Emily Steele Photography

Who am I?

I’ve got 2 young boys who grow older every day, despite my pleas for them to stop.  I love to bake, scrapbook, and be generally crafty.  I hate cleaning up.  I drink diet coke like it’s going out of style, and my car radio never leaves NPR.  I love Halloween and all the fun that goes with it, and I cannot  stand snow. My favorite movies have Muppets in them.

I feel incredibly lucky that I get the opportunity, every day, to help families create images and memories that they’ll treasure for generations.


Special thanks to Jana of Simple Truths Photography for my fabulous profile image.

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SpokesMoms Wanted!

July 11th, 2012

Are you influential in your group of friends?  Involved in a lot of activities?  I’m looking for a couple of influential active women to be my SpokesMoms!

As a SpokesMom, you’ll receive a free portrait session and a free mini session approximately 6 months later.  In exchange, you’ll promote Emily Steele Photography to your friends and social groups.

To apply, click here.  Contact me with any questions.


Do You Zoku?

July 3rd, 2012

A different kind of post today – I have to rave about my new favorite product: our Zoku Quickpop maker.

We all love popsicles, but regular homemade pops lack the instant gratification everyone wants.  You mix them up, throw them in the freezer, and then you have to wait 2-4 hours before you can eat one.  Where’s the fun in that?  But the zoku makes the hours of waiting a thing of the past.  Keep the zoku in your freezer, pour in juice, and in less than 10 minutes, your pop is ready to eat!

As if that wasn’t cool enough, the possibilities with the zoku are basically endless.  We’ve done juice pops, layered pops, fruit salad pops, ice cream pops, pudding pops, smoothie pops, cookie pops, even a fish bowl pop!  And for the grown ups, you can add alcohol and make margarita pops, mohito pops, you name it!

Here’s some of our pops – milk and cookie pop, layered pop, and a fruit salad pop


We love our zoku.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and we use it almost every day.


Press Here

June 27th, 2012

We discovered this book a few months ago, and it quickly became a favorite.  It’s fun, and unlike any picture book you’ve ever seen.

Press Here by Herve Tullet

What makes this book fun is that it’s interactive!  Not like those annoying cartoon character button books that make so much noise, but the illustrations and text cleverly makes you think that you’re making the pictures change.  Press the big yellow dot on the first page:

And you’ve made 2!

The dots multiply, change color, and move around the page, all from (or so it seems) your child’s actions.  This book amazes, makes you laugh, and gets enjoyed again and again.



The Little Prince

June 24th, 2012

Recently, I became an aunt.  Here’s a sneak peek at the little guy:


Books – Royal Reader Edition

June 6th, 2012

Today is Daniel’s last day of school for the year.  It’s a sad day.  Gone are my lone errand running times – at least until camp starts.

Daniel’s class has a very cool program – Royal Reader.  Every Friday, someone comes in – a student’s parent, grandparent, older sibling, babysitter, whatever – and reads a book or two to the class.  The kids love it.  Last Friday, I got to be the Royal Reader.  To me, as a lover of picture books, being Royal Reader is a big challenge – I try very hard to find the perfect book.  Noah was Royal Reader in March – he read one of Daniel’s favorites, Trashy Town.  My mom was Royal Reader last month and she read Z Is for Moose and The Napping House.  So, I had to do a lot of thinking to find books to read when I was Royal Reader.  The class loves books that make them laugh, so I had to find something silly.  Luckily, I was able to find a couple of great books with a big silly factor as well:

First, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.  This book is a lovely retelling of one of the old African Anansi tales.  Anansi the spider is a trickster.  He’s also very lazy and wants good things to eat without having to work for them.  Funny, and beautifully illustrated, we see how Anansi tricks his way into some treats, and gets what’s coming to him in the end.

Then we read an old classic, Caps for Sale.  Do you remember this from when you were a kid?  A cap peddler walks around town with all his wares on his head, and takes a nap when no one is buying.  When he wakes up, all his caps are gone, thanks to the monkeys in the tree above.  Then things get funny when he tries to get his caps back.

The class loved both books, and there was a lot of laughing.  (Nothing is funnier than watching a class full of 3 and 4 year olds laugh over a story.)  What are your favorite books to read aloud?


Springtime Macro

May 30th, 2012

I’m a little behind.  Here’s some macros from earlier in the spring.

This little guy was crawling on the fence when we were at my mom’s for spring break.  Caterpillars move fast!

Remember Bandit the Wonder Dog?  He doesn’t like it when he’s not on the same side of the fence as everyone else.

Dogwoods: (By the way – the dog to dogwood transition was totally unintentional)

Daniel loves dandelions.  He calls them “blow away flowers” which always makes me smile.

And this is my favorite from the day, I think:


Is there anything more fun than a big box?

May 25th, 2012

If there’s one thing my boys like, it’s a big box.  Especially one they can draw on.  Last time we were visiting my mom, they got a nice big box to play with.  And some brand new markers too!  Add in some nice weather, and it’s the perfect excuse to make a new fort in the back yard.

Wherever the boys go outside, so goes the dog, Bandit.

Whatcha doin, boys?

Even if it has boys inside, a box and markers are not as much fun as sticks.

Bandy the wonder dog loves sticks!

They’re awfully cute when they work together.




May 23rd, 2012

I’m adding a new feature to my blog.  I’ll still do a science experiment here and there (when I remember a good one), but after 9 months of those, I’m ready for a change.  So, onto my other love – Children’s books!  If you’ve ever been in my house or met my kids, you know we love books.  We have an obscene amount of books in our house.  It’s kind of ridiculous.  Noah especially is a voracious reader.

I’m going to start with our new favorite book – Z is For Moose:

This book is a riot.  The day we got it, we had to read it 6 times.  The 4 year old loved it, the 8 year old loved it.  I loved it.  We were all laughing.  This book starts off typical.  A is for Apple, B is for bear, etc.  Except on D, moose jumps ahead, and as we all know, D is not for moose.  Moose is impatient, and hilarity ensues.  Kids of all ages will love this book, even grown ups.  Check it out!



May 16th, 2012

It’s been a long time since I managed to post anything.  It’s amazing how busy spring gets!  Between spring break, birthday parties, school events and a much needed trip, I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to breathe since the beginning of April!

But I did get to photograph this little cutie.  Isn’t she adorable?

It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to photograph a baby girl!  It was nice to be able to pull out the pinks and purples again.

Curious what they ordered?  Click here to find out!


Want to Win?

May 15th, 2012

In celebration of my new Simplicity Sessions, I’m giving one away!  To enter, head over to my facebook page, and click on “Win a Simplicity Session!”  Then, get your friends to vote for you – the photo with the most votes wins!  If we get enough entries, I may even give away 2 sessions!