WELCOME

ABOUT US & THE STUDIO

Making a photograph is such a personal form of creativity. I can tell you first hand that the images we are creating today will only exponentially increase in value as life goes by. When I was 22, I lost my mom to breast cancer. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever lived through. At 24, my Dad moved out of my childhood home, and pulled up to my apartment one afternoon with six grey tote boxes filled with every loose photo, print, and album that documented my life to that point. In the mess I found about 12 photos of my Mom and I together in the 22 years I was blessed enough to have her in my life. That was it.

Now that I have 2 boys of my own, I make sure we purchase family photos every year, not just for me but for them too. I want them to look at these pictures year after year and know how important our relationship is. How much they are loved. Where they come from and who they are.

This is probably at the root of my “why” behind running this business. I know how busy life gets, and how easy it is to get stuck scrambling to do all the things. As the Mom it feels like a hassle to put down the 12 bags, scramble to find your phone and try to get some quick snaps. It takes real intention to get photographed, but in 20 years what will you regret more: spending too much time, energy & money on the photos you have or not enough? I truly believe photography is important work. Time doesn’t stop, but the camera allows us to stop time. It’s a gift we can’t take for granted.

Hey there, I´m Emily

It’s funny, but photography was originally more a logistic career move than one born of artistic expression. In 2017 as my youngest son was getting ready to enter Kindergarten my work/mom balance was about to flip. For 13 years I had been teaching piano lessons to beginner through advanced students. At Luther College I was a music major and went on to get my Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State. The great schedule I had used while the boys were littles of being Mommy during the day and teaching from 3-8pm on weeknights wasn’t going to work now that they were in school. I needed a change. So I thought I’d try Real Estate Photography.

I quickly found that not only did I absolutely love photography, but I really wanted to grow this into a successful business. In late 2019 I shifted from photographing only houses & office spaces to working with people and I just keep loving it more every day. In August of 2020 I moved into my current studio space at 35 Water Street in hopes of offering an amazing portrait experience to families & businesses in the Twin Cities West Metro. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a really great adventure!

Sarah Jane

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Cristina Sanz

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