In 2015, Emma graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BFA in Fine Arts Photography and then worked as a freelance make-up artist for five years in TV and film. She continued her studies with a Diploma in Screen and Media at TAFE NSW where she won the Chris Ebeling industry achievement award. It was during this time at TAFE that Emma discovered her passion for production design - the Masters course she would ultimately complete at AFTRS. Sweet Tooth is her graduating project.

Both Emma and Shannon completed their Masters at AFTRS at the same time. Half way into their first year, Shannon approached her with the somewhat crazy idea of recreating winter in Europe in 1780 right in the middle of the Australian summer… Needless to say, Emma was on board immediately!