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

The Benison Event Center- Cameron and Raymond

It was such an honor to work with the wonderful Benison Event Venue crew to photograph their stunning event space in downtown Hamilton, OH! The gorgeous venue has a little bit of everything. Incredible light, antique aesthetics everywhere you look, and a vault that gives a nod to the Little Chicago days of Hamilton.
While planning the shoot, we wanted to make sure to incorporate the vintage aspects of the venue while brining a fresh modern take to all that the venue can create for a wedding day. We brought in sparkling gold linens, vintage furniture, pops of pink and blush in the florals and in the goblets on the table scapes, as well as a beautiful draped Chuppah adorned with flowers. The a gown and grooms attire was the perfect mix of modern and vintage flair.
To make the day even more special, Cameron and Raymond, our gorgeous couple for the event, drove down from Columbus to dress up and be pampered. I had the pleasure of photographing Cameron and Raymond a few years ago for their engagement session. I was thrilled that they were able to make it for the shoot and finally have the romantic photos Cameron had been dreaming of since their elopement. They are the sweetest couple, and it was obvious how in love they are!
The shoot wouldn’t have been possible with out the help of an amazing vendor team! Countless hours were poured into making the morning a success, and it was well worth it! Thank you to all!
Planning & Design KMC Weddings and Events
Vintage Furniture, Glasses & Props Lost and Found Vintage Rentals
Gown & Accessories Bochic Bridal Boutique 
Menus, Signage Eden + Vine
Linens and Chairs Kosins Tents and Events
Invitation Suite @carrieonealdesigns
Draping & Chuppah – @partypleasersservices

Emma McMahan Photography