Our pictures turned
out beautiful
and Erika was really great about working with our schedule when we needed a last minute change. I also love that her price includes access to all your pictures!

Small Events

weddings and engagements

Information

I offer photography coverage for small weddings, small special events and surprise (or no surprise) engagements.

 

Your wedding day is an incredibly special day and is worthy of hiring a photographer whose style you love. Just like in my family sessions where I aim to make space for families to play in order to capture their love and raw emotion, as a wedding photographer I aim to capture the natural joy of the event as it’s happening rather than manufacturing the captured moments.

 

In my opinion, your wedding day shouldn’t be about getting all the perfectly posed shots. Rather, your photos should be about your day. My goal is that you spend less time posing and more time celebrating with loved ones.

 

My rate for small weddings (max 50 guests) and special events is $450 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. A 50% session retainer is due at the time of booking to lock in your date.

 

My rate for engagement sessions is $525 for a 45-60 minute session. A $150 session retainer is due at the time of booking to lock in your date. Session can also be paid in full at the time of booking for a 15% discount!


Pricing includes:

 

• photography coverage on-location on the day of your event.

• online gallery containing selected and artisan-edited high-resolution digital images delivered within 4-6 weeks of your event.

• mobile app containing your images for easy viewing and sharing on the go.

• it’s an all-inclusive package–no choosing your favorites! You get all the images in your gallery!

 

Because I am a natural-light photographer, I prefer to shoot outdoors or in well-lit indoor spaces during daylight hours. Also, I am only one photographer, so I can only shoot small events at this time.

 

I would love to chat with you about how I can beautifully capture your event with minimal posing and maximum easy-breeziness! To expedite our communication, please provide:
• your small event date

• approximate number of guests

• location – indoor or outdoor

• time of your event

• how many hours of coverage needed

For the guide to small event, wedding and engagement offerings:

Send me a message, book a call, or shoot me a text!

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Small event, wedding and engagement coverage

 

2+ hours coverage for small events

 

45-60 min for engagements

 

40+ (depending on length of coverage) artisan-edited high-resolution

images delivered via online gallery

 

printing rights

See above for pricing

“Erika was great with our kids and overall it was a laidback experience. Although both the weather and our small kids were somewhat uncooperative, Erika took some beautiful pictures which made a great use of the beach landscape and light. Highly recommended.” - Emily R.⁠
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I’m blushing! It’s comments like this one that keep me going, and few things make me happier or motivate me more than happy clients. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read them on my more challenging days. And, Emily, the feeling is mutual—you were a dream to work with!⁠
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Thinking about booking a family photography session? You can find out more on my website! All the info you need is in the link in bio!⁠
Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰
Something I'm continuously working on both in my personal and professional life is this: It's easy to get wrapped up in the future or the past, but living in the moment is a key to happiness. And not just living through the moment, but appreciating it.⁠
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When you're appreciating the moment, you're fully engaged in what's happening around you, and you're not letting your thoughts about the past or future distract you from the present.⁠
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One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE my work is that when I'm focused on capturing THE MOMENT, I have no choice but to be observing it, appreciating it, and noticing all the details of it. It's meditative. ⁠
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On a daily basis, living in and appreciating the moment can be a difficult thing to do, but it's definitely worth it. There are a few things you can do to help you live in the moment.⁠
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One is to practice mindfulness. This means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and accepting them without judgment. When you're mindful, you're more likely to be in the present. You can also practice gratitude, which is being thankful for the things you have in the present moment. Like, everything can seem like it's working against you. But stop. Look around. What do you have right now that is working for you? It can be as simple as being grateful that you have two arms and two legs that allow you to get things done. Or that you have a delicious cup of coffee to sip on. Or that you can easily go outside and fill your lungs with air. ⁠
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When you focus on the good things in your life, you're less likely to worry about the future or dwell on the past. That's what I've been working on. How about you? How do you stay present?

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