The Emily Fortune Photography Journey

Sometimes I get a little jealous of people that chose a career path early in life and just knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. That hasn't been the case for me. I'm either really passionate about learning lots of new things, or I am severely indecisive. Maybe a mixture of both. Either way, my path to becoming a photographer has not been a straight one.

I grew up in the beautiful rural mountains of Virginia, went to college in Charleston, SC, and then left the beach to return to the mountains, only this time in Asheville, NC. I have now been in Asheville for over 12 years. I moved here with only what would fit into my little sedan at the time (not much). I worked in medical billing, then left that stability to become a freelance writer. I mixed in teaching ESL to students in China and became a nanny to my nephews. But it was when I had my children that my love of photography really took hold.

My husband and I have two of the most amazing children ever (I am not biased or anything). But seriously, when my son was born I was so overwhelmed by every little detail, and how quickly time seemed to pass. I became a bit obsessed with capturing every little moment that I could with my camera, afraid that I would forget how tiny those toes were or how chubby those thighs were.

My photography has changed over the years. I have spent countless hours trying to define my style and learn as much as I could about editing and the art of photography, but my why has never changed. My why will always be family, and even though they don't always appreciate me pulling out my camera, I know that down the road we will treasure these photos and remember these fleeting moments.

I am so excited to be able to provide this to other families. It is easy to get wrapped up in the everyday chaos, but taking a moment to capture it all is truly priceless.