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2015 is a big year for EAP. Yeah yeah… I may that every year, but after my mentor session with the lovely and awesome Laura Winslow, I have really taken my time to research, write and plan out my vision on how I see Erica Abbey Photography and my work. I was worried and too hung up trying to fit in with the rest of the photo community since that’s what people are geared towards. I wasn’t myself and after realizing that, I made sure I change things to what I want it to be. How I see things. Ever since slowly changing back to me, I have been getting more clients, I have been happier, and I don’t hold back on my artistic vision. I photograph people and things the way I see the world.  Being honest with myself has made me into a better photographer, but just happier in my life as well.

A few months ago I saw the Shoot and Share contest was open for submissions for 2015. I was too intimidated to submit last year, so I made it a goal this year to branch out and to NOT BE AFRAID to submit my work to contests and publications. It’s a free contest to any type of photographer, and you can submit up to 40 images into the multiple categories they have available. I saw they had a phone photography category this year and knew this was my time to submit those my personal iphone art (#emaphotoart) I have worked so hard on the last year. I submitted about 25 photos, from my favorites from past sessions of 2014, and my iphone art photos as well.

Over 110,000 photos were submitted this year, and it was going to be voted on by the public! They had 10 rounds, which after every round they would remove the bottom 20% of images with the least amount of votes. I have to say it was a lot of fun spending hours voting for others work, and being inspired by some great photographs. I would see a photo of mine pop up here and there, but I haven’t seen any since the 6th round. I figured well at least you made it this far! 6th round out of 10, not bad, maybe I can do even better next year…

The final round of voting started yesterday, and I was intrigued to see what photos made the finals. I spent maybe an hour yesterday picking my favorites out of the 4 that would pop up for each category, rarely seeing the phone photography category come up. I had to stop before getting addicted to voting again, so I went to check my email. Right on the top of my unread inbox was this email from Shoot and Share with this inside…

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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?! HOLY COW I have a photograph (or a few, but I’m pretty sure it’s one) in THE FINALS?!?! Me!! I have a photograph that made the top 10% out of that 110,000 photos that were submitted!!!! I really wasn’t expecting this at all, but I have to say I cannot be more happy. This is such a confidence booster for me, knowing that my work is appreciated. Even though it’s different compared to many other photographers in my area, I shouldn’t be afraid to showcase my art, my portraits, my photographs. I am so proud of myself getting this far!

Voting ends today, so please go and VOTE HERE for the photos that made the finals!! I am pretty sure it’s one of my iphone art photos that made the finals (the building phone photograph submission, below the newborn photo) so if you see it pop up (or some of the others below) please vote for me! 🙂

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I know I have many sessions and things to share, but I promise we will be back soon! I’m working hard to finalize my brand and my new website!! Hoping to have done at the end of the month 🙂

I can’t believe two years has past since Andrew and I’s wedding! Time is flying by so fast, and we’ve been enjoying every second of it. For my Wedding Wednesday post this week, I wanted to share my experience to my future wedding clients and to the world as a past bride. It’s something I actually don’t share with people very often because the experience was personal to me. This post was supposed to be shown last week, but I have written my thoughts over and over again. It’s been really difficult to share an experience that you will never forget, especially when things don’t go as planned.  I realized the best way to show how I felt at my wedding was this photograph that was taken that day.

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Photo taken by our wedding photographer Natalie Franke Photography!

So why the title, “Suck it Derecho” for this blog post? If I offended you with my choice of words, my apologies but, I am allowed to say that.  When people ask me when was our wedding and we tell them July 1st, 2012, the next thing I always hear is “Oh, so you are a derecho bride.” Yes, I got married the same weekend as one of the biggest storms hit our area in years. Yes, our wedding story will be a story to tell our children and grandchildren one day. What was supposed to be the best weekend of my life was instead one of the most stressful times I’ve ever experienced. We lost both our venues 24 hours before the wedding because of no power and the hotel with our out-of-town guests had no power or AC either. I thought to myself the Saturday before our wedding asking “Seriously, why us? We’ve been planning for TWO years and a huge chunk of it was gone just like that.”

  The photo above is from our “First Look” before all the family photos were taken, the ketubah signing and the wedding. It was a moment Andrew and I got to share in peace before the normal wedding craziness happened. When I able to hug him here, before he saw me in my dress, I just knew everything was going to be OK. I knew it didn’t matter to me that our wedding was not as planned. Only thing that mattered was Andrew was there waiting for me to start our new adventure as a married couple, and I couldn’t wait.

I realized that a reception, little details, food and decor can make a wedding, but it does not make a marriage.  Testing our relationship in a very high stressful environment is what made our bond and love stronger and we knew nothing was going to stop that. Am I bummed that our wedding didn’t go as planned? Maybe a little. But what Andrew and I have together is worth way more to me than losing both our venues, the crab cakes we were looking forward to and whatever else we lost. So to everyone out there, I guess my message is don’t worry if something doesn’t go as planned, or if your wedding details (like flowers) are not what you wanted. Just remember that the love, partnership, passion, teamwork and everything in between is what matters the most. That stuff makes a marriage and a bond that will grow forever. That LOVE conquers all.

*To all of our family and friends that help us make the best out of a crappy situation, I just want to say we appreciate and are grateful for all the hard work you did to help us make our wedding work without a hitch. We knew from this we have the best support system of all and we love you all for that! So thank you again!*

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!

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

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

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

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

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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!! 🙂

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