Systems + Preparation

This is where my enneagram 5 comes in...

From periodic email check-ins that answer questions you might have to creating your family portrait shot list and working with your planner to build your timeline, I prepare myself as much as possible BEFORE your wedding day so that when the day comes, I arrive ready to capture every detail.

Then once your wedding day arrives, my system of shooting portraits makes it so that you spend more time on your wedding day doing what is most important to you... enjoying the day with your family, wedding party and guests and NOT taking hours of portraits.

Candid + Authentic

Your story deserves to be told authentically and 100% real to you.

My approach to photographing weddings is to be photo journalistic/documentary during the documentary times (getting ready, during your ceremony, reception) and to flip into portrait photographer mode and guide during the portrait times of the day (wedding party and family photos, bride and groom portraits) when you need direction.  

I will show up on to your wedding day ready to beautifully tell your story as it unfolds. Every scripted moment you expected and every unscripted moment you didn't expect and never want to forget. 

Calm + Confident

If the day gets behind, I work quickly and efficiently to get us back on schedule, yet still maintaining the highest of standards.

There is one thing I have learned in the 8 years of photographing weddings and it is that wedding days are always changing. Things don't always go according to plan and because I have photographed hundreds of weddings, I instinctively rely on my intuition to make quick decisions as unexpected events unfold. To you those moments might seem like chaos, but my calm response will reassure you that everything is ok.

Easy + Comfortable

The two things I want you to experience during your engagement session and wedding portraits.

Many of my couples tell me they are awkward in front of the camera or nervous and those always end up being my favorite engagement sessions or wedding portraits. I use very clear instructions to easily guide you through your photos... flowing effortlessly from one photo to the next so you never feel awkward or are left wondering what to do next. 

I want you both to walk away from this whole experience, remembering that being in front of my camera was actually a lot of fun... that taking photos was easy and you felt comfortable through the entire process. 

everything you need to know about the

Erika Dame
Experience

Every photographer has their own unique way of approaching the wedding day, so I'm going to tell you a little about how I approach a wedding and the experience you'll get with me.


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everything you need to know about the

Erika Dame
Experience

Every photographer has their own unique way of approaching the wedding day, so I'm going to tell you a little about how I approach a wedding and the experience you'll get with me.
Before the wedding day even begins, you and I will work together to gather all the details about your wedding, building your timeline and your family portrait shot list. My goal is to go into your wedding day knowing as much about your wedding day as possible so I can be prepared for any event that happens.

Often times things don't go according to plan and I use my knowledge from over 8 years of photographing weddings to work quickly and efficiently to get us back on schedule, yet still maintaining the highest of standards.

Once the wedding  day is here, I use a candid style of photographing to get all the authentic and real moments of the day, but then directing during family, wedding party, and bride and groom portraits to get you through photos as efficiently as possible and back to your guests.

as you look through my work, notice there isn't any AWKWARD OR STIFF POSED PHOTOS around here. 
only THE GOOD STUFF, the REAL, AUTHENTIC moments.

No career as a model required.
genuine SMILES as you snuggle close to one another, 
HANDS HELD tight with casually stolen KISSES.

 that's THE GOOD STUFF. are you ready?

My Style in a nutshell

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the next step

You've thoroughly combed through my website, blog and Instagram feed and you like what you see. So the next step is setting up a time to chat on the phone to make sure we're the perfect fit for one another.   

Grab a glass of bubbly, an espresso or your drink of choice and let’s chat!

let’s CHAT

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the next step

Once we get your contract and retainer in, you're officially booked. We're happy to serve as a resource throughout the planning process for vendor recommendations, timeline guidance and more!

and now the fun begins!

date BOOKED

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the next step

Sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. We’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. 

let's get you comfortable in front of the camera

the SESSION

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the next step

We check in about two months before the wedding to start chatting about timeline specifics, special details, family formal shot lists, special traditions and anything else we should know about your big day.

let's get organized for the big day!

wedding PREP

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the next step

It's finally here! The day the two of you say "I Do" and dance the night away surrounded by your family and friends. Just know we're excited to celebrate and capture your wedding day. It's going to be incredible.

let's get you married!

the BIG DAY

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the next step

You can expect your photos to be delivered via an online gallery within about eight weeks of your wedding. At that time, we'll also send over details about preserving your images through prints and albums. 

get the tissues ready

they're HERE!

EXPLORE THE PROCESS

Liz + Chris

You were organized, calm, positive, easy to work with, and fun, which are all essential on a wedding day. I'm type A and knowing that I didn't have to worry about photos on the day of allowed me to relax and take the day in , knowing you had everything under control. 

You took a load off my mind.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

INQUIRE NOW

To ensure the highest attention to detail and unparalleled level of service, that our clients deserve, Erika Dame Photography only accepts a limited number of events each year. 

Due to the unique nature of weddings, I offer customized proposals tailored to each couple's own specific needs after we hop on the phone for your initial discovery call.

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