Family, Kids

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!

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at home session, Baby, Family, Kids

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

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

at home session, Classes, Family, Kids, Personal

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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Baby, Family, Kids, Rochester

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 🙂

Family, Kids, NY Family Photographer, Rochester

Remember how beautiful fall was? This family made it even better <3

Ahh fall! I LOVE the fall…except for the impending doom of winter, it’s right up there with August and picking tomatoes from the garden. The leaves this past fall were perfection, along with the light. Add in an easy-going, fun and very loving family and you have the perfect outdoor family session. Meet the Armstrongs – I look forward to our fall sessions every year. I think this year was my favorite ❤

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Even grandpa stepped in for a few photos with his favorite guy ❤

Armstrong-30-2Armstrong-34-2Armstrong-48-2Armstrong-45-2Armstrong-41-2Armstrong-18-2Armstrong-64-2Armstrong-43-2I love it when you bring your pups to our sessions! I can’t wait to see this family again next year, and see Ryan grow even bigger ❤ xo

at home session, Baby, Family, maternity, NY Family Photographer, Rochester

Lifestyle Family Session | At Home

I did it. I logged back into my blog after…wait for it…a YEAR! Ugh, I swore I wouldn’t abandon my blog after rebuilding it. And then came Olive. My beautiful little girl who has completed our family ❤ However, she was not what I would call a good sleeper. For the ENTIRE first year! And so at the end of the day, when the kids were in bed and I was supposed to jump on my computer to keep up with my blog…I went to bed instead. Or laid on the couch and watched cooking shows, or read my book. I was tired, oh so tired. And my blog went ignored.

I’m happy to report that Olive is now sleeping through the night (and getting better at naps), and I am kind of getting better at organizing my time. So here I am again, more awake than before, promising not to ignore my blog this year 🙂  I’ll be updating it with  last years sessions to make up for lost time.

I’m SO excited to share this session with you all! My friends Jen and Bob are expecting baby #3 and wanted to have a relaxed at-home session of their family of 4 before it became a family of 5. I loved this idea! At home sessions capture the every day moments that you don’t want to forget, the fun activities that you want recorded with you IN the photos and is just a nice way to have some family time that you can print out for your album.

Spryn-13We baked cookies, played in the soon-to-be baby’s room, did some cuddling on the couch and of course playing, laughing and swooning over mama’s beautiful belly along the way.

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