About The Artist

Emily Charais {The Person}
I was born on a very cold Superbowl Sunday a very, very long time ago (at least that is what my 2 daughters would say, they are pretty sure a dinosaur was my first pet).  I am an old soul with a young heart.  I have had an incurable case of wanderlust from the very first road trip I went on as a child to Duluth.  I have been traveling ever since, and absolutely love incorporating sessions into my travels around the world.  With my husband of over a decade, and the two squirts that think I’m old in tow, I am bound and determined to see the whole world, and to experience as much life as humanly possible.   I am a treasure hunter, a food fanatic, and a life experience junkie!

Emily Charais {The Photographer}

Though the University of MN says I am a scientist (I graduated with honors and have a BA in Speech-Language-Hearing-Sciences), my heart has always been rooted in the aesthetic and design worlds.  I am completely fascinated by what makes our world visually stimulating, and inject that into my work.  By using structural elements to frame and highlight my subjects, or posing each person to best suit their facial structure, I am continuously trying to achieve the best visual result.  I am a self-taught photographer, and my work is a result of hundreds…if not thousands of hours of hard work and devotion to the craft.  My approach is similar to that of the craftsmen of old.  I believe each photo deserves to be handcrafted, and I spend a lot of time behind the scenes meticulously providing that to my clients through advanced editing techniques, session styling, and connecting on a personal level.  My clients have told me that this attention to detail makes my work feel magical, bold, and slightly quirky.


I absolutely love my clients and enjoy getting to know each of them.  Feel free to click on the “Contact Me” tab at the top and introduce yourself!


Emily Charais Photography is a leading boutique senior portrait photographer based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Emily Charais provides photography on-location around the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area including:  Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Eden Prairie, Stillwater, Marine on St. Croix, Osseo, Jordan, Minnetonka, Oakdale, North St. Paul, Mahtomedi, Taylors Falls, Woodbury, Lake Elmo, Eagan, Maplewood, Hastings, Afton, Shoreview, Mounds View schools, Arden Hills, Roseville, Spring Lake Park, Maple Grove, and many more!  Emily’s style is classic yet bold and in trend with what her discerning clients want in their photographs.

Emily Charais photography also serves select cities in Western Wisconsin such as Hudson, St. Croix Falls, New Richmond, Osceola, etc.

Emily Charais photography Specializes in:

Minneapolis and St. Paul Senior and Teen Portrait Photographer

Minneapolis and St. Paul Engagement Photographer

Minneapolis and St. Paul Family Portrait Photographer

Minneapolis and St. Paul Dance and Head Shot Portrait Photographer

Minneapolis and St. Paul Event Photographer

Minneapolis and St. Paul Child Portrait Photographer

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