I met with Emily from Emily Robin Photography after a mutual friend had told me about her beautiful photography. We met for coffee at Andi’s, where I had the pleasure of getting to know Emily and seeing her love for capturing life’s fleeting moments.
When I asked to see some of her favorite photos, she excitedly pulled out her phone. We looked at many photos – some very feminine, some more masculine, all incredibly unique, and all adorable. “I guess I have a lot of favorites,” she laughed.
I asked if she would please share information about herself and her business for Sheridan Birth Services followers. And she happily obliged – even with a special for you all! Keep scrolling to see her work, learn more about Emily, and take advantage of her offer for newborn photos (valid through January 15, 2018).
When did your love for photography begin?
My love for photography began prior to my love for being a photographer. I always loved photographs, but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I found immense value in being able to stop time and document a moment.
I felt like I was constantly trying to hold on to time; like a handful of sand that kept sneaking through the cracks between my fingers. Before I knew it the moment was gone and we were on to something else and that phase was over.
I knew that time wasn’t going to slow down for me. It was at that point that I realized I could take those moments and create something tangible to be able to look back on. I wanted to take photographs that, when brought out years later, would shoot me straight back to that era of my life and I wanted to do the same thing for my children.
This passion grew rapidly when I realized I could do this for others as well.
How did that transition into newborn photography?
I have always known I wanted to work with babies.
I started babysitting at a young age and then went on to work in a daycare nursery. From there I was trained to be a doula, but once I started to have my own children my schedule became less conducive for the work.
That’s when I picked up my camera. I started to take photographs of children other than my own and then slowly began to take on families, seniors, couples, and newborns.
While I have loved every area of photography, there was just something about working with a newborn that felt so normal and right. Newborns have an essence of Heaven that stays with them for a bit after birth and there is just something so pure and divine about being in their presence and being able to be a part of their first few days on earth.
What is your studio like?
My in-home studio is a small space; about 150 square feet. So, to say it’s cozy, is probably an understatement. But, it’s a happy place of mine regardless.
The walls are adorned with baby portraiture as well as beautifully colored fabric backdrops, many hand knitted bonnets and outfits, and an abundance of headbands and tiebacks perfectly hung on birch branch hangers that my wonderful husband made for me out of a tree from my parent’s yard.
You’ll also find my very favorite, but incredibly uncomfortable, rose colored chair (from the early 1900’s) and many small stools and benches. Luckily, the closet is huge and is decked out with a rainbow of baby wraps, a plethora of crates, buckets, bowls, and tins. You’ll also find my collection of miniature chairs and an assortment of random vintage suitcases.
And chocolate, that I have to hide from my kids, of course. Apparently, I’m not very good at hiding, though.
When a family comes to you for newborn pictures, what can they expect?
When a family comes to the studio for a newborn portrait session what they can expect first and foremost is to have their baby loved on and adored to the highest capacity. Nothing is more important to me than the comfort and safety of my tiny clients and I feel that is visible in every session.
After catching up and adoring the baby, we’ll get started on the session. I typically have multiple setups already ready for the baby prior to their arrival. Each session is uniquely designed to compliment the style and personal taste of the family, while still staying true to my artistic brand. The baby is the boss of each session. We move at their pace and stop when needed for feeding and/or snuggles.
If siblings are involved I will typically get those shots done first thing so that big brother and/or sister can then relax, have some treats, and play.
Each session takes anywhere between 1.5-3 hours and has anywhere between 3-5 different setups and include parent and sibling poses.
What do you wish more people knew about your business?
First, I want people to know that I, too, am a mom. I get it. I understand when a kiddo is out of their comfort zone. I understand what it is like to prepare for picture day. I know that babies go to the bathroom a lot. I know that kids get cranky and tired and bored very easily. I am a mom and I get it. Because of that, I don’t ever want the parents to feel badly about these things or feel like they need to apologize.
When you come to me for any type of portraits (newborn, children, family, senior…) please feel free to just relax, be yourself, and know that I get what it’s like to be a parent. I do not want my clients to ever leave their time with me feeling stressed out, defeated, or bummed about their kid’s behavior.
Secondly, I want people to know that my business is a work of heart. I love what I do so passionately that I live it every day. I dream about new ideas, I am always on the prowl for new props, I get excited for every single session. This little business of mine is a passion and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do what I do.
I never take a single moment for granted and I am honored every time I asked to do a session.
What is your dream photo shoot?
My dream photoshoot… well… I feel like every time a newborn leaves my house I just had my dream photoshoot. Truly. But, if we need specifics, I just got to photograph quadruplets.
Let me just tell you, I am still on Cloud 9 from that incredible experience. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that that would have been a possibility. It was so amazing working with not only one, but FOUR babies at once. I still feel like it may have been a dream.
When you were 15, what did you think your life would be like?
When I was 15, I thought that at this age I would be either an English teacher or a photojournalist. I knew I would have children and would be a mom. I never thought I’d be living in Wyoming, though!
What is your favorite Friday night activity?
On a perfect Friday night I would probably be cuddled up with my family while watching a movie and eating popcorn. I’m kind of a home-body and find great comfort and joy from being with my husband and four kids.
Were there special reasons/sentiments behind your kids’ names?
I always say that my kids’ names picked them instead of us picking their names. They each have their own stories and came to us in different ways and all have ended up being very meaningful and fitting for each child.
One of my boys, however, is named after my older brother, a man I have always admired and looked up to, which is very meaningful to me and my husband. I have always wanted to name one of my children after him and the kiddo that got the name carries it so well.
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be a family getaway to Costa Rica, which is one of my favorite places on earth. I would bring my whole family… my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews….
We would stay for as long as we could and plan nothing at all. Each day would be a new adventure where we could do whatever sounded fabulous that day, whether it be a trek through the beautiful Costa Rican forest or a lazy day on the beach.
My kids could surf whenever their little hearts desired and their sweet faces would be kissed by the sun. I would have my husband by my side the entire time and we’d just relax and enjoy life.