It was just a few short weeks ago I was photographing a beautiful belly adorned with henna, now I am back to show off the even more beautiful result!

Meet Michael, he is nothing short of adorable. A sweet little guy, that of course did not want to sleep for me, but was quit chill in front of the camera.

Clearly he is very comfortable in the arms of his beautiful mama.

Oh that sweet face, and those beautiful eyes.

After a little bit of playing and a bit more milk from mama he crashed out for us. I love that little milk mouth.

Check out his hat, great right! Terrie got it in her travels to Peru, it fit him perfectly.

His teeny tiny hands were moving the whole session, I had to capture them at rest when I could.:)

I also love capturing the little baby bits. Oh those lips!

We also had to break out the tie-die. Micheal’s parents are frequent visitors of the country fair, and his daddy his a big love of all things tie tied.

I love the contrast of the sleeping baby and the bright colors.:)

Once he was out he was SO good for me.

He even had some time in Daddy’s arms.

And of course we had to get a few of the whole family. We had more planned, but about 2 seconds after this one was taken little dude peed all over Mommy & Daddy. Just to make sure we all knew who was in charge clearly.

just before the spray, I got a few more of mother and son. I have to admit these are always my favorite. I just LOVE how this one turned out. His sweet little face just soaking up some love from his mama. Terrie you two are so beautiful together.:)

Terrie and Patrick thanks for having me back into your home. I just adored spending time with your little guy, he really is perfection. I hope you like your sneak peek. I will have the whole gallery up for you soon! And of course I would love to throw down a blog challenge for you all. If you can get 25 people to comment on this blog post I will throw in a couple darling little wallet brag books for you. They tend to work well when showing off a certain little guy.:)

xo em

  • December 13, 2010 - 9:07 pm

    shannon - lovely! Nothing is quite as fantastic as new parents, except a new little person!! I love the last one, sooo sweet.

  • December 14, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Jessica - These pictures are amazing. I wish I would have done them with my son.

  • December 14, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Jamie Fellman - *gasp* love them all especially….well all of them! Terrie, he is perfect!

  • December 14, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Roberta Rice - Fabulous pics…you captured the wonder of a new baby and the awe and adoration of new parents

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:01 am

    Brittany Hayes - Oh he is adorable!! I can’t wait to get my hands on him!! You all look so incredible happy and I wish you all the best! Soon enough our little ones can play together! Love you guys!!

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Heather Zaha - Simply Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Jill Schmid - Those are beautiful pictures — but how could they not be with such a beautiful little boy. I loved them all. I could not be happier for you!

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Nate Heath - What great pictures of this handsome young man. The Tie-Dye is so perfect for the Cowles family!

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Chelsea Heath - Great photos! What an adorable little guy! So happy for you guys!

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Beth Koenig - Beautiful pictures! Precious new life! Love to all of you.

  • December 14, 2010 - 11:44 am

    Julie - Beautiful and oh so tender. If I wasn’t so old I’d have another one just so I could have these photo’s! You can feel the love!

  • December 14, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    siri - Beautiful photos! I loved every last one of ‘em!

  • December 14, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Terrie Cowles - OH My! I am so happy with these photos! Great job Emily and thanks so much for the speediness and your flexibility! These are so precious to me! LOVE and HUGS Terrie (Mom)

  • December 14, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    Carol - Beautiful shots of a big, beautiful step!

  • December 14, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    Holly Manchester - OMG!!! They are SO SO beautiful! What a great photographer Emily is.. and I loved her comments below each picture. Terrie and Patrick, your little family is so photogenic. I absolutely loved them all and I want one!!! (a picture, not a newborn, haha, I’ve got yours to love on…)
    Love you guys!

  • December 14, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    Jason Koenig - Amazing baby pictures, so good. They inspire me

  • December 14, 2010 - 1:52 pm

    Tracey - Oh My…..What a precious gift! these photos of little Micheal are absolutely so full of love and sweetness!

  • December 14, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Cindy Patterson - Wow, beautiful photos!!!! Thank you for sharing these — smart move having Emily photograph your new family :)

  • December 14, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Tanya Hawkins - What an absolute perfect, beautiful baby! Stunning photos too. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • December 14, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Jeanette Lewis - Beautiful! Would love to see the henna belly too=)

  • December 14, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Lois Cowles - I am a proud grandma! He is a handsome dude! And your photos are wonderful!

  • December 14, 2010 - 6:19 pm

    Linda Ruel - Michael James is precious.

    You captured the love that is shared in this family.

  • December 14, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    Betty Jo Keller - Hi, I’m haveing. trouble with mt computer. This proud grandma thinks that the pics of Michael are just super and I love the ones with Patrick, Terry and Michael. The closeups of his toes, ears and face aer just perfect. I,m looking forward to seeing them all.

