Emily Dobson Photography

Shaylee Jean – {Macon, Missouri Children’s Photography} October 31, 2009

Filed under: Children — edobson86 @ 12:05 PM

May I just say that sometimes technology frustrates me to no end? Why is it that my blog randomly decides when it isn’t going to let me use the normal font I use on a regular basis? It looks so unprofessional! And, needless to say, it is driving me crazy. This is twice in a row it won’t allow me to use the same size and style font I want…


Blog! I DO NOT like you today!


But what I do like is Shaylee. I am so glad we live closer to Christian and Stephanie now. We’re able to visit each other and meet up in Columbia much more often than we used to when we lived in Memphis and they lived in Kentucky. It was quite sad. Now that we’re closer, Stephanie and I can share maternity clothes (since we’re only TWO weeks apart!), and Wade and I can watch Shaylee grow (we don’t really care about hanging out with Christian and Steph anymore)! Annnnnd listen to her talk? I was with Steph and Shaylee this past week and I said, “Shaylee, you are cute. But you’re little voice just takes the cuteness to a WHOLE new level!” I love it! Shaylee and I created a trick together this week…I taught her how to cheer. She hops up on my thigh and while I hold on she throws her hands up in the air and says, “Go team!” She also knows how to kick and cradle too – we’re quite a pair I tell ya!


Here are some pictures from awhile back that are just absolutely precious. Isn’t she crazy adorable?!











































Don’t forget:

1. Become a Hero

2. Holiday Sessions – Deadline to BOOK a session is Novemer 11th.

3. Portrait Giveaway – Deadline to nominate someone is December 5th.






Be A Hero October 30, 2009

Filed under: Personal — edobson86 @ 1:46 PM

Only 36 days until the St. Jude Half Marathon – the one I was training for until my Doc said no can do. He didn’t like the idea of me pushing my body for training during the first trimester of the pregnancy…even though Brooke got to run it when she was six months preggo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well. The sacrifices we make for our little ones…I can’t wait to tell this little girl/boy how much cookie dough I passed up during these 9 months. Today I’m making monster cookies for the FBC Fall Family Festival tomorrow. There is a gigantic bowl of cookie dough sitting in my kitchen right now. I could seriously eat the whole bowl. And no, I’m not kidding.

Back to the marathon. Before I moved to Memphis, I considered myself to be a fairly in shape gal who liked to run now and then. When Wade and I joined our Young Married Sunday School class, I quickly realized I was a lazy bum! These girls run marathons and half marathons like it’s no big thing. So, I decided I wanted to see if I could run farther. I remember the first time I ran 4 miles, I couldn’t wait to tell Lori – the girl known for running her life away – that I had finish 4 miles! Well, turns out Lori became my running buddy, which lead to a very special friendship. When she asked if I wanted to run the St. Jude Half with her last year I was all for it…until I started my first year of teaching and coaching. Then I said, “Uh, heck no.” When we moved to Macon this summer, I thought it would be really cool to train for the half and meet Lori in Memphis in December for some much needed catch up time, and of course for old times sake: run together. After five weeks of training including an eight miler, I found out I couldn’t run due to the pregnancy. SAD DAY!

Well, Lori is a running machine and she’ll probably do it every year her body will allow her to. In fact, she’s going to be the crazy lady running the half with a stroller and baby in front. I will post the picture on my blog when it happens!

Since I can’t go run with Lori like I planned, I decided to become a St. Jude Hero. In order to  become a St. Jude Hero, I simply made a small donation to help the precious children of St. Jude Hospital fight cancer.  You too can become a St. Jude Hero! Whether you can give $10 or $500, I challenge you to give something. Place yourself in the shoes of those incredible children spending their entire lives fighting to live another day. Imagine if one of your kids came down with such a horrible disease and you needed the help and support of others to make sure your amazing child not only lived to see another day, but lived to say, “I’m a survivor!”

St. Jude’s Patient of the Month: Sean Witsoe

Patient of the Month

Because I feel this cause is so important, I want to reward those who donate. And I will reward ANY $10+ donation in one of two ways: 

1. Current and Former Clients: By donating a minimum of $10 to St. Jude Hospital through the webpage of Lori Williams, I will give you a complimentary Accordion Mini Book (pictures below) to show off up to 10 images from your latest session. After logging on to Lori’s St. Jude webpage and donating as little as $10, simply shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment below stating “I became a St. Jude Hero!” I will verify the information with Lori (so be sure to specify your name) and in 2-3 weeks, you will have an Accordion Mini Book to show off to all of your friends!




