I am mother to a sweet, happy boy and wife to my wonderful husband, Eric. Eric was made for me, truly.  I am so lucky to have found him.  

I love baking what my son calls "mama bread," all things Ben & Jerry's (anyone with an "in" know when "Urban Bourbon" is coming back?!), and loving on our sweet Pit and Rottie rescues Bruce and Lucie. I consume ridiculous amounts of true crime podcasts, love Stranger Things and The Great British Baking Show, and have always been involved in some kind of artistic pursuit from quilting to singing.  

As a mom, I know how important it is to savor these sweetest and most fleeting moments. Capturing beautiful images of your amazing family is one of the best and most lasting gifts you can give the ones you love most—and for yourself, perhaps most of all. 

I am excited for you to be here and get to know more about the Emily Richardson experience. Send me a line! I can't wait to hear from you!

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My little family lights up my life, gives me hope, and reminds me of what is most important. 

My husband Eric and our sweet boy give me more grace than I deserve. 

I am forever grateful that I belong to them and they belong to me.  

Photo courtesy of SWEET LITTLE MOMENTS Photography

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I am so lucky to have found friends who know, accept, and love me for who I am. 

You know the kind I mean.  You never have to explain yourself, never have to be embarrassed at your failings, never feel judged, and never go unheard. 

I am lucky, indeed. 

Good friends.  Really good friends.

Photo courtesy of Lissa Ryan Photography

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I can't live without books. They show me how to pursue a life of doing some good, how understand others, how to have empathy for myself.  A few of my favorites are Jane Austen, David Sedaris, Emily Dickinson, Willy Shakespeare, Kazuo Ishiguro. I've read The Remains of the Day so many times, and yet, every time, I'm shocked and somehow always weepy by the ending.


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So....I really like pie.  Like, a lot a lot. 

We had pie at our wedding reception instead of cake. Hands down, one of my best decisions to date.  

Except, of course, the decision to marry Eric. 
That was a pretty good one too.  


Photo courtesy of Lissa Ryan Photography

My Favorite Things

_Cassie G.

Emily captured our family perfectly in our photos. She was so sweet and made the entire process stress free. Her editing style is perfect, the photos are so natural and light. She also helped coordinate our outfits to make the photos even more perfect.

Emily is an amazing photographer! She made the entire process seamless. On the day of the shoot she surprised us with a rattle for our son. We thought it was the sweetest thing, a great way to introduce our rainbow baby to the world. The session itself was fun, even if the weather was[n't] the best. She let us do our thing and in no time we were done. We had a great experience! We can’t wait to book our next session with Emily!

_Tishonna B.

I highly recommend [Emily] for anyone looking for phenomenal photos in a relaxed, inclusive environment. Emily made my partner and I feel so comfortable and her work is incredible.
We’ll cherish these pictures for years to come.
Thank you so much, Emily. We can’t wait to get more pictures taken by you in the future!

_Arin M.

[Emily's] style and visions for light, airy, beautiful outdoor spaces were something I knew I would love. [...] She caught what it feels like to have been together for 20 years and still really really love each other.

_Dot M.

_Nell T.

Emily is a fantastic photographer who goes above and beyond for her clients. At our last family photoshoot, we realized we needed something we hadn't brought with us--and Emily actually jumped in her car, drove to the nearest store, and bought what we needed. She wouldn't even let us pay her back! Beyond that, all the photos she took were amazing. I ended up purchasing all of them. I'll definitely be using her for family photos every year until my daughter is grown.

Emily is absolutely amazing. I was extremely comfortable with her the minute I met her. She made my son feel comfortable and was able to capture his personality perfectly. My entire experience was incredible, from first reaching out, meeting her to try on a dress from her wardrobe, to the shoot, all the way through photo selection and purchasing. She is very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process.
10 out of 10 recommend Emily!

_Patricia F.

Emily was AMAZING! She has such a warm and fun personality, which made it easy for everyone to relax and enjoy the moment. Our 6 year old was raving about how much fun she had, and our photos turned out beautiful. We will definitely be using her for years to come.

