Hello, I'm Emily

Photographer // Mother // Baby lover



Each and every time my clients choose me to photograph their important people, their memories, I am truly honored. I spend my working days adventuring around the Bay Area, photographing families. I love building lasting relationships with my clients! Each and every family I photograph is gorgeous, unique and one-of-a-kind. I welcome all families, and many of my clients have truly become friends in the over 15 years I’ve been photographing them!


I married my husband at a vineyard in Windsor, with a bluegrass band, oysters, a “wedding cake” pinata, and tons of dancing! With our two daughters we love to cook meals together, read everything we can get our hands on, and play card games, checkers, and chess until bedtime. I love going on bike rides with the girls, and letting them lead the way! I’m a tenacious nature lover and I like to think that this same quality shines through in my dedication to my craft. Being creative is something I love equally, and photography brings me joy.

Fun things about me...
~I had both of my children at home.

~I enjoy gardening and cooking lovely meals with the vegetables we grow. Gardening is both rewarding and delicious!

~My one and only career has been as a photographer! I opened up shop in 1999, in San Diego.

~I love to dance. Last year I took a hip-hop dance class, and was the only adult in a class of teenagers. I ended up doing a headspin, so how cool is that?!

Please reach out and say hello - I’d love to hear from you!

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Photography by Emily Payne

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San Francisco

Newborn Photographer