I am a mom to a seven year old little girl named Lily, a lawyer who basically only ever listens to NPR, podcasts, or audio-books, and a rule-breaking creative who just isn't here for the norm. One of the fundamental components of me and my portraiture is that I love people - how they act, how they feel, how they move about through time and space - and I love the relationships people have with each other, with themselves, and with the planet.
I am bold and unafraid to speak up, I dedicate a lot of my life to working to improve the world for marginalized communities, I strive to constantly improve my understanding, and I like to push the boundaries of what the every day can be. I am a gypsy soul, a maker, a provoker, and a deep thought thinker. I question norms, challenge beliefs, and remove expectations. There is no perfection, there is only ever trying to be better.
Read on to learn about why I do what I do. . .
More 'bout Emily
I began photography way back when I was a teenager obsessed with fashion photography. I didn't go to school for it, though I've been in college for just about everything else. I prefer to learn on my own and I've perfected the art of self-teaching on a super fast-paced track (thanks internet).
I focus my portraiture on the creation of heirlooms. This includes wedding photography, but also pet portraiture and family portraits, including every stage from maternity to newborn to baby milestones to family updates. Most of the time, you can find me working with pets and babies, who are strikingly similar in the personality traits that they require (patience, calmness, and intuition). If you bring me your baby, I'll quickly snap into grandma mode and I'll lull them to sleep real quick. If you bring me a pet, I'll shower them with love and will definitely give them the zoomies. If you come to me for your wedding, then you're also getting an advocate and a shameless supporter and defender of your love.
Why so Crunchy?
My motivation to be in business isn't for subjective benefits like the ability to travel, be my own boss, and do things that I love and that inspire me. Rather, it is that I get to shape the values of my business and how it impacts my community and the industry in which it is situated. I have always felt the need to make a big impact in the world, whether through law, advocacy or activism, and I didn't always know how photography fit into that. I've realized, though, that many big changes start in the community, and small businesses can help spur consumers into action through those relationships. Lots of businesses say nice things like "we love all love," but I firmly believe that it's our responsibility to do a whole lot more than that.
For instance, I'm one of the few photographers with a progressive, OPT-IN privacy section in my contract. Don't want to share your images with the world? No problem! I'm not going to charge a "privacy fee," who even does that?!
To have positive impacts on my community, I implement many sustainable, green, and socially accountable efforts through the client interactions I have, the gifts I give, the way I conduct business, the products I offer, the events I hold and the community partnerships I chose to participate in. Also, there's the blog where you get a taste of the intensity and passion I am known for including when I talk about hard things. Check out the Plastic Free Wedding Program and have yourself a sustainable and waste-free wedding!
Basically, I'm crunchy because I can, because I need to be, and because it's my responsibility to help teach others how to care for our environment in a more conscious and sustainable way. Check out the The Plastic Free Wedding Guide, and learn about privacy. Contact me if you have ideas!