So sometimes couples try to get out of engagement sessions. I totally get it, I hate being in front of the camera too. But I stress the importance of being comfortable with me, my style and my camera prior to a wedding day to my couples. I feel strongly that an engagement session is the perfect way to get all that awkwardness out of the way, so once the big day comes we are all ready to go. Also, engagement sessions are just fun. They are bonus images, they are usually way more casual and we all end up laughing by the end. I love getting to know my clients, and having them get to know me, so well, I make them do engagement sessions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If people are still nervous after my spiel I offer to meet them for a drink prior. That is exactly what I did with Megan & Craig. We met at this great bar on Alberta St. in NE Portland. I knew the street would be the perfect backdrop for this creative & colorful couple. After a taco (or two) and a few drinks we set out to take some fun images on a warm early summer evening. I have to say I really like these two. They are funny, smart & we ended up with tons in common. Even a few names in common way back from my days working in the non-profit world. Walking around Alberta we found some great art, an amazing burnt out house, and even ran into people we knew along the way. I had tons of fun at this session, and I hope that shows in the images.

Craig & Megan thanks again for letting me convince you to do engagement photos. I had so much fun getting to know you guys. I am really looking forward to your wedding next month! I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek. I am almost done with the entire set. For now I would love to throw down a blog challenge. I do this for all of my new clients. If you can get 30 people to comment on this blog post, I will throw in an 11×14 mounted wall print on the house. So leave some love folks.


xo em

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Craig - Great work! Fun times jumping! I can’t wait to jump higher and higher on our big day.

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Shizuko - These are absolutely LOVELY. The photos really capture the magic that is your relationship!

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Baber - They are so gorgeous together! Thanks for capturing our friends’ spirit. =)

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    brendita - NO LIMITSSSSS!! Love love love y mรกs amor always!

  • June 21, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Suzie Hise - These are so much fun and unique (just like the couple). Nice job everyone!

  • June 21, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Lisa Simmons Thatcher - Love these! No Limits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 21, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Missy - Super fun pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  • June 21, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Jenn Chapdelaine - I LOVE them all!!! Of course you got your famous jump in there Craig! THey are so colorful and the beautiful couple make them priceless!!! I can’t wait to see you next month!! <3

  • June 21, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    jenna - lovely! makes me excited for next month!

  • June 21, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Laura - oh my gosh these are to die for! so portland!!! you do such great work.

  • June 21, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    RudyFlagellum - Ya’ll are a cute couple. Excellent photos!

  • June 21, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Sue Caulfield - Emily you did a fansastic job! These are really fun and I feel happy when I look at them. Just want to give everybody a hug! Thank you bunches!

  • June 21, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Colleen Daly-LaBar - Great photos, definitely brings out the character in Craig, it is exactly what I would have expected! Looks like you are cut from the same cloth, I wish you both many many years of love and happiness! These photos really capture the fun personalties!! Best wishes!!

  • June 21, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    lydia - what beautiful photos of such wonderfully kind and beautiful people. <3

  • June 21, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Natasha - Ah,I see you’re taking the Great Leap Forward on Alberta. Are you planning to jump the broomstick on the Big Day?

  • June 21, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    Julie Me - Craig, I’ve never seen you smile this hard – watch out, your face could crack in half! Must be all the happiness….. :):):):)

  • June 22, 2012 - 6:58 am

    Kim Benson Eguia - Congrats Craig!! Pictures are awesome!

  • June 22, 2012 - 10:28 am

    megan - Emily got us warmed up with tacos and drinks first. #smartphotographer

  • June 22, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Katie - Lovely!

  • June 22, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    abigail - fabulous photos for fabulous friends!

  • June 23, 2012 - 9:45 am

    gladys caulfield - Great pictures, I hope your happiness lasts for 62 years as your grandpa caulfield & I, can’t wait to see you.Love Grandma

  • June 24, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Edyza - love them! so cute and soo excited for next month!

  • June 25, 2012 - 1:28 am

    steve - Truly captures their energy!

  • June 25, 2012 - 2:24 am

    Amanda - Nice jumps craig!

  • June 25, 2012 - 5:02 am

    Jan Hise - Too many great ones to pick a fav, but oddly the fence one jumps out at me (NPI). Can’t wait to see you guys. Love Aunt Janny

  • June 25, 2012 - 5:54 am

    Pete "The Truth" Shaw - Apparently Love is a couple, of five lettered words with a three lettered conjunctive: Craig and Megan.

  • June 25, 2012 - 6:29 am

    Ana - Hey, nice murals you got there! And the cute couple ain’t so bad either :). Just kidding, you guys are adorable and we can’t wait to see you/celebrate on the big day. And beautiful photos — you found a keeper.

  • June 25, 2012 - 6:57 am

    Sandy - Congrats Megan & Craig!

