MEET THE POGOS
Em was introduced to traditional film photography as a teenager in Vermont, and knew from the first time she photographed her younger sister that she preferred people as her subjects. She worked on and off in the photography industry while in high school and college, eventually graduating with a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia in 2006.
After several years of dating long distance from Jupiter to Savannah while she wrapped up her degree, Em relocated to be with Steve in his hometown of Jupiter. It wasn’t long before she began her career photographing weddings and portraits in South Florida and her home state of Vermont, and soon after that Steve started assisting and second-shooting. After several years of her tutelage (otherwise known as “Photo Boot Camp”) he started developing a distinct skill and excitement for making images, and together they have enthusiastically embraced the photography industry as a business and lifestyle. Em and Steve officially tied the knot in Em’s hometown of Hartland, Vermont, in 2010, and have been falling in love with each other all over again at every wedding since.
A POGO LOVE STORY
Did you want to know more? Here's the mushy stuff.
With so many millions of people in the world, we find ourselves constantly amazed and thankful that we were introduced. It happened at just the right moment, when Em was wondering if art school was the right place for her, and Steve was getting over a breakup. More than a decade has passed and we’re so connected with each other that we breathe better when we’re in the same room.
Our love story has had its ups and downs, and we never thought of the wedding as the final chapter; our wedding day was more of a beginning, the start of our own tiny family unit. We only have to spend a few days apart before we’re wanting to be back together, snuggled with our cranky cat Stannis, catching up on a favorite show, trying a new restaurant, or traveling somewhere we’ve never been. (As long as we’re together, even a jail cell would be okay.)
(Our own wedding was so fun! Click to see more and read about what we learned and what we loved.)
We take not-so-secret pleasure in documenting the wedding days of our wonderful clients, and find little reminders of our own love for each other sprinkled throughout each celebration, whether they’re strikingly similar to our own day or as different as possible. The sparkle of emotion crosses all cultural, language, and geographical barriers, and it’s what we look for when documenting weddings. This shows in the happy eyes of newlyweds, of course, but also in the tears of a proud momma, the nervousness of a ring bearer, and the excited joy of loved ones on both sides of the aisle.
xoxo– Em + Steve
Below: One of our recent holiday card projects involved convincing our beloved fur-baby, Stannis, to sit on Steve's shoulder. (Stannis was pretty uncertain about this whole idea, but we love the end result.)
Below: Three "pogopanos", taken with iPhones in panorama mode, but aimed at us first so that we can get in a selfie with a location. We have fun with these! Check out the hashtag #pogopano on Instagram to see lots more.