portrait by: Michael Gomez

Emily Birkeland

Photography has been in my family for over a hundred years. In 1905, my great- grandfather Thomas Birkeland opened up his first photography studio in North Dakota. What he didn't know then was that he had created a legacy that would inspire and shape the next three generations of our family to come. 

I first fell in love with photography when I was 15. At first it was landscapes, followed by self-portraits, but I found that what I loved most was taking pictures of people, just like my great-grandfather! Capturing the very heart and soul of someone in a photograph is my driving force. In 2010, I was invited to shoot my first wedding, and since then wedding photography has become a major part of my life. There is nothing quite like holding witness to the joining of two people who love each other.  To be entrusted to photograph that kind of unconditional love is a privilege, and something that I am absolutely honored to do. 

Nothing inspires me more than being able share the gift the great-grandfather passed down to me, the opportunity to capture the most beautiful and genuine moments of a person’s life. 



Fun Facts about Me:

When I’m not working - you can find me binging classic tv shows (and by classic tv, I definitely mean shows like: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, & I Love Lucy) and film, going for a run, rocking my favorite Birkenstocks, buying out all the Watermelon Wonder kombuchas at Trader Joe’s, or hanging out with my boyfriend, Daniel.

I’m half Mexican! My mother was born and raised in Mexico, and did not immigrate to the U.S. until she was 9 years old. She and I love to travel throughout the western and central states of Mexico together every year collecting pottery and eating as many shrimp tacos and chile rellenos as we can. However, when we’re at home, we’re gobbling up tacos de carnitas and chicken sopes at King Taco. (Salsa Verde all the waaaaaay.)

I am 100% an outdoors kind of gal. My family used to drive cross-country to visit our family in Minnesota when I was a kid, and I fell in love with the National Parks and landmarks along the way. I am always up for an adventure, and I am working every day towards making less of a carbon footprint on our environment! Currently, my goal for this year is composting all applicable food waste at home and severely cutting down on single use plastics.

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