Heirloom photographs for the stargazers and hopeless romantics. Ether & Smith specializes in documenting fleeting memories with a curated and editorial eye. Forever inspired by light and life's alluring mysteries.

California + Destination Wedding, Elopement, and Portrait Photographers


The medium supposed by the ancients to fill the upper regions of space. Mysterious and unknown element. Symbolizes what inspires us; existing and living as an observer in a strange and curious world. Also a reference to one of Emma's favorite videogames, a potion that replenishes a character's magic.

A reference to our last name, 'mcgowan', which derives from the gaelic word, 'gabha', meaning 'smith'.

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Rudy & Ryan

Of all the vendors I worked with she is hands down the most organized and professional. She is such a good business person, but on top of that she's so warm and friendly! The photos are GORGEOUS and just filled with so much love and happiness. This is more than I could have wished for our wedding.

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Sue & Don

During our wedding, our bridal party and family even mentioned how nice our photographers were and how they made them feel so at ease taking photos. She captured every detail, every emotion and we are truly thankful that we get to relive the day each time we look at our photos.

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Ailynne & Derek

Emma was the one vendor I never had to worry about during the entire wedding planning process. We love all of our wedding photos and could not be happier with how they turned out. Emma went above and beyond our expectations and we highly recommend her to any couple looking for dreamy and romantic wedding photos.

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Tiffany & Alexandre

We went through hundreds of photographers and hundreds of hours of research to find the perfect match, and we're glad we found Ether & Smith. They were spectacular and very reassuring when it came to our requests and desires on our wedding day. Everything looked ethereal and heavenly.

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Wedding Day Storytelling, with an editorial and cinematic approach, in a fine art aesthetic.