I'm so excited you're here! I've been a full time Des Moines and Omaha wedding photographer for 5 years, mostly because I'm obsessed with wedding cake (not really, but it's definitely a nice perk!) I currently live in Onawa, Iowa (just an hour north of Omaha!) with my husband, Derek, and my two pups, Nala and Josie.
I love where I live, because Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Omaha, and Lincoln are all within reach! Not only that, but a flight to Denver is super quick and I make my way out there about 6 times a year! No matter where you're planning your day, I can make your photography dreams com true!
To put it simply, I photograph couples who want a guided experience without looking overly stiff or posed. I like to say I make posed look candid! I work together with my couples to make them look fantastic, even if they're nervous about being in front of the camera! You'll leave feeling so confident and in love with your photos!
Hey, I'm Emily!
Here's a snapshot into my world.
A Little Snippet Of My Life
Sometimes a pain the butt, mostly a lot of fun! I've had Howard since 2014 and he's lived in 3 states with me! The name Howard came because I thought he looked a little like Howie Mandel, but "Howard" felt more dignified.
Just a sweet little love bug with a lot of attitude!
My '66 VW Beetle, Howard
One year, for my birthday, I planned an 80's themed prom night with my friends. We got all dressed up and went out to eat, then took a bunch of photos. Seriously such a fun night!! Stuff like this makes my heart happy! I just LOVE to have fun with the most random ways!
And yes. at the end of the night, I was crowned prom queen!
oVer the top, themed parties
We've been married since 2015 and we're just having loads of fun! We met in a bible study on Valentine's Day (awwww) and we got married about two years later!
He's my biggest cheerleader and support! I love being married! <3
My husband, Derek
Josie is our little old lady dog, who we adopted from the humane society in 2013. She's an english cocker spaniel (mostly, anyway) and she loves naps and going for walks.
Nala's our spunky little naughty shih tzu. She barks at everything, is always cold, and loves toys. She hates walks and eating, but is always down for a cuddle session!
My BABIES, JOSIE & NALA
Most people with curly hair don't love their locks, but I definitely do! It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it! Fun fact, my hair was as straight as can be as a child. In the 5th grade, I got a perm (like we all did in middle school!) Shortly after, I got my hair really short. It grew back curly!
My naturally curly hair
Right now I live in a big house built in 1920 in a small town in Iowa. This is literally my dream. My wood floors creak and squeak, I know all my neighbors, and I can walk just about anywhere I need to go. Small town life was made for me!
Fun fact, Onawa has the widest main street in the United States! And the Eskimo Pie was invented here!
Small town life
My Favorite Things
We had such a great experience working with Emily and loved our engagement and wedding photos. She is truly a talented photographer and knows how to capture amazing moment in the most perfect locations. Emily spent our entire wedding day with us and worked hard to capture every meaningful moment and more!
During our wedding planning process, she provided us with timelines for the wedding and helped create the perfect one that fit with our day. Emily did unexpected extras from start to finish that showed her talent and professionalism. We highly recommend using Emily to capture your memories.
Bash | Des Moines
Dana & Jesse
Emily was a joy every step of the way! My family and friends talked about how easy she was to work with and how comfortable she made them feel. We got our final photos within a week. She communicated well the entire time and was very organized and helpful.
Prairie Winds Event Center | Orange City, Iowa
Lexi & Adam
My husband and I couldn’t have choose a better photographer for our wedding than Emily. We knew from the moment we met her that she’d be professional, yet knew how to make you laugh and enjoy the whole process. She took the time to get to know us so she’d know what we wanted for our photos. Emily also took our engagement photos and she listened to all our crazy requests of including our horses and dogs. Overall, Emily went above and beyond for us and we couldn’t have been happier!
Westmark Church | Nebraska
April & Robert
I could not have asked for a better photographer! Emily does such a great job with everything. From capturing the perfect moments, to organizing group pictures, she manages to do it all with ease. My family could not stop talking about how great of a job she does. We were all so comfortable with her that we sometimes forgot she was our photographer and not one of our friends! She not only kept us on schedule for the day, but made sure we got all of the pictures that we wanted. It was so nice to not have to worry about moments that could be missed on our big day. Our photos also turned out amazing. We couldn't have asked for more!
Moonlight RIdge | Grand Island, Nebraska
Courtney & Connor