    These photos are so YOU!! I think you’ve met your perfect match! Enjoy every minute of these last few weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love & hugs,

  • June 25, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Jason - Awesome pictures!!!

  • June 25, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Trillium - beautiful pictures bursting with love! xoxo
    ps – i didn’t know craig could jump so high. wowsa!

  • June 25, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Natalie - awww you guys r such a cute couple! great pics:)

  • June 25, 2012 - 10:30 am

    Mickey Caulfield - Awesome photos! Looking forward to the jubilee”

  • June 25, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    Dana - LOVE the pics and can’t wait to properly celebrate all that is Craigan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 25, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    Jocelyn - Seeing these joyful images bursting with love and color brought a huge smile to my face too. Thanks Craigen + Emily!

  • June 26, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Elaine - Your beautiful hearts and souls shine through your gorgeous faces and the backgrounds, facial expressions, and poses totally accentuate your lively, fun, wonderful personalities! Perfect photos for a fabulous couple!!! Lots of Love… see you in a few weeks!!!! ~ Elaine

  • June 28, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Mireaya - I love you both and your pics are adorable!!!

  • June 30, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Photos from Emily G « craiganwedding - […] We spent an evening earlier this month with our wedding photographer Emily G. She wanted to do a pre-wedding photo shoot with us to get accustomed to our camera discomfort and goofy styles of being. We think she captured so much our that and more in these photos!ย  […]

  • August 8, 2012 - 11:02 am

Megan & Mitch first found me through a photographer friend of mine. She was already booked for their wedding date, and as we often to she wanted to refer them on to someone who she thought would be a good fit. She had previously worked with the family and was really hesitant to pass them off. Her email to me talked about how wonderful this couple was, how big their hearts were, and how great the entire family was. My friend, the other photographer literally gushed about these two.ย  Once I finally got a chance to meet these two lovebirds I totally got it. They are adorable, sweet and extremely kind. Megan’s smile & laughter is infectious, and the way Mitch looks at Megan melts my heart. So when the time came around to do engagement photos I was excited to capture these two with my camera. Megan had big plans for our session, she wanted to include of of Mitch’s great loves (fishing) into her theme. So we hiked down to the river bank in the Tillamook National Forest and made some fun images. Megan is so crafty, she even brought props including an adorable hand sewn fish! For real, I adore these two.

On to the images!

Megan & Mitch I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek. I just loved getting to know you two better. I will have the whole gallery done here for you shortly. For now I would love to offer you a blog post challenge. If you can get 30 people to comment on this post I will throw in an 11×14 wall print on the house! So leave some love for this adorable couple people.


xo em

  • June 20, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    Becca Dryer - Oh my goodness! These are so adorable! The beginning of this post made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ I am happy that they chose you to photograph their wedding because You rock!! Congrats Megan and Mitch!

  • October 25, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Hillsboro Wedding Photographer | oregon wedding & baby photographer emily g photography - […] their love for the outdoors, and their loved ones.ย  We had even more fun when we shot their engagement session not too long ago. When the big day came around Megan & Mitch did just what they set out to do, […]


I love my job, one of the reasons I love it is getting to meet new & interesting people. I always have fun chatting up families or couples and getting to know what makes them tick. That said it is also incredibly lovely to capture dear friends of mine at special times in their lives. Just a few weeks ago it was my pleasure to capture my dear friends Sarah & Jesus with their brand new baby girl Aurelia. You might remember their maternity session on the blog here. I have been patiently waiting for this day for some time now, Sarah is one of the most naturally nurturing people I have ever known, so to capture her as a mama was such a blessing for me. She and Jesus are utterly, over the moon in love with their little darling. And for good reason, she is absolutely beautiful!

Here are a few of the images from our session…

Sarah & Jesus thanks again for trusting me to capture this special time in your life. I am so over the moon happy for both of you. Little lady A is such a lucky girl to have you two as parents. I am so looking forward to our kids playing together (S is already volunteering to baby sit) and watching your girl grow up. I hope you liked your sneak peek, I will have the whole set done shortly.


xo em

  • June 19, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    Laura - I love them in the tie-dye! Cute new family!!


Meet Sarah & Michael…

They are smart, funny, witty & kind. They both have lovely warm smiles, and big hearts. They are also both prone to teasing & pulling pranks.

In short they are my kind of couple.

These two will be tying the knot this summer at the beautiful Balch Hotel in the Columbia River Gorge. I am so excited to capture the big event! It should be a fun day. Since the hotel is in such a scenic small town area, we thought it would be fun to do something really different for the engagement photos. We headed to the east side esplanade to capture Portland downtown & some of the river front. We actually ended up walking one of Michaels’s favorite running spots.We had a great time walking the path, and grabbing some fun photos before the rain set in. Oh Oregon springs!

