Empowering You Photography

Full wedding (ceremony and reception) pricing

Prices start at $3,000

Elopement pricing

Prices start at $500

About Empowering You Photography

Emily Pastrana


I'm Emily - a Pittsburgh-based wedding photographer set on capturing intimate, joyful, authentic, & emotional photos. I want you to look back on your wedding photos not just love the way they look, but I want you to remember what the moment felt like. My hope is for you to feel the way your loved one hugged you as they gave you away, to laugh as you look back at the best man giving his speech...every captured moment has a feeling. I will do my best to stop those moments in time for you to experience forever. I am witty, goofy, sarcastic, open-minded, & honest. I will be your ultimate third wheel.

Most of my couples walk away asking if they can be our "real life friends" after the wedding. My husband and I shoot together, so two people who are madly in love will be capturing YOUR love. With us as your wedding photographers, it will be a breeze. And you'll get two new "real life friends."

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  • Engagement session
  • Image editing
  • Online proofing
  • Printing rights
  • Same-day edits
  • Second photographer

Photo formats

  • Digital


  • Digital files
  • Digital rights
  • Same/next-day sneak-peek images


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    Lily Weaver 4 days ago

    Emily is incredible. She is like no other- her work is incredible, timeless, and beautiful but the best thing about working with her is the way she makes you feel. She is the kindest, most generous and thoughtful person you will ever meet. Emily has shot my wedding, engagement session, family pictures and graduation pictures and I feel so honored she chose to capture these precious moments in my life. She has made each of these moments unforgettable because of how incredibly talented, kind and loving she is. Her work is perfect, and if I could have her shoot my whole life I would !!

  • Simply the best

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    Sarah P.6 months ago

    I simply cannot put into words how amazing Emily is. Her energy is vibrant and brings out the most genuine laughter and smiles from everyone. Not only did she take stunning photos that perfectly captured our wedding day, she also helped me get my boob tape situated, put my veil in and removed it. She makes everyone feel so comfortable and had our entire group laughing all day. She kept the timeline moving, but didn’t make us feel stressed or pressured. Communication and attention to detail are phenomenal and she sent us sneak peeks the day after the wedding and we had our full (HUGE) album a week later. I look forward to working with Emily for all the milestones in our lives. She truly has a gift.

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    Kelsey S.7 months ago

    I was lucky enough to work with Emily during my wedding day. She listened to what I requested and made us feel comfortable during the entire process. She’s on time, accommodating, and professional! I highly recommend Emily!!! She’s amazing.

  • The BEST photographer ever!

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    Colleen7 months ago

    Words cannot describe how amazing Emily & her husband (2nd shooter) are!!!! Not only are they the sweetest people and cutest couple but they are so talented!!!! Emily is such a hype woman and someone you will thoroughly enjoy rooting you on while you take photos on such an important day! We felt so at ease and comfortable with them. We had zero doubt our photos would turn out amazing and dang did they deliver!! Emily was so thoughtful with poses and understanding hesitancies I had about certain photo angles (I hate a solid side profile and of course have imo a good side lol). She made sure we were comfortable and had just enough direction for stunning photos! Emily was also so helpful leading up to wedding day with timeline, organization, and opinions on lighting & dance floor color for the best reception photos. Things that honestly are not her job necessarily but she was more than willing to hop on a call anytime and talk through things with me. Do not hesitate booking her! You will absolutely not regret it!