marriage is worth

But not all photography experiences feel like a celebration of YOU. Until now...

celebrating!

I'm a northern VA-based wedding photographer who believes that finding your forever love is a gift worth celebrating! But not every love story is the same – so why should couples all get treated the same by their wedding vendors? I pour my heart into learning more about my couples' story from the very start, and tailoring their experience with me the same way I would if I were photographing my best friend's wedding... to make that magic happen, I use my secret ingredient (personal connection)! And after 2+ years of capturing couples' celebrations, I am proud of the consistent feedback from my clients, telling me that I have accomplished all of that and more!

HI, I'M EMILY!

Before I was a wedding photographer, I was just your average girl daydreaming about and praying for my future husband. My Pinterest board was a mile long before I even met my now boyfriend, Kevin! And I am totally the chick who has an entire journal full of letters titled, "Dear Future Husband." Needless to say, the details of my wedding day were important to me. They were physical representations of how meaningful and special marriage was to me. So when I began my photography business in 2019, weddings were a natural fit for me. I wanted to give my clients the chance to experience the same emotions during their engagement and wedding portraits that I was longing for when I was Pinterest-ing to my heart's content. Fast forward to today... I'm dating the love of my life, and as we begin dreaming 

about our future together, I am realizing more and more how important it is to have a village around you to support and celebrate you – and do so because they genuinely care. Wedding vendors are no exception. The dream team you assemble can make an enormous impact on how enjoyable and meaningful your wedding day will be. As your photographer, I have one of the most important jobs... freezing every moment as a visual memory to revisit in the years to come. No other service on the wedding day survives beyond that final dance or sparkler exit. When the vows have been said, flowers held, and cake eaten, the one thing you have left are your experiences – and the photos that captured them.

Before I was a wedding photographer, I was just your average girl daydreaming about and praying for my future husband. My Pinterest board was a mile long before I even met my now fiancé, Kevin! And I am totally the chick who has an entire journal full of letters titled, "Dear Future Husband." Needless to say, the details of my own wedding day are important to me. They are physical representations of how meaningful and special marriage is to me. So when I began my photography business in 2019, weddings were a natural fit for me. I wanted to give my clients the chance to experience the same emotions during their engagement and wedding portraits that I was longing for when I was Pinterest-ing to my heart's content. Fast forward to today... I'm dating the love of my life, and as we begin dreaming about our future together, I am realizing more and more how important it is to have a village around you to support and celebrate you – and do so because they genuinely care. Wedding vendors are no exception. The dream team you assemble can make an enormous impact on how enjoyable and meaningful your wedding day will be. As your photographer, I have one of the most important jobs... freezing every moment as a visual memory to revisit in the years to come. No other service on the wedding day survives beyond that final dance or sparkler exit. When the vows have been said, flowers held, and cake eaten, the one thing you have left are your experiences – and the photos that captured them.

heart of the hustle

my story

02.

When my business launched in January 2019, I had no idea how to shoot a wedding or attract brides to my services. But I told everyone that I was, in fact, a wedding phtoographer. The more people I told, the more opportunities I got to be a second shooter. It's as though I simply spoke my side hustle into existance! One thing led to another, and now I’m in my second year of business, shooting with other photographers AND for my own couples!

And I love every minute of it.

I currently run Emily Nicole Photography as a side business, working full-time in digital media and public affairs... AND offering 

editing and curation services to fellow photographers to continue fueling and funding my dream! While working 60-80 hours a week at two and a half jobs is often taxing, it's also exciting and a real blessing. I get to do what I love while knowing I'm safely saving for the day when I can jump into full-time entrepreneurship. 

Let me tell ya, this is not where I want to be forever, but I have lots of ideas and dreams for what life and this little business could be... 

heart of the hustle

working my dream job

my story

03.

Emily Nicole Photography is more than just wedding and portrait photography services. I love to serve couples who treasure life's celebration-worthy moments. 

In a world like ours, sometimes celebration-worthy moments are hard to come by – or at the very least, hard to recognize. It's easy to celebrate getting married on your wedding day. But what about when you're in the midst of planning, your budget is busting at the seams, and everyone has an opinion? What is worth celebrating when hard times hit and guests that originally were meant to fill seats are no longer able to come (be it because of worldwide pandemics, illness, distance, etc.)

It is always my goal to make my couples smile and laugh – not just for the pictures, but for the simple fact that there is so much to celebrate. Life and marriage is hard – but it's so worthwhile! My pictures are not just a way to freeze moments in time, they're a way to prove there were moments worth freezing! 

That's why my couples are usually best friends, totally in love, have been through thick and thin together, and take notice of the little enjoyable things in life. Does that sound like you and your fiance? Learn more about the typical ENP Couple here.

working my dream job

my story

the ENP Family

what it's like to be an enp bride & groom

When I started my business, I asked myself, "What kind of photographer do I want to hire to capture my future wedding day?" It made me think hard about what qualities make a great photographer, beyond just beautiful images. Personal connection and trust from my clients are now top of my priority list. So I set out to provide a client experience that makes you feel comfortable, seen, and valued. And I quickly learned that the couples who trust me most are also the easiest to work with. As a result, I consistently hear from happy brides that our connection feels more like friendship than professional relationship! #GOALS

my little team

Emily

Kevin

Ryan

The dreamer, giftbox curator, communicator, and lead photographer

The pep-talker, camera bag packer, finance guru, and tech support

The one tasked with reminding us to take frequent kitty snuggle breaks

what happens when the photographer becomes the

bride?

On April 23, 2021, the love of my life asked me to marry him... and of course I said "YES!" Ever since, I've been learning exactly what my clients go through when they are planning their perfect day. There are so many details that we have to plan, that we never thought were a part of the experience. And some details are more important to us than others.

But most important to me, as a bride, is the ability to freeze every moment I can. I'm already seeing just how precious and fleeting this season is, to be Kevin's fiancé. How much more fleeting are the moments we want to cherish on our wedding day? That's why photography is my number 1 priority as a bride. And it's why I strive, even more in this season than any other, to be the photographer my fellow brides and sweet clients deserve. My mission weighs heavier now, and I don't take the privilege lightly.

Every bride deserves to feel valued and taken care of by her photographer – I believe it's my job to put you at ease and treat you like the unique individual you are. Because that's what I want from my own wedding photography too.

Read more of my core values below!

core beliefs

right...?

Marriage is a gift from God, and a partnership for life.

the fluffier the bouquet, the better!

i've never heard a bad excuse to get dressed up.

the bride can't be late... the wedding waits for her.

the groom matters! The wedding couldn't happen without him.

you can never drink too much coffee or have too many houseplants.

community over competition.

how it all happened

2012 •

2017 •

Started my first small business (selling handmade wire jewelry!)

2018 •

2019 •

Purchased my first camera, a used Canon 60D from my sister-in-law 

Started my business as a family portrait photographer.

Launched my wedding photography services; photographed my first wedding that same year.

2020 •

Started dating my now-fiancé through a worldwide pandemic while running my business.

2021 •

Launched my photo outsourcing services to serve other photographers

TODAY •

LIVING THE DREAM everyday, serving more couples by giving them memories to cherish for generations to come.