Roots Workshop student slideshows


It's been three weeks since Roots Workshop wrapped. My heart and head have just begun to stop spinning from the experience, which is a wonderful problem to have.

The magic of Roots is that it is not just one week and then forgotten. It finds its way into the most obvious and the more discreet parts of my everyday- moments or meaning from the lessons shared- large or small- starting to make sense or be reinforced or practiced. An online community of support in our secret Facebook group has been an added bonus this year as an outlet to stay in touch and inspired, as this year's attendees spanned the country (with a little spillover into Canada).

Each person arrived to the workshop with a skillset already in place which was quickly assessed and then challenged by the instructors throughout the week, students pushed to see differently and try new things. Instruction is individualized, so the person who just started shooting sitting next to the person who has been shooting for more than 20 years each had much to take away.

After a day of group and team exercises, students were paired up with a person, place or business to photograph for two days in the Belfast, Maine area. Each student struggled and ultimately, each succeeded. It was messy and beautiful to witness such vulnerability. Below you will find the students' completed slideshows featuring their most prized images from the thousands of outtakes as they learned how to see a story and make- not take- pictures.

Big thanks to music sponsor SongFreedom for providing the royalty-free songs. 

By Pete Hammond of Denver
By Joe Wang of Rockville, Maryland
By Kathy Piper of Carthage, Tennessee
By Stephanie Goryl of Wakefield, Massachusetts
By Matthew (dag) D'Agostino of Cockeysville, Maryland:
By Tim Chin of Montreal, Canada
By Kate McElwee of Boston
By Amanda Albertian Smith of Milford, Massachusetts
By Lawrence Luk of San Francisco
Hooked? View more slideshows from past seasons on the Roots Workshop Vimeo channel here.

Will there be a Roots Workshop 2015, you might ask? Why, yes. Details coming soon. :)

Christina and Ted elope at Inn by the Sea

by Anonymous

Christina and Ted are probably two of the nicest people I have met.  They're from Minneapolis, so maybe it's a Minnesota thing.  For never having met me until their nuptials, they were so welcoming and so kind from the moment I knocked on the door of their suite at the Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth.  After five years together, they decided to tie the knot.  Thoughts of a larger wedding subsided when they were planning yet another road trip to explore the northeast and instead decided to search good ol' Google for how to marry in Maine -- I'm sure happy they did.  I am dying for a USA road trip, so I was jealous when I heard they are veterans to them -- this is at least their third exploring America.  With their newlywed status, they are hitting the road for Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, then over to Vermont and New York.  What fun!

The Inn By The Sea team does a wonderful job hosting couples for elopements.  Connie officiated the intimate ceremony outside.  Tracy from Inn By The Sea and her assistant Olivia stood as witnesses.  And I got to document it all for Christina and Ted's family and friends back home.  The happy couple insisted on photos with all three of us.  No matter how big or small a wedding is, I love photographing them.  What a sweet way for me to kick off my shooting season!

How they met, in Christina's words:

We met at the company where Ted works - a screenprinting company. I was a graphic designer and he was/is a production manager. I left the company for greener fields, and gave him my information in case he needed it for any future graphic design work - and he used it to ask me out :-) The rest is history.

photographer: Whitney, emilie inc. photographyvenue, officiant, catering: Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

emilie inc. and Sea Bags


Love seeing a glimpse of Megan and Peter's Sayulita destination wedding on the Sea Bags home page! I adore this company and have loved watching their business explode over the years. I can't get enough of their totes! I personally have four, and my favorite is the custom bag we had made for Pink Initiative (still available for sale, fyi). Stop in their Custom House Wharf shop the next time you're strolling through the Old Port. And then pop over a few blocks to say hello to me in the office!

Christa and Michael's rustic barn wedding in Buxton, Maine


Christa and Michael were married at The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton.  A straight shot down Congress Street from the urban east end of Portland to the fields and forests of Buxton, Flanagan's is a favorite spot of mine in the greater Portland area.  In partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, the farm hosts an ongoing dinner series featuring a different Maine chef each month.  I have attended a couple, and emilie inc team members have photographed a few.

It's easy to understand why Christa and Mike chose this rustic, rural spot.  The incredibly warm and kind couple are true outdoors people, getting out and about to hike, camp, and rock climb whenever they get a chance.  Their April wedding day was ever so slightly wet, but the weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of this crowd.  In fact, Christa's smile completely lit up the day, and I think it's fair to say that smile runs in the family.

The evening culminated in an epic dance party, pretty sure the entire wedding hit the floor at one point.  And in true outdoors-men fashion, the night wound down by a crackling campfire, very similar to one Christa and Michael met around not so long ago...

Congratulations to you two!  It was an honor and a privilege, and a lot of fun! 

How they met, in their own words:

Christa originally hails from the sunny lands of Southern California. After 18 years she grew tired of the good life and decided to venture forth into the world. Her first foray brought her to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she studied psychology and learned about the separatist state that is Northern California. Having learned their secrets, she returned to Los Angeles and UCLA to finish her degree. Yet, having not quite enough record stores, skinny jeans and fixie bikes, Christa returned to the North to live in San Francisco and work in education. Eventually she decided to test her weather tolerance and moved to Boston to pursue a masters degree in education policy from Harvard. She remained there and co-founded an organization that teaches parents about how interactions with their children during infancy can promote healthy brain development. Many winters later, Christa and Mike met through a shared love of rock climbing and camping.

Mike has basically pursued Christa one step behind for the last decade or so. After leaving his wintery home of Michigan at age 19, he also went to college at the University of California Santa Cruz. There he got a degree in molecular biology and learned the sacred ways of patchouli. Alas, he began at UCSC just three years after Christa had already left to return to sunny LA. Undaunted though, he decided to move to San Francisco for graduate school next, where he psychically felt Christa would be. His intuition was correct, but alas, the future lovers were not to meet. Except in a fleeting moment at Christa's going away party to Boston, when they may or may not have seen each other (it is unknown exactly from that fireworks-driven and boisterous evening). Nonetheless, Mike did not give up. Another three years later, after getting his PhD in cell biology, Mike moved to Boston to pursue post-doctoral research at Harvard. It was then that finally--and just barely--Mike was able to connect with Christa. They climbed rocks together, took trips and camped. And Mike knew he had finally caught her. 

photographers: Steve and Lindsay, emilie inc. photographyvenue: Barn at Flanagan Farmcaterer: Blue Elephantflorist: Emily Cartercake: Two Fat Cats Bakeryhair/make-up: Ariel Johnson bride: Jenny Yoogroom: Hugo Bosshoneymoon: Italy
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