain made our relationship even stronger, and helped me with my home-sick filled semester. Once I returned home from Spain, Brad and I spent our summers visiting eachother, in Scarborough, and Bristol, Rhode Island where Brad's family is from. From there, we graduated college together. Brad moved to New York after graduation to join my dad working for ING. We moved to Queens the January after we graduated in 2007. After a year in Queens, we decided to move back home with my parents in order to help save up money for a house after we are married. The rest is history!

Courtney is from Long Island, and her parents have a condo in the Higgins Beach community in Scarborough. This is where the ladies readied.









The men gathered at the Lodge before heading to the church.



This pre-aisle moment can make for some of the most emotional photographs.

Courtney's mother was her matron of honor.

Married, back at the lodge.







Adore the bright reception hues!





As the sun set, the light changed and offered up a spectacular shadow of that cute cake topper.










Check out their 10x10 flush album design below:


Courtney and Brad, you did it!! Thanks so much for choosing to work with emilie inc., and a huge pat on the back to Whit for beautifully photographing your big day. We're both going to miss the interactions with your family, so please be sure to stop in for cupcakes every once in a while when you're in town!
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