Emily grew up in Niwot, Colorado and Pullman, Washington. Her love of nature began as a child during family vacations spent hiking, camping and exploring the mountains and deserts of the west. In contrast to her outdoors interests, Emily pursued an intensive young career as a classical violinist, culminating in degrees in history and music performance at the University of Washington.
Seeking a breath of fresh air from concert halls and stuffy classrooms, she returned to the roots of her childhood through an internship as a park ranger at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. A summer’s job became a life’s passion, and since 2005 Emily has worked at ten National Parks across the west. As a naturalist, she shared her love of wild places with visitors at the Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Organ Pipe Cactus and Haleakala. She has also worked in the backcountry as an EMT and wilderness ranger patrolling Big Bend, Zion and Yosemite. In 2008 Emily arrived at a park which would forever change the direction of her life: Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska. Through five seasons of work as an Alaska ranger naturalist, Emily fell in love with southeast’s vibrant ecosystem, dynamic landscape and thriving coastal communities. During her time working as a park ranger, Emily discovered the joy of photography.
Emily uses photographs to capture the beauty and essence of nature and promote the protection of wild places. She began work as naturalist and photo instructor for Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic in 2013 and has worked on ships throughout the world. Emily is also a freelance writer focusing on environmental issues. Her articles and photos have appeared in Alaska, National Parks, Sierra, Orion, Landscape Photography Magazine, and others.

Interested in purchasing a print for your home or office?  Please contact Emily at emilymountphotography@gmail.com for details.