And Beyond

wedding photographer for couples Looking
to remember how
Your day felt.

Chicago, IL

Chicago wedding photographer for couples looking to remember how Your day felt.

  • You're dreaming about striking, powerful images that create a narrative in your gallery from start to finish. 
  • You value the in-between moments just as much as the big moments.
  • You love your people fiercely and want photos that reflect that love.
  • You’re looking for an in-depth experience that results in photos that feel unique to you and your story.

I’m going to make a bold statement here. Your wedding photography isn’t actually about your wedding day. It’s about immortalizing your memories so you can look back and re-experience every happy memory all over again when you come back to your gallery in a year, ten years, and fifty years.

Intentional storytelling that captures every moment, no matter how small.

      We’re the perfect match if: 

COUPLES

ELOPEMENTS

WEDDINGS

Genuine

      Emotion-    focused

      Vibrant
Emma
Work with

Each portrait I take is a moment held in time that encapsulates every happy tear, every tight squeeze, and every in-between. I capture that spark between you and your loved ones in whatever form that takes - wildly-romantic-giddy love between you and your favorite person or deep-seated familial love with everyone important enough to be present on your wedding day.

Storytelling through photography is my passion and I firmly believe that everyone has a story that is meant to be shared and documented.

Learn more below about why I’m so passionate about everything I do. 

Each portrait I take is a moment held in time that encapsulates every happy tear, every tight squeeze, and every in-between. I capture that spark between you and your loved ones in whatever form that takes - wildly-romantic-giddy love between you and your favorite person or deep-seated familial love with everyone important enough to be present on your wedding day.

Storytelling through photography is my passion and I firmly believe that everyone has a story that is meant to be shared and documented. Learn more below about why I’m so passionate about everything I do. 

MAKE YOUR PHOTOS MORE THAN JUST PHOTOS.

My Mission

Hiya friend!! Emma here with a big ol’ welcome to my corner of the internet.

I’m your resident Enneagram Type 2 which means I put others first. It’s not just in my nature, it’s in every fiber of my work. My utmost priority is capturing your moments in a completely stress-free experience that results in real, candid emotion.

Your down-to-earth photographer who approaches every day with optimism and gratitude.

Meet Emma

Meet Emma

From being our hype woman, to helping us relax in our element as a married couple during the photo sessions, and to truly enjoy our special day! She worked so well with our family, friends, bridal party, and vendors. Her talent, creativity, storytelling, and expertise shows in not only her incredible photography, but also kind-hearted professionalism, and speedy delivery! Her photos captured all of the love and joy of our wedding day. Emma is truly a rockstar!"

- Justyna & Joe

"Emma went ABOVE and BEYOND literally every aspect of our wedding day!!"

She truly takes what can be a very stressful day and makes it so seamless for you. We had several meetings throughout the planning to make sure we were comfortable with her and in front of the camera, which was very helpful! We had a trolley at various stops for photos and she mapped out the perfect timeline for us to ensure we got every location and photo we wanted! Not to mention, the photos turned out absolutely AMAZING!!

- Hannah & Jack

"Emma was an absolute dream to work with!!"

”Emma is a breath of fresh air! The minute she arrived you could feel a sense of relief in the room. She brought a positive attitude and fun atmosphere to our photo sessions and it was one of the most memorable parts of our special day. Most importantly, Emma made things WORK. Whatever came her way (i.e. getting absolutely drenched by the thunderstorms that rolled through) she handled elegantly and prioritized our wants and needs without hesitation."

- Anna + Zach

“We HIGHLY recommend Emma to preserve your memories for years to come!!”

“We HIGHLY recommend Emma for any occasion that you want to preserve those memories for years to come!!”

“Emma Petersen has gone above and beyond. She cares, she supports and she encourages throughout the entire day. Whatever the day brings, she finds a way to make magic. We are so incredibly grateful that we get to know Emma, she is so special to us and I know that anyone I suggest her photography to will agree with us. Thank you SO MUCH EMMA!” 

- Jacinta + Caleb

“Our day is preserved in a way that looks as wonderful as it felt.”

“On the wedding day itself, she was professional and encouraging - I normally feel very awkward in front of a camera but she made the whole process comfortable and stress-free, letting me focus on the wedding itself and be more relaxed throughout the day. And the pictures look AMAZING. I would highly recommend Emma to anyone, whether for a wedding or any other kinds of pictures!!”

- Eden + Jordan

“Emma is incredible. I don't know what our wedding would have looked like without her help!”

“Emma is incredible. I actually don't know what our wedding would have looked like without her help!”

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