* Cancer Community Center: Cycle 4 Care 2013 quick recap

The third annual Cycle4Care event on Friday night benefiting the Cancer Community Center was a success. University of New England's Finley Recreation Center in Portland, Maine, housed at least 100 spinning bikes that were donated by local businesses, along with all the food and other services, to accommodate hundreds of riders from 4pm to midnight. Dad and I survived our two hours, and my friend Ed Myers even joined in donating his time and money. The trainers who lead each hour's spinning session really kicked it up a notch this year. Wasn't expecting that, but loved it. I now see how one could ride for four hours taking up the Ultimate Challenge and raising $500. The first hour was a killer warm-up, second hour we felt great, and I'm sure in the third and fourth you'd hit your stride and pedal hard knowing it was the last hour. Maybe next year! The great thing about this event is that you can pedal hard or hardly pedal, so anyone can come ride in this fun event.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the folks to who donated. It is truly appreciated and the Cancer Community Center couldn't exist without your help. Most importantly, the patrons wouldn't have free support during a life changing period.

There is still time left to make a donation, http://www.stayclassy.org/cancercommunitycenterwhitfox, as my fundraising page will remain open for a little while longer. And check back for more photos from the event.


* Singles: Magnetic Poetry

The Magnetic Poetry is back on my fridge.  It is quite tedious to pull out all those teeny tiny letters, but the reward is literary entertainment at your fingertips!  I highly recommend getting one.  I have the original, but seems they have come up with tons more options on their website.  I ain't no poet, but I'm still goin' to show it.

* Mystic Seminars 2013 Photo Workshop in Mystic, CT

Denise Farwell and I just attended the eighth Mystic Seminars in Connecticut and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  A world of difference from WPPI in Las Vegas, which I attended the last two years.  We took a fantastic day-long lighting course with Joe McNally and got to hear from some wonderful, talented speakers and photographers like Parker J. Pfister, Roberto Valenzuela, and Sue Bryce.  Photo workshops, particularly in the off-season of my shooting, is a great way to break up the winter, meet new folks in the photography world, gain new insight to my shooting, and, most of all, be inspired to make better imagery.

To read and see more photos from my time at Mystic, please click here.

To read about Denise's experience, please click here.

Can't wait for Mystic Seminars 2014!


* emilie inc.: New website and blog

Last month emilie inc. revealed their new blog.... snazzy, clean, simple, inspired by a journal-style....


And this week emilie inc. revealed their new website.... even snazzier, really focuses on the imagery, and features our studio of photographers better....

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on these overhauls.  They look amazing!

* emilie inc.: Alyssa + Nick's Nuptials, 2012 Real Maine Weddings Giveaway Winners

Last winter Alyssa and Nick learned they were the winners of the 2012 Real Maine Wedding of the Year $100,000 giveaway.  2011 was sponsor and organizer Real Maine Weddings magazine's inaugural year of this huge giveaway, with all vendors donating their services and products.  The photo studio I shoot for, emilie inc., was in charge of documenting this year's lucky and well deserving couple.  It was a once in a lifetime experience for both Alyssa and Nick, but also for emilie inc. as we had all six of us photographing the wedding day -- so fun to be able to shoot with everyone!  Especially for Alyssa and Nick who are absolutely one of the sweetest couples we've worked with and were so appreciative of all that we did.  

It was our pleasure, Alyssa and Nick!  Again, congratulations on your wedding and thank you for letting us be a part of it all this past year!

Take a peek at the emilie inc. blog for their whole wedding story -- 14 posts in all!

winners announcement: press conference
planning day 2: wedding gown and cake tasting  
engagement session, part 1: Ft. Williams, Cape Elizabeth 
planning day 3: wedding party shopping 
engagement session, part 2: Colby College
wedding weekend, day 1: welcome dinner and brew tour 
wedding weekend, day 2: spa day and rehearsal 
wedding weekend, day 3: preparation 
wedding weekend, day 3: first look and portraits 
wedding weekend, day 3: ceremony and cocktails 
wedding weekend, day 3: reception 
wedding weekend, day 3: photo booth


* Singles: Holy smoke!

