I want to tell your story with honesty and heart.

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My name is Emma, the clicker of the shutter button.  This is me - my face and my heart.

Loving and serving families - mine and yours - is why I get up in the morning.  Why I get out of bed and keep breathing.  Telling your most sincere, most important stories with honesty and heart is my passion. 

Great loves almost always have a long crazy story about how they came about.  The food you never really cared for as a kid is your favorite, the boy you never took notice of is the man you fall for and marry, and the hobby you never thought you’d have becomes a passion that you plan to make your life’s work.  How that comes about and the way it makes you feel - words can never do it justice.  That’s probably why I love photography so much, because it gets us so much closer to paying the tribute to the feelings you’ll never find the words for.  Plus, I’m a really terrible writer - so that’s a bonus.

When I was a kid, I wanted to work at Taco Bell or be Bozo (does anyone remember him?).  Later, I thought I was going to be an architect, so I went to architecture school.  There, I met my husband and my world flipped a little bit.  A lot of stuff happened in-between then and now but, it’s because of him and our two sons that my perspective on life has changed.  

They add so much love and craziness to my life that has helped me grow as a person, a woman, and a mother.  I am so many things I never thought I would be because of them and a photographer is definitely on that list. 

Because of them, I believe in things I cannot prove, I listen to my heart and love deeper than I ever thought I could.  The crazy just adds to the adventure.  They are my constant reminder of what is most important in the world.  Because of them, I see the heart in things and can instantly distinguish all the things that really matter.  It's through these eyes that I photograph for families - and for you - the heart of it all.

I believe that everything in our lives is born of fate and chaos.

I photograph families almost exclusively - on big days like wedding days and little days we call "everyday" that seem mundane but are not so secretly magical.  Families can take all shapes and forms - it can simply be made up of two people standing on a mountain committed to binding their lives together and grow their legacy from scratch.  Okay,  it doesn't have to be a mountain - that was a just a for instance.  No matter the makings of your family, big or small, I want to preserve the memories that obviously or not so obviously mean the most, regardless of whether or not the light is beautiful or all your laundry is put away.  Life is made up of so many instantaneous moments that you wish could last a lifetime.  And that's where I come in.

Oh, and since I feel inclined to tell you a couple quick facts about me:  I like beer.  And coffee.  And food.  Not necessarily in that order.  It depends on the time of day.

Whew, if you've made it this far - thank you.  Thank you for considering me to be a part of preserving your heritage and leave for your children and grandchildren the moments that filled your heart - the pieces of your life that mattered most.

And here are more pictures of me and my family in our beautiful, magical, mundane every day because I like these cats so darn much and love the life we are adventuring on together.  Half of the photos here were captured on film.

I also believe in letting your heart be your guide.  Sometimes you just have a feeling about things.  If you feel ready, or have questions, please get in touch using my contact form or by email - hello@fateandchaos.com .  I would love to hear about the special day you're planning.