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Rising Stars: Meet Emma Baker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Baker.

Hi Emma, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Photography was not what I imagined myself doing as a career. I actually grew up as a musical geek – I had my first solo singing in the 5th grade. I was obsessed with all things Julie Andrews and participated in every opportunity possible to sing and perform. To date, I’ve performed solo lead roles in ten major musicals and sung with a dozen choral ensembles. After starting college, I made the difficult decision not to pursue performance as a professional career. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s in communication with a minor in vocal performance. I joke with my clients today, “Do not be surprised if you hear me singing during a session!” – most of the time, I don’t even realize I’m doing it!!

Needless to say, when I got out into the working world, it was a struggle. It feels like I tried a million different things before deciding to pursue photography full-time. Photography wasn’t something I went to school for, it was just for fun. I bought my first dSLR at 16, taking it on family vacations. In college, it went with me on summer performance tours. Then in 2017, family and friends encouraged me to do portrait sessions for an actual fee. That’s when Emma Christine Creative was born.

For three years, I focused on portrait photography and mostly photographed families. Then in 2019, the same year my husband and I got married, I started second shooting for other local wedding photographers to see whether or not weddings would be something I’d enjoy photographing. At first, the answer to that question was no! But then some friends ask me to do their wedding and it became apparent it wasn’t shooting weddings I didn’t like, it was my own doubts holding me back from taking a chance and challenging myself.

At the beginning of 2020, I took that chance and starting focusing my skills on wedding photography. It was definitely a chance worth taking! Being a wedding photographer is challenging, but it is also extremely rewarding. I’m so excited and honored to be working with these wonderful couples and capturing such a huge milestone in their lives.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road! Photography isn’t something I went to school for or received “formal” training for. It has been a self-taught journey – learning through experience and trial and error. Another challenge has been learning to run a business. Other “creatives” will empathize with this – running a business is not my greatest strength. Marketing myself and putting myself out there doesn’t come naturally, but in order to grow and actually thrive, those are necessary hurdles you just have to work through.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We specialize in delivering legacy-worthy wedding portraits for the sentimental bride and groom. I am a super nostalgic person and have always been passionate about preserving important moments for those who will cherish them in the future. My couples share in this desire which is why photography is important to them for such a huge milestone in their lives. These images carry with them for their children and grandchildren to enjoy one day! I also believe in loving on my couples and serving them with integrity so they have a stress-free experience when working with us. The client experience with us is very personable!

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory… Oh man, that’s tough. There’s no way I can pick just one! Standing on top of the ice-cream churner so my Grandpa can finish churning the ice cream… Laying in bed trying to fall asleep and listening to my mom sing to me… Eating Chex mix and watching Runaway Bride with my sister in the back seat on one of our family road trips… Hiking in the Smokies… Every Disney vacation we went on (riding the Haunted Mansion with my dad is priceless). 

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Emma Christine Creative

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