From my engagement session with the super fabulous Mike & Jody. I will be shooting their wedding tomorrow actually! Up from San Francisco I had not had a chance to get the two of them in front of my camera before this week. We had  a great time getting to know each other and acting like goofballs in downtown Lake Oswego. I am sure the wedding will be fantastic!

xo em


I had an absolutely fantastic time with Mary & Sara a few weeks back. Not only are Mary & Sara two of the nicest ladies I have ever met, but they also have this way about them. This way of speaking to each other and to others that just makes you smile. They are the kind of people that just put  you at ease and make you smile. It was clear from moment one the love here was strong and pure, and it was my pleasure to capture it on their big day.

The wedding was beautiful and intimate on a beautiful September morning in the Portland Rose Gardens. The reception was fun and lighthearted held at the super fun Oregon Zoo. The super fantastic Zoo staff even let us in early that morning to do portraits around the animal viewing areas! How cool is that! Big props to my right hand lady Kacy for the assist on this one. Some of the photos you see below were taken by her.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Mary & Sara thank you for having us out to capture your big day. It was my pleasure. I am glad you like the facebook peek, and I hope you love this peek too, you know how I love the blog stalkers! Friends & Family members please do leave a comment below if you would like the link to the whole gallery when it is ready.

xo em

  • October 1, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Sara - Thank you so much Emily! The pictures are beautiful! :)

  • October 1, 2010 - 12:09 pm

    Kathy - What a fun ceremony and reception! The images are just gorgeous!

  • October 1, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Lisa Kaylor - Love the pics! Emily, thought that you did a great job catching the joyful moments of Sara and Mary’s beautiful wedding!

  • October 1, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    Jacala Phillips - Great pictures!!! Would love to see more!!!

  • October 3, 2010 - 12:41 am

    Kacy Kizer - Awww these turned out great, I love love love that nose-to-nose shot up top! :)

  • October 26, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    creative head shot photographer portland oregon | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - [...] One of my most recent sessions was with a wonderful former wedding client. You might remember  Sarah & Mary’s wedding at the Rose Garden & Zoo just over 2 years ago. I had so much fun working with these ladies, it [...]

  • May 29, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    lesbian wedding photographer portland oregon | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - […] seems like just a short time ago I was working with Sara & Mary on their wedding photos, and now they are back on the blog, plus one adorable bump! Words can not describe how happy I am […]


How is it already October? When did that happen?!

Well the leaves are falling, the nights are getting cooler, and that means the holidays are just around the corner! I have had quite a few pre-holiday sessions already this year, and many more on the books. If you or someone you know want family photos in time for the holidays now is the time to call me. My calender is getting full, I would hate for anyone to miss out this year.:)

One of my favorite parts of the pre-holiday rush are holiday cards. These cards are a fun creative outlet for me, and always print beautifully.  Take a look at a few I have been working on!

You can see my whole collection and pricing by clicking HERE. I am happy to mock up these fresh new designs with your family photos, just ask and I will reload galleries no problem! The cut off this year to get these cards will be November 15th, just around the corner! So lets chat about them asap!

xo em


I love working with family’s, especially when they are adorable and up for anything. It is also especially fun when I get to shoot around my own home town. The G family contacted me a few months back. Karen had seen my work up in a local coffee shop and wanted to schedule a session to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday. We lucked into a break in the rainy weather last weekend and had a great time shooting around town and their neighborhood. The whole family was lovely, but little Serena stole the show with her super sparkly eyes and delicious smile.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

See I told you they are adorable.

Miss Serena was so good for me, just look at those baby blues!

I always love a beautiful mama & baby shot.

They were champs for me sitting in a slightly soggy field.

After shooting around their neighborhood we ran down to the local University. Karen spent her undergrad years here so it was nice to visit the place and use some of the lovely spots as a back drop.

Serena is clearly excited about fall too!

She is pure adorableness!

Cheese ball of cuteness!

Little miss is such a character!

And one last shot of the whole family. Karen thanks for braving the weather and coming out to meet me. I had a great time with your whole family! I hope you all had a lovely birthday weekend, and Serena got some more cake! I will have the whole set for you very soon! For now lets get going on a blog challenge shall we? If you can get 25 people to comment on this post there is a free mini wallet brag book in it for you on the house. So leave some love people.

xo em

  • September 30, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Mary Rae - So cute – I heart that outfit!

