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Belly laugh 10 years after it happened 

Over here, it’s not about perfect poses and getting your hand on your hip like that celebrity influencer. 

Your life isn’t about that. Your best friends are belting out Wonderwall while you hold your partner close, giggle- whispering ‘Auntie Ellen is so drunk right now’ in their ear.

Capture your day as it is. Your love doesn’t need filters. Connection is way more fun anyways. 

Over here we create photos that tell the real story

 The impromptu nose kisses. Squinty laughs. Dad tears. It happened. We got it. 

And we love working with people who: 

Put people over aesthetics. Like yes, pretty florals matter – but not nearly as much as your roommate putting your inside jokes on full display during a toast.

Prioritize experiences. You’re way more likely to plan a weekend trip to Palm Springs than drop cash on a sparkly bracelet.

Are all in on what they love. Aka you will be using your favorite Real Housewives wedding for inspiration, thank you very much.

Go deep. Yes, an ice cream truck for midnight munchies is def on your radar, but you’re really here for the long hugs, connection, love celebration, and friend moments.

Let’s make magic everyone wish they were your friend 


A night to remember. 

Because Uncle Joe split his pants on the dance floor and you laughed your ass off until you sobbed off your makeup. 


Portraits that tell your story. 

The real smiles that come from side-hugging your little brother way too tightly.


aww, you guys

We could not be happier with our decision to hire Emma to be our wedding photographer! 

We did an engagement session and had her and her assistant on site on our wedding day. We are the kind of people who hate posing and getting photographed and were dreading being the subject of so many photos but Emma truly made it an enjoyable and painless experience. She worked fully within our comfort zone and managed to get some of the most amazing photos we will cherish forever. Her communication was excellent and she made sure we were all on the same page about what we wanted her to focus on at our wedding. She managed to capture so many unforgettable moments at our wedding, which was especially impressive with our guest list at ~250. We were also worried about the challenges that the lighting situation at our venue would present for taking photos but Emma is amazing and you could never tell that the venue was dimly lit in the photos she took. On top of all this, Emma was an absolute delight to work with. Thank you Emma!

– Rena and Tom

Wow is the first word that comes to mind when even beginning to think about Emma and her amazing work. 

We booked Emma over another photographer we were considering because of her affability and charm during our first call. What also called to us was the strength of her candid photography. Emma was prompt in all her communication and made us feel comfortable leading up to the wedding. Emma (and her second shooter Kayla)'s work really is uncannily special. Emma and Kayla on the day were like chameleons. After our couples, family and wedding party photos, Emma and Kayla blended into the party where they took beautiful candid photos. We received our sneak peak album only 10 days after our wedding, and then the full album only two weeks after that. We were simply awed when we got our photos back, and the compliments from our friends and family has been endless. We cannot recommend Emma enough!!!

– Sabina-Elease and Phillip

We found Emma for our wedding, thankfully, we absolutely treasure our wedding photos! 

So we hired her again to do a family session and she gave us beautiful photos which we used for our Christmas card and it's getting rave reviews from recipients. The session was extremely low stress and fun. Emma can dance and take photos at the same time to entertain the kids, which worked, and I will never forget that kind of talent. Hire her you won't regret it!

– Kel

“Wow, just wow!” (Me, viewing our wedding photos for the first time). 

Emma Lee Photography photographed our wedding in July 2022, and she is incredible. Emma communicated clearly and promptly, so we always knew what was happening, and she made sure our needs were met. She showed up on time, was professional with our friends and family members, and honored the groom’s request of a short photo session after our ceremony, so we could get to the party. The photos are stunning. I cannot look at our gallery without bursting into happy tears. Emma captured the essence of our day, and it is pure magic. If you are looking for wedding photography in the Pacific Northwest, look no further. Our day was a dream.

– Sam and Ryan

She was so amazing from the beginning stages of planning all the way through the wedding & ordering photos! 

I worked with Emma in May in Sedona, AZ for my elopement! She was so amazing from the beginning stages of planning all the way through the wedding & ordering photos! I am from Nebraska I don’t know anyone in Sedona, I asked her for recommendations and she helped me basically plan my whole day. In addition to just being extremely helpful my photos are an absolute dream! Everything felt so natural we had a lot of fun in front of the camera despite my husband and I both being very shy people she made us feel so comfortable. She is amazing!

– Ashleigh and Andy

Working with Emma has been a true delight! 

Not only does she take gorgeous photos, but she was open to all our ideas and even got up before sunrise so we could do a photo shoot at dawn at a lake in the mountains! This girl is committed. Choosing a photographer can be difficult, it's a big investment and it's easy to stress over the price. But when the magical day is over, what are you going to be left with? Memories and photos. The investment is absolutely worth it, and Emma delivers. She got us our engagement photos lightening fast and I cannot wait to see the pictures from our wedding because I know they will be superb.

– Emily and Sean

Emma did an amazing job capturing all the special moments of our wedding day! 

Knowing some of the behind the scenes drama that existed, she found ways to bring out the best in people in the moments that mattered. I appreciated the creative posing, the extra shooter, and really...not really knowing she was there as she didn't create a lot of attention on herself to still get the best shots. I am SO happy with the shots and am thankful to have such beautiful memories captured to share for many years to come!

– Emily and Nick

Emma is not only the sweetest and funniest human being I have ever met, but made it sooo easy and fun during our sessions. 

As a photographer, it is extremely difficult to find someone you like, let alone trust enough to photograph your wedding but we have now had three sessions (sunflower portraits, engagement photos, and our wedding photos) with Emma and they have all turned out INCREDIBLE.
Stop looking for a photographer, you can’t get better than her.

– Ashlei and Derrick

Emma was one of the best parts of our wedding. 

She is professional and fun all wrapped into a bundle of good vibes. She was great at communicating and helping in absolutely any way she could. Our photos turned out AMAZING. 10000/10 recommend hiring her for all photography needs. She did our engagement photos and our wedding, we can’t wait to do more with her in the future.

– Morgan and Adam

5 stars! Emma Lee Photography rocks!

Emma Lee Photography was added to our recommended vendor list before I started at Ray's and throughout the years has become one of our favorites. Emma's professionalism, easy going nature, and dedication to her clients and partners makes her a dream to work with. And of course her photos are gorgeous- always such vibrant, rich colors and the unpredictability that comes with an outdoor space never trips her up. 5 stars! Emma Lee Photography rocks!

– Ray’s Boathouse

Emma did a wonderful job capturing spontaneous moments with my family. 

I had my doubts about a photo shoot with three kids under age 5, but we had fun and now have some truly beautiful pictures we’ll cherish forever. Thank you Emma!

– Jenny

Late-night snacks. Too-loud laughter. Absolutely NO garter toss. Bold colors. Details that mean something. 

The non-traditional couple is my jam.

So let’s make sure your pictures don’t filter out what makes your love magnetic. 

about me

Hi, I’m Emma 

Your sappy photographer who spends nights singing Celine Dion and scrolling through old photos of her friends making weird faces.

And this next chapter of your life is about to be *insert (your) adjective.* I’m not here to capture some Vogue definition of a perfect wedding or portrait. Borriinnggg. I’m here to encourage you to be your fun, silly self while taking the picture at the exact moment when he grabs your butt in that adorable way.

Based in Seattle and traveling to Arizona often, I take photos near and far from the Pacific Northwest. I love working with people who are sentimental and genuine, bold in what they want, and intense about how much they love their people. 

And everything Emma Lee Photography works on puts you at the center. Your connection. Your love. Your sense of humor. Your in-between moments. 

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