From beautiful Gainesville, Virginia

Capturing the natural beauty of motherhood from the moment you feel those first flutters in your belly to the excitement of bringing home your new baby. My studio is in Gainesville, Virginia, but home has always been wherever my favorite people are...most days that’s with my hubby and our twin toddlers, Henry and Eloise. 

I capture your family’s love story.

from the moment it first began

From the fleeting, sacred moments before, after and during the miracle of birth

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My natural light studio was created to bring a relaxed portrait experience to my families. The connection between a parent and their child is at the heart of my imagery, so I built a place where you could experience this together, distraction-free, focused on the love you share with your baby. 

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Miraculous, raw and each one different, birth stories are told with utter honesty, preserving the beauty of this unmatched moment in time. 

The beauty of a new beginning..

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Focused on the connection and love you have for your little one, maternity sessions are designed to capture the intimate relationship that motherhood brings. 

A love unlike any other..

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With each passing day, you notice the changes in your baby’s features. Relaxed, studio baby sessions are meant to preserve each dimpled fist and wispy curl so that you never struggle to remember just how precious they were.  

Moments meant to be lived in.

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Our favorite moments are usually the ones you aren’t looking at the camera for. They are nights spent with friends and family playing board games, and ice cream cones with extra sprinkles. They are Saturday morning donuts and a second cup of coffee while cuddling on the couch...moments that capture something real, moments that tell your family’s story. 

Not just a memory.

From the moment I held my babies to my chest, photography became more than just photos to me; they became a physical connection to a moment that was already gone. Days that seemed to tumble over each other, time gathering speed with each bedtime and mornings brought a reminder of how quickly they were changing. Photographs were more than just a way to remember...they are a way to tell my children their own family story.

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I cannot say enough about my experience with Emily for my newborn session. My husband and I went in not knowing what to expect or how to pose and from the moment we walked in her door she made us feel so comfortable and beautiful (which is so important for a mom that gave birth less than two weeks prior)! She has an overwhelmingly warm presence and was so gentle with our baby. Emily's studio is light and airy and comes equipped with a wide variety of timeless dresses that fit and flatter all shapes and sizes. Emily captured more than I could have ever asked for in the pictures. Her work is more than just photos, it is art. I cannot wait to use her again for all!

Darcy Weyant

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Working with Emily is a joyful experience, from start to finish. She was incredibly prompt with all communication and went above and beyond to provide resources that prepared us for our session. She answered and any all questions -- session-related or otherwise -- that I had throughout the process. On the day of our shoot, she had such a natural ease behind the camera and made the whole session seem completely effortless! Having two kids of her own, you can tell she truly has a passion for working with young families and captures the most beautiful memories!

Alicia Lacey

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Emily is the type of person you feel like you've known your whole life upon meeting. She immediately makes you feel comfortable and at ease - her poise, confidence, and upbeat nature truly makes for a relaxed environment and the resulting photos speak for themselves. We hired Emily to capture Fresh48 photos and are so happy with her work. I can almost hear my three year old daughter's voice meeting her newborn brother for the first time by looking back at our photographs. Emily captures sacred moments effortlessly and I will be forever grateful for the gift she provided my family!

Julia Nickle

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As a photographer myself, I knew I wanted to hire someone that I loved to be the one to come into our home 2 weeks post-partum and capture our new family of four. It's such a special time and we wanted to hire someone who truly made us feel like ourselves. Emily did that and so much more. I appreciate the classic and timeline approach to her work but more than that, I appreciate her direction and adjustments throughout the shoot to help us look our best. She has such a gentle and natural way of adjusting poses and angles to make a new mom still love how she looks even just days after giving birth and THAT is a gift!! Beautiful photography is an investment but I honestly would have paid double for what we received. As soon as we received our gallery of images from Emily I felt this wave of relief and peace that we had truly captured the essence of this special season. Our babies will forever get to look back and see what they looked like when they were tiny and Graham was brand new!! We love Emily and we're so thankful for her!

Katelyn James Alsop

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I knew I was going to appreciate the photographs Emily took for us, but I had no idea I would cherish, absolutely treasure these the way that I do. The portraits are some of the most beautiful photographs I've ever seen- she captured the sweetness between my son and I in such an organic, graceful way, and I simply don't have the words to describe how much I love them. As a photographer myself I thought I knew what to expect from the studio session, but the final gallery absolutely stole my breath. I also appreciated how EASY the studio session was! Her selection of gowns made it so that I didn't have to worry about shopping (a HUGE perk), and even the simple act of having a peanut changer, diapers, and wipes in the room meant the session went all the more smoothly, and was all the more enjoyable. Emily, we are so grateful for these photographs- these prints will forever be some of my favorite family heirlooms.

Abby Springmann

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Emily was an absolute dream to work with for our maternity photos. She was wonderfully responsive in advance of the session over email and text, and I was so appreciative of the wardrobe options she provided so that I didn't have to worry about what to wear. She instantly makes you feel at ease from the moment you meet her. We initially reached out to her because of her light-filled and airy style and she didn't disappoint - the photos she shared after our session turned out beautifully. We're grateful we found her to commemorate this time in our lives and are sincerely looking forward to our next session with her!

Lindsey Smith

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"Emily took both maternity and newborn photos for us. Wrangling two squirmy toddlers and a newborn is not easy, but she handled the job with finesse and professionalism. Though the session was truly a lot of fun, upon leaving I thought “there’s no way she was able to get any good ones of my uncooperative toddlers!” ...but the day she sent me the images I cried because she captured the most beautiful photos of my girls with their new brother! Pictures I would have never been able to get on my own. She calmly soothes your baby, makes toddlers laugh, and, while paying attention to every small detail, makes you feel beautiful and at ease...completely taking away all of the new mama stress. These pictures mean so much to me and I know through them, I will be able to cherish this wonderful but all too brief moment in time forever."

Julia Schurott

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