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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.

Rainy Day Logan Square Engagement Session – Kelly & Matt

Matt and Kelly’s Logan Square engagement session was such a blast! Chicago’s forecast called for rain at least a week before our session date – and to our surprise, that didn’t change. I’m so happy neither of us opted to reschedule – we embraced the weather, and – if I say so myself – had an awesome time […]

Sunny West Loop Engagement Session – Kate & Evan

I have known Evan for – let me see… fifteen years?! It’s true what they say, you know, about time. It flies! Evan and I used to wash dishes together as awkward teenagers at our part-time job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now that I think about it, he may have trained me on the job! Flash […]

sunny Chicago West Loop engagement session

Emily & John’s Vintage-Inspired Chicago Wedding at Salvage One

This year’s wedding season officially began for me in March, when Emily and John finally tied the knot. These two have been together for years, and a joy to work with over the past six months. My favorite thing about Emily and John is how obviously in love they are! Thanks for making my job easy, guys […]

candid image of bride and groom at Salvage One

Moment-Driven Workshop – Roosevelt University, Chicago

Earlier this month I participated in Chicago’s Moment-Driven Workshop, a recurring event organized by Candice C. Cusic of Cusic Photography. I signed up for the workshop months ago, with the intent that it would help me develop new skills while honing my strengths as a photographer. In this field we are constantly growing, and I still think […]

student looks out window from top floor of Roosevelt University

Chicago Lifestyle Engagement Session – Sydney & Dylan

On one of the last seasonably winter days in Chicago, I met Sydney, Dylan, and canine Conan at their home in Lakeview. The four of us went for a chilly afternoon stroll around the neighborhood, stopping by the historic Music Box Theatre for a few portraits. Conan was such a trooper! We were able to squeeze […]

black and white Chicago engagement photo

Surprise Chicago Proposal – Erik & Claire

Last month I had the opportunity to be a part of something pretty incredible. Erik contacted me and explained that he would be flying in to Chicago from San Francisco to propose to his now-fiancé Claire, who was in town on business (and didn’t expect a thing!). After years of long-distance dating between several cities, […]

just engaged San Francisco couple on Chicago's lakefront

St. John Day Trip – U.S. Virgin Islands

While vacationing in the Virgin Islands in January, my husband and I took a day trip from St. Thomas to St. John. Our time in the Caribbean was sort of a belated honeymoon (we eloped in October), and St. John was hands-down the most adventurous part of our entire trip! We woke up early one Saturday to take […]

view of Cruz Bay from Lind Point Overlook

Natural Light Maternity Session – Jordan & Dana

I have known Dana as long as I’ve lived in Chicago (a whole decade!). Over the years we have shared many conversations regarding art, dreams, food, boys (men)… and most recently, babies! She and her husband Jordan have one of the most extraordinary love stories, going their separate ways and defying odds to return to each […]

photo of expecting couple on bed

From Texas to Chicago: Justin & Lani

I met Lani pretty soon after she and Justin moved to Chicago last year. She gets so excited at every opportunity to talk about her upcoming wedding, and I can’t help but ask her about it! Their destination wedding plans have been in the works for some time now, and it’s all finally coming together. […]

double exposure couple with Chicago skyline