Emily Dobson Photography

Last Chance November 29, 2009

Filed under: Personal,Portraits — edobson86 @ 3:16 PM

Today, I must say goodbye to my Thanksgiving break. I am quite sad as I have thoroughly enjoyed relaxing and staying at home these past several days…hopefully, some of you can identify with me! But the real world is calling and I suppose I must head back to work for three weeks. Why only three weeks? Because Christmas break is only three weeks away! I LOVE Christmas!


One reason I love Christmas is because I really enjoy giving. I don’t do it often enough, but I enjoy buying people gifts and giving surprises. Wade and I did the Black Friday shopping and we finished our Christmas shopping. If only I didn’t have to wait another month to give the gifts away! Anyway, I figured if I enjoy giving then why not give away photography? Those of you who follow my blog will remember that I am conducting a Holiday Portrait Giveaway. If you’re stumbling across my blog for the first time, let me give you a quick overview:


This holiday season, I want to give someone the opportunity to experience complimentary custom photography, and it’s in your power to give someone special the artwork they deserve. Oh, and the best part for the nominee? The person who nominates the winner receives a $20 gift credit card. So why not spread the love?


Please check out my Holiday Portrait Giveaway blog post for more specific details and rules on how to nominate someone for this special giveaway. Hurry!! This is your LAST CHANCE to get your nominations in. Nominations MUST be submitted by December 5, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. which is THIS SATURDAY! The winner will then be announced on December 12, 2009 — get nomiating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!


P.S. I will not be accepting any more sessions in 2009. Please check your calendars for 2010 as I am already accepting bookings for the spring. I recommend scheduling your session at least 4 weeks in advance. Contact me for details!




And for a quick preview of recent sessions!







Black Friday & Darcy Long November 27, 2009

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 6:28 PM

Happy Black Friday! Yes, Wade and I were among those crazy shoppers out and about during the wee hours of the morning. We left home at approximately 2:45 a.m. to hit up Kohls and Wal-Mart. Two years ago, I randomly woke up a little before 5 and decided to go purchase two items at Wal-Mart. Crazy spur of the moment decision, I know…but I got what I wanted and I never waited in line. So when Wade and I started discussing the thought of Black Friday shopping, he voiced is skepticism of seeing lines of people at Wal-Mart at 4am. After a quick status update on facebook, we were quickly told that ‘YES’ there are crazy lines at 4am. Well, we braved it anyways and were still surprised by the insane amount of people standing outside Kohls…we really didn’t think Kohls would be “the place to be.” Obviously, we were wrong.



We only had to wait in line for 20 minutes or so. When we entered the store, the adreline started to rush. We quickly walked (we were so NOT running) to the back of the store to retrieve our foam matress we wanted so badly. The nervousness increased as everyone in the store seemed to be headed the same direction. To our surprise, we passed them and continued a few more feet on our own to the item on our purchase list. However, I was curious. “What on earth were all those crazy women after?!” Mobs of women hurled over boxes of bedding???? Strange if you ask me. When I looked closer I saw that it was actually a $150 down comforter for $30. Yes, $30. “I’ve always wanted one of those!” I announced to Wade. So he forced himself through the crowd and with less than 10 comforters left, he grabbed the exact color and size that matched our current bedding. We ended up saving more money at Kohls than we actually spent! Isn’t that just madness?!



Overall, it was a good experience for us. We’ll probably do it every year now!



Upon our return home, we cleaned house, put up and decorated the Christmas tree (and our 5 lonely Christmas decorations), and watched Alabama almost blow their chance at a National Championship. Talk about a stress-filled day! Surprisingly enough, I’ve made it the whole day without a nap and am now being productive with photography! I’m very proud of myself actually.



So while I’m being productive, I’d like to share South Shelby senior, Darcy Long. Darcy and I met up on a very cold and windy morning here in Macon, MO. We braved the unusual weather and managed to have a really great session! Despite the below average temperatures and the ridiculous wind, we shared some stories and laughs and captured some amazing photos of Darcy. She looks beautiful and I am blessed that she chose me to help capture these moments in her life.
















































Toooomorrow! November 19, 2009

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 9:31 PM

  …Toooooooooomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya Tomorrow! You’re only a day away!



