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Welcome to the blog of Acres of Hope Photography and thanks for visiting! I'm Erica and I'm a photographer based out of San Diego, but my hubby and I love to travel and are available for weddings and lifestyle sessions all over the country! The purpose of this blog is to feature our most recent lifestyle sessions, engagement sessions and weddings and to share our life's adventures. To view more of my online portfolio, please visit the website at www.acresofhopephotography.com. Enjoy perusing the blog and feel free to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you. :)

Samantha & Jake : Maternity Session at Home

I had the privilege of photographing Samantha and Jake’s maternity session at home a few weeks ago. It is so special to me to be able to photograph a couple’s engagement session, wedding, maternity and then newborn photos! I love watching Samantha and Jake’s family grow, and I’m so humbled and blessed that they’ve asked me to document this incredible season of their lives. They have a really awesome story and Samantha has been blogging about it for the past 8 months – you can check out her blog here. Samantha & Jake, I’m so excited for you guys to experience parenthood – it really is as amazing as everyone says it is! We can’t wait to meet you, Sawyer – but just stay in there a little longer before you make your debut. ;)

Images photographed with my Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white.

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    Lisa Mills says:

    I can’t pick a favorite. They are all so perfectly beautiful!

    Abbie says:

    I am obsessed with these! So beautiful and natural! Did you use any kind of on or off camera flash?

    Erica says:

    Nope, no flash – just all-natural window light. :)

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Janna & DJ : Santaluz Club Wedding, Del Mar, CA

I had such a wonderful time photographing Janna & DJ’s wedding a few weeks ago at The Santaluz Club in Del Mar! I went to high school with DJ’s younger sister Ani, and we are still great friends today. It was an honor join them in celebrating this beautiful day and beautiful couple! Congratulations, Janna and DJ – I hope you had the best time on your honeymoon!

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Click HERE to view the whole wedding and order prints once it’s available!

And be sure to check out their wedding day highlight video by Chapterfold Productions here!

Vendors: Ceremony and reception venue: The Santaluz Club, San Dieog, CA | Catering: The Santaluz Club | Wedding Coordinator: Christine Ong, Lavish Wed | Florals: Tessfresh Flowers | Cake: Twiggs | DJ: Jeremy Hersch  | Videographer: Chapterfold Productions | Makeup: Monica Garcia  | Hair: Lexi Lomax

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    Susan Hollander says:

    What amazing photos of Janna and DJ! It captures not just images and complementary colors in these beautiful stills, but it pulls out the soles of each… AAA-MAZING!!

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Lifestyle Session with Christa

I did a few lifestyle shots for my dear friend Christa a few weeks ago – she is my sister’s roommate and so of course Heather jumped in for a few photos too. :) Christa – I’m so proud of the woman you’ve become and glad you are in my and Heather’s life!

Images photographed on my Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 160 film.

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    Nancy Spillane says:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Of course I’m a little prjudiced, being Christa’s Mom, but Erica, your work is always gorgeous and I love to look at your website. You have such a gift…. i love these shots!

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Courtney : Senior Session at Campbell Creek Ranch

I photographed high school senior Courtney a few weeks ago in Alpine at Campbell Creek Ranch – she will be graduating from OLP in just a few months and then heading out to Minnesota for college! Congratulations, Courtney. :)

Images photographed with a Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford b&w film.

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    Meryl says:

    Love the guitar pictures! Courtney looks gorgeous!

    Courtney Govan says:

    Thank you so much<3

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Four Months with Colter

Colt turned four months old this past Sunday! He is weighing in at 17.5 lbs, wearing mostly 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes, still in size 3 diapers. Thank goodness – two whole months in the same diaper size. Phew!

The little dude is starting to “talk” – making oohs and aahs and all sorts of expressions that go along with them. He also laughed out loud for the first time! I was tickling him while grandma was making silly noises and he laughed long enough for daddy to get it all on video – seriously the cutest thing ever! I still giggle every time I watch it.

Colt still loves bath time but some of his new favorite things are bedtime stories, reaching for and touching new (shiny) things, and also sitting in the Bumbo next to Denali and either watching the world outside the screen door or yanking on the poor dog’s fur and ears. Who am I kidding… she loves the attention.

Mom is currently reading Super Nutrition for Babies in preparation for Colt’s first foods! We plan to start experimenting with solids at six months old. I cannot recommend that book enough! It’s changing my life! Next up on the list is The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care and Real Food for Mother and Baby (thanks to our dear friend Brittany for recommending all three).

It really is an amazing thing to watch our little boy grow and learn. The moments when Deven and I exchange a look that says, “he’s never done that before!” are some of my favorite. Nothing beats being a parent alongside your best friend. Speaking of, Deven flew out to Georgia yesterday to build the Macon Mud Run (which operates solely as a fundraiser to benefit the children living at Hephzibah Children’s Home), and Colt and I get to join him next week to take photos of the construction of the course and the race itself! Thanks to all my mommies on Facebook, I feel pretty prepared for our first cross-country flight. :)

What a joy to be this young man’s momma…

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Images shot on my Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 400.

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    Racheal Hark says:

    So beautiful to see how you captured his expressions. It is truly though his mother’s eyes.

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