Hi, I’m Emily

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I am so very excited that you’re here! I have wanted a blog site for over a year, and now I’ve taken the plunge and created one.

I am a full service photographer specializing in weddings, families, and high school seniors. My #1 goal is to take care of my client and to give them an inspiring and uplifting photographic experience they will never forget. I handle all the hard stuff so that you can relax and keep the smiles coming!

My blog is my place to show off my special clients and their fantastic and real lives. I want you to see them how I see them, as beautiful and wonderful people. Visit often, I will be posting every session that comes my way along with some tips and tricks for you to look and be your best in front of the camera.

If you haven’t had the chance to see my work yet, please visit me on my website and say hi! You can also find me on my favorite social media sites, Facebook and Instagram.

Talk to you soon,

Em

Sydney & Ian – La Crosse, WI Wedding Photographer

Sydney and Ian are so in love and so completely down to earth. Their outdoor ceremony at Sydney’s childhood home had the perfect ambiance for their big moment. Family is very important to them Sydney’s mother helped her dress for the day, their dogs walked down the aisle, and Ian’s sister even conducted the service.

The beautiful land surrounding Sydney’s mother’s home provided a beautiful background for family and wedding party photos. There was a large red barn, rolling hills, and fantastic trees in full bloom. The clouds and rain held off just long enough for me to capture those important portraits outside!

The reception was held at the AmericInn in La Crosse, WI. An awesome feature is that the hotel is right on the Mississippi River. Guests were able to spend time relaxing and watching the sunset outdoors after dinner. I took advantage of the sunset too with photos of the couple on the beach nearby.

The delicious dinner and cake was eaten and the dance began! Sydney and Ian’s friends and family filled the dance floor almost instantly. It was a total blast!

Sydney and Ian, thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your wedding. You had such a great day and I know you will have a wonderful life together!

All the best!

Emily

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Jenna & Blake – Rockford, IL Wedding Photographer

Jenna and Blake are the perfect example of clients that have become life long friends! They are some of the sweetest, funniest, and most wonderful I have met. They showed me kindness and love from the first time we sat down to chat.

Working with them was a breeze. Jenna took the lead and knew exactly what she wanted while still being flexible and accommodating to her friends, family, and vendors. That speaks leaps and bounds about her character, and I am so happy to call her a dear friend.  🙂

This June wedding took place at Holy Family Catholic Church. The traditional Catholic church ceremony was something that Jenna had been dreaming of since she was little. Lifelong vows were made, hymns of joy were sung, and plenty of happy tears were shed!

The wedding party and guests traveled next to the reception at Klehm Arboretum. The venue was decorated beautifully with floral centerpieces and sparkling lights. It was the perfect setting for a summer wedding. There were so many heartfelt speeches and special moments. This couple has SUCH a strong support system of friends and family that were so excited to celebrate this new union.

I photographed the wedding party on the grounds located right at the venue. It was very hot out, but we had lots of shaded space to roam around. The garden has so much variety to it – a photographer’s dream! Later, once the sun was setting, Jenna, Blake, and I snuck out to get some more romantic and relaxed photos while their guests finished dinner inside.

Jenna and Blake, I wish you both all the best that life has to offer. It was an honor to document your love story!

XOXO,

Emily

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Mitchel & Katlynn – La Crosse, WI Wedding Photographer

Mitchel and Katlynn’s early June wedding fit them perfectly. Check out the three themes of this La Crosse, WI summer day.

#1. They Included Those Closest

Mitchel and Katlynn’s dream wedding followed the theme of family first. The couple decided soon after getting engaged to spend their wedding day with those closest to them. The bride shares, “Family has and always will be the most important thing in our lives.”

The couple was adamant about including their parents and siblings throughout the day. They shared sweet moments that will not soon be forgotten. Katlynn’s older brothers, Nathan and Travis, officiated the ceremony while sister Megan and brother Marcus stood along side them.

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#2. They Made the Day Their Own

The location of La Crosse was a must for the couple since their relationship began there. They made the day their own by creating their own decorations, reciting hand written vows, and stopping at their favorite hometown bar.

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#3. They Partied..a lot!

