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Fine art photography,
graphic design, & brand styling
for whatever is lovely

Arizona, Southern California
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HALLIE + ANDREW

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"WHATEVER IS TRUE,
WHATEVER IS PURE,
WHATEVER IS LOVELY,
THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS..."

Philippians 4:6-9

What makes Vera In August Photography unique? I have crafted the experience on 6 pillars: authenticity, the glow of natural light, artfulness, attention to detail, guidance & service, and ease.

Your love, your smile, your family is unique to you. Part of the Vera In August experience is feeling like yourself. I direct couples and families so that they look their best, but the moments I capture must be authentic in order to truly be YOU. Natural light brings out your natural beauty. While lots of images come in your gallery, I shoot for the ones you'll want to frame and place beside your bed or above your mantle because they merge beauty with love. Love itself is an endless form of art, so my fine art training is essential to every photo session. From composition, to lighting, to posing, I strive to show you how beautiful your life truly is.

In helping you prepare for your session, you can rest assured that the process will be easy, clear, and that I will address any questions you may have along the way. I've never had a client preface their session with "I am SO photogenic!" No one is naturally comfortable in front of a camera, and that is why I am there. I guarantee that when you receive your images you will say to yourself, "This is so US," because you have allowed me to capture your wedding day or your family in a way that is true and beautiful.

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KIND WORDS

"It'd be hard to sum up how amazing Natalie was. When we first met Natalie, it was an easy decision to make that she'd be our photographer. It was important to us to find someone who was really easy-going and fun to be around, since we knew we'd be spending a lot of time with this person! She made us feel really comfortable to be in front of the camera. When we got our photos back, we couldn't stop drooling over them! We feel so lucky to know and love Natalie and will not hesitate to have her to photograph all of our future big life events!"

KALYN + COREY

"We used Vera In August Fine Photography for our wedding and we couldn't he happier with how our wedding pictures turned out. Natalie was such a pleasure to work with and it's obvious she not only cares about her craft but also the people she works with. Her thoughtfulness & love for beauty shows through in the pictures she takes and we couldn't recommend her more!"

KAT + ANDREW

"We used Vera in August for our wedding pictures in November. Natalie did a great job in capturing the love and every single wedding detail. We couldn't be happier!"

MARCIA + JAMES

FREQUENTLY ASKED

WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
In 3 words, I would describe my style of photography as authentic, pure, and--of course--lovely. I learned to photograph using a film camera when I was 14. In an effort to avoid embarrassing myself in a drawing class, I signed up for Photography I and fell in love with the world of creativity that seemed to open up to me. I came to photography hoping there was a place for me in the art world that I so desperately wanted to be a part of, and found my match in the medium. My high school and college education gave me 8 years of technical training and 4 of those were spent in artistic training as I received by Bachelors in Arts in Studio Art from Boston College. I consider myself an artist with a camera. I want each photograph to stand alone as a piece of art, with you and your love as the subject matter. My photographs come to life through my use of natural light and I use film photography as a major source of inspiration. Take a peek at the galleries for my wedding and portrait portfolio!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I have been photographing for over 13 years, but I officially launched Vera In August Photography & Design in January of 2013.

WHAT'S IN YOUR CAMERA BAG?
This is my favorite question because I LOVE my gear! I have two digital camera bodies (a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 6D) and 5 lenses (a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 lens, a Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 USM lens, and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom lens.) My new favorite item in my bag is my medium format film camera (a Pentax 645n with a 75mm f/2.8 lens)!

DO YOU TRAVEL FOR SHOOTS?
Yes! While I am based in Phoenix, Arizona, I travel all over Arizona and California regularly for photoshoots! Need me to travel further? No prob! In fact, over the past 2 years, I have shot in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Napa, Colorado, New York City, Florida, and Cancun! If you would like more information about a destination wedding, click the inquire tab in the menu above and drop me a line!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
For portrait, engagement, and commercial shoots, you can expect to receive an email containing a link to an online gallery of your images within 2 weeks from the shoot date. For weddings, the gallery is emailed to you 4 weeks from your wedding day, and a special wedding package full of goodies is sent out after another 3 weeks!

