What a gorgeous summer evening! This mama hustled to rearrange schedules so that we could have beautiful light for our session. She also hustled to coordinate outfits and get everyone to our location on time – WOO!! Amazing! I had such a fun time with everyone. The boys were super cute and the girls were SUCH great helpers ❤ Awesome family!
I like to have fun, so be ready for goofy faces (from me), races (at the end so you won’t get sweaty!), lots of group hugs and laughs 😀
These guys made my job easy ❤ Thanks so much to the Wang family!!
TIP: Bring a small snack for little ones!! Don’t offer it unless it’s your last option (which is rare), and be sure it doesn’t make a mess. So no M&Ms, Goldfish or chips!! Think pretzels, cheese sticks or apple slices. They won’t make their outfits messy or get stuck in their teeth/face!
Erica@photerica.com to book your spring session!! xo
Oh summer! Oh beautiful families!
I was so excited when a gift certificate was purchased as a Christmas gift for Denise (grandma!) from her children (in-laws included!). The evening we picked turned out to be perfect – there’s nothing better than a summer evening for a portrait session. It’s worth re-organizing your schedule for the day if you can swing it!
I had fun chasing the little ones, gathering and grouping families & kids and chatting throughout the session.
Can not WAIT to be back at this gorgeous location with another lovely family this summer ❤ Thank you Charno’s for being so wonderful!
Photo Session TIP (The most important!):
– Schedule your session about 1-2 hours prior to sunset in the summer. The light is soft, golden and beautiful…and it will make YOU look better too! The Charno’s have lots of little ones, and we all know that 5-7pm is a HARD time of day for them. BUT they re-arranged their day so that they had the best possible outcome for their photos! And it paid off!
For details on booking your family session, shoot me an email at Erica@photerica.com!
Ahh fall ❤ I am aching for warm weather again…I am DONE with being cold and stuck indoors. The kids need to get out and run, run, run! Until then, I’m going to remember what’s coming in the next few months by taking a peek at last years sessions that I never got around to blogging.
Let me tell you…this family is AWESOME! Jeff, Kim and their 2 boys Holden & Connor will give you instant smiles. The boys are hilarious. I’m lucky that Holden and my son Aaron are preschool buddies so I get to see them relatively often 😀
Look at those faces! Ah! That bottom right one of Connor…I was trying so hard not to shake my camera while I was laughing 🙂
These photos are a sample of the photos they received from their fall mini session! This year, I’ll be offering mini sessions on weeknights ONLY (remember…it stays warm and light until 8p in the summer!). These sessions are perfect for families with 1-2 kids, or with older kids. Be sure to take advantage 🙂
Erica@photerica.com to book your session!
At the beginning of nearly every year, the first session I book is a newborn session. I LOVE this…what better way to start off then with a cozy, at-home session with a new baby?! This family was wonderful! We spent time capturing in-the-moment images as well as posed images. When mom fed or changed Emmett I got to play legos and hide-and-seek with his big brothers ❤
You know what else I love? New parents who look at each other like Katie and Brian do. 3 children, sleepless nights?! Look at how sweet they are! ❤ And look at that beautiful baby!
I always take some time with the baby alone with mom and dad (each of them and then all 3 of them together!). Snuggles are the best! It’s a nice time for them to just take a breath and LOOK at their new baby.
I love some hands-on poses that are still natural. It’s about making sure everyone looks good while capturing moments that happen naturally. And photographing interactions between family members (pups included) is priceless. That’s the good stuff you guys…you don’t want to forget those moments!
Those moments? Take a peek below. These are just a handful of my favorites from their session. Those legos next to the dog?! Yes, someone will probably step on them (like I do nearly every day) but it’s something that I don’t want mom & dad to forget…their boys LOVE legos!
Katie did an amazing job with the nursery…I’m not sure where she gets her energy to turn Pinterest ideas into beautiful creations but I would like some please!!
Thank you so much to the Moore family for having me in your home ❤ Your boys couldn’t be cuter!
**Lifestyle sessions are available for any type of session! They aren’t just for newborns – we can make a family session a lifestyle session (email me for details on how we do this!). It makes your session stress free, fun and most importantly will help you remember the little moments that will be gone before you blink ❤
When I was pregnant (ok so since day 1) I knew I wanted to stay at home with by babies. I’ve been home with Aaron for 4 years and Olive joined us 17 months ago. Staying at home, I’ve had these moments where I just wished there was someone following us around photographing our day together. I burn the moment into my brain and hope it sticks.
Like when Aaron was 2 and we would race outside to watch the garbage truck pick up our tote. He’d sit in my lap and we would wave, hoping to get a “beep beep!” in return. Or when Olive will random turn to me and give me an eskimo kiss. These little amazing moments that I want to freeze.
Of course I have the photos of my kids doing most of these things on their own…but I wish I was in them. Can you believe it…I should know better. I should have hired someone (and I still should!) to take an everyday session for me. I want my kids to have a snapshot, just an idea, of what we did during the day together. What our days were filled with, how much fun we had and how loved they were.
So wether you are a stay at home mom, or you are taking the day off work to enjoy your little one(s), this type of session is for you. *Every Day At-Home Sessions*.
We’ll schedule a time for me to come to your home and photograph you with your babies, doing every day things. Going for a walk or bike ride, playing in the grass, making cookies, chalking on the driveway, blowing bubbles etc… it’s nothing that takes planning…it’s just a relaxed, fun day at home. A session that shows your little ones personalities while they’re in their element…with YOU! If you really don’t want to be in them…well, ok 😉 But you should be! At least a few!
Every Day At-Home Session ($350):
- 1-2 hour session at your home
- Minimum of 40 edited images
- Online gallery of all edited images
- All digital files, via gallery download
Email me to set up your session at Erica@photerica.com.
These moments…don’t let them by! xo
I know it’s hard to imagine at the moment, but spring IS coming. It is, I promise! The first thing everyone does when the weather warms up is break out their cameras to get fun photos of their kids playing outside. They want good photos wether it’s bright and sunny or dark and cloudy. And you should have them! If you have a camera that you spent a good chunk of change on and still have yet to use it the way you know it should be used…sign up for my class! Learn NOW so that you can practice and be ready when the weather warms up.
We’ll spend 1-2 hours together 1:1, chatting about:
* how to take better photos in low light and bright light (indoors and outdoors!)
* using your camera in manual mode
* basics of your camera and how/when to adjust different features (shutter, aperture, ISO)
* best ways to practice using your camera
* answers to all of your questions and areas you’re having trouble with
We spend time on what YOU want to learn in addition, so that you walk away feeling good about what you’ve learned. And you can always contact me if you run into questions along the way 😉
We’ll pick a time and place that works for you and has the right light settings so that you can actually PRACTICE and LEARN while you’re with me. The best way to learn is to do! I’ll provide you with a cheat sheet of everything we learned so that you don’t need to take as many notes and can focus on your camera.
Trust me. Learn to use your camera. These are your kids, your pets, your friends and family…your life you are documenting. Make sure you have great photos to remember these moments by!
Classes are $150 for up to 2 hours. Discounts are available if you bring a friend!