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hi! i’m emily!

I am the founder and owner of Emily Rau Photography, a full-time, Central Ohio based family and newborn photography business. A little about me… My family and I live in Lancaster along with a slew of fun farm animals. I'm obsessed with antique shopping, iced coffee, tacos, sunsets, and basically anything animal related! I love renovating and decorating our 1920's farmhouse, binge watching Fixer-Upper, and of course spending time with my kiddos!


Speaking of being a mom, I launched my professional photography career in 2016 after being inspired by the incredible, amazing, life changing experience known as first-time motherhood. The moment my son was born ignited a desire in me to preserve all of the special details of his babyhood, and that desire organically grew into a passion to provide the same thing for other mothers and fathers just like me… Parents, acutely aware that quality photographs are the closest thing we have to a time capsule.

Since 2016, I have been mentored and educated by some of the best newborn photographers in the world, and am proud to reflect that same level of detail and quality in my beloved Central Ohio area. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph over 600 sessions, as well as receive multiple international awards and recognitions for my work, including being featured in Parents magazine! I proudly operate the only commercial newborn photography studio in the downtown Lancaster area, and am constantly working to provide a better experience for each family who walks through my doors.

At the end of the day, my goal is simple: to create a laid-back and comfortable experience where families can be themselves, to capture each baby and family just as they are, to serve them to the best of my ability, and share Jesus’ love in a practical and tangible way. Over three years and several hundred sessions later, not a day goes by where I am not incredibly thankful for this amazing career, and the opportunity to serves families during such a special stage of their lives.


• For Families •

I believe in using laughter, fun, and play to accurately capture the heart and soul of your family connection, creating gorgeous, genuine images with unparalleled quality that you will be able to pass down for generations. Whether in your home or outdoors, I love candid images where we can capture your kiddos being themselves! Sunsets, vintage quilts, kisses, and giggles are a common theme in my work.

• For Newborns •

I combine my knowledge for newborn safety with posing expertise in order to achieve beautiful, timeless portraits of your little one. My thoughtfully planned professional studio is full of gorgeous props, wraps, bonnets, designer outfits, and backdrops in every color, and even boasts a beautiful natural light space that is absolutely perfect for lifestyle images. Knowing very well what its like to be a new parent, I have designed everything about the newborn portraiture experience with your family's comfort and convenience in mind, and provide everything so all you need to bring is that perfect baby!