Emily Dobson Photography

Juan – 6 months {Missouri Professional Photographer} April 26, 2010

Filed under: Children,Family — edobson86 @ 7:55 PM

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of events! We had a four night Crusade at our church two weeks ago with Brady Weldon. It was a great four days where we saw many people come to know Christ for the first time as well as rededications and many healings of brokenness. Wade has been in and out of town speaking at two different Disciple Nows this month. I had a GREAT baby shower a week and a half ago. And I’ve also been busy with senior and family sessions, which has been wonderful! I have two sessions left before the baby arrives, and I am praying the bad weather will stay away because I’m sick of rescheduling! Rain just doesn’t do well in on-location photography. Yet, I wouldn’t change the way I shoot because I love the look I get in my outdoor, natural light settings!



Over Easter, I was able to meet six-month-old Juan for the first time. Alicia and I have been friends for a few years now after we spent a WHOLE-LOTTA time together in 2006 on a mission trip to Miami, FL. We were both single, but dating at the time. Now we’re both married, she has almost a 7-month-old baby, and I have a bun in the oven! Crazy how quickly time passes because it definitely doesn’t seem like that mission trip was 4 years ago. Maaaaaaybe 2, but definitely not 4!



I remember as Alicia and I spoke prior to the session, she mentioned what happy baby Juan was. “Juan is always so happy and loves to jump [and] look at himself in the mirror…” He was so smiley during our entire session. He enjoyed playing with mommy and daddy and enjoyed having his pictures taken – how fun for me as a photgorapher! When we held the ordering appointment where Alicia had the opportunity to see every image in print, Juan admired himself in every image. He just looked around in “awe” of the beautiful baby in the pictures! Did he recognize himself? I say, sure! He was probably thinking, “Man, I am one handsome stud!”



Thanks, Alicia for allowing my images to become a part of your family’s memories. I hope I captured exactly what you wanted: Juan…full of life and happiness at this stage in his life.



















































New Website is Live! January 13, 2010

Filed under: Bridal,Children,Engagement,Family,Investment,Personal,Portraits,Senior,Wedding — edobson86 @ 10:35 PM

That’s right folks! The Emily Dobson Photography professional website is now live! I’ve been waiting for the this day for several months, and am so excited to finally showcase my work in a professional, online gallery. Please, tell your friends and spread the word through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter!



Once you click on the link above, you will be directed to my splash page. From the splash page, you may choose whether you want to be directed to my website or my blog. For those of you who follow me here on the blog, I hope you will continue to show me some love and stop by frequently for updates, special offers, and to see all of my most current work.



On my website, you will find investment information for both custom portrait and custom wedding photography. To celebrate the newly launched website, I’d like to throw out a couple of offers:

The first five people to book a portrait session will receive $20 OFF their sitting fee!

The first three brides to book a wedding will receive $200 OFF the package of their choice!

Contact me TODAY for information! (info@emilydobson.com)



While browing through the website, be sure to check out my FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions page. You will notice that I’m now offering free pre-session and pre-wedding consultations for prospective clients. Some people are completely comfortable communicating and booking via internet; however, I also know that some people would prefer to meet and speak with me in person prior to making a commitment. A consultation is simply a time for us to get to know one another. Tell me about you, your family, your wedding, your hobbies… anything that makes you or your family unique. You may also ask questions regarding the session and or products offered. I will have sample products available for you to view as well. If a face to face meeting isn’t going to be possible due to scheduling conflicts or travel distance, we may set up a phone consultation. If this is something you’re interested in, simply mention “consultation” during our initial contact.



As I close this point, I would like to send out a couple of Thank You’s:

  • First, HUGE thank you and bravo to Patty Dill for designing my logo! It looks fantastic – especially against the black back drop!
  • THANKS to Ryan Wingo for granting me permission to play his song “Wonders” on my website…such an awesome song!
  • To all my beautiful 2009 clients: I would NOT, I repeat NOT be launching this website and starting a new year of business without you. I’m thrilled to showcase your beautiful faces all over my website. THANK YOU for being simply wonderful.
  • And to my incredible husband, Wade: I LOVE YOU! Thank you for your support, patience, encouragement, website proofing, and unending love. You are my best friend.


NOW, spread the word, tell your friends, and find me on Facebook to become a fan of Emily Dobson Photography: another method of communication for updates, special offers, and current work.






