I want to ease your nerves first by saying - if you've never worked with a professional photographer, that's totally okay. This whole page is to give you an idea of what it's like to work with me! I just want you to have the wedding day of your dreams and have photos that can transport you back to those moments.
I want to be more than just your photographer that’s there for your wedding day. I want to be your friend. I believe that you'll have the best experience when we have a foundation of friendship and trust, even beyond just your wedding. When you can trust me with these special moments, you know I will always be cheering you on!
That being said, let's grab some coffee! I would LOVE to be apart of your life for this season, and calm your nerves when planning gets crazy.
I'm not a photographer that will tell you, "go over there, stand just like that, don't move, and SMILE!". Absolutely not. I care more about you loving on each other, goofing around and having fun. I'm not even worried about you smiling the whole time. Although, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you giggling!
I don't expect you to be a model or even feel completely comfortable behind a camera to start, I'll guide you through the whole process so it feels like I'm just your third wheel.
I use more prompt based movements rather than poses. Such as, having you walk with each other butt bumping or slingshotting each other toward me. I would rather you move around and just be focusing on each other than worrying about the camera. Honestly the real moments between each other are way more important than the perfect pose or perfect photo.
Growing up, we would frequently look at the old photo albums that my parents took with their point and shoot film camera and even the most mundane moments seemed significant. Those photos took me back to those exact moments, even if I wasn't there.
So when you look at your photos, I hope you feel the same way. I am inspired by how film photos look, and that's reflected in your photos!
My worst nightmare would be for you to look back at your photos and think "that looks NOTHING like it does in real life". So it's pouring rain at our shoot on your wedding day, your photos will show exactly how it happened.
Different times of days lend themselves to different colors so your photos naturally will reflect that. Golden hour (1 hour before sunset) will have more golden tones, middle of the day will have HARSH shadows but sometimes have brighter colors, and a rainy or cloudy day can have gray/ duller tones.
Always been drawn to warm toned photos because it always make me smile.
They tend to make me feel extra cozy, and like I'm in my happy place.
"I live in central New York state, my husband & I decided to elope in Joshua Tree National Park in March 2023. I found Emily on google, her photos were exactly what I was looking for & matched the vibe of the desert so well.
I took a chance in reaching out & booking her from across the country, I have said on numerous occasions how lucky we were to have found her! Emily had a genuine interest in getting to know my husband & I as a couple before the wedding- reaching out on the phone & sending out a questionnaire, just so she knew how to work & capture us on the special day.
She is so down to earth, easy to talk to & loves her job as it showed in every interaction we had. I will seriously consider flying back out west in the future for maternity photo shoots, etc because we love her as a photographer & as a person. Thank you Emily!"
- Madelyn + Eddie
"One of the best decisions I made aside from marrying my husband was having Emily as our photographer.
She went above and beyond when it came to supporting us through the process and giving us photos that showed everything we wanted in our wedding. I could not recommend someone enough because she’s not only incredibly talented, but an incredible human being.
Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without her. "
- Meghan + Tyler
"Emily was absolutely perfect. She really made our engagement shoot come to life. We had an early session which paid off in spades during the sunrise.
Emily was well prepared with prompts, described her style for us, and when we told her we were awkward and needed posing she set us up.
We had a ton of laughs and smiles and I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who asks."
- Anna + Beau
"Emily did INCREDIBLE WORK on our engagement and wedding photos!! She was professional, thoughtful, encouraging, thorough, and overall great to work with. She helped us feel comfortable and confident and cheered us on the whole time!
Her pictures are so dreamy and beautiful! We will cherish them forever!! Emily provided support and guidance through the whole process.
We loved working with her and HIGHLY RECOMMEND! (Also, ask her about a bridal shoot, we loved ours!)"
- Hannah + Avery
"I have worked with Emily twice now and both times have been absolutely incredible! Emily worked with my husband to help surprise me with his proposal.
We loved working with her so much we asked her to shoot our wedding before we even finished that shoot! She is very kind and has a wonderful bubbly personality that makes her so easy to work with. She made the shoot fun throughout the entirety of it.
She did an amazing job keeping us on track for our wedding and making us feel comfortable and have fun throughout our entire day! "
- Chryssi + Grant
Em Photo is a Portland, Oregon based wedding and elopement photographer, often traveling across the Pacific Northwest for wedding photography. Specializing in warm and timeless photos that feel nostalgic and bring you back to your wedding day. Emily loves those couples that are a little goofy, true to themselves, and want to do their wedding their way - big or small!