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Chicago documentary photographer Emma Mullins Photography

Hellooo, world!

I’m Emma: documenter, world traveler, cat-whisperer, and lover of all things beer and coffee. I’ve been documenting life through photographs for as long as I can remember. These days, you’ll find me photographing anything that tells a good story.

My favorite thing about working with couples is learning THEIR story! I meet people from all walks of life who have fallen in love, some who have gone to great lengths (and traveled great distances) for each other. I want to photograph you on your wedding day, and I want you to relive all those moments each time you see your images. This is your LIFE (!), and I strive to capture it as is – perfections, imperfections, and all.

Chicago has been my home since 2007, but in my heart I’m a true Wisconsin girl. I share a live/work studio in the Carroll Arts District with my designer-turned-handyman spouse and our two spunky felines, Rex and Miike.

Currently Emma Mullins Photography is booking weddings throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee areas and also worldwide. Elopements and destination weddings are my absolute favorite! Inquire about your wedding HERE

Emma Mullins Photography is also regularly available for portrait sessions, events, and other projects. Have an idea? Let’s be friends!

I am happiest when I create; let’s create something together.



pricing information for documentary wedding photographer Emma Mullins Photography

Wedding Day coverage is customized and averages at $3800, with Collections beginning at $2600. Inquire about your wedding HERE.

Engagement Sessions begin at $400. Wedding clients receive a discounted rate.

Elopement and Non-Traditional wedding day coverage is available at a customized rate.

Event coverage begins at $300 per hour.

Portrait and Lifestyle Sessions begin at $250.

Have an idea? I love to think outside the box, and am always open to photographing new things! Contact me for pricing on commissioned projects and collaborations.

Chicago Sunrise Newlywed Session – Ilnara & Kiko

Ilnara and Kiko’s session is one for the books. The newlyweds, who live in Denver, hopped on a plane to visit Chicago and get some portraits taken together! They got engaged last year in the Windy City and have since moved to Colorado where they tied the knot. Since both of their families live overseas, […]

Chicago sunrise session at North Avenue Beach

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Engagement Session – Ali & Dan

Ali and Dan’s forest preserve engagement session was a welcome detour from the urban photography I’ve been immersed in lately. Don’t get me wrong – I love city living, and LOVE urban photography! But it never hurts to get back to nature once in a while. These lovebirds had been engaged for only a month […]

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve engagement session

Chicago Trash the Dress Session – Laura & Adam

Laura and Adam. Where do I begin? I’ve known these two for several years now, and there has never been a doubt in my mind that they’re absolutely perfect for each other. I mean – you don’t even need to spend five minutes with them together and you’ll just know. They are some of the […]

Chicago trash the dress session at North Avenue Beach

Summer Wisconsin Wedding at Hubbard Park Lodge – Jane & John

Jane and John’s summer Wisconsin wedding was a lovely gathering of friends and family from different corners of the country. The two call Connecticut home, but because Jane is from – well, Janesville – and much of her family still reside in Wisconsin, they decided to make their wedding a destination Midwest getaway. Hubbard Park […]

summer Wisconsin wedding at Hubbard Park Lodge

Chicago Beach Maternity Session – Angelina

September is here, September is here! As it happens, this month will bring many changes. For some, that means parenthood. Photographing Angelina was an absolute delight! She is so excited for baby Vera – her first! – to arrive later this month. We met for our session at 31st Street Beach a couple hours before […]

Chicago beach maternity portrait at sunset

Moody Engagement Session at Dusk – Eunice & Kyle

Eunice and Kyle’s Engagement session was magical in ways I don’t think any of us expected. Their connection is undeniable – I know they could make each other laugh for hours! Between a series of mishaps and the sky beginning to drizzle, all signs pointed to “maybe we should reschedule?” but Eunice and Kyle were […]

moody engagement session wanderlust

New York Style Wedding at Thalia Hall – Mary & William

Mary and William’s June wedding day was one of the most joyous celebrations I have ever experienced. I met them last fall while they were in the beginning stages of planning their New York style wedding at Thalia Hall. In case you’re unfamiliar, a New York style wedding reception has frequent periods of dancing in […]

bride and groom heading to their New York style wedding at Thalia Hall

Great Gatsby Wedding Styled Shoot / Hyde Park, Chicago

In the spring I participated in a Great Gatsby wedding styled shoot at a private residence in Hyde Park. This was not my first styled shoot, but it was my first time experiencing one this extravagant! Everything about the session was so well put-together, from the table settings to the hors d’oeuvres to the hair and makeup… […]

East Side DIY Milwaukee Wedding – Kaitlin & Evan

Kaitlin and Evan. Where do I begin?! Their Milwaukee wedding hit home (quite literally) for so many reasons. As you may recall from their recent Engagement session, Evan and I used to work together at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill while we both were in high school. Since then, he has made himself a culinary […]

Milwaukee wedding at Charles Allis Art Museum

Romantic Chicago Engagement Session – Betty & Nick

Hello, friends and readers! How is everyone?? I’ve been busy lately – wedding season is off to a fantastic start and summer has officially begun. Looking forward to catching up on some posts! Last month I got to hang out with Betty and Nick while she was in town from New York for their engagement […]

Chicago engagement session at dusk with skyline