85 years young

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I am very fortunate to have grown up in the same town as my father's parents, and recall so many childhood memories where my Nana and Grandpa were present at dance recitals, school fairs and birthday parties (my birthday is the day after my grandfather's). I now live two hours from them and wish I could see them more often than my schedule allows, but am grateful for gatherings like we had yesterday to toast my grandfather's 85th! It was a sweet celebration with nearly our entire extended family and a poignant reminder after a challenging year of hospital scares for them how precious life truly is.

A few snapshots of the birthday boy...






wedding photography simplified

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Today marks my first day as a guest blogger for Boston's uber adorable Beantown Bride blog. Twice a month I'll be posting tidbits about wedding photography from a pro's perspective, featuring some of my most favorite Massachusetts couples and their I Do's. First up, Boston native Lauren who was married in Jamaica (whose portrait has become one of our studio's signature images) and a description of why I believe it's oh-so important to invest in good wedding photography.

vendor tour: The Danforth Inn

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business: The Danforth Inn
owner: Kim Swan
innkeeper: Leslie Cottrell
location: 163 Danforth Street, Portland ME
phone number: 207.879.8755

Spring arrived like a lion on Saturday, with temperatures soaring above (gasp!) 70 degrees in Maine!! After a walk on the beach with the dogs- and everyone else who came out of the woodwork happy to hang up their winter coat- I spent a few hours indoors at the lovely Danforth Inn in Portland's west end for their first bridal open house. Showcasing their event space and the talents of local wedding vendors, attendees were treated to an intimate setting to discuss wedding plans while feasting on some yummy refreshments.

The Danforth has become a favorite new spot I just recently discovered when we photographed a wedding reception there on New Year's Eve. Originally built from a wealthy inheritance in 1823, the Federal style mansion's rich history also includes being a prohibition hideout and boarding school back in its day. Today, it can comfortably accommodate up to 45 seated guests or upwards of 100 for standing social gatherings and boasts nine beautifully appointed rooms, a perfect spot for out of town guests looking for non-hotel accommodations. Innkeeper Leslie, her pooch Cooper and the rest of the kind and capable staff will ensure a wonderful experience for all. I'm excited to return again next month to host a bi-annual luncheon of area women wedding photographers.

historic vote for health insurance reform

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A heartfelt late night thank you to the countless people who worked tirelessly on the behalf of small business owners like myself to help pass the historic health care reform bill tonight. Thank you for listening, for caring, and for making strides in the right direction.

Read my letter to the editor on this issue that ran in the Press Herald here.



Images above taken at a rally to support health care reform outside the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland last week.

wedding open house at the Danforth Inn

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(images via Danforth Inn)

On New Year's Eve we had the pleasure of photographing an intimate wedding reception at the Danforth Inn in Portland. I can't tell you how many times I have driven past this old mansion, rich with history dating back to 1823, and what a wonderful surprise it was to finally visit. The inn is truly a rare gem in Portland's West End that combines the classic with the modern, creating a warm and inviting space for events and accommodations for the sophisticated traveler. We were so impressed with everything about this place. The food, the decor, and the staff are first rate and top-of-mind whenever someone inquires for an intimate venue.

We were especially flattered when innkeeper Leslie Cottrell asked us to participate in a small bridal open house at the Danforth, to be held next Saturday, March 20th, from 1-3p, alongside other local talents Gayle Forte from Let The Eat Cake, James McBride from Compositions Floral Design, classical musician Michael Katz and dj Mike Rice. If you are looking for a small event venue or simply want to explore their beautiful rooms and gardens for your guest's accommodations, please join us for conversation and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all. RSVP to Leslie at 207.879.8755.

photography contest for new photographers

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Safely home and mind spinning from WPPI, the grande dame of wedding photography conventions in Las Vegas, I wanted to alert new photographers to an excellent contest announced there this week by Rangefinder Publishing and liveBooks called emerge.

Geared toward newer (er, emerging) photographers, the photography contest aims to help launch the careers of wedding industry newbies with stellar prizes: a one-year subscription to a liveBooks predesigned website, a one-year subscription to a Pictage account, a one-year subscription to a ShootQ account, a 2011 WPPI VIP pass, a Think Tank Photo belt and a $100 AsukaBook gift card. The top photographer in each category will receive an advertising package from TheKnot.com valued at $1,200, and a professional photography kit from Sony valued at $2,000. Wow!

Click here to check out all the contest rules, and enter your favorite wedding images to win asap (competition ends May 31)! And congrats to hubby J, the wedding development manager for liveBooks, for coming up with this brilliant idea and all your hard work to make it happen! The industry thanks you!

published: Rangefinder Magazine

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To my surprise, the current issue of Rangefinder Magazine- the photography industry's largest trade mag- features a lengthy profile of me and the studio written by the very talented Samantha DePoy Warren and submitted more than two years ago. We were both unaware that the feature would be included (or else you would have seen updated images, including some of the studio, and updates to the article's content) but are thrilled to be included in their annual wedding issue which will be distributed to the 15,000 photographers at WPPI in Las Vegas this week alone (yes, where J and I first met four years ago!)!

J, Erin and I are in Sin City for the week at this massive convention to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and soak up all the inspiration possible to start wedding season next month.

Click here to read the article in full.





my Kate Parker Wedding

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At every client meeting, it seems, when discussing either how a bride found her way to emilie inc. or how the rest of her planning process is going, we marvel how the internet has made planning weddings so much easier. So has been the natural progression for New England wedding planner and florist superstar Kate Parker to transition to the internet for reaching a wider audience.

Tho she is still planning stunning events, Kate's primary focus is now online with her beautifully designed my Kate Parker Wedding, a new interactive resource for brides and grooms to comb through carefully selected vendors chosen specifically by Kate based on location, budget and style. When Kate approached me to advertise as a Maine photographer, I didn't pause for a moment, as everything this gal touches turns to gold and I'm proud to support her as a business owner, friend and, well, client (Kate helped design my St. John wedding last spring)!

Kate recently produced a quick video of my vendor listing and associated expert advice articles I've contributed to the site. Brides, I encourage you to watch and then sign up for a free membership here. Vendors, if you haven't already, you should surely consider a listing with MyKPW, both for the obvious attention of prospective clients and also the fantastic community Kate has created among the listed industry professionals. This site, just two months old, has some serious legs. Don't miss your chance to get involved now!

to tent or not to tent?

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Boston's darling Beantown Bride blog weighs in on the popular New England reception debate, featuring one of my photos of a beloved Sperry Tent. Personally, beautifully tented receptions are one of the reasons I most adore photographing weddings in this area and this brief article touches on all of the reasons why (click the image below to read). I am working on a few guest blogger pieces for this site, which I'm very excited about as I miss writing for Weddingbee Pro (which was put on hold, if you didn't know, when founder Bee Kim became a mom!). Stay tuned!

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