Erica Bartel Photography

Alameda, CA

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What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love being invited in to a special moment in someone's life. Being allowed intimate access to their wedding or to their family. Having clients that turn in to friends is the best part!


Alameda, CA 94501

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5 Reviews
  • Rachel M. Oct 23, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    She was great in every way! Worked with our schedule, found a great location, was so sweet and good with giving directions for our photos. The pictures themselves are exactly what I was looking for. Beautiful! Best of all, makes me look beautiful! Ha!
  • Shelley F. Oct 10, 2015
    Event Photography
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  • Cherylyn P. Sep 23, 2015
    Erica came up to do my pregnancy photos with my third baby. I wasn't sure what I wanted, but she helped direct and clarify my vision. The result was breathtaking, soft, and full of rich light. She manages to capture a moment and personality in each click. She brings out the best in each of us, making the process fully enjoyable.
  • Kellie D. Jul 1, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I was more than pleased when I saw my photos for the first time! I felt like I was reliving my wedding day and that was really important to me. She was really good at helping keep calm pre wedding ceremony. She even delivered my shot of tequila to calm my nerves. She captured so many great picture that will let relive my wedding day for many, many years! She even captured pictures of our guest and their families! I would give 1 million stars for her work. She is absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you Erica for capturing so many beautiful moments and memories!!!
  • Tracy M. May 24, 2014
    Erica Bartel has captured amazing moments of my little family with her photography. Her pictures are breathtaking and will leave you wanting more. She is so great with children, my daughter has fallen in love with the camera because of her. She is very genuine and does everything possible to make you feel at ease. She is very great with time and locations. Her work is amazing!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading articles and watching online seminars, sometimes hours at a time to gain insight in to the current industry and to keep caught up on technology and trends.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing is very simple. No fancy structure. We will work out a payment that is suitable for both. Family shoots start at $400. Events start at $350. Weddings start at $1200
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Deciding to become a professional photographer came from the sheer love of doing it. At the end of the day, even if it is a 13hr non stop wedding, there is still joy in doing what I love.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Family shoots, on location. Magazine editorial for The Tasting Panel Magazine
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In November of this year I was asked by the magazine I shoot for called The Tasting Panel to shoot a very successful wine family. The shoot was to take place with the whole family in their private residence. Needless to say, I was nervous. The photographs turned out amazing and I was proud of being able to overcome the nerves and still create images that were personal and beautiful.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find someone with a large portfolio of more than just their family and friends. Make sure you understand how images will be delivered and in what time frame. Above all, choose someone who shares your vision.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Getting a good photo is more than just picking up a camera and clicking. Every photographer brings his/hers own vision and personal experience to it. Two photographers with the same gear and same subject will shoot very different images. Make sure you like the vision of the photographer you choose.