I believe in walls that are covered in photographs. Not because it will be filled with wedding portraits but moments that happened because of the wedding portrait. While I am there to encourage you through your time with me, it is my purpose to capture who you were before the cameras turned on. My philosophy is very simple: I want to document your love and legacy in a sincere way so your story can be preserved for future generations, to talk over and build their own love story with. I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients so that images are authentic to your story and with that take a very limited number of weddings each year(each couple deserves it!) Connection is so important to me so please include as much personal info or hop over to my site erikamills.com and use that form! I am a Virginia Beach based wedding photographer whose soft and romantic style thrives while documenting garden, vineyard and private estate weddings in Richmond, Charlottesville and Virginia Beach.
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Katelyn Manning · Married on 06/01/2019
Over the years, I had seen Erika's photography on social media and loved her style. Anyone can take standard photos of two people standing next to each other. The difference with Erika is she brings something out of the people she photographs and her photos show that. They are magical.Sent on 07/04/2019
When I first spoke with her on the phone, she was incredibly excited, bubbly, and talked at length about her process and expectations. I really appreciated this honest and open dialogue because we were on the same page from the beginning.
She then thoughtfully agreed to come to Washington DC for our engagement pictures. I had selected two locations and she casually viewed the areas finding her only inspiration for best shots. She was kind enough to make sure that if there were any shots I really wanted, she would take them. My husband was "fine" with taking pictures but wasn't necessarily "thrilled" like I was. The second the session was over, he immediately asked me where I found Erika, if all photographers were so nice and fun, if she was doing our wedding pictures, and if she was also our wedding planner. He loved her!
Her turn around time to get us our gallery of engagement pictures was remarkable! She sent us sneak peaks a few days after and the gallery a short time after that.
Throughout the wedding process, Erika was responsive to emails, offered help and support in not only photography needs but in regards to the entire wedding concept, and was a huge support. I always felt reassured after speaking to her.
On my wedding day, the moment she walked in to our condo, I REALLY felt like I was getting married. She was calm, relaxed, and got to work! Erika worked so well with our videographer and others vendors to help make everything seamless. She again made sure she got all the pictures I had requested throughout the wedding and then, during the reception she came up to me with a ipad and said he had a gift for us. To our surprise, she had put a small montage of photos together that were... stunning. We were shocked! This is the type of photographer Erika is. She loves what she does and her work brings an indescribable happiness to those on the receiving end.
Per usual, Erika sent us loving texts the day after our wedding and sneak peaks shortly followed and then our gallery after that. The photographs were incredible, perfect, and capture every aspect of our wedding. There were a few special impromptu moments that she was even able to capture! We know that Erika will continue to be a part of our lives both as a photographer but more importantly, a friend. Thank you for capturing all the love and happiness!
McKenzie · Married on 05/25/2019
We couldn't have imagined our wedding day without her!
The decision of who to hire as our wedding day photographer was HUGE for me. I contacted so many people but was really looking for someone I knew I'd click with. These photos are keepsakes to have forever and it's so important that your wedding photographer is someone you are comfortable with and can really trust. From our first phone conversation I knew Erika had to be there on our big day. She was amazing and went above and beyond on every single thing. During our engagement session my husband and I both felt super comfortable with her, she made it fun, and the images were stunning. Erika was a total resource to me throughout engagement, she recommended vendors, helped out with the timeline and answered my many many questions. On our wedding day she was instrumental at keeping me calm, keeping everything moving and capturing the most beautiful pictures. Our wedding photos are stunning and it is impossible for me to pick a favorite. She also got our entire album back to us incredibly fast! If you want a wedding photographer who's a genuine kind person, crazy talented, and immediately feels like a friend... Erika is your girl. I can't thank her enough!Sent on 07/17/2019
Alex · Married on 09/29/2018
From the beginning, Erika was an absolute dream. She communicated often, was always ready to lend a hand and give excellent advice, and was one of the BEST cheerleaders. It's amazing when you feel like one of your vendors is a good friend, and I have no doubt we'll keep in touch even though our wedding is over. And don't even get me started on our images - they were absolutely STUNNING. She listened to our requests from the beginning, and made sure that she captured images that make my sentimental heart sing. If you're looking for photos that you can show your grandchildren, photos that will capture hearts and loved ones for a lifetime, Erika is your girl. She understands sentiment, and fights to make sure her couples get what they ask for. On wedding day, she was a BOSS and kept us ahead of schedule while still being sweet and wonderful. I couldn't have done all of this without her. Thank you Erika!Sent on 10/12/2018