Hi, I'm Emily!

I spend so much time getting to know my clients that I realized it's only fair if that relationship works both ways. So here I am! A list of random facts, in semi-sequential order:

  • I grew up in South Carolina with my parents and my older sister.  

  • I was homeschooled from first grade through high school graduation.

  • I spent almost all of my time as a kid either 1) setting up really dramatic photo shoots with my friends and/or pets, 2) writing plays and performing them in my garage for the neighborhood (**cringe**), 3) making ridiculous costumes, then choreographing roller blade routines to perform in the driveway, 4) playing baseball.
  • I spent high school in theatre classes and ate. it. up.
  • We went on a lot of road trips when I was a kid. Like, EPIC road trips across the country and back again. Lots of camping and dodgy motels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and so many good memories.
  • On one of our trips, somewhere along the Alaska/Canada Highway, a bear charged our car. Random fact. :)
  • I graduated high school in 2000 and headed to Covenant College in Chattanooga, with my BFF (standing, pictured to the left)

  • I met McGee within the first 4 hours of arriving at college my freshman year.
  • I majored in English and minored in Theatre. I spent almost all of my time in college working on one play or another, and when I wasn't, I was in the film lab darkroom.
  • McGee and I dated off and on for 4 years (but stayed close friends the entire time) and got engaged the night before graduation in 2004.
  • We got married on a farm in rural SC in 2004. 
  • We lived in Lexington, KY for a bit, then moved to Charlotte, NC where I started my photography business in 2009. All three of our boys were born there, and we have great memories and friends there still. 

  • In 2013, we moved back to Chattanooga, TN, where our hearts were all along.And here we are.

    We make unconscionably large messes. We typically have 4-8 kids running through the house, and bikes strewn about by the front door. There are always dogs and cats and kids making noise. Open windows every time the weather allows. Lots and lots and lots of coffee brewing. Books everywhere. Usually a vegan meal in progress.It's not perfect or glamorous. The moments seem so normal, so un-noteworthy most of the time; it's usually only looking back when I realize how extraordinary it all is - the laundry, the mealtimes, the homework, the Boy Scout projects, the freckles, the grubby toes. These are the moments life is made of, and I want to savor them.

I love helping my clients do the same through photographs. Everyday moments are where the magic happens. If you'd like to capture those moments for your family, let's talk!!__________________________

Emily Lapish - Life is beautiful, life is art.
 Emily Lapish is a lifestyle photographer in Chattanooga, TN specializing in all things family-related. She spends her time fending off wild animals raising three boys with her husband, and enjoys knitting like a granny in front of the fire in the evenings.

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