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:









Give the Gift of Hope! September 12, 2009

Here we are just starting school and I’m already thinking about the holidays! I do love Christmas!


Did you know:

  • There are 143 million orphans in the world?
  • In the United States, there are more than half a million children in foster care, with more than 100,000 of them waiting to be adopted?
  • One couple in five will experience infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant death?
  • In the U.S. alone, there are more than 1 million induced abortions performed each year?
  • (Words of www.bethany.org)


This holiday season, I want to help support the orphans across the world. Too many innocent children are living in unhealthy conditions every day – conditions I could never even dream of! Until Wade and I have the opportunity to adopt, I want do what I can now to help. And the good news is, you can help too!


How? I’m so glad you asked!




2009 Holiday Packages












By booking a custom, holiday portrait sitting, you too can help support the 143 million orphans across the world. For every package and print that is purchased through the holiday sessions, I will give a minimum of 20% of ALL proceeds to the Adoption and Orphan Care Agency, Bethany Christian Services. This is a well established agency that began in 1944 and works in over 75 different locations nationwide and 12 different countries. I recommend clicking on the link above to continue learning about this incredible organization!


I am now scheduling custom, holiday portrait sessions for October and November. Each packages comes with two custom-designed holiday card layouts that will be printed professionally. Wording and colors are completely interchangeable.  I have approximately 10 slots available, so if you or anyone you know would like to fill one of the available slots, please e-mail me quickly at emilydobsonphotography@yahoo.com!


I look forward to hearing from you!




The Trucke Family – Macon Portrait Photographer September 1, 2009

Filed under: Family,Portraits — edobson86 @ 3:12 PM

Has the weather not been amazing over the past several days?! Wow! I love it! I can’t remember the last time I wore a hoodie to the first high school football game. I’d really love to open the windows in our house, but last night I tried for several minutes and was embarassed (even though we didn’t have anyone over) so I stopped. Might have to stick Wade on that task this evening.


For now, I’d like to talk about the Truckes. I know I’m going to have a good session when the kids jump up with smiles and full of excitment to begin their photo session. Ethan was one of those kids. He was full of energy and smiles from the time he jumped out of the car til the time mom and dad said, “It’s time to go home.” Such a blessing! I also love when the husband is super cooperative and willing to get involved in the pictures-Matt was one of those husbands. The Truckes were a great family and I’m so glad Christine called to set up a session. Look how much fun we had…!!!!








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Grandaddy – I ♥ Faces August 25, 2009

Filed under: Family,Personal — edobson86 @ 1:44 PM

Nostalgia – a longing from the past – an I Faces contest I decided to pass up…



Until I remembered this picture:





This isn’t a professional photograph. Nor is it a picture I expect to win a contest. Rather, it’s a picture of a sweet memory that is extra close to my heart this week – a picture that brings back a longing for the past…


Charles Tennison, aka Grandaddy, is my husband’s Grandpa of whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for only 3 1/2 years. Grandaddy won me over the first time we met with cookie dough ice cream waiting in the freezer just for me! Not only was it cookie dough ice cream, but it was the best dad-gum cookie dough ice cream I’ve ever had!


Grandaddy is known for his mad cooking skills. I loved walking into his house with the aroma of pot roast and vegetables filling the air. He looooooved picking on the morning person I am (*cough*cough*) by telling me to get up followed by an incredibly chipper “Good afternoon!” when it was only 9:00am. Waking up wasn’t so bad though because eggs, biscuits and gravy, and sausage or bacon would be waiting in the kitchen for those who wanted breakfast. 


Grandaddy enjoyed showing off the deer in his backyard at night, taking us to the incredible Pap’s Place on the weekends for a buffet that would knock your socks off, driving us 30 miles or so to go to Wal-Mart, and taking us over to see Uncle Jimmy and his wife.


Wade had the privilege of growing up with Grandaddy for several years when he was just a boy.  Wade and his brother, Wes, loved helping Grandaddy pick beans, corn, and tomatoes from the garden, and watching him complete his many crossword puzzles. Although, one of Wade’s fondest memories of Grandaddy was back in the day when Wade would spend the night at his house. You see, Wade is one of those sleepers that makes strange noies, sleepwalks, and sometimes carries on a random conversation. When Wade lived in Louisville, MS, his family spent most weekends in Sturgis with Grandaddy and his late wife, Nana. Many nights, Wade would wake up Grandaddy with his strange sleeping habits and Grandaddy would go in Wade’s room and tell him to shut up! In fact, on occasion, he would hit Wade with a pillow!!!!!