_Symone W.

I will treasure the images forever from our amazing Mommy & Me session with Emily. She is so talented--she knows how to pose us naturally and beautifully, and she also stepped back to let us "just be together" and play to capture this chapter in my daughter's and my life together. The session itself was so much fun and so easy. The images she delivered bring me right back to the fun we had together.
 Thank you, Emily, so much! We are overjoyed! 

_Jill E.

Emily is such a joy to work with! Being a mother herself, she brings such passion to her work! The best part is, she truly captures the moments and memories while letting the children play. Love love Emily and her work! Highly recommend if you are looking for a genuine photographer with not only skill, but who works from the heart!!

_Meredith H.

My four-legged beloved companion and best friend Andra was diagnosed recently with a fast-growing sarcoma. We had to accept that she would be dying very soon. Emily's radically natural and deeply soulful documentation of our family's last field trip with Andra has solaced us during this extremely emotional time. Emily has given us memories that will last a lifetime and beyond. Grateful, so grateful for her compassion and for the way she gently encourages playful, joyful, honest postures that capture the hearts of her subjects.

_Lynn B.

We absolutely loved our experience with Emily Richardson photography! We were so nervous before the photo shoot because we were worried about being awkward in front of the camera, but Emily made us feel so comfortable during our session that we completely forgot about all of our worries and fears. She has such a calm, warm and kind energy that I think you can’t help but to feel at ease during her sessions. We are so in love with our pictures!

_Erica S.

Life’s most important & special moments--thoughtfully created, captured, enhanced, and held forever in our hearts through photography. Emily truly has a special touch, incredible patience, a kind heart, and warm, encouraging words that bring your session and photos to life. You can count on her to create memories that you can cherish & will last a lifetime. Highly recommend; I can’t wait for our next photo shoot!

_Jill M.

_Aishia W.

Emily is delightful. She is kind and genuine and that comes across from the first interaction. While her process is detailed and professional, it is also incredibly warm. The weather was colder than anticipated and Emily was quick to save the session by turning what we anticipated being a happy, funny, and smiles session in to something tender and warm. The well edited images were visual expressions of our love for each other and especially the gentle parenting we attempt to practice. Gorgeous location choice as well!

Emily is absolutely amazing! She has taken pictures of our whole family and also just me and me and my daughter. Emily is patient, creative, and fun. We especially loved how good she was with our big puppy. The pictures are perfect for our living room and to gift to the grandparents. We highly recommend Emily!

_Meghna B.

Emily not only takes gorgeous photographs, but she charmed us all and captured us so naturally. She knew exactly the right thing to say or ask my toddler to get him to pause or raise his face or smile in delight. She understands children and they delight in her presence (adults do too!). We had so much fun and I couldn't believe how many beautiful photographs she got in a short span of time.
Thank you, Emily, for capturing our love and energy!

_Alissa M.

Emily Richardson is an amazing photographer!
She captured our family and we will love these pictures forever!

_Brooke S.

My [...] 18-month old daughter and I did mommy and me pictures, and they will truly be something I cherish for the rest of my life. Emily was so thorough about the process beforehand and even though we only did a 20-minute session, we got so many great photos from it. Emily made us feel so comfortable, and she is a gem of a person.

_Jen M.

I recently had Emily do a family photo shoot for us and it was the best experience we have ever had getting pictures taken! She was so patient with us and made the whole experience calm, loving, and free. My son can be iffy when it comes to meeting new people and he instantly took to Emily. She captured so many beautiful pictures of his personality and got amazing family pictures of us together. I will definitely recommend her to everyone that needs a photographer!

_Shyleen C.

Emily is really awesome! We have never done a photoshoot before and she guided us through every step of the way. She even brought dresses for me to wear and everything. She is so sweet and we had a really fun time. It didn’t even feel like we were taking pictures; we were just hanging out!
And the pictures came out AMAZING!

_Lindsay F.



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