Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chloé and Ruby come to visit

We had a very special visit this morning from our granddaughters, Chloé and Ruby. They came to play with us at the studio, and brought us each a present- an apple they had picked themselves. Then we got down to the fun of photographing them. Chloé is now very mobile indeed, and is tough to keep up with. They were a joy to be with this morning, along with our daughter Tina.

Part of today's fun was to try on halloween costumes. We think we've found them. :)

We will be holding a special day in the studio for children to come and get their pictures taken in their costumes for a very special price. Stay tuned for our Halloween special; details to follow.

The lovely Miss Chloé sporting a delightful ladybug costume.

Big sister Ruby showing off her pitching arm in her princess costume.

Follow the leader?

Sitting like a princess...

The highlight of the day: popping bubble-pack! The sight of Ruby bouncing up and down the hallway popping the bubbles in her princess costume is one I am not likely to forget! It was hilarious. I only wish I had video.

Monday, September 21, 2009

From Denim to Diamonds

Last night Studio Mark Emile was proud to be a sponsor of the "From Denim to Diamonds" fashion show, along with Scontsas Fine Jewelry, Fresh of Nashua, the Nashua Bank, Fortin-Gage, Salon Apryl, Aesthetics by Valerie, and Saffron Bistro. This event was a benefit for the Ovations for a Cure for Ovarian Cancer, and brought a number of ladies to downtown Nashua on a Sunday for such a good cause.

Getting ready
At the "Meet and Greet" wall


Denim and Diamonds

The organizers and the models

The entire gallery may be viewed at:

See an image you like? Prints are available for only $20 for a 5x7 or $30 for an 8x10, and 25% of the profits will be donated to Ovations for a Cure for Ovarian Cancer. Just email mark at with the numbers of the prints you want and the quantities and he will set you right up!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Post-PPANE silliness

This past weekend, aside from being rife with spanish teenagers, was also the weekend of the Professional Photographers Association of New England's annual conference. Luckily for us, it was held at the Radisson in Nashua, so we were able to do both. The PPANE conference is fun, from the print competition to the programs to the trade show, and the camaraderie you get from seeing friends from far away. And making new friends, which seems to happen spontaneously. Photographers are a friendly bunch. That's what happens when you love your job.

Anyway, we were invited to join an eclectic group from the conference for drinks at Martha's Exchange. The group included my wife and I, George Wakefield from GW Moulding, his girlfriend speaker and print judge Jill Sanders, who is also president of the Illinois PPA affiliate, another print judge Cindy Romano, John Snow from Larson, David Maheu of his eponymous background company, Christel Aprigliano from PPA national, and the President of PPA Ron Nichols and his wife Carol. Let me tell you, this is one fun group!

During the course of the evening, it was revealed that Jill and George are now engaged. Ron was quick to whip out his iPhone to record the moment and upload it to Facebook. Then we all began planning the wedding for the national convention in Nashville. It was hilarious. All the people with electronic toys were fanning the flames on Facebook. It was a total hoot.

After dinner, we took everyone down for a tour of the studio, the scene of the spanish exchange party a few hours earlier. Some of the props were still out, and when Christel started putting on the angel wings, there was only one thing for a photographer to do: take pictures. I just turned on the lights and started snapping away. A totally impromptu, silly time. Here are a few highlights.

Spanish Exchange

It's been a pretty crazy weekend at the studio. Alvirne families are currently hosting students from Bilbao, Spain in an exchange program. We had the bunch of them to the studio to get pictures made with their host students. It was a bit of a party, and the kids did a lot of laughing. They could use any props they wanted, and the first few kids were pretty mild about it, but by the time the boys got into it it became totally silly. We made prints for each student to have to remember this time.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Reconnecting, again

It has been a blast to be contacted by some of the girls who were on the teams that I coached when my girls were playing in the town recreation leagues for basketball and soccer. When Taylor called, it took a minute or two before I remembered who she was. As soon as I did I was excited at the prospect of working with her. It was so cool to see how she's grown up in the intervening 3 or 4 years. Braces are gone and she's really blossomed into a beautiful girl. And still as sweet as ever!

It was great to reconnect with her and create some memorable images of her. Looking forward to part II tomorrow, in the studio. Here are a few from her outdoor session.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Introducing Meagan

Meagan is a senior at Manchester West, and I am so glad she came to us. We had a couple of great sessions. She and her sister Holly are both cute and sweet, and we had a lot of fun creating her senior portraits.

The first thing she said to me when she called is that she didn't want them to look "like everybody else's." We were only too happy to oblige. Our motto is "Be Your Own Original", and we got some great looks!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Trying to catch up a bit

The good news is that we are busy. That's pretty great and we are certainly happy about that. The downside is that I am very behind on my blog postings. So sorry! So I am going to post a few of my favorite recent sessions.

Let's start off with Alanna. Alanna is a senior at BG, my alma mater, and we went to her family's gorgeous home for her location session (and did a family session while we were there!) She also came in for a studio session. Here are a few of my favorite images from her outdoor session.