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"This incredible woman (whom I am so blessed to call friend) made all our dreams come true by shooting our engagement photos. She is such an incredible photographer. If you want someone who will capture the essence of your engagement or wedding and make you feel comfortable and at ease while doing it, she's your gal. And the photos are breath-taking! I cannot say enough good things about Emmy Gaines and Searching for the Light Photography. Wow. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!"

- Riana | Colorado

See more from Riana's winter engagement session here.

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"Searching for the Light photographer Emmy Gaines is a true professional. She did wedding photos for my husband and me and they came out spectacular. What I really appreciated was Emmy's experience. She knows what looks good and also works with you for your best to really come through. She made the whole experience so much fun for everyone and on top of the gorgeous photos she produces, she is on top of communication and quite organized. We hope to work with her again and I will definitely be recommending her to everyone."

- Christen | Colorado

See more of Christen's photos here

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"Emmy was wonderful! We didn't know her before our wedding, but we love our pictures, and we are super grateful we found her. She's very artistic, talented and professional. Her prices are great, and the overall experience was exactly what I was looking for. She is very thorough and has an eye for exceptional shots. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great photographer."

- Colette | Colorado

See more from Colette's engagement and wedding here.

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" I love Emmy's kind spirit during the sessions, allowing for us to be ourselves and capturing those moments as they occur. Emmy is easy to work with (some photographers can be intimidating and pushy). She is timely in responding to emails and questions"

- Curry Family | Colorado

See more from the Curry's family session here.

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"These should be in a magazine!"

- Weber Family | Minnesota

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"I searched around for about 3 other photographers before I met Emmy with Searching for the Light. Other photographers felt so formal and really out to get our money. However, Emmy gave my fiancé and I this hope of comfort from the moment we sat down and had our couple interview to the very last second of our engagement session. She took the time to get to know us and was so genuine about it. When we took our engagement photos in the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM Steven and I had so much fun we forgot she was even taking pictures. Once we saw the edits we wanted them ALL! Her gift is obvious through the beauty she captures in her personalized photography bliss. She naturally blends into the scene. I highly recommend Searchinf for the Light. Not only is she gifted but her faith in the Lord is just an addItive bonus! We were truly blessed to find her! We can't wait for the wedding :)"

- Christina | New Mexico

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" Emmy was wonderful to work with. She is easy going and has an amazing eye for capturing that perfect family photo. My Husband and have a blended family with five kids between us. So, we choose to make our engagement shoot a family afair. Emmy had great ideas for the kids to do. Such as play with chalk writing and bubbles. She made it a wonderful experience for us all! On our wedding day, she shot all the pictures we asked for and then some! My biggest complaint is, I can't choose which ones I like best!!!! It was also important to us that we had a Christian photographer. We felt blessed to have Emmy at our wedding and wittiness the beauty of all God can bless in a new beginning. Many many thanks to Emmy!!!"

- Tracy | New Mexico

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" When we decided to elope, we knew that getting excellent photographs was super important. We browsed a lot of websites and contacted many photographers, but Emmy at Searching for the Light was totally our speed. She understood our aesthetic and offered packages that matched our needs. Working with her on our wedding day was a breeze and I highly recommend her!"

- Elise | New Mexico

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" I had a great experience with Searching for the Light! They shot my wedding ceremony and reception at the Hotel Albuquerque and Hotel Andaluz, and did an amazing job! I was so impressed with the research and work put into meeting with my coordinators and making sure everything was in place for my big day! I didn't have to worry about getting the pictures I wanted because she knew exactly how to make us look great! :) Loved working with them, so professional and easy going!"

- Caitlin | New Mexico

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" The photos are masterpieces! My daughter and her fiancé chose Emmy as their photographer for their wedding in July of 2010.  During the wedding, I do not remember once seeing Emmy or posing for her.  As I look back on that, I like that very much, how invisible she was to the event.  Some photographers are so forceful and in charge that THEY become part of the ceremony.  Not Emmy, very quiet and retiring, letting events happen and just there recording what happened.

When we got those pictures, I marveled at how Emmy had captured my Paula and the love she has for Reed.  Right there, in black and white, or sepia or full color---no hesitation, no holding back.  My daughter is a very reserved person and to see her so happy, so in love.....well, it brings a joy to my heart that is hard to say with just words.  You have to see my face and hear my voice and watch my hands.  Emmy, you are a wonder!

