have I mentioned I have awesome colleagues?

Not too long ago I talked my awesome & talented friend Alicia, well her darling bump turned into a beautiful little girl not too long ago. Just like her mama, she is beautiful, strong, opinionated and very, very feisty. Sweet Emona made me WORK for it, but I loved it. I love the strong girls, even if it does make for a bit more work. As usual I had fun working with the whole family, and can not wait to see this family grow. ๐Ÿ™‚

On to the cute baby photos already right!

Alicia thanks again for trusting me to capture your growing family. I can not wait to see your babies get even bigger and more fun. I see lots of dinosaur games and bug catching adventures in your future. We have to get the kids together soon, once the madness of all things wedding season calms down. ๐Ÿ™‚


xo em


How is it my 10 year anniversary?!

I am not nearly old enough to say that right?!

Well it is true. 10 years ago today I married my partner in crime, my best friend & my soul-mate.ย  Ten years, 2 kids, 2 houses and many, many construction projects later I still love that man. I am a pretty lucky lady


(image by my uber talented friend Jenny O’Donnell)


Happy 10 years baby! I love you to bits.


xo em

  • August 10, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Jaime Reel - Congratulations Emily. You have an inspiring love and connection. Here’s to 10 more!


Some times clients become friends, it just happens. After Skypeing, many joke filled emails, a super fun engagement session & a few phone calls I showed up at Megan & Michael’s wedding. I came to work, but felt like I was capturing old friends. I just adore these two. They are smart, wickedly funny, and so deeply in love with each other.ย  As always they were great in-front of the camera, and just fun to hang out with.

We had such a great time getting to know all of their friends and family. The day could definitely be described as warm, not just in temperature but in the feeling you got from the whole crew. Warm hearts all around, with no shortfall of love & warm wishes for the couple. It takes a village to put on a wedding, and this village was awesome. We tromped all over Silver Creek Falls State park, took some beautiful images and had a warm & wonderful day.

Michael & Megan also did a wonderful job choosing local vendors to carry out their special day:

Stunning Venue: Silver Creek Falls State Park

Ahhmazing Cake: Haute Cakes

Beautiful Flowers: Three Stems Flowers Silverton

Delish Food: Wild Pair Catering

Killer Band: Old Circle Band

Lovely Ladies Hair: Visions Salon


So enough yacking already, on to the photos right!

Megan & Michael, thanks again for having us our to capture your big day! I had such a lovely time working with all of you. I hope you have enjoyed your sneak peek. I have so many more coming your way very soon. Friends & family please leave a comment below if you would like to be emailed when the entire gallery is ready!

xo em

  • August 9, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    Megan - Emily,
    Thank you SO MUCH for being our photographer! I totally agree with everything you say. I wish we lived in Oregon so we could hang out ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had such an amazing day, and a lot of that was due to you.
    Thank you thank you thank you!

    The photos are beyond belief amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for more.

    Lots of love,

  • August 9, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    Diana - Emily, these are GORGEOUS! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would absolutely love to be notified when the entire gallery is ready. [For reference, I was the helper lady who ran around like crazy the day of ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

  • August 9, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    Wendy Wright - The photos are absolutely great. I would love to be advised when the gallery is ready.

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    and baby makes three - […] Michael and Megan were married in Oregon a few years ago, and I had a blast photographing their wedding. […]


I love pinterest.com

I do, it is really an addiction, but I can justify my love for pinterest for this reason. Because dear clients i do it for you!

Do you pinterest? If not it is a great recourse and organizational tool. It is also a HUGE time suck, but so is everything fun right?! I have been using pinterest over the last year or so to communicate with wedding clients about the type of photos the are inspired by. So when the big wedding day comes we can talk about poses, and types of light with some great visual examples. It has been a wonderful tool.

Lately I have also been using pinterest to communicate with other colleagues for group projects. Like the mod shoot I just posted about. The whole team contributed to the pinterest board to bring the shoot together. Great right!

So if you pinterest, and you want to follow me, you can find me here.

Today I want to use pinterest for a very specific reason. It is busy season around here, lots of weddings, babies and a ton of engagement sessions. As you can tell by my blog I have been a busy lady. Oh how I love the sunshine! The one question that always pops up is what to wear… years ago I did a post about what to wear, but I have not updated it it in ages. So with the help of pinterest I wanted to do just that.

See more “what to wear engagement” examples on my pinterest board. Some put together by me, some by other photographers.

Lets start with engagement sessions shall we. Engagement sessions should be above all fun. These are basically fun bonus photos to get myself and the couple comfortable working together prior to the stress and business of a wedding day. I always encourage my clients to wear something fun, flirty and comfortable. Weddings tend to be more formal occasions, so engagement sessions should be more causal and fun. You can also bring a couple outfits if you like. Sessions typically last an hour, so one change can be worked in easily. Though do keep in mind the location may, or may not have a private place to change.

I love bright spots of color in accessorizes & shoes if possible. Also please remember we will most likely be walking around a bit to find different backdrops, so wear something you can walk around in. Couples should coordinate, but not exactly match. That is Way to cheesy.ย  Ifย  you show up in matching polos and jeans, I will pretend I don’t know you.ย  Finding a color palette, and going with it is perfect. Like the above example of yellow, red brown & grey is a great. Here are a fewย  sessions that the couples did a great job picking coordinating but not too matching outfits:

Jenna & Chase: downtown/waterfront

Craig & Megan: Alberta Arts District

Rachelle & Courtney: eastside coffee shop

Amy & Greg: rural farm setting


Did I mention they should be casual and fun? A few things you should NOT do:

  • dye your hair or get a drastic cut the night before
  • try our new makeup you have never worn before
  • wear 5 inche heals if you never, ever wear heels.
  • forget to eat prior

Things you should do prior:

  • get a good night’s sleep the night prior
  • get a drink or two before the shoot if you like (you can invite me if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • bring items special to you, that would be fun to include (Megan’s fish, or Myra’s horse mask for example)
  • bring the puppy! (like Sarah & Josh did here)
  • choose a location that has special meaning to you two as a couple. (like Tricia & Mark did here)


I hope to continue adding to the link list above & pinterest board. (see the addiction is for you dear clients!).

Let me know if you have any questions at all!


xo em