Like many other photographers’ stories, my wedding and travel photography business started as a hobby in high school and became an obsession after college. I sort of fell into shooting weddings for friends, and soon I was being asked to photograph friends of friends and beyond. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy photographing weddings, and I feel that being a part of the most important day of a couple is such a privilege and a wonderful role to play.
I take a photojournalistic approach to documenting weddings, which means that I try not to detract from the special moments happening during your wedding, like interrupting conversations or drawing attention to the camera. It is my personal mission to document the wedding day as accurately as possible in the compositions and colors, and to capture images that evoke the emotions and excitement that you both felt that day.
In addition to photographing weddings, I have also spent time traveling in Italy, Rwanda and Taiwan working on my photojournalism portfolio, and I also enjoy photographing road cycling and mountain bike racing. Even though those genres are quite different from wedding photography, I found that my photography and people skills have only improved from being in difficult shooting situations and working with people with drastically different backgrounds. However, I have found that working with people, whether as a wedding photographer or as a travel journalist, is always the same – be kind and respectful, and great things will happen.
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Abram Eric. The following awards have been earned by Abram Eric from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Photographer's CommentThe poor groom! A hot August wedding in Virginia is HOT, especially when you come inside from doing portraits and get thrown into the madness of a wedding reception's garter belt and bouquet toss right away. He was genuine in his gesture, not showing off for the guests or camera right above his bride. I am challenging myself with better and different ways to shoot the wedding reception traditions, and sometime getting a new perspective is just one element of making that happen.
Photographer's CommentI always am on the hunt for symmetry when photographing weddings for several reasons. It can shock the viewers eye and forces them to slow down, especially when looking through a collection of wedding images. It can control the story in an image and lead the eyes through it, much like elements of visual contrast or the relationship between focus and bokeh. My eyes go right to the elements in out-of-symmetrical-order, as it's definitely a thrill when I get to build visual order and develop a good tension in an image. When I turned around from photographing all the group portrait shots and saw the little lady taking a rest perfectly in the middle of our set, I just couldn't believe how well everything came together visually. I took my time to frame it "just so", and a moment later she was up and away.
Photographer's CommentCutting the Cake. It began as a polite interaction between the newlywed trouble-makers, but for the record - she started it. As a wedding photographer who also covers extreme sports, it is always important to be ready and react to situations as they unfold. I enjoy being close to the action but not in the way of it, and always having the right settings/equipment to make the picture right is my priority. In this case, I needed to have a speed-light and be in manual metering mode to create a properly exposed image, since the tent was much darker than the outdoor scene behind them. This is still one of my favorite wedding photographs (and weddings that I have had the pleasure of photographing!) since the whole day was filled with fun and lively characters that kept me moving.
Another classic cake in the face moment. Nice execution.
Here's a fun photo from a scene that can often go awkwardly awry. I've seen hundreds of "cake stuffing" images but I can't recall any that I liked as much as this. Perhaps it's because their faces are somewhat obscured, creating a moment that becomes more iconic than isolated in the event. Maybe it's the shutter speed capturing the chunks of chocolate cake falling from the playfulness of the scene. Maybe it's the light and composition of the image that fills the frame in a way that accentuates the moment. Or perhaps it's simply a great photo where everything works together at once. Whatever it is.. from background to foreground, the image "works."
Wedding Photography Packages
All packages are customizable and include image licensing for online sharing, printing, and archiving.
All Packages Include:
- Engagement photo shoot
- Full Image Licensing
- Unlimited Consultations
- Venue Walk-Through
- Travel Costs, within 100 miles of DC
- Full image editing
- Online photo gallery
- Custom Designed Thank you cards
- Lifetime Warranty on Prints, Albums, and DVDs