Archive for 'Family'

I always love watching couples and families grow and go through milestones together. Whether it be a wedding, first home, a new baby or even something small like first movie night as a family. All these special moments needs to be preserved for the future, to share when we are 80 years old and showing photographs to our grandchildren. To show how special every moment can be and to never take it for granite. Nothing brings me joy when clients want me to photograph these special moments, and this session was more special to me. I went to high school with Annaliese, and we have been great friends since 9th grade. I loved watching how our lives have changed since then. I got to see her marry Andrew, the love of her life, travel, buy their first house and now I got to have the joy and pleasure to photograph their first family portraits with their baby boy. We had a great time walking around a park in Fairfax County, finding those little nooks and photographing their interaction as a new family. Everyone… meet the Rastelli’s!



Want to book a session with Erica? We have a very limited amount of spots left for 2014, so send a message from the contact tab for more information and to book today!

Many months ago I received an email from a awesome person named Sandra, who created a blog called Boundary Stone Baby dedicated to family life in the DC metro area. I was super excited about this new venture because I have been pushing myself to submit and showcase my work for publications on the internet, and it had to do with one of my favorite places on earth! I decided to submit a few sessions over the last 6 months and not only did I get published, but I had TWO sessions showcased! Congratulations to Sarah and Scott for the feature of their sweet at home newborn session, and to the Schoeffield Family for their fall family/maternity session! Here are some screen shots I took for my archives:

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Unlike my favorite villain Carmen San Diego, I know where in the world I’ve been these last few months. No… I did not put the “Miss” in misdemeanor when I stole the beans from Lima or maybe flimflam every nation (you are welcome for getting the Carmen San Diego show song stuck in your head 🙂 ). I’ve been commuting to work in DC, taking care of our house with my husband slowly making it our own (and fixing a bunch of things), going to a few sessions and second shooting a wedding, and go running when I can. In my down time, I’ve been dreaming up on where the game plan for my business and life. It’s been frustrating, but I must say I am really excited for the outcome, especially for Erica Abbey Photography.

EAP business has been slow these last few months, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been down in the dumps about it because I was attracting the wrong type of clientele here and there in the past and I’ve been thinking for a while on how to fix this (it was a goal for 2014). I want to photograph families, couples, cute little newborns that are in a world filled with love and happiness. I want to photograph memories. I thought after so many years of research and trial and error I would have a workflow by now. I knew I needed something I haven’t had since college… a critique. I LOVED critique time in college and I’m probably the only one who did. I like hearing other people’s positive and negative feedback because it always helped me figure out what path I wanted to take my work. Sure, I didn’t always agree. But I really needed a mentor, a fellow photographer to look at my business with me and help me figure out which the right direction my photographs should take me. I found someone, and boy did she help me!! I know how I want my brand to speak of my work, myself as a photographer and how to showcase that. I’ll go into more detail next week when I unveil a little makeover to EAP. 🙂

I’m Über behind on blogging, so my apologies to my amazing clients I haven’t showcased yet! Here is a glimpse of some sessions that will hit the blog these next few weeks!


The ah-mazing, fun and loving Corcoran Family’s fall Session


A mitzvah project I did for synagogue (with the help of Andrew of course)


Second shot a wedding for my dear friend and fellow photog, Desiree


One of my dearest and closest friend from high school mini maternity session


A beautiful and special anniversary session at the Cherry Blossoms with a heart-felt vow renewal ceremony at the end of the session


Besides sharing their mini engagement session, I want to wish many years of a loving, happy and adventurous marriage to two of my dearest friends from college who we will be attending their wedding on Saturday!! Mazel tov MaryBeth and Phil!! 🙂