We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emma, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“I am the one thing in life I can control”~ Lin Manuel Miranda from Hamilton Soundtrack

I spent a lot of time stressing out and worrying about things I had no control over. Not only is it a waste of time, but it’s exhausting. When I saw Hamilton and heard this song and that line, it clicked for me. I can make changes and guide my life where I want it to go. I can control myself, and the things I do. It’s not easy, not at all. I plan to get this as a tattoo soon!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I wont lie, when I started photography I picked up a camera and thought.. thats it.. I am great and now I am going to charge people and make $$$$. HAHAH if I only knew!
You need to continually work on your craft, better yourself, learn new things. Do not become complacent. I studied other photographers, took classes, went to photography conventions and really felt out who I wanted to be. In the end my husband and I decided branding ourself as a husband and wife team would be the best avenue for us. We balance each other in different ways and bring something to our business.
When we moved from Seattle to LA I thought It would be easy to move the business but it wasn’t and we basically had to start over, building up our LA portfolio and making ourselves stand out and memorable.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am not a party person or someone who spends a lot of time going out. I would probably go to Disneyland because who doesn’t LOVE Disney! People watch in Santa Monica and eat at Malibu Seafood Cafe on PCH which is one of my very favorite places to eat. For a Sunday maybe hit up Melrose Trading Post for some vintage/flea market shopping. With a sweet tooth like mine, id go to some of my favorite bakeries and get some cupcakes and sweets. Skiffs Cakes in Simi Valley being one of my all time favorite.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband who I share the business with. He always supports me, always encourages me to follow my heart and my dreams. We balance each other out, where I am creative he is technical and it really helps us in our business.

My peers in the photography community, Elizabeth Victoria. She and I have similar styles and pricing in our business but we dont compete with each other. We refer to each other, we give each other advice and we support each other.

Website: www.emmaandjosh.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/emma.and.josh

Facebook: facebook.com/emmaandjoshphotography

Other: TIKTOK tiktok.com/emma_photographer_in_LA

Image Credits
all photos taken by us Emma + Josh

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