portrait of Emily Sterne Schebesta holding her camera


I'm a multi-faceted mom, a lover of chocolate and cashmere, and a curious student of human nature.


My education as a photographer, which is ongoing, has been as much about people as it has been about the craft of making pictures. I seek to connect with my subjects as people, as well as through the lens.


I've learned not only to look for the art that can be created from light and composition, but also for the magic that resides in the shy smile of a bashful toddler, or the exuberant energy of a family at play, or group snuggle, no matter how big the babies have gotten.


I believe that love is love and 'family' can mean lots of different things. I want to celebrate in pictures what your family means to you.

I want to capture your very own kind of magic for you in beautiful photographs.
I invite you to...

..count some of your favorite photos as ones in which you are being silly / messy / grumpy / authentically YOU


..get comfortable with not every photo of you being a ‘say cheese’ moment


..get in the frame! These are the photos your kids will look back on to remember this time; you are such an important part of those memories.

I would be honored to help. Let's connect!
selfie of Emily Sterne and her two boys

My two boys: even photographers make selfies.

"I love the range of what you captured. We are really grateful for your skill in capturing us all in such a relaxed way."
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