Emma Dodge Hanson spent her childhood summers on Nantucket watching her grandmother, Phoebe Dunn, photograph children for her classic series of Random House books. After concentrating in photography at Skidmore College, Emma worked for a private fashion studio in London then went on to study portraiture at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Whether photographing a Nobel Laureate in Literature, a pop icon like Sheryl Crow, or a destination wedding in Vermont, New York City or Nantucket, Emma brings to her work a singular perspective and casual grace that’s both fresh and candid.
Emma's first book of photographs, SOLO, was published by Bantam Doubleday Dell and includes portraits of Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and many other musicians. SOLO received critical acclaim from magazines ranging from Billboard to Rolling Stone and People. Her second book, Faces of Layla, brings to light the lives of orphaned children in Ethiopia’s Layla House. Her work has appeared in many publications including Oprah, USA Today, Photo District News, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Her wedding photography is featured in Condé Nast's Modern Bride, Modern Bride's "Best Of" issue, Well Wed and other magazines and books. A non-profit activist and world traveler, Emma lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with her husband and two children.
"Our photos turned out more beautiful than we ever imagined. You really inspired us in so many ways." - Alicia & Bradley Z.
"It really is such a treat to relive our wedding through your beautiful work." - Emily C.
"Thank you so much for everything. Your work is astounding and I can't wait to surprise my parents at Christmas." - Reid S.
"Words can never express all of the kindness you've shown us. We absolutely adore all of our pictures. I often flip through the album that you made for us and still feel all of the love you poured into your work. Any person would be lucky to work for you." - Leah K.