Category Archives: Portraits

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I'm Amy Emily and I'm a New England + Destination Wedding Photographer based in Boston, MA. I'm satisfied in the moments where I've kicked off my heels, grabbed a cup of coffee, and laughed 'till my sides hurt.

I adore telling the charming and ever-so amazing stories of life. I hope I can be a part of yours. Look around, share in the joy of others, and remember your story is beautiful.

Castle Island Family Portraits

Castle Island is such a beautiful part of Boston! I have found myself there multiple times recently for portrait sessions and I could not be more pleased. This family session is near and dear to my heart because these two are related to me which may make my next comment a little biased but I think they might be the most adorable mom and daughter duo I have had the pleasure to photograph.  It has been really beautiful to see this mom and daughter bond deepen with time. As they stood in front of my camera, playing, laughing, and giggling, I was reminded about how extremely fragile life is.  I hope these images will always remind them of their precious bond.

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Amy Emily Photography Amy Emily is a Boston wedding photographer and currently booking family portrait sessions. I enjoy booking portrait sessions all over the East coast! If you are interested in booking a session with me, feel free to email me here! 

Castle Island Boston Expectancy Photoshoot

There is something very special about getting to photograph maternity photos. I have completely fallen head over heels for these kind of session and can not wait to do more. I met Anabell and Jose a week before they moved to Boston in Scranton, PA. We both went to the same church there and I happened to be visiting right before their big move. I was so excited to hear of an amazing couple heading to my city that I went over and introduced myself. Anabell was so sweet and stylish and Jose was so kind. I knew right away I loved them together. Fast-forward some time and Anabell reached out to me because she was expecting. I could not be more happier for her and Jose. We decide to take their maternity photos near their home at Castle Island at sunset and it turned out absolutely perfect.

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The Boston Esplanade: Ariel Portraits

Goodbyes are terrible! There is no real way around them either which annoys me. I have learned a lot since moving to Boston but the hardest lesson I have learned while here is how to say goodbye. This beautiful city is so transient that you can count on at least 1/3 of your friend group changing over every year. This has been gut wrenching and at times, extremely discouraging. Yet with each change brings someone new. Some kind and beautiful soul, that I am baffled I did not know before.

It is my pure joy to introduce you to Ariel. Ariel and I worked together for a little bit this year. Every morning (starting at 5:45am) we would carpool to work and then spend the day talking and laughing. Planning events and crafting gifts for celebrations. She knew all along that she would be leaving come June but yet some how it feels like it sneaked up on me and possibly her. She’s all packed up now and settled into her new home in Israel. I am so proud of her for pursuing her dreams of becoming a rabbi.

With that being said, here are some of portraits of her along the Boston esplanade.

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Brookline Coolidge Corner Engagement: Philip & Mayra

This is such a special blog post for me to write! Three years ago when I moved to Boston I was pretty much friendless. It took a few months for me to even get over the fact that I had to start over new and make NEW friends. That seemed so hard even for me. An extrovert! But God knew exactly who I needed to meet!

After three months of living in Boston, again pretty much friendless, I met Mayra. She would invited me to places and I’d say no. I’m not in the mood or my favorite …I really don’t feel like it. It was not long though before she wore me down (with the help of another good friend, B). That’s how it all started and now three years later, I’m going to be photographing her wedding this FRIDAY! (FRI-YAY anyone?!?)

To see her and Philip interact is one of the sweetest gifts! They have such a fun and kind relationship! They both adore each other and have so much respect for the other. I can not express my gratitude for you Mayra in words but you changed my life. Your example is one I have always seen as encouraging. Philip, you’ve surly found one of the rarest gems and I know you’re going to cherish her.Thank you for inviting me to document your love story! I’m so excited to be a small part of it! XOXO.

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Castle Paper Co – Interview

For a long time, I’ve wanted to share with you creators, dreamers, and doers who I think you should know. The ones that inspire me and blow me away by their ingenuity and passion.  Therefore, I’ve decided to share a series of interviews I’ve done with some free-spirited women with a rad, entrepreneurial dream!  I think these women are doing a fantastic job of making things happen.

So with great pleasure, Let me introduce you to the next woman in this series… a calligrapher, an artist, a dear friend, and beautiful soul… Mallory from Castle Paper Co. 

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What’s your full name?

Hello!  My full name is Mallory Christine Overton.

Where did you grow up? Tell a little bit about your history. Where are you from?

