Girls Trip | Historic Downtown Charleston

This past weekend I jumped on the road with my five closest friends and headed out for a girls’ getaway in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. This was my first time in the city, and I absolutely fell in love! The colorful architecture, rich history, delicious food, and everything in between makes this city a must-see. We didn’t even scratch the surface of all there is to do there! But even so, my girl friends and I had such a wonderful time exploring, eating, laughing, and of course making time for a little downtown photoshoot! I love these ladies and loved getting to take pretty pictures of them in such a beautiful place. Here are a few of my favorites!

Downtown Christmas | Personal Photoshoot

It’s almost Christmas!! I am so so excited! I am one of those Christmas people who is obsessed with every little part of this season. My husband even jokingly calls me Mrs. Claus. :) So I have been planning on doing some Christmas themed shoots for quite a while now! When I saw these pretty lights go up near my house I knew I wanted to take advantage of them. Then, this week my brother Luke who lives 600 miles away arrived for the holidays, so I proposed the idea of this photoshoot to him! He donned his most festive outfit and joined me in Old Town Helena, along with my sister Hannah, and we all got in on the fun! I loved this shoot so much, and am obsessed with these festive photos!

Hoping you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family! I can’t wait to spend the next two weeks with mine! <3

The W Family

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that Fall is my FAVORITE! So likewise, Fall sessions are my favorite sessions!

The W family (who just happen to be some of my amazing in-laws!) met me on a breezy Fall afternoon at Moss Rock Preserve. The beautiful rocks hidden in the colorful woods were the perfect backdrop for this fun and laid back family session.

I had a blast with these guys just hanging out and watching them interact. Their love for each other is apparent as soon as you meet them, and it translates so effortlessly in their photos! Here are just a few of my favorites!

Abby

Today is not just another day. 

It's a new opportunity.

Another chance.

A new beginning.

Embrace it

We are on the cusp of a new season, my favorite season, the season of change. School is starting, soon the leaves will change color and the temperature will drop, and there's just something inspiring in the air. Fall feels like a new beginning and I love everything about it.

Abby is about to begin her senior year, a year of firsts and lasts. These photos were a way to celebrate that occasion and the season to come. A nod to the beautiful golden colors and crisp air on the horizon. Thank you Abby for helping make my vision come to life! 

Ana + Ian | Downtown Elopement

Hi friends! It has been SO long since I've updated this blog! From having a baby at the beginning of the year, to selling our house this month, 2018 has been non-stop! Updating the blog has been on the back burner, but I've kept my Instagram updated during all of my shoots this year, so be sure to follow me for real time updates @emilyrose_photography!

But enough about me! I had to come out of hiding to share these photos with you all! This month I had the pleasure of shooting Ana and Ian's downtown Birmingham elopement! There is something so romantic about a couple getting married privately, and I was so honored to be there to witness it. The morning started at the Jefferson County Courthouse, where Ana and Ian were married in a private ceremony (by the sweetest and cutest judge!), and then we met up at Caldwell Park for some portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs.! These two were so full of joy throughout the whole day and it is evident in their photos. Here are a few of my favorite moments!

The W Family | Personal Photoshoot

Happy December everyone! The past few weeks have been a flurry of mini sessions, holiday celebrations, and baby preparations for me so I haven't had a chance to blog in a while! But I didn't want to let the time get away from me without wishing you all a happy holiday season, and I thought my own personal family photos would be a fun post to wrap up this year!

This post is actually a compilation of two separate shoots. We had our original family photoshoot a few weeks ago on a very cold and blustery day, and then about a week later we had a spare afternoon and much nicer weather, so we decided to run out for just a few more photos together. This year's family photos are particularly special, because they are our last as a family of three (well, three plus a giant bump)! We are so excited to welcome our little girl in just a few weeks, but wanted to document this time with our firstborn as well. I know we will treasure these for years to come, and I hope you enjoy a few of our favorites!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from my family to yours! I can't wait to see what next year holds!

Baby F

This week I had the pleasure of meeting another newborn baby, when my friends Olivia and JD welcomed their precious daughter into the world. Baby F made an early appearance this week, and is 6 pounds of pure sweetness! Meeting her made me SO excited to meet my own baby girl in a few months, and I can't wait for these little girls to grow up together!

Congratulations Olivia and JD, and thank you for letting me meet and photograph your sweet girl! Here are a few of my favorites!

Peter | Class of 2017

Sometimes the best photoshoots are the most spontaneous! From planning this shoot two days before, to changing locations at the very last minute, to racing against the looming clouds overhead, Peter's senior session was full of excitement. And I couldn't be happier with the result! I could honestly spend days and days shooting downtown, there is so much variety to discover, and Peter and I had such a fun time exploring every nook and cranny during our long stroll down 20th Street. Thank you for being up for anything Peter, I enjoyed every minute! :D

Here are a few of my favorites:

The F Family

This past weekend I had the privilege of doing a fun little shoot with my friend Ashley and her adorable boys! :) That special mother and son bond is something very near and dear to me, so I loved capturing that through Ashley and her boys. It was a cold and windy evening, but they were such troopers and had plenty of fun running around Railroad Park at sunset. I am so pleased and honored to have captured these precious memories for this sweet little family. Here are a few of my favorites!

