for laid back couples that value presence over presents

holding space for your wildest, truest selves
to tie the knot

adventure elopement

intimate wedding photographer

and

your love is my purpose
& capturing it is my passion

learn about my experience

Thirteen years ago, my husband and I packed up all our belongings, our two dogs and a cat, and decided to move half way across the country, from Colorado to Oregon. I left behind a brand-new teaching job, and had no idea what I was going to do with my life next. All I knew is that I hated teaching and my only other career choice, going back to the US Forest Service, was harder than I thought. I love the outdoors and nature, and somehow, during all my struggles with deciding what to do next, I picked up a camera and found a passion like no other.
As I explored my new home state and all the abundance of outdoor recreation, I also began taking portraits of people in those landscapes. I taught myself everything about light, and began honing in on my craft. In 2014, I registered my business and began specializing in weddings in 2016. In the 7 years I’ve officially been in business, I realized that what brings me the most joy is working with couples who love the outdoors as much as I do. I’m finding that the weddings I love most, and the clients whom I attract prefer an intimate day that is about the experience and really living in the moment, rather than a tight timeline trying to get everything in. My couples prefer hiking boots to high heels and don’t mind getting their dress or shoes muddy.

Lover of light. Nature worshiper & good vibes provider

Meet Erica

Thirteen years ago, my husband and I packed up all our belongings, our two dogs and a cat, and decided to move half way across the country, from Colorado to Oregon. I left behind a brand-new teaching job, and had no idea what I was going to do with my life next. All I knew is that I hated teaching and my only other career choice, going back to the US Forest Service, was harder than I thought. I love the outdoors and nature, and somehow, during all my struggles with deciding what to do next, I picked up a camera and found a passion like no other.

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learn about my experience

Thirteen years ago, my husband and I packed up all our belongings, our two dogs and a cat, and decided to move half way across the country, from Colorado to Oregon. I left behind a brand-new teaching job, and had no idea what I was going to do with my life next. All I knew is that I hated teaching and my only other career choice, going back to the US Forest Service, was harder than I thought. I love the outdoors and nature, and somehow, during all my struggles with deciding what to do next, I picked up a camera and found a passion like no other.
As I explored my new home state and all the abundance of outdoor recreation, I also began taking portraits of people in those landscapes. I taught myself everything about light, and began honing in on my craft. In 2014, I registered my business and began specializing in weddings in 2016. In the 7 years I’ve officially been in business, I realized that what brings me the most joy is working with couples who love the outdoors as much as I do. I’m finding that the weddings I love most, and the clients whom I attract prefer an intimate day that is about the experience and really living in the moment, rather than a tight timeline trying to get everything in. My couples prefer hiking boots to high heels and don’t mind getting their dress or shoes muddy.

Lover of light. Nature worshiper & good vibes provider

Meet Erica

As I explored my new home state and all the abundance of outdoor recreation, I also began taking portraits of people in those landscapes. I taught myself everything about light, and began honing in on my craft. In 2014, I registered my business and began specializing in weddings in 2016. In the 7 years I’ve officially been in business, I realized that what brings me the most joy is working with couples who love the outdoors as much as I do. I’m finding that the weddings I love most, and the clients whom I attract prefer an intimate day that is about the experience and really living in the moment, rather than a tight timeline trying to get everything in. My couples prefer hiking boots to high heels and don’t mind getting their dress or shoes muddy.

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A life and boots
well lived in

I’ve always had a love and appreciation for the outdoors. I grew up camping, hiking and fishing in Colorado. We would take family trips to the mountains or lake every chance we could get. When I decided to go to college at Colorado State University, I majored in Forestry and spent the first six years after I graduated working for the Forest Service. My husband and I met in college, and we backpacked and mountain biked all over Colorado and Utah. Navigating with a map and compass was something that was so easy for me. So, as I began taking on more adventurous clients, I realized that my knack for finding cool, off the beaten path locations, is ingrained in me. I don’t spend many days backpacking anymore, but I still love a great adventure! I want to help make your day incredibly special, and for me, that starts off with finding the perfect spot to marry!

learn about my experience

YOUR DOWN-FOR-PRETTY-MUCH-ANYTHING

and photographer

elopement guide

we all need a inner compass to guide us

my values

human rights

diversity & inclusion

joyous experiences

I truly believe that every person matters and that we all have the right to love who we want without any judgement or question. You are important to me and telling your story in an authentic way is my goal.

Representation matters to me. Humans come in all shapes, sizes, colors, nationalities and sexual orientations, and all are welcome here. I treasure and celebration diversity in my life and my business!

Your wedding day should be something that you can’t wait to celebrate! I want to create an experience that is true to who you are, and brings you so much happiness, free of stress and things that don’t serve your most authentic self.

But above all

leave no trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics provides proven, research-based solutions for the protection of the natural world. I’ve learned their seven principles and best practices to scout locations and follow on your elopement, wedding, or photoshoot in order to leave as little impact as possible on the outdoors while still taking epic photos.

not everyone can be perfect

but if more of us were

imperfectly conscious

about our environmental impact

we can leave the earth better than before

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Emily & Jack

We had so much FUN with Erica throughout the whole process - she brought such a relaxed, can-do energy to all our interactions and never once made us feel silly for any of our questions or requests. If you're planning a PNW wedding (especially an elopement or intimate wedding), I'd recommend Erica in a heartbeat! She is an artist and a true professional, and we feel so lucky to have found her.

we absolutely

loved

working with erica for our

shoots!

wedding and engagement

Michelle & Tim

I knew Erica was the perfect photographer for us from the moment I read her bio! She was so much fun to work with and made my husband and I feel so comfortable! I’m so grateful to have met Erica and I highly recommend her! Thank you Erica for giving us more than we ever expected and for the awesome experience of hiking around after our ceremony to get some incredible photos!

not only is erica

amazingly talented

she has such a great personality

that makes you

feel at ease.

Monica & Kavi

When COVID hit, we didn’t know what our plan was but Erica let us know she would be with us no matter what. About a month before our date ended up switching to a small family wedding in Southern Oregon. Erica was soooo willing to change her plans and joined us COVID stay (socially distant, mask and all) and completely ROCKED it with our wedding photos.

We did our engagement photos with her, which ended up being a great experience since my husband and I are both awkward in front of the camera…all the pictures turned out perfect!

Ryann & Mark

We loved her positive and relaxed attitude, which matched our own. She helped us plan for all of the moments we wanted to capture and provided helpful tips for posing, while also giving us room to be ourselves. She captured so many lovely candid moments throughout the day that are so fun to relive and get to see everything that was happening. With all of the uncertainties and plans changing around covid, Erica was great at communicating and willing to work with us as plans developed. 

erica was so

wonderful

to work with and her photos

are absolutely

gorgeous!

Michelle & Ray

We wanted to document our special day, as simple as it was, and the photos came out great. She made the effort to get to know us and captured who we are as a couple. She was fun to work with, even hopping a little creek in her Chacos to get the perfect shot. We highly recommend her!

Erica was

exactly

the right choice for our elopement!

Lindsey & Ian

Before our big day, she asked all the right questions and made me feel 100% secure that all our photo needs would be met, all over email! On our wedding day, she was everywhere! Getting the perfect shots and giving us feedback. She was easy to trust and we were so happy to try all her fun photo ideas! After our big day, she was so quick with first looks and the whole set of hundreds of photos came within weeks of our day! I have so many favorite images from our day thanks to Erica!

I can't tell you how

thankful I am

we decided on Erica for our

in Bend.

elopement

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