Historically Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday, mostly due to the fact that I don't eat meat and seem to cry every year as the electric carving knife is fired up to shear the carcass of a wild creature on our table top. The meaning of Thanksgiving, however, and its timely positioning as we kick off a most wonderful holiday season of giving, I adore and take very seriously. It's a much-needed pause to inventory that which is good, and consider our lucky fortune no matter how lucky or how fortunate compared to those around us.

We've wrapped up another tremendous year at emilie inc., photographing 50 weddings with a staff that has now grown to include 9 of the most kind, caring and dedicated individuals I am glad to call friends. And, as you know, J and I are eagerly anticipating the January arrival of our first born. Preparations for this little life have included selling our house, closing the studio and finding a house with more space to accommodate both in the past few months. We move to our new address in Cumberland Foreside on Tuesday and cannot wait to share more with you as we settle into our new digs (and hope you will come by for a visit and maybe a baby cuddle, too).

In the meantime, take a gander at the little guy who recently made an appearance in the Maine Snapshot Studio and, if you look closely, you can make out his sweet nose and lips in a 3D ultrasound we had earlier this week. Unbelievable.

Enjoy the holiday. xo

November Portland Greendrinks


The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine hosted Portland's Greendrinks this month. Everyone was encouraged to indulge their inner child, and in our Maine Snapshot Studio, that meant using some of the museum's props and costumes. Silly, Greendrinkers. Next month we'll see you at the newly opened State Theatre on December 14th!

'Tis the (portrait) season


Hot on the heels of wedding season is the fall portrait rush: engagement sessions and head shots, but mostly parents eager to capture their little ones' smiles and stances from year to year for holiday cards. I adore it. And tho I took fewer portraits this year due to the fact that I'm 8 months pregnant (making chasing after little ones a tall order!), below are a sampling of some recent sessions with just a few more later this month before we turn the calendar to December.

Amanda and John in Moultonborough, New Hampshire (marrying in nearby Melvin Village next September).

Hollis, Tyler and Owen in Sudbury, Massachusetts (our fifth year of family portraits).

Avery and Lauren in Windham, New Hampshire (our fourth year of family portraits).

Baby Sutton in North Hampton, New Hampshire (our third session of his first year).

Local writer Stacy Mitchell.

Show your hand: the importance of networking


When I moved to Maine six (!) years ago, I was surprised to find but a few wedding photographers who were interested in establishing relationships- not just on a surface level as acquaintances, but as friends- with one another. Having just come from a very supportive and collaborative newsroom at the Washington Post and a large circle of wedding photographers in Washington, DC, I craved those interactions. Told people "keep their cards close" in New England, I was up for the challenge of breaking that reputation and getting photographers to let their guards down and chat with (gasp!) the competition.

In 2007 I started a women's group that I decided would have a minimal commitment: two luncheons a year and access to a database of these women should an emergency arise. There were 12 of us in the group at it's inception, and now our list has grown to more than 60. We may have a speaker or we may not, and when the need arises, we're there for each other be it large or small. Fairly simple, no?

Sure, we'll all in the same business but at the core, we are in the relationship business and we all seek connections. And altho there are some women who no longer attend and, conversely, new faces at the table each time we get together, the premise remains the same: an open atmosphere where all are welcome and egos are not. The way I see it, there's plenty of work to go around so why not link arms and elevate the industry together?

Our most recent luncheon at Pier 77 Restaurant in Cape Porpoise, Maine.

* Greg and Aurelio marry at Harbour Place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


emilie inc. photographer: Whitney
emilie inc. multimedia: Zach
venue: Harbour Place Portsmouth, New Hampshire
coordinator: Kate Parker Kate Parker Weddings
officiant: Lisa Ann Donegan
caterer: Orchard Street Chop Shop Dover, NH
flowers: Kate Parker Kate Parker Flowers
cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co. North Hampton, NH
music: Ryan Parker
tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast
rentals: Be Our Guest
invitations: Gus and Ruby Letterpress Portsmouth, NH
rings: Cartier

Two weeks before their wedding, coordinator Kate Parker was hot on the trail for a photographer and videographer to document the last minute wedding plans of New Yorkers Greg and Aurelio. Per usual, and under amazing pressure to produce, she pulled together a stunning ceremony that Whitney and Zach were fortunate to capture. Our studio's first same sex wedding and the last event of our regular wedding season, this team knocked it out of the park and I'm so proud of the photographs. Knowing very little about Greg and Aurelio in advance of meeting them on their wedding day, these images portray such tenderness and fun between these two that you would have thought we were all longtime friends.

Take a peek at their album and a few of my favorite images below.

Love the socks, guys! Thank you for having us and congratulations again! Look for Zach's multimedia film in a few weeks!

* Erin and Ryan marry at the Dennis Inn in Cape Cod


emilie inc. photographers: Whitney and Sharon
venue: Dennis Inn Dennis, MA
officiant: Marie Sherman Brewster, MA
caterer: Dennis Inn
flowers: Meredith Fancy Fancy Flowers
ceremony musician: Sonny Fiddlers
dj: friends
cake: Cape Cod Cakes West Yarmouth, MA
hair/make-up: Oasis Spa Chatham, MA
gown: David's Bridal
alterations: Alterations by Anahit Newton, MA
invitations: Gus & Ruby Letterpress Portsmouth, NH
honeymoon: Vermont

Bostonians Erin and Ryan met while performing at Improv Boston and were friends for many years before their relationship turned to romance. Whitney knew she was in for a treat after photographing their fun engagement session in Portland with J this spring, and together with Sharon, their intimate Cape Cod wedding provided plenty of laughs and great moves on the dance floor.

Enjoy their album and a few images from their big day below.

Happiness always, Erin and Ryan. So happy to have crossed paths!!
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