Little Miss “E”: One Year Cake Smash

I can’t believe this sweetheart is ONE already! Time goes so fast- it seems like yesterday I was doing her newborn pictures and now she is already one year old! She is absolutely adorable- she had so many giggles and sweet smiles, especially for her daddy! We had a fun cake smash at the end of the session too.  I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from the session!




eMarie Photography: A Glimpse Inside the Studio

Hey there! My name is Elise, owner and photographer of eMarie Photography!

In case you were wondering, I came up with the name eMarie from my full name, Elise Marie.   I was named after a very special woman, my grandmother, whose first name is Marie.  I thought it kinda rolled off the tongue, and made my business name very personal and special to me.

2017 allowed me to check off one of my top 3 things on my bucket list: to open my own natural light studio.  It has been a dream of mine for years to expand my business into a studio.  I started eMarie Photography back in 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky, where we lived at the time.  I had a thriving business down there, but then we decided to move to Billings in 2013 and I didn’t really know if I would continue the business or not after we moved.  I loved it, but it’s really hard to basically start over with building a client base in a new area, especially in a place when there are so many other talented photographers.    I decided to just see what happened, and my client base continued to grow and grow.  I seriously have the awesomest clients..  I did newborn sessions out of my living room and then my dining room, as unconventional as it was, and business just kept coming in.


Fast forward 5 years later, and I am so excited to announce that eMarie Photography moved into a beautiful natural light studio this Fall.  It has gorgeous light radiating from two walls of floor to ceiling windows.  It is right in the middle of town, so it is super convenient with a big spacious parking lot and easy access right on Broadwater.

Signs made by:  Bethany at She Likes Letters. 

Signs made by:  Bethany at She Likes Letters.



Why a natural light studio? Why not add studio lighting? The answer is simple- natural light is my “style”, my “aesthetic”.   Every photographer gets known for a certain style, whether they want to be or not.  I just love shooting with natural light- its gives such a warm, natural look to my images.  I can not believe the beautiful light that I get to work with in this studio.



We also have a super fun kids corner to keep the little ones occupied during their baby sister’s newborn session or during little brother’s cake smash.. Or if they just need a little break from smiling during their own photo session.

It is bright, airy, modern, and cozy all at the same time. The black, white, and mint green color scheme just makes me smile.  There are little glimpses into me and what makes me tick all over the studio.  I have a mild obsession with “old” things:  (typewriters, phones, cameras, bicycles, records, pianos).  Not to mention everywhere you look are some of my all time favorite images from the past  seven years.

Many priceless memories have been captured here already.. won’t you let me capture those tiny newborn feet, your one year old’s first birthday cake as he smears frosting all over his face and belly, your two year old’s captivating eyes that look as if they are staring straight into your soul?… Those are the memories I try to capture for you.  I am a momma too -those are the details of my own children I want to never forget.  Those are the details I want to give you.  Life is Lovely- cherish it.



Contact me here if you want to talk more about setting up a session.  In the studio I offer newborn sessions, first year cake smashes, child portraits, small family sessions, and business head shots.

I still love shooting outdoors, using both urban and nature backgrounds.  Most of my engagement sessions, family sessions, senior sessions, and large groups are done outside.

Wedding consultations are also done in the studio.  If you are recently engaged and interested in knowing more about my wedding package, go here to learn more.

eMarie Photography is located at : 2059 Broadwater Avenue Suite A.  Billings, MT 59102




Our Favorite Little Mister Turns ONE!: Happy Birthday

May 26, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. my heart skipped a beat as I held you in my arms for the first time.  I was instantly in love with your little face, as I was already in love with you from your kicks and wiggles from the last 9 months in my belly.  You go by many names, among which are B4, Beckers, Little Mister, Stinkeroo, and Bear.  Your 3 siblings absolutely adore you.  You are the most cuddly, sweet, even-keeled little boy.  God must have told you that as the 4th child, you needed to be an easy one, and I am so thankful for that.

I can’t believe you are already 1 year old today!  You crawl everywhere, furniture surf, (you aren’t quite ready to let go, but you are so close!), eat everything I give you, and only really dislike a few things.  Your favorite foods are bananas, yogurt bites, and anything with cheese. You have six teeth, but I think another one is coming soon.  You say bye-bye, Da-da, Nigh-night, and point at everything that you find interesting.  You have such a funny sense of humor and purposefully try to make us laugh at things you do.  You love to copy sounds you hear and gestures people do to you.

I love you so much little boy. Happy Birthday.


Halloween, October 2015

Our first announcement to the world that you were on your way… in May…

January 2016

We found out the kids were getting a baby… brother!

March 2016, on a date with Daddy in Red Lodge, MT.

April 2016: In mommy’s belly

Thanks to my brother, Eric Allen, for taking these maternity pictures for us! They are so special to us.


May 26, 2016

12:25 a.m.  8lbs. 9 oz. 21 in.

My good friend, Becky, was my nurse for the labor and delivery- that was so special!

Grandma and Nana got to be there for your arrival!

2 days old

3 days old

7 days old


9 days old


2 weeks old


3 weeks old

4 weeks old


July 2016- 1 month old

August 2016- 2 months old

September 2016- 3 months old

October 2016- 5 months old

Family Pictures taken by: Eric Allen



November 2016- 6 months old

December 2016- 7 months old

January 2017- 8 months old

February 2017- 9 months old

March 2017- 10 months old


April 2017- 11 months old

May 2017- almost 1 year old!

May the Fourth (Star Wars Day!)




May 26, 2017

Happy First Birthday, Little Man!


This Adorable Mario Smash Cake was made by Becky Desin.



Little Miss “M”: First Year Cake Smash

This adorable little sweetheart turned ONE a couple weeks ago and I got to photograph her first year pictures and cake smash.  She has the most gorgeous blue eyes and when she smiles you can’t help but smile back at her- especially when she has frosting all over her face!  I hope you enjoy this pink one year session!