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Welcome to my little space on the internet where I share my photographs & client experiences with you! 

Here you will find highlights of weddings, elopements, engagements, and families. This is a great way to get a feel for my style of posing, lighting, locations, and some inspiration for your own time in front of my camera. I also have a little section of helpful tips & advice about sessions, weddings, and travels! 

Take a look around & get inspired...

xo, Em

H+J – Coastal Wedding at the Cliff House Resort in Maine

Weddings • January 14, 2023 

The coastal wedding of my dreams. This luxury venue nestled atop the cliffs of Southern Maine offers panoramic ocean views for a jaw dropping ceremony and reception. The Cliff House resort is a luxury venue like no other. 

With Hannah’s background in event planning and Jason’s goofiness in their relationship, I just knew this wedding day was going to be the perfect balance of elegant and fun. The details of this day were classic and tasteful. They weren’t lacking, but they weren’t over the top. The impeccable scenery that the coast of Maine offers truly doesn’t need much to compliment it. Hannah did the perfect job dreaming this up and Salty & Sweet Events brought the vision to life so flawlessly. 

While Hannah and her besties got ready in the Cliff House bridal suite, I created flatlays of her details on the balcony overlooking the water. As she eagerly awaited her first look, she began putting all of those details on – the jewelry, the shoes, the unique scent she chose for this day. Her tight red curls fell so perfectly against the lace details of her minimally elegant gown and then it was time for the big reveal with her soon-to-be husband. 

I positioned Jason facing the water while he anxiously awaited his soon-to–be bride coming down the steep steps onto the rigid cliffs. This was where they’d see each other for the first time – privately, in their attire, all done up and ready for the big day. The excitement of seeing each other quickly relieved their anxiousness. After they shared a few moments alone, checking out each other’s outfits and saying hello, we dove right into portraits. We began with a few of the soon-to-be newlyweds against the Bald Head Cliff as the waves crashed in front of them. 

Pro tip: Doing a “first look” with your significant other allows you to see each other and take the edge off before your ceremony. Not only do you get to share some quality time together, it’s also the perfect way to begin some portraits with you, your families, and wedding party – which then allows more time after the ceremony for portraits or joining your guests at cocktail hour like Hannah and Jason did!

As Hannah’s dad walked her down the aisle, she had the view of her future husband and his son, her family members eyes filled with tears, and the beautiful blue ocean directly behind them. Her brother married them and they exchanged vows filled with sentiment and laughter. Once they were pronounced husband and wife, the lighting was perfect to finish up the remaining family portraits and the just married portraits of the two of them before they joined their guests at cocktail hour! 

As they entered The Atlantic Ballroom, they saw their reception space dreams come to life. All of the details meticulously arranged, the one of a kind lights hanging above the dance floor, and the glass-sided wall overlooking the resort offered picturesque views of the cotton candy colored skies as the sun crept further and further down. 

I’m a big supporter of cutting out any wedding day traditions that don’t feel like you. Hannah and Jason weren’t afraid to do that. They did have excellent welcome speeches and toasts before dinner, and then they danced the night away with a live band and their closest people. 

In between all of these moments, I truly felt like I was hanging out with friends that I’d known forever, yet we’d only met one other time at their engagement session. Hannah treated me like one of the besties and Jason wasn’t afraid to hold back on witty jokes. We shared lots of laughs and some of our inside jokes, while creating lasting memories and photographs. 

This trendy, yet timeless day was truly one for the books. I found my dream clients, my dream venue, and lifelong friends. This just goes to show that you can have a classic, elegant day and still have so much fun! You just have to see for yourself.

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Small Biz Subscriptions + Travel Credit Card Affiliate Links

Tips & Advice • February 4, 2023 

Who doesn’t love saving some money?! Especially on all of the subscriptions needed to run a business. Those add up without you even realizing it. BUT, they are 100% worth it when they’re necessary for running a successful business with an amazing client experience.

I’ve listed some of my favorite subscriptions below that will help you get your business running smoothly and you + I both will get some savings!! Note: use must sign up with my links listed in order for us to both get the incentives.

