About Meely

My name is Emilia, aka Meely!

My love for capturing laughter, love and memorable life moments dates, back to when I was a child. I am of Polish decent and am a first generation Polish-American from a large family. My parents met in NYC and decided to build their American dream and family in the states and as a child, every summer, we would visit our family in Poland and I relished the moments I spent with my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents. Each summer, I started capturing our family memories, to hold with us through the year as our visits only took place during the summer months. I would tinker with my Dad’s Exakta VX 1000 ‘film’ SLR camera when our family and friends would get together and to capture the special moments and the fun that we were all having with one another. Technological advancements allowed my love of photography to grow even more … instead of shooting 24 ‘film’ pictures and switching to a new roll of film, I was able to fill up memory cards with ‘digital’ photos with hundreds of images and allowed me to print only what I wanted and save the rest to enjoy for later. It wasn’t until I traveled to Rome, Paris and London did I awaken my eye to artistic photography. The historical details of old world buildings, cobble stone roads and significant works of art became more than just something to look at … it became something that I wanted to capture as my own piece of art. Something as simple as a couple sitting in a Rome cafe smiling flirtatiously to one another, a sunset over the Arc de Triomphe, or a rainy evening walking to Big Ben … everything became ‘romantical’ and I saw the beauty in everything that surrounded me through my viewfinder.
All of this said, it wasn’t until my wedding that the light bulb went on and I realized that wedding photography was exactly the path I wanted to take for my career. Most young girls and women dream of their wedding day and that was no exception for me. My husband and I were married and being in that moment and seeing all of the love that surrounded us on our day made me realize that shooting weddings would soon become my passion. Upon returning from our Honeymoon, I immediately reached out to our wedding photographer to ‘shadow’ her and learn anything I could from her about capturing weddings. I returned to school for Photography, seeing as my Bachelors of Science in Management served well for my soon to be venture and my hunger for knowledge of photography was a goal to have under my belt through classes and loads of fun workshops. Soon after, I became a second photographer for her, going to weddings and taking photos of other peoples special days … I knew then and there that this is what I want to do. My dream is to capture memories that we can look back on and our children’s children can enjoy years from now. The time, when two families come together and become one is so incredible to me and sharing their momentous day with the happy couple; capturing their love, laughter and tears of joy is my happiness.
Things have come full circle for me … no longer a bride, now a wedding photographer…and loving every moment, and honored to capture your memories.

There are so many aspects of the wedding business (as a photographer), but I would have to say that my most favorite aspect is getting to know the bride and groom on a personal level. I encourage all of the brides and grooms to schedule an engagement session with me in advance of their wedding, so I can get to know them on a personal level, find out the kind of people they are, see what their likes and dislikes are and see how they interact with one another. This not only allows me to walk in knowing who I’m photographing on their wedding day, but allows me to add personal touches to their photos or know special details about their families that otherwise, I would be unaware of. Also, knowing the couples personalities allows me to identify the types of photos they are looking for … such as the if they prefer set and formal photos or casual and candid photos. Having this interaction not only allows us to have some fun and to get to know one another before their big day, but also allows us to build a relationship for years to come.

From a style perspective, I enjoy taking photos of people in their casual and relaxed state, when they aren’t expecting a photograph to be taken. Some of the best photos are those intimate moments, such as when the bride and groom are dancing with one another during their first dance, whispering to one another how happy they are and with love beaming through them. I want to be there to capture all the moments, but most importantly, I want to make sure I capture the true love that resonates with them and all of their guests on that day.

Another style aspect that I utilize as much as possible is natural light and how it can illuminate a picture and bring out all of the vibrant and beautiful colors.

On your wedding day, brides are in white and grooms are generally in black, meaning that natural light can take the colors of their flowers and surroundings and really make them pop to create a beautiful memory.

I am a romantic behind the camera and each frame has a warm whimsically classic feel with some vintage inspiration .

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Photo Credit: My amazing husband who works side by side with me at MP.

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