meet Megan, our new studio manager

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I met Megan last fall not long after she had moved to Portland at the suggestion of a mutual college professor. Having just completed her master's degree in photography at my beloved Syracuse University, we had an easy conversation about what brought Megan to Portland (love!) and how she was looking to spend her time (photography!). She grew up in Seattle, earned her bachelor's degree at Bowdoin College and circled back to Maine to be with her beau (also named Jay, not to be confused with my J) after her graduate studies in central New York. I asked her to stay in touch, and invited her to join us for our monthly professional photographer (PUG) meetings and bi-annual women's luncheons. She has and it's been a pleasure getting to know her.

Nicole recently let me know she would be leaving (sniff, sniff) and Megan quickly came to mind as the perfect candidate to fill Nicole's shoes. Fortunately for us the timing couldn't have been more perfect: Megan was just wrapping up an internship at Aurora Photos stock agency in Portland (the very same internship Whitney had when she came on board with emilie inc. three years ago) and was able to overlap for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

So now when you call or email the studio you will hear a different voice on the other end of the phone or signing your emails. Please say hello and introduce yourself! Megan has been learning about all of you and looks forward to our busy wedding season, which starts with four weddings this weekend!

Welcome, Megan!

Become a better visual storyteller

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While a friend was sharing some of her recent photographs at a dinner party, the host remarked "My, you must have a really nice camera." She turned to him and replied, "This dinner is wonderful, you must have really nice pots."

Touché!

While it is easy to invest in the latest photography gadgets and gizmos, run an action or two in Photoshop and call it good, there is so much more depth to being a professional photographer and creating imagery that's well composed, correctly exposed and captures a thoughtful moment in time. The folks who acknowledge this difference- that it's not just about the tools but the one who is pushing the shutter- will sustain in an industry that's currently trending an all time low threshold of entry and rapid turnover. Gotta have the chops!

Two months from today, a group of individuals passionate about the craft of making meaningful images will gather on Cape Cod to share their experience, knowledge and heart with a lucky group of photographers who will learn to not just take a picture, but make one that matters. In the news realm, this is called photojournalism- documenting for historical value. Fortunately this has carried over into wedding photography and instead of stop-and-pose-for-the-camera candids, brides and grooms are reliving their wedding through a fly-on-the-wall approach that does not interfere with the natural flow of their wedding day. It is a skillset not inherent but something that one must learn to understand and practice often.

Roots Workshop, the Cape Cod experience mentioned above, was created as a way to teach wedding photographers this style of shooting. But there's no mention of wedding photography at all during the workshop. Instead, photographers are armed with lessons of photojournalism's greats- Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eddie Adams, Walker Evans, Robert Capa, and on and on- as they navigate documenting "news" feature assignments in this approach, telling the stories of Cape Cod's Baseball League, a lobsterman, a theatre camp, etc. through unobtrusive photographs. It doesn't matter what the subject, this style of shooting transcends from brides to baseball.

Guided by the instruction of some of the country's best photojournalists- including a newspaper editor and college photojournalism professor- it's an experience like no other that truly transforms all involved for the better. And have I mentioned the location? A classic Cape compound on the water complete with our own personal chef! Listen to what last year's participants had to say below.

We have two seats left. Won't you visit rootsworkshop.com to learn more? Registration officially closes this Friday, May 20th. We hope to see you on the Cape soon!

May PUG agenda

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Photographers: Join us at 7p on Wednesday, May 18th, for Otto pizza, and then for a round table discussion with a local accountant, trademark lawyer and business lawyer to chat about taxes, Quickbooks, registering your logo, the benefits of incorporating your business, and more! Please bring anything you may have a question about- your contracts, printed materials with your logo, etc.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Nicole at photo [at] emilieinc [dot] com.

Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, June 15th: J Sandifer of liveBooks shares the inside scoop on how to create a user-intuitive website and secrets of SEO.

Wednesday, July 27th: Summer cookout! Bring your spouses and children for a classic bbq.

August: No PUG

Tuesday, September 6th: Justin and Mary Marantz will be visiting from Connecticut to talk about the art of the sale.

Mama's Day

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It was exactly a year ago, on Mother's Day, that I learned I was pregnant. One short year later, and on Will's four month birthday, I can't quite believe how lucky I am to be the mom to such a sweet little boy.



Seriously, I know he's my son and all, but how cute is this??!!

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