WHY DOES YOUR WEDDING COLLECTION INCLUDE A COMPLIMENTARY ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?
I only offer one wedding package: The Fine Art Wedding Collection and I think it is just what you'll need for a full day of wedding photography--and much more! It comes with a complimentary engagement shoot for several reasons: I love to meet clients in person, help them become comfortable in front of the camera, as well as provide them some consistency in the style of their images. For those reasons and more, when it comes to your wedding day, getting photographed is a breeze! For more information on the The Fine Art Wedding Collection, click the Inquire tab on the menu above!

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DESIGN & BRANDING

Radian Photography

JESSICA RAYE
DEKKER ART

CARLOS HERNANDEZ

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"Working with Natalie of Vera in August on our logo and brand styling was an eye-opening experience for us. We began our work with her at a crucial point in our business. For the past two years, we have been photographing weddings and lifestyles, have developed a website, social media presence, an efficient workflow, and have been discovering our style, but we were at a loss for how to create a cohesive brand around what we felt we offered to clients. We lacked confidence in our brand identity and our sense of direction as a business.

Once we started working with Vera in August, we realized we had made the right decision. From the start, Natalie instilled in us a sense of assurance in our brand by pinpointing the things we were doing right and should build on. She gave us the tools we needed to bring lagging parts of our branding up to speed with the rest of our strengths as a business so that we no longer feel that we are treading water. Natalie worked hard to understand our business and style and helped us to create a brand identity to emphasize the best parts of that. We were pushed in a direction that we are genuinely excited about and that will continue to allow us to grow. Using her extensive branding knowledge, Natalie educated us about how we could communicate through our brand. This was a two-way process: Natalie sought to learn about us as much as we learned from her. She was always available to answer questions and felt like a true partner throughout the entirety of the process.

We highly recommend working with Vera in August for those who want to take ownership of their brand identity with an intentional and thoughtful designer!"


RADHIKA + IAN, RADIAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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"First off, Natalie is a beautiful person both inside and out. From the moment I met her she inspired me and that hasn't changed one bit. Natalie's creativity, energy, and sense of warmth, paired with some major design talent, is simply the best thing ever.

I highly recommend choosing Natalie for any and all of your design needs. She is a strong communicator and did a great job at focusing my vision, as it is so easy to be distracted by how many options there are.

Individuality is something we all desire and I feel that Natalie had great tools to help me focus and gain clarity for my brand. Since she has a strong photography and graphic design background, it was comforting to know she had all the best tools and talent to accomplish what I needed."


JESSICA, JESSICA RAYE DEKKER | ART

CARLOS HERNANDEZ

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"I was in the middle of rebranding my photography business but did not even know where to start. I love what I do and photography comes natural, but logos, color pallets, portfolio curation, and everything to do with branding was a bit overwhelming to me. I am so glad I met Natalie and Katie from Vera in August. Besides being kind and incredibly friendly, they are passionate about what they do and make branding seem easy. When I first met with them over video chat I knew I was in great hands. I received a lot of insight of what the whole process looks like, what to expect, and what the end deliverables would be.

I answered a questionnaire that asked things I had not even thought about before. They helped me nail down what my branding truly is. They asked key questions to know what my photography style and target clients were. They truly got to know my brand and helped me come up with a brand presence that is not only aesthetically beautiful but one that truly represents my business and my personality. The communication throughout the whole process was quick and informative. That was very important to me, in order to plan when to launch my new branding and make my new website live.

These two ladies are leaders in the industry and really know the business. Natalie has an incredible artistic eye and literally looks at every little detail to make sure the design is perfect. Katie has a well of knowledge of how to interact with people and how reach the desired clients. I am excited to apply everything I have learned and to display all of the beautiful details of my new branding. I cannot recommend the ladies at Vera in August enough. Thank you so much for all of your work!"



