Hello and welcome to my blog!

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 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! 

My Podcast Recommendations

Most of the month of January and February I was traveling in Europe as well as a road trip up and down the pacific coast highway in California. I worked along the way photographing amazing families and locations which I plan on sharing more about during the next few weeks. For now, I really want to share with you how I kept sane since while traveling alone. I can honestly say, I have traveled quite a bit in my life but this is the first trip that I fell head over hells for podcasts. So without further ado here are some of my favorite podcast I came across while wandering abroad.

1.) Death, Sex, and Money 

Narrated by Anna Sale and produced by WNYC Studios, Death, Sex, and Money is full of short interviews. I respect Anne Sale so much! I think she is a fantastic narrator and an extremely intelligent interviewer. This podcast is all about asking big questions and dealing with hard choices on topics that make us uncomfortable – death, sex, and money. The podcasts range in length which is also different and really refreshing.

2.) Stuff You Should Know

Charles Bryant and Josh Clark cohost this very straight forward podcast. They take subjects like dementia, color, and BASE jumping and give you an overview with as much depth as they can fit into an hour. I appreciate how they try to go as far back on the subject matter as they can and reference early studies and articles that have been popular for that subject. The one con about their podcast is that at times, the hosts can get distracted on a subject. Even with with their tangents, I have learned an immense amount from their research! Side note – This is the podcast that I bring up at dinner —-alllllll the time! Haha!

3.) The Moth

The Moth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. This podcast is made up of short 5-minute stories. They record people sharing their true stories all over the U.S. every month.

Ok Boston Friends, here is a tip for you!  Once a month, in association with the Motha StorySLAM and live recording happens at Laugh Boston. I went last week with a friend and had a wonderful time. It is definitely worth going to see live! I was so impressed with some of the creative storytelling that I walked away from that night so inspired as an artist! I just can not say enough good stuff about it! Go get tickets!

4.) Serial

I am sure by now you know but if by the off chance you do not and you have been hiding under a rock, this one is worth your time. It is hosted by Sarah Koenig who is another amazing interviewer. The shows mantra is – “Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.” Now my bride turned friend, Angela told me about Serial back when I photographed her and Erik’s engagement session. I thought yeah it would be good, then I listened to Season 1 and became hooked. I was enthralled with knowing if Adnan Syed had in fact murdered his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. And if he did, why did a witness have him placed somewhere else during the time of murder? How is he in prison right now?

Now on Season 2, I am haunted by how erie and heart breaking Bowe Bergdahl story is. I have so many questions about how this U.S. soldier and Taliban prisoner for nearly five years survived. Is he a deserter, a traitor? Should he be punished more for his actions? You will make decisions with each new episode and with each decision you will find in the next episode yourself questioning why he did? No matter how uncomfortable this podcast has made me at times, it is worth your time. It not only highlights the systems we have in place internationally if someone goes missing but also the lack of communication between those agencies and how it affects those who serve our country and travel aboard.

These podcast made traveling so much more enjoyable! Even now, I’m prepping another post on podcasts specifically for creative artists. Till then, please tell me about which ones you love or new ones you just found. If I am missing an awesome podcast, please tell me all about it in the comment section or feel free to email me HERE! I love recommendations!

From one wandering soul to another — Happy listening!

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Senior Portraits: Taylor

It was truly something special to photograph Taylor’s senior photos this past Fall. She is such a brilliant human and I have had the privilege to watch her grow up. The first time I met her at the Vibbard Tea 6 years ago she came as a southern belle, hat and all, fresh from Georgia. Now she will be graduating high school and driving herself around. This is crazy to me! As I look at these photos, I tear up. I am so proud of the woman she has become.

Taylor, I love you so much! Thank you for stepping in front of my camera and trusting me to photograph you. I hope these images bring you joy every tine you see them. You’re beautiful inside and out! XOXO. A.E.

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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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MIT Engagement Session Cambridge: Steve & Risa

Steve, Risa, and I met up in Cambridge, right along the Charles with Boston as the backdrop for their MIT engagement session. They choose this place because it is where Steve proposed to Risa. Steve had told Risa that there were ice sculptures by MIT and he wanted to see them. There were no ice sculptures but she did not know that. So after work, they met up and walked along the Charles River and looked at the stunning view. As they were staring at the beautiful skyline of Boston, Steve got down on one knee and asked Risa to marry him. She said YES and they celebrated in the true New England fashion – with drinks and oysters at the Capital grill.

It was an awesome session, full of surprises. I had no idea that Cambridge had weeping willows. Can you tell we are in a concrete jungle? Not so much, right? I love it and I am so excited to share images of these two fantastic humans. I can not wait to photograph their wedding come Fall!

 Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Amy Emily, Boston wedding photographer is currently booking weddings for 2016 – 2017 dates. I book weddings all over New England! If you’re interested, feel free to email me here! 

One Brass Fox – 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 lifestyle and fashion blogger, Leslie, from One Brass Fox. 

What’s your full name? Leslie Jamison Musser

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Topsfield, a sweet little town on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It’s about 25 minutes outside of Boston. My parents still live there and I adore everything about it. It’s suburbia with easy access to the city, the ocean, endless playgrounds, and hiking trails. As one of five kids, our house was never quiet and that’s the way we liked it.

Did you always have a dream starting your own website/lifestyle brand?

Well, I can’t say that when I was five and playing dress-up Barbie that I dreamt of a web-based lifestyle brand. However, circa 2005-2006, my sister shared with me the blog Cupcakes & Cashmere and that had me hooked. I adored the way Emily Schuman (author + founder) combined each passion in her life to form one cohesive, engaging, and entertaining website. She’s since grown that brand to be a clothing company with a soon-to-launch home décor line in the works. I still aspire to her authenticity, genuine voice, and unrelenting drive for success.

What did you study in college?

English Language & Literature. And no, I didn’t want to teach. That’s always the question people ask next! I just loved reading, writing, and felt it would be a versatile major.

Do you feel like you enjoyed school?

I adored my Middle School and High School years. But, looking back, I see college as a time I had to ‘get through’ and not the most treasured period of life.

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

I started my blog + business in October of 2013. After just a month or so of being married, my husband and I were sitting on the couch watching television. I’d been keeping it inside that I wanted to launch this project. I carefully worded the idea to him and, true to my nature, within an hour the decision was made. I told him that I’d start that night, blog five times a week (except for holidays), and turn this into a business. I’ve not looked back (and never missed a day) since.

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?

My dad is the very brilliant, cerebral type and my mom is one of the most stunningly thoughtful and creative people I’ve ever met. She’s an actress, singer, and had the tremendous knack for throwing my siblings and me the most amazing birthday parties. I have to give my creativity credit to her, both by watching her in action and experiencing her tireless encouragement.

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

As I mentioned before, the founder of Cupcakes & Cashmere, Emily Schuman, was inadvertantly a huge influence on my decision. I hope some day to meet her and share that story. Otherwise, my husband and family have been tremendous in this decision. My parents are willing to support out-of-the-box thinking, my siblings are thrilled to encourage it, and my husband is a saint in helping me execute my entrepreneurial spirit.

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

This past year I became an affiliate with the rewardStyle program. It was a tremendous accomplishment to be welcomed into their ranks. The top echelon of influencers get an opportunity to take part in their company. That felt like a major step in the right direction and a validation of the work that’s been done so far with one brass fox.

Favorite podcast?

Growing up I always loved reading Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew. The mystery genre grabbed my attention at a young age. So I love how the ladies of “Stuff You Missed in History Class” bring to light these obscure, often mystifying stories. They’re educational yet enthralling all at the same time. And it makes my commutes fly by!

Favorite band/musician?

I’m not just saying this to hop on an overcrowded bandwagon. I am smitten by Adele. For years I’ve followed her career and learned every lyric imaginable. Come on, that chill-inducing voice just can’t be beat. She’s the diva of our generation. Too much? I’ll stop.

Favorite Color?

Green, but none of this neon stuff. I love a rich, emerald hue.

Describe yourself in three words to people who don’t know you.  Capable, driven, loyal

Can you tell me two things I don’t know about you. (Any hidden talents?)

  • I’ve sung on stage in Boston’s Symphony Hall twice
  • I can recite every single line of the movie Liar, Liar

 

 

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

I love the fluidity of a lifestyle brand in that I get to determine the direction. That doesn’t mean it’s wayward or just goes wherever my emotions take it; rather, it means that over time and through the years it will evolve and grow as I enter various life stages. That’s the bronze, silver, and gold lining of owning my own company.

What’s your favorite thing to order for brunch?

Oh boy, I’m either an egg white omelet kind of girl (hold the cheese) or a sweet potato hash brown lady. If you set either one in front of me I’m content for the day.

Favorite place in Boston?

For an indoor space I’m totally smitten by the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. That magical interior is always inviting, inspiring, and offering something new I’d never noticed before. As far as outdoor space, I’m partial to the architecture of the Christian Science Center courtyard. The columns, fountains, and wide open space feels a bit like a European piazza.

What companies inspire you?

