I know I say it all the time, but the wedding community is full of so many amazingly lovely people. Perhaps it is because our job involves working with a celebration of love? What ever it is, I love my colleagues. I especially love my colleagues when they refer me to their clients, but it is the ultimate honor when theyΒ  trust me enough to photograph their own families. I captured Katy, a local wedding planner with Bridal Bliss and her adorable belly not too long ago. It was a fun session, so when she asked me to come back and photograph her newborn daughter I was super excited. While little Aryana got settled down we had fun chatting about all things Portland wedding, mothering 2 little ones, and much more.Β  My job is pretty awesome. πŸ™‚

Here are a few of my favorites from our session…

Katy thanks again for trusting me to capture your little lady. She was an absolute doll! We will get a few of the kids together once little lady gets a bit bigger. πŸ˜‰ I had a great time hanging out with you, and thank your cousin again for hosting us in her beautiful home! More images soon I promise. πŸ™‚


xo em


When I first met with Kayla & Johnny I asked them how they met. Kayla immediately told me the story of “The cute guy with the red cleats”. I loved it! It seemed only fitting to celebrate the love that soccer brought together, by starting their engagement session at the Portland Timbers stadium. We had a great time running around the field, getting yelled at by a grounds keeper only once, and taking some fun & playful images. After the field we ventured out into the NW pearl district then onto nibble cupcakes. It is kind of ridicules how much fun we had.

Here are a few of my many favorites…


Kayla & Johnny thanks for all of the fun ideas, and for being up for ANYTHING! I had so much fun working with you. My hubby also thanks you for the last stop of the cupcake shop, he loved the left overs. πŸ˜‰ It was such a fun night. I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peek. I am so looking forward to your wedding next year! For now I would love to offer you a little blog challenge. If you can get 30 people to comment on this blog post I will throw in an 11×14 wall print on the house.

So leave some love people!

xo em

  • October 11, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Karen Harvey - Love this pictures of Kayla and Jonny! My favorite is the one in the goal. Can’t wait for the wedding! Great work Emily!

  • October 11, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Savannah Outen - These pictures are amazing, Kayla and Jonny!!! Kayla you look gorgeous!!! Emily did a wonderful job. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Marcus - Love ya sis. These look great. Jonny could’ve had some cleaner shoes though.


  • October 11, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Mary - Oh these are the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen! I love these kids more than anything. I prayed these picture would turn out this good!

  • October 11, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Kim Harrington - Absolutely charming! You two are adorable and you look like you had so much fun. What a talented photographer too!!

  • October 11, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Heather Giard - I love them! My favorites are the ones in the goal and the one of your feet! Too cute! May this be the beginning of something amazing for both of you…

  • October 11, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Barb - Best.Pictures.Ever. xo Aunt B

  • October 11, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Maura - So cute. My favorite is the shadowy one in the stadium where you can see “Portland” on the stands. Very original!

  • October 11, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Crystal - Amazing pictures for an amazing couple! Congrats!

  • October 11, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Erin - LOOOOVVVEEEE! You guys are so cute, and these photos are amazing. I can’t even pick just 3 I like, too many perfect for remembering a blissful engagement <3

  • October 11, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Laura - I am very happy for you Kayla! These are great pictures!

  • October 11, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Kayla - We LOVE the pictures Emily!!! Thanks for being so willing to be adventurous and try out a new venue to shoot at. We had a great time and can’t wait until the wedding! More cupcakes to come. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Joe - I also thought the picture in the goal was the best. I see that I am not alone. I love the texture and the depth of field aspect of the photo. You two look marvelous.

  • October 11, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Kim - Love the pics! The red shoes pic is adorable πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Amy - Love them!!! Very cute. Nice work Jonny…way to take one for the team!

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Tonya - Thanks for sharing the pictures. You both look so happy. I love your big smiles. It’s easy to tell you’re having a good time together.

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Molly Scott - Beautiful!

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Karen Reynolds - Love, love the photos.

  • October 11, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Jennifer - Favorite through the goal also! They all look so great. Happy for you two. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Suzanne Schneider - Adorable pictures! What a CUTE couple!

