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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 begins at $2400. Additional hours and photographer available. 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.

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

Garfield Park Conservatory/Salvage One – Emily & John

Hey guys! Guess what?! I finally got to visit Salvage One, and the rumors are true: it’s FANTASTIC! Such a unique space exploding with photo opportunities, complete with an oh-so-tempting shuffleboard table. Emily and John are tying the knot there in March, and we were able to spend some time in the space during their engagement […]

couple kissing by reflecting pool at Garfield Park Conservatory

Destination Wedding: Cozumel, Mexico – Rachel & Jonathan

When Rachel and Jonathan asked me to photograph their destination wedding in Cozumel, I had to do everything in my power not to keel over with excitement. I had a fresh passport, was familiar with the island, and couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Clearly, the answer was a resounding […]

bride and groom walking on beach destination wedding Mexico

Snowy December Engagement Session – Mary & William

Ah, the first snow of the season. This brings mixed feelings to many of us. Either you’re dreading the long winter (and supposed return of Chi-beria) ahead, or you welcome the snow with open arms as if it were a long lost and fluffy friend, away for too long. Mary, William and I opted to embrace […]

first snow engagement session

Angie & Sam – Chicago Newlywed Session

Angie and Sam are two of the most wonderful people you will ever meet. Obviously very much in love, kindness and happiness just radiate off of them. The couple describe themselves as “still newlyweds” after being married two years ago in their home state of Michigan. They wanted some photos to remember their time in Chicago […]

husband and wife in love

London Love: Alice & Harry Elope to Chicago!

When Alice first contacted me to document her October elopement, I was thrilled. She and her longtime love, Harry, planned to travel to Chicago from London and get married at City Hall without telling a soul. This is so my style – I thought. How spontaneous! How romantic! And to top it off, she was […]

Greetings from Chicago mural couple

Amanda & Rob’s Downtown Chicago Engagement Session Adventure

Last month I embarked on an Engagement Session Adventure with Amanda & Rob, whose downtown Chicago wedding will take place next September. When we started planning the session, we had so many ideas between us that I thought for sure something would need to be left out. Little did I know – these two are […]

Chicago CTA engagement session