Hi there! I'm Emily! I'm so excited you're here!
I've been a full time photographer for 5 years, focusing primarily on weddings (because I'm obsessed with wedding cake!) I currently live in Iowa with my husband, Derek, and my two pups, Nala and Josie. After growing up in Central Nebraska and living in Cheyenne, WY for a bit, we lived in Colorado for 4 years.
We recently relocated to Onawa, IA and I'm so excited to be able to serve the Midwest! Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Omaha, Des Moines and Lincoln are all within reach, plus I'm still heading back to Colorado about once a month! No matter where you live, we can make your photography dreams come true!
To put it simply, I photograph sentimental couples who want a guided experience without looking overly stiff or posed. My couples are generally nervous about being photographed, but we work together to make you look fantastic! You'll leave feeling so confident and in love with your photos!
• are nervous being photographed
• want to be guided through the process
• don’t know what to do with your hands
• want to be posed, but look natural
• want to feel confident
• are uncomfortable in front of the camera
• want a lot of direction
You might be an Emily Kowalski Photography bride if you:
married to my amazing husband
I wish that I could give Emily more than 5 stars, because she was by far our favorite wedding vendor to work with for our big day. She did our engagement photos and wedding photos, both of which turned out absolutely stunning. She is both professional and easy to work with, which is hard to come by in a photographer. Emily captured our wedding day so perfectly, and we have gotten so many compliments on our photos already. I always was worried about how my wedding photos would turn out because I tend to be pretty unphotogenic, but we have so many photos that seriously look like they are straight off of a Pinterest board.
Becca & PJ
Della Terra | Estes Park, CO
I couldn’t be more pleased with Emily’s work than I already am. I hired Emily as my wedding photographer and she was absolutely amazing! I love how she is able to capture scenically beautiful pictures without losing sight of the couple. I’m so pleased with his clear my picture are!
She was incredibly efficient, patient and just overall enjoyable to work with. She came in very well prepared and just knocked it out of the park. 10/10 would recommend Emily to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!
Jamy & Ben
Westview Church | Greeley, CO
Hiring Emily as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions my husband and I ever made. I can go on and on about how beautiful her pictures are, but that is obvious by looking at her website. While I am amazed with how lovely our photos turned out, what sets Emily apart from other photographers is the heart she has for each of her clients. The day of my wedding Emily was kind, knowledgeable, and prepared. She had a Bride Emergency kit ready, she checked in with me throughout the day to see if I needed anything, she made sure to get all the poses I requested, and she even handed tissues to me (gracefully and secretly) during the ceremony. She is truly incredible!
Anna & Brodie
Hereford Ranch | Cheyenne, WY
Emily did our engagement and wedding pictures and we are SO happy with all of them! She is fun to work with and does a great job of getting everyone put together in great poses in a timely manner. She is very responsive to questions and very helpful! She even provided a timeline suggestion for my whole wedding day to make sure everything flowed smoothly and had a second shooter there for the whole day! She worked with us to get great engagement pictures since there was rain the first day we planned-we still got some awesome "rainy day" pictures, but then had a second shoot on a beautiful, sunny fall day! The album she put together of our wedding pictures is gorgeous! We will treasure the pictures and memories forever!
Kayla & Zach
First St. Paul's | Hastings, NE
My new husband and I could not have picked a better photographer! Emily did both our wedding pictures and engagement pictures. She was absolutely amazing to work with and the photos are unbelievably beautiful! Emily has captured our day so perfectly we could not have asked for more from her. She has been amazing, so professional and friendly! She was the perfect choice for our special day and our engagement session. We will treasure these photographs forever! I would highly recommend Emily as your photographer!
Kim & Jacob
Little America | Cheyenne, WY
Emily is a fantastic photographer. We are so happy we were able to book Emily as our wedding photographer and will cherish our photos forever. My husband and I are not typically comfortable in front of the camera, but Emily is so easy to talk to and was great at making us feel relaxed. Because of that, our photos really captured our personalities. Emily has a great eye for capturing the most scenic backgrounds (perfect for mountain weddings) and caught all the sweet little moments of our wedding day as well.
Sara & Jacob
Mud Lake | Nederland, CO
Oh my goodness, Emily was amazing. From providing structure for the day to taking stunning pictures, and getting the full portfolio back in crazy fast time, I couldn't be happier with our wedding photos that we will have for the rest of our lives! she had crazy good ideas, and also encouraged us to be our silly selves, making our photos look truly like us! I will continue to recommend her to everyone I know!
Beth & Zach
The Alpine House | Jackson Hole, WY
Emily photographed our wedding last June in Longmont, CO. I'm 100% confident no-one could've captured the magic of our day better than she did. Well over 1500 photos, all a perfect window to the moment in time. Her creativity is unrivaled. For example, she explored some double exposer shots while we were shooting and created a wedding photo from a fairytale. Really, you should just experience some of her wedding magic yourselves.
Laurel & Weston
Shupe Homestead | Longmont, CO
I hear the same thing from a lot of my couples, “we aren’t good at taking photos.” My clients often tell me that they can be so awkward in front of the camera. They feel like they don’t know how to pose, they’re worried about what’s expected of them, and overall, they’re just a little nervous about having their photo taken. But then they got engaged and started planning their wedding. It is so important to them to have their memories from their wedding day preserved, especially since all their details and their venue are so sentimental. They know photography is a big investment, but they also don’t quite trust their “uncle with a camera” to capture something so important. They know they need a professional. Does this sound at all familiar?
At their engagement session, they quickly realized that I was telling them everything they needed to do, even making the most minor adjustments to make them look fantastic in their photos. They were confident, they were at ease, they felt like naturals. I gave them prompts to make them laugh and they interacted in a beautiful way, and soon they realized they were actually having fun! They left their session, and even said “that wasn’t so bad!” A few photos popped up from the session on social media later that day and they are absolutely smitten! They realized that they didn’t look awkward at all! In fact, they actually looked like they belonged in front of the camera! Now, all of the sudden, they’re so excited to take photos at their wedding!
Photos on the wedding day were just as smooth. All their bridal party, families, friends, everyone was so at ease and comfortable. They all felt so confident and happy to be a part of this wedding! When they got their photos back a few weeks later, they looked exactly how they remembered seeing their day – everything was preserved so beautifully! They’re vibrant and bold, with true-to-life color. Absolutely timeless. The photos felt so much like them, just radiating the fun they had on their wedding day. These photos, these moments, they’ve now become an heirloom; something they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
I love giving each and every one of my clients this type of experience! So many of my couples confess to me that they’re nervous about taking photos and they don’t know how to “be” in front of the camera. Seriously, no worries! I’m there to help guide you every step of the way.
If you’re worried about how you’ll look in your photos, shoot me a message! Let’s talk!