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Photography connects us to you, it draws us into your story. We photograph for hearts; for those once in a life time connections we have with our clients, where we can truly see into your story. We strive to create an artistic visual representation in each chapter of your life, leaving you with more than memories to cherish, but a tangible representation of something precious that you’ll have for a lifetime.


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Hello! We're Justin and Betsy Erickson, Owners and Founders of Essence Photography! We started in 2009 with a vision to capture more than a photo, but the Essence of each person. We realized RELATIONSHIP and connection are at the heart of truly capturing someone's story. SO that's exactly what we do, this is more than a business, it's a family. We value every connection made and recognize the gift it is to be invited into your life.


We believe in growing both as people and as a studio. Always giving the best to our community and our clients. So we're always expanding our photography family and team.


We have 7 kids, yep, 7! We love families and are extremely patient.
What's your favorite family tradition?
Christmas Eve, Eve, we wear pajamas and take our kids to a late showing of a movie.
People are and always will be our why, We love people, and we love the connections created through photography.
My dream vacation:

◉ The Ocean

ⓑ City Adventure

ⓒ Camping in the Mountains

Photo Courtesy of Vicky Sjolander
Photo Courtesy of Vicky Sjolander

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