  • October 1, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Phil Gibbs - Great photos! Serena is an adorable baby although I am somewhat prejudiced as she is my granddaughter.

  • October 1, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Phil Gibbs - Great Photos!! Serena is an adorable baby although I am somewhat prejudiced as she is my granddaughter.

  • October 1, 2010 - 9:24 pm

    Julie Gardner - Love the pictures!! Serena is a doll. Thanks for sharing!

  • October 1, 2010 - 9:34 pm

    ANGELA TORRES - Lovely family photos. Love how Serena is so full of life in every picture. The family pictures are so lovely as it where out of a magazine. Love you all!!!!

  • October 1, 2010 - 10:18 pm

    Angela Torres - The pictures are so lovely. Serena just steals your heart away. She’s so full of love for life. Love the family potraits also. Seem so perfect for a magazine. Love ya!!

  • October 1, 2010 - 11:06 pm

    Karen Baltz Gibbs - I hope my comment counts:) I LOVE the photos!I love seeing my happy baby girl!You captured Memories I will always cherish!

  • October 2, 2010 - 5:11 am

    Julie Gardner - Great pictures. Thank you for sharing. Serena is just a doll baby.

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Shawna Rodrigues - You guys look fabulous – what great work! Wonderful way to celebrate her birthday. :) The last one of all three of you is my FAVORITE (yes that is a hint – I will gladly accept it as a Christmas Gift 4×6 is fine – I have just the frame). :) tee hee

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Scott Binney - The black and white of Karen and Serena is incredible. I’ll take the one of the three of you in the field sitting down as well- like the background and the angle. Now everyone is going to be asking for pictures! Enjoy Vermont!

  • October 2, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Cindy Gibbs - Great pictures! What a beautiful family!!!

  • October 2, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Jaime - Too cute! Captured Karen happier than ever and hubby so proud of his ladies! Serena is a beautiful little girl :)

  • October 2, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Matthew Gibbs - Those are some of the cutest pictures I have ever seen. You’ll have to come out to Vermont to take pictures of Serena’s cousin Calle.

  • October 3, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Becky Sander - Beautiful! Love the black and white close-up of Serena…

  • October 3, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Courtney Gibbs - I love the pics! You all look great, and Serena is super cute in all of them!!

  • October 5, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Deborah - Great pictures! Love the leaf picture especially. And the one in the field. And the one on the bridge. Ok all of them! Happy 1st Serena!

  • October 8, 2010 - 12:59 am

    Barbara Ebling - These photos are wonderful, and really capture what a beautiful family this is. (On our next visit to Oregon to see cousin Serena, we’d love to meet with you!)

  • October 11, 2010 - 7:03 am

    JaRee Howell - What great photos! Love the leaf one of Serena and the last one of all three of you on the bridge. What a great idea for her 1st Birthday!

  • October 11, 2010 - 11:22 am

    JaRee Howell - I love the One in the field also. Love the red with the falls colors.

  • October 11, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    Mark Gibbs - Great photos! Love them all!!

  • October 12, 2010 - 6:30 pm

    Caledonia Gibbs - I love my cousin, and I think she’s really cute, and I really like these photos of her and her mom and dad! xoxo Cousin Calle

  • October 13, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    Mike - Too cute! Looks like a crazy group!

  • October 13, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    Jennifer Barrett - I just met Serena and her parents in VT for her cousin Calle’s 1st Birthday party. Lovely family! These photos are absolutely wonderful!

  • October 13, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Kevin Gibbs - Nice pictures!

  • October 14, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Crystal Wilson - Too cute! Such a happy girl!

  • October 15, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    Patrick - Thanks to everyone for viewing Serena’s one year photos. Also, thank you Emily for taking such outstanding photos of our baby girl. We love all of them.

  • October 15, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    April - Lovely pictures! What a beautiful girl!

  • October 18, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Pat Gibbs - Fabulous photos, Emiiy. You captured the essence of Serena to a “T”, but then she’s one smiley baby! Grandma G

  • October 20, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Amy Burton - Beautiful photos, Emily. I love the way you captured the sparkle in Serena’s eyes.