  • October 12, 2012 - 8:48 am

    Uncle MIke - Love the pics. Great theme. Hope you keep up the soccer. Couples who play together stay together.

    Will there be a clown at the wedding? Just asking.

  • October 12, 2012 - 10:26 am

    KK and Soph - Soph and I love the photos !!!

  • October 12, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Jessica - Hello Emily – Great pictures of my cousin and cousin-to-be. I like the kiss with Jonathan tossing the ball in the air, the black & white leg shot at Tanner Springs, and the seated shot at Saint Cupcake.

  • October 12, 2012 - 11:07 am

    Trevor - Great photos. I’m going to share this with a friend.

  • October 12, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Linda Chan - Emily,
    Wow! Love the photos! You did a fabulous job! The photos really do tell a fun and beautiful love story. Congratulations to Kayla and Johnny!

  • October 13, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Kim Kiely - What beautiful pictures!! Congratulations to the adorable couple.

  • October 13, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    Brian - Great photography! Favorite is the one with the city in the background. Cute couple too.

  • October 13, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Haley - These are great! Very nicely done Emily.

  • October 14, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    Haley - The pictures look great Emily. Love them!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    Maureen Curran - What a great looking couple! I love love love the last photo! Can’t wait until the wedding! Enjoy the planning!!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    Chuck Carley - All pics are GREAT !!!!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Suzanne - Love the pictures. You guys are so cute! Looks like it was a lot of fun!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Michele - These are fabulous pictures truly showing the personalities and the live they share. Great idea to do it at the Timbers field.

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Jeanne Garrett - I love the originality of these photos! You two look absolutely adorable!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Brian - Great photography! My favorite is the silouette with the city in the background. Rather fond of the subjects, as well.

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Kelly - Beautiful pictures of you, Kayla and Jonny! Can’t wait for the wedding!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Jill Golay - Kayla,
    What a great idea to have some of your pictures taken at the stadium and we too love saint cupcakes. I especially like the smoked chocolate chip cookie I(though my husband says it taste like fish) tee hee hee. YOur photographer really has an eye and seems to ‘catch the moment’ when you too have that special connection.

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Brian - Great photography and wonderful subjects!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Stephanie Wilkerson - Love, absolutely love, the black and whites. Especially the one with the soccer net in the foreground!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Kaitlin - Fabulous pictures! Your smiles are contagious, congrats you two!

  • October 14, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Kelly M - Wonderful photos of a great couple! Can’t wait for the wedding pictures!

  • October 14, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Sienna Bayley - I like your pictures!!!

  • October 14, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    diane womack - The last one is my favorite…really great pictures

  • October 14, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Kelly SHAFER - Perfect pictures!! And, of course you look gorgeous K. What a great idea! Can’t wait for the wedding of the century!

    Love, Mark and Kelly

  • October 14, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    Megan S. - These are so great!!!! Your wedding photos are going to be amazing!!!

  • October 14, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    Lacey - Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!! Congratulations!!!

  • October 14, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    Partee Patrick - Great pictures! Owwuuuueeeeuuua!

  • October 14, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    D.Ann Fussell - My fav is the one in the goal!! SOOOO Cute!

  • April 7, 2016 - 10:58 am

    Kayla & Johnny: the belly - […] events with me. It was just a few years back I captured Johnny & Kayla during their super fun engagement session, then their over the top joyous wedding. These two are always so fun to photograph, so when they […]


I know I always say it, but how is time going so fast?! Just the other day I was capturing Katie & Charlotte’s wedding, then maternity, then newborn session,and 6 months,Β  and now a big one year old?! Time has flown by this year!

Here are a few of my many, many favorites…

Charlotte & Katie thanks once again for trusting me to capture your darling family. Molly is such a stunner, and clearly is a lucky girl to have two doting mamas. I just adore all of you! You know what’s next right? Blog comment challenge time! If you can get 30 people to make a comment on this little post I will throw in a set of brag books for you on the house. So leave some love people!

xo em

  • October 11, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Katie - Love them! You alway make us look so pretty. πŸ™‚

  • October 11, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    emily - psha it’s cause you are so pretty!

  • October 11, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Page Berghoffer - Always a beautiful family….love the pics of little Molly!!!!

