Meet Troy & Crystal. They are smart, funny and know how to show a small town girl around the beautiful city of Chicago. These two love birds will be getting married next month in the Oregon wine country and it will be my pleasure to capture it. While planning their wedding from Chicago they told me they wanted to use their city as the backdrop for their engagement photos.  A few planning emails and phone calls later I was on an airplane to Chicago. I had a great time getting to know their city, the beautiful waterfront, their neighborhood and most of all their favorite BBQ joint. Oh and we made a few fun photos of Crystal & Troy while we were at it.

It was really, really hard to narrow these images down for this sneak peek, but here are a few:

A big thanks again for the cultural center building, and smoke daddy bbq for letting us shoot inside! Chicago was welcoming and hospitable in every way. Troy & Crystal you two were wonderful to work with, again it was my pleasure to point my camera your direction. I can not wait to capture your wedding next month in my neighborhood. As new clients and blog readers you know what is next right? It is blog challenge time. If you can get 30 people to comment on this little blog post I will throw in a 11×14 wall hanging on the house. So leave some love people!

xo em

  • July 13, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Lisa Teso - GORGEOUS!!

    Wow, can’t wait to see the photos you make with them at Elk Cove.

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Crystal - Emily – You ROCK! These are so fabulous! Thank you so much for these beautiful photos and for coming to Chicago to take them. See you in 6 weeks! AHHH!!!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Emily Hallock - You two look so happy! I absolutely love these pictures :) Congratulations!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Susan Weilbaecher - Awesome pics! So excited for their wedding and the festivities surrounding!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Julie - Absolutely gorgeous!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Jessi Ramirez - These are gorgeous! A celebration of love and our beautiful city… Congratulations!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Jessi Ramirez - Gorgeous – a celebration of love and our beautiful city. Congratulations and I can’t wait to see the ones in Oregon!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Brandi - The pictures are fabulous and so are Crystal and Troy! Cheers to many more photo worthy moments in your future together as husband and wife!!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Katie B - I love these!!! You two look great:)

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    Christy Bray - Gorgeous pictures! Love the “silly face” ones, and all the pictures really seem to capture Troy and Crystal’s personalities perfectly!

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Kara - OF COURSE they took you to smoke daddy. Nice photos of the Tiffany’s dome!

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Bobby G - Nicely done Emily!!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Mara - Beautiful photographs. These fit Crystal and Troy perfectly.

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Juliana Gaither - Amazing pictures! They’re so much fun and definitely capture the two of you and the city so well.

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Kelly - You guys look amazing, love the Loub close ups :)

    Can’t wait for Oregon!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    JeanandSteve - Ah, yes. Love. It is well captured in these photos, and Crystal and Troy look great. Nice work, Madame Photographer.

  • July 13, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    Roxanne - I love these! What a great couple to photograph!! I can’t wait to help celebrate!

  • July 13, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Kathy Beveridge - Great pictures! Congrats Crystal and Troy!

  • July 13, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Caryne bowyer-salyer - Wow sis and Troy look so calm and beautiful together! :)

  • July 13, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    Rachel Trudel - Wow!! These are absolutely stunning and really capture the love you two share! Very beautiful! :)

  • July 13, 2011 - 3:52 pm

    Teresa - These photos are awesome!! Can’t wait to see wedding pics!! :)

  • July 13, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    Erin Van Horne - Beautiful! Love the locations! Can’t wait to see what the wedding pics will look like with such amazing engagement shots!

  • July 13, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    Vanessa - Love the pics! Can’t wait for the wedding :)

  • July 13, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Troy - Emily you couldn’t have done a more percect job of capturing us in our city. Can’t wait for the wedding!

  • July 14, 2011 - 5:29 am

    Kristen Green - Beautiful pictures!! I loved every single one!

  • July 14, 2011 - 7:33 am

    Brady K - mmmmmm, nothing says love like BBQ from Smoke Daddy…

  • July 14, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Vivian Rainey - Wonderful pictures, very creative. You both look very happy. I wish you all the best!!!

  • July 14, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Ryan - These are great photos in our beautiful city. Nice job capturing the essence of the city, with the joy of the couple.

  • July 14, 2011 - 8:19 am

    Will Smith - Great pictures! I’m glad Troy had a chance to wipe the bbq sauce that was probably smeared all over his face off before those shots were taken. Troy loves those Smoke Daddy ribs.

  • July 14, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Will Smith - Great Pictures! I’m glad Troy had a chance to wipe the bbq sauce off his face before those Smoke Daddy shots were taken. Troy loves those ribs.

