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Art & Life with Emilee Van Harten

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilee Van Harten.

Emilee, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started my photography journey as a 20-year-old newly engaged interior design student. My goal was always to find a career that would allow me to express my artistic side while still giving me the freedom and flexibility to be a stay at home mom.

Photography allowed me that opportunity, and as my business has grown slowly over the last nine years, our family has too. We live a simple, country life on a little hobby farm in the same small hometown where we met in high school.

My husband is now my second shooter, and on weekends, we photograph the most beautiful, genuine people in amazing venues all over the Midwest.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer specializing in light and airy, film inspired wedding and lifestyle photography.

My goal as a photographer is to create simple, beautiful images, while engaging and connecting with people to bring out the unique personalities of my clients. It is so rewarding to capture photos filled with emotion, character, love, light, and laughter–moments that are raw and genuine.

I was inspired a few years ago by a photo of my great-great grandparents. Although it was taken at a time where most photographs were emotionless, instead they were just sitting, staring at each other smiling. It looks like my grandfather was maybe mid-joke, and they looked so happy–the photo felt timeless. Each one of my clients and every couple has a unique story. I hope that one day, the great-great grandchildren of my clients can look at photos of stories I have been entrusted with capturing and feel the same way.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice would be to not put yourself in a bubble–to diversify your work enough to push yourself to find your hidden talents and interests. However, once you’ve found that niche, don’t overwhelm yourself with the work that isn’t fulfilling. Also, one person can’t do everything. Don’t be afraid to outsource parts of your work that someone else can do, focus on the work that fuels you.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be found on my website www.emileemaephotography.com. I also keep current work and life behind the lens on Instagram www.instagram.com/emileemaephotography.

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Image Credit:
Headshot of Emilee: Mark Van Harten, All others: Emilee Van Harten

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