Brett and I have known Shelby for a long time. She is always a beautiful soft voice full of joy taking life as it comes. Jason comes into her life and within a couple of months sweeps her off her feet – a match made in Heaven. The cool thing is that they were both going to the same church ( but didn’t meet until family friends brought them together. I love stories like that where they are so clearly orchestrated by God and meant to be.

So, here we are in 103 degree weather (gotta love Redding) capturing this couple’s excitement for their wedding in September. It was a blast. Jason and Shelby are awesome and were willing to do anything. I loved their excitement over all of the ideas as we went through the shoot and they loved all of the same buildings, structures and fields that we did. They hardly needed any direction and just knew what look we wanted before even saying it. They have impeccable taste and their wedding is going to be a dream. Shelby was telling me some of the details and I got goosebumps just listening and envisioning it. Can’t wait!

Jason and Shelby, thank you for hanging out in the hot weather and for being such great models. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity!



Once again, the Redding train station has been very good to us. :) img_5564-16-copy








I kept this one really clean because it is such a simple yet beautiful moment that is not planned. It is just between them.


I love the intimacy and beauty of this moment.





One of my favs, I love me some good ol’ black and white. Aren’t they such a great looking couple??? img_5682-31-copybw


Oh how I love natural light! img_5840-87-copyfaded


This is my husbands’ creativity. I love how they turned out! img_5900-95-copycroped-copy




Give me some tall grass and some beautiful sun and I am a happy woman. (even in the heat)img_5943-102-copy





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  1. Amy says:

    These are amazing Emily! And how gorgeous is she?!

  2. Amber Dawn says:

    Holy Moly! Em!!!! You knock my socks off! These are fantastic! I started trying to memorize the numbers of the photos I liked best…but then there were too many! I love the images where you are focused on one of them and the other is in the foreground with a clear expression on them…so emotionally filled. I love them. Great work girl! And gotta give props to the hubby…love your pool shot, man!


    Really beautiful shots!

  4. Cindy says:

    love the reflection shot at the pool!! :)

  5. Erica says:

    Beautiful pictures Em. You are getting so good. Way to go.

  6. Candace Pecaut says:

    These are so great, as usual. I love Shelby and didn’t know that she got engaged! I’ve always thought she was such a gorgeous woman inside and out and have wondered when some lucky would snag her up! So exciting. You going to do their wedding too?


    Oh babe, these belong in a magazine! Your photography and your editing on these is unreal! You rock sister!!!

  8. ariel says:

    Gorgeous shoot! I love the light and the editing, great job! :)

  9. Ericka Morrow says:

    EMILY!! These are amazing! Shelby and I went to elementry school togeather- I am so excited for her marriage!! You did a perfect job of capturing them both!



    [...] and Shelby – two of the most beautiful people you will ever meet. We did their engagement session in June and realized how extremely photogenic they were which of course made us even more stoked [...]

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A family VERY dear to my heart. They are dear friends of ours that have supported us in our ups and downs, cheering us up with “Settlers” and encouraging us with prayer when needed. They are a walking testimony of God’s love and faithfulness. They are a beautiful couple which of course results in a beautiful child. Ruby is one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen with her stunning blue eyes and huge smile, but she also has a very contemplative way about her that always makes you wonder what she is thinking. :) We love this family and of course it was a JOY to photograph them. It was a very hot day in Redding, but we braved the heat and came out with some great images.

Nathan, Juliette and Ruby – we love you so much and miss you when we are apart. We are always blessed by you when we are together. Thank you for your friendship, always.





Isn’t Juliette so beautiful???img_3156-41-copywarm

One of my favs from the shoot.img_3164-44-copy



Nathan adores his girls and that is always evident. He is a loving husband and a great dad. img_3363-80-copy

Look at those eyes – totally after her mama. img_3377-83-copy



Aren’t they so cute? img_3889-158-copy

10 Responses

  1. Juliette Read says:

    Awww, Emily, we “heart” you too! We had an amazing time at this shoot. You and Brett just put us at ease and allowed our true selves to come shining through. I will cherish these photos for years to come! Thank you so much!

  2. Amber Dawn says:

    OH! I LOVE the picture of you shooting through those bars…the blue colors and composition are just rad! Great work girl! :)

  3. Bethany says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! And Love them! :)

  4. Angelina says:

    Wow, these are amazing!! I love the pics and I love this family!!! They are so beautiful inside and out!

  5. Bri says:

    Beautiful!! I love these :)

  6. Bobby Earle says:

    What a great series!


  7. Meg says:

    These are stunning!!! And the new blog looks AWESOME!

  8. hannah says:

    this is such a fun family shoot! adorable!!! (i am amy endecotts neice, and she has been telling me about you, but i dont think we have ever met, and i also met juan last week that said you were shooting his wedding) so fun to see your work!! hopefully we can meet someday :)

  9. Vanea says:

    Awww…These are so beautiful! We love the Reads too! :)


    Just beautiful Emily! I love them all, especially the one of the little girl cuddled into her daddy’s chest *sigh*

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