Eric Llanes Photography Named TOP PICK in THE KNOT Best Weddings 2014

WASHINGTON, DC January 1, 2014 — ELP is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2014 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

Bride Didi and Groom Travis share an intimate moment on their wedding day

Bride Didi and Groom Travis share an intimate moment on their wedding day

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The picture perfect newlyweds; Elizabeth and Stephen

The picture perfect newlyweds; Elizabeth and Stephen


2013 has been so amazing to us, and that is ALL thanks to all of YOU. Thank you so much for your support and love! You are literally helping us to build a home where we are able to spend more time with our kids while being able to make sure the bills are paid and there’s food on the table. I cannot stop thanking you all enough – thank you so much for supporting local, small businesses. Go local WHENEVER you can!

–Sara and the ELP Crew


The beautiful bride Ash and groom Chris share a private moment together

The beautiful Bride Ash and Groom Chris share a private moment together

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Bride Jade and Groom Mike share their first dance together as husband and wife

Bride Jade and Groom Mike share their first dance together as husband and wife


Mellanie and Marlon’s Post-Wedding Shoot: Leesburg, VA


Aldie, VA Maternity Photo Session: Missy + Jason

It’s a small world out there. I know, we all know it and hear it all the time, but every time I discover that someone I know knows another person I know – or Eric knows, in this case – I’m still amazed.

Missy and I know each other through a mutual friend of ours, Lenore. We were both bridesmaids in Lenore’s wedding, and in the months that preceded Lenore’s wedding, there were a ton of wedding-related events for which we all got to spend time together. I miss those days! Here’s a photo of us with Len:


Well, come to find out that Missy and Jason are together and expecting – YAY! Jason and Eric are childhood friends and went to high school in Virginia Beach together, so who did they contact to have the honor of documenting this special time in their lives? Eric and me!

You can only imagine how much fun it was to catch up with them and spend an entire day with them after both Eric and I hadn’t seen them in so long. The two of them were so beautiful to photograph and we were blessed with amazing sunlight and weather. When the sunlight ran out, we headed back home, ordered pizza, and caught up. She’s due in December – just in time for the most precious Christmas gift of 2013!

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Thanks for spending time with us, Miss and Jason – and CONGRATULATIONS! We can’t wait to meet her and we’re so happy that you two have found each other!



Northern Virginia Engagement Photo Session: Ramonda + Will

Ramonda is one of those friends from high school that you knew then, but realize later on in life that you missed out on so much by not getting to know him or her better until now. We all have them, right? Hopefully I’m not the only one.

I still remember the morning I decided to send her a private message on Facebook. I’d been seeing her posts in my news feed over the past few years and had always assumed that she was doing well with the family and kids thing, like most of us in our generation. But because her posts were always either super inspirational or tongue-in-cheek witty, I was shocked to learn that her husband had died while she was pregnant with their son, George. At this point, George was already 3 years old, so it happened 3 years prior. Not only did my jaw drop at the thought of what she’d been through, I was even more in awe of how strong this woman could be for continuing to speak positive thoughts on Facebook. So much so, that such a life-altering event had slid past me and possibly others in her Facebook Friends list. And in a world where we complain daily about stuff we can change (i.e. our morning commute, our stupid boss, or how fat we feel).

My heart hurt for her that morning, and even though it had been a couple of years since her husband died, I wanted to send her a message. I was scared I would open up old wounds, or that I’d be knocking on the door of a bitter woman’s house, but I’m glad I sent it anyway. Because ever since, I’ve been blessed with getting to see what kind of special-ness a woman needs to be THAT kind of woman, mother, and friend. Just knowing her personally challenges me to be more trusting of God; and she has always – and CONTINUES – to declare blessings upon my life and Eric’s.

