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5 Year Biz Anniversary + A Treat! | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

I blinked and it's August. How does this keep happening?!

You guys, it's one of my faaaavorite weeks!

TWO exciting reasons: 

1. It's my birthday week, yay! 

2. It's my business anniversary!

That's right, it's officially been five years since I launched EAP and I'm pretty stinkin' excited, humbled and honestly.. kinda shocked. If you had told me ten years ago this is what my career would look like, I would NOT have believed you.

Do you ever wish you had a time machine so you could pop back to the beginning and tell/teach/lecture your younger self? This is certainly how my brain works and I have frequent conversations with future Erin too. #soundscrazyIknow

If you are an EAP Family, be sure to check your email this week! I'll be sending out a special 'thank you' treat and if you know me well... it has to do with caffeinated beverages. #basic

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If you are NOT on the EAP Newsletter - then let's fix that! You'll get seasonal updates from me about mini sessions, availability and special offers. So, maybe like 3 or 4 emails a year? Nothing spammy, promise. ;)

Sign up here!

 

On another note, can I get sappy for a moment? 

Truthfully, I am phenomenally humbled by the families I serve. Your trust in me and the grace you extend is WHY I have been doing this for five years. The flexibility and blessings this offers my family are endless.

Thank you for being here. I'll never take your trust for granted, friends. Big hugs! 

xo

Erin

Golden Hour at the Beach! | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Meeting new families gives me so much joy! My little extrovert self is so uplifted by hearing their stories. This adorable family have only been in Virginia Beach a short time, but are loving it already!

We had a blast chasing the sunset and their sweet little one-year-old at the Virginia Beach oceanfront last weekend. He was probably the happiest baby I have every photographed! True, I say this often, LOL! But seriously, he was nothing but smiles and so excited to explore/eat/dig the sand with Mom and Dad. ;) 

Gah, SO excited for all the beach sessions on my calendar!!

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.
— Jeanne Moreau

If you've been dreaming of updated beach pictures this Summer - let's make it happen! :)

AND, there are just TWO Beach Mini-Session slots left for 2018. Snag one before they sell out!

Saturday, May 26th @ 7:45 pm or 8:00 pm

See you at the beach!!

xoxo

Erin

Winter 2018 Reads! | #EAPReads | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

One good thing about the weather during the colder months? 

More time to READ! :)

If you know me, you know about my annual reading goals. If you're new around here, check out this blog post: 2018 Reading Goals!

Literally me at the library...

For 2018, I've given myself the goal of reading thirty books. So far, I'm making great progress and I'm working on book twelve right now. Here's what I've read so far this year! 

What To Do When It's Your Turn by Seth Godin - A fun, quick and inspirational read if you've got dreams and feel like you need a permission slip to pursue them!

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek - I did cruise through this book quickly, I might need to revisit it.

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer - Any Office fans out there?! Let's just say, my love for Jenna Fischer is real and I loved reading about her experiences as a young actress in LA.

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley - A great overview on how to simplify your life, especially for Moms.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Total page turner!!

Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng - I loved the last book so much, I went on a quest to read everything written by this author. 

Superfudge by Judy Blume - My husband gifted me Judy Blume's Masterclass on writing for Christmas with a signed copy of this book! Obviously, I cried. :)

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay - Really useful book for starting and maintaining a minimal home life. The second half had lots of great tips on how to keep your house running smoothly. I need ALL the help I can get in this area!

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking - This book made me want to cocoon in a blanket, drink hot tea....and move to Denmark, haha! I kid you not, it was the perfect Winter read.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - This was such a fun read, I didn't want it to end!

Rising Strong by Brene Brown - I had this checked out from the library, so I need to buy my own copy to mark up and highlight for a second reading. It's certainly one of those books that will stay with you and can change how you see yourself and others. Highly recommend!

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What have you been reading?! I'm always adding to my "must read" list, so leave a comment and let me know! I love books about self-improvement, business, faith, realistic and historical fiction, YA fiction, etc. Happy Reading, friends!

Connect on IG with me! Search the hashtag #EAPReads :)

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Bringing Home a Baby Girl! | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

There's nothing quite like visiting new parents in their own space and telling their story.

I always love hearing about their experience, how much they're sleeping and how siblings or fur siblings are adjusting to the newest addition. Maybe it's the Mom in me, but I love to meet them where they are (with a Starbucks treat in hand!) and just let them talk for a bit. I learn SO much about them as a couple and their unique experience of bringing life into the world. What a gift! So thankful for this work and the families who open their door and trust me.

I loved spending the morning with Kasey and Jeff. They are so laid back and seem perfectly matched. This is one blessed baby girl...