CARLOS, CARLOS HERNANDEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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"Natalie has been so wonderful to work with! As a new small business the idea of branding was overwhelming but Natalie's knowledge, patience & enthusiasm made it a very enjoyable experience!

From our initial conversation & fantastic questionnaire to final product-including many edits-we felt Natalie really wanted to get to know us and capture our personality individually as well as the personality of our event planning company. She was always available for impromptu conversations when we were struggling with putting our ideas into words-she listened and always came back with better then we could of imagined in terms of colors, fonts etc... Her guidance through the whole process really put us at ease the moment we saw her initial questionnaire, it was so detailed and she came back with exactly our vision, it was almost as if she read our minds.

We loved working with Natalie and would advise any new small business who wants that personalized touch that is so hard to find these days to reach out to Vera in August!"



MICHELLE + LARA, THROW THE CONFETTI

Hello and welcome to Vera In August Photography & Design! My name is Natalie Emerson and I am a fine art photographer and a graphic designer based in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been photographing for 13 years, ever since I took my first film photography class in my freshman year of high school. I had been searching for a creative outlet and immediately fell in love with the practice. I spent high school fine tuning the technical piece of photography and beginning to teach myself graphic design. I graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Studio Art. 

After college I returned to my hometown and spent a couple of years discerning over how to best follow my calling, but I always knew that it would be a mixture of business and art. I taught Art at a local Jesuit high school for 2 years, fell in love, married my husband, and finally, in 2013, Vera in August was born. 

I often get asked what I do for a living, but the far more interesting (and rare) question is "Why?" 

I photograph and design to bring light into the world. We all seek beauty, love, truth, and life, so it is up to those who see it in any given moment to share it with those around them. My goal is to find, document, and create "whatever is lovely", and I just happen to do that through photography and design. I use natural elements, minimalist principles, and a whole lot of love to make photographs and design work that go far beyond showing what my clients look like or what their companies' names are, and truly reveal who they are on a deeper and more meaningful level. 


Hello and welcome to Vera In August Photography & Design! My name is Natalie Emerson and I am a fine art photographer and a graphic designer based in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been photographing for 13 years, ever since I took my first film photography class in my freshman year of high school. I had been searching for a creative outlet and immediately fell in love with the practice. I spent high school fine tuning the technical piece of photography and beginning to teach myself graphic design. I graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Studio Art. 

After college I returned to my hometown and spent a couple of years discerning over how to best follow my calling, but I always knew that it would be a mixture of business and art. I taught Art at a local Jesuit high school for 2 years, fell in love, married my husband, and finally, in 2013, Vera in August was born. 

I often get asked what I do for a living, but the far more interesting (and rare) question is "Why?" 

I photograph and design to bring light into the world. We all seek beauty, love, truth, and life, so it is up to those who see it in any given moment to share it with those around them. My goal is to find, document, and create "whatever is lovely", and I just happen to do that through photography and design. I use natural elements, minimalist principles, and a whole lot of love to make photographs and design work that go far beyond showing what my clients look like or what their companies' names are, and truly reveal who they are on a deeper and more meaningful level. 

MEET NATALIE

Years ago, in the midst of a conversation about love and loss, the foundation for my vocation was born. My great uncle had just passed away and I sat with three of the women in my family discussing his life, his faith, and his marriage to his wife, Vera. It wasn't until years later, that I realized that Vera, Latin for “true”, represented everything I loved about photography. She loved in a way that was so pure and so holy, that even the loss of her husband wouldn't put an end to it. I saw how each step in life can be seen as the month of August: will we be saddened by the end of summer, or invigorated by the start of a new season? Will we fear change or seek the beauty in it?

The women in my family, including Vera, modeled to me how life brings loss, but it does not take away love. Reality and beauty exist together. That is what I am here to capture: beauty in all its truth. Over time I have come to understand that love is beauty in its truest form. Life is constantly changing, so I am here to capture the good, the beautiful, and the lovely in your life, so that when you need it most, love's beauty will fill you with hope.

