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 Donadio’s

While a pandemic might have changed their plans, nothing could keep Emma and Nick from a dreamy wedding day celebrated with their friends and family- at last! After their exchange of vows and I do’s on the very same day last year, the newlyweds renewed their vows on May 15th, 2021 but this time had the very deserved party to follow. Every detail was beautifully crafted, and thought about for two years. All that planning, and replanning was oh so worth it, as everything came together seamlessly. Kingwood Center Gardens was a beautiful setting for such a romantic and enthusiastic day of celebrations. My favorite moment was Nick’s reaction at seeing his bride walk down the aisle- again! His face lit up with joy and emotion as if it were the very first moment of the rest of his life all over again. The duo have such a sweet connection, and their love for each other only slightly shadows how much they adore their friends and family. It was such a perfect day, wonderfully spent with amazing company and so much love.

Planner- Aisle & CO.

Beauty- Sunny Douglas

Hair- Hair by Katie B

Attire- Gilded Social & Alpha Suits

Cake Table- Dietsch’s Brothers & From Scratch Cupcakes

Catering – Village Catering Co.

Entertainment – The DJ Crew

Florals- Prema Designs

Videography – Barefoot Videography

Rentals/Decor – Tents-N-Stuff LLC

Venue- Kingwood Center Gardens