Vulnerability alert: writing an "About Me" page is tough. The expectation is to include things like how long I've been a photographer, what my shooting style is, or what my coffee order is at Starbucks. Sorry, no thanks.

I am not the photographer who has had a camera in her hand since she was young. In fact, I did not know I loved photography until I started taking photos for a blog I wanted to write. Entering the wedding industry was never part of my 5-year plan in college, and owning a business never crossed my mind growing up.

But despite my sudden interest in wedding photography, I can now confidently say I have discovered my true calling, my deepest passions, and my dream career. And I don't want any piece of my business to feel like anything other than that. So let's skip the usual. Get to know me on a more accurate level, so when we meet in person, we can forego the handshake and skip right to the hug!! 

Photographer, writer, cat mom, lover of all the pink

I'm Emily Schneider.

Hey, friend!

• My Story •

NJ > VA

Graduating from LU

Getting My 1st Camera

Moving to D.C.

Launching ENP

I grew up in NJ, and lived there until I was almost 16. Then, my family moved to our summer house in VA on Smith Mountain Lake. So I have a little mix of Yankee - Country in me.

When I graduated from Liberty University, I was only 19-years-old. I earned a BS in PR & Advertising and began pursuing a creative career in digital marketing while also starting a blog to keep up with my love of writing.

On a family vacation to Lake Powell, I paid my sister-in-law $300 to buy her old Canon 60D camera. It was meant to just be a way to enhance my blog images, but after practicing with it on our gorgeous desert lake vacation, I felt something more was developing!

In February 2018, I moved to D.C. for a new job at a communications firm! Moving to a big city was so scary, but by then I also knew my new hobby would come with me as a comforting companion.

In January 2019, I realized my hobby was able to serve families and couples in my community. I decided to go all in and launch my business, but also declare that I would be a wedding photographer! Ask and ye shall receive, because not even 3 months later, I booked my first wedding!

Ryan the lion

Of course he comes first. I am an unashamed, obsessed cat mom. Ryan loves meeting new friends that come by. My friends all know they'll be greeted with little pink-nosed kisses. If I'm home editing images, Ryan is surely close by (translation: we're likely playing his favorite game called "How long can I sit on your laptop before you move me?")

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Flamingos

I know this is such a recent trend right now, but full disclosure: I have always loved flamingos (even before they were cool). My single-bedroom apartment has little flamingo decor in various places (i.e., my bath mat, soap dish, hand towels, bedroom decor, etc.) Excessive? Maybe. Worth it? Absolutely!

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Candles

I. love. candles. The first thing I do when I'm trying to relax is light a candle. Burning candles is my post-cleaning day ritual. It just feels like an incomplete job unless something warm and fragrant is added. My favorites are Magnolia candles from Target or Christmas-y scented Yankee Candles during the holidays -- smells like home! 

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Socks

Is this weird? I have so many pairs of socks. Fun socks, fuzzy socks, knee high cozy socks, all the socks. I might be the only person excited to get socks for Christmas... please don't judge me! Grooms and groomsmen have all the luck, getting to wear crazy fun socks on the wedding day.

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Haagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

I'm an ice cream fiend. I'm not really a cake person, not even cupcakes. Give me ice cream every time! But the one flavor I will spend just about any price on is Haagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle!! Oh. My. Word... I could eat GALLONS of that stuff!!! Any day, any time of the day, any season of the year. Gimme the Dazs!

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Coffee Mugs

Coffee truly is my primary source of liquid fuel. And all the love to Starbucks, but there is just something so satisfying about at-home coffee. I give all the credit to a good coffee mug. I don't think I have a single pair of coffee mugs that match! I love having personal mugs that are tied to memories or catch my eye. I have a flamingo mug, an LU mug from my college days, and a mug with photos on it from my favorite family vacation!

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Succulents

I feel like I can't really call myself a true plant mom. Any plant that needs more than bi-weekly watering is doomed to meet a tragic end in my home. But succulents are much more tolerant of my sparse watering habits. Plus they are just so pretty! I like flowers and all, but I get the most joy from watching my succulents thrive. I even create new plants from their clippings! What used to be a 5-succulent collection is now nearing 15! 

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my favorite things