Dubsado – client management software. This is how I keep track of all my clients and projects, they are individually organized with all of their details and make online contracts, invoices, and questionnaires SO easy!

20% off first month or year | $35 credit for me

Code: emily

Link: dubsado.com/?c=emily

Pixieset – gallery + website host. This is how I deliver all of my client galleries with easy downloading, sharing, and print options. You can connect to your favorite print lab for direct print orders. They’ve also recently added website and CRM (but I only use the gallery feature).

We both get additional storage when sign up with my link.

Link: https://gallery.pixieset.com/ref/JBedZBM3PE

Showit – website host. I just switched to showit after using wix for years. I already love it so much better!

One month free for both of us using the link below.

Link: https://account.showit.co/r/dlgmhl4h

Flodesk – email marketing. Disclaimer: I haven’t used this, but I’ve paying for it for a while because I have hopes to set up email marketing at some point. After hearing so many great things about them, and loving the looks of what I saw, I signed up and hope to tackle that project sometime soon!

50% off your first year

https://flodesk.com/c/LA94SN

Backblaze – cloud backup for your computer and external hard drives. I can’t believe how great this is. It is always running in the background backing up files and storing in case they ever need to be recovered. Incredible prices and peace of mind knowing your photos are always backed up somewhere safe!

Free month for both of us!

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Imagen AI – AI editing that saves SOOO much time and keeps you in control of your style and work. With a low monthly subscription, you only pay for what you edit after that. A fraction of the time & price of outsourcing with an editor.

1500 free edits for you + some for me too!

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KISS – albums. My favorite album ordering company. Amazing quality and customer service.

$50 each after spending $100

http://my.kiss.us/r/109191

Chase Credit Cards

Chase Freedom Unlimited – This was the first credit card I ever opened to build credit. I’ve had this card for 8+ years and have loved it! You earn cash back with every purchase and no-annual fee.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve – has a high annual fee that *almost* scared me away, BUT with all of the incredible travel perks, I think it will be worth it.. especially with all of the trips I have in store this year! I can’t wait to see how it goes.

https://www.referyourchasecard.com/19/RJ8BB470RJ

I hope you found this helpful, feel free to DM me if you have any questions about these things that I love. I hope you enjoy them too! Happy saving!! 🙂

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B+M – Adventurous Acadia National Park Elopement | Bar Harbor, Maine Wedding Photographer

Elopements • January 15, 2023 

Brianne and Mark thought they could escape September hurricane weather in Florida, but believe it or not – our scheduled elopement day was a complete wash because even in Maine we still get effects from the hurricanes down south. 

With the extreme winds and rain forecasted for their outdoor elopement day, we all decided it would be best to shift to the following day. Since it was just the two of them, they had the flexibility to reschedule to a new day. And fortunately, I had availability in my schedule to make that happen and I was able to share their elopement experience in the morning, before having a second one later that afternoon. That is a big perk of elopements – since you’re not accommodating other guests you have so much flexibility for your timing, the activities you want to do, and creating a day tailored to you. 

We all met at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, and they led us to a spot they had picked out for their ceremony. It was tucked off of the walking path to provide a little more privacy and better views of Bubble Rocks in the background. Fortunately the rain had passed, but the extreme winds stuck around. The gale force winds ripping off of Jordan Pond, created white caps on the water making it look like the ocean. It was cold, it was windy, but it was spectacular. Mother Nature’s forceful surprises truly added to the adventure. 

In true elopement fashion, their officiant Rev. Erika Hewitt, stopped two hikers passing by before we got started to ask if they would be witnesses to this marriage. They graciously agreed and we got started with their meaning ceremony. 

In lieu of their family being present with them, their parents wrote letters for Bri and Mark to read to each other. Their eyes filled with tears hearing the kind words their family had for them. I personally loved this idea so much. I think it’s an incredible way to include loved ones and add even more sentiment to your elopement experience. 

In addition, prior to their trip to Maine, Rev. Erika gave them the suggestion to fill a jar with little collections throughout their trip. The jar was filled with stones from the shore, leaves from their walks, blooms from her bouquet, and best of all – a whisker from their beloved kitty who didn’t make the trip to Maine from Florida. This one pulled at cat mama heart strings! Now, in addition to their photographs and heirloom albums, they have this tiny little jar filled with sentiment to help remember their elopement trip. 

