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Mingle with Engle & Emilie Sommer


Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand?
My background is in newspaper photojournalism and I approach a wedding no differently than I would a news assignment- carefully and organically documenting the day without intruding or directing.


What is a must read or must see?
“Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism” by Howard Chapnick and “The Practical Dreamer’s Handbook: Finding the Time, Money, and Energy to Live the Life You Want to Live” by Paul and Sarah Edwards.

What are your work hours?
I have a new studio and have been trying to keep to a more normal schedule during the week (9:30a-6p) as I used to work non-stop when I operated out of my home.


What is your favorite thing about Pictage?
I love having a one-stop-shop for my printing and album needs, as well as paperless proofing and sharing for my clients.

What lens could you not live without?
A new purchase- the 50mm 1.2


How do you juggle your business and family/social life?
It’s challenging, especially since wedding season in New England is abbreviated (end of May- October). I don’t have a weekend off, and spend every day during the week editing, marketing, etc. I have just hired an in-house designer to help outsource my design work and will soon hire a studio manager.

What workflow tools do you use?
ShootQ, Lightroom and Pictage.

How long does it take you to upload to Pictage?
I typically start uploading on the Wednesday after the event when I leave the studio and it’s done when I return the next morning!


How long have you been a photographer?
8 years.

What was your very first job?
Photographer at USA Today in 2000.


Most listened to song on your ipod?
Anything by Kendall Payne.

What is something you have learned this year?
Dreams do come true.


What is one thing we don’t know about you?
You may or may not know this, but I am engaged to J Sandifer, who I met because he was my account rep at Pictage for a number of years. I visited the Pictage booth at WPPI in 2006 specifically to thank him in person for his help over the years. He showed me the new album designer, and the rest is history. Thanks for the matchmaking, Pictage!

How do you get most of your bookings? What is your primary way of marketing?
Primarily word of mouth referrals, and website search engines.


What blog do you stalk?
I spend a lot of time following friends on Facebook lately.

Thanks Emilie!  We are so excited that you and J are speaking at PartnerCon

Site – http://www.emilieinc.com/
Blog – http://blog.emilieinc.net

The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!
The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!