I gravitate toward brands that offer a holistic approach. I’m always eager to learn of socially conscious companies that go beyond the product. Whether caring for their employees, offering micro loans in underprivileged areas, or investing in their clientele, these brands carry passion into multiple aspects of the industry. Off the top of my head I think of Everlane, Raven & Lily, and Good Society that emphasize fair trade production.

Name a dream brand you want to work with/partner with.

I’ve always set my sights on Anthropologie. Their endless creativity, ingenious products, and gorgeous styles constantly inspire me. I’ve also become enamored with AYR (their jeans are the best I’ve ever worn) and, interestingly enough, a lot of Australian brands such as SIR. the Label, Dept. of Finery, and Karla Spetic. Oh, also as a longtime goal: Jenny Packham. She designed my wedding dress and I’d love to slip into another of her creations.

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

I’ve heard many a time that each goal you set needs to be actionable, measurable, and achievable. And while I stringently adhere to the first two, I push my own boundaries on what’s achievable. I tend to shoot the moon and hope to get close. For better and for worse, I expect a whole lot. With that said, I’m wanting to quadruple my social followings. Yikes!

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

Integrity is made evident from both action and inaction. While there are so many incredible facets of crafting my own brand, I’m constantly aware of how my actions (or lack thereof) will reflect on one brass fox. As much as I strive for success and work toward goals, the end objective is to be that person of integrity–that trustworthy, reliable, genuine personality to whom an audience (or consumer) can relate.

To see and hear more from Leslie, check out OneBrassFox.com or follow her rad instagram here! 

Intimate Civic Club of Harrisburg Wedding: Stuart & Deb

Once upon a time, two of the sweetest people fell in love. Deb and Stuart said their vows in front of their closest friends and family. Their warm smiles constantly reminded everyone during their intimate winter wedding at the Civic club in Harrisburg of why they fell in love in the first place.

Deb and Stuart, I hope that you had the most amazing time in Asheville on your honeymoon.  You two really are the sweetest couple. Thank you for letting me come and document your first day as husband and wife. XO.

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Mont Saint Michel – Wander With Me

The Mont Saint Michel is about a 30 minute drive from my brother’s home in northwest part of France in lower Normandy. The island is in the Gulf of Saint Malo and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. c The islet has lots of houses and shops at the bottom and the beautiful Benedictine abbey at the top. Between the fact that Mont Saint Michel was built as a medieval castle and the Gothic architecture, I was beyond smitten. The castle has two large towers to defend the entrance to the castle. This castle was on more then one occasion a stronghold for France throughout history.

The first chapel on the islet was founded in 708 by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches. At one point, the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop in a dream and that’s how the name was changed to Mont Saint Michel from Mont Tombe.

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Here is the view of the bay! As I wandered around with my family, exploring the maze of rooms, the staircases, and visited the vaulted halls that make up the abbey, I was so grateful this beautiful landmark has withstood the test of time.

I hope you keep wandering with me as I share my adventures throughout France. If you have any recommendations or ideas for my time while here –  feel free to email me here!  I’d also love to photograph more engagements and weddings in France. If you’re interested in a France wedding, let’s chat!

Glenmaura National Golf Club Wedding: Matt & Melanie

I’m sharing this STUNNING Glenmaura National Golf Club wedding with such a BIG smile on my face. When I met Matt & Melanie for their engagement session in Scranton, PA, it was like meeting old friends. They were so down to earth, genuinely sweet, and had the best sense of humor. I knew their wedding would be so special and it truly was.

Matt and Melanie have know each other for what seems like to all their dear friends and family as fooorevver.  Melanie is possibly one of the most joyful and fun loving brides I’ve ever worked with. She has an infectious laugh and a bubbly personality. Matt is so much like her but possibly a littttttle quieter. 😉 One of my favorite parts of the wedding was watching these two best friends interact. Their excitement level and facial expressions were 100% on the same page. She loves him to death and he adores her. It reminds me of that giddy anticipation we all had for our first date in middle school. It’s that kind of unexplainable, pure joy, and happiness they have daily with each other. Every photo I took, they were beaming. This day was everything I LOVE about being a storyteller.

Matt and Melanie, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Thank you for letting me share in your beautiful wedding day. I loved getting to know your family, your friends, your dear nieces and nephews. Everyone was as warm and welcoming as you two are! I feel so blessed and honored to share these images below! XOXO – A.E.

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 Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Amy Emily, Boston wedding photographer is currently booking weddings for 2016 dates. I book weddings all over and would love to shoot more in PA! If you’re interested, feel free to email me here!