Mitchel and Katlynn are far from boring and made their wedding day the same. The couple was seen laughing and enjoying the day at all times. Goofy faces, drinks, silly dances…

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I know the Larson’s continue to laugh and love for many years to come.

Katlynn and Mitch, I love you both very much. Thank you for being fantastic clients, and even greater friends. Many many congratulations to you!

-Em

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Welcome to My Office! – La Crosse, WI Wedding, Family, and Senior Photographer

C’mon in, I’ll make you a cup of coffee!

I have been working so hard, and I’m proud to announce that I now have an office space. I absolutely love having a place for my clients to meet me and check out all the sample albums and artwork that I offer.

Hours of Pinterest searching and many trips to Menards went into creating this space. Trust me, I am no handyman or interior designer, but I am so very proud of how it came together.

If you love any of the pieces as much as I do here are some links to purchase them. I was able to get some really great deals on these items. The key is to find them when they have online sales!

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Thanks for visiting!

xoxo  -Em

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7 Tips for a Stress Free Wedding as Told by a Second Photographer – La Crosse, WI Wedding Photographer

by Ben Branson – Emily Jean’s second photographer

My name is Ben, and I’ve been working with Emily as a second shooter since last year.  It’s been a wonderful experience to get to see the love in these young couples as they promise to spend their lives together.

After spending an entire year at weddings, I’ve seen some good ideas and some GREAT ideas. Scroll down to see my top 7 tips to help you as you plan a seamless and smooth wedding day.

Brown_961. Make sure to have food for yourself and your wedding party.

The start of your day until the time you sit down to eat dinner is going to be a long time.  Some brides even have 11 hours from hair and makeup until dinner time.  You’ll be much more comfortable if you’re not hungry.  Bring snacks to have throughout the day and serve lunch for your wedding party. Also, don’t forget to drink water!

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2. Make a list of family photos and stick to it.

Family photos can take around 5 minutes per photograph to get everyone in the shot and posed.  It takes even longer when someone who you want in a photograph is nowhere to be found.  Make sure to tell everyone on your family photo list where to be and when to be there. Don’t worry about not putting your whole extended family in these formal photos, your photographer will get shots of the guests throughout. Need help deciding what formal photos you want? Emily and I are here to help!

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3. Consider doing a first look.

A first look before the ceremony is a great opportunity to spend some alone time with your spouse-to-be on your wedding day and provides for some gorgeous photographs. Beside that, we can photograph your bridal party before the wedding and you can focus on partying after you’ve officially tied the knot!  Overall, a first look makes the day go smoother, cuts down on stress, and allows you more time with your guests.

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4. Ask your guests not to photograph the ceremony.

Your wedding is a special moment, and chances are that some people are going to want to capture that for you.  The problem is that cell phone cameras can get in your photographer’s way and ruin some images of important moments.  Additionally, you want all eyes to be on you and your spouse. When your guests are trying to get the perfect shot, they may miss the best moments. Packages with Emily include digital files, so your guests can download images from the day if they so choose!

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5. Get out on the dance floor!

The newlyweds set the tone for the party, so if you’re not out dancing, your guests won’t be either.  If you want to have a successful dance, it’s essential that you get up and have your bridal party come with you!  DJs are experts on wedding dances, so ask yours for ideas to get everyone on the floor.

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6. Give your bridal party a timeline.

Your day will go so much more smoothly if everyone knows where they’re supposed to be and when they’re supposed to be there.   The easiest way to do this is to write out your ideal timeline and make sure everyone has a copy including applicable vendors. Emily will work closely with you to design a timeline that fits your wedding.

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7. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Nobody’s wedding day goes completely as planned, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect day.  You’re there to celebrate the love you and your spouse have with your friends and family. Let the day unfold and cherish the moments; it will be over before you know it!

 

 

Steven & Mercedes – Sevilla, Spain – La Crosse, WI Destination Photographer

I traveled to Spain.

From the minute my plane touched down I was overwhelmed with excitement, nervousness, and curiosity. An adventure was before me along with an outstanding privilege to photograph Steve and Mercedes’ Sevilla, Spain wedding.

