Family Friday | Downtown Las Vegas Family Portraits


For the past 5 years, I have been photographing Hollie and her amazing kids (well, Bryden isn't a kid anymore!) Let me tell ya, it never gets old! I absolutely love seeing little M get sassier each year.  This year, Hollie wanted to capture a bit more of an urban vibe, so we chose the colorful walls of downtown Las Vegas for our backdrop.  I think the family's outfit choices of black with the pop of pink went really well with the overall look Hollie was going for and I can't wait to see how she uses these for her new gallery wall! 

Yearly family photos are such a beautiful tradition.  Not only do you get fresh new photos for holiday cards, but they are a such a fun way to wrap up the year!  These photos will be cherished throughout the years and serve as visual reminders to your memories.  

Hollie: thanks again for letting me share in this tradition with you and your family! Love ya! 

If you'd like to start a new tradition of your own or if it's just been way too long since you had your last family photos taken, let's chat soon and make some pretty pictures together! I still have a few openings left for family photos this year and I'd love to photograph yours! Email me at jessie@theemerics to get on the calendar!  XO - Jessie

Dry Lake Bed Desert Elopement | Aideen + Stephen


In true elopement fashion, Aideen and Stephen didn't tell anyone back home their plan to travel across the globe from Ireland to the Las Vegas desert to be married. The dry lake bed was the perfect spot for them, as they wanted an intimate ceremony.  Norma, with Peachy Keen Unions, performed a beautiful and meaningful hand fastening ceremony. 

Music is a huge part of their lives so, it was only fitting that Aideen and Stephen created a wedding playlist of their favorite songs and brought it with them for their "first dance" after the ceremony.  We had such a nice time with them and are so happy were were able to capture their elopement organically.  They joy and love they had on their wedding day was so clearly evident and for them eloping privately was perfection! 

A+S: We wish you a lifetime of beautiful love, peace, and music! 

Family Friday | 50th Wedding Anniversary


We celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary this past Sunday and although our family may have recently gone through and is still currently going through some rough times, it was a day to celebrate.  It was a day to not only honor the love of two people but a time to look back on their legacy and reminisce on all their accomplishments, their travels, their hard work and determination.  It was a time to look back and really see all the lives they've touched and all the people who've shaped their lives and who's lives they've help shape too.  Fifty years of marriage is no small feat. Yes, they've had their ups and downs but they've always chosen to take on this roller coaster together! 

Our evening consisted of an early family dinner at Texas de Brazil and then when we were all stuffed beyond measure, we went to my sister's house for cake and champagne! Ok, I was the only drinking the champagne, but I'm ok with that! And in case you were wondering, my parents had Crown on the rocks and my sister chose her signature vodka tonic.  My kiddos dedicated and performed the song, La Bamba, for their grandparents.  Diego played guitar and Elysse sang the song.  They'd been practicing off and on for weeks and they did such a good job! Afterwards, we played them a slideshow my sister and I worked on all week! Going through 50 years of photos and trying to narrow them down, was hard.  In the end, we created what we thought was a pretty good trip down memory lane! We ended our evening with a little bit of kareoke, because is it even a party without some off key sing-alongs! 

Cake + Strawberries: Peridot Sweets | Florals: GJune Trades