Emma McMahan

Emma McMahan

lifestyle + portrait photography

based in hamilton ohio

I love to tell stories. To me, each event I attend and capture, and every individual I have the honor to work with has a story to tell that is worth telling. These stories are better seen than heard, and oftentimes I find the magic moments that otherwise are too fleeting to remember. That is why I fell in love with photography in the beginning and still to this day is what brings me the most joy in my business. Memorializing stories in imagery to last decades.  

Welcome! I'm Emma!

Cincinnati Wedding Photographer and Lifestyle Portraits

Photographing Weddings and Lifestyle Portraits sessions are more than just a job for me! I love telling the stories of the couples, families, businesses and individuals that I work with. Traveling is an added perk, I love exploring new places! One of my favorite things about my business is how I have been able to turn a passion for art into a living where I continually am blessed to meet new faces, reconnect with familiar ones, and see love in news aways with every click of my camera. You will see through the sessions and events on this blog how love grows in unique ways. How people change for the best year after year. And also how I see the world around me. 

I started this journey when I was fresh out of high school. I didn't know how greatly my life would be impacted from capturing weddings and families. It has been such an honor to do so over the last decade. Being able to capture my hometown and surrounding areas has been such a treat for me! I LOVE Cincinnati and I am proud to claim the title of a Cincinnati Wedding Photographer. It is a tight but large community of creatives in this region. I am thrilled to work with the best of the best! You'll find some amazing wedding industry vendors linked in the weddings blogged here. Their work is so important to what I do, it isn't only photographs that matter at the end of the wedding day, although they may last the longest ;) 



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Mr. and Mrs. Combs – Batesville

It was a perfect day to get married! The hot July sun was no match for the gorgeous backyard lakeside ceremony. Family and friends gathered for an intimate celebration in true Tolkien style! The couple tied in their favorite novels into their wedding day, and oh how incredible it was! I felt like we were truly in a fairytale!

So many sweet and thoughtful momentos created by Kelly and Nick were graced around the Kelly’s childhood home. Their hand written vows containing their declaration of love to each other was my favorite. Every word was written together. Precise and adoring. It was magic to hear them recite the words that now bond them at their ceremony!

The bridesmaids gorgeous gold summer dresses were a dream! Such a perfect contrast to the vibrant and colorful bridal bouquet!

I often see a tribute to a family member that is no longer here on Earth with us to celebrate a wedding day. Nick’s mother, sweetly nicknamed Bee, was missed dearly but treasured none the less and close to his heart on his bumblebee necktie <3

Prayer is so important to Nick and Kelly, it was such a wonderful thing to witness their closest friends showing them love and honoring God before the ceremony.

Music is a large part of Kelly’s life, quite possibly her first love! 😉 So naturally lovely hymns were being played by a string quartet to guide guest to the lakeside ceremony. The notes floating around the water and into the wooded backyard created a surreal romantic atmosphere for the ceremony.

Worshiping together, the almost official husband and wife sang and prayed together during their ceremony, beginning their life as newlyweds praising God and thanking him for each other.

Brunch was made with love and served surrounded by flowers. Simply enchanting from the little details to the feast laid out for the guests enjoyment!

Wedding photos from the couple’s family lineage were placed around the backyard reception tent featuring the couples on their wedding day!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Combs! I loved celebrating and marveling in your love! You crafted a wonderful day that sums up your love for each other perfectly. Romantic and timeless with a little bit of old world charm! <3 Praying for a lasting romance that looks this happy everyday!