  • July 14, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Cathy Wegener - These photos are amazing! Kudos to Emily; you captured some sweet, gorgeous and natural moments of my two friends. They appear just as I know them: beautiful, fun-loving and very much in love.

  • July 14, 2011 - 11:09 am

    Brady K - now I just want to dive into a rack of baby back ribs. anybody else?

  • July 14, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Crystal Bowyer - I’m sure Troy would join you, Brady. And I will definitely need a Smokedaddy Bloody Mary this Sunday.

  • July 14, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Kevin Baker - Now that is some sexy stuff!! Honestly, those pictures are great and congratulations again, can’t wait for the wedding.

  • July 15, 2011 - 5:10 am

    Ryan - These are great photos in our beautiful city. Nice job capturing the essence of our city, with the joy of the couple.

  • July 18, 2011 - 10:22 am

    dianne pierce - I’m the proud mom of Troy and ablsolutely love the pictures. A great looking pair and thier love shines through. Great photos!

    Dianne Pierce

  • July 20, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Kristine Abeln - What stunning pictures! You have captured these two perfectly. I love each and every picture! Congrats Troy and Crystal!

  • August 15, 2011 - 8:39 am

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  • September 29, 2011 - 2:58 pm

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It is no secret I adore Katie & Charlotte. These two ladies are always great in front of the camera. First for their engagement session, and then it was my honor to capture their beautiful winter 2009 wedding. Well the lovely ladies are back again this time to celebrate the coming of their little girl! I just loved hanging out with these two again and capturing this special time for them.  Clearly these two are stoked to meet their newest addition, and Katie looks so amazing pregnant!

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Katie & Charlotte thanks again for coming out to my neck of the woods for the session. I had a great time hanging with you all again! I can not wait to meet your little lady. She is a lucky, lucky little girl to have you two for parents. I can not wait to capture you all as a family.:)

xo em

  • July 12, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    liv - lovely!


Sent to me by the”baby in the orange chair” family the R family was a JOY to work with. They provided me a beautiful home to shoot in, a sweet family to hang out with, and a super cute smiling baby to point my camera at. It really could not get much better. We had a great time talking about baby bums, “solid” foods and puppy love.


Here are a few of my many, many favorites:

Kristin thanks again for having me out to your home to spend time with your family. Your little lady is just adorable! If course as new clients I would love to throw down a blog comment challenge. If you can get 30 people to comment on this post I will throw in a set of darling little wallet brag books on the house. They work well for showing off super smiley babies, just so you know.:)So leave some love people! I know you want to.


xo em

  • July 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

    Katie Jaeger - I love that last photo!

  • July 8, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Murielle Adair - Oh I have goose bumps. These are so incredibly cute! I love the naked ones, and the close ups, and the group shots. I love them all. It’s true, she’s the happiest baby on the block.

  • July 11, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Mike and Donna Lynch - What a fun time you must have had. These are so very cute. They just make us both smile to look at them. There is a little bit of Opa in those beautiful eyes.
    Donna and Mike

  • July 12, 2011 - 8:08 am

    DOROTHY ROSE - How sweet! I love them all.

  • July 12, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    Sari Verrenti - She’s gorgeous. Sorry, Mark, but she looks just like her mommy. Hope to see her soon.

  • July 13, 2011 - 6:39 am

    Stacy Snyderman - Absolutely beautiful! I think she is one of the happiest babies I’ve ever seen. I don’t know how you will ever choose. Love those eyes!!

  • July 13, 2011 - 7:06 am

    Scott Verrenti - Great photos! I really liked the black and whites, too!

  • July 27, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Marlo Lewis - So adorable! You all look so very happy. I can see a little bit of both of you in her…but thankfully more of Kristin. ;-) Love you guys!

  • July 27, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Karen Lewis - What a precious, smiley little one! Blessings to the happy family!

  • July 29, 2011 - 4:23 am

    Nilli Jaworovich - What a perfect, beautiful baby girl….and SO happy! Fantastic bunch of pictures…especially the last one. Total Gerber baby! Kristin she looks like you!


Rachelle emailed me a while back to inquire about engagement photos. You see her her girlfriend had just proposed and they were over the moon excited to celebrate. After chatting via email for a while I could tell I was going to like these two, they were sweet, funny and over the top in LOVE. I can not ask for more, so when they showed up on a blustery rainy morning with beautiful smiles on their faces, I could not help but smile too. You see we had planned on shooting outside while they were in Portland, but due to weather and time constraints we headed inside of my studio building. The local businesses on the main floor were awesome enough to let us crash their spaces as well. A HUGE thank you to Water Ave Coffee & Bunk Bar for being so awesome. It really turned out to be a great session despite the crappy weather! Courtney and Rachelle were wonderful and so adorable to put in front of the camera.