I am a Georgia peach in Bostonian’s clothing.  My family roots are in the south and I am very proud, but am decidedly a city girl.  I have lived in Boston almost continuously since the time I was five, excepting a four-year stint back to Georgia for college.

Did you always have a dream to be an artist?

Haha, not really, actually.  I think I always thought it sounded really cool, but I had trouble sticking with one thing for very long.  I liked to imagine I could be just about anything.

What did you study in college?

English Lit.  I loved it.  I love to write, I love stories…and the real fun was getting to discuss the reading with other people…it was like book club!  I really miss that.

Do you feel like you enjoyed school?

I feel like I enjoyed aspects of school–namely the social ones, and the note taking because it meant I got to write by hand.  School never really became the most natural method to learning for me.  Experience has shown that I learn best by doing.

Where do you think your creativity stemmed from? Did you do a lot of arts and crafts growing up? Is your mom or dad really creative?

Both of my parents are really creative; my dad scientifically so, and my mom more aesthetically.  They love caring for their home and garden, and they are both really resourceful.  I get that from them, and it’s really the brand of creativity I think I have: I can use what I have and make it work.  As a kid I liked to make things out of items in our recycling bin, and I also had an early love of photography.  And I have always loved paper, and writing by hand, and beautiful things in general…so it’s a nice little mix of all those things.

When did you start your business? Tell me about it?

Officially, I started in November of 2014.  It was a long time coming, and a rather slow start–I am not a quick implementer!

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Did you have any influences that encouraged you to be an entrepreneur?

Hmm.  Well, my in-laws (both of them) are entrepreneurs.  They certainly have become resources for me as an entrepreneur.  I think what motivates me most is knowing that I can do this work from wherever I am, and work with whoever I want to work with.  That really appeals to me.  I think people who can work 9-5s should get an award.  Seriously.  The thought of having one of those jobs has always given me anxious thoughts, ever since I was little.  And I can’t imagine feeling settled in one place (right now), so the mobility aspect is hugely appealing to me.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment in your business you consider to be the highlight of your career so far.

Oh boy.  For me, right now, it’s the little things.  Small victories, like: I ordered business cards that I really, really like!  Hey, I went to that networking event that I really didn’t even want to go to!  I made something for someone that I love and they love it too!  So, yeah…things like that.

What book are you reading right now?

I am in the middle of these three:  Do the Kind Thing by Daniel Lubetzky, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

I actually really like to read multiple books at once, because I am a very moody person and so I like to have options that can meet my current mood.

Favorite podcast?

My go-to is Being Boss, by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon.  It’s calming, to listen to them.  And of course, very insightful and motivating! It’s just been so habitual in the past year that it’s also soothing.  

Favorite band/musician?

Spotify has ruined me for this.  I like all the playlists I listen to?!  I used to be really into searching out new artists and building my own playlists of songs I love, before internet radio (haha, I sound like I’m old or something)  but now I just click on a playlist that has a cool name or looks pretty.  I am also a serial song repeater.  Right now, I’ve got Windstorm by School of Seven Bells on repeat.

Describe yourself in three words to people who don’t know you.

I’ve been told I am genuine, approachable, and sweet…but I’m going to switch that last one out for sassy because, I might be sweet but I am equal parts sass.

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Can you tell me two things I don’t know about you.

I am drawing a blank on this one!!  But this always happens.  I generally think of myself as an extremely open person, because I will tell you anything you ask me, but I have a really hard time just, like, remembering non-specific things about myself.  Oh!  I know: I am a verbal processor.  And, I prefer mittens to gloves.  And pancakes to waffles.  There, now you got three!

Do you feel like your online presentation / branding is a true depiction of yourself?

Yes: in that it is feminine, honest, and evolving.

Who is your role model, and why?

I have so many, but I am going to say Zooey Deschanel right now because not only can the woman dress herself exceptionally well, she can also sing, speak her mind, and be kind.  All at the same time.

What’s your favorite business tip someone has ever given you about business/life?

You can’t make everyone happy.

What’s your favorite thing about owning your own company?

I do what I WANT.  Just kidding…kind of.  Haha.

Can you tell me one BIG goal you have for this year for your business?

I want to host an event or gathering of some kind for people to get together + create + make new friends!

If you were to be a professor of calligraphy – what tip would you tell freshmen?

Watch Molly Jacques’ Intro to Calligraphy on Skillshare.  That’s what I did!  She’ll tell you what tools to start with.  Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe is a great resource as well!