Yes friends, tomorrow is the day I’ve been anticipating for months. And I seriously mean MONTHS. This exact weekend last year, I remember talking to my mom over the phone (because I didn’t have texting at the time) and almost losing my sanity when she told me she went to watch a vampire movie with my sister. “How unrealistic!” I thought to myself, and of course made fun of her for it. She laughed and said, “But it was a really good love story!” I seriously thought she’d lost her mind. Over the next several weeks, I started noticing a poster or two hanging on our middle school walls, and suddenly my students and basketball girls were talking about the Twilight Saga. The end of the semester rolled around, and we were about to go on Christmas break. The teachers got together for a little Christmas party and had a gift exchange. It was my first year of teaching, and I did not want to be left out of all the fun, so I bought my gift and anxiously anticipated “Dirty Santa” (stealing each other’s gifts). There were a few items I had my eye on, but one gift in particular caught my attention and never let it go… wouldn’t you know, the Librarian brought the books Twilight and New Moon. It totally didn’t matter that there were like six Snickers bars and five Twix bars to accompany it. While I awaited my turn, I decided I wanted to try something new and READ over break. Such a novel idea, I know. When it was finally my turn, I reached for the gift I watched the entire night and jumped for joy (on the inside of course…) when it was finally in my hands. A turn or two later, my stinkin’ co-PE teacher stole it from me!!!!!!!!!!! I looked at him and said, “Are you kidding me?! What are YOU going to do with Twilight and New Moon?!” I was ticked. Although, what should I have expected, it was totally a Coach Craig moment.



Now, the rest of the game is suddenly a bit blurry. I either stole the books back or asked if Coach Craig would trade with me…. I can’t remember anything these days. Turns out, he wanted the third book included in the pack… the one I wasn’t paying a lick of attention to… and the one I can’t even remember the title to. I graciously gave it up, and my wonderful, most amazing, and CRAZY co-teacher let me keep the books. Too bad my husband had to deal with the consequences…



It took approximately one night of reading to become completely obsessed with Bella and Edward. I spent my entire Christmas vacation reading the series. During the day, I was completely torn. I wanted to spend time with my husband and all of my immediate and extended family… but I also wanted to spend time with Bella and Edward! So I spent the days with the fam and nights with the books. I’d stay up until about 2am (when I was falling asleep with the book in my hands) to read and read and read. I finally finished the series on New Year’s Day.



Of course, I watched the movie in theatres… twice. I went and bought the Twilight movie at midnight on my birthday. I reread the books about a month ago. And now, I FINALLY get to see New Moon tomorrow! It releases at midnight, but I’m waiting patiently to see it with my buddy Lori. We’re meeting in Cape Girardeau, along with our husbands, for a New Moon weekend! It’s going to be FANTASTIC!!!!! And you know it.



So while I’m on the subject of teenagers, I might as well blog about one!



Brooke is a senior at Macon High School. She pitched for the softball team who played very well this season. I really enjoyed our session together and she was very sweet and easy to talk to. And her mom was great too! We had the chance to go out to the country for some middle-of-nowhere pictures, which I think turned out awesome. Although, have you seen Brooke?! I swear she was a model in another life time. Look at her gorgeous images!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Striving… November 16, 2009

Filed under: Senior — edobson86 @ 7:00 AM

If you read my latest blog post, then you’ll know I set a goal for myself-a goal a fully intent to reach. In spite of my busy schedule, my plan is to blog twice a week. I’m sick of making excuses for my blog neglection (I do believe I just made up that word). Oh dear blog, I neglect you no more! For today I’m taking the first step in my road to recovery. I introduce to you, blog readers, Josh Harris.


