Portland engagement portrait of Lucy and Jon

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I met Lucy and Jon last fall when they were in Maine to celebrate Lucy's family's 50th anniversary in Maine- what a great way to start a conversation about family and their upcoming wedding! After hearing about how they met at Dartmouth with stints in NYC and East Africa, I knew that this would be an interesting crew and fun wedding.

Last week Lucy and Jon were in the area to meet with a few of their other vendors and wanted to have a quick announcement portrait taken.  This was a great opportunity for them to get to see how I work and for me to see just how fun and loving they were towards each other! We started at Crema and worked our way around the docks, talking about great places to eat in Portland, summer plans and of course wedding details. They both were a pleasure to work with and I'm really looking forward to their celebration coming up this summer.
 

Maine Snapshot Studio at Portland's April Greendrinks

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There was another fun crowd gathered for this month's Greendrinks hosted by Portland's Flea-for-All to benefit GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit citizens' organization working to promote sustainable prosperity and to protect Maine's distinctive character and quality places. Gosh, I love this town. Some fun props from the store made it into the booth as well as a few monthly regulars and as always, some yummy local brew. Get your smile on with us again next month!

Wedding friends, want to see your guests in this booth at your wedding? Contact us for availability asap!

One day old baby Audrey

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I was honored to meet Audrey when she was just one day old. She is a big healthy baby, born 9 pounds and 5 ounces, and with beautiful locks of red hair to match her mama's. Her mom, Christina, is a dear friend of ours, a former employee of emilie inc, a fellow photographer and a beautiful mother. Seeing her that morning, I never would have guessed that she had given birth just the day before.

Apparently when my younger brother came home from the hospital, I hit him over the head with a plastic hammer. Needless to say, I was curious how Christina's first born, Amelia, would react to her younger sister. Luckily for Audrey, she fell into the role of a proud older sister perfectly. She was even a natural when it came to holding the newborn by herself. Audrey, already a very thoughtful younger sister, thanked Amelia with the gift of a camera.

It was a very sweet and emotional morning. As a photographer, we are often allowed in to intimate moments in people's lives. Thank you, Wnek family, for being so open and trusting, and letting me document this special event. It was a pleasure to spend time with your family, and to help welcome Audrey into the world. I look forward to seeing you again soon!
 

published: Style Me Pretty

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Take a looksy at our styled New England winter wedding inspiration feature over on the Massachusetts Style Me Pretty blog (which we wrote about in detail in the previous post). Love seeing three pages of gallery images from this incredible setting! Major props to the Gus and Ruby gals for assembling such a stellar cast of characters to execute their lovely vision, and to our own Denise, Whitney, Megan and Steve for spending a day capturing it all. Bravo, team!

Click here to check it out!
 

New England winter wedding inspiration shoot with Gus & Ruby

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I will be the first one to tell you that I have long protested inspiration shoots- elaborately planned photo shoots hyper-focused on the details of a wedding that appear in nearly every wedding magazine and blog- for two reasons:

1. I am inherently drawn to photograph the emotion of a wedding, not the details.
2. I detest when I see wedding vendors mix images from these planned sessions in their portfolios. It's misleading to viewers to be displaying showstopping images where all the stars align alongside real weddings where everything is not highly staged.

Our friends at Gus and Ruby have nudged us to participate in these shoots before and the answer was always the same: no, thank you. It seemed almost sacrilegious to our photojournalism roots. Last fall, however, they presented us with an impressively thoughtful concept for a darling cozy winter wedding inspiration shoot. Much to my own surprise, I agreed.

Nine months pregnant and with a snowstorm due the afternoon of the shoot, I stayed behind while the rest of the emilie inc. team ascended on a rustic Dover, New Hampshire, mill that houses the Gus and Ruby Letterpress print studio, White Apron Catering and Wild Orchid Baking- just a few of the many talented vendors participating on this day. From morning til dark they fussed over every jaw-dropping detail that turned even this non-inspiration shoot believer into a huge fan. It was a gratifying experience for our staff to tackle together- not to mention great practice without wedding day pressure- and a successful collaboration with a stellar lineup of vendors we adore. Goodness, I've softened.

Big thanks to the ladies at Gus and Ruby for organizing such a feat, and to all of our fantastic wedding friends for stretching our creative muscle together in the off-season. We loved it and (gasp!) can't wait to do it again.

Below are a handful of the several hundred final images from the day, admittedly most giving you a peek of the day in our preferred photojournalism style. You are welcome to check out more editorial favorites and read about the day over on the Massachusetts Style Me Pretty blog here.
 


photographers: Denise, Whitney, Steve and Megan, emilie inc. photography • event design, invitations and paper goods: Gus and Ruby Letterpress • calligraphy: Feast Fine Art and Calligraphy • floral design: Petal Floral Design • cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co. • food: The White Apron • makeup: Joya Beauty • hair: Hair That Moves • dress: dress by Alvina Valenta, skirt by Monique Lhuillier – both from Madeleine’s Daughter •  groom’s attire & antiques: Old As Adam •  rentals: Be Our Guest • dishes and glassware: Anthropologie • whiskey: Bully Boy Distillers
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