During a photo shoot that we did for her and Baby G, she predicted that we would be full-time photographers, doing weddings, sharing our talent to bless and inspire others. How did we respond? “NAH!!!!!” “We would never quit our jobs!” “We couldn’t do weddings!” – and yet here we are. This photo was taken in May 2012, when ELP was just barely starting out:



I won’t go into what Ramonda says is in store for us next, because it’s pretty outrageous – HA! If it happens, though, I promise I will tell everyone that you called it, Monda! LOL

So, fast forward a little over a year since the photo shoot above – and we’re so thrilled that it’s an engagement shoot! Will proposed in front of lots of their family and friends on their cruise, and as soon as she got back to land and reliable cell phone reception, she told me the news and said ELP were the only ones she wanted for her wedding photography. We’re SO HONORED and thankful and grateful and ahhhhh! Just so happy for all of you. Thank you for coming up to stay with us last weekend and cooking US breakfast with some pure Anderson’s Maple Syrup! Tell George to come bring back the lion he took ASAP!

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Congratulations, Ramonda and Will! We’ll see you guys again soon for your next visit!


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I can’t believe today is the last day of October. Starting tomorrow, we are going to welcome another holiday season – the most wonderful time of the year!

If you go to right now, they’ve got a public sale going on through 11/5/2013 for 20% off PLUS free shipping on Holiday Cards and Invitations. But we have an exclusive code you can use to increase your savings to 25%. It’s the perfect time to order your photo Christmas cards and beat the rush while the rest of us procrastinate. I’m currently on my fourth year of putting it off until next year.

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Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!



The Things You Find Out About Your Colleagues

Eric and I invited my old colleagues, current partners over for a work/fun dinner and Enrique said he wanted to cook! I thought he was joking, but I made sure to take him up on that offer before he could say he was – and whaddaya know, he was in school for culinary arts in a past life, used to be a sous chef for a restaurant, and both his brothers ARE sous chefs!


Looking forward to getting our project off the ground, and here’s hoping that I will be able to see my DSP Brother, Anthony, again before 2014. He’s a total jet-setter.


BTW, dinner was amazing! Eric even ate the scallops – and he HATES all bi-valves! LOL




ELP: Recognized for Excellence in Wedding Photojournalism

What a week! And how happy are we all that tomorrow is Friday?

Things have continued heating up for the ELP Crew with the excitement surrounding Dianne and John’s wedding day photos and also the Nietes Family’s maternity session. I am so excited to share the news that ELP has been accepted into two exclusive professional wedding photography associations: The Wedding Photojournalism Association and Fearless Photographers!

The Wedding Photojournalist Association grants membership to the most talented professional wedding photographers in the industry–photographers who focus on using their photography skills and excel at capturing moments and documenting weddings.

We strongly believe photographers who consider themselves “wedding photojournalists” should create and present work with MINIMAL portraits and details. As far as the WPJA is concerned (and membership therein), photographers primarily preoccupied with portraits and details are not wedding photojournalists. Because of the many referrals that come as a result of membership, the WPJA expects a photojournalistic impression of member web sites. Photographers who favor wedding images on their web site that reflect traditional portraiture, people looking at the camera, gowns fanned out, portraits of brides staring out windows, and/or detail shots of flowers, dresses, shoes or rings, will not be accepted into the WPJA. Read more…

Fearless Photographers is a unique photography directory of the world’s best wedding photographers who are not afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography to surprise you with extraordinary wedding photos of your wedding day.

There are many photography directories on the web to help couples gather ideas for decor, dress, and event planning. However, this site focuses on exceptional photography and best serves individuals who are passionate about photography and seeking a photographer with distinctive vision for their wedding day. Read more…

Both organizations require an evaluation of the applicant’s website and portfolio, and is only granted membership if the evaluators determine that the photographer’s work meets the association’s standards. The WPJA further extended their invitation to include membership in their Artistic Guild subcategory, which is exclusively for wedding photographers who have demonstrated creative use of artistic effects and creative photo editing techniques! (I do all of Eric’s post-processing, so we all know this one’s mine – right? LOL) Kiddinggggggg!

We are beyond belief at how far ELP has come over the past year and are grateful to God and our family, friends, and clients who are always so supportive and wonderful. You all are the reason we love what we do, and the motivation for us to continue pushing ourselves to be even better everyday. I am so proud of you all: Eric, Jeff, Brent!



Before I go, I have to post something for #tbt! Here is Eric back in November 2009 at the Colts vs. Patriots game in Indy sporting my Canon Rebel XT with a Tamron 18-200mm lens! Just a little inspiration that every good story has humble beginnings :)



Be blessed, everyone!