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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 🙂

That’s right! After many inquiries and some major thought and research, Erica Abbey Photography is adding weddings to our line up of photographic services! I did shoot weddings for 2 years and while I loved my clients and their weddings I thought it was too much for me. So, why decide now to photograph weddings again? As the last year went by I realized that I do miss the happiness, details, and the love you see at weddings. I miss photographing those things. I love photograph families and couples and still will, but now I am adding weddings starting for 2015. Things will be really different this time around. I know what ideally my brand and my style fits what type of weddings. I love photographing special moments and help preserving those moments in albums or prints for to be seen for years to come. I love non-traditional weddings, or “offbeat” type of weddings. Weddings with DIY or artsy details that speak of the personalities or that’s meaningful of the couple, at a fun venue that’s not a typical location you see these days. Whether the wedding is in the middle of an open field under a tent filled with loved ones, or eloping with your partner and eating a cupcake at your favorite bakery to celebrate… I LOVE photographing love between people and families and I am so excited to put my hat in the ring again of wedding photography! I will be creating a new portfolio on my website of my favorite weddings images from the past, but I will be replacing them with newer images since my photographic style and shooting experience has changed since then. I’m more experienced, organized, and have some new techniques up my sleeve! 😉 Also, to make my client experience an even better enjoyable experience, I will only be photographing one wedding a month starting in 2015. This way I can focus on all my clients to the fullest, my full time job and still have time to spend with my husband and family.

Another thing that’s going to be different is that I am teaming up with my friend Desiree of Desiree Stover Photography to photograph weddings! I’m always second shooting for her and her Mom, and she will be for me! Will we create a wedding business together separate from our businesses? Maybe! For now with both of us working photography jobs full time with our businesses part-time this works for us now. All I can tell you besides our photographic style being similar, we work so well together as a team and as friends!

 

Here is a little taste of my portfolio!

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This is my favorite image from the very FIRST wedding I’ve ever photographed! They recently just celebrated their wedding anniversary too! Happy anniversary Kim and Justin!

 

 

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This was from the most recent wedding I was the second shooter for my friend Desiree! The rain held out just in time for some great bride and groom portraits out on a golf course.

For inquires for Erica Abbey Photography photographing your wedding in 2015 and beyond, please use the contact tab or email Erica at erica@ericaabbeyphotography.com!

 

 

I knew from the moment I received Joni and Ty’s inquiry for a special anniversary session that I was in for an awesome ride. Joni and Ty and the SWEETEST people you will ever meet that brings not only happiness and joy, but a load of laughs and jokes as well! They told me in the beginning they wanted an anniversary session to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin but with a twist. The second half of the session they were going to renew their vows with their closest friends at the District of Columbia War Memorial! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?! What a great way to celebrate an anniversary and was even more honored they wanted me to photograph their day!

As I got to know them months before the day, Joni mentioned to me they don’t have any photos from their wedding 20 years ago since they didn’t hire anyone. Not only did I want to help document this special memory for my client, but I wanted to make sure they got their special 20th wedding anniversary photographs to make up for not having photos of that first memory. I think that I accomplished that for them. 🙂 We started off at my favorite memorial, FDR, through those gorgeous Cherry Blossom trees. We headed over for the small renewal ceremony at the District of Columbia Memorial then ended our day at the super crowded Lincoln Memorial. It was supposed to rain that day in April and Mother Nature knows she owes me big time for eternity, and it was sunny and hazy all day! 

Joni and Ty, thank you again for choosing me to photograph your anniversary! I had such a blast getting to know you both and hope these photographs will bring you smiles, laughter and happiness for years to come.

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