June 20

Tonight I wanted to write something kind of special that is near and dear to my heart.  For those who don’t know me well, I was very close to my dad.  As a matter of fact, from the age of 11, my dad raised me as a single parent. A lot of my upbringing has been mainly unconventional, but regardless of my unconventional upbringing, I was daddy’s girl.  It’s been sixteen years, since my dad passed away, but I still carry so many great memories of him.  He taught me how to fish.  He encouraged me to play sports. He wanted me to travel and see the world. He even gave me my first camera.  It wasn’t until after I graduated that my dad and I were beginning to be friends.  Unfortunately, due to his declining health, our friendship was very short lived.  Looking back, my dad tried his best to stay connected with me, spend time with me, and, at times, really try to hear me  when most of the time, as an angry teenager, I would try to push him away.  He was persistent. icon smile //FATHERS DAY//

I’m really, truly grateful for having grown up with a father who was present for me.  I know it wasn’t easy to raise a child on his own, let alone a girl, and I know he did the best with what he had.  Lucky for him, I wasn’t as big of a jerk as I claimed to have been to him. But because of my dad, I really did have a solid understanding of what it means to unconditionally love someone, and, because of him, I learned to be empathetic towards others.

People have asked who is Emery in regards to the name of my business.  Emery is my dad.  I love being a photographer and I love my dad.  When I first started my business in 2006, I knew I wanted to honor him and be a representation of him.  They best way I knew how was carrying his name with me.  In my eyes, my dad represented Love. I have a great deal of love for my work.  I have a great deal of love for the people I meet and photograph.  I know that my photographs are for the love my clients have for those who are near and dear to their hearts.  It’s an honor to have my dad’s name be the headline of my business and it’s an honor to photograph the amazing and courageous people I meet, and I don’t regret for keeping the name as my business has transitioned over the years.

There are times I dreadfully miss him. However, I learned recently that he’s been with me this whole time.  He’s never actually left.  Knowing that, my heart feels full again….not that it’s really ever empty but it’s that feeling of wishing he was here that I realize he really is here.  I know my dad is proud of me and I know, as he has always done, love me unconditionally.

From my dad and I to all of you who are still Daddy’s girl …. and Daddy’s boy, Happy Father’s Day!



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  • Leslie Such

    What a sweet tribute to your Dad. You are so lucky to have had such a relationship with your father.