  • October 11, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Jessica - Such lovely pictures! You are all glowing with beauty and happiness. Also, those metallic shoes are amazing. Love you all!

  • October 11, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    nikia kae cummingS - Beautiful family captured in beautiful pictures! Molly looks so happy!

  • October 11, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    Charlotte - beautiful as always. you really captured Molly’s expressions. Love them all.

  • October 12, 2012 - 12:11 am

    Cassie - I absolutely love the second to the last picture! You ladies always photograph so well. πŸ™‚

  • October 12, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Grammar - Wonderful pictures of all of you.

  • October 12, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Meghan - Such vibrant colors! And capturing a happy one year old is not an easy feat. Love them.

  • October 14, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Gramps - Looking good!

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:50 am

    Rebecca Hampshire - AWE! Wish I could be there to watch your family grow!

  • October 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Melissa Edwards - I love these pictures!

  • November 2, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Kelsey - Fun family pictures! Molly is darling.


Someone recently asked me about why I love to capture weddings? I thought for a moment and told them the reason weddings are so important to me is because it is the height of a happy day. Everyone (generally) is happy to be there, happy for the couple, and happy to participate in one of our most joyful traditions. Each wedding is different, but the common thing you see at every wedding are the smiles. Stephanie & Jason proved the rule, the joy that day was off the charts. Friends, family and everyone involved had a great time and showed it. Even the delicious roasted whole pig was sporting a cigar & a grin. It was in short a great day.

Venue: Wine Country Farm

Her Dress: The Bridal Gallery

His Suite: Mr. Formal

Catering: Haagenson’s Catering

Cake: Custom Cakes NW


Here are a few of my many favorites from the day:

Stephanie & Jason thanks again for trusting me to capture your big day. It was my pleasure! I had a great time meeting all of your friend’s & family as well. I hope you two had an amazing honeymoon. I will be done with the whole set very soon. I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek! Friends & Family please feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to see the whole gallery when it is ready.

xo em

  • October 9, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    Lynn - Wow! Such beautiful photos. They capture the day so perfectly. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • October 10, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Casey - These photos are so great! I absolutely love all the laughing, bright colors, and happy people. Stephanie, you look absolutely gorgeous!

  • October 20, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    Southern Illinois Photography - Just wanted to leave a quick comment on the picture of the black cuff links, a simple yet elegant photo and one that is often overlooked. Great job!


Sweet & beautiful Lucy Mae was so good for me. I first heard about this little princess when her auntie called me wanting to set up a gift certificate for her Mama’s baby shower. Even before she was born Miss Lucy had people fawning over her, and excited to see her sweet face. While talking to her aunt and Mama prior to our session I knew this would be a good one. We chatted about pink tutus & chubby babies, I was excited to meet her too by the end. So when the day came to finally set eyes & camera lens on the little princess we all had high hopes. Lovely Lucy did not disappoint. She was so good for me! Sleepy, curly, and oh the cute chubby cheeks! She was even good and humored Daddy & his favorite football team for a few shots.

Here are a few of my many, many favorites..

Ashley & Josh thanks again for having me into your home and for trusting me to capture your darling girl. She was just perfect. I hope you are enjoying your little lady, and getting some sleep these days! I will have your whole set for you view soon. For now I would love to offer you a little blog challenge. If you can get 30 people to comment on this post, I will throw in a darling set of brag books. So leave some love people!


xo em

  • October 8, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    Lindsey - These are beyond beautiful!!These capture Lucy perfectly and the love that Josh and Ashley have for their new little girl!

  • October 8, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Sue Buckendorf - Lucy Mae is absolutely gorgeous! The photos are awesome and so well done. I am so glad you captured this special time in your lives.


  • October 8, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Erik - Photos look amazing!!

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    Dawn - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that last pic of lil Lucy Mae and her tiara! So adorable! These pics are amazing!!!

  • October 11, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    Carli - I love her little toes! Congrats again!

  • October 11, 2012 - 10:22 pm

    Kathleen - Beautiful pictures! Beautiful baby and parents! What an amazing memory captured forever – Love these pictures!

  • October 12, 2012 - 12:38 am

    Jodi Neelin - Beautiful!!! What lovely keepsakes, and what a photogenic family!!

