Emily Dobson Photography

Julianne Bowman May 29, 2009

Filed under: Bridal — edobson86 @ 4:13 PM

Bridal sessions are fantastic! Although I’ve only had the opportunity to shoot three thus far (soon to be four), I adore them. As soon as I see a bride (or a mock bride) in their gown, I become giddy and excited – ready to relive my own wedding day! Something about the glow a woman has in her wedding gown gives me the chills and the desire to work with brides on a regular basis. Weddings are so romantic and such a great celebration of the sacred marriage that beginning between a man and a wife.


I’ve needed to increase my bridal portfolio for awhile, and Julianne, a Sunday School class friend, was eager to step in and help. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t as cooperative. It had been cloudy all day, but the rain held off. The radar showed no sign of an upcoming downpour… so, we decided to go ahead with our session. About 15 minutes into the session, we had to make a mad dash for the car! Because the weather took a turn for the worse, our session was cut short and my images were not up to par. Without the chance to reschedule before our move, here are the only good images I managed to get.


Thanks for being such a good sport Julianne! I will miss you!


IMPORTANT SIDENOTE: If this had been a real bridal session, we would have without question rescheduled! Just wanted to clear that up… 😉





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Roberson – CONTINUED! May 28, 2009

Filed under: Children — edobson86 @ 7:48 PM

Now that Andrew and Crystal have announced their big surprise, I get to post my favorite images from the session! Finley’s going to be a big sister!! Congratulations!!




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Boom Boom Pow – Seniors! May 27, 2009

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 7:00 AM

What a blast I had with Caroline, Adeline, and Phillip last week! They were all over the idea of helping me out with my senior portfolio. We met downtown, and from the moment we got out of our cars they were all three full of energy and up for anything! All three of them were so goofy and so full of life it was hard not to sit back and watch them have fun. In some of the images you’ll see the girls laughing, and I just want to say that these were not posed. The two waiting for their turn to model were always goofing off! As we traveled from place to place they started singing the new hit song, “Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas. It was hilarious listening to Phillip and Adeline sing it together.  They are just full of personality, so the song fit them perfectly! This session was loads of fun and we got some great images too. Thanks guys!




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The Robersons May 26, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 7:37 PM

Andrew, Crystal, and Finley Roberson are going to take up modeling soon. They’re practically a magnet for beginning photographers like myself! A couple of years ago when Finley was born, they hooked up with Julie Roberts as she was first starting out. Two years later, they hook up with me and help build my portfolio!


Crystal is a fellow teacher of mine at Bon Lin Middle School. She is such a sweetheart and I’m completely drawn to her sincere, friendly personality. She’s very helpful and has even offered to sacrifice her planning period to help me out (FYI: This is a BIG deal in teacher world)! Her husband, Andrew, is seriously super husband! For example, he was at school helping out his wife before I got there this morning. I see him helping out with extracurricular activities, monitoring students, carrying and lifting boxes and the like. And wouldn’t you know, he’s incredibly friendly just like his wife. Then there is Finley – what a cutie! When we got together for the session and I was ready to start shooting I said, “Finley! Do you want to take some pictures?!” to which she replied, “Nope” and ran away. I couldn’t help but laugh. She has a mind of her own. And in a little over an hour, I could tell she is also very smart. She already knows her left from right! Maybe I’m ignorant when it comes to kids, but I was totally impressed.


I had a great time hanging out with the Robersons and will miss them when I’m gone (can’t believe I’m moving next week). Andrew and Crystal: If I head back to Memphis for a weekend getaway, I’m hunting you guys down!


Leave comments! And enjoy!




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The adult life… May 24, 2009

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 9:48 PM

As adults, we sometimes get too caught up in our “adult” responsibilities and lose the fun in life. Because I’m still teaching, the only time available for me to devote to photography is in the evening when I’m at home with my husband, Wade. He’s been very understanding, but I know sometimes he misses me – especially since he’s a Master of Divinity now and has free time! (Side note: He graduated on Friday!) In the evening, I get caught up in editing and finishing photos for clients and for the blog and forget to sit back, relax, and enjoy married life without kids (as we will not have this time forever). This weekend, Wade helped me balance photography and life. For graduation, he bought himself a Wii. We wanted to test it out in the store, but were truly embarrassed to punch the air like a couple of little kids. Solution: Buy it and bring it home! We boxed, played tennis and baseball, bowled, and golfed. I’m ridiculously competitive and he schooled me in everything but golf. I was grouchy at first, but it was fun to step away from my “adult” responsibilities and be young and playful with my best friend.


