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.


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! <3 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!


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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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.4] Kayla & Jack’s engagement

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week, and I’m sure everyone is ready for the weekend! Does anyone have any fun plans?! Emerald Stone Photography just moved this week (still local to York, PA) and we have a ton of unpacking to do this weekend! We’ve been crazy busy all week with the move, but unpacking and personalizing our space will be so fun! 🙂 We are now located in Manchester, PA!! And LOVE it here. Something REALLY awesome – there is a gorgeous wedding venue right down the street from our new place called Historic Shady Lane. I’ve never been so close to such a stunning venue!! I can see a blog on this wedding venue in my near future. Have any of you ever been??

This week I am blogging about a Super cute couple, Kayla & Jack! Last week, on that very beautiful warm & sunny February day, we photographed their engagement session in downtown Frederick. It was such a great afternoon hanging out and getting to know this beautiful couple. We had a ton of laughs, and captured some really special moments between these two. Below I have highlighted some of our favorite images from their session. I cannot wait until their wedding day in May! It’s coming up So fast!! <3

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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.3] Saying YES or NO to a First Look

Happy happy BEAUTIFUL Friday everyone!! I can’t believe this gorgeous weather in February! Even better, I get to shoot an amazing outdoor engagement session in downtown Frederick today in this weather! 🙂 So excited!

Today I am blogging on First Looks. I have so many bride-to-be’s ask me the question  “what do you think about a first look, we’re undecided?” While many brides stay traditional and want the first time their groom to see them to be walking down the aisle, other brides look forward to that moment they can see each other dressed for their wedding just the two of them to make it more intimate. So while it’s totally up to you on what is important to you for your big day, I’ve posted my thoughts below! I hope this helps in your big decision to have a first look, or not! <3

-To DO or NOT TO DO a First Look at Your Wedding-

I have had the amazing pleasure of shooting many weddings throughout the years and I have seen so many different ways to do things! I have shared some of the neatest moments with our clients – and for that I am so so thankful.

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Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.2] Planning Your Engagement Shoot Outfits

Happy Friday! So excited for Week 2 Fridays with Emerald Stone! With several engagement shoots around the corner, I thought it be a great topic to touch on. Planning outfits can be challenging and time consuming! I hope this helps 🙂


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