  • October 12, 2012 - 6:32 am

    Wayne - Beautiful princess…loving family! These are great pictures.

  • October 12, 2012 - 7:27 am

    Lorrie Erba - Beautiful pictures.
    Lucy Mae has a wonderful family, bedroom and photographer.

  • October 12, 2012 - 9:04 am

    Barbara (Grandma) - What a beautiful, perfect little family (okay, I may be a little prejudiced). Little Lucy has brought so much joy to our family and you have captured that in these photos. Thanks so much for sharing them!

  • October 12, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Great Grandma Shirley - These photo’s of the Franke Family are awesome. Thank you for recoreding the eariest days are Lucy Mae and her wonderful parents Josh and Ashley. You are a true artist..

  • October 12, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Connee Reau - Great Grandmother - Lucy was a princess from the start.
    And now the whole world knows!!
    Our family is blessed with this newest addition –
    thanks Josh and Ashley – and thanks for sharing
    these great photos.

  • October 12, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    Ashley - Emily G, you took such beautiful pictures of our baby girl! I love ALL the photo’s that you took and I’m so thrilled to have them to cherish for the rest of our lives!

    I highly recommend Emily G to everyone, she is an excellent photographer and so easy to work with!!!!

  • October 12, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    Josh Franke - Thank you so much Emily for these incredible pictures! We will cherish them forever!

  • October 13, 2012 - 8:13 am

    Sheryl (Grandma) - What beautiful pictures of our precious little Lucy Mae!

  • October 13, 2012 - 8:22 am

    Sheryl (Grandma) - What beautiful pictures of our precious little Lucy Mae! Emily you took amazing pictures! Thank you


  • October 14, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    Kelsey - Beautiful baby and beautiful family! So happy for you guys πŸ™‚

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Justin Franke - The most beautiful neice and family in the whole world. Love you all very much!

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Chad Franke - Lucy is beautiful! So happy to have her in the family. These amazing photos will truly stand the test of time and will be admired her whole life.

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Dustin - Beautiful pictures of an incredible family. Lucy is quite the adorable, little princess!!! Great photos.

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Kathryn Talley-Crinklaw - The pictures are simple and beautiful! The way the photographer caught the shimmering blue in Lucy’s eyes made them look like liquid pools. It’s not every day a photographer can do that! And who doesn’t love the Detriot Lions? These photos captured this family perfectly and everything they love…..are there photos of the dogs too?

  • October 15, 2012 - 10:47 am

    Crystal Nielson - So sweet! I love the tutu and tiara. πŸ™‚

  • October 15, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Caitlin - I was SO excited to hear my brother and sister were pregnant, but finding out I was going to have a niece made my world soooo much better. Lucy, prepare to be spoiled the rest of your life, and never have boys over.

  • October 15, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Laura - She’s so beautiful! Can’t wait to meet/hold/squeeze/kiss her next week!

  • October 15, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    mandi - Lucy is so adorable in every single picture!! You did an amazing job!! πŸ™‚

  • October 15, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    Alex - My baby niece is the cutest thing ever!!

  • October 16, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    Joni - She is so precious! These pictures are so beautiful!!

  • October 17, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    Ally McFarlin - Awww my little baby niece is so precious!

  • October 17, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    Tina (grandma) - Oh my gosh, these pictures of lucy are angelic!

  • October 17, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    Kris - Wow! The pictures are amazing.
    Of course Lucy Mae is adorable

  • October 22, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    Doug Franke - These photos are AMAZING!! Beautiful, Beautiful Baby Girl!!

  • October 22, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Dana Franke - Beautiful pictures, can not wait to hang them on the family wall!!

  • October 22, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Jerry Cecil - What wonderful pictures! They really capture how beautiful the family is in real life.

  • October 24, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Great Gma & Gpa Franke - Can’t wait to get our hands on her. She is beautiful. Great job parents!

  • November 28, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Tom - What a family (and sole great pics)! Congrats and can’t wait for a play date with Tommy Kuhn and Hugo Manalo!

  • September 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    newborn photographer salem oregon | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - […] under two years ago I did a newborn session with a darling little princess. Her whole family was lovely to work with, so when her mom contacted me recently to schedule a […]