About Emily

I fell in love with photography in high school. My uncle lent me his camera from the 1970's with a broken light meter. I learned how to read the light and take photographs on film. Later I would develop the film myself in a darkroom, watching in awe as the people I cared about most magically appeared on developer paper. I would continue studying photography in scrapbooking magazines through college.

For my 25th birthday, my husband and several of our family and friends gifted me my first DSLR camera. I immediately began devouring any content I could find about photography. It wasn't long before my friends and family started asking for photo sessions, and the rest is history.

I am a mom who understands the desire to capture my family in pictures. Every day my children are changing. If it wasn't for my photos of them, I would forget so many of the details. Their tiny hands, their little voices telling silly stories, their goofy expresssions and the messes they make are the story of our lives together. My goal is to see the unique pieces that make your family special, and capture them in photographs that will last a lifetime.

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 Image courtesy of  Dear Kate Studios

Image courtesy of Dear Kate Studios

My Gear

As an artist, I feel it's critical to use professional quality equipment in my art. I also believe in transparency when it comes to the investment your family makes when booking a session with me. 

I started my photography business using a Nikon D60. Later I upgraded to a Nikon D5200, which is what I have used for most of the images you will see in my portfolio. This camera has been a great way to learn about photography, but I still felt like it was lacking in the true professional grade my clients deserve.

I recently upgraded to the Nikon D750, a full frame camera with a high megapixel count and excellent quality in low light. I often use a 50mm f/1.8 lens, a 24-120 f/4 lens, and an 18-200 f/4.5-6.5 lens. I am able to shoot in both natural light and studio lighting, and I have a professional quality studio available when needed. I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and I am constantly striving to improve my skills using these tools.