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‘Close Encounters’ National Geographic publication

I am thrilled to announce that a photograph from my Junkanoo documentary photography project has been selected for ‘Close Encounters’, a story for the National Geographic website. The story features 28 photographs that the editors Matt Adams and Kristen McNicholas selected out of more than 13,000 submissions.

From the article:

“Each editor on this story realized very early on that the title Close Encounters could have many different meanings. It could be an up close view, it could be you the photographer getting to know a location, person, or species on a deeper level, or it could be that brief moment where things just appear closer than normal. The following images are a collection of three points of view that make up one final story. This was our close encounterwith the incredible images submitted to this assignment.”

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Hyatt Baha Mar: Bahamas Destination Wedding – Erik Kruthoff Photography

I love it when my couples are just chill and have a go-with-the-flow attitude. The bride and groom from this Bahamas destination wedding, Dane and Amanda, were definitely that way. They trusted that I would do my thing and get some great images of the day and I know they were grateful. Now they can relive the experience over and over by looking back at them. That’s why I especially like shooting in a photojournalism style. You really can get some great storytelling images while giving a real depiction of the emotions and events on these special days. I can’t stand when I see other wedding photographers only taking super cheesy and cliche photos.

The newly opened and magnificent Baha Mar resort in Nassau, Bahamas served as the perfect place for this wedding. There’s so many beautiful spots that you don’t even need to be on the beach.

Here’s what the bride’s mother had to say afterwards,

Erik,

OMG, Amanda and I just sat down together and looked at all the pictures.  I’m speechless.  I love all of them and I am so grateful that you were able to catch all these beautiful images so we can remember our happy celebration.  Thank you again. We are so truly grateful.
Thanks,
D.G.
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Britt and Christian: Coral Sands Beach Destination Wedding – Harbour Island, Bahamas

I had such a blast shooting this destination beach wedding in The Bahamas. This very international group was a ton of fun getting to know and it truly was a pleasure to document this epic weekend everyone had on Harbour Island. We ran all over the island and completed about 20 hours of shooting at […]

Book covershot. History Among The Hills – Morehead, Kentucky The 2017 Mountain Workshops

It was just announced that one of my photos was chosen for the 2017 Mountain Workshops book cover! The workshop invited 60 of the best up and coming photojournalists to attend and together we created some great work covering stories about the town of Morehead, Kentucky. There were a lot of amazing photos taken throughout the week and to have mine be chosen for the cover means a lot!

See my assignment story, Mother En Pointe, from the workshop here.

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The Mountain Workshops 2017 Book Cover – History Among The Hills / Morehead, Kentucky

 

Feature on Brides.com – Eleuthera Destination Wedding

I am excited to have a recent beach destination wedding I shot on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas was featured as “The Wedding of The Day” on the Brides.com website. See it here

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Fashion Editor Lauren Chan’s Intimate Destination Party

 

 

Photo Story: Mother En Pointe – The 2017 Mountain Workshops

I had the pleasure of of participating in one of the best photojournalism workshops out there, The Mountain Workshops put on By Western Kentucky University. Each year they go to a different small town in Kentucky and document life in the area, culminating in a published book, a website, and a gallery exhibition.

 

Each participant picks a name out of a hat on the first day, and that’s your story to follow for the next 4 days. Team captains are assigned, along with supporting editors and writers, to help guide you along the way. It was an incredible experience and I grew a lot as a photojournalist and storyteller.

 

Here is my contribution to the workshop,

 

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Lovesick – The Cove Eleuthera Destination Wedding – Jules and Greg

Sometimes weddings don’t always go as you planned and even paradise contains some unwanted bacteria! The bride at this beach destination wedding in The Bahamas had unfortunately caught some sort of stomach bug and wasn’t feeling 100 per cent on her wedding day. She was a trooper though, and powered through to the reception to make her destination wedding at The Cove a memorable one. Luckily she has some wonderful moments captured that focus on the love and happiness of the day instead of the nausea she was experiencing. Here’s her response after seeing the results,

“Hi Erik,  I’ve been meaning to write to you since you sent this link but have been so busy since returning to the real world!

Thank you so much for the beautiful photos- they came out great!  The unanimous feedback from those who have seen them was not only are your pictures gorgeous, but you did a great job making me not look on my death bed! lol. “

Location: Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Venue: The Cove Eleuthera

Wedding planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings

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Sarah and Alex – Rainbow Bay Eleuthera Wedding

Fun and laid back vibes with this wedding group! Guests rented houses near Rainbow Bay and the festivities were held at Rainbow Bay Inn. Wedding planning by Boy Meets Girl.

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Destination wedding: The Cove Eleuthera – Caitlin and Matt – Erik Kruthoff Photography

A hidden gem in The Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera, The Cove resort is an ideal spot for a destination wedding. The seclusion and natural beauty of Eleuthera has even caught the attention of some international celebrities. Rumor has it that Justin Bieber rented the whole place out for his 21st birthday. Lenny Kravitz lives just the road and has can sometimes be spotted riding his bike to nearby Gregory Town.

The natural promontory between the two coves/beaches at the resort serves as a perfect spot for the ceremony. The wedding was brilliantly planned and styled by Mish and her crew at Boy Meets Girl Weddings.

Caitlin and Matt hosted a bonfire welcome party on Friday night and had me come to photograph that event as well. It’s nice to getting to know some of the people beforehand so come wedding day they are already comfortable with me and my camera clicking away. People often look at me funny at first and are surprised I am not constantly posing them and asking them to “say, cheese!” Once they realize that I am capturing real, candid moments they relax and understand my method.

Here’s what Caitlin had to say before she had even seen any of the photos,

“Erik was a true professional from beginning to end. He responded promptly to all emails and reported for our events exactly as planned. We are eager to see the photos he took, but we would recommend him wholeheartedly on dependability alone.”

 

 

Friday Night Welcome Dinner and Beach Bonfire

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Wedding Day

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