A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending Winter Break Family Camp (WBFC) at Ramah Darom in Clayton, GA (about 2.5 hours North of Atlanta) for the second year in a row. When I have vacation time, I like to travel, and travel days are filled with a morning activity, an afternoon activity, and an evening activity. No naps, little rest. I want to see each city as though I’ll never return.
Family camp is different. It gives us a chance to slow down a bit. I like to describe it as a cruise but on land. That’s the easiest way to explain it to someone who’s never been. There are activities for the kids, activities for the adults, family time, 3 communal meals a day, and more adult time after the kids are in bed, all in the beautiful mountains.
Last year I did the Odyssey Ropes Course challenge during the day. When I went to sign up this year, the day group was full, so I went on the first night! Not being able to see where I was going in the dark definitely added a new layer of challenge! After that, there was lots of singing and dancing, some spiritual time, yoga, sports, arts and crafts, and a campfire with s’mores. One family even celebrated a Bar Mitzvah up at camp! A New Year’s celebration rounded out the week and was a great way to finish camp and head home into 2018.
About Erica Schmelzer
I can freeze time. What’s your superpower?
I’m a lifestyle family photographer, which means yes, I will get the photo of you all looking and smiling at the camera, but what I really want to capture is that intangible dynamic that makes each family so uniquely beautiful. I want the looks, the snuggles, the hugs, the kisses, the giggles. And when you look at that image years from now, I want you to remember the sound of their laughter and the feel of their small hands in yours. My goal as a photographer is to capture the images that will stay with you long after you’ve stopped looking at them. For event photography, I bring some of my coordinated family lifestyle approach to your event portraiture, and once those images have been captured, my approach is to interfere as little as possible. I’m an observer and am quick to the draw when those key moments and connections happen.
My photography career started out with me as that family member/friend who can be trusted to take the photos you want sent to you after an event. After capturing many special moments, I realized I wanted to share this passion beyond family and friends. My full-time job is in Project Management and Quality for Medical Devices, but when I’m not working, I always love to capture a special moment in a photo. I’m laid back, fun to work with, and will make you laugh (I do want photos of you smiling). When I’m not working, taking, or editing photos, I like to attend boot camp classes, yoga classes, swim, read, and sew (you will find some Sew You by Erica Sue posts on the blog too). What moments can I freeze for you?
See more of Erica’s amazing Winter Break Family Camp photos here.