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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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Beautiful Bride in glowing light at Oxon Hill Manor.  Washington DC wedding photographer.

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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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

Is there any better way to spend the 4th of July holiday than capturing two people completely in love and tying the knot?  Nope! And when those two people are family, it’s an even happier occasion!  My cousin Alex and his [oh so beautiful] wife Caitlyn were married on the 4th of July.  Their wedding ceremony & reception took place just outside of National Harbor, MD at Oxon Hill Manor.   Pictures of their holiday inspired wedding to come!

For now, let’s oooh and ahhh over their fun & flirty engagement pictures in and around the National Mall.  I’ve been waiting for their return back from Vietnam to post these!!

The day before their wedding (and only a few hours before the rehearsal dinner!) we bopped around, in search of their favorite monuments…. and a little privacy.  However, privacy in the National Mall the day before the 4th of July is not exactly what one can expect to find ;)

 

This sweet series was taken just across from the National Monument.   What you can’t tell, is that these are totally stollen moments captured as passer by-ers weave in and out of my frame.  I’m adoring Caitlyn’s shy & bashful, flirty expressions!

As we headed to the Lincoln Memorial we were greeted with even more people hoping to For Ever be a part of their engagement pictures!  Take the gentleman to their right.  I have a five shot series in which he will not take his eyes off them.  I’d give anything to know WHAT he is thinking!  Do we need a caption contest in the comments?!  We do!

But again, Caitlyn rocks the camera with her bashful flirtatiousness.  This image below is by far one of my favorites!

After running into family friends, we headed over to the back side of the Lincoln Memorial.  Aaaah – it’s here that we find a little privacy, a little shade, AND just a few beautiful columns to line their dance floor.  Take it away Alex!

What a beautiful scene this is – per Alex’s request.  So happy we stopped.  No National Mall engagement session is complete without a view of the Potomac River in the background!

Ande these… the few below are, as well, among my absolute favorites.  There is something about the style and the color that [for me] captures a totally dated spirit of the holiday.  I just love them!

And I never post both a color & bw of a single image, but I can’t decide… I love them both.  What do you think?

So mark my words [professional advice here] – Whether it’s one year before your wedding -or- one day before your wedding, every couple deserves fun & flirty engagement pictures!!  When else, aside from our wedding, do we ever have our pictures taken?!   And look at the pictures we were able to capture – Alex & Caitlyn completely rocked the camera!

Caitlyn, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you,  I am so happy for you both!!!  Thank you for inviting me to capture such a wonderful time in your lives :)  As promised, your wedding pictures will be up later this week.  So everyone, check back!

To view the entire gallery of engagement pictures, click HERE: http://www.ericahartmanproofs.com

xoxo ~ erica

 

Valentines Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect gift for you and your love!

Sessions take place in my home based, natural light studio located in Toluca Lake, CA.  Sessions will last about 1.5 hours and include hair and make up styling.  Orders placed by Feb 8th (Little Black Books, prints & files) will be received in time for Valentines Day.  Don’t have the time to book your session before Valentines Day?  Surprise your love with a piece of lingerie and let them know that pictures are on their way.  The anticipation will surly spark a hot and steamy month!

Products include: 10 page Little Black Book $150  High Res File $50   8×10 print $30   5×7 print $20

* Please inquire for the entire product collection and more information.

Brett + Anna = Married & In LOVE!

Brett & Anna were married on a sweet sunny day in early October at the Camas Meadows Golf Club.  Though we didn’t get to spend too much time together prior to their wedding, I am so happy and honored to have been chosen to capture their special day.  They are two beautifully genuine people with personality and glowing smiles to match!  We have more to come, but for now: turn up the volume, click the link below and enjoy a special highlight of their wedding :)

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Ryan & Maegan are Married!

I have been so so blessed this year to have such beautiful clients, inside and out.  Ryan & Maegan [and their wonderful families] are among two of my favorites!  Sweet, kind and simply fun loving – these two are a match made :)

If you haven’t enjoyed their slideshow yet, turn up the volume and press play:

http://ericahartmanphotography.com/slideshows/2012/tedmus

To check out their engagement session, click here: RyanLovesMaegan-engagement-pictures

To view their entire wedding gallery, click here: http://www.ericahartmanproofs.com

Password: brides maiden name [all lower case]

-Hi Parents-

Saturday, Sunday & Team galleries are now online!!

I’ve created a little sneak peek below so that you can see what the images will look like when retouched.  They’re beautiful!  The Monday & Tuesday pictures will be up in just a few days, so check back!

Thank you ALL for signing your talented gymnasts up – it was such a pleasure to be able to capture their love for an amazing sport!  If you didn’t know, I was a competitive gymnast myself and a coach for over 22 years.  I grab every opportunity I can to be in the gym working with children: helping with goal setting, increasing their confidence & self esteem, and documenting their hard work & dedication!  I commend you ALL for having your kids so cute and  picture ready, and for taking the time to be at the gym on the weekend :)  Your hard work paid off – their pictures are AWESOME!!!