  • December 14, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Patricko - Wowser….

  • December 14, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    Michelle Rich - Terrie and Patrick, you make me wish I could go back and do this for my babies….So beautiful…you will be so happy with these in years to come as well! Love you all! Michelle

  • December 15, 2010 - 5:11 am

    Adele - You do a marvelous job Emily…thanks for sharing Terri and Patrick…have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    love and prayers…

  • December 15, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Linda Johnson - Terrie,

    Wow, he’s beautiful!!! Great pictures. They brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations to all 3 of you.

  • December 15, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    cherry - Those are adorable pictures. The baby is so cute in his birthday suit he should never wear clothes! I can’t believe the tatooed tummy. Does Emily use some camera trick like transposing the design from the tee shirt onto the belly picture?It is really awesome.
    Best wishes,
    Cherry McGrady

  • December 15, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Lois Cowles - I keep coming back and looking again. So precious!

  • December 16, 2010 - 8:10 pm

    Jackie Saldavar - Awwwww precious moments with a handsome boy– Thanks for capturing them for Patrick and Terrie. He looks like a cowboy fan too!!!!!

  • December 17, 2010 - 12:42 am

    Teddi Baumgartner - What a beautiful keiki! I’m sure he will grow into a handsome lad! Thanks for sharing these fantastic portraits. You should have them enlarged and placed around your home. Best wishes to the happy family! Merry Christmas and a happy 2011.

  • December 17, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Eleanor Cowles - From a great aunt – beautiful pictures! I wish I had these of my own when they were babies!

  • December 17, 2010 - 9:37 am

    Catherine Eshleman - Great pics of your little man!

  • December 17, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Casey Wiser - These are some of the best newborn photos I have seen! Love them!

  • December 17, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    Shellie Boutwell - I love these pics! True Treasures~

  • December 17, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Michele Cowles - I cannot wait to meet my new Nephew Michael Cowles, he is just precious and these pictures are fantastic! Wish I had some of my son when he was born.

  • December 18, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    Abby Drinkard Smith - These are so precious! I wish we would have done some at that age with Thomas. What a beautiful family!

  • December 18, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Dawn Kennedy - GORGEOUS PICTURES!!

  • December 18, 2010 - 7:15 pm

    Victoria Leary - What beautiful pix of a beautiful boy and his beautiful family. I am so happy for all of you.

  • December 18, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    Dussie Davis - Terri and Patrick, your little guy is just adorable! The photographs are just precious and very creative. I am looking forward to seeing him on my next trip to Oregon. Can’t wait!!!


  • December 18, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    Kara Kuehl - OH WOW! Just now viewing have had a down system — So amazing and precious — absolute perfection!
    Love you! Kara

  • December 18, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    Lori Kysela - Wow amazing photos, you guys have been so organised to get them done. I never did, am so mad at myself for missing out on such wonderful pictures. Congrates to been such good parents.
    Love to you all. Lori, Michael, Billy & Zack

  • December 19, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    Laurie DeLuca - These photos are magic and beautifully done.

  • December 21, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    cyndi cole and sanford - These are truly beautiful and capture the love of the family. How amazing.. We are so happy to have Michael James here. Love the Sischo’s

  • December 27, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Ruth Falsetto - Wow, great photos, my favorite are Terri cradling little one and giving him a gentle kiss. So heart warming.

  • February 2, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    Natalie potts - These pictures totally capture his peace when sleeping. The one of the family is my favorite… So beautiful!

  • March 3, 2011 - 11:42 am

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I am so excited to share these… more tomorrow!

xo em

  • December 18, 2010 - 1:43 am

    Dustin Smith - I want to say the photos that Emily took of Terri and Patrick’s little Michael were awesome! I really like how she used the tie dye colors in the back ground of the photos and the close up personal shots of the whole family. I also like the shot she put together with Michael’s lips, feet, etc. Overall, all the photos i saw here on Emily’s website were very well done.


As promised, I am back to show off more of Erica & Mike’s awesome wedding. It is no secret I adore these two, and it was my honor to capture their wedding last month on a beautiful Oregon  fall day. The wedding was quite an event, and we even scored some stunningly clear weather! Erica looked amazing in her mother’s dress for the ceremony, and then in her own cute cocktail dress for the reception. Mike looked dapper in his own right in his suit and best ever groom’s shoes. Even Baby Banks rocked the fancy duds. The wedding it’s self was the perfect mix of tradition and laughter as Banks ran in and out of the ceremony, as only a 1 year old can. I had a great time with all the family and guests, every single one seemed to be having a great time chatting, watching the amazing accapella performances, and noshing on delicious pie.  All in all it was a great day!