I want to document the brief period where our daughter will be so small. They grow up so fast!
— Kasey

I love a wakeful and contemplative newborn. Watching them take everything in makes me stop and notice too. Because - ceiling fans ARE amazing, right!? LOL! ;) 

"Can we keep her, Mom?" #fursibling :) 

March is a full month of maternity sessions and newborn due dates! So excited to meet some new Mommas and visit with others. If you're due this Spring/Summer - drop me a message (please include your due date) and let's plan your session!

I can't wait to tell your story next ;) 

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In-Home Lifestyle Family Session | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Sometimes, in the middle of big life changes, it's easy to lose sight. To see the stress and difficulties instead of the blessings. I'm so guilty of this at times! Although I try to keep an optimistic look on life, I can become distracted by all the little setbacks and complications.

This is one reason why I love photography. Forgive the pun, but it allows me to see the big picture. What really matters in this life? Our connections and relationships to one another.

Nothing brings that to the surface more than in-home family sessions! The Baker family contacted me this Fall, during a busy season of life. They were about to move and are expecting their second child. Talk about big transitions! I loved that they chose to focus on what matters and document a morning at home as a family of three (soon to be four!). 

They finished breakfast, played, created, read books and made music together. We documented all of their son's favorite activities and his first bedroom. It was such a sweet morning! 

For in-home sessions, it's a great idea to have a short list of activities to do. Whatever your kids love, let's do it! They tend to forget my camera and enjoy making memories with you. Those are my favorite types of images to capture!

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
— Maya Angelou

Are you in a sweet season of life or about to go through a transition? In-home sessions are a great way to document your family just as you are. No perfectly polished or styled home required! I mean, I'm no Joanna Gaines - so I don't expect you to be either! Let's capture what really matters.

I have very limited weekend availability February-March. Drop me a note to get on the calendar! :)

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Wrapping up 2017! | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

For the last family session of 2017, I can't think of a more fitting family to capture! Dad just returned from deployment and this family of six is finally reunited. I couldn't be happier for them!

It had been two years since our last session and they have traveled the globe together and welcomed another baby. Blessings and sacrifices, but made stronger together. I'm so inspired by their connection and grace for one another. Here's to giving the people we love the very best of ourselves! They deserve it. :) 

Saying goodbye to 2017 and looking ahead to a joyful 2018...

Love is the answer. At least for most of the questions in my heart. Like: “Why are we here?”, “And where do we go?”, and “How come it’s so hard?”. It’s not easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving - I’ll tell you thing: It’s always better when we’re together.”
— Jack Johnson

As I reflect back on all the fabulous families I've had the honor of photographing this year - I am so overwhelmed with gratitude. I'm already at work planning for an incredible 2018! Please remember, it's never too early to book a session.

Expecting a baby in 2018? Planning a family Summer vacation to Virginia Beach? I am currently booking sessions into August. I can't wait to see you next year! 

Happy New Year! xoxo

~Erin

3 Outfit Tips for Cooler Days | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

Don't worry, I haven't decided to become a fashion blogger, haha! BUT, I do know the temps are dropping and families (okay, mainly Moms because #realtalk) often ask me for advice on how to dress their families for a session.

Luckily, we still have mild and even some warm days ahead here in Hampton Roads. November and December outdoor sessions are certainly cooler, so be sure to plan accordingly! Because nobody likes to be cold - especially the kiddos. Here are some tips on how you can dress to keep everyone cozy and toasty! 

1. Layer it up. Dress littles in several, warm layers underneath their 'fancier' clothes. Thermal long johns, leggings and thick socks will keep the wind from cutting right through their top layers. Opt for a cute puffer vest, tailored jacket or fleece-lined pants. Remember, fit matters in photos so avoid anything too big or bulky. I usually buy winter coats a size larger so my girls will use them for two Winters, but they are not the best choice for pictures. Save your receipts and watch the forecast! Shop ahead and return anything you don't end up needing. #MomHack

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2. Accessorize smartly. Hats, beanies, mittens, gloves, scarves, earmuffs, capes - the options are endless for everyone in the family. In my experience, kids often complain of cold wind on their hands and ears. Keeping those two covered during a chilly session will be well worth it. Plus, there is SO much cute stuff out there! Hit up Target or Old Navy and grab some color coordinated options juuuust in case. 

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3. Include a cozy blanket and/or use your surroundings. Have a favorite family blanket or quilt? Bring it along! Some of my favorite images are ones where everyone is snuggled up together. :) Also, position yourself in a location with tall trees or buildings. This will cut down on the cold wind whipping through and leaving everyone exposed in the open. 

Try your best to keep everyone comfy and then get some hot cocoa/tea after! Starbucks stop on the way home? Totally been there :)

Stay cozy, friends! xoxo

A Sweet and Snuggly Lifestyle Session | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

When another photographer contacts me - it is one of the greatest compliments! It's like being a hair stylist and choosing who cuts your own hair. You have an eye for the craft, and it's a huge deal choosing another artist. 

If I'm completely honest, on top of being a huge compliment, I also feel a bit nervous. I want to live up to their expectