Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
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My motto is: wedding photography with a (feminist) twist. Translation: a focus on love, companionship and fun, not 'bride/bridezilla culture'. I love to capture candid moments, secret smiles and raw emotions. I work with both digital and Polaroid cameras, and I use natural light as much as possible. I give a small portion of all weddings to social justice organizations.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I value couples and loving events in all their colors, identities, shapes, sizes, and varieties. This is not so much about 'the bride,' and more about the love between two people, and this is reflected in the couples who come to APW for their wedding planning. I want to work with couples who celebrate love, equality, and progressive values. For couples who embrace stepping outside the (wedding) box. That's why I donate a small portion of all weddings to causes that matter most, including Planned Parenthood, ACLU and BLM.
If you're not crazy about the cookie-cutter images or outdated trends being sold by the wedding industry, that's ok. Neither am I, and your photos will be a reflection of who you truly are as individuals and as a couple.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
Weddings are celebrations of joy, tenderness, commitment, and human connection. Your wedding photos should reflect the love and authenticity of your bond, not following a recipe laid out to you by anyone else. My photography style is a fresh, modern blend of artistic and documentary. I have an eye for decisive moments and raw human emotions. I love to capture people in their most candid moments. I work with a mix of digital and Polaroid photos, so that you have ready-to-keep photos of your special day. I like to keep things as natural as possible, and I want to maximize a couple’s comfort and fun.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I am huge beach bum, so I spend as much time swimming, taking photos at the beach, and surfing as I can. I have a photo series outside of my wedding work called Beach Lovers that I’m very passionate about and I spend a lot of my time on that, and working to grow my photography collective.
What’s your favorite book?
I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb; Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Schtyngard, I could go on and on, I love reading.
What’s your favorite movie?
Wayne’s World or Bridesmaids
One review on “Erica Reade Photography”
We eloped from the UK a week before Christmas and Erica was so easy to deal with, even with the time difference. Having a stranger take our photos could have been really awkward, but Erica made us really relaxed and managed to make 2 people who hate having their photo taken love every single one of their pictures. I would totally recommend Erica to anyone.Cons
None, she was fantastic