Here are a few of my favorite images so far:

Erica and Mike, thanks again for having me out to capture your day. It was so fun to meet all of your friends and family in real life! You two throw a great party. I hope you like your images, this is going to be a fun album to put together for sure! More soon! Friends and family, if you would like access to the whole gallery when it is up please do leave a comment below!

xo em

  • December 12, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    liv - lovely.

  • December 12, 2010 - 8:59 pm

    Amy Dobler - Beatiful family and beautiful pictures! I would love to see the full gallery

  • December 12, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    Erica - I love them! Thank you Emily for giving us this delicious sample of our wedding photos. And thank you for capturing the magic of that day for us to remember forever!

  • December 12, 2010 - 9:53 pm

    jill (sister of the groom) - soooooo beautiful, creative, artistic, spectacular…,fabulous and fun!!!! makes me even more sad that i wasn’t there to celebrate this magical event in person.

  • December 13, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Lorrie - What beautiful pictures. I love the black and white one of Banks in the church.

  • December 13, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Kristie - Love, love the pictures, they are all so beautiful!!!! Wish we lived closer so we could have been there:)

  • December 22, 2010 - 2:32 pm

    Patricia Babjak - Love all of them!


While planning this session I got to know this family the old fashioned way, emails and personal shutterfly galleries.:)I have to admit with each email I got more excited to meet Shannon, Wes and the super adorable Scarlett. Being the mother of my own Scarlett I had high expectations of this little lady, and let me tell you she surpassed everyone. She is smart, adorable, and even a bit sassy, perfection! The entire family was adorable and welcoming. I just love it when the family wants to shoot in their home, it is always fun to include people’s personalities and art. We had a great time snapping away, playing with Scarlett’s great toys and squeaky shoes!

Here are a few of my favorites so far.

Meet Scarlett, isn’t she simply adorable.

Miss Scarlett is celebrating a birthday soon, I love this hand made banner her mom crafted.

Smiles! Girlfriend made me work for it, but my it was worth it!

Check out the whole family. They have a great neighborhood and yard to shoot in. I just loved this old moss covered tree, perfect for a cute baby in a darling winter coat right.

Scarlett and Daddy clearly have lots of fun together.

Eeeek the cuteness!

Clearly there is no shortage of love here.

Scarlett also has some killer lashes.

I love this one, it might be my favorite.

Scarlett and her pretty mama. Smiles just do not get much better than this.

And one last set of our little lady. She is just so cute!

Shannon & Wes, thank you for welcoming me into your home. I had a great time getting to know all of you. Scarlett is just darling, I hope you like the sneak peek. I will have the whole gallery up for you here shortly! For now I would love to offer you a blog challenge. If you can get 25 people to comment on this little post, I will throw in a set of cute little wallet brag books. They do work well for showing off a certain little lady.:)So leave some love people.

xo em

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Shannon - I love them! My favorites so far are the ones in myoffice, the ones in the cabana, in front of the tree, and in her room… Oops that’s all of them…

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:39 am

    Senna Pinney - ADORABLE! Shannon, these pics are amazing! I can’t wait to hear about the shoot. You all look gorgeous.

  • December 9, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Erica Ann - That girl’s got some personality! What a cutie – and it doesn’t hurt that whoever dresses her has some serious fashion sense!

  • December 9, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Mary Rae - So cute!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    Kristin - Adorable!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Meredith - These turned out so sweet and wonderful!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Gloria Dawson - Very cute family, Scarlett is so Cute~ What a happy little girl

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    Ashley - That is the cutest baby in the whole WORLD!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Leah - Wow, amazing and gorgeous pictures! Thanks for some beautiful pictures to enjoy and share with others!

  • December 9, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    Tommy - Too Cute!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    jamie - Such a beautiful baby….takes after her beautiful mama!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    Sarah Graham - LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! Scarlett is a doll you guys!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Fae - These are gorgeous images with just the right mix of preciousness and fun. What a beautiful family!

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Sarah - The photos in front of the mossy tree remind me of a trip to the Gorge when I was little where my Mom’s friend took family photos for her…those photos are some of my most cherished possessions. Scarlett is addaorable as always!

  • December 9, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    Cherish Lang - While they’re all beautiful pictures .. that first black and white is a heart melter! Just INCREDIBLE! Beautiful family =)

  • December 9, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Kathleen - She is so precious. Yes they are the most beautiful pictures in the world.

  • December 9, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    carolynne shinn - Grammy Carolynne (mother of Wes) CANNOT stop smiling at these beautiful photos of a beautiful family. My favorites: “Scarlett and her pretty Mama”; “killer eyelashes”; and the one the photographer identified as “it might be my favorite”!!!!

