My name’s Erika. I love photography, cooking, travelling, and The Good Place.
I started Joy Shots as a hobby in 2014 in Fredericksburg, VA, and shot my first wedding in 2015. Since then I moved to Lynchburg where Joy Shots has become a full-time business! I’ve had the honor to shoot 100+ weddings and have lost track of how many other sessions I’ve shot in the past 9 years.
Photography to me is about crystalizing memories. Time moves quickly, memories fade, but photos can make some of your most special moments spring back to life decades later. Being a memory keeper is my greatest joy and it’s what inspires me every time I pick up my camera.
At the heart of Joy Shots is fun. Not everything in life can be fun. Dentists and taxes exist after all. But taking photos should have an air of fun to it.
I also value being down-to-earth and easy-going. I will match the energy you give and try my best not to push you too far out of your comfort zone. This often makes me a good fit for introverts and the camera-shy. If you share the go-with-the-flow attitude we are probably a match.
Lastly, diversity and transparency are incredibly important to me. I value all sizes, ages, races, genders, and sexualities and it’s my hope that you’ll see someone like you within my site and on my socials. (If you don’t, let’s talk.) I also try to keep information like pricing available on my website so you are sure you’re getting the same price as anyone else.
I am lifelong Nikon user. My main body is a Nikon Z6ii and I always have a back up D750 in my bag in case of emergency. I most often use a 35 mm and 85mm, although other lenses join the mix depending on the project. For wedding receptions and indoor sessions I also use both on and off camera flashes.
Yes, of course. I promise you at least 50% of my clients have said something like this. Most of us aren’t out here being Instagram models and if you scroll through my feed, know that most of those people felt as initially uncomfortable in front of a camera as you do right now.
I will give you as much or as little help as you need and also give you easy prompts to explore and find candid moments together. I won’t push you too far too fast, but I am matching the energy you give me. The more you trust me, the more fun things we’re able to do!
So. Much. Editing.
Within 2 days of your session you can expect a small gallery of previews, because I know you’re excited to have some photos to share.
At a wedding I take anywhere from 3000-6000 photos. I don’t want to miss a moment of your memories. However, I promise you don’t want to see all those. Editing starts by me going though and deleting the awkward half blinking pictures, the duplicate shots, and the unflattering images. Then I go back through, and edit the photos that I know you’ll treasure. In the end you’ll receive around 1000-1500 photos that really represent your day! I won’t do any body modifying edits on you, because you are beautiful just as you are, but I will touch out things like zits.
You can expect your gallery by your 2 month anniversary. (Yes, I do believe in celebrating those!) That gives me time to give dedicated attention to your photos!
It starts with an email – well, a few emails. We’ll talk through questions and I’ll send you some galleries to look through.
Then, if you’re booking a wedding, we will hop on a Zoom or Facetime call where we can get to know each other.
If, after the meeting, you’re certain we’re a match then I’ll send you a contract to sign and you can pay the initial retainer to lock in the date. No matter what type of session you’re booking, it’s not locked in until you’ve completed this step!
Transparency is super important to me, and sometimes in the course of emails or meeting together if I can tell I won’t be able to provide what you’re looking for I will recommend you to other photographers that I know can meet your needs better than I can.
You heard it here first folks! I’m on a mission to photograph a wedding in every US state by 2030. So far I’ve covered VA, WV, NC, MD, PA, NY, TX, TN, FL, MI, MN, and CO. Just about 1/4th of the way there.
If you’re getting married in a state I haven’t been to yet, I have super affordable deals for you. Just check out my bucket list!
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Now that you’ve gotten to know me, I’d love to get to know you!