Andrea and Eric’s Engagement Session

Emerald Stone Photography had the absolute sweetest time photographing Andrea and Eric’s engagement shoot… literally! We met up with this adorable couple at Baugher’s Orchard in Westminster, Maryland, which just happens to be where Eric proposed to Andrea last fall.

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5 Moments that Make Photographers Cry

Weddings are happy occasions, but who among us hasn’t shed a tear or two at a beautiful wedding? Photographers are no different! Even though we have the pleasure of photographing tons and tons of weddings each year, we always get a little misty eyed when we see the love and happiness between two people, especially because we work hard to really get to know our couples far before the wedding day.

Happy criers, you are not alone. Emerald Stone has a few moments that make even the photographers tear up on the bride and groom’s big day.

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Should I get Engagement Photos?

Engagement photos are relatively new to the world of weddings, but they are a great investment that let you and your fiancé remember this special occasion in your lives. With all the busyness of wedding planning and preparations, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush and forget all these special times during your engagement. Having an engagement session is a wonderful break from all the planning and a great way to begin the excitement of your wedding day.

Emerald Stone Photography has a few reasons why you won’t want to miss out on having some incredible engagement photos taken and commemorating this beautiful milestone in your lives.

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Amy & Mat’s Engagement Session

There might not be a cuter way to start out this Friday than by sneaking a peek of Amy and Mat’s engagement session shot by Erica of Emerald Stone.

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ESP had the pleasure of being able to photograph this awesome couple at the beautiful Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in nearby Baltimore, Maryland, but it seems like these two traveled to an exotic desert island for stunning photos!

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4 Ways to Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Photography is one of the most important investments you will make when it comes to your wedding day. These snapshots in time will be cherished for the rest of your life, and you want quality, professional photos of your big day that reflect this joyous occasion where your love began. Naturally, you want to choose the right wedding photographer who will be taking these shots very carefully.

So how do you go about narrowing down photographers? Emerald Stone has just a few suggestions of things to keep in mind while interviewing potential photographers, things we like to discuss with our brides every day.

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Erica’s Story [Wk.9 Blog]

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I want to share a personal life event that has such an impact on why I cherish photography and capturing images of LOVE and loved ones. For weddings especially, you get to share one of the biggest days of your life with family and friends that you may only see once a year or once every few years. I undoubtedly see the true value in capturing every moment possible with your loved ones who are enjoying the day with you.

“Keeping your wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything I do, from how I photograph to the end result of albums and prints, I believe that a printed photograph is timeless, because sometimes, it’s all you have left.”

All photographers begin somewhere, we all have a story. We all have a reason we love photography and why we get such joy from sharing photos of loved ones with our family and friends. This is my story.

 

I was only 6 years old, nearing the end of first grade, and the night is still a blur. On this night a tragedy happened – my family and I experienced a house fire. I was so little at the time, and the only memory I have is sitting in an ambulance with my younger brother, wrapped in a blanket, watching the flames take over our house. Literally everything, every room in the house burnt – except the closet in my moms bedroom. Do you know what is so special about this closet? It held years and years and YEARS of memories. All of the printed photos and picture albums my mom cherished were tucked away in this closet. After such a tragedy had struck that night, this was all she had left.

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Me (Erica) and my Mom

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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.8] The Dream Team

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all are staying nice and cozy inside on this cold rainy day!! I have a super busy day ahead, so today’s blog will be short and sweet. Today I want to share with you a list of AMAZING vendors that I love working with. If you are still in need of the perfect vendor for your wedding day – look no further! I have created the Dream Team just for you, below! 🙂

Working with vendors who know each other and work well together can be a dream for your wedding!! Emerald Stone Photography loves working with the following venues and vendors, and has created The Dream Team to make your planning process a breeze!

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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk. 7] Behind-the-Scenes!

Happy Friday friends! Today I want to share some behind-the-scenes images of myself and my assistant/shooter Ashlie! You know how often I say I have the best job in the world? I truly mean that, and I hope it shows through our images! WE LOVE WHAT WE DO! ❤ I often hear that people want to see the face behind the camera, want an “unfiltered view.” Below are several images from weddings last year that Ashlie and I captured together. Let me first say how much I love Ashlie!!! She is an AMAZING photography assistant!!! She helps with our wedding day timeline, organization, attention to detail, gathering guests for photos, lighting, heavy-lifting (aka. photography equipment!), second shooting, and literally everything else either I or the bride/groom need. As I was going through our behind-the-scenes photos for the year, I found photos I didn’t even know she took, but am so glad were captured!

Enjoy!

Ashlie (L)    |    Erica (R)

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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.6] The Importance of Editing

Happy Friday!! Today I am going to explain some of the work flow that goes into editing engagement and/or wedding photographs, and why this process is SO important in the quality of the final images that I deliver!

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In-Camera RAW File   VS   Final Edited Image

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