Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale in Portland

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Do you know about the charity Brides Against Breast Cancer? Oh! It's a lovely organization that receives gently worn wedding dresses and travels around the country selling them to raise money for breast cancer! As you know, breast cancer is a cause near and dear to our own emilie inc. hearts (a portion of all wedding fees are donated to Pink Initiative). I donated a wedding dress or two to BABC in the past so was very excited when I learned they would be making a stop in Portland at the Westin Portland Harborview hotel.

I signed up to be the exclusive photographer in their vendor showcase, aka, mini bridal show, under one condition: that I could photograph the event. We brought along our photo booth and a few albums to display, chatted with brides (folks flew from all over the country to attend!) and then got straight to work. 

Girls were allowed to snag four dresses at a time. They made their selection from the racks and racks on display in the ballroom, and then waited in line to try them on up in the balcony. Moms, sisters, grandmas, and friends perched on chairs outside the mobile fitting rooms offering support, sideways glances and happy tears when "the one" was found. Over and over, for nearly five hours. I loved it.

A bell announced when a bride had selected her dress, followed by a quick interview for all to hear by the Weddings DJs of Maine (the stories of how these girls met their fiances? Good stuff!), a mini makeover with Amanda's Trademark Salon and Spa and a portrait with moi.

A little sampling of the day is below. If you were at the event, you're welcome to peruse the gallery of images from the day and photo booth by clicking here.

baby Lennon

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What a wonderful treat to snuggle a brand new warm baby! Sweet Lennon is three weeks young- the first baby born on New Year's Day at Mercy Hospital- and the daughter of Tide Creative's amazing Liz. I spent a little time with baby and mama yesterday morning in their Portland home chatting about all things baby and exploring Lennon's perfectly appointed gray woodland nursery. Congratulations and welcome to motherhood, Liz; you wear it well!

12 steps to preserving (and enjoying!) your personal photos

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Hello and Happy 2015!! If you're anything like me, you've been feeling a primitive need to purge since we bid 2014 adieu. The day after Christmas our tree was out the door and I was on the floor in each of our closets, in cabinets, drawers and bookshelves assessing what we should toss, keep, sell or donate. I likened it on my Facebook status to the middle of the night pregnancy insomnia nesting I suffered both times (speaking of, Happy 4th Birthday today to our sweet William!). Where does this come from? And why do I feel it annually after the holidays and not during the more typical "spring cleaning" time of year?

I'm calling it an extension of the typical New Year's resolution fitness phenomenon (which I gladly joined this year pre-holidays, and according to this picture from a Monday night "The Bachelor" premiere party with some photographer friends, I'd say my work with a personal trainer is already showing some results. Sweet!). People crave starting anew; I just happen to feel massive gratification from organization.

In addition to my home and health, these urges have fortunately even taken ahold of my own family photos. During a recent sweep of some old boxes in our basement looking for some printed photographs circa 2003-2009, I came up empty. EMPTY! The height of the personal digital point and shoot camera age (ie: Nikon Coolpix ring a bell?), I can honestly say I have no record of what I did in that time if I wasn't lugging around my pro camera. Where did all those images go? A .mac gallery that no longer exists? A computer harddrive three operating systems ago? Never printed?! Yikes!

Thankfully I've done a more decent job of documenting our lives since becoming a mom. And the recent basement scare pushed me into quick action to get on top of securing their longevity and accessibility (confession: I haven't made any prints since Will was in his first year! Clara points to the newborn images of Will around our house and says "me!" and we now just agree). How ironic that I'm more careful with preserving and showcasing my clients' images than my own (hello, cobbler)!

Over the next 12 months I am going to share how to organize, store, back-up, print, share, produce and enjoy beautiful products with your images- personal, wedding or otherwise, in my monthly newsletter. I promise it will be helpful, easy and not annoying (anyone else feel like you unsubscribe from an unwanted newsletter or two each day?! What gives!). I am going to participate, too, and share my progress as we go.

Your first homework task? No, no, don't attempt the basement box hunt just yet. Just sign up for our newsletter here. You can expect your first email to arrive next week.

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