welcoming Clara June

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Big brother Will would like you to meet his darling little sister Clara June, born Tuesday February 19th, at 8:41a. She weighs 8lbs, 15oz and is 20.5" long. All went smoothly and we're smitten as can be. We'll be sure to share many more photos of our little lady, but for now here's one of our favorites from the hospital's photography program, Bella Baby Photography. Tomorrow we'll head home to settle in as a family of four. Life is sweet!

baby Arlo newborn portrait session

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Our in-house designer Alina recently gave birth to little Arlo Knox, and 10 days later I was the lucky one to photograph this sweet little guy on the eve of last week's blizzard.

When I arrived at his home in New Hampshire, daddy Brian was diligently building a shelter for the generator as they often lose power. Alina was inside watching over him as Arlo napped in their bedroom. After a quick tour of their home, Alina brought me in to see Mr. Arlo. He woke up shortly after that and was happy and curious for the next couple of hours while I was there. He studied me and my camera with his eyes, seemingly aware that something and someone was trying to document a few moments of his first week-and-a-half of life. I was just as observant. Amazed at his little wrinkly skin (Alina pointed out his forehead wrinkles are only above his left eye!) with a thin layer of the softest looking hairs- baby fuzz. Wowed at his tiny fingernails and toenails that are still hardening. Amused by his sounds, learning to use those vocal chords and lungs. A friend just told me that babies' bones aren't fully connected yet when they're born, they sort of float as I saw in a teeny baby x-ray he showed me. Fascinating! 

Arlo may have been the youngest newborn I have ever hung out with and I could have documented his every move all day. Alina is a natural in her new role. This was my first official newborn session for emilie inc., but I sure hope it's not my last. 

Congratulations, Alina and Brian! Thank you so much for letting me meet Arlo and hang out before the big storm! I hope you never had to turn that generator on. Excited to see you three again soon!

last minute baby prep

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I'm days away from meeting our little lady, tying up all sorts of loose ends in the office, and nesting, nesting, nesting (ie: one night last week I cleaned our spice cabinet and washed all the baseboards in our kitchen. Random, no?). I've been plagued with terrible insomnia the past several weeks so am finding the quiet nighttime hours plentiful for crossing off just about anything I can think of on a never-ending To Do list before our lives pick up a bit crazier pace with two little ones at home soon.

All that said, I really feel like we're ready- muchmoreso than we ever were with Will. Clearly first-time parents have no idea what to expect, but on top of that, Will arrived early and just weeks after we moved into our new house. It was a lot of change in a little window of time. We've taken great comfort reading through the daily personal blog I kept while pregnant with Will (and for the first few months of his life), detailing our every excited, scattered, throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall foray into parenting, and re-reading chapters of books that we recall being particularly helpful. Many repeat parents tell us that the first child is all about learning to parent, the second is all about time management.

Heeding that advice, we've come up with a great little plan for the daily goings-on at emilie inc. It will be business as usual, but I'll be backing away from the everyday tasks for a brief while- something I didn't do with Will and sorely regret. Megan will keep things rolling from her home office and working from ours just one day a week for the next several until I feel like I've established somewhat of a handle on our family circus. We couldn't be more lucky to be welcoming this new little nugget in our off-season, perfect timing for this sort of flexible work schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to be in touch any time. Megan's office hours will remain the same throughout regardless of location: Monday- Thursday, 9a-3p.

Meanwhile, I'll continue to peck away at my personal checklist this week. Over the weekend we accomplished one of my more dreaded, but important tasks: maternity photos. Now, I wouldn't go all out and call this a portrait session, by any means. It was a two-minute pause in our stairwell on our way up for Will's afternoon nap, but noteworthy because it was important to me to at least have the belly captured somehow, minus me standing in a field or draped with cloth (to each her own, that's just not my thing). Voila, a quick peek into our everyday routine- the belly, my little guy and his latest obsession: matchbox cars. Thanks for doing this, J!

published: Amanda and Mike's tented Cape Elizabeth wedding on Style Me Pretty

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Such a fun reminder of summer to see one of our favorite weddings from last season featured on the Massachusetts Style Me Pretty blog on this wintry February day! Congratulations, Amanda and Mike! So thrilled the editors shared the details of your day and SO many pages of Denise and Whitney's beautiful pictures. We're sure your wedding day will be a big inspiration to their readers as you have been to ours.

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Betsy & Marie's Cape Elizabeth, Maine, winter wedding

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Betsy and Marie had an intimate celebration with their two girls, Kim and Lucy, and their other family and friends at the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth.

These two have been together for over 20 years, and had another ceremony in the past, but didn't waste any time making it legal now that they have the opportunity in Maine.  They planned a sweet celebration that highlighted the roles of their two daughters, who are clearly the lights of their lives.  I had such fun photographing Kim having her nails done, and Lucy playing with (my favorite as a kid) My Little Ponies, while Betsy and Marie helped each other get ready upstairs.  I loved seeing Marie climb up on the tub to get a better look at Betsy's hair, and help get that one tricky strand into place.

After a sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and then dinner, along with some funny toasts from Betsy's brothers and grace by Marie's sisters.  We brought along the Maine Snapshot Studio which was a total hit and got lots of traffic.  Betsy and Marie said there "might" be dancing that night if people were so inclined, and boy were they!  The kids started it off and the adults soon followed.  I remember remarking to the ladies as I looked around at all the commotion that it wasn't even 8:00 pm yet!

It was my honor to photograph my first legal, same sex wedding here in Maine with a family I truly adore.  Here's to many more!

photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photography  venue, caterer, cake: Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine  officiant: Jill Allen  florist: Karen Haley, Fleur de Lis  invitations: Papier, Portland • photo booth: Maine Snapshot Studio
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