The quiet drama of the bride and groom pictures make me so happy to look at.....so interestingly lovely.  I love the way Emmy looks at a subject and the way it feels as if she just happened to be there and just happened to take that picture.  Talent like that often looks so easy but I know it is not, much thought and planning goes into works of art.  Emmy is an artist....just let her take your picture, and you'll see."

- Rhonda | Minnesota

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" I was very impressed with the artistry of Searching for the Light photography for my son and daughter-in-law's wedding. Emmy captured many special moments as well as the personalities of the couple. The picture album/book she created for the mother of the groom from the wedding photographs was better than I imagined it would be. I have had so many complements on how unique the album is and will cherish it always."

- Denise | Arkansas

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"My wife and I had Searching for the Light cover our whole wedding last July and everything turned out fantastic. We couldn't have asked for a more professional or more joyful photographer to join us in our big day. I'd say check out the website. We did, and what you see is what you get. A ton of differrent styles and easy to talk to about exactly what you like. It was kind of crazy for a while, but we kept getting compliments on our photos from people we hardly even know. Maybe that speaks for itself. We love our photos, many thanks! "

- Reed | New Mexico

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" My experience with Searching for the Light Photography was very pleasant and enjoyable. When Emmy was taking the photos she was able to get great pictures without being in the way of anyone or the ceremony. Emmy was very polite & professional in every way. Emmy took photos that were extraordinary and eye catching. She was able to capture not only the event, but also the joy. The photos were life changing and captured moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. The photos that were taken will be able to be passed down for the memories for generations to come.

Searching for the Light as a whole was an admirable company to hire for my photography needs. I have some friends that want to hire Searching for the Light Photography for their photography needs. They are even willing to hire Searching for the Light to travel & take the photos due to the high quality, professional, innovative photos that were provided."

- Steven | Colorado

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" The wedding was photographed in a very professional manner, and was unobtrusive to the flow of the event. The photographer was able to capture the essence of the wedding day and the personalities of the bride and groom.The photos were creative and beautifully composed using a variety of vantage points, while artistically blending the elements of nature to enhance the subject. The photo gallery was available for viewing very quickly after the event, and the customer service to place orders was excellent.  I would recommend Searching for the Light Photography to anyone looking for quality photos that are artistic, creative and unique. Customers will appreciate having a photographer who creates a pleasant comfort level, is efficient with time, and works hard to provide the best outcome for the client."

- Marilyn | Minnesota

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"My fiancé and I had a very particular vision for our wedding invitations but only two weeks to design, print, and ship them. While searching for a local graphic designer, we were referred to Emmy by an acquaintance. I emailed back and forth with Emmy several times, sharing my concerns with her (namely, that the bulk of her work is in photography, and we were in need of a graphic designer). Emmy’s responses were gracious and prompt, and ultimately her professionalism contributed to our decision to proceed. The first time we met with Emmy in-person to go over all the details was on 4/22/13. She had already developed a proof based off the minimal ideas we had shared with her. Although the design didn't align with our vision, we were assured of Emmy's skill level and work ethic. She asked us detailed questions to better understand our vision, and on 4/24/13 (only 2 days later!) she had a new proof ready for us, which was very close to our vision, including some wonderful, creative ideas Emmy had incorporated. We were very pleased! We met in person again to modify some small details, and on 5/2/13--only 10 days after our first meeting--we picked up the final product. Emmy professionally and warmly kept us updated on the progress, strove to understand and bring our vision to life, assisted us with ways to keep the project within our budget, and ultimately delivered an incredible product with an impressive turnaround. The result? Our friends and family have raved to us about the invitations, hailing them "officially the coolest invitations [they] had ever received!" And to set Emmy apart even more, she works with a profound sense of integrity. When our printed invitations arrived, she noticed that one section of the typography was printed over a fold--a minor error on behalf of the printing company. Though this mistake was not her own, Emmy gave us a 10% discount, furthering demonstrating her commitment providing the highest level customer service. I would personally recommend Emmy and her work to anyone in search of a talented, trust-worthy graphic designer. We are so thankful we were able to work with her. Sincerely, Alex Priebe & Abby Misic May 19, 2013"

-See more of Alex & Abby's invitation go here

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" Emmy with Searching for the Light was very professional and fun to work with! Her style is very unique and all the photos were stunning."

- Erin | New Mexico

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