Mercedes along with her sister and Mother spent the afternoon getting ready in the bridal suite of the beautiful Hisperia Sevilla while Steven got dressed and ready a couple of floors below them. Tradition was very important and pronounced during the day; they decided not to see each other until the ceremony.

Dressed in her intricately designed gown and cathedral veil from The Wedding Tree Mercedes arrived to the ceremony in a 1940’s European car. As you’ll see in the photos below, she made an absolutely stunning bride.

Because there were guests in attendance who spoke solely English and others who only spoke Spanish, the couple had their readings and vows in both languages. It was a true example of how two cultures can come together and become one family, something I wasn’t expecting and was very touched by.

While the guests headed to the reception for wine, tapas, and dancing, Mercedes and Steven took me to one of the most magical places I have ever seen: Plaza de Espana. We captured some romantic nighttime photos lit by the lampposts along the walkways. Photographing at the plaza was an experience that I will never forget – both because it was challenging and so incredibly inspiring.

The evening continued with dancing, drinking, and the merging of two families. Whether or not the families spoke the same language made no difference. There was an abundance of love for the married couple in the room, and that was enough to tie everyone together.

Steven and Mercedes, I could never thank you enough for inviting me to photograph your love story. I love both of you very much, and it was a true honor to be there for you and with you. Being your friend is so rewarding; I cannot wait to see your love and family grow in the years to come.

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David and Heather – La Crosse, WI Engagement Photographer

Heather and David have a young, bright, and contagious love. (Just being around them makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.) They met in college when the program director of their dorm set them up to work on a project together. Fast forward a handful of years, and now they are both entering the workforce and kicking butt as a super couple.

Spending a warm February morning with this super couple was an absolute treat! And yes, you heard that right, warm. It was 60 degrees for their photoshoot. We walked downtown La Crosse picking fun backdrops and spots all along the way.

Heather and David, you are two fantastic people. I cannot wait to capture you at your beautiful Drugan’s wedding this fall. Cheers!

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Dan and Andrea – La Crosse, WI Engagement Photographer

Dan and Andrea are huge sports fans and love cheering on their favorite teams together. The setting for Dan’s proposal was a Badgers vs LSU game at Lambeau field, any sports girl’s dream! She said yes, and together they are planning their wedding for Labor Day weekend at Celebrations on The River.

Andrea and Dan, thank you so much for spending that chilly January morning with me. I had a wonderful time capturing your love on camera and playing in the snow. I know that your September wedding is going to be stunning. Can’t wait!

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Carly and Nick Morga – Milwaukee, WI Wedding at The Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery

Carly and Nick’s wedding at The Best Place was one I won’t soon forget. Carly is my older cousin and ever since her and Nick started dating, I anticipated her to be the first in my family to be married. After her engagement last winter she visited me in La Crosse and asked me to be her photographer. I was SO excited!

These two are soft, sweet, and loving individuals. They are extremely good together and their love was apparent in their eyes when they looked at one another. After their engagement session this summer, I knew the wedding photos would turn out great.

The couple along with their wedding party got ready at The Brewhouse Inn and Suites right across the street from the venue. We captured the majority of their photos in the rustic hotel that was once a brewery years ago. It fit perfectly with the couple’s style! In the evening the ceremony took place upstairs at The Best Place in dim romantic lighting. Dinner was served, speeches said, and the dance floor stayed full until closing time.

Carly and Nick, overall you had the perfect wedding day, and I am so happy that I was part of it. You are a perfect match for each other, and our entire family is overjoyed for you!

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Emily Jean Photography – La Crosse, WI Photographer

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Families, weddings, and seniors. These are my absolute favorite subjects to photograph.

There is nothing quite like getting a photograph of a specific time in someone’s life that will never be repeated. This might be a little one wrapped into her mommy’s arms, a husband and wife on their very first day together or a young girl that is coming into her own and totally excited for the new chapter of her life! I get to be there for those moments, and I am incredibly appreciative for it. My task is to inspire and uplift people by showing them their beauty and worth, but the great thing is that I never have to try too hard. Their love and light shine brightly on their own!