About - Emerald Stone Photography

OWNER, FOUNDER & CEO

I'm Erica, Owner, Founder & CEO of Photographer of Emerald Stone Photography.

I started my full time photography & business journey after my beautiful daughter Kayleigh was born. I've always been entrepreneurial, I love people, and I enjoy dabbling in lots of different challenges at once.

I am a 2006 graduate of the Art Institute of York, giving me over 10 years of experience in the digital arts, photography & business field. My journey started with videography, merged into graphic design, and blossomed into photography. Since my background is in digital arts, I bring a blend of modern, artistic and photojournalistic photography together to create meaningful photos that you will love and cherish.

There is nothing more important to us than capturing your wedding day exactly the way you envision it. It is with pride that we continue our business through referrals and from many happy couples throughout the years.

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LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

Josh G. | Professional Lead Photographer

My grandfather has always been one to get the details right. Use the best archival materials, keep learning and create something worth keeping. Heirlooms. It’s how I was raised.

I try to incorporate those life lessons in everything I do, from picture-taking to parenting my little girl, and being a good husband. Your memories are important, and I respect that. As a photographer, my goal is to create timeless portraits that are influenced by my love of cinema. Bright, clean and vibrant colors, captured photographs that reflect the client, not the pose.

I’m a technical guy, and I love to use flash lighting to enhance the photograph. I don’t want to be limited by natural light but I strive to create a finished photograph that embraces it, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some say that editing makes the photograph. I disagree. While some minor editing may be necessary, a well-composed, beautiful portrait doesn’t require it.

What is required is a connection. You need to feel comfortable with inviting a photographer into your special day. You want to feel that click. I do too. Yes, I’m a photographer by trade, but I think it’s more than a business transaction. My photography is based on strong family traditions and values. This business is based on relationships, developed over time. I’d like to be the one you turn to for those exciting times in your lives.


2ND LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

Crystal W. | Professional Lead Photographer

The ESP Creative Team

Ashlie Strevig, Photographer's Assistant

I truly believe the best photos are created when the connection between us goes beyond just needing a photographer for your wedding day. In addition to creating light direction for Erica, I will be by your side every step of the way making sure every detail is perfect before the photo is taken. I pay great attention to expressions, composition, veil/train placement, posture, and the perfect lighting.

Throughout your wedding day, I will assist in finding the best setting for your photos, designing a specific look required for each shot. It is my job and passion to go above and beyond for you, creating a unique, artistic vision for each photo we capture.

I am so inspired by Erica. She took the time to teach me everything I need to know about the art of photography, and everything that goes into it. I am blessed to be able to stand by her side, and make sure every bride, groom and family are able to experience and take in every perfect moment of their wedding day. My photography skill set and knowledge wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for her guidance.


Katie Nelo, Creative Assistant

I’m Katie, and I am so excited to be a part of Emerald Stone Photography! I am the Creative Assistant, and although I work behind-the-scenes, I am thrilled to play even the smallest role in your wedding day. <br />
I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in English, and I have been working in the wedding industry ever since. I absolutely adore all things writing and reading, and one of my passions is creating words to match the elegance and beauty of your big day. Sharing your journey and your love for one another is so important, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes this the highest priority.<br />
I can’t wait to share not only the incredible photos from the Emerald Stone Photography team but your beautiful love story as well. Cheers!

I’m Katie, and I am so excited to be a part of Emerald Stone Photography! I am the Creative Assistant, and although I work behind-the-scenes, I am thrilled to play even the smallest role in your wedding day.

I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in English, and I have been working in the wedding industry ever since. I absolutely adore all things writing and reading, and one of my passions is creating words to match the elegance and beauty of your big day. Sharing your journey and your love for one another is so important, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes this the highest priority.

I can’t wait to share not only the incredible photos from the Emerald Stone Photography team but your beautiful love story as well. Cheers!

ERICA'S FAVORITES

I cherish every second I get to spend with my daughter, son and husband. My little ones are 2 and 5 years old, and I’m soaking up every second of time I have with them while they’re young. We love family trips to the lake! Codorus Lake is our favorite – there is everything from hiking paths, horse trails, boat docks, swimming areas, and just large open areas to run around to be silly and have fun! I also love summertime and soaking up some sunshine, but am a sucker for fall and sweater-weather :) I really do love all things cozy and warm. Speaking of cozy and warm, did someone say coffee??? A Starbucks Venti Pike Place to be exact ;) I’m also an autism mommy to my sweet little boy Caleb (pictured below), and love how he has already taught me so much in life. He has the best support we could ever ask for and we love watching him learn, grow, and interact with his amazing sister Kayleigh. Last but certainly not least, a favorite of mine would be looking around my home and seeing photos of my family everywhere I go. Down every hallway, in every room – looking at those memories and smiling remembering that exact moment in time.


My Story

All photographers begin somewhere, we all have a story. We all have a reason we love photography and why we get such joy from sharing photos of loved ones with our family and friends. This is my story.

I was only 6 years old, nearing the end of first grade, and the night is still a blur. On this night a tragedy happened - my family and I experienced a house fire. I was so little at the time, and the only memory I have is sitting in an ambulance with my younger brother, wrapped in a blanket, watching the flames take over our house. Literally everything, every room in the house burnt - except the closet in my moms room. Do you know what is so special about this closet? It held years and years and YEARS of memories. All of the printed photos and picture albums my mom cherished were tucked away in this closet. After such a tragedy had struck that night, this was all she had left.

These photos have even more meaning than they ever did before. Now my mom gets to share all of her memories with me from her photographs that were saved that night in the fire. I got to enjoy looking back at them over the years, and going through them when it was time to create framed photos and slideshows for my own wedding. This is why it is so important for me to share my story with you, to show you the true value in printed photography.

In addition to providing such value to us, the photos can have even more meaning for the people who are not in the photos. The parents, the grandparents, the children, or the grandchildren who aren’t even born yet. Photography gives us those slices of time that allows our imagination to fill in the story.

Keeping your wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything I do, from how I photograph to the end result of albums and prints, I believe that a printed photograph is timeless, because sometimes, it's all you have left.

The slideshow below displays a few images I captured of one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire. This albums holds memories of me when I was little, special moments with my mom, dad, family members I love, and some I've lost. I am so thankful to have these printed memories with me today.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story!

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