Mitchell | Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Mitchell! Oh so you are such a sweet babe! I mean, look at those cheeks, toes and lips! At 2.5 months Mitchell was so aware and full of personality. His mom & dad are head over heels for him as you can see 🙂 His mama was *glowing* – which is near impossible to do when you have a new baby (keep sleeping little man!).

I love photographing families who have a new baby – I can *never* get enough of that.  What I love even more, is photographing families who have just had their first baby. Yes, they may be tired, a bit scattered, and…well just tired ha! BUT they are SO HAPPY. All of them! There’s nothing like watching people who are still getting familiar with their first baby. It’s all so new and amazing (even the hard parts) and they’re just happy to be going through it all. It leaves me feeling energized, happy and excited for their journey.

Here’s a peek at Mitchell’s Lifestyle Newborn session!

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Thank you Emily & Eric for having me photograph your beautiful family and being so welcoming ❤ I hope to see you again as Mitchell grows! xo

Erica@photerica.com

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The Charno Family | Rochester, NY Family Portraits

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.

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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!

Every Day Sessions | Something NEW!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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*.

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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!

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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

Mini Sessions | New Client Special

Sessions are an investment. It’s a big decision who you decide to have to photograph your family, especially if you’re in the market for the first time. You want to be sure that you will be happy with your photos, and sometimes it might seem like a lot to risk. I get it, which is why I am SO THANKFUL for each and every one of you that comes to me!

This year only, I will be offering something new for those of you who would love to have their photos done, but just aren’t sure if you want to go all in for a full session. Mini sessions! Yes…it’s happening. For the FIRST TIME I am offering family/child mini sessions from May through August. If you’ve had mini sessions done with me in the past, but NOT a full session, this is available to you as well! Minis will only be offered weeknights, but if you can swing it, it’s a great chance to take advantage of mini sessions while they’re here.

Mini Sessions: $200:
– 30 minute session
– 10 digital images
– All edited images delivered in an online gallery
– All digital files, via gallery download

I would love to see lots of new families this year, along with my usual amazing loyal clients ❤ Set up your session in advance, rescheduling due to weather is always an option! Erica@photerica.com xo

How Do I Use My Camera?! | DSLR Class Details

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.

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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

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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.

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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!

Erica@photerica.com

 

 

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Vivi | Remembering

One thing I love and encourage all my clients to do is bring their dog(s) along for their session, or at least part of it. Pups are such an important part of the family, why leave them out? They greet us happily every time we walk in the door, or even in the room, they snuggle up to us when we’re down, they help our kids learn how to be gentle and learn responsibility and more importantly they love us. They love us all day, every day just for being there.

While I always love a mini-pup session, I think it’s even more important to have one when they are older, a little slower, and time is not on their side. Take 30 minutes to spend time with your pup and take home photos that you will have forever. ❤

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This June I will joining up with a local business to offer mini-pup sessions. A portion of the proceeds with go to a local shelter. Details to come. xo

 

*Now booking spring sessions and summer events!* Erica@photerica.com

 

 

A fun session with 5 little girls | Cousins

What’s a perfect gift for Grandma? Photos of her grandchildren together! 5 little girls, 4 parents and an hour later we had Grandma’s Christmas gift 🙂 These girls were adorable – they kept me on my toes, which I love, and were just so cute to watch together. Now I just need to be able to do this with my kids and their cousins for their Grandma (sorry Grandma, I know I still owe you!) 😉

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I love this mama and her baby…who is getting SO BIG! ❤

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I’m so happy to know all 3 families and take their photos. I really do have the very best clients!! xo

Now booking Spring sessions!! Erica@photerica.com to get details and book YOUR session 🙂