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 ;) 



Senior portraits

Lifestyle family


business branding

the mcmahans

Parisian Styled Shoot


I was SO excited to put on my first big styled shoot with the help of KMC Weddings and Events and Lost and Found Vintage Rentals. Karen and Jennifer were amazing to work with, and I am so thankful for the friend ships I have made with them! Their work is incredible and it was an honor to work along side them for this project.

My dream is to travel and of course one of the places I have always wanted to go to since I was a little girl is Paris! I loved the feminine touches, and modern Marie Antionette styling that was incorporated into the shoot.
 SoSo many amazing vendors participated in to make this shoot happen- from handmade pieces, to gorgeous gowns.

It was so much fun to plan this day, have other talented photographers get to take part in the shoot, and to have a blast meeting and mingleing with other creatives! I can’t wait for more styled shoots <3 Be on the look out for the next opportunity to be apart of it!



Planning and Design:    Emma McMahan Photography @emmamcmahanphotography

     KMC Weddings and Events @kmcweddings

Venue: Lost & Found Vintage Rentals and Studio @lostandfoundvintagerentals

Gowns & Accessories: BoChic Bridal Boutique @bochicbridalboutique

Macarons: Little Sweets by Marcus @littlesweetsbymarcus

Stationery: Kait Carroll Letting @kaitcarroll.lettering

Vintage Rentals: Lost & Found Vintage Rentals @lostandfoundrentals

Hair: Sarah’s Blissful Bridal @sarahsblissfulbridal

Makeup: LeMae’ Makeup Artistry @lemaemakeupartistry

Flowers: KMC Weddings and Events @kmcweddings

Model: Abby Bowling @thegirlwpurplehair

Banner: Eden + Vine @eden.and.vine

Painted Backdrop: Verdigris Backdrops @verdigrisbackdrops

Ring Boxes: Everly Box @everlybox The Family Joolz @thefamilyjoolz