About

Emily Poltrack

Owner and Lead Photographer

As you may have guessed, photography is my passion. I feel my best when I am behind the camera and I truly believe that it shows in my work. When I’m not busy snapping photos, you might find me traveling the world, sipping on coffee, working on a jigsaw puzzle, or lounging in the comfiest clothing I can find. I’m happy anytime I can share my favorite things with my favorite people and, luckily, that’s something I get to do fairly often. In a previous life, I was a genetic counselor — which was a wonderful experience — but even then, I was itching to get behind the camera full-time.

Being an avid traveler, I have too many favorite places to count, but Fire Island will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I spent my Summers as a child, it’s where I married my hubby, and it’s a place that I WILL force you to visit if you get to know me well enough.

Emily’s Philosophy

It’s the candid little moments that make for enduring memories – those are the moments I live to capture. I always strive to create a fun and collaborative environment where those moments can flourish. Whether working one on one at a personal photo shoot or roaming around your wedding or event, I am constantly thinking and observing – waiting to capture those fleeting moments which might otherwise be forgotten. I love this job and a satisfied client is what keeps me going. Let’s work together to create a gallery that is unique and special to you, one that you will be proud to show off for many years to come.

I provide fun, creative, personalized storytelling for couples and families of every race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Love is inspiring in all of its beautiful forms.


 

WEDDINGS FAQ’S

What does it cost to hire you for our wedding?

I offer a range of collections to fit a variety of budgets and wedding day needs. Wedding collections start at $2900 for 6 hours of photography coverage and all digital images formatted for use on the web & for print. Reach out to view my full collection offerings.

Do you offer Wedding Albums as a part of your services?

Yes! I absolutely love creating wedding albums with my couples. Two of my wedding collections have album credits built in, or you are welcome to add on an album to a custom package, or even after your wedding. These albums have a variety of cover materials and customizations to choose from, and all are manufactured in America in an eco-friendly, ethical way. They are beautiful, heirloom quality books and a perfect way to showcase your wedding images. I’ll bring a sample for you to look through when we meet, and feel free to look through the real client albums that are featured on the blog!

Are your wedding collections customizable?

Of course! If none of my set collections fit your unique wedding needs, I’m happy to work with you to create a package that best reflects the needs of your day.

Do you travel for weddings?

Yes! I love to travel and would gladly hop on a plane, bus, boat, train or any other mode of transport to photograph your wedding day. Since each destination wedding is unique, I work with each couple to create a personalized travel collection that fits your day.

I’m eloping or having just a small ceremony, can I still hire you for my wedding?

Absolutely! I love capturing intimate ceremonies & celebrations. Reach out to learn more about my elopement collections!

How do you describe your photography approach and style?

I approach each wedding day with an open mind and an eye towards documenting your day as it unfolds. That said, my style isn’t strictly photo-journalistic. My goal is to allow for all the little moments of your day to happen organically – in the best light available. To achieve this, I aim to set the scene wherever possible, pointing you towards the best light — especially during the getting ready & portrait parts of your day — and then stepping back to capture the moments as they unfold.

Do you have insurance?

Of course! And if your venue requires a Certificate of Insurance (COI), I can easily provide them with one.

How do I know if I need a 2nd photographer?

I always love working with a team on your wedding day. While I welcome a 2nd photographer for any and all weddings, I highly recommend this option if your wedding guest list is larger than 150 people, and/or if you and your partner will be getting ready in different locations and you want both locations captured.

Sounds like I need a 2nd photographer, who will that be?

I have a large network of amazing photographers I work with, and that list grows each season. I trust all of them and admire their work. The 2nd photographer I choose for your day will be based on who I think will be the best fit for you and your wedding.

How do you ensure safe-keeping of our images?

The backup process begins with the click of my camera shutter. All of my cameras record 2 copies of each image onto 2 separate memory cards, as the image is taken. After your wedding, your images are uploaded to my working hard drive, as well as my backup hard drive AND my backup backup, cloud based in-case-of-emergency storage. I’ve got you covered!

How will I receive my photos, how many will I get and how quickly will I get them?

All wedding collections include delivery of images via an online gallery, and some also include a personalized USB. Your gallery & USB will contain approximately 60 images per hour of photography coverage. You will receive the link to your online gallery 6-8 weeks after your wedding day where you can share the link with friends and family, download the watermarked web-resolution images, or order prints. Your USB with all the print-resolution, non-watermarked images will be mailed out to you the day your online gallery is posted.

If something happens & you are unable to make it to our wedding day, do you have a plan in place?

First of all, it would take a VERY big emergency for me to miss your wedding day. I’ve successfully photographed weddings under intensely difficult circumstances (think: food poisoning!). However, if I think my circumstances will hinder my ability to fully capture your day, and your collection included a 2nd photographer, that photographer will take on the role of the lead and with my large network it’s never a problem to find someone stellar. I always have a backup plan in mind, and a backup for the backup just in-case (I’m big on backing up). Either way, I will still continue all contact and planning with you and I’ll still be the one editing & delivering your images.

You sound like a great fit for our day! How do we book you?

First, let’s chat! I take on a limited number of weddings per season to ensure I am readily available for each and every couple throughout the year. It’s important to me that we are the right fit and that your wedding day vision is in line with my style and approach to photography. I enjoy getting to know my couples through a pre-booking meeting or phone call. Reach out and we’ll make a plan to connect!

LIFESTYLE, EVENT & OTHER FAQ’S

What does it mean when you say “lifestyle shoot”?

Lifestyle means that I like to create images that capture your life in an authentic way, on location. I come to you for our shoot, be it in your home or at a park or any other location your family loves. I’ll of course help guide you in styling and planning, but I don’t provide props or outfits for you or your children. Just me and my camera, capturing you and your family as you are at this moment in your lives. Take a look through my “lifestyle portfolio” to get an idea of what this means.

What type of shoots can be considered ‘lifestyle’?

Anything and everything! This might be a couples shoot, a family photoshoot, a newborn shoot, maternity, milestone, personal branding …. anything that involves capturing you and/or your family at this moment in your lives!!!

Do you offer these shoots year round?

While I would love to capture your family year round, I am only able to offer these shoots from November through April due to wedding season. It’s important to me that I’m able to give all of my attention & energy to each family I work with, and for this reason I limit my availability for these shoots to the time of year I am able to do so.

How much do lifestyle shoots cost?

Lifestyle shoots start at $500 for a 1 hour shoot in your home or at an agreed upon location. This price includes all of the following:
– Help with planning & styling your shoot
– An online gallery of color corrected & edited images to share with family & friends
– Web-resolution JPEG images, delivered as a digital download through your gallery
– Print-resolution, watermark-free JPEG images, delivered as a digital download through your gallery
– Option to purchase print products for an affordable price through your online gallery.

I have a special event coming up that’s not a wedding. Can I hire you to capture the day?

Yes! I love capturing events! Whether it’s a shower, christening, birthday party, anniversary party or any other happy day where family & friends gather to celebrate. Reach out to find out about my event coverage rates.

I need a photographer for a different kind of photoshoot, not mentioned above, might you be available?

Absolutely! I love working on photoshoots of all kinds. If you like my style and what you see fits with your vision for the shoot, definitely reach out! I’d love to hear more and collaborate!

 


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