Erica Swantek Photography

Erica Swantek Photography

Based In: Bend, OR - Serving all of Oregon, Washington and always willing to travel.
Business Attributes: Woman Owned
Photographer: Erica Swantek Photography

Erica Swantek Photography

Based In: Bend, OR - Serving all of Oregon, Washington and always willing to travel.
Business Attributes: Woman Owned

About Me

I am an adventure elopement and intimate wedding photographer for free-spirited and natural couples that love celebrating outdoors. Nature has always been my happy place, and I really connect with couples that have a deep love and respect for our natural places. I grew up in Colorado and spent my childhood camping, fishing, and hiking and currently reside in Bend, Oregon with my husband and our sweet dogs, Delilah and Nellie (okay, Nellie is an 8 month old monster, but she can be sweet, ha). In my free time I love to run, ski, hike, camp and catch as much live music as possible. Besides photographing elopements and weddings, I also photograph musicians and bands. Music is my soul medicine.

What I Offer

After spending the last 5 years photographing mostly more traditional weddings, I’ve realized how I am so much more fulfilled with intimate weddings and elopements. I really want to encourage others to be true to themselves, so that collectively we are living our most authentic lives. I don’t want couples that decide to have the big wedding because it’s what their family wants, when it’s not what they want. I don’t want couples to be forced into a situation that creates so much anxiety and pressure to be perfect, that they forget to enjoy their day. I love all weddings, and if you truly want a big bash, I’m all for it. But I want you to want that! Choosing each other and your wants on your wedding day is the most important thing to me. Your wedding is about you! I am an inclusive photographer and don’t believe there is one way or a right way to love. My goal for your wedding day is my tagline- Soulful experiences for intimate weddings and adventurous elopements. There’s nothing more that I love that helping couples create their dream wedding day!

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I knew Erica was the perfect photographer for us from the moment I read her bio! She was so much fun to work with and made my husband and I feel so comfortable! Not only is she amazingly talented, she has such a great personality that makes you feel at ease. I’m so grateful to have met Erica and I highly recommend her! Thank you Erica for giving us more than we ever expected and for the awesome experience of hiking around after our ceremony to get some incredible photos! -Michelle & Tim

Michelle Gilligan

Erica did an amazing job capturing our on-mountain wedding. She was super creative with her shots and created beautiful wedding memories for us. Super talented and flexible, she truly helped shape our wedding.

Gregory Dixon

Erica is amazing! Book her now! Erica goes above and beyond in EVERYTHING she does. Of all the vendors we chose, she is the one I treasure the most because of her vision, the thoughtful questions she asked and her process for photographing our wedding. As soon as I found her online I knew she was perfect for us. She always communicates super quickly, provides updates and "sneak peaks" of the photos you're dying to see, and her prices were very reasonable. I hope that I can find another way to work with her again in the future. Can't say enough great things about her!

Sara Rockey

I cant tell you how thankful I am we decided on Erica for our elopement in Bend. She was easy to talk to, responsive with emails and ideas for our day, and extremely quick to send us our gallery! Before our big day, she asked all the right questions and made me feel 100% secure that all our photo needs would be met, all over email! On our wedding day, she was everywhere! Getting the perfect shots and giving us feedback. She was easy to trust and we were so happy to try all her fun photo ideas! After our big day, she was so quick with first looks and the whole set of hundreds of photos came within weeks of our day! I have so many favorite images from our day thanks to Erica!

Lindsey Fadden

We absolutely loved working with Erica for our wedding and engagement photo shoots! We planned for an intimate wedding (which became an even more intimate wedding when we cut back our guest list due to COVID), so it was incredibly important to us to find a photographer who would match our energy, respect our vision for the day, and capture the beauty of the Central Oregon landscape. Erica ROCKED it (even on a cold, cloudy, windy day) and the images from our Black Butte Ranch wedding are more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. She was also amazing at working with our dog, Ellie. She's a shy, sensitive pup and Erica was so patient and sweet with her! Most importantly, we had so much FUN with Erica throughout the whole process - she brought such a relaxed, can-do energy to all our interactions and never once made us feel silly for any of our questions or requests. If you're planning a PNW wedding (especially an elopement or intimate wedding), I'd recommend Erica in a heartbeat! She is an artist and a true professional, and we feel so lucky to have found her.

Emily Harris

Ten years ago I married the man of my dreams; our wedding was less dreamy. We were young, we had a lot of help, but the day was a far cry from a dream come true. The venue was dark, the families were stressed, and compromises were made leaving the day feeling more like a dry reunion gone bad. Luckily I had enough sense at the time to have my dress preserved with the hope that someday I would have the chance to feel like a glowing bride. Here we are closing our first full decade as husband and wife and in walks Erica to make my dream wedding come true. Adventure Elopement Photographer Extraordinaire! She picked the location, the timing, and met us on the Oregon Coast. She captured the love and joy in my husband’s eyes; the sappy sentimental tears as I renewed my vows; the all out goofy weird and wild awkwardness as we lock stepped up the beach grinning from ear to ear. Every moment we missed 10 years ago, and every moment spent strengthening our bond, friendship, and love is captured perfectly in every shot. I have cried every time I look at our photos. I have been dreaming of this shoot for a decade, and Erica blew all those expectations and hopes out of the water! We made new memories, took chances, and trusted a perfect stranger whole heartedly and we have the most stunning photos to cherish for many more decades to come. Thank you!!!

Jenni Holman

Erica was so great to work with from start to finish. She was beyond helpful when discussing possible locations and building the perfect itinerary based on what we wanted. She took us to spots that we never would have known were possible to get to and the photos were amazing. Erica is a very fun and friendly person. You will feel so comfortable throughout the entire session. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer!

Emma Brock
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