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 Big Fake Wedding Cincinnati


It was so fun to meet and mingle with local wedding pros from the Cincinnati area for The Big Fake Wedding in February! The real vow renewal was such an honor to photograph! I loved all of the vintage touches and gorgeous setting!

The Vendors!

Catering & Bar – Funky’s Catering Event funkyscatering.com/

Day of Coordinator- Blue Dahlia Event bluedahliaevents.com

Dessert Table – Sweet Jazz Treat sweetjazztreats1.com

DJ + Emcee + Photo Booth- The Music Concierge themusicconcierge.com

Event Rentals Linens & Highboys- Cincinnati Event Rentals cincinnatieventrental.com

Floral & Event Design: Dessert Backdrop +Ceremony Backdrop and Tables – Social Butterfly Events & Design socialbevents.com

Floral and Event Design: Head Table and Ceremony Backdrop and Tables 5-6 -Tulips Up tulipsup.com

Floral and Event Design: Personal Flowers and Tables 3-4 – Tully Floral Design tullyfloraldesign.com

Floral and Event Design: Registration Area and Accent Furniture Rentals – Borrowed Time Events borrowedtimeevents.com/

Groom’s Cake – The Sugarie Sweet Shop sugariesweetshop.com/

Hair Stylist – Tara Wood Beauty tarawoodbeauty.com

Hotel Accommodations – 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati 21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati

Lounge and Decor Rentals – Queen City Vignette queencityvignette.com/

Invitation Suite and Welcome Sign – Designed, Sealed, Delivered dsdweddings.com

Makeup Artistry- Glam on the Go glamonthegollc.com

Marshmallow Favors – Malvi: Marshmallow Confections malvimallow.com

Men’s Wedding Band Home Try On – Hitched tryhitched.com

Model- Lauren Haney theauthenticwife.com

Real Estate Agent- Team Markowski, Keller Williams Realty TeamMarkowski.com

Travel Agent- Minted Honeymoons MintedHoneymoons.com

Venue- The Transept thetransept.com

Vintage China and Accent Furniture Rentals- Collective Charm collectivecharmrentals.com

Watercolor Map- Style & Grace Design styleandgracedesigns.com

Wedding Cake- Happy Chicks Design happychicksbakery.com

Wedding Dress- Luxe Redux Bridal luxereduxbridal.com

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