Here are a few of my favorites from our session together.

Sarah & Michael thanks again for meeting up with me and dealing with the back and fourth weather. I am so pleased we risked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a great time getting to know you two more. I am super excited to capture your big day this summer! 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 an 11×14 print on the house. I am thinking a big print of that bridge shot would be stunning, just sayen. ๐Ÿ˜‰


So leave some love people!


xo em

  • June 14, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Laura - These are fantastic! Love them up on the bridge/walkway!!!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Aeriel - Michael! Congrats your photos are beautiful. So happy for you and your bride-to-be!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Nicole Briggs - Congrats you two! Enjoy every second!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    Eva - Really cute photos!!! Can’t wait for the wedding. We are so excited to dress up!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    Michael Larsen - They look like really fun people!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    Caitlin Kee - Very cute Michael. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats!

  • June 14, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Jessica - Love these! You look so happy!

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Angela - Adorable! I love all of the different shots and angles. =) Congrats to you both!

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Tim Sheie - Oh, I always love the timeless black&white shots.. nice!

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    Amanda - So pretty!!! Love you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Amanda Henderson - Beautful shots Michael! And by the way…congrats! Just realized you are engaged, and EXTREMELY happy for the two of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Renee - always adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ blessings!

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Kit - Michael and Sarah you guys look great! I’m excited for your big day. Mighty Love.

  • June 14, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Jodi Lindmeyer - Awesome pics! Love your smiles on the last photo – both SO happy! Exciting times ahead!

  • June 14, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Beverly Gottwig - What great pictures and what a novel idea to use the Esplanade. You had two people that made great pictures together.

  • June 14, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    Jessi - Great photos! # 1 and 2 are my favs! Super-cute!

  • June 14, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Amy - You both look great! What wonderful photos!

  • June 15, 2012 - 3:59 am

    Amelious Whyte - You two look so cute together. You can see the love. Sorry I cannot be there in person for the big day, but I will be there in spirit.

  • June 15, 2012 - 4:12 am

    Jessica - These are so crisp, even on the computer, they must be amazing when printed. Great job being in different places. I love the making out on the dock and sitting under the tree. It’s as if the tree is representing the many branches that your life together will take, yet the two of you are the trunk, always together. And you look as if you were having a great time! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

  • June 15, 2012 - 6:57 am

    Bethany A. - So you two. So Portland. So fun!

  • June 15, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Asa Harting - Hey. These are great. You are great. I haven’t met her, but I’m sure she is great. Good job being great.

  • June 15, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Karen S. - May be prejudiced, but they’re good looking people with good locations!

    Enjoyed the photos, especially the bridge/walkway.

  • June 15, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Heather - These are great! The wedding photos will be fantastic. So excited!

  • June 15, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Amy - These turned out great! Super cute!

  • June 15, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Steve and Myrna - Great photos. Great couple. Great setting. All this and love, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 16, 2012 - 11:04 am

    Pamela Porter - Congratulations, you two. These are beautiful photos, but then you two are very photogenic people. Happiness radiates. Wishing you all the best! See you in church~Pam Porter

  • June 16, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Jessica - ADORABLE! Love your shoes โ™ฅ

  • June 16, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Joe - Really like the shots. You two look great!!!

  • June 16, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Remanda - SO happy for your Sarah and Michael!!! Just for that beautiful smile you two have, you guys will make an amazing couple!!

  • June 16, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    Hannah - beautiful!

  • June 16, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    Shirley - For cute sakes! Love the pictures of two beautifully happy people!

  • June 16, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Melissa - So Lovely! So wonderful! So happy for you both and us all

  • June 18, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Lorrie Hansen - What wonderful smiles. May your smiles be present each and every day….

  • June 20, 2012 - 8:50 am

    Jasmine - These are gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • June 21, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Marilyn - The black and white under the bridge is fantastic. I love the curve of the metal and the loving couple.


There are no arguments to be made, Xander is one of the coolest little kids in all of the Portland Metro area. He just is, deal with it. With a super star Daddy & Talented Diva for a Mama it is just meant to be. So what do you do when a super cool kid turns 3? You rent a crazy huge inflate-able castle and rock out of course. I have been lucky enough to work with Daria, Dallas & little Xander for the past few years on belly, baby & kiddo photos. So it was fun to come back this year and capture the little dude’s birthday party. It was a fun event filled with bright colors, super heroes and of course lots of bouncing.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Daria & Dallas thanks again for having me out to capture the big party. You guys really know how to throw a bash. Clearly the little guy was pretty happy with the whole set up. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will have the whole set done soon, hope you all are enjoying your summer!


xo em

  • June 15, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Kathy - *sigh* I love this family so much!!!

    Happy Birthday Xander!!