I am an artist and photographer who is passionate about creating spectacular and unique images.

I come from a very creative family and started painting when I was a young child. While studying abroad in Lyon, I fell in love with the art of photography and have been devoted to this dynamic form of storytelling ever since. I received my BA from UC Santa Cruz with a focus in Fine Art and Business Management in 2016 and have been working as a freelance photographer since 2018.

I have a two year old daughter who I am entirely devoted to! My husband and I live in Alameda and we love riding bikes and going on adventures as a family. He is also a sound and electrical engineer so we often collaborate on artistic and professional projects.

In my work I aim to investigate humankind’s adventurous spirit while capturing genuine emotion. I love collaborating with my clients as much as possible to understand and capture their vision while also adding an artistic touch.

Send me a message, I would love to discuss your needs and see how we can work together.



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Emily Pillon Photography





Kayla F.

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Working with Emily was awesome! It felt so natural and I was at ease taking photos. She knew what she was doing and captured spectacular candid pictures throughout the night as well! She took fantastic pictures despite terrible weather and lighting conditions. 10/10 would recommend hiring her for your wedding! Thank you Emily!!


Spencer H.

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Emily did a fantastic Job! I somewhat planned my engagement on the Fly with about a week (or less) for her to prepare and she did a phenomenal job working with me and making me feel at ease In a part of the country I’ve never traveled to. She was able to stay in contact with me (secretly) up until about 1 min before I proposed which was a MASSIVE help. Super easy to work with, made it fun, was also very professional and I would recommend her NO DOUBT. Thanks again! You made an insanely stressful “operation” (haha) go incredibly smooth! Her photos were fabulous and turned out great! I honestly didn’t know what to expect!

Well done!!


Lynn S.

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I am not one for posing for a photograph and to be honest, if it weren’t for our families gift, would never have considered doing a photoshoot. Emily was so warm and easy and conversation flowed and I felt at ease instantly. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy our hour with her. And now, I can say, the experience is something that we will never forget and have lovely photos to prove it. Thank you Emily.

Samantha K.

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Emily is an outstanding photographer! My husband and I hired her for our outdoor maternity shoot with our first born. Booking Emily was painless, and she was extremely easy to communicate with throughout the entire process.  She suggested multiple beautiful locations to shoot. We met at a gorgeous nearby beach she suggested. To top it off Emily sent us our photos ahead of scheduled time. Overall, Emily is exceptionally professional, pleasant and creative. She is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. Book her for your next photography needs, and you won’t be disappointed!!


Emily A.

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We hired Emily for our engagement photo shoot this past weekend and I honestly cannot recommend her enough! Not only is she super polite, kind, and professional, but she is also extremely talented.

She has such an eye for detail and is fantastic at helping pose her clients. We did our photo shoot on my cousin’s property and Emily was so good at picking spots and playing with the light and surroundings.

My fiancé and I were both completely out of our element, because we had never done a professional shoot before, but Emily made us feel comfortable, confident, and natural from the start and we completely love every picture we received! On top of all that the turnaround time for pictures was quick and she was very communicative from start to finish! 10/10, highly recommend! 

Charmaine Z.
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Emily was amazing. She made my day easy and more special than I could have imagined. She’s sweet and knows what you want. She made her way around the family effortlessly. My family will definitely use her again.
Jennifer S.
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Emily captured my wedding in a way I never thought was imaginable! We had a beautiful outdoor wedding, Emily was really able to use the natural light in our favor. (I love natural light) She came early to set up and was extremely professional! Emily was easy to work with and great with my family and guests. I love the way our photos turned out and would recommend her to anyone that I knew!! Thanks again Emily you’re part of the family now!
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