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Hi! I'm Emily.
Wedding Photographer in the Okanagan, BC

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Emily Hatter: Vernon Wedding Photographer

Let's take a walk and take some photos! My name is Emily, and I'm a photographer based out of Vernon, in the Okanagan valley, BC. I'm also a high school art and English teacher, a hobbyist potter and painter, a nature-lover, wife to the best guy, and mama to 2 beautiful kids. 


I'm an observer, I'm an artist, and I'm nostalgic. I read, recently, a quote by Brene Brown. It said, "Joy comes to us in the ordinary moments." Take a second to revel in that bit of truth! More often than not, when I think of my happiest memories, the moments I think of are not big, crazy, or eventful. They are not perfect. They're things like: sipping hot chocolate with my kids in our messy living room, or watching them run wild at the park. Or lying in a hammock looking at the stars, or smelling coffee in the morning at my grandparents' house. I'd love to get to know you, and to help you capture memories from your life exactly as it is right now. The tiny moments, the quiet moments, the big, loud, life-changing moments- they all deserve to be celebrated, and the memories preserved.

A few tid bits about me, and what to expect from our photo session:

1) THE EXPERIENCE. I want your photo experience to be the most fun you've had in a while. My goal is to get you laughing, dancing, cuddling; when you leave our session, your cheeks should physically hurt from smiling. I want you to feel even more in love with yourself and your people by the end of our photo experience. 

2) DARK ROOM ROOTS. I was born and raised in the Okanagan, BC. In high school I fell in love with black and white darkroom photography, and an old Pentax 35mm film camera that belonged to the school art room. I spent time in the darkroom at lunch and after school, excited about the tonal range of a photo, or crying over a roll of film that was accidentally exposed to light prematurely. 

3) ART, EDUCATION & EDUCATION IN ART. During my post secondary journey, I spent some time in a Fine Art degree, dabbled in 2-D media; painting and film/darkroom photography. I made a last minute switch to a major in English, and ultimately graduated with a BEd; a high school and middle years English and Art teacher. I've taken my photography from film to digital, but my love for capturing moments remains the same. I'm an artist; along with being a photographer, I'm also a potter and a painter. 

4) ADVENTURE. STILLNESS. I love hiking, back-country camping in the alpine, (want to get married in the mountains? Hey, I'll be there to capture some mountain magic!) painting, making pottery and doodling. I love rainy-day road trips, sitting by the ocean and I love Oat-milk Chai Lattes at my favourite coffee shop. It's important to me to balance the noise with stillness. I believe in practicing mindfulness and gratitude, and finding equilibrium and healing in nature.

5) ABOVE ALL, FAMILY. I love my family; my husband and my babies. They are my heart, and the reason I'm driven to do what I love!

6) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PRESENTI want to encourage my clients to let go of expectations going into sessions with me. Forget what you think you should look like, how you think your kids should act or what they should do. Let them be wild, let them be exactly as they are; one day you'll want to remember your life and your family as it was in this moment, at this time. Let go of how you think your photos should look, enjoy this time with your special people and allow yourself to be present. The natural moments will be where the magic happens and the results will be beautiful!

I love taking photos of it all; all of it. Because often what you think of as ordinary is the MOST beautiful.

Emily Hatter: Okanagan Wedding Photographer
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