Master Manual Mode! | Hampton Roads Photography Education

Hampton Roads Photography Education
This class is a worthwhile (and fun!) investment that will give you not only an understanding of how to shoot in manual, but an encouraging teacher to guide you on the journey!

I know how comfortable it can be to stay stuck in auto mode. How much easier it can feel to use our cell phones to capture moments. And don’t we have enough to worry about these days? WHY would we add the stress of learning something new to our already overwhelming plates?!

Because these memories matter. They deserve to be captured in the best way possible. We’re not talking about perfection here, but I do believe that quality images of our kids’ day-to-day life is a priceless gift.

I might burn the cupcakes and I’ll never be a professional ‘Pinterest Mom’, but my girls will have beautiful images from their childhood. Images that not only capture the event, but are also correctly exposed, well lit with true, real-to-life colors. You’ll be able to see clearly who was present and the details, so there’s no distractions.

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Are you ready to stop guessing and start capturing quality images of your kiddos? It’s never too late and your kids are not too old - promise! This 2019, learn something new that will bless your family for generations. Here are the details:

Only Little Once: A Photography Workshop for Moms and Hobbyists

When: Saturday, January 12th 2019

2-4:30 PM

Where: Virginia Beach, VA

Investment: $120

*Includes membership to our exclusive VIP Facebook Group! You’ll continue learning well after the workshop ends AND have a supportive group of women cheering you on.*

*Space is very limited and this workshop typically sells out.*

Curious if this workshop is a good fit for you? Shoot me an email and let’s chat!

Best,

Erin

P.S. Do you know someone who would love to attend?? Keep an eye out for a super fun giveaway coming soon over on Instagram!

First Birthday and Family Session! | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

There’s nothing sweeter than getting to watch my littlest clients grow up! All these precious newborns who are now toddlers, but still have the same expressions they did when they were brand new. It always amazes me how fast they grow.

I love getting to catch up with parents and document the first birthday. There’s lot of ways to capture this milestone, and sometimes that just looks like an outdoor mini session! Check out this gorgeous little redhead and her smitten Mom and Dad. :)

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
— Agatha Christie

Although I’m done taking on sessions for 2018, I am currently booking into Spring/Summer of 2019. My weekend dates are always the first to go, so reach out soon if you have a date in mind! If you’re new here, I specialize in maternity, family and lifestyle newborn sessions.

Send me a quick email and let’s get your 2019 session on the books!

Best,

Erin

Gorgeous Fall Sunset Maternity Session | Hampton Roads Maternity Photographer

It has been an amazing Fall full of golden sunset sessions! I love my time with every family, but couples expecting their first baby have a special place in my heart. Their excitement, joy and love for each other shines out in every image.

I’m so honored to capture just a small part of their story. And someday, I hope this sweet girl sees these pictures and knows how deeply her parents loved her from the start.

Here are just a few favorites from our golden hour session in Chesapeake, Virginia!

2018 is wrapping up, friends! If you are shopping this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday - be on the lookout for ways to save with my small biz. Here are just a couple of things happening:

  • Only Little Once: A Photography Workshop for Parents is coming in January! Gift cards are available to claim a seat. Read about the class HERE!

  • Gift a session to your wife, Mom or BFF! Gift cards are available in any amount and make a great stocking stuffer for the photo-lover in your life. Contact me and I’ll pop a pretty gift card in the mail for you!

  • A special BOGO deal is currently running for previous EAP families! I will share any remaining spots left on my Facebook and Instagram pages through the weekend.


Wishing your family a joyful Thanksgiving!

Best,

Erin

'Quiet the Noise' Newsletter Series! | Limitless Motherhood

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My ever insightful sister texted this to me yesterday…

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…was anything ever more true?! If you just laughed or snorted or nodded your head, friend - you.are.not.alone.

It’s coming. The joy and excitement of the holidays! And yet, (uh oh, here comes the and yet) we are busier than ever during a season meant for slowing and savoring.

Let me start by saying I have zero intentions of adding more to your already fully loaded plate. Next week that plate will be loaded with Thanksgiving dinner yumminess, but will your head and heart match up with the spirit of the day? These are the things I ruminate over. I know, it’s weird.

But, here we are.

So, I’m creating a simple step for us. A way to limit all that noise, noise…noise!

And no, I’m not talking about little Cindy Lou making a racket down in WhoVille.

I’m talking about the noise from our newsfeeds, email accounts and piles of clutter. The holiday season can be so loud, and I don’t want that stealing my joy.

Because if we can limit just a fraction of the noise and stress coming at us, maybe we can find some space to breath. Just maybe there’s a bit of white space waiting for us to lean into. A pair of cozy slippers for our overwhelmed minds.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sending out a short series of challenges in the Limitless Motherhood newsletter. These challenges are meant to give you one simple step to quieting the noise. This series will include 3 challenges, all sent out over the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s my hope they will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to celebrate with intention!