Sea smoke on Casco Bay in early January on a frigid morning.  However, the cold temps created the beautiful sea smoke, deep blue ocean, bright blue sky, and a vividly white, snow-covered Mount Washington in the distance.  Feel lucky to wake up to this view -- love it.

* emilie inc.: Wedding of Juliette + John at the Harvard Club in Boston, MA

I was so excited for a December wedding in Boston at the Harvard Club.  It was a classy winter affair on a surprisingly warm day.  If it had been cold enough, all the rain would have been inches of snow!  But then again, bride Juliette and groom John wouldn't have been able to ride in style in the old Packard -- in mint condition -- from the beautiful ceremony at St. Cecilia Church.  A few years ago, the church underwent a year-and-a-half long renovation. It is stunning and a popular Beantown place to get married- Juliette's grandparents were married there. There was even a 9:30am ceremony before Juliette and John's afternoon wedding!  Reverend John Unni delivered a meaningful, refreshingly inviting ceremony, making everyone feel welcome in St. Cecilia, regardless of one's religious beliefs or choice to worship or not. 

Juliette and John sat side by side during the ceremony.  I caught John stealing glances of a radiant, giggly Juliette.  She looked gorgeous in the wedding dress she designed!  Fashion is, after all, this lady's forte, starting her own shoe company from the ground up called the Cape Cod Shoe Supply Company.  I loved her forward thinking with her dress, creating a beautiful, yet removable, embellished lace top layer that she plans to have made into a short dress she'll be able to wear again.  John looked dapper in his classic tux.

The rain fortunately stopped by the time the ceremony ended and we were able to grab a few portraits outside the Harvard Club.  Lots of car horns beeping and congratulatory yells and yays were showered upon the newlyweds as I snapped away at the busy intersection of Mass Ave and Comm Ave.  Two friendly gentleman playfully jumped into some of the photos and Juliette and John were great sports about it.  Really, it was all smiles all day for these two.

Jennifer Sepulveda and her team at the Harvard Club did a wonderful job with the celebration.  The venue is a busy place and when I showed up earlier in the day, it was decked out in balloons and kiddos for visits with Santa.  With little time for turnover, I was amazed when I arrived post-ceremony and the place was transformed into an elegant wedding reception.  The holiday hints around the Club were tasteful and I think put everyone in the wintry wedding spirit.

Cocktail hour was upstairs and the reception on the main floor in the grand ballroom.  Guests enjoyed a multiple course dinner and sipped on red wine compliments of Rocca Family Vineyards -- friends of the bride and groom, they shipped all the wine out from Napa!  Heartfelt speeches filled the room with love, reminding everyone how special a connection Juliette and John have with one another.  As formal as the touches were to the wedding day, the event itself was laid back.  Some traditions were honored like a first dance for the couple and a father daughter dance, but there was no cake cutting.  Juliette and John just wanted to enjoy a memorable night with their guests on such a momentous day.  Of course, there was dancing to a talented band, East Coast Soul, comprised of all Berklee or Boston University grads.  Funk and soul, and they even belted out my girl Whitney Houston!

The band was so good, I had to convince Juliette and John to sneak out for a few portraits of the two of them before the night ended -- all too quickly, I might add!  I didn't want the night to end either.  Not only because of the killer tunes, but because it was sadly my final wedding of season made a little more sweet by seeing two emilie inc. couples there, Juliette's sister Katie and husband Chris, and Scott and Hillary (who just welcomed a bouncing baby girl! Congrats!). 

Juliette and John, thank you again for allowing me to photograph your wedding.  It was the best way to celebrate the end of the 2012 season!  I hope St. Lucia brought you lots of continued celebration!  Congratulations on getting married.  What a way to kick off 2013!

Check out the emilie inc. blog for more photos from Juliette and John's winter wedding!