Five days ago, Grandaddy was diagnosed with cancer – a terrible cancer affecting the bile duct that leads to the liver. His life is changing directions as the cancer has quickly taken control of most of his body. When Wade’s parents gently explained to Grandaddy the seriousness of the situation and told him they would be traveling to the hospital at UAB for more information (the only hospital in the country capable of conducting surgery for this type of cancer), Grandaddy light-heartedly responded, “It sounds like a waste of time and money to me. I’m not going to live to be as old as Methuselah (the 969-yr-old mentioned in Gensis)!” which is totally a grandaddy response.


Grandaddy is selfless, fun-loving, and goofy. Though I’ve only known him for a few years, I can already see how much he loves and cares for others. Plus, I can see it in the eyes of my amazing husband, and my in-laws. The way everyone speaks so highly of him and loves visiting him in Sturgis, the tiny town of 206 residents. Although Grandaddy is very sick, and his likelihood of making it through the week is slim, we can rest. Sure, we long for the past – the times when both Grandaddy and Nana were alive and well… taking the family fishing, jewelrifying (yes, I just made that word up) all the girls with necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and hanging out at the old country store “downtown.” But we know Grandaddy will be going home to be with his Father in Heaven. We already know that Nana is there waiting for him. Together, along with all of their brothers and sisters in Christ, they will spend an eternity worshipping God – a life far great the one I just described. And at some point in time, we will join him – the healthy Grandaddy everyone remembers – only this time we will join him forever.


We love you Grandaddy!




PopATot Giveaway! August 18, 2009

Filed under: Children,Family,Personal — edobson86 @ 8:00 AM

That’s right folks! My very first giveaway! And this is an amazing first giveaway to start with as I was totally impressed the moment I saw it. I fully intend on getting one – when I need it that is! 😉


Stacy Ellsworth of Bethalto, IL is the co-founder and co-owner of the incredible PopATot! The PopATot is a portable, collapsible baby activity center. The baby center is stored in a 36″ x 5″ case that can be easily carried over the shoulder. When you’re ready to use it – whether outdoors or indoors – simply pull it out of the case and POP it into place! Once in place, you may clip up to five toys into the outter edges and also provide your child with a snack and/or drink in the provided cup holders. GENIUS!


Stacy is a friend of my in-laws and actually recruited my niece Mia to help her promote the PopATot during a LIVE Great Day St. Louis segment Monday morning! After watching the video, you’ll notice Mia is rockin’ a stylish hot pink PopATot while randomly screaming for her momma, Julie. For this giveaway, one lucky blog reader will win the original red and blue PopATot valued at $49.99! SO COOL!!!!!!



Entering the contest (super easy)!


1. Go to Great Day St. Louis and watch the segment advertising the amazing PopATot!

2. Leave a comment (bottom right hand corner of this post) telling me about your favorite part of the segment and your favorite thing about the PopATot.


Contest ends THIS Sunday, August 23rd at 10:59pm (Central), 11:59pm (Eastern), 8:59pm (Pacific).

Winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday, August 24th.




   Additional Entries!
  • Twitter about this giveaway! (Promote this contest by linking this blog post to your tweet)
  • Blog about this giveaway! (Promote this contest by linking this blog post your personal blog)
  • Facebook this giveaway! (Update your status to promote this contest! Or provide a link to this blog post)
  • Follow edobsonphoto on Twitter!


BONUS Entry!

  • Receive 10 BONUS entries by booking one session with Emily Dobson Photography! (In order for this to remain fair, previous bookings will not count toward the entry. The session has to be booked-not scheduled-between today and Sunday.)


In order for each additional entry to be counted, please leave a separate comment for each item above telling me what you did. There is a five entry maximum (15 if you book a session) per person. I will be checking to make sure there were no repeats and you did what you said. I know I don’t have to worry about cheating!


I plan to place all the final entries in a hat and ask my husband to draw a name. Again, the winner will be announced Monday, August 24th. Good luck!