The story behind the storyteller.
Inclusive Wedding Photographer in the PNW
I always knew that I didn’t want to work my life away from someone else’s dream.
But finding my own dream? That was a journey.
I’m a people-person — getting to know them, understanding what makes them tick, and doing what I can to make them happy makes me happy. Camping and hiking are some of my favorite ways to connect with nature. I’m obsessed with karaoke and think it’s the best way to spend a Friday night. I value being a mother to my three sweet kids, and need a flexible schedule to support them.
Actually, yes. And I discovered it on my own wedding day. Hiring an amazing wedding photographer was a priority of mine, having dabbled in photography in college. But I was absolutely blown away by the impact our photographer had on our wedding day: not just the images themselves, which I’ll treasure for a lifetime, but the overall experience he provided, and the way he captured our hearts on camera.
That “a ha!” moment was in 2019. Since then, I’ve taken courses, worked with mentors, been featured in the press, and have photographed too many weddings, elopements, and couples to count. And I still drive to each event pinching myself that this is the work I get to do.
Thank you for giving me the biggest thrill of my life. It’s an honor to tell your story.
— Emily Joyal (she/her)
I’m an artist — my job is to capture beauty. And our differences are what makes us beautiful. So I hope it goes without saying that I love and accept all types of people. You’re safe with me.
Life’s too short to do the same old thing! So throw that festival wedding, dance in the rain, sing the karaoke song… just remember to take me along with you!
Connection is at the heart of exceptional photography. That’s why my process is incredibly personal and involves a lot of getting-to-know-you time.
Every person I photograph has a unique story and I love getting to know my clients on a person level.
It is amazing getting to spend a day in paradise with such beautiful souls, doing a relaxed and inspired session in the most stunning locations. I long to end my shoots with such a natural high, that it feels as if we may never come down. When you look back on these moments that were frozen, my longing is for you to return to that state of mind.
I want to give you that, to treasure forever. To capture the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest and the beauty of love combined in one is a privilege that I am very grateful for.
I believe that letting loose and getting silly is the best way to ignite our souls. This is why I absolutely love ending sessions with a good ol’ dance party! I’ll bring the speaker.. you bring your moves (even if you only know the lawnmower.. that will do!)