What’s your favorite thing to order for brunch?

I can never resist Eggs Benedict!  Hollandaise for days!

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I can not thank Mallory enough for opening up and sharing with me (and you all). To see more of her beautiful lettering check out her website here! 

Hiking Red Rock Canyon Colorado Springs – Wander With Me

Every time I go to Colorado, I find myself wondering why I’ve waited so long to return. My good friend, Jenn, lives in Colorado Springs with her family and generously showed me more of her beautiful state this past February. Last time I visited them, we spent time exploring the Garden of the Gods and this time we walked around Red Rock Canyon.  All I can say is that if I was not so in love with the East Coast and Europe, Colorado would be the one place I would consider moving to in a heart beat. These pictures do not do this place justice! I can not wait to go back and explore more (hopefully next time with a couple)!  😉

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As I looked at this photo, I was reminded of Psalm 90:2.

Before the mountains were born 

or You gave birth to the earth and the world, 

even from everlasting to everlasting, 

You are God. 

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Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Amy Emily, Boston based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 -2017 dates! We book weddings and portraits all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding (HEY COLORADO) or event is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Amy  HERE! 

Copley Square Head shots Boston: Nora

Every now and then, life brings the most beautiful soul in to your world and you wonder how you didn’t know them before. This is how I feel about Nora! She is a creator, an actress, a purest, a latte artist, and an explorer. She not only has a huge heart full of love and compassion, she is constantly full of light. It was pure joy to to photograph her head shots for her acting portfolio. Here are a few of my favorites…

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Photo Field Trip 2015 – El Captain Canyon, California

This is Pt 3. The whole point of why the road trip happened. It was all so that we could get to Photo Field Trip in El Captain Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. (If you missed it, you can see part 1 & part 2 here.)

Photo Field Trip is a coming together of photographers and creatives (500+) from all over the world. It’s glorified camping aka glamping. Over five days, you spend your time learning from some of the most humble and kind photographers in the business. There are so many big named photographers there but you would never know it! They have beanies on and are drinking TOMS coffee next to you so I mean, you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to get up 10 minutes later and lead a talk. But it happened, twice. By the second time,  I just decided everyone was awesome! I loved that no one was there bragging. I felt like everyone checked their ego at the yurt door.

I wish I knew how to describe how welcoming and inspiring the whole adventure was. Everyone had such a genuine spirit! I’ve never in my life felt like I was surrounded by so many kindred spirits before. It was such a refreshing time as an artist. After classes you can spend your time exploring the beach, having long conversations next to bonfires, photo booths with new friends, a cereal van, hanging out with lamas, wandering the hills and getting down at the infamous Lasers and Blazers dance party.

I could have told you I was going to Field Trip to learn to be a better photographer. That happened! I’m 100% better for the education I received. I’m also full of new ideas! It’s AWESOME!

I could have told you I was going to Field Trip to make new friends. That happened! I met so many beautiful souls that I am so grateful to call dear friends now.

What I never could have told you or known for myself, is the kind of confidence a trip like this can give an artist. It’s as if someone breathed life into the deepest part of my soul. It was beautiful. In the words of Whitney Chamberlain (who helped organized FT) “Follow Your Bliss.” Even now when I say those words out loud, they resonate somewhere deep within me. I hope you, dear one, who is reading this blog is following your bliss. I know how hard it can be but you can do it. I really believe that!

Side Note – I didn’t actually take a ton of photos while I attended Photo Field Trip. I was too busy talking, making new friends, learning, dancing, and laughing. Whoops! Here is what I did catch! 😉

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Placerita Canyon: Mike & Janna

I’ve known Janna for as long as I can remember. We grew up together in NewJanna&Mike16 Jersey and Mike came into our lives around high school. We all attended church and youth group together. Talk about childhood memories, we have some amazing stories. Janna and Mike dated through college and then got married shortly after graduation. They are one of the kindest couples you may ever meet.

Completely excited to apply everything I learned from the photography conference I had just attended in Santa Barbara, I could not wait to photograph a couple. Thankfully, Mike and Janna willingly and happily stepped in front of my camera. This session took place the last day I was in California at  Placerita Canyon Nature Park. I was so enamoured with the California sun since most of the time I was there it rained! It felt incredible to work with such warm, natural lighting again. (Ahem – New England Spring — I am reeadddyyy for you!!!! So readyyy!!!) I am happy to share some of these beautiful images with you. Happy Tuesday!

XOXO, Amy