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Life & Work with Emily Petrie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Petrie.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in front of the lenses of my parents’ cameras. My mother, an art hobbyist with a creative eye, and my father, a romantic comedy film director. I was given disposable cameras throughout my childhood and a polaroid to play with and create. I have always enjoyed being behind the scenes and observing the world around me. I started taking portraits in high school to document my friends, continued through college, and was a contributor to the school paper. Since then, I have been a lifestyle photographer and participated in art shows, been published, and have been lucky enough to work with many inspiring people.

I love a great story and that is why storytelling through photos has always been my purpose. My goal is to work with non-traditional individuals, couples, and families . . . to create images that break down societal norms and show that all kinds of people and love are valid and beautiful.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As an LGBTQ+ photographer in the wedding industry specifically, I think the biggest challenge for me is that I do not enjoy accepting work that doesn’t feel authentic to my core belief system. I feel like it has taken me longer to gain momentum because I have chosen to pursue being a fully inclusive photographer in an industry that is still very much stuck in the gender binary.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a lifestyle photographer and events professional. I specialize in elopement photography and planning. I have a professional background in photography, hospitality and travel, event and wedding management, bridal styling, and office management. The roles I have explored over the years have equipped me to be able to help the couples I work with to navigate their entire wedding planning process. I am proud to have a well-rounded work history, great network of other event professionals, and feel capable of managing all aspects of my own business.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was fiercely obsessed with horses, creative projects, and singing as a kid. I was very sensitive and compassionate and still am. I think I have stayed very true to my child self over the years and often find myself drawn to my passions of origin.

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Captured by Emily C. Petrie

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