 

To view ALL of your pictures:

1.  Log onto: http://www.ericahartmanproofs.com

2.  Scroll to find the correct day for your gallery.

3.  Enter in YOUR email address and THIS password: peg_2012 (must be lower case)

4.  For ordering questions, click HERE 

5.  For the product collection, click HERE

**  If you placed a pre-order, please check your email receipt for the correct promo code to use during check out **

……………………………………………………… Ordering Gym Series……………………………………………………….

Did we photograph your gymnasts ‘Cartwheel’ Series or ‘Back Walk-Over’ Series?  These are great pictures to have and great accomplishments to celebrate!  To order, simply select 1 image from their series and add it to your cart.  I will know to create the entire series.  In the drop down menu, select ‘Gym Series’ and choose your size.  In the instructions, please include your child’s name.  ** PLEASE NOTE ** Because of the time involved in creating them, these particular images are ONLY available as ‘Gym Series’ and are not available as digital files or loose prints.  8×12 Gym Series arrive as a Loose Print, ready for framing.  11×14 Gym Seires arrive as a Beveled Edge Print with your choice of black, gold or silver edges.  They are great for displaying on an easel or in your favorite frame.

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……………………………………………………… Ordering Digital Files……………………………………………………….

SELECTING DIGITAL FILES:

1. Select the 10/15 images you would like included in your DVD and add them to your ‘Album’ folder.
2. In the ‘Album’ folder, select [from the drop down menu on the right hand side]: High Res Digital Files
3. Click ‘Submit’ [bottom right hand corner]
ORDERING DIGITAL FILES:
1. Now that your image list has been submitted, click on ‘Back to Thumbnails’ [bottom right hand corner]
2. Simply select ONE of your daughters images and add click ‘Add to Cart’
3. From the drop down menu, select the 10/15 Digital Files product [leave the qty at 1]
4. Click ‘Add to My Cart’
** Your total at this point should only be $150 or $225
5. Proceed with check out
……………………………………………………… Ordering Brag Books……………………………………………………….
SELECTING BRAG BOOK IMAGES:
1. Select the 10 images you would like included in your Brag Book and add them to your ’Album’ folder.
2. In the ‘Album’ folder, select [from the drop down menu on the right hand side]: Brag Book
3. Click ‘Submit’ [bottom right hand corner]
ORDERING YOUR BRAG BOOK:
1. Now that your image list has been submitted, click on ‘Back to Thumbnails’ [bottom right hand corner]
2. Simply select ONE of your daughters images and add click ‘Add to Cart’
3. From the drop down menu, select ‘Small Album’ and then, ‘Brag Book’
4. Click ‘Add to My Cart’
** Your total at this point should only be $150
5. Proceed with check out

…………………………………………………….. PRE ORDER PERKS ……………………………………………………..

**  If you placed a pre-order, please check your email receipt for the correct promo code to use during check out **

……………………………………………………….. INSPIRATIONS ………………………………………………………..

** Inspirations are available as 11×14 & 16×20 Beveled Edge Prints.  These prints are mounted onto a hard backing with your choice of Black, Gold or Silver beveled edges.  They can easily be mounted on an easel or displayed in your favorite frame.  Adding your gymnasts name or favorite motivational word/ phrase is a great way to personalize your inspiration! **

 

 …………………………………………………… FAMILY PORTRAITS ……………………………………………………

While ‘Gymnasts In Motion’ focuses on gymnastics photography, Erica Hartman Photography focuses on: Family & Senior Portraits, Weddings & Boudoir.  In efforts to welcome you into our EHP family, we’re extending complimentary gift certificates:

$100 Gift Certificates to those who spend $200+ on gymnastics pictures.

$200 Gift Certificates to those who spend $300+ on gymnastics pictures.

These Gift Certificates can be used towards your next Family or Senior Portrait Session, Boudoir Session or Wedding!  Must be used during the 2012/2013 season.

For samples of our latest children and family portraits, click HERE

 

Thanks again everyone!  If you have any questions, I’m just a click or a call away.  Let me know you saw these and leave a little comment below.  ~ erica

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Sarah & Will were married at McMenamins Edgefield on a beautiful day in late August.  I am in LOVE with all the  sweet vintage-y details of their wedding! Words can not do it justice – pictures can – enjoy!

To view their entire gallery, please follow the instructions below:

1. Log onto: http://www.ericahartmanproofs.com

2. Scroll down to locate their gallery

3. Enter your email and their password (brides maiden name- all lower case)

To view their slide show, please click on the link below:

http://ericahartmanphotography.com/slideshows/2012/hoen

sarah + will = bride & groom to be!!!

Sarah, you were so sweet on the phone!  I’m excited to meet you and Will soon and to hear more details as the wedding planning process unfolds.  I’m so happy you two booked – it’s an honor to be entrusted with capturing your beautiful day.  EHP will do so in style! And I’m stoked… the McMenamins Edgefield is a super COOL venue.  We will have an endless variety of backdrops for pictures!