Not on the list yet? Click below and join the newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!

The first challenge is coming tomorrow! Use the following hashtag over on instagram so I can find and cheer you on throughout the series this season!

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I can’t wait for us to all find more white space this holiday season. Let’s end the year with purpose and a peaceful mind! Chat soon.

Best,

Erin

She Speaks Studio Top Takeaways! | Personal

If you ever get the opportunity to invest in a dream that’s so big you-can’t-say-it-aloud-because-OMG-it-is-terrifying….do it. Book the room, pack way too many shoes, board that plane, find a babysitter, leave before dawn…whatever it is you need to do. Make. It. Happen.

Hurricane Florence pushed back the date of the She Speaks Studio to November, and I had been anxiously awaiting it now for months.

She Speaks Studio was put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries, and if you have no idea what this organization is - I suggest you check it out if you’re looking for resources to grow in your faith.


This was the first Studio event and it was organized with instructional time, keynote speakers and hands-on workshop time. I signed up for the writing track and immediately made some amazing new friendships. I love how God cares enough about the details to make sure we were all sitting together at the same table!


Confession: I cried at least 395 times over the span of 1 1/2 days. Here are a few takeaways I never want to forget: 

  • Listening to best-selling author and speaker, Lysa TerKeurst, remind us that God does not want to be explained away, but invited in

  • When author, Suzie Eller said “when we hesitate in our calling, it becomes about us and not about God.”

  • The personal and heartbreaking stories of some of the strongest women I’ve ever met. Getting to hug them and process through some big emotions was an honor.

  • Having a mentor I respect, read my writing, look me in the eye and say “This is really, really good. Go write this.” #totallysobbed

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I am beyond grateful for this experience and I can’t wait to see how God is going to use it!

Curious what I’m doing? 

Join the Limitless Motherhood and come along for the ride!

Check out Instagram for more behind-the-scenes moments!

xo

Erin

What’s your Holiday-Readiness-Profile?

Happy Halloweeeeeen! 

Phew! Is anybody else already exhausted? It’s been a month of spirit days, Fall festivals, Trunk-r-Treats and class parties. I hope today you take a gazillion pictures of your baby or cat dressed up in something adorable! 

But after today, Moms, can we just agree to take a break? It seems everyone I talk to this month is beyond busy. I know we talk about rest and life balance, but October has. been. crazy. And it’s not looking like November is going to be slowing down either.

Is this break neck speed what we’re expected to maintain until January? Well, I guess not, because by then we’ll all be doing a detox of our diets and homes. 

I mean, I love you Fall - but can I just live my life like a normal person?

So, when is the rest happening for you? 

Let’s agree to take a collective breather tomorrow on November 1st. And before we get caught up in the mania of the holidays - let’s consider how we’re feeling. How we feel come November sets our mood and tone for the rest of the season. There is a wide array of where people fall on the holiday-readiness-profile (yes, this is a real thing…that I just invented). And there are LOTS of strong feelings involved. 

It’s my understanding, that most folks fall into one of three categories. Which of these profiles best describes you?

  1. Christmas Champion: You were made for this season and glitter runs in your bloodstream. You LOVE it all and want to start even before the pumpkins are off the front porch. 

2. Mixed Emotions: You dabble somewhere in the middle. Christmas music by mid-November, but you don’t get a tree early because you’re a respectable person. 

3. Holiday Purist: You believe in the purity of one holiday at a time. You’d like to completely digest your turkey and stuffing before hearing ‘Santa Baby’ while at CVS. 

Whatever profile rings true for you, can we agree that being considerate of others is what matters most? Let’s not shame or Grinch anybody, but we can respectfully realize that others don’t share our opinion.

Here’s a fun graphic to help us remember that this season is for everyone! Send this to someone who might need the gentle reminder. ;)

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That’s right. You do you, friend. But at the same time, love your neighbor and give everyone some grace. God knows we all need it right now.

And now that we’ve named our own feelings, we can live more authentically this month. Knowing my own heart and approach around the holidays alleviates some of the anxiety I have this time of year. And I’m guessing you might feel the same.

Comment below and let me know which profile fits you best!

And then, go eat some candy and watch Hocus Pocus for the 5th time. You deserve it.

xo

Erin 

Let’s connect on Instagram!

Snuggly Lifestyle Newborn Session | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

Every family is unique and so is every session! The goal of my business is to offer a custom experience for all the families I serve. I want to meet your needs and create memories to last generations. Custom packages are available and I love working with families to tell a complete story!

I was able to capture the gender reveal, maternity and now the newborn memories for this wonderful family. I’m incredibly humbled and thankful for their trust! We’ve become good friends on the journey and meeting their beautiful son was the icing on the cake…

Babies are like little suns that, in a magical way, bring warmth, happiness and light into our lives.

