Giving Your Heart: Free Wedding Photography Coverage (and a little something extra!)

Giving Your Heart: Free Wedding Photography Coverage (and a little something extra!)

We learn so much from the people that raise us.

I learned the most from my Mum - my best friend, confidante, rescuer, best hugger, mommy. One of the biggest lessons she taught me was that when you have nothing material to give, you can still give your heart, and that is one of the biggest and best gifts you could give to anyone…

Client Gifts

Client Gifts

One of my very favorite things is spoiling my couples. I love to give tangible gifts (and I'm pretty sure my sweet couples love to receive them), so it really is a win-win. :)

March 2017: Green Emojis, LLCs, and Library Cards

March 2017: Green Emojis, LLCs, and Library Cards

Oh, March. It seems to always be the month that ushers in Spring while still remaining cold and wet. March 2017 was no different. We started the month with gorgeous, warm weather and ended with a blizzard. Whyyyyyy.

Nevertheless, March was a fab month this year...

And the 2017 word for the year is...

And the 2017 word for the year is...

I spent the beginning of my 2016 in a haze. It was a rough start. I had a few things whirling around in my life that weren't the best, and I lived in fear of the notifications on my phone. Pretty pathetic, huh?

I spent the beginning of my 2016 in a haze. It was a rough start. I had a few things whirling around in my life that weren't the best, and I lived in fear of the notifications on my phone. Pretty pathetic, huh?

At the time, I had seen individuals posting on social media about the words they wanted to live by for the upcoming new year. Beautiful words. Words that made my heart stir...

At the time, I had seen individuals posting on social media about the words they wanted to live by for the upcoming new year. Beautiful words. Words that made my heart stir...

The Top Eight Things I Learned in Business in 2016

The Top Eight Things I Learned in Business in 2016

If you follow my Instagram, you were able to count down my top 31 favorite moments of 2016. Some had to do with my business, some had to do with my personal life - almost all of them had to do with connection.

Connection is so much. In life. And in business. I'm a firm believer that genuine connection with others should be a priority in business. 2016 has taught me this well...

Emelyne // A Sweet Fempreneur Session

Emelyne // A Sweet Fempreneur Session

I think Fempreneur sessions are hard to put into words. Technically, it's a little bit of portrait work, a little bit of detail work, a little bit of staging... Personally, it's a lot of opening up, it's a lot of sharing, it's a lot of connecting. 

I'm not going to lie, it can be scary. Connection is scary. Emotion is scary. Opening your world up to THE world is scary, but I have to tell you...

As You Learn, We All Learn

As You Learn, We All Learn

Okay. Now that you've been all up in my brain with my scaredy-cat feelings and my type-A planning tendencies, I'm sure you'd love to know the ups and downs of working on my recent styled shoot. Below are things that went REALLY WELL, as well as things that I could have done better. As Ben Sassosays, As you improve, we all improve. Community over competition, friends. :)

So, You Want to Plan a Styled Shoot...

So, You Want to Plan a Styled Shoot...

So, now that you've read about how scared I was to do a styled shoot, I'm positive that you want to learn how to create your own! 

Come on, I know you do. Remember: FEEL THE FEAR. You'll be so proud once you're done.

Feel the Fear

Feel the Fear

I wrote styled shoot across the top of the page, and made categories within the list that I knew I could populate - hair, makeup, cake, invitation design, accessories. Within this list, I also had a few categories that I knew I needed to find - venue (v important), gowns, florals. My heart literally started beating hard and fast when I finished my list, I was that excited. But I was also nervous - what if I got my people on board, and couldn't pull together the rest?

Sweet Alice

I get a lot of emails addressed to Alice. My name is actually Erica - surprise! Lol.

Animals have long been a love of mine - especially sweet kittens. I just adore them. I think they are the cutest, dearest, most adorable things. I love puppies too, but kitties hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I see kittens, I feel like my eyes turn into huge hearts - just like the emoji. All I want is cats and cats and cats. And I know that makes me sound just a little crazy. 

When I first started this business, I named it Erica Scott McGrath Photography - my maiden name. Also, a mouthful. After moving to New York, I knew my name would change, and spent a good amount of time thinking about whether or not I would change the name of my business. I loved, loved, loved my maiden name, but was also unsure as to whether or not I wanted to keep this name as a part of the business. 

A year after graduating college I had adopted the most adorable baby kitten, and named her Alice. She was the cutest and sweetest kitty - all she wanted was to snuggle and spend time with me. She was very friendly, purred easily, and rarely scratched. She had a great personality; I loved having her as my roommate. It was obviously a natural progression to name my business after her.

When I registered my business in New York, the clerk asked me how I named my business. I told him the story above. And he said to me, "Must be some cat!" Haha, he was right.

Sweet Alice of Sweet Alice Photography