What ways will you add sentiment into your special day? Scroll through the photos for some inspiration! 

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A+N – Luxury Elopement in Acadia National Park | Bar Harbor, Maine Wedding Photographer

Elopements • January 14, 2023 

Luxury meets adventure in Acadia National Park… This glamorous couple chose outfits that were still similar to your traditional wedding attire. Nick was in a full suit and tie with a boutonniere, and Amber wore a long sleeve white gown that flowed so perfectly in the wind. Being a professional cosmetologist in Clearwater Florida, Amber did all of her own hair and makeup flawlessly. Her simple jewelry paired so perfectly with the elegant glam and bridal bouquet that complimented the colors of the cold Atlantic ocean. 

Amber and Nick traveled to Maine, fully trusted me (who they’d never met before), to pick her up from her hotel in Downtown Bar Harbor and drive her to meet Nick in the National Park so they could see each other for a first look. I prepped them in advance on where he should stand and face at Sand Beach so that she could walk down the stairs and reveal her gown to him. After we spent a little bit of time at Sand Beach for some portraits, they followed me to our next spot, which was a little hidden gem I keep up my sleeve and they hadn’t seen before. I led them down a steep path through the evergreens, where we landed at a small, secluded spot on the pink granite cliffs of Acadia. It towered over a pebble cove where you can hear the waves crashing and rolling the rocks against each other as they are going in and out. The peaceful sounds of nature paired with the crisp salty air blowing across the water and onto your cheeks made for the most serene spot to share handwritten vows.  

As Amber + Nick read from their custom vow books, I wasn’t able to hear what they were saying, but I could tell by their expressions that it was filled with lots of love, emotion, and happiness. Once they sealed the deal with the exchange of wedding bands and a first kiss, we spent some more time rock hopping along the rigid coast of Maine. 

While they may live in Florida now, they chose Acadia because its scenery reminded them of Nick’s hometown in Alaska. During our few short hours together, they told me all about their love story, how they met, and the things they love the most. (Hearing about their travels and their trip to Alaska together, has me even more excited for my trip there in August of 2023!)

We finished up our time together back in Downtown Bar Harbor, at the hotel they were staying at. The architecture and grounds of The Bar Harbor Regency created a slight European with classic elegance. 

This is the perfect example of being able to have a luxury wedding experience with fun and adventure as well. From just a couple of phone calls, emails and questionnaires we had already got a sense of each other’s personalities so when we met for the first time on the day of their elopement, there was no feeling of awkwardness. There was an instant connection that made it so easy to talk to each other and learn more and more about them as we spent that time together. In result, we created timeless photographs that are classy and packed with adventure, truly reflecting their love story and our full elopement experience that we created together. 

Who knew climbing through nature in a wedding and hiking boots could look so fabulous?! 

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A+B – Trendy, Yet Timeless Fall Wedding | Southern Maine Wedding Photographer

Weddings • January 14, 2023 

Truth bomb, barn weddings aren’t usually my number one choice… Because well, coastal chic is more my style. BUT, let me tell you, this was one of my favorites and the venue doesn’t always matter.

First things first, this entire day was the perfect combination of trendy, yet timeless – and that is what I love so much! Second, all of the attire was absolute fireeee – varying shades and textures of burnt orange bridesmaid dresses, a custom green suit for the groom with his groomsmen matching in floral ties, and best of all… the sparkly jumpsuit that Abby changed into and absolutely rocked at the end of the night (we all know I love me a good jumpsuit)! 

Then we have all of the perfectly organized details that include touches from TSwift and their pup, colorfully muted florals complimented with ferns, lovely September lighting, a whole charcuterie table, and my absolute favorite thing ever *drum roll please* … food trucks! Yeah, you heard that right, food trucks. Mainely Burgers catered their wedding, and it was hands down the best wedding dinner experience I’ve ever had. Instead of waiting to be served at your table, you literally walked up to the window and made your selections. And just when you think it can’t get better than burgers and fries..they rolled in their ice cream truck after dinner. Literally heaven. 

