In these days of easily accessible plane travel, Emily Merrill feels honest and diplomatic in saying that her heart is with the east coast and her home is in California. She has a voracious appetite for traveling and discovering stories. It is an obsession that fuels her photography. She's based in San Francisco, a city of such wonderful diversity that walking a few blocks on any given day can be considered an adventure. She also loves the adventure of visiting places that she's never been. The new experiences and people she encounters are the inspiration of her work. Shooting a lifestyle advertising campaign is every bit as exciting as photographing the moments of marriage ceremony or taking a portrait of an expecting mother. They are all stories waiting to be retold in a beautiful image.