Hi there, I'm Gillian.

I am the Founder and Creative Director behind Emitha. I currently live in Buffalo, New York where our base of operations is located. I can usually be found with my laptop in one hand, my 7-month-old son, Roman, in the other and a cup of vanilla tea in...my third hand...?

In 2014 I started my first website design business that catered to musicians, artists and small businesses. Fast forward 47 websites and 4 years later and I bought my first DSLR camera and dove head first into photography, which quickly became a staple of my services.

Today, I have helped over 100 clients, survived 1 pandemic and given birth to one human and one new company - Emitha. 

Meet Us

We specialize in artful media creation, branding and management for artists and creative businesses.

Gillian Riesen

FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Gillian is passionate about beautiful design and even more beautiful photography. She is the proud mother to the cutest baby boy in the world, has a DMA in Opera Performance and is a huge fan of lame dad jokes, close-up magic and her two cats, Chester and Cookie. When she's not designing or on a shoot, Gillian enjoys cheesy sci-fi movies and eating all the chocolate she can lay her hands on.  

John Riesen

PR & PROMOTION MANAGER

Are you a musician? Then John is your guy. He's a wizard with marketing and ads on Spotify and YouTube, churning out engagement strategies and playlist pitching like no one else. He is also a proud father to the cutest baby boy in the world and is an actively performing tenor in opera and musical theater. John plays baseball in his spare time and is a huge fan of chicken wings. 

Evan Snyder

COPYWRITER

Evan likes to say that his "lexicon waxes verbose", (whatever that means). A magician with the English language, Evan makes sure that every word on every page of content is beautifully crafted and thoughtful. Outside of the written word, Evan is an award-winning classical composer having written several operas, instrumental works and worked with some of the industry's leading talents. He's truly the smartest guy we know. 

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