Hello there, my name is Emily Carrels. I am based in Aberdeen, South Dakota and love shooting maternity, first 48, newborn, milestone, lifestyle, family and boudoir portraits. I grew up in western South Dakota, met my incredible husband while attending Augustana College, and am now a mama to two sweet boys.

I like

creating in the kitchen

my boys' giggles

freshly washed sheets

I dislike



the feeling of chalk

I am obsessed with

good conversation

meaningful relationships

dark chocolate anything

When you find someone who is in your corner through every stage of life, you do not let them go. My husband is not only up for every photo and every crazy idea I have, but truly makes my world go around. We will be recreating these amazingly awkward photos below every five years for our anniversary, and I cannot wait.