— Kartini Diapari-Oengider

My 2018 calendar is officially full, friends! Although I can no longer take on family sessions this year, I am scheduling newborn sessions. If you are due in late 2018 or early 2019, let’s get your due date on the calendar! I’d love to capture these moments for your family.

Best,

Erin

Why Regina George Scares Me | Limitless Motherhood

Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from my monthly newsletter, the Limitless Motherhood. If you find yourself nodding along, sign up for these encouraging twice-monthly emails! Or send this link to a friend who needs to accept a compliment because she’s all things amazing.

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“I really love that new rug. You did a great job decorating this room!”

 

“Well, don’t look in the kids’ bedrooms. SUCH a mess.”

 

“Love your haircut, you look so pretty!”

 

“Glad you didn’t see me an hour ago, ha!”

 

“What a great party! You outdid yourself planning the details.”

 

“Oh, I found everything on Pinterest. There’s no way I could think all this up!”

 

When someone offers you a compliment, what’s your initial response? If you’re anything like me, you might:

  • sidestep that compliment with the skills of a verbal ninja

  • make a joke in which my looks or abilities are the inevitable punch line

  • thank the person, but always with some limiting “but…” so they don’t think I think I’m better than everyone (perfect logic - right?)

  • be as self-effacing as possible…I wouldn’t want to appear "snooty"

  • boomerang the compliment and immediately redirect the focus back on the other person

Enough is enough.

Why do I feel the need to belittle every kind word thrown my way? For the majority of my adult life, this has been my automatic response. Afterwards, I’ll replay the scene in my mind, and am embarrassed that I still respond this way. 

When I have graciously accepted a compliment before, I do so with a smile, eye contact and a direct “thank you!” Even if I feel a little sick in my stomach the entire time.

It doesn’t always make a difference who delivers the compliment, a stranger, friend or even my husband. My response is usually the same. In my jumbled brain, the act of humbling myself against the onslaught of a compliment protects me from becoming *gasp*….a snob.

Ridiculous, right? As if accepting a genuine compliment makes me appear egocentric and pretentious. My ugly fear of being perceived as a Regina George is its' own inner Mean Girl.

Recently, I’ve noticed how my six-year-old daughter responds after I compliment her. 

 

“Did you make that all by yourself? Wow, you’re so creative!”

 

“Thanks! I really like it.”

 

As simple as that. She accepts and enjoys my compliment. She allows my words to wash over her fill her emotional cup. 

Why can’t I always do the same?

My daughters are watching and listening. If whenever their Mom is complimented and she brushes it off, what will they learn? 

  • They will learn to limit themselves. 

  • To downplay their gifts and abilities. 

  • They might listen to their own inner mean girls.

  • They’ll believe that self assurance is conceited. 

 

Clearly, this is not what I want for them - or for myself. There is a time and place for teaching our children humility, but they also need to learn the art of accepting a compliment with grace.

The next time I receive praise, I’ll accept it with a smile and a genuine thank you

No side stepping or Regina-phobia allowed.

 

Best,

Erin

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Little Island Park Sunset | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

It’s that time of year! Beach sessions are wrapping up and pretty soon temps will be dropping here in Virginia Beach. It has been an incredible season of family, maternity and newborn sessions. We’ve made memories, played and laughed. It has been so good for my soul!

If you don’t want to miss out on 2019 beach session slots, sign up for the EAP family newsletter for first dibs! I only send out emails regarding availability, mini session signups aaaannd the occasional treat. :)

This seemed to be the year where the couples I photographed were very similar to me and my husband. I’ve captured two couples who were celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. We just met that mark last June! I’ve worked with families that attend our church, are navy brats and are also obsessed with sloths. Clearly, we had a LOT to discuss, haha!

Here are just a few favorites from my night last week with the Finney family! How cute are these little girls?!

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.
— Simone Signoret

Fall Maternity Sunset Session | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Hurricane Florence, scheduling conflicts and about a zillion mosquitoes tried to put a damper on this maternity session…but, YOU GUYS! How beautiful are these two? Not only were they beyond gracious with rescheduling (thank you!!) but showed up and were SO willing to go all in at the session.

THIS is what I love. Couples who are comfortable together and accept all my awkward chatter and jokes, ha!

Call me sentimental, but I always think about the babies who will grow up and look at these images of their parents. Any rare photo I’ve seen of my mother pregnant, just takes my breath away. So much love is there already. What a gift to capture!

Losing my mind over this gorgeousness…

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
— Osho

Fall sessions are nearly booked! Just a handful of weekday slots are left, friends. 2019 slots are beginning to fill as well, SO snag those dates under 2018 pricing. ;)

Best,

Erin

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