I am an artist and photographer who is passionate about creating spectacular and unique images.
I received my BA from UC Santa Cruz with a focus in Art and Business in 2016. 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.
Practicing photography since 2013, I have explored nine countries and laid roots in Northern California, shooting weddings, events and portraits locally and worldwide.
In my work I aim to capture and investigate humankind’s adventurous spirit.
Send me a message, I would love to discuss your needs and see how we can work together!
When planning a wedding during a pandemic, it certainly helps when you can find professionals who not only do what you’ve hired them to do, they also go above and beyond to help make your day flow as smoothly as possible. EMILY PILLON is that sort of professional.
In search of a local photographer who could capture our simple church wedding, I reached out via Yelp. Emily’s quote was the best of all the ones I received, and she was one of the quickest to respond. When we spoke on the phone, she instantly put me at ease with her candor and outgoing attitude.
Emily not only worked closely with me to get the shots I wanted…she also had that special knack for seeing shots that I didn’t even think of. She captured our little wedding and celebration luncheon perfectly, getting all of our special moments on film…thanks to her, we have a wonderful collection of images that tell the story of our special day.
Emily was fantastic to work with from initial call to ongoing planning emails and day of. I enjoyed her laid back energy yet sharp and practical personality. Her photography had an artistic perspective which we liked, a bit less run of the mill from the other photographers we looked at. Day of, her calm yet energetic presence before, during and after the ceremony was a great addition to our wedding party. I knew she could manage the people and long list of photos with ease. We also loved our couple photo time with just us and Emily between ceremony and reception, it was comfortable to have her part of our intimate bliss as newlyweds. We are thrilled with our photos too having just received them and sorting through the hundreds (thousands?) of them. Would recommend Emily to other couples and others hosting events or celebrating milestones and seeking photos.
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!!
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!
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.
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!!
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!