Established in 2006, Emma-Lee's work has been published by Kerrang! Magazine UK, The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Exclaim!, nearly every weekly magazine in Canada and has graced the covers of numerous albums.
A critically acclaimed singer/songwriter herself, Emma-Lee has become the go-to photographer for musicians seeking an artist they can truly connect with. Her sharp eye and knack for creating the perfect marriage of image and music result in standout photographs that consistently draw attention.
Although largely focused on music portraiture Emma-Lee is also available for acting headshots, editorial assignments as well as private commissions for portraiture of any kind.
Emma-Lee is currently based in Nashville but continues to work in Toronto periodically.
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
I discovered a passion for photography almost "accidentally". While I know I've always had a good eye for composition and a creative mind it wasn't until 2004 when I was given a point-and-shoot digital camera as a Christmas gift that I realized how much I loved it. Being a musician myself I have many friends in the Toronto music scene so I started taking portraits of some of them. After a few months people started e-mailing me to ask what my rates were. Eventually, I traded in my point-and-shoot for a digital SLR camera and Emma-Lee Photography was born! By following my instincts and truly caring about each project I've carved myself a little niche and a good reputation for producing strong, quality, attention-grabbing images.
"The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it's very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music. Most people's eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, they'll understand the music. So instead of having to listen to my album ten times, they'll get it the first time."
"Emma-Lee is an absolute joy to work with! Normally I find photo shoots to be a daunting process but as a fellow artist, she has a deep understanding of how to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable while capturing your character in a photograph. I would use her over and over again!"
"I worked with Emma-Lee on three shoots and she brought so much to the table creatively. Not only does she take striking shots, but she helps you realize what your own vision is, and then she stays focused on bringing that out in the images. Talented gal!!"
"Emma-Lee made me feel like I was in great hands, was open to and encouraged all kinds of creative input and ideas. She has a wonderful way of relating to the artist, made me feel at home and safe, two very important things when getting photos done!"
"Emma-Lee is formidable to the max and is a true professional. The photos she took of me were amazing and used in such press outlets like the Toronto Star."