Hey, it’s Emily (the creator behind EEW Photography)!
I’m here to talk to you about my superpower. I’m sure you’re like… “I’m sorry? A super power? Are you 5?” to which my answer is simply - “I wish! But nope, I just turned 30. I’m definitely not 5 anymore.”
Okay, back to my super power. Brace yourself. I have the ability to FREEZE moments in time with the single push of a button. I don’t just use this skill to freeze any random moment, though. The moments I freeze are packed with emotion. Imagine pure joy, wonder, connection, curiosity, love, and so much more.
Freezing that moment is my superpower. What’s yours?
If you’ve yet to put two and two together, I’ll be a wee bit more direct- this is my fun way of sharing with you that I’m a photographer. I’m passionate, not only about taking photos, but about taking photos of authentic human connection. Close your eyes and picture a moment spent with a loved one when it felt like the entire world disappeared. When it felt like nothing else on this Earth mattered aside from you and the loved one beside you. Now imagine that feeling, but frozen into a beautiful photograph that you can keep and share for the rest of your life. An image that you can look at every time you need to remember that feeling or that person; an experience you can pass down from generation to generation on a 4x6 piece of matte photo paper.
Now that you know about my super secret superpower, let’s talk about where it came from. Since I was pretty young, I’ve absolutely loved people. Seriously, I was known for being the most talkative & social student in class (probably to the annoyance of every teacher I ever had) throughout my school years. I’ve always loved connecting with the people around me.
My love of people led me to become a therapist. I knew that I wanted to help people. Yep, that’s right; I’m an LMHC (licensed mental health counselor) in the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. That’s a whole other superpower that we won’t get into too much today, but I swear this is all connected. Bear with me.
As a therapist, I’ve developed the abilities to recognize body language, communicate successfully, read emotions, empathize with others, make people feel safe & comfortable and so much more. I’ve learned about the ins and outs of the human race; how we think, how we function, our vulnerabilities, how we fall in love- you name it and I’ve probably studied it.
Mastering the art of making people around me feel comfortable means that, during photo sessions, you’ll feel comfortable to share, comfortable to embrace your loved ones, comfortable to give me your trust, and comfortable enough to just be in my presence. Without that skillset, I’d never be able to capture the authentic and emotional photographs that I do. I want you to forget that I’m even there with a camera; you should feel like it’s just you and your loved ones in the room. Just being. That’s the secret behind my superpower. Don’t tell anyone though… ok?
See, I told you it would all connect eventually. Thanks for hangin’ in there.
I’m sure this is one of the weirder blog intros out there, but thats ok with me. If we’re being honest here, I have no idea what I’m doing sooo let’s just roll with it. For someone who talks and types as much as I do, it’s pretty shocking that I’ve never had a blog before. I mean, how is it 2022 and I’ve never had a blog? Wild. But here I am… blogging.
The EEW Photography blog is going to be a space for me to write about my life as a photographer. I want to share about myself as an individual, my career goals, my artistic goals, my favorite places to take photos, wedding tips, poses and prompts, travel guides, gear I can’t go without, social media tricks- the list is never ending.
If that list seems like something you might be interested in, stay tuned! Thanks for being here and joining me on this bumpy, unpredictable, and totally beautiful ride I call “the life of a portrait photographer who also works full time as a therapist.”
-Emily W of EEW Photography-