Okay, but on top of all of those personal and thoughtful touches throughout the day, what got me the most was the love that could truly be felt. The tears that filled in everyone’s eyes as Abby’s dad led her to her choked up groom, the most heartfelt vows where they both shared the ways they make each other better and their love of adventure that has built their relationship stronger than ever, the way their siblings shared about them in their speeches and the strong bond that was so evident with her and her nephew. So not only did all of these aspects of the day solidify that Abby + Ben are cool af, but that these are my type of people. The clients who share similar values as me, and can easily be lifelong friends even after that wedding day has passed. 

All that to say, it’s not necessarily about the venue or look of the day that matters the most. It’s about the relationships and love being celebrated that I get to photograph, the sentimental personal touches, and couples that share similar values as me. 

After a double-header wedding weekend with their fun, trendy day, and the coastal elegance at the Cliff House, I felt a shift in my brand. My creative fire was relit and my core values were shining stronger ever. I felt a push to revamp my brand to incorporate these things that mean the most to me and attract clients who share similar values of family + quality, fun + adventure, and investing in experiences more than things. 

“I could not recommend Emily more! Emily shot our wedding and engagement photos and we could not be happier! She is the perfect combination of professional and fun to be around. She makes each session feel comfortable and easy! She is so great at prompting you and posing you to get natural and comfortable looking photographs. We are so glad we booked Emily for our big day and will certainly use her again for any photography needs!”

Abby & Ben

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C+J – Catholic Church & Bar Harbor Inn Wedding | Coastal Maine Wedding Photographer

Weddings • January 14, 2023 

Texas meets coastal Maine. Caitlin and Jake were stationed in the desert of Texas and planned a destination wedding to Bar Harbor, Maine. With Jake’s roots in Maine and their love for the coast, they found that the Bar Harbor Inn was the perfect place to celebrate with their friends and family. 

The day started early with hair and makeup by the talented Brittany and Julia. They glammed the ladies up and incorporated some custom hair pieces created by Little Red Flower Truck, who grew and designed all of the one of a kind floral arrangements throughout the day. 

While guests gathered at the nearby Catholic church in downtown Bar Harbor, Cailtin and her ladies slipped into dresses with different shades of blue, and tan shawls to tie together the coastal feels. 

After their traditional wedding ceremony at the Holy Redeemer, guests were shuttled back to the Bar Harbor Inn just a few minutes away where they indulged in delicious hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails named after their pets. We did portraits all around the grounds of the inn and along the Shore Path before they entered their reception right into their first dance and parent dances. 

Just because this was a mid-day wedding, there was no shortage of dancing and good times once the dance floor opened up. 

Fun fact: Caitlin + Jake share a love of adventure just like me. We did their engagement session on one of their trips to Maine, and it ended up raining for the majority of the session but they completely embraced it and had fun with it. AND during my road-trip around the country in 2022, they met me at White Sands National Park for a fun adventure session playing in the snow like sand of New Mexico! (will link those sessions later)

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J+D – Brewery Hopping Engagement Session | Portland Wedding Photographer

Couples • January 14, 2023 

This out-of-box engagement session was one for the books! Let me tell you how this all came to life. Their wedding day was right around the corner and we still hadn’t done their engagement session yet. This may not sound like a big deal, but I always find it so important to do an engagement with your wedding photographer prior to the wedding. Why? Well, it gives us the chance to meet and get to know each other before the big day. More importantly, it allows you to get a feel for my approach to shooting, posing, and how I handle lighting. 

Between our busy schedules, and the fact that they lived a few states away, they weren’t sure they were going to be able to fit in an engagement session before the wedding day. Totally understandable, wedding planning can be a lot! I started brainstorming some ideas to find a way for this work. After reviewing their notes from our initial phone consultation, I remembered that they love to spend their time trying out different breweries, and playing cribbage while they are there. Coincidentally, a few months prior to this, I had just discovered some breweries and fell in love with their fun aesthetic (and their seltzers bc. I don’t like beer lol). Instantly, my creative juices started flowing and piecing together a vision that I lowkey dreamt up a few months ago. I messaged them right away proposing that we meet halfway (in Portland) and do their session at these awesome breweries. They immediately loved that idea for a little weekend away in the midst of the wedding planning busyness, doing something that they love together, and to top it off – Jess was able to schedule her wedding hair and makeup trail nearby, on the same day. So not only was she able to kill two birds with one stone, she also had professional hair and makeup done for her session! 