Josh attends our church, and Wade and I have had the privilege of getting to know his family through their involvement in the youth group. Josh is a great kid who is easy to talk to, has a good sense of humor, and is very laid back. During his session, I sort-of-but-not-really-because-it-would-be-totally-embarassing, got lost in Atlanta, MO. Yes, Atlanta. Where there is a population of about 17. Actually, I just missed the turn off to Josh’s house and had to call and figure out which direction I was headed. See, not so bad! Later, he showed me some of the happenin’ places in Atlanta. It took all of about 5 minutes. Ha! Atlanta is just little bity. Although, so was Shelbina…the town where I grew up! Enough chattin’ already. Let’s see some pictures!


Oh by the way, I guess this is my new good-luck-reading-it font. Sorry. Annnnnd, I missed my bigger pictures. So they’re back. If your images are cut off, they’re not supposed to be. Let me know if it’s happening to you by leaving a comment. Then, I’ll know if I need to readjust the size again.



































Ben and Jessica – {Macon, MO Engagement Photography} November 13, 2009

Filed under: Engagement — edobson86 @ 7:00 AM

The past several weeks have been super busy around here. Last Monday, I started as the full-time permanent sub/secretary for the Special Education department at Macon R-I. The job is pretty laid back, and isn’t much different than a regular sub. The only differences are that I’m only allowed to sub for SPED teachers and I’m guaranteed work every day. I’m grateful for the full-time income while I strive to build my photography business and of course, before the baby comes.


The downfall is the daytime hours I used to have for photography: replying e-mails, editing, placing orders, packaging, booking more sessions, conducting the sessions, etc. etc. I love photography, and I know God has blessed me thus far in the business. But I also really love my husband! I feel bad when he gets home from work and is ready to hang out, and I’m just starting round two of my daily work. Thankfully, I have an understanding and supportive husband. He doesn’t make me feel bad or pressure me to step away from my efforts to build my business. What can I say? He loves me too!


When time is cut short, the blog is neglected. It’s been 12 days since my last post – SHAME ON ME! I hope you all understand that I wish I could blog every day, but for now I’ll have to do my best to get one to two blogs a week. While this hasn’t happened lately, it is my goal! My blog has done wonders for my business and has helped me grow to where I am today. So the least I can do for my readers is commit to reaching my goal! Thanks for being patient with me guys!


So the first step in reaching my goal is to publish Ben and Jessica’s mock engagement session. Ben and Jessica were one of the couples to receive the free engagement session to help me build my website. I actually went to school with them at Hannibal-LaGrange College. During my first semester, Jessica and I lived on the same floor in Memorial Hall. She lived approx. three rooms down from me and across the hall. I also had College Algebra with her. I remember these random details because I remember we were nearing the end of the semester and it was almost time for Christmas break when one morning in College Algebra Jessica turned to a friend on the left and said, “My boyfriend propsed to me last night!” She was ecstatic! I didn’t really know Jess at the time, but I was excited for her and dreaming of my own proposal one day.


The next school year, I was in the traveling music ministry team, Covenant. In January 2006, Jessica joined Covenant because one of the other members was unable to return to HLG. Covenant was a great experience for all 6 (and 7 the next year) of us girls. We had the opportunity to travel in a huge church van to and from churches across northeast Missouri and create lots of crazy memories in the van and on our trips. I’m thankful for the time I spent with Jessica and got to know her. All of the Covenant girls, including Jessica, helped me grow closer to the Lord. They challenged me in my walk with Him. After I left Covenant to graduate and get married, I rarely had the opportunity to revisit my Covenant friends. When Jess contacted me about becoming one of the couples for my website, I was thrilled! It was so good to spend time with her and Ben. We had a great time and what a compliment it was for both of them to tell me at the end that they had worked with other photographers before, but never had as much fun as they did with me. Thats what I do. I want the photo session to be a fun experience for everyone involved. Even the guys who hate pictures-you know who you are!


You’ll notice there has been a bit of a change for Emily Dobson Photography. A special THANK YOU to Patty Dill for creating my new logo! Website should be up and running very soon now!!