Behind The Scenes of 2016

Guys! I can't believe its time to start another year! New Year is one of my favorite times ever - it's so inspiring, and I always feel this energized buzz to do a million things at once! Looking back on where I was this time last year, I could not be more thankful for the strides I and my business have taken this year. I had the privilege to shoot and second-shoot several weddings, put together a styled shoot with an amazing vendor team, take classes, participate in challenges, and shoot more than any other year in my business. So thank you friends, family, mentors, and of course clients for making it possible!

I love looking back at the end of the year on all I was able to be a part of, so today I thought I would share some of my favorite behind-the-scenes captures from this year. There were so many more shoots this year that aren't featured here (as I don't always have another photographer along to be my paparazzi Haha!), but I hope you enjoy these little glimpses! (Thank you to all of my friends and assistants for these - Kirk, Ashlyn, Tiffany, and Hannah!)

Some of you may not know that I started the wedding season with cotton candy pink hair! :D

Some of you may not know that I started the wedding season with cotton candy pink hair! :D

Catching a glimpse of my face on a wedding day is quite a rarity.

Catching a glimpse of my face on a wedding day is quite a rarity.

Hamming it up on a photo excursion with friends.

Hamming it up on a photo excursion with friends.

My hair at the beginning of the day, versus my hair two hours in. Haha!

My hair at the beginning of the day, versus my hair two hours in. Haha!

I had the opportunity to photograph AND model for this shoot! So fun!

I had the opportunity to photograph AND model for this shoot! So fun!

Messy hair, don't care!&nbsp;Totally in my element!

Messy hair, don't care! Totally in my element!

Sunset styled-shoot gorgeousness!

Sunset styled-shoot gorgeousness!

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve! Catch you next year! ;)

The G Family

Today I'm sharing another favorite Fall mini session with the adorable G family. I was so excited to take their first Christmas photos as a family of three! The trees at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens were in full, incredible color and made a beautiful backdrop - they went especially nicely with this family that is two-thirds redheads! :D Here are some of my favorite moments:

The O Family

Have I ever mentioned that Fall is my favorite? ;)The breeze is crisp, the colors are vibrant, and everything glows with a beautiful golden light. My session with the O family embodied all of the beauty of Fall, as well as the sweet connection between each family member. The little ones played and had fun together, then big sister jumped in and spent some time being silly with them, and then we got the whole family together for a few fun photos - and mom and dad even caught a moment alone! It was a joy getting to know this adorable family! Here are some of my favorite moments:

Hosanna

Hi guys! I know it's been way too long since I've blogged! It's been a crazy (in a good way!) couple of months over here at Emily Rose Photography, which means I have gotten behind on blogging. But it also means I have so much beauty to share with you all in the coming weeks! :D

Fall brought in mini session season which is always so much fun! One of my first minis (when it was still quite hot!) was with my dear friend Hosanna. Not only is she the cutest thing on the planet, she is also just the sweetest girl you will ever meet. Her bubbly personality shines through these photos, and I had so much fun hanging out with her during this shoot. Here are some of my favorites! <3

Andrew + Melissa

Last year I had the pleasure of taking family photos for Melissa and Andrew and their two precious babies. But this year Melissa reached out to me about doing something special with just the two of them. So we planned something that could combine a sweetheart session and a romantic date in the city all in one. Andrew wore his suit and Melissa her fancy heels, and we headed to the Birmingham Museum of Art. I love adventurous clients who are willing to try new things, and Melissa and Andrew are always willing to go with the flow, and laugh all the way through. Melissa and Andrew, I hope you enjoyed our evening as much as I did! Here are some of my favorites!

Rebecca

In her grandparents' old house, wearing her grandmother's dress, Rebecca looked like a vintage beauty for her styled shoot in June. My friend and fellow photographer, Tiffany, and I had such a great time working together to capture the hauntingly beautiful house and barn, and of course our subject and friend, Rebecca. Thank you girls for the adventure! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.

Mary Katherine | Class of 2016

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with Mary Katherine for her senior photoshoot! The weather was beautiful and the farm location in Wilsonville Alabama was perfectly picturesque. 

Mary Katherine's family has been through it all (you can read about their story here), and with moving to another state for medical treatments for her dad, and taking care of her sister at home, Mary Katherine had to put off graduating for a year. But this year she is finally moving on to her dream of studying deaf education with hopes to become a missionary someday. What an amazing goal!! It was an absolute honor to take her senior photos, and I can't wait to see how the Lord uses her in this next stage of life. Congratulations Mary Katherine!

Here are a few of my favorites!

Yellow

Last week when I was driving on backroad I've never been down before, I suddenly noticed this amazing field of yellow flowers. I instantly knew I had to do a shoot there, and I texted my sisters asking who was willing to be my volunteer model. My youngest sister Abby heartily accepted, and we headed out yesterday for a little mini shoot. Well what was supposed to just be a low-key test shoot turned into a beautiful session that I never expected! Abby nailed it and I could not be happier with the result! I can't wait to take advantage of this location again soon. Here are a few of my favorites!

Navi Jane's First Birthday

Last weekend my husband's family got together to celebrate the 1st birthday of the smallest member, Miss Navi Jane, and I was honored to document the day. Navi Jane's birthday party was "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" themed, and included all things frilly, pink, and girly. I absolutely loved it all! I hope you enjoy these snippets of her day! :)