Emilie Sommer, a former photographer and photo editor for USA Today and the Washington Post, left the newsroom in 2003 and has been photographing weddings and portraits in coastal Maine ever since. As the owner of emilie inc. in Portland, Emilie manages, edits and mentors a staff of photographers. She has been an instructor at WPPI, Foundation Workshop and Inspire Photo Retreats. She founded Roots in 2008 seeking a retreat-style setting reminiscent of her early days as an intern at the Cape Cod Times.
Following a successful photojournalism career at the Los Angeles Times, Paul served as a White House photographer documenting the lives of President George W. Bush and his family, President Obama’s inaugurations and serving as a lead photographer for the Clinton Global Initiative. The consummate visual storyteller, Paul’s ability to capture emotions with power and beauty has allowed him to become a highly sought-after wedding photographer in both Washington, D.C., and throughout the U.S.
Jennifer Domenick leads a team of three wedding photographers who together and individually photograph weddings in the DC/MD/VA area. She worked for 10 years in the newspaper business, most notably for The Washington Post. Her love of photojournalism was well received by couples getting married, where she has found her home photographing weddings since 2002. Jennifer has been an instructor at Roots since 2008 and has also taught at Foundation Workshop. She is a member of the photo team that documents the bi-annual Engage! luxury wedding summits.
Cameron Clark was a photojournalist at the Athens-Banner Herald for four years before moving west and starting her own boutique destination wedding studio in 2003. Cameron lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and can be found on the trails skiing, hiking or biking with her family. She teaches a workshop series on iPhone photography for businesses, and is a guest lecturer at Northern Arizona University. Most recently she spoke at Engage! luxury business summit.
Eric runs a small photography studio in Leesburg, VA where he shoots headshots, branding/identity collateral for businesses both large and small all across the globe, and documentary weddings and portraits. Originally hailing from his beloved New England, he's grateful for the extended Virginia growing season but longs for the Maine winters. Special skills include: balancing painting ladders on his chin, growing fruit, and changing diapers. Past teaching/speaking include Roots, Inspire Photo Retreats, and the National Theatre Conservatory. A special thanks to Eric for most of the imagery from past workshops on this site.
Roots alum Kate McElwee strives for joyful and emotional documentary coverage of her weddings. She has been photographing for 8 years, and lives in Boston with her husband and two black labs. Her hobbies include sailing, reading, and documenting her travels with moving pictures. Kate has been on staff at Foundation Workshop and Inspire Photo Retreats, and recently taught at a workshop in Ravello, Italy. In 2015 she was named Best Wedding Photographer in Boston Magazine's annual Best of Boston issue. We're thrilled to have Kate joining us as our workshop documentarian.