10 years of wedding photography: my first wedding


2013 will be a year of significant changes, most notably we're expanding our family by one more as you know (three weeks to go!). But as I look forward, I'm also amazed to look back as this is the 10th anniversary year of my wedding photography business. 10 years!

I remember hearing a statistic at my college graduation that the average person will have seven different jobs as an adult. Part of me thought that didn't seem like much at all, and the other part thought that was a lot of moving around, likely because my parents worked for the same companies for my entire childhood.

Alas, here I am. I've had three jobs since college graduation: USA Today, the Washington Post, and my own photography business. I consider myself very fortunate and am also aware of the many different changes that have happened within the business since I started it as Emilie Sommer Photography when I was still living in Washington, DC.

As an escape from the every day hard news of city living (9/11, DC sniper attacks, hustling to Capitol Hill briefings and White House press conferences), I picked up a few weddings on the weekends after (ironically!) photographing my cousin's wedding on the coast of Maine in 2001 and enjoying it so much. A few friends' weddings followed and after realizing it was something that could stick, I legally set up my business and started advertising.

The first couple to officially book were well aware of their special position and boy, was I nervous but oh-so excited. I can still remember that drive to the Virginia countryside outside DC for Dawn and Erich's beautiful summer celebration. Taking a peek through their images now I'm proud to see my style of shooting really hasn't changed. My equipment surely has gotten better. But the core of the body of work produced that day was and still is about storytelling through and through. I include more scenic and detail photos when I photograph today, but those things were not an assumed part of wedding photography 10 years ago.

As a nod to where I've been and where I'm going, I'm sharing with you a few images from that first official wedding. Happy 10th, Dawn and Erich! And to the hundreds of weddings that have followed since, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such a momentous time in your lives. I still get a kick out of it and don't anticipate my post-graduation job figure to be changing anytime soon. Lucky me.

published: Maine Magazine wedding issue


Happy congratulations to three of our couples whose wedding images were selected to appear in the current issue of Maine Magazine: Meghan and Tom's TEIA Peaks Island wedding photographed by Megan and me, Jacquie and Chris' French's Point wedding photographed by Denise, and Tracee and Chris' Grace Restaurant wedding photographed by Denise and Steve. So fun to see such a broad selection of images used in a magazine chock-full of Maine wedding inspiration. Pick up your copy today!

double volume parent albums


The off-season is the perfect time to keep you posted on all sorts of things, including what we're doing in the office now that there's a significant break from photographing weddings for a while.

Last week, as you know, we launched our redesigned website. It includes three times as many images as the previous site, including some fantastic featured weddings. The tartan plaid rustic wedding on my page is a favorite because of its originality (red plaid! bleachers! apple chuppa! horse barn reception! denim! the Berkshires!), and definitely the wedding that generates the most "tell me more about that one" comments when couples come to chat about their wedding and ask questions about others we have photographed (you're welcome to view the original wedding blog post here, listen to the couples' interview on theknot.com live here, and see their published feature in theknot.com Boston magazine here).

We recently completed three double-volume sets of custom parent albums from this wedding. After choosing their favorite images, the parents worked closely with our designer Alina to create these 10x10 heirloom albums to remember this amazing weekend, including the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. These Queensberry beauties are traditional matted books, each photo carefully hand-mounted into the page and secured with a liner and mat. I've included a few PDFs of some of our favorite layouts, including a fun page from the Maine Snapshot Studio. But you need to see and touch these masterpieces to truly appreciate the craftsmanship. Simply stunning. The father of the groom's response: The albums came in today for my son Michael’s wedding. They are spectacular! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into making them. It is most appreciated.

Been married a while and haven't done anything with your wedding images yet? You're not alone! This wedding was from 2010. Sometimes, a little time and distance from the wedding day is the perfect recipe to create a time-tested keepsake you'll be proud to pass down. We're happy to help you every step of the way. Don't hesitate to reach out!

let's feather her nest bridal shower


It seems like so many people I know right now are either recently engaged or pregnant and planning showers. Several have asked me for theme recommendations, which reminded me of the adorable bridal shower I photographed for Whitney of Gus and Ruby Letterpress at Blue Sky on York Beach. Tho the shower has seen lots of press online already (and I know makes Whitney very happy, as she would like every day to be her wedding day), I couldn't resist sharing with you here the sweet peach, soft pink and gold shower her dear friend and business partner Sam threw for her. This dreamy palette was perfect for the "let's feather her nest" theme Sam chose, and the darling invites, feathers for each ladies' hair and bird's egg cookie favors everyone enjoyed. Gorgeous and clever, right?

photographer: Emilie, emilie inc. photographyvenue: Blue Sky on York Beach, York, Maine • event design, paper: Gus and Ruby Letterpress, Portsmouth • flowers: Kate Martin, Beautiful Dayscookie favors: Cookie Creatives by Jennifer, Wilbraham, MA
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