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Well hot damn, i'm excited you're here. I'm Emily - you can call me em. 

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I love taking adventures all over the world, photographing weddings. seniors, boudoir, and helping other photographers perfect their craft. When I have my shit together, I blog about them using way too many exclamation points. What can I say, I love my job! Grab a coffee and stay a while!


March 31, 2022

A Winter ONE-derland Cake Smash Session for MY ONE YEAR OLD BABY! Holy. Shit. How are these photos already done?! HOW are they already almost TWO months old?! Good lord – time goes so quickly. This little boy is our saving grace. He’s our spunky, energetic, bull-headed, LOUD rainbow baby born in the eye of […]

June 25, 2021

So the background may look familiar on these, but I decided to bring my kiddos to The Magers Family sesh that was just on the blog last week! All the Magers babes have matching outfits (thanks to Grandma Lisa) so I thought what a prime opportunity to get updated pics! We took these right after […]

June 11, 2021

I don’t know how time goes by so damn fast, but little Chippy is ONE!!! AHH!!! The Magers fam bam met outside of Paxton at a family friends property for these! My kiddos were there too so, stay tuned for the mini cousin shoot – spoiler, it’s damn cute! I freaking love the way these […]

May 18, 2021

It’s Paige and I’m taking back over the blog this week because it is Emily’s BIRTHDAY!!!! That lucky little bitch is in VIVA LAS VEGAS, hopefully living her best life!! She doesn’t know I’m writing this so it should be a surprise to see something posted on her big day. After all I needed some […]

May 7, 2021

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve not been doing this blog alone for MONTHSSS. Today, my amazing friend and publisher Paige wanted to take over the blog in celebration of Mothers Day. I loved the idea, so I let her run with it. Take it away Paige!   I’ve been thinking a lot […]

April 14, 2021

WOW. How has it been TWO months already?! My little peanut is growing so quickly but he’s still so petite! This month has flown by! We’ve had a lot going on in the Magers household but getting these monthly pictures with Barrick + Bexley make my heart so happy!! The love Bex has for him […]

March 31, 2021

Today’s blog post is a personal one – but I have shared this list so many times I just figured i’d put it in a blog post to share away! If you’re a first, second, or fifth time mom you already know to bring the obvious things like clothes, diaper bag, and your toothbrush, and […]

March 24, 2021

I’m not going to lie, this was a hard one to write. January 2021 was not easy on our family and I wanted to share everything, so it’s a long one. Our year started out, mmmm, unusual that’s for sure! We had been exposed to the ‘VID over the holidays, so we brought in the […]

March 19, 2021

THIRTY. wow! It’s weird to think that I’ve loved you for over one third of your lifetime! I have been so excited to celebrate your 30th birthday with you so much that I couldn’t wait until today! For those of you who don’t know, Brandon’s gotten to open three gifts a day for the past […]

March 17, 2021

ONE MONTH!? Howwww can this be?! Little man is truly little!! He is the smallest Magers grandbaby and I think he is going to maintain his petite stature for sometime. Which of course, I am TOTALLY ok with because it makes for the best damn cuddles! But don’t let his little petite self fool you, […]

March 8, 2021

Welp. I think we can all agree 2020 was a hot f*cking mess. Right?! I had started 2020 with the hopes and ambitions to blog a “monthly recap” each month not only to update y’all on things, but as almost a personal journal to remember things by. I’m pretty sure I did it January and […]

February 24, 2021

Hello world! I’m back! Of course, “back” is a loose term with the way life goes, but since my last post sharing our amazing maternity photos and announcing my maternity leave, A LOT has changed! I’ll try and cover it all one day, but today I get to share the biggest highlight of 2021 so […]

January 15, 2021

 MY face is on the blog….AHHHH!!! I got in front of someone else’s camera. Sarah Peterson Photography hooked a girl (and family) up!!! I reached out to her wanting a mini maternity session and as nervous as I was to be in front of her lens, I’m so glad I leaped because LOOK AT THESE!!! […]

December 18, 2020

I promised Chip would be up on the blog soon and whatdya know….here he is 😊 We finally were able to add a BOY to this crazy #girlgang of Magers girls. Chip is the newest addition (only for a little bit) and he’s the most perfect little guy! Bexley is obsessed with him – it’s […]

