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Engagement Photos // Why are they a good idea?

Hey guys!

Head on over to Catalyst Wedding Co.  My guest blog post for them just went live this morning! Engagement photos, why are they a good idea?  I tried not to ramble on for too long, but my feelings are so strong on the topic…

 

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Thanks for reading!

-Erika

Summer is over!

As we embark on the last true weekend of Summer I thought it would be appropriate to share some highlights from the coolest staff picnic I’ve ever seen! Summer is over! Let’s relive that July heat wave, here are some moments from the staff Picnic at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Sweets and treats provided by Rebel’s Kitchen , countless delicious food trucks, and a bouncy house obstacle course.  What fun!

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Many of us will head out to a BBQ or Picnic this weekend, what’s your favorite way to end Summer?

-Erika

NOVA Wedding // A Beautiful Blended Family

The Summer has flown by and now the days are getting shorter, I’m not sure where the time has gone.  I’ve been dying to share this June Wedding!   I was trying to think of a good name for this wedding.  The Ceremony was in Alexandria, Portraits in Old Town, and the Reception in Woodbridge at Old Hickory   So, NOVA Wedding made the most sense! This couple entered their marriage each with a young son.  Just a year apart in age these boys, already friends are now instant brothers! The day was as much about their mom and dad as it was about them.  It was really beautiful to see the boys included in the wedding day in such a special way. The older of the two boys walked his Mom down the isle and gave a toast at the reception. The younger was his Dad’s Best Man! This is a perfect example of a modern blended family! Here is a recap of the day…

        

Wedding Day Recap // S&J

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! I’m back at it here in the office and today I am excited to share this lovely wedding day recap from S&J’s wedding. My amazing wing-woman Victoria Ruan and I had a blast capturing this wedding.  It was held at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  The day started out sunny and bright with a light breeze.  We were able to get thru portraits until we had to move the party indoors.  But, you know what? It was great because S&J had a great rain plan.  Their day was flawless and we even got to admire an early summer rain from the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the waterfalls.

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

 

 

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Photo Credit Victoria Ruan

Shannon and Jonathan's Wedding

Shannon and Jonathan’s Wedding

DC area natives, S&J recently moved back into the area from Australia! Not only were they surrounded by family and childhood friends but I was really impressed that many of their Australian friends made the journey to celebrate with them!

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to attend a wedding?

 

-Erika

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Engagement session // at Yards Park with beagle in tow!

Well, it’s been a few weeks since my last post.  We need to catch up! My super busy season is underway and off to a great start.

Today I am delighted to share a really fun engagement photo session from about a month ago.  On an early Sunday morning Holly and Michael, and their adorable little Beagle named Sprocket met up with me at The Yards Park next to the Nationals Baseball stadium (They are huge fans!).  We walked the dock, fetched sticks, and had a wonderful time! Here’s a peek…

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I can’t wait for Holly and Michael’s wedding this fall!

 

-Erika

Locals Only // Hyattsville, MD Engagement Session

Often I leave my business cards on bulletin boards at cafe’s. It’s not very often that I get a call from one that I have left.  Almost weekly I tack up my card over at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Vigilante. A few months ago Meghan and Marshall, who also enjoy Vigilante gave me a call. They saw my card, and they were in search of a wedding photographer! We met at guess where…. our favorite coffee shop!  We hit it off and the rest is history.

These two are getting hitched in Baltimore this fall, so we met up for engagement photos a few weeks ago, and we kept it local!

We started at sunrise in Magruder Park with the couples pup, Booker.  We ended the morning with a hot cup of coffee over at Vigilante.  We had a second meet up a few days later at their home.  M&M make homemade pasta on weekends, YUM.  We ended the evening over at Union Market where the couple enjoys visiting the Rappahannock Oyster Bar .

Here is a look at the highlights…

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Where are some of your favorite local neighborhood spots?

-Erika

 

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Sunrise Hike on the Billy Goat Trail // Great Falls Engagement

A few months ago I met with Meghan and Ryan and we chatted about their wedding and what they wanted to do for engagement photos.  I always like to have the engagement photos reflect the couples personalities and I love to include hobbies they enjoy together.  Meghan and Ryan didn’t even have to think about it, they both love to hike.  They suggested we have the photo session on the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls. A lot of people like to hike this trail so we set out there before the sun and had the rocks to ourselves!  Here are some of the highlights…

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What kind of adventures do you take part in on the weekends?

 

-Erika

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Everything’s BLOOMING // DC Engagement

Happy April, Everything is BLOOMING! The Cherry Blossoms have come and gone here in DC.  We have had no shortage of wind and rain the last few weeks but, two weeks ago we had a perfect evening.  I met Shannon and Jonathan over in Eastern Market where we went on a stroll and then we ventured off to Georgetown where we walked along the EMPTY C&O and then along the waterfront where we witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets and a FULL MOON!

Here is a look at our adventure…

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Where are some of your favorite spots in DC?

-Erika

A wild Trip out WEST // Recap

Hey There!

In mid March I had a photoshoot out in Los Angeles.  The trip lined up with my Husband and I’s first year wedding anniversary. So we made a big trip out of it.  I flew out to LA for my shoot and then we both met up the next weekend in Vegas! Here is a recap of our travels…

I flew into LA on March 9th to cover the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.  Here is one of my favorite shots from the conference.

I had a free day to go explore and took my friends advice and spent the day in Long Beach.  Of course it rained all day, so I explored the Aquarium of the Pacific..

Around 6pm the rain cleared and a there was a beautiful sunset, I drove to the beach where I found this interesting car… or golf cart? Once I walked onto the beach I saw a few kite surfers, I had never seen kite surfing in real life, I was mezmorized!

 

The next day I flew to Las Vegas where I met Stephen (He flew from DC to meet me for our vacation.)

This was the only photo I took in Vegas with my real camera 🙂

After 3 nights in Vegas we rented a one way car and drove to the Hoover Damn, and on to the grand Canyon from there.

I think these girls took the day trip from vegas. You can’t really see it but there are posing with their selfie stick, on the edge of the canyon…

We spent the night at the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation.  This is a view of our cabins and the guests circling around the campfire.

The next morning we watched the sunrise and then got an early start on our drive to Joshua Tree, CA. Here’s a view from the middle of the Mohave Dessert. We also hopped on historic Rt. 66 for a few miles.

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We spent the night in Joshua Tree and then headed to LA the next day.  We did the Santa Monica Pier at Sunset.

It might sound like we had a busy hectic trip with all the driving and flying but it really was relaxing. I got to recharge my batteries so to speak before the busy event and wedding season begins!

 

What’s the best trip you’ve been on recently?

2016 Wedding Season // Kick off!

Last Friday I kicked off my 2016 wedding season with Lili and Brian.  These two eloped in the morning and met me down by the White House after lunch for portraits.  We walked around Lafayette Park and then ventured into the Renwick Gallery.  After learning about these two and their interests I suggested a few locations and we decided that the Renwick’s current exhibitions would make the perfect backdrop.

These two both enjoy nature and the outdoors but, being early March we didn’t have too many options. Thankfully the Renwick encourages photography! We braved the crowds and came out with a nice set of portraits!

Here are a few highlights…

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Lili & Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

The Bride, who knows an awful lot about bugs ended up giving an educational tour of the room in her wedding gown!

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

Lili and Brian

If you could have your portrait taken in an art gallery which one would it be?

-Erika