2. Curent, Former, and Future Clients: By donating a minimum of $10 to St. Jude Hospital through the webpage of Lori Williams, I will give you $15 OFF your next session! You may book one session anytime between now and March 1st and receive a $15 discount off your regular session fee (or Holiday package). Again, simply shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment below stating “I became a St. Jude Hero!” I will verify the information with Lori (so be sure to specify your name) and we’ll set up a date and time to conduct your session.

Lori is halfway to her goal of raising $1,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please visit her webpage to donate and help those precious children and families at St. Jude!!!! www.mystjudeheroes.org/lwilliams.

Pictures compliments of my professional lab:




Zach & Megan – {Macon, MO Engagement Photographer} October 26, 2009

Filed under: Engagement — edobson86 @ 9:06 AM

Another dreary morning. Boo. I think I need to move to an area of the states where it never rains – it would be a better fit for me. Plus, it would allow me to conduct sessions rather than cancel them-ha! Tonight I have plans for a senior session…if it doesn’t rain. Fortunately, the chances of precipitation have decreased dramatically since last night. Although, maybe if I started living outside, it would prepare me for my appearance on Survivor someday! Okay, I’m an old person. Why am I talking about the weather?


Zach and Megan are getting married on November 28th, and I had the chance to take their engagement pictures in September. We met up in Shelbina and I had a ton of fun hanging out and taking pictures. It was nice to see Zach and Megan for the first time in several years. We all went to high school together (they were HS sweethearts!), and had the wonderful experience of working at the Cerro factory as summer maintenance help. Megan was great because she totally felt my pain during those two summers we worked together. Cerro wasn’t my most favorite job – especially the second summer when we painted every day of our lives. But, it was a good full-time summer job that helped us pay our way through college. Oh to be done paying off student loans!!!!!!!


Thank you so much for allowing me to take your engagement pictures. You guys look fantastic, and I’m sure your wedding will be BEAUTIFUL!

























M.I.A. – {Macon, Missouri Portrait & Wedding Photographer} October 24, 2009

Filed under: Personal — edobson86 @ 4:29 PM

I’ve pretty much been M.I.A. for the past couple of weeks. My apologies! The trip to Mississippi was extremely long. The long driving trips are just exhausting! Especially when you have a husband that likes to fall asleep at the wheel… BUT, it was so good to see Wade’s extended family and celebrate the marriage of Brad & Cari!


This week has been eventful! Monday afternoon from Columbia to Macon, and again Tuesday morning, I made numerous phone calls trying to find preservative free vaccinations for both seasonal flu and H1N1. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes now thinking, “Just one more person to overreact about the flu bug.” BUT, I have every reason to be paranoid. Seriously. Just listen.


Last year, I had the achy flu in the fall, strep throat in the spring, and who knows how many sinus infections in between. My immune system is failing. I’m 23, and my immune system has decided it’s done serving me. Can you believe it?! Okay, maybe not. But this is why I listened to my doctor who said, “No more subbing until you get vaccinated.” Since I need to be subbing, this presented a slight problem. Even more so when every health department and pharamacy within 60 miles didn’t have anything to offer a PREGNANT lady! Fortunately, I found the H1N1 Tuesday and headed back to subbing Wednesday.


But that’s not all! Tuesday I had the opportunity to visit my cousin Ash and her daughter, Kylie. Poor thing found out she’s allergic to dairy this week. I wanted to cry for her since I’m lactose intolerant as well. Fortunately for me, I don’t break out in hives like Kylie when I eat dairy. Fortunately for Kylie, she will grow out of it by age 6!


Later that evening, Wade and I traveled to my parents house to let them know they are going to be grandparents. They definitely don’t seem old enough to be grandparents… but I don’t seem old enough to be a mom either. Good thing I have 7 more months to mentally prepare for it! I will be 10 weeks tomorrow, and the fatigue is surely taking over. It’s quite annoying. So is the random nausea! I’ll feel great for hours, and in a matter of minutes I’m telling Wade, “I’m going to puke!” Even this brings a smile to my face though. I am absolutely thrilled to bring a new life into this world with my amazing, Godly, and ridiculously crazy Bama fan husband. This will be an exciting journey for us both!


Yesterday, I spent the day catching up on editing. Today, I’m doing the same thing. I had an engagement session this morning, another planned for tomorrow, and a senior session on Monday. God, please bring us good weather!


