Hi there! My name is Emily Smith and I love telling stories through pictures! I started Elders Ridge Photography in 2011 — “Emily Smith Photography” and many variations of that were already taken… one downside to having the most popular name ever. One upside: never being asked, “can you spell that?” I’ve been behind a camera for over 15 years, but up until that point, it was a video camera. While I still love video production, there is something special about capturing that one special frame in that one special moment. I’ve met so many amazing families and couples over the past seven years and I can’t wait to meet you! You’ll like me — I’m nice! And funny…at least I think so!

_DSC2236_cropMy home base is a small country town called Elders Ridge, but thanks to advances in technology (specifically those fancy time-machine things some call a “car”) I travel all over, chasing light and capturing beautiful moments.

Weddings are my current favorite thing to photograph. The days are long, but they offer so many opportunities for every type of photography: portrait, landscape, still life, photojournalistic – and I love the fast pace of it all and the raw emotion.

So what’s it like to work with me? I’m a laid back person by nature, so I’m easy to talk to and get along with, but I’m also good at giving direction you’ll understand. Getting you comfortable and making sure you’re not in an awkward pose is also my focus at the beginning of our shoot. I demonstrate poses (you’ll laugh – so will I) and we tweak it until we get it. And then you’ll get comfortable and we’ll just shoot away! Some things you’ll hear me say:

  • “alright, just one more.” And that is always a lie.
  • “I promise it won’t look weird on camera.” And it never does.
  • “Look down at your knee, then when I say ‘go’, look up at me…ok, 1, 2, 3, look at me.” And I never say “go.”
  • “Hands off her belly – this isn’t a maternity shoot.” Unless it is.
  • “You look so beautiful!!!” And then I’ll turn my camera around to show you…and you’ll agree.

Some non-photography things about me: I fancy myself a chef and if I could do anything else, I’d open a 12-seater on a little farm, grow my own food, raise my own animals, and cook delicious, fresh local food. But then I’m reminded this is western PA and we have winter for like 7-8 months of the year, so working outside year round doesn’t sound very fun after all. So that’s where my other love, TV, comes in. Right now I’m probably watching either HBO, Comedy Central, PBS, or the Smithsonian Channel. Or, I’m down a YouTube rabbithole that started with the Phillip Defranco Show but has somehow taken me all the way to illegally uploaded episodes of 90’s Double Dare on Nickelodeon.

So that’s a little bit about me. If you think we’ll get along, check out the pricing page and send me a message — let’s get started! Or, just email me at emily@eldersridgephotography.com

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