I feel blessed to have developed a business that is centered on capturing your truths and letting you hold them in your hands. I’ve titled my pursuit for beauty “Vera in August” because I believe that there is truth in your love, there is beauty in your ever-changing life. The craft of photography and design is my vocation as much as it’s my career and I thank you for allowing me to practice it with you.

what 's in a name?

THE MEANING BEHIND
 "VERA IN AUGUST"

...anything that can be described as "juicy", "cozy", or "lovely".
...iced almond milk chai lattes.
...home cooked meals with loved ones.
...my husband, Matt.
...being pregnant and anticipating the arrival of our son!
...my family: my parents, 3 sisters, and 45 cousins.
...my faith, rooted in my Catholic upbringing and education.
...making lists of things I'm grateful for.
...making lists in general!
...finding a smokin' deal when shopping!
...making an environment beautiful.
...Parks & Recreation, Fixer Upper, The Office, and The West Wing.
...practicing yoga and going on walks.
...fixing things, using power tools, and building anything from scratch.
...finding the perfect gift for someone.

i love

GET TO KNOW ME

The Vera In August bride loves fiercely. She is authentic and real. She knows that true love is service to another. She knows that life isn't perfect, but it sure is beautiful. She has deep roots and big dreams. She finds goodness in all things. She is lovely.


THE
FINE ART WEDDING
COLLECTION

THE FINE ART WEDDING COLLECTION INCLUDES:

8 hours of wedding day coverage
Primary photographer & a second shooter
ALL HIGH-RES, EDITED images ON AN online gallery
Keepsake print box + wooden USB drive
Heirloom album
COMPLIMENTARY ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

$3500

THE FINE ART WEDDING COLLECTION INCLUDES:

8 HOURS OF WEDDING DAY COVERAGE

PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER & A SECOND SHOOTER

ALL HIGH-RES, EDITED IMAGES ON AN ONLINE GALLERY

KEEPSAKE PRINT BOX + WOODEN USB DRIVE

HEIRLOOM ALBUM

COMPLIMENTARY ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

$3500

THE
PORTRAIT
COLLECTION

THE PORTRAIT COLLECTION INCLUDES:

A OnE-HOUR PHOTOgraphy session
Location of your choice (Suggestions available)
UP TO 6 SUBJECTS
ALL HIGH-RES, EDITED images ON AN online gallery
OUTFIT + POSING GUIDANCE

$350

The Vera In August subject loves fiercely. She is authentic and real. She knows that true love is service to another. She knows that life isn't perfect, but it sure is beautiful. She has deep roots and big dreams. She finds goodness in all things. She is lovely.


THE PORTRAIT COLLECTION INCLUDES:

A OnE-HOUR PHOTOgraphy session
Location of your choice (Suggestions available)

UP TO 6 SUBJECTS

ALL HIGH-RES, EDITED images ON AN online gallery

OUTFIT + POSING GUIDANCE

$350

THE
VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY
COLLECTION

THE VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY COLLECTION INCLUDES:

In-Depth Brand Questionnaire
Brand Vision CONSULTATION
Custom-Designed Color Palette & Mood Board
3 Preliminary Custom Logo Designs 
1 Final Logo Design + 3 Rounds of Edits
Custom-Designed Alternate Logo + Submark
2 Collateral Items of Your Choice
All Final Design Files
Brand Style Guide

$3600

*In addition, Ideal Client, Portfolio Curation, and Client Experience consulting services are available.

THE VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY COLLECTION INCLUDES:

In-Depth Brand Questionnaire

Brand Vision CONSULTATION

Custom-Designed Color Palette & Mood Board 

3 Preliminary Custom Logo Designs 

1 Final Logo Design + 3 Rounds of Edits

Custom-Designed Alternate Logo + Submark
 
2 Collateral Items of Your Choice

All Final Design Files

Brand Style Guide

$3600

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or give me a call at 760.799.9169.

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