Yesterday, we had to get a picture of him for the website of our new church (http://www.fbcmacon.net/). He was such a good husband! After we got the picture we needed, he asked if I wanted a few more. But only if I agreed to put him on the blog. Now look at these pictures… who wouldn’t put this hunk of a husband on their blog?!



Additional side note: Sorry for the grain. My ISO was a bit too high for this shoot.




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Michelle Hill

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 9:31 PM

Michelle is a special young woman. She spent many of her years growing up in Africa as her parents were missionaries there. She didn’t grow up spoiled with all of the hot commodities we have available in the States. Though she didn’t have air conditioning, she slept in sweats every night to protect herself from the scorpions that crawled in bed with her! YIKES! I’ve listened to her stories and decided she is an excellent candidate for Survivor. She’d be able to physically outlast every player in those remote locations without even trying. And since she’s such a sweetheart, she’d have the social aspect of the game wrapped around her little finger. Michelle, be sure to let me know when you apply because I’ll be sure to hold on to my application until after you’ve won!


Michelle and I recently got together for a mock senior session! My senior portfolio is lacking (or non-existent at this point), so I was super glad Michelle agreed to get “seniorified” for me! She even brought multiple outfits for us to go through. She said, “My sister is in high school and this looked like something she would wear!” It was great fun. I’m very much looking forward to working with seniors. Thanks for modeling for me Michelle!





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Going For A Drive May 17, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 2:22 PM

Growing up, I always lived in a small town and out on the farm. No, we didn’t have horses and pigs in the backyard, but my dad did raise and sell cattle. He and my grandpa owned several acres of land where the cattle were raised.


Because we grew up in the country and never lived in a town larger than 2,000 people, we had to be creative when looking for entertainment. One thing my brothers, sister, and I always looked forward to doing was going on rides. Our rides consisted of riding around with the entire family (unless you were lucky enough to be invited to a one-on-one trip!) on the gravel roads and black tops of Shelby County Missouri. We would pile into Dad’s truck for a couple of miles until we hit the first gravel road. Once we hit the gravel road, the truck stopped and all four kids piled out and into the back. We took turns sitting on the toolbox.


Then, for 30 minutes to an hour, we would go on a ride. Sometimes we went to feed the cows. We named the cows after ourselves and pretended to distinguish between them. Other times we went to the low water crossing. If we were lucky, we would get to drive through several inches of water because the latest rainfall caused the water to rise over the low crossing. And of course, we always searched for deer. Dad was usually the one to spot the deer (I swear his eyes were made for deer hunting) and he would point it out to the rest of us. As my brothers and I got older and wiser (Jana was much younger than us), we would try to listen to what mom and dad were privately discussing inside the cab. I’m not sure we ever heard anything juicy.


Now and then our rides consisted of driving around town. We looked at houses and drove through random neighborhoods. I remember times when we would leave church and take a “wrong” turn somewhere. The kids would ask in frustration, “Where are we going?” or “What are we doing?” Dad just said, “Going for a drive.”


Since I moved off to college, found the love of my life and got married, going on rides have been few and far between. Unfortunately, Memphis doesn’t present too many opportunities to go on a relaxing drive because of the crazy traffic and incredibly unsafe drivers. Not to mention, gas prices were practically $10.00 per gallon last summer. Plus, my husband Wade has always been a city boy and a penny pincher. He has never understood the concept of going for a ride. He asks, “Go where?” and “Why in the world would I want to waste my gas?” I pout and say, “Because! I just want to go for a ride!”


Yesterday, for the first time in several years, I went for a ride. It was a short ride, but I didn’t want to press my luck with the first yes. After we went to Blockbuster, I asked if we could go check out a couple of possible photography locations and Wade agreed because it had a purpose. We drove to Memory Hill Gardens cemetery and found where Dr. Adrian Rodgers is buried (the late Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church who Wade was named after). Then, we went down Bon Lin Drive since I teach at Bon Lin Middle School. We saw a couple of young girls randomly driving a golf cart, and many nice, secluded houses that we’ll never be able to afford. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the potential photography location I was looking for down this street!


After trying for many months to convince my husband to go on one of these infamous rides, yesterday my efforts became a success! Maybe, when we move to Macon, MO where the population is under 6,000, Wade will be more apt to driving around town or maybe even out in the country where we can spot a deer or two. Regardless of whether or not we ever go on another ride, I think I will forever cherish this memory with my husband and store it with all the other memories I have of simply going on a ride.





Going to Vic Cline's!

Going to Vic Cline's! Sometimes the rides took us to Vic Cline's where we could visit the pigs!