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Humanitarian Photography



I believe that strong images are a powerful tool to change views and opinions about the unknown.

Professional Headshots Portraits

Do not underestimate

your profile picture !

It might be quite small, on LinkedIn for example,

but it is your first possibility to make a perfect

impression on your potential client or even on your

new employer. 

Let's focus on your best professional look to make YOU stand out by showing them your confident and approachable visual personality. 

Filling the frame with your headshot will ensure those seeing your profile  to get that strong and positive first impression of you.


Personal Projects

MERGE is a series of portrait photographs, which represents families of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds within their family unit while contemplating the countless nationalities living in the UAE. A perfect example of tolerance and co-existence.

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Manuela Emmer

was born in Germany in 1971 and raised in Stuttgart.

In 2002 she started her expatriate life when she moved to the Philippines with her husband. After living in Manila, she moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2004 and is based in Abu Dhabi since 2012.


Being exposed to various new cultures, she was able to follow her sincere passion for observing humans and found photography to be her medium of conveying that passion to the viewer by creating imagery identifying and capturing their unique characteristics. Consequently, most of her work revolves around portraiture.


As a professional photographer, Manuela strives to work in the field of NGOs and charity organizations. She has the pleasure to work with global organizations like Operation Smile US. Manuela was commissioned to document their contemporary approaches in health care and education on their medical missions, thus illustrating the impact of their work through her images.


Client Feedback 

Andrew James

Business Development Manager -Maritime Systems at 


Sydney, Australia

Manuela is a wonderful photographer.

The images she captures often provide a unique insight into scenes and events. She is genuinely fascinated about people's cultures and seems to be able to capture this through her lens.

If you were to go through her portfolio of photography you would see her cultural fascination and sensitivity in the images and her stories which accompany them.  

Daniel Hughes

Chief Operating Officer - North Queensland at ExperienceCo

Cairns, Australia

Standing in front of a camera doesn't come naturally to most people.

To get consistently great photos you need to be talented in not just photography, but also have a high level of interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.

Manuela is the full package. we have used Manuela to provide all our photographic requirements for company brochures, profiles and our website.

I won't go to anyone else.

Nathalie Gillet

Content Strategist - Host of ´Emirati Stories’ podcast

United Arab Emirates

When I first saw one of Manuela's business portraits on LinkedIn, I was stunned by the quality, the powerful expression on the person's face - spent twice the time I usually spend on a profile.

After looking at her website I quickly decided that I had to have my own Manuela Emmer portrait :) She was very professional and also fun to work with. Great experience 



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They are not to be copied and/or reproduced in any way.


If you wish to use or take any images, please feel free to contact me directly by email listed on the

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Thank you !

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