Archive for August, 2013

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

 

I am so excited to announce the arrival of Kaiyah Rose.  Her proud parents, Jeremy & Alyssa were blessed with their healthy little angel on July 7th at 3:30pm.

 

 

 

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

Being good friends from Portland, I spent three years with these two experiencing many of my outdoor firsts: back packing trips & snow shoeing up to mountain top cabins are among my favorites!  They were married in 2010 and are now embarking on their first of many ‘firsts’ as a married couple and new family.  I was so excited and truly honored to be able to capture Kaiyah’s first professional newborn portraits.  I can’t imagine there is any love like the love you feel for your child.

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

Precious Newborn Photography and the importance of documenting your childs first few days

 

Jeremy & Alyssa,

I am so happy for you two.  You deserve all of the wonderful blessings life has in store for you and you family!

xox ~ erica

Here’s a little sneak peek of H.J. & Katherine.  Cheers to their first month of Marriage!!

Beautiful wedding pictures in the Pearl District of Portland by Castaway Portland.

This year, the 4th of July holiday came with even more reason to celebrate – Alex & Caitlyn’s wedding!  Washington DC is a popular destination on the 4th of July and set a festive stage for a holiday and wedding getaway.  Family and friends journeyed from all over the country and were treated with the beautiful views of Oxon Hill Manor, [a historical property in Prince George's County, Maryland] great music, tasty cocktails and array of classic Maryland seafood & desserts.

From start to finish I wanted to photograph EVERYTHING – that being said, this is definitely one of my longer blog posts ;) Enjoy!

If I could transport the bridal sweet from Oxon Hill Manor, here to LA – I would carry it on my back for three thousand miles.  In. A. HeartBeat!  It was the perfect setting for Caitlyn’s beautifully elegant style.  The light was a yumminess of glow all afternoon and the decor created a perfect backdrop for every picture.  Caitlyn, these are by far some of my most favorite getting ready pictures – you truly look stunning!!

 


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This handsome groom-to-be just happens to be my cousin.  Alex, you look equally stunning – however I can only laugh when remembering the events that lead up to your first sight pictures.  [check out the grooms prep photos in your gallery!]  Friends, let’s jus say that when you get married in July on the East Coast [think 94 degrees with like 500% humidity] it’s always a great idea to bring an extra shirt & tie ;)  Cheers to Alex’s great friend who hit the store before heading over to the ceremony!

 

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I am a huge fan of having family & friends play a large role in your wedding ceremony – so are Alex & Caitlyn.   Their ceremony was sweet, heart felt and full of Seersucker Suits!!  Alex’s brother Andrew officiated the wedding and created a prime opportunity for the shot below [Thanks again Andrew!] while their four nieces and nephews took the role as flower girl and ring bearer’s. Three of Caitlyn’s adorable cousins read, ‘I Like You’ by Sando Stoddard – a great read for every wedding :)


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I am also a big fan of the bridal party [peeps] below.  You all are an amazing bunch of friends and family and it was such a pleasure getting to know you!


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Not only is Caitlyn beautiful but she is crafty!  I was so excited to photograph all of her 4th of July holiday inspired wedding details.  I love everything from the potted plant seat numbers and the framed table numbers to the polaroid picture table and goody bags for kids!  Caitlyn, you definitely set the tone for a stylish 4th of July wedding!

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Heartfelt toasts at an outdoor, 4th of July wedding at Oxon Hill Manor Father daughter and mother son dances. Washington DC Wedding Photographer First Dance at an Oxon Hill Manor wedding.  Washington DC Wedding Photographer

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To view more of their wedding, please click on the link for their slide show – turn up the volume and enjoy!  Slide Show: CLICK HERE

To view pictures from their engagement session in and around the National Mall, CLICK HERE

To view the gallery of images, CLICK HERE

 

Alex & Caitlyn, it was such an honor to photograph your wedding – thank you for inviting me to share in this wonderful time!  xoxo ~ erica