  • December 9, 2010 - 11:28 pm

    Briana - What beautiful pictures!! That little girl is so adorable!! I am glad she is my little niece, too. ;-)

  • December 9, 2010 - 11:33 pm

    Matt - so cute

  • December 10, 2010 - 5:55 am

    Pat Turcotte - Great photos!! This is indeed a photogenic family!!!

  • December 10, 2010 - 6:18 am

    Jerry Shinn - Great pictures. The last one is the best!

  • December 10, 2010 - 7:23 am

    julie - gorgeous baby, beautiful photos – thanks for bringing a big smile to my day!

  • December 10, 2010 - 7:55 am

    Molly - So cute!!!! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:09 am

    Hillary Tanner - How sweet! Scarlett is a little (but much prettier :o)) Wes, isn’t she? What a sweet little family!

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:11 am

    cynthia - Just adorable!

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:50 am

    Beth Ann - Beautiful baby Scarlett and beautiful family! Great photos!

  • December 10, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Julia - Those are killer lashes. Adorable :)

  • December 10, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Joanna - What amazing photos and a beautiful family. Truly beautiful – every one!

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Amy - Can you get any cuter? Wow! Beautiful photos :)

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:36 am

    lauren schmitt - Amazing photos. They are so wonderfully expressive, capturing the essence of Scarlett and how much she is loved by Shannon & Wes.

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Barbara - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl with her loving parents.

  • December 10, 2010 - 11:54 am

    Nicole Bendotoff - So incredibly CUTE!!! What gorgeous photos!

  • December 10, 2010 - 4:13 pm

    Anne - so adorable – Scarlett’s a beauty!

  • December 10, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Jane Iannetta - LOVED the pictures. Know Carolyn and Jerry back to MYF days. Beautiful family and ADORABLY CUTE Scarlet!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Jane ‘DeStefano’ Iannetta

  • December 10, 2010 - 8:18 pm

    Courtenay Shinn - Bravo!! Such a wonderful display of the love that my brother, sister-in-law, and niece share and the beauty of each of them. My absolute favorite shot is the one labeled “I love this one. It might be my favorite.” Scarlett is the best most beautiful baby ever, and I am so glad that you have so adorably captured it for the whole world to see!

  • December 11, 2010 - 8:38 am

    Sydney Linden - Wow…I didn’t think it was possible but she is even more beautiful than the last time I saw her!

  • February 6, 2012 - 11:25 am

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  • November 28, 2012 - 5:33 pm

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  • March 28, 2013 - 12:09 pm

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I had the pleasure of photographing the always wonderful Erica & Mike as they said “I do!” just a few weeks back.

I will be showing off some fun photos here soon, but I had to break this one out tonight!

Fun right, there are many many more fun shots to show.

I also wanted to fulfill a promise I made to a certain maiden of honor. You see Amy did not get the chance to share the toast she had prepaired for the wedding recpetion. So I promised her I would post it on the blog when I had a chance to peek a few photos.

So here you go Amy!:)

(Toast via Mrs. Amy Dobler, Maiden of honor”

Erica and I have been friends for a long time, about 15 years.

Our friendship has taken us through different colleges at different times, marriage for me, 3000 miles apart for several years, babies for both of us, and now marriage for Mike and Erica.

The other day I started thinking about how we’ve remained friends for so long and through so many stages in our lives.

The answer: Erica+ Amy = Laughter (and Starbucks, but mostly laughter). I’m talking about giggles, side splitting, laughing so hard you cry, inside jokes that make you titter, slap-stick laughter.   The kind of laughter I cannot wait to hear my girls share together.

My friendship with Erica has colored the way I view marriage, and I believe that laughter and friendship are vital ingredients in any marriage making the good days great and the tough ones better.

In the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of witnessing Erica and Mike together and I think that their family and friends can  all agree that they have both friendship and laughter in abundance. They are destined to have great days ahead of them  no matter where they are in their life together.

To Erica & Mike and to laughing so hard you cry. Cheers!

xo em

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:04 pm

    Erica - Cheers! And a couple tears. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank You Amy – I can’t wait to hear our babies laughing together! And Emily – this peek is a tease – I look forward to seeing the rest of your brilliance! Love!

  • December 8, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    jill (sister of the groom) - gorgeous photos…can’t wait for the rest :)
    love the toast!!!

  • December 8, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    Amy - @Erica- thank you for inspiring the toast and for including Addy and I in your day. We are still talking about it here!

    @Emily- thank you for sharing the toast on your blog. You are the best.

  • December 8, 2010 - 7:09 pm

    Jeanie - Oh man. One eloquent toast, two photos and the warerworks flood has begun. I’m a goner. Love to all (including you emily) ~Mom