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, Bean, and Lucie (plus two skinks!). 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 crochet to singing. I love spending time with my wonderful parents; we are grateful to live nearby. 

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

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I enjoy my families, especially those I get to see year after year, helping everyone feel comfortable and confident, creating joy and connection in your images, and being your creative director.  

Being with you at your session, documenting this amazing season you are in--this is truly one of my favorite things.

this work.

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My Favorite Things

_Lyndsay T.

I highly recommend Emily! We did a mini session to get a few updates family photos. I typically loathe this process, from the outfit planning to the session itself but Emily made everything so easy for us! She is so good at getting natural moments, we never felt like it was posed. Thanks Emily for pictures I loved to share on holiday cards and our family photo wall!

_Malcolm B.

My favorite part about being an Emily Richardson family is just that, when Emily is taking our photos of me, my wife, and son I feel like we’re all one big happy family, and that she cares just as much as we do about the outcome of the session, it is because of this that even before I see the final product I know with absolute certainty that they will be beautiful.

_Jill E.

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!

_Morgan T.

Joining Emily’s “Parenthood Collective” was one of the best decisions we could have made when we found out we were expecting a sweet baby! We’ve had 3 sessions with Emily so far (pregnancy announcement, maternity, and newborn) and words wouldn’t do justice to how thankful we are for her encouraging instruction, fun personality, and beautiful eye for creatively capturing memories. We look forward to continue working with her through the years as our family grows!

_Lynn B.

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.

_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.

_Symone W.

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.

_Patricia F.

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. I 10 out of 10 recommend Emily!

_Erica M.

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. I definitely plan on booking a session with Emily again in the future! We are so in love with our pictures!

_Dot M.

The images of my sweetheart and I are exactly what I wanted to capture. She even left a few goofy outtakes which are favorites.
She caught what it feels like to have been together for 20 years and still really really love each other.

If you are thinking of having Emily capture some family photos, go ahead a book her. If it’s just a couples shoot, immediate family, children or an extended multi-generational memory you want, I truly believe she can deliver your goal. Filling out her questionnaire beforehand and being as specific as possible with my answers and intentions really helped her lead me to the best place and time of year and the way she guided our session.

_Dee A.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our family photos from Emily Richardson Photography! Emily was amazing to work with! She made the planning process so easy and the time we spent with her was so relaxed and comfortable! I made an entire gallery wall of photos in my living room from our session with her and am constantly getting compliments! Highly recommend!

_Kristin W.

Words cannot describe how grateful we are for you. The photography session for Flash and our family was so beautiful. I cannot thank you enough.

_Jen M.

My at-the-time 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.

_Shyleen C.

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’s needs a photographer!

_Meghna B.

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!

_Marion E.

Thank you so much for your kindness [...]. I will be forever grateful to you for capturing my sweet boy!!

_Taylor J.

I looked at tons of photographers in Winston Salem and surrounding areas and made the right choice by picking Emily Richardson. It was such a stress free experience, which is not what anyone typically expects when we’re talking about family photos. She guided us in choosing outfits, had every detail thought out on the what/where/when/how to create the perfect photos, and truly made the actually photo shoot fun. I love that she captured such a great variety of photos and I can’t wait for them to be the center piece of our family room. I had a tough time picking my favorite photos. Be prepared to want to book more photo sessions!

_Shannon M.

Emily did our boys' photos this year and the experience and photos were AMAZING! She was really easy to work with and had a great demeanor and patience with our wild boys! The boys were all really comfortable with her and the session was also a lot of fun. I am still impressed at how many fantastic pictures of our boys she was able to capture especially given that they are so crazy most of the time.

_Rachel R.

Emily took our first ever set of family pictures and they are absolutely GORGEOUS! She was so easy to work with, is the kindest soul, & her communication is so prompt and friendly. She’s one of those people you meet one time and feel like you’ve known them for years! We will absolutely be recommending her to all of our friends & will absolutely be using her in the future! Thanks so much again Emily!



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