I guarantee you that there are tears at every summer swim meet. Some of the kids end up crying for a whole slew of reasons, the grown ups for another reason all together. A reason that we might not understand ourselves. Every time I hear the whole team shout "Idee, Idee, Idee, Oh" I tear up a little and I don't even really know what those words mean. The two months of the summer that my family spends at the pool for swim team are some of my favorite days of the year. I love seeing how the big kids take the little kids under their wings, how the little kids swim so bravely even when their goggles fall off, and how everyone screams and cheers for their teammates. I'm so lucky that my family is a part of an awesome swim club and team here on the Main Line.
I'll admit that I usually like to leave my camera at home on meet days. Swim races go by super fast and I really like to be in the moment, watching my kids swim across the pool for those few seconds. Watching the races from behind a lens isn't quite the same experience. However, I do love to go to a couple of meets a season as the photographer, rather than as the swim mom. There are so many amazing moments to capture at any given meet and I really love looking back through my photos in the cold weeks of winter to remind me of those endless summer days. There is no place I'd rather be in the summer as a swim mom and as a youth sports photographer!
It is so inspiring to witness beautiful moments. One of the best parts of being a family photographer is getting a front row seat to to some of the best times in people's lives. I feel completely blessed to have been a part of the Prudente family's reunion at Swarthmore College this June. The family had many things to celebrate: a 90th birthday, a wedding, a ball field naming and the perfect opportunity for the entire family to get together. The afternoon at Swarthmore started with a sweet wedding at the Friends Meeting House. Following the wedding, we moved outside to the gardens for some formal family portraits. Then we all made our way over to the baseball field for a toast to the newly named "Prudente Press Box" behind home plate. Grandpa, Coach Ernie Prudente, coached Swarthmore College's baseball team for many years. I can imagine how a beautiful weekend with his whole family must have felt as they celebrated his 90th birthday, his daughter's wedding and the naming of the press box in his honor. I am just so happy to have been a part of the festivities for a couple of hours. This is exactly why I am a photographer!
Valley Forge is a beautiful location for just about any type of photography, from landscapes to senior portraits. Maddie and I met up in the park this June to capture some dance photos and senior portraits for her. Maddie is such a beautiful person, dancer and teacher. My youngest daughter was so lucky to have Maddie as her dance teacher a couple of years ago! I am so thrilled that Maddie asked me to be her photographer this summer. I wish her all the best in her senior year and I'm looking forward to one more year of her talented performances at the ballet studio! For more information on booking your high school senior portrait session click here. You can see more examples of my senior photography here.
It's Summer! Time for Vacation!! We all love to look through our vacation photos after returning back to our daily lives. It's like a mini vacation when we can relive those memories through our photographs. Vacation is a great time to slow down just a little and compose your photos with intention, rather than just talking snapshots. Here are five easy things you can do with any camera to make a big impact on your vacation photos (and yes, these are all from my personal vacation archives!):
1. Look up and down. When you're out exploring, take a few minutes to look above you and below you. You'll discover a new perspective and might see something truly beautiful that you wouldn't have noticed otherwise.
2. Pay attention to the details.Your vacation destination is full of wonderful things that you don't get to see in your everyday life. From unique foods, to local signs to the region's flora and fauna, you'll find all sorts of things to photograph up close that will remind you of the details of your time there.
3. Capture the whole scene - WITH something or someone in the way! A huge part of any destination is the unique scenery. We always want to capture the amazing views. However, the view becomes even more meaningful and interesting when there is something or someone in the foreground. It changes the image from ordinary to unique. Feel free to get your camera down low to incorporate something interesting on the ground or include the mobs of tourists around you in an interesting way!
4. Photograph the candid moments. The camera is not just useful for photographing the famous scenes and landmarks. A big part of your vacation is the hanging out and interactions between everyone. Instead of posing everyone in a group for a portrait, try taking a photo of the action without anyone noticing. You'll get beautiful, authentic emotions with your destination as a lovely backdrop.
5. Get up and go. When you feel moved to take a photo, don't just stand there in place and snap away. Give yourself permission to get up and move around, trying out a perspective that doesn't seem so obvious. Venture out into the water a little (just hold on tight to your camera). Try standing way off to the side or step out of the room and take your photo through the doorway.
I apologize for the number of photos in this post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I had a hard time choosing just a few to share! The beautiful colors, the wonderful talent and the joy that radiates from all of the dancers provided me with so many opportunities for amazing photographs. I always enjoy photographing dance performances. It's so much fun to freeze a moment of motion. Wayne Ballet is a gem of a dance school here on the Main Line. The teachers, families and dancers all together create a special community. I am so thankful that they invited me to be their photographer!
They say "third time's a charm" but for us, it was the fourth time! This lovely family's session was rained out three times before we finally found the perfect spring morning to meet up at Appleford Estate. Thankfully, our fourth try ended up with the most beautiful spring morning for a family photo session. Baby brother played with his blocks, big sister chased some ducks and we squeezed in some gorgeous family portraits in between. I had lots of fun capturing big sister's adorable smiles and baby brother's love for his sweet mama. This photographer just hopes that next time, our perfect weather arrives on the first try!
Thank you Dads! Thank you for the hugs, the snuggles, the piggyback rides, the good advice, the high fives, the pats on the back, the stories, the games of catch, the trips to the beach, the snacks, the encouragement and the thousands of other things that you do for us everyday. We love you!
p.s. The last photo is from my personal archive!
This last photo is of my husband and oldest daughter. I took it twelve years ago when we were living in Bermuda. In those early months as new parents, we spent the weekends deciding which beach to walk along and where to go for our next swizzle!
If you have never been to Chanticleer Garden in Radnor Township, you must set aside a morning (or afternoon) to go. If you are the kind of person who enjoys hanging out in beautiful and peaceful places, then I guarantee you that you will love it. The garden is tucked into 35 acres of lush and artistic landscape on the Main Line of Philadelphia. Its relatively small size makes it easy to navigate, even if you have your young kids along for the adventure. Every corner of the garden is uniquely designed and planted with an amazing variety of flowers, trees, shrubs and art.
For a photographer, there are countless possibilities of scenes and life to capture through your lens. I spent the morning focusing on the details in the garden. I tried to isolate the unique colors and textures that caught my attention. I can't wait to go back, with my camera of course, to see what's blooming next time! www.chanticleergarden.com
A prince, a pumpkin, a wicked stepmother and her evil daughters... a fairy godmother, two slippers and a castle ball full of eligible maidens... friendly mice, birds, fireflies and fairies... a king, a queen and their court hostesses and entertainers. You know the story as Cinderella and I know a talented company of dancers who performed a fabulous production of the ballet a few weeks ago. Wayne Ballet asked me to be their photographer for the performance and I was thrilled to have the opportunity. I love dance photography. It feels so magical to freeze a instant from a dance in a single photograph. Combining that with the colors, costumes and drama of a stage performance makes for a very fun weekend of photography!
Hi there! I'm Emily and I'm thrilled that you stopped by!! I hope you can relax and read along, while I share a little bit about my work, life and love of photography. I hope you find some inspiration here to light your own life and share your own story!