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. 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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Butera the Florist – “Behind the Scenes”

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope you all are having an awesome day! As I look back at our Styled Bridal Shoot photos, my jaw drops a little bit more each time I view the amazing, one-of-a-kind bouquets and arrangements Vince Butera created for us at Butera the Florist. From working together to create three unique themes, colors and concepts, to having the honor of photographing him work behind the scenes in preparation of our bridal shoot – I am still SO amazed by Vince’s talent! As I am counting down the final 3 weeks until wedding season kicks off for Emerald Stone Photography, I just had to share a few more images from our amazing behind the scenes shoot with Vince that really brings his outstanding talent to life! BRIDES – BUTERA IS THE FLORIST TO BOOK FOR YOUR WEDDING!!!! 🙂 They have been in business for over 35 years, keep up with the latest wedding trends, have won several awards, receive phenomenal reviews and ratings – look no further!! You will be so happy you booked Butera for your special day.

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