We spent the first half of the session at Bissell Brothers in Portland. They had a couple drinks to take the edge off (liquid courage is always encouraged), which made for some cute candids with the brewery as a backdrop. A warm Saturday in November had everyone out and about, so once they finished their drinks we hopped over a few streets to Apres (currently my fav place + drink). We started outside on the artsy streets of downtown Portland. Then we were so lucky to snag one of the awesome spots to sit inside so they could set up their game of cribbage. Between little bursts of photos, the three of us just hung out and got to know each other and laughed so much. 

Truthfully, I am so glad this session was able to happen. Not only was it refreshing for my creative soul, but I really got to know Derek and Jess on more of a personal level than I do with most of my clients because we had that time to just hang out and chat. They told me about their story and let me in on some inside jokes, she shared the sentimental story of her grandfather teaching her how to play cribbage as she casually pulled the whole board out of her purse, and we all laughed about how our dads are so similar when it comes to getting them to cooperate for family photos. When their small, intimate wedding day rolled around a month later, I truly felt like I was there hanging out with friends that I’d known for so long and family that I had just heard all about and could put names to faces. 

So, if you’re thinking that you don’t really need an engagement session – let this be your sign to just do it! At the very least, it will be worth it to feel relaxed and comfortable with your wedding photographer on your wedding day. 

And also, don’t be afraid to make your session unique and fun!

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E+T – Romantic Cliffside Engagement Session | Bar Harbor, Maine Engagement Photographer

Couples • January 14, 2023 

Ellie + Trevor came dressed to impress and the result left me swooning! Their trendy, yet timeless outfits paired so nicely together – they chose solid colors to pop against the rigid coastal backdrop in Acadia National Park. Her pale blue dress, with minimally textured sleeves, complimented his neutral colored outfit of a long sleeve button up tucked into fitted dress pants. This outfit combination gave an elegant, sophisticated feel for this newly engaged couple!

Prior to their session, Ellie informed that they’re usually super awkward in front of the camera and don’t know how to pose. I quickly reminded her that it’s totally normal to feel that way and that’s what I’m there for – to walk you through the entire process, make you feel comfortable, and have lots of fun while we’re doing it!

By the end of their session, they were so relaxed, giggling and their love and excitement was really shining through. Although, even at the start of their session, you would never know they were nervous, these two are natural beauties.

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K+T – Vacation Adventure Session in Acadia National Park | Maine Couples Photographer

Couples • January 14, 2023 

This is the perfect example of not needing a specific reason for a photo session. Kelsey and Todd are already married, but wanted to do a session together while they were visiting Acadia from Canada! The scenery isn’t like what they have at home and it had been a while since they had photos done at their wedding – so what a perfect opportunity! 

Their casual attire represented them perfectly. While still looking nice, they felt comfortable in their everyday clothes because that’s what truly felt like them. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to get moving around on the rocks a little more. I’m convinced that Blundstone boots can go with literally any outfit – but they were perfect for this fun couples session with some adventure vibes on the cliffs of Acadia National Park. 

Check out the fun we had together during this low-key session!

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60th Birthday Extended Family Session | Downtown Bar Harbor, Maine Photographer

Family • January 14, 2023 

Celebrating 60 years on vacation in Bar Harbor. For Beth’s 60th birthday she wanted her gift to be a session with all of the family together during their vacation to Maine. Since they were all staying at the Bar Harbor Inn downtown, we did their session around the property. The Bar Harbor Inn has so many beautiful spots to capture portraits, especially with the Shore Path wrapping around the front of the property.

As the kids get older, it’s always a challenge to get everyone together in the same place, coordinating, and on the same page. But since they were all together for her big birthday vacation, we made it happen! Check out the fun we had documenting three generations of love.