December 16, 2020

OH MY GAWDDDDD…you guys look at these little babes!! AHHH I cannot get over how little Bexley + Wynn look in these fall photos from last year!! These 2 have grown up so much in the last year along with our family. Little Chip joined us (stay tuned, he’ll be up on the blog VERY […]

July 3, 2020

Well another holiday that is looking a little different this year….courtesy of COVID-19. But hey, I refuse to let it ruin our day celebrating the Fourth of July and our FREEDOM!!! I absolutely love the fourth…. the feeling of summer, cookouts, fireworks, family time and oddly enough the infamous smell of the gunpowder from the […]

June 19, 2020

Father’s Day is this Sunday so I thought I would throw it back to Father’s Day 2019. For all you last minute folks, here’s the reminder to go get the gift lol 🙂 Last years Father’s Day wasn’t as normal as it usually is for a few reasons. Typically, we always host but this last […]

May 29, 2020

How. in. the. hell. has it taken me so long to start blogging Iceland?! I know life gets busy but WOW OH WOW do I have SO. MUCH. to share!!! I think that’s why, I’ve got SO MANY iPhone and professional photos that it’s almost overwhelming to get organized! I pondered about how to share […]

April 29, 2020

Hi baby, it’s your mama. I want to start before the beginning, if that’s even possible, but I think it’s pertinent. Before we had our first baby, who turned out to be our red-headed, tender-hearted, wild and smart little Bexley. You see, before her, before the thought of her, I was unsure that there would […]

March 6, 2020

I can’t believe February has come and gone already! February was full of ups and downs, honestly. I spent all last week recovering from some nasty bug that ultimately resulted in severe ear infections in both ears, through which I had to work photographing our first round of Chicago boudoir mini sessions! I am SO […]

February 28, 2020

You guys…..I couldn’t leave this off the blog. It was simply too good!!! Brandon was taking a snooze and Bex was all about pulling one over on daddy. I of course being team prankster Bexley couldn’t resist!!! Bex was SO EXCITED to pull one over on daddy and I simply couldn’t let her do it […]

February 5, 2020

Happy February! As January came to a close, this first blog day is dedicated to the entire month! I talked a bit in my 2020 goals blog post that I wanted to keep things here on a bit of a personal level, and what better than to recap my entire month from the personal side?! […]

January 15, 2020

I cannot believe it’s January already. This is one of my most anticipated posts of the entire year. Including not only myself but fellow co-workers and professionals I get to work alongside for some goofy-ass photos is my bread and butter. I love this post, but it’s always a long one, so strap in folks. […]

January 10, 2020

Oh boy! It looks like the last time I blogged about yearly goals was way back with this post in 2017. It’s fun to look back on past goals too! I hadn’t looked back on this post until I was searching for today’s post, but I’ve hit a couple of those goals since then! Let’s […]

December 25, 2019

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I don’t want to waste to much time today but to tell each and every one of you reading this thank you. Without you and your support this year would have been a really rough one. But looking back, we’ve made some great memories! We took trips […]

November 29, 2019

Black Friday, am I right?! Some people LOVE it, and some people hate it. I personally love it! Since today’s post falls on Black Friday, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for getting through today! 1. Find the Deals, duh. I think the main reason people love this day is the amazing deals […]

November 27, 2019

This past year has been particularly hard. Of course, we’ve had some good times but with the passing of my mom last November and the loss of our 2nd baby it’s been hard to remember what we’re thankful for. Not that we don’t stop to remember those things every once in a while, and this […]

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November 8, 2019

Oh. My. Goodness. Our girl is FOUR. We’re right at the edge of excitement to see the future and frightened to lose our baby girl. I hope she keeps her red hair and curls. They are a beautiful blend of her daddy and myself. I hope she stays independent, despite the guaranteed arguments it will […]


November 1, 2019

omg you guys, it’s been a hot minute since you’ve seen any signs of me on the interwebs! it feels SO GOOD to be back! To kick things off, let me introduce you to these lovely ladies – Britt + Kelsey with Launch Your Daydream.   I first noticed their magic with a few of […]

June 22, 2019

Dear Brandon,  I’m writing this letter just minutes after delivering a wedding gallery to a client and remembering back to what it felt like to be “newlyweds”. It was exciting, nerve wracking, and blissful all rolled into one. We’d been friends for years and our families were constantly crossing paths and camping together. I was […]