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Rachelle & Courtney thanks for being so fun and making a rainy day rock! I just adored working with the two of you, and I am SO looking forward to your wedding next summer! I hope you love your sneak peek, I will have the whole gallery up shortly for you.  As new clients I would love to throw down a blog challenge for you. If you can get 30 people to comment on this little post I will throw in a mounted 11×14 on the house for you.:)

So leave some love people!


xo em


  • July 7, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Leah - So stinkin’ cute, and beautiful photography! The pictures are marvelous!!!

  • July 7, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    Megan P. - I’M THE FIRST ONE! YAHOO!! I have to say, these photos are so happy and wonderful. Emily, you really captured their personalities and their love for one another!! Gorgeous.

  • July 7, 2011 - 6:44 pm

    liv - i love this set!

  • July 7, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Laurel - I love it! Absolutely Beautiful! :)

  • July 7, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    CharliRae - Love, love, love! Both of you are so beautiful, inside and out!!! Congrats again!

  • July 7, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    Heather Packer - Beautiful! Really looking forward to my engagement shoot next week now! :)

  • July 7, 2011 - 7:28 pm

    Keeley - Beautiful couple and beautiful photos!

  • July 7, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    shannon - Love these pictures! So artsy and oh so much love…

  • July 7, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    Shawna - Emily you did a beautiful job on these pictures. Rachelle is like a sister to me and it makes me cry to see her so happy!! Great job!

  • July 7, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    Courtney J - I love the pictures Emily! Thanks for being so wonderful.

  • July 7, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    Diana - These look wonderful. I love how you capture the two of them

  • July 8, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Sarah Costa - These are incredible. So much emotion, just gorgeous couple and images

  • July 8, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    Erica - Very cute, you look very happy, congratulations!

  • July 11, 2011 - 12:27 am

    Laurie - Love these! Great work.

  • July 12, 2011 - 10:33 am

    Lilly - Man, these women are so incredibly stylish. Especially love those green shoes on the lady with the short hair. Emily, I know you’re amazing, but this is such a handsome couple, I bet it would have been harder work to make them look bad! Love the smiles too, of course. You do always capture those smiles :)

  • July 13, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Sarah - Love these!

  • July 15, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Aishling - What a gorgeous couple! You can see their love and spirit shine through these photographs. Congrats to Courtney and Rachelle on your engagement!

  • July 15, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Terri - Beautiful pictures. They really show how much this couple cares for each other. <3

  • July 16, 2011 - 8:18 pm

    Annie - Wow, such talent! These pics are adorable. Courtney and Rachelle look so happy! Way to capture the love, Emily! :)

  • July 17, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    Lindsay Clark - You two are so great together and I’m glad you found a photographer to really help capture the love you two have! See you soon!!

  • July 18, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Sarah - Stunning and gorgeous girls. Love the green shoes! Can’t wait for the wedding photos. ;)

  • July 18, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Karissa - Gorgeous! You ladies look so in love! Congrats!

  • July 19, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Johanna - Beautiful pictures. The colors against the rainy backdrop are gorgeous.

  • July 20, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Georgia Ruth - Ummmm you two are beautiful together! I am so happy for you! These pictures are stunning!

  • July 20, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Gibbs - These are the sweetest, trendiest engagement photos ever. I love you two to the moon and back, and I love emily g’s entire portfolio. I can’t stop stalking the website!

  • July 20, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Kelley - Love love LOVE these! :)

  • July 20, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Quinlyn - They are amazing!!! You really captured their spirit in the photos :)

  • July 20, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Geena Glaser - These pictures are incredible, perfectly capturing both of your beauty, love, and of course individualism. I feel the love in the tiniest details of how you’re holding each others’ fingers. I love you both so much. Excellent work, Emily.

  • July 22, 2011 - 10:26 am

    Katie - Aw, I love you guys! So sweet! Emily – You really captured their happiness in these photos! C&R – you ladies are beautiful!

  • July 25, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Pamela - What a way to brighten up a rainy day! These are simply beautiful pictures! Congratulations, ladies! Thanks, Emily, for sharing these girls with us. :o)

  • September 13, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    Jennifer - I truly loved the captures you did with your pictures, everything tells a story and I love seeing a story being told in the picture!!

  • September 20, 2012 - 9:44 am

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