End of Life

End of Life Sessions

An End of Life Session is a time set aside with family and friends to say goodbye to a beloved one whose time is short.

I offer my services for families grieving the approaching death of a family member and for those who must euthanize a beloved family pet.  

Though painful, End of Life Sessions are among the most beautiful. I believe that documenting those moments can be healing experiences for family together at a time such as this. These images can be such a comfort for those left behind.  

End of Life Sessions are offered pro bono for loved ones who are facing a 3 month prognosis or sooner.

My heart is with you. 


What will it be like?

First, please let me know as soon as you are able that you'd like to hold an End of Life session, so that I can reserve time for you. Sometimes these sessions come at short notice, and I will do my absolute best to be there for you. 

Next, depending on your loved one's capabilities, we will choose a location.  It can be in your home, at a field, or at the hospital or veterinarian.  

We will go at your pace.  The most important part for me is to give each family member time to be together and also have some time one-on-one with your sweet one.  I hope there will be some laughter.  There may be tears too, and that's okay. 

My pro bono sessions are 30 minutes and include at least 15 images. Outdoor sessions are presented in color; indoor sessions are presented in black and white.

I will be in touch by three weeks after your session with your beautiful gallery and slideshow, which are yours to download and print.

If you would like a place to donate after your session, please consider Capturing Hopes, which is an organization I volunteer with to offer photography for NICU babies or Beloved Companions Little Pet Chapel Project, which builds memorial pet chapels across the Triad for grieving pet owners. Both are beautiful organizations to support in any way you wish. Thank you so much.  


_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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

_Brooke S.

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.



I can't wait to get started planning the session of your dreams! 




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