Anthony and Natalie came to Macon today for their engagement session and it was great fun! They had me crackin’ up over and over again. I can’t wait until their wedding on June 11th – hopefully baby cooperates so we don’t have to go to plan B!


And before I leave, enjoy a little taste of what I’ve been up to:

































Anth&Nat-63 bw


Megan Sullivan – {Macon, MO Senior Photography} October 14, 2009

Filed under: Portraits,Senior — edobson86 @ 4:37 PM

Megan Sullivan – Macon High School Senior Rep


While living in Macon these past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some pretty cool kids through our youth group at Macon First Baptist. Megan is one of those teenagers you can just relax and have fun with. Wade and I are comfortable being our normal, sarcastic selves around her. We share lots of laughs with Megan. We also share lots of heart to hearts.


Megan has been the catcher for the Macon High School varsity softball team for the past four years. Last night, she and her teammates played in the District Championship in hopes of pulling out the win. Unfortunately, Megan broke her foot in the third inning and the team didn’t quite pull out the win they were hoping for. Why do I tell you this? So I can share with you what my husband reminded me last night…


God works together for the good of those who love Him…


And Megan loves God…


Wade and I have seen leadership qualities in Megan from the very beginning of our ministry here at Macon. We know God is going to use her to further His kingdom and affect lives for Christ. Megan, when you read this, I hope you are encouraged. You’re a fantastic person and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you over the past several months. Hang in there with this crazy broken foot. Hey, at least it’s not your knee-I broke my knee in Kindergarten and my cast practically ate me alive. And to top it all off, my dad made me wear one of HIS SOCKS over the end of my cast so my toes wouldn’t get cold. Isn’t that awful?!


Enough talking already… Look at this stunning young lady!






























Megan-69 bw





Megan-64 bw vintage




Tonight, Wade and I leave town… AGAIN! This weekend we’re headed to Mississippi for a wedding. We won’t be back until next Monday evening. I’ll have more posts to come when I get back though. I have all kinds of pretty people to share!




2009 Availability – Macon, Missouri Professional Photography October 13, 2009

Filed under: Investment,Personal,Portraits — edobson86 @ 8:28 AM

Is it wrong to listen to Christmas music before Halloween? I started by listening to our church’s Christmas cantata’s music for practice… but today, I’ve decided to go all out-I created a holiday station on Pandora. What can I say? I love Christmas music, and waiting until after Thanksgiving simply doesn’t give me enough time to enjoy it! So, I’m brekaing the rules.


I just wanted to let everyone know that I only have three dates left available for sessions in 2009. I will only make exceptions for expecting mothers who wish to have a newborn session. So, if you want one of the final three sessions for family, senior, holiday portraits, etc. contact me NOW before it’s too late!



If you’ve had a session with me earlier this year, and would like to re-order prints for the holiday season, please let me know. The last day to order pictures will be November 30th.













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Holidays – Portrait Giveaway October 10, 2009

Filed under: Children,Family,Investment,Personal — edobson86 @ 7:01 PM

“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:9-10


The second greatest commandment in scripture is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In the midst of all the evil in the world, there must be good taking place somewhere. Although there is “no one good, not even one,” I know God is allowing His goodness to shine through His children across the world. And I want to know about it!


You know someone-someone who has experienced a terrible tragedy, but still finds time to help others who recently experienced a loss. You know someone who is struggling to make ends meet meet in this dying economy, but is volunteering at a local homeless shelter every month. You know someone who is working two jobs just to support his/her family, but is still giving to his/her favorite local charity. You know someone who cannot afford custom photography, but would absolutely cherish the timeless images this season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spitit, love, and beauty.


You know someone. I guarantee it.


I want to know who it is.


I want to give them the opportunity to experience complimentary custom photography, and it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.


Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $20 gift credit card. So why not spread the love?


What the winner receives:

  • One hour on-location session
  • 25 custom cards (not necessarily holiday)
  • (2) 8×10
  • (4) 5×7
  • (10) 4×6
  • CD of all edited images


The Rules:

  1. You cannot nomiate yourself, and the person nomiated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments after purchasing two brand new vehicles does not qualify as sincere financial need.)
  2. The nominee must reside within 60 miles of Macon, MO. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.
  3. You must e-mail me the full story at: emilydobsonphotography@yahoo.com
  4. All entries must be submitted by December 5, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
  5. The winner will be announced on December 12, 2009 — get nomiating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!


Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.


With love,




Sample Custom Card: