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 Fischer’s – University of Dayton Marriot

Peter and Brittany celebrated their vows together with their closest friends and family with a beautiful ceremony and reception at University of Dayton Marriot. The hotel was buzzing with excitement over the celebrities staying with them that weekend, but through all the commotion, the newlyweds could only think about was how exciting was to be saying I do!

I loved the gorgeous color palette that Brittany choose for her girls! That pretty soft and glamorous mauve is one of my personal favorites! Little details like handcrafted flowers and pearl adorned shoes gave it all the finishing touches! While the girls were getting dolled up and celebrating in the suite upstairs, the groom and groomsmen had hit the bar, celebrating with a round to cheers to the happy couple!

My husband and I literally in the courtyard bushes during this first look! It was well worth it to get those beautiful smiles and happy tears!

Together with their family, the two tied the knot with the sun smiling down on them. It was a beautiful ceremony, with sweet promises for an amazing future together.

Moments after saying yes to forever, the newlyweds had some quiet moments of joyful tears and laughter before joining their family for portraits to commemorate the day. <3

A dreamy reception area created a atmosphere of the evening that was both romantic and filled with fun! Each guest was so thoughtfully seated with some extra special favors for a birthday guest! The Fischer’s had invited each person with love and it absolutely showed!

After the toasts and traditional heartfelt dances, the party began! The dance floor was filled with movement from the youngest attendees to the most treasured grandparents!

Congratulations to you both!! I pray that your journey abroad for your first years of marriage brings you closer than ever and bonds you wonderfully together as husband and wife! It was a blast to celebrate this amazing day with you!


Venue University of Dayton Marriott

Hair and Makeup Aleesia Gooslin

Caterer University of Dayton Marriott

Florist Southern Blooms Co Flower Man

DJ Party Pleasers

Cake and Desserts Rachel Bakes & Co