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Documentary wedding photographer Emma of Emma Mullins Photography in Chicago, Illinois

Hellooo, world!

I’m Emma: beer nerd, cat-whisperer, and documentary wedding photographer. I’ve been helping couples relive their wedding memories since 2014.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I currently reside in Chicago with my designer-turned-handyman spouse and our two spunky felines. When I’m not photographing couples in love, I’m either hanging with these three or traveling some place new!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
  • Black coffee
  • Road trips
  • 90’s R&B
  • Belgian beer
  • My little fam (Jeremy, Rex and Miike)
  • Watching the sun rise
  • The Green Bay Packers
  • Johnny + Moira + David + Alexis
  • Halloween (the holiday – not the movie. Okay, the movie’s pretty good too.)
My Approach

My favorite thing about working with couples is learning THEIR story. It’s always exciting to learn how two people met… and then decided to spend the rest of their lives together! We’ll get to know each other throughout the process, and it doesn’t stop on wedding day. I want to show up with hugs and handshakes – not as just another vendor.

If you’re looking for stiff, unnatural posing, I’m not your girl. Expect a mix of candid moments and contemporary portraiture while still being able to enjoy time with your guests. My approach allows couples to feel totally comfortable in front of the camera (it’s the number one thing mentioned in my Reviews!).

Maybe you’re planning the wedding of your dreams, or maybe you cringe at the thought of being center of attention. Either way, your wedding day represents YOU and the awesome, ridiculous, beautiful, unique, sometimes-messy-but-oh-so-worth-it love you share together. Your photos should be no exception.

Emma Mullins Photography embraces diversity and inclusivity. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and happy to serve humans of every background, gender and identity. 

Sound like what you’re looking for? Inquire about your wedding HERE!



Happy bride and groom walk near lagoon in Humboldt Park, Chicago

Wedding Day coverage averages at $4750 with Collections beginning at $3000. Associate Collections begin at $2400. All Collections include a fully edited, high-resolution digital download gallery with print release.

For detailed pricing and availability, inquire HERE.

Engagement sessions begin at $600. Discounted rate available to Wedding Clients.

Microwedding coverage begins at $2400. Live streaming options available.

Elopement coverage begins at $2100.

Videography services begin at $1400. More information can be found HERE.

Photo Booth rental begins at $600. Learn all about the booth HERE!

Proposal coverage begins at $500.

Other sessions offered include Lifestyle, Maternity, Content + Branding and other life events! Contact me for rates and availability.

Things on my current Wish List include photographing a Las Vegas wedding and a Halloween Wedding! If you are planning either I would LOVE to chat!!

Summer 2020 Chicago City Hall Elopement – Jenny & Michael

Like so many engaged couples, Jenny and Michael made the difficult decision to postpone their 2020 wedding plans in the face of COVID-19. Also like many couples, they decided to still be legally wed this year! Their Chicago City Hall elopement was the perfect solution.

Jenny’s words:

We have basically decided that we are tired of not being married. We have been engaged for a long time now (since November 2017), and not being able to have our wedding this summer was frustrating, so… we are going to get our butts to the courthouse!

Once it was safe to do so, Jenny and Michael made a date with Marriage Court and the countdown was ON!! I was thrilled that they asked me to tag along, and could not be happier for them to finally tie the knot. After their ceremony (note the Bride and Groom face masks!), we celebrated with downtown Newlywed photos in the city where they fell in love 🙂 We even got to stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, where their love story began years ago!

CONGRATS again, Jenny and Michael!! Always a pleasure hanging out with you two, excited we get to do it again next year!

Are you planning a Chicago City Hall elopement during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what to expect:

  • Marriages are scheduled by appointment only, and limited to 20 per day Monday-Saturday. Call 312-603-5660 to schedule yours.
  • You will be asked Wellness Screening questions and given a temperature check upon entering the building.
  • Face masks are required in the building at all times (yes, even during your ceremony).
  • Up to two guests may join you during the ceremony (including your photographer!).

You can find more information on the Cook County Circuit Court web site HERE.

Candid Chicago City Hall elopement photo of bride and groom during summer 2020

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