Emily Dobson Photography

The Bilbros! August 17, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 12:36 PM

Do you have someone you look up to? Someone you know is a genuinely kind person with good morals and good values? Someone who naturally leads others in the right direction? While in high school, I looked up to Brady McEwen. She was two years older than me, but we were involved in many of the same activities including basketball and track – my two favorites! Now, I can’t say I followed Brady as much during track season as I did during basketball because she simply did not like track…my favorite! But basketball was a totally different story. She was one of the two captains my sophomore year and she worked her tail off! When she stepped on the basketball court, she led the team – not in scoring like you might assume a great basketball leader would do – but in directing the offense, playing great defense, and most importantly in hustle.


Fortunately, Brady wasn’t just a great basketball leader. She held offices in both our local and state Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America organization as well as other organizations such as Student Council, and in her senior class. She led by being a good role model and by working hard at everything she did (aka Valedictorian!).


Brady married her high school sweetheart, Jeff Bilbro. Brady’s hard work didn’t stop in high school. She works hard in her marriage too. They always try to make time for just each other, and I think that is so important for a marriage! A couple of years later (right around the time Wade and I got married), they had a little boy, Rylan – one of the most adorable little kids you’ve ever seen! Together, they’re already leading Rylan to be kind to others. In addition, Brady and Jeff have been active in their local church and are currently serving in the youth department as volunteers. Again, leading and serving others!


Unfortunately, most people aren’t going to remember what Brady did in high school or even what she is doing now. But I remember and she made an impact on me. I knew early on I was never going to be a top scorer in basketball. But when I saw how vital Brady was to the team in her specific role, I was bound and determined to be vital too. And my senior year, I attempted to direct the offense, play great defense, and most importantly hustle my rear off! You’ll have to check with my Dad to see if I was actually successful…


What an honor it was for Brady to request that I take their family portraits. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with an amazingly cute little boy, and two fellow photography buffs!





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The Murins June 20, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 4:00 PM

Ah, home sweet home! It’s good to be back in town for awhile. Wade and I have been all over the place the past couple of weeks and were sick of living out of suitcases and boxes. We are all settled in here at Macon, MO and are looking forward to serving at the church! We just returned from Super Summer with about 13 of the youth from our church. One student surrendered to the ministry and another one prayer to receive Christ! God is good!


Now that I’m back in town, I’m ready to get this blog alive again! Can you guess how I knew Kristie Murin?! Yep, worked with her at Bon Lin Middle School. She is the school counselor and Mr. Wells, Mr. Tucker, and I helped her with breakfast duty every morning. She is a great asset to Bon Lin Middle. Although I didn’t see her daily, I could tell the students had a great relationship with her. She made them feel special, and the kids were comfortable with her. Kristie also worked hard on special events such as career day where she brought in firefighters, nurses, teachers, etc. to speak with the students about choosing their career path.


This session took place before I left Memphis, but it has stuck with me over the weeks I’ve been “off the clock.” She has four kids and two of them are already great athletes. She has a power house soccer player as well as a power house softball player. Everyone was very kind and very respectful.  They all thanked me for taking their pictures and were great sports (even if they weren’t too keen on the idea of a photo session to begin with). Kristie even told me after the session that her kids told her it was the most fun session they’ve ever had! What a compliment! THANK YOU for your kind words. I will miss working with you, Kristie.





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Don’t forget about those FREE SESSIONS!






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!


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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.





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


Hammond/Williams May 8, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 5:27 PM

“My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. “ -Graycie Harmon


With Mother’s Day only a couple of days away, I figured this session was the perfect one to post today. Lori, Heather, and Haley called me to see if I would be willing to take their pictures as a gift to Mom/Grandma. What an honor! Lori and Heather are sisters and Haley is Heather’s daughter. These guys make a fantastic trio. They absolutely love each other! They laughed, made silly faces, raced, and maybe even had a tickle fight or two… I absolutely love the fact that photography allows me to sit back, relax and watch people have fun and be themselves. Plus, I know that when Mom (or Grandma!) opens her special Mother’s Day gift, she’s going to be filled with joy – not because I captured a great image or two, but because she has two amazing daughters and one crazy little granddaughter to be thankful for! Thanks girls!


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The Ohleys April 30, 2009

Filed under: Family — edobson86 @ 6:31 PM

Over Easter weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time with the Ohleys. I know the Ohleys through my sister-in-law, but have never had the chance to actually spend time with them. What a great first impression they made! As soon as I walked in the door, Faith and Lydia were standing there waiting for me! Although they were probably just anxious to see who this Emily girl was, it made me feel good. 


Unfortunately, it rained two or three consecutive days leading up to the session. Plus, it was in Illinois and it’s not quite as warm there as it is here in Memphis! We moved the majority of the session inside, and I was pleasantly surprised. Even though my favorites were captured outside, we were still able to get some great images inside. Faith jumped in first. She’s so photogenic! I promise she struck a different pose after every click. I was so impressed! Lydia was excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and jumped in next. She was excited to go outside too, but quickly realized it was a little chilly. Apparently, she’s a big fan of the tulips. I’m really glad mom suggested a few pictures with the flowers because they turned out to be amazing! Noah was super cooperative. Being a typical guy, he wasn’t exactly thrilled to take pictures. However, he didn’t complain one bit! Take a good look at those photos of him on the stairs… I told him he looked like a little Gap model! And then there was Eden. How precious is she? We woke her up from her nap to get a few pictures, and she still gave me a few great faces! I love them.


Brandy, thank you so much for asking me to take these pictures. Your family is so sweet and friendly and I really enjoyed my time with them.































































Brandon and Lori Williams April 14, 2009

Filed under: Engagement,Family,Wedding — edobson86 @ 1:12 PM


You know its true love when a couple can’t help but have fun with each other. I love when the friendship in a relationship is absolutely evident. My husband and I are great friends and were friends for about a year and a half before we started dating. Now that we’re married, that friendship has carried over into our marriage and we really enjoy spending time with each other. We’re always cracking jokes and throwing out sarcastic remarks.



Brandon and Lori are great friends of ours, and they too have a friendship – not just a marriage. They were friends for about five months before they started dating, but dated for almost two and a half years. We have a lot of fun with them as a group – going out to eat is definitely our “thing” to do. But during our shoot, I was able to sit back and watch them as a couple. They were so fun and playful – goofing off between poses and pictures. I was able to capture a few fun shots. Hopefully they won’t mind if a share a couple of those!



Shout out to Lori: Girl, I love you! You’re a woman of God, a prayer warrior, an accountability partner… I’ve been blessed to know you since we’ve been in Memphis. I’m so thankful I asked you about running a little over a year ago! Our runs will forever hold a special place in my heart. Hopefully, we can get in a few more before the summer.