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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!!


Candid photo of wedding party laughing at Art Institute Garden before Chicago Athletic Association wedding

Eliza B.

We absolutely loved working with Emma. We booked her over 18 months before our wedding, so we had time to conduct very thorough interviews with our would-be photographers. From our initial conversations, she just seemed to understand exactly what we were looking for. We are not Vogue, modelesque folks. We didn’t want wedding pictures that made it look like we were or were trying to be. What we got was a perfect snapshot of the day. You can hear the laughs just looking at the photos.

Operationally, she was also a dream. We took several LARGE photographs (read 26 members in all) and she was a champion with wrangling, directing, and coaching our families. When she was with me and my bridesmaids, it was like we were all just hanging out. It felt effortless, so it was so easy to take photographs.

I’d HIGHLY recommend Emma to any and all Chicago brides.

Happy bride and groom dance in courtyard of Salvage One wedding venue with CHICAGO sign

Rachel D.

[Emma] has a wonderful, friendly demeanor about her that puts everyone at ease – our older parents, my young nieces, my dog, and specifically ME – I am photo shy and do not like to be center of attention. As the day went on, she directed us subtly or not so subtly, but never in our face intrusively. We took pics with our dog after the first look, at Wrigley (she is fearless and stood in the middle of the street), at Salvage One (she got us a permit there last minute, the pics are awesome), by some murals, by the El, and at our venue. During the ceremony and reception, she was everywhere but not intrusive. She worked with us to help meet our needs.

Emma is TALENTED. PROFESSIONAL. And she was just FUN to spend our wedding day with. She captured the most magical day of our lives!

Bride and groom kiss at Viceroy Hotel before their Chicago Gallery 1028 wedding

Tommy M.

We searched on-line for “journalistic” photographers for our wedding. We wanted someone who would 1) capture the essence of our evening and celebration and 2) be easy to work with. Emma was the first one we reached out to because we loved her gallery and blog so much (criteria #1), and she was an absolute delight to chat with, so we knew right away she’d satisfy #2. We signed her up immediately. We did an engagement session with her to get to know each other (highly recommended!), and those photos were absolutely perfect and used for our website and invite.

For our wedding, her husband served as the second photographer. They were both a delight. For the ceremony and reception, we honestly barely even noticed them, yet based on the photos, they didn’t miss a single part of the night… They say a picture is worth a thousand words – well Emma has given us millions and millions of sweet, beautiful, and memorable words with all her wonderful photos… We can’t recommend Emma enough.

Couple smiles at guests during their summer Firehouse Chicago wedding ceremony

Erin C.

Emma was perfect for us. My partner and I were on the fence about having a photographer at all and chose Emma because she was laidback, lower in price, and we liked her work. In particular she was so patient with our ambivalence about being photographed and delightfully encouraged us to enjoy the process. The photos came out gorgeous and exactly how we had hoped (not staged, mostly silly and candid). If you are looking for a photographer who will listen to you, be patient with you and your family, and respond graciously and promptly to questions, Emma is wonderful. We also found her to be very queer-friendly and thoughtful around all things related to that for us and our guests. All the stars.

Newlywed brides kiss after their summer Chicago loft wedding at Concord Fifty Five

Natalie G.

Emma did a wonderful job in capturing our wedding day! We couldn’t be happier with her work! She was so much fun to work with and made the whole process seamless! She communicated with us throughout the whole process and the day of the wedding. She definitely captured who we are as a couple and I’m so excited that we got this opportunity to work with her. Emma worked within our budget and made things possible for us. I would 10/10 recommend her for any type of event! We will definitely miss working with her now that our wedding day is over.

Just married bride and groom exit their Evanston Halim Museum wedding ceremony

Carly B.

When you really think about it, besides your fiancé and your bridesmaids, your photographer is going to be by your side for most of your wedding day. As such, it’s of critical importance that you hire someone who you not only know will deliver stunningly beautiful images, but someone who you want to hang out with. Luckily, Emma is all of those things! She’s personable, fun, easy to be around, professional, and captures amazing, beautiful images.

We LOVED our engagement photos with her, and cannot wait to see her work from our September 2018 wedding. She is communicative, responsive, and hard working. She had never been to our venue, so she went ahead of our wedding to check it out and ensure she would be ready to capture our big day. Working with her has been an absolute delight, and I know from reading her other reviews, that everyone else who works with Emma feels the same way.

Couples love us! See our reviews on The Knot.