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travel baby takes tokyo

09 09 14

Traveling internationally with a newborn is not for the faint of heart. Lots of people told me we were brave (read : insane) and they were right (about the insane part.)

The highs are really high. There were moments where it was so blissfully amazing I could die – We were doing it! Life is amazing! I love travel so much and I love my baby!

The lows were really low. There were moments I thought we all might actually die (dear family reading this we were not in any actual danger) and I really thought it was the most foolish thing we had ever done.

But you know what? I wouldn’t trade this trip for anything. I have no regrets. I know now that Aaron and I are a stronger team than I ever could have imagined.

There are so many stories this trip could tell. But I will just let the images tell them for now.

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el carmen mexico / and why film matters

01 23 14

el carmen, mexico // em the gem

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to travel to El Carmen, Mexico to attend Jose Villa’s workshop. Jose is a photographer I admire very much… he has the rare ability to remain an artist first and a businessman second. And after having run my own wedding photography business for 5 years I am convinced this is an incredible accomplishment.

It is so easy to feel pressured to do what I think I should do in my business, or what people want me to do, as opposed to really following my heart and providing images and the types of service I really believe in.

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enough

04 29 13

yesterday Aaron and I had our photos taken to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

It was an incredible experience… not just because we had an opportunity to hire an artist whose vision I totally love + trust, but because we were forced to stop. slow down. really look at each other.

and in those moments where we were just looking, I just realized that everything I am, everything I have, everything that I am working for. all of it – right now, it’s enough.

it’s all even abundantly MORE.

if all I had was Aaron next to me, it would still be more than enough.

the fact that I could obsess over forgetting some dumb accessory that day but that Aaron could still look at me and love me so truthfully despite my perfectionism just boggles my mind. I’m so silly and yet, I’m enough for him. That’s a truly incredible thing that I take for granted all the time.

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I don’t know if you are like me, but I am always looking forward to what’s next. What I want to make happen. The next big thing.

It’s a good thing as a small business owner, for sure. But I struggle so much with contentment, and to truly feel grateful for what I’ve already accomplished, and the relationships I already have.

I don’t always see things with eyes of gratitude. In this moment I am simply writing to remind myself to appreciate this journey + the people that are a part of it with me.

There are plenty of things I still want to do with my life.

 

Travel to Africa.

Photograph a wedding in Tuscany.

Ride in a hot air balloon. 

Be photographed by Tec Petaja

 

It’s okay to still have things waiting to be crossed off the list and I want to be okay with even having a list like this. Because today is enough.

xo,

Em

 

 

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kate + charlie : belle river, ontario

11 26 12

The cottage.

This is where we laugh. Swim. Dance. Shuck corn to grill. Sleep in.

This place belongs to my grandparents, Kate + Charlie.

It used to belong to my great-grandparents Art + Frances.

And it will always belong to us.

The past two summers I have visited I have feared it would be my last.

It’s incredible what a profound effect the impermanence makes.

I have seen this place with new eyes. Eyes of gratitude and eyes of love.

This place isn’t just a place.

It is everything that is good about us.

And each image is my attempt to hold onto that good forever.

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

lake st. claire sunset

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario family cottage

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

belle river ontario lake st. claire

One day all I want to be able to say is that I left a legacy of love, just like my grandparents Kate + Charlie.

For them I am forever grateful.

xo,
Em

all images in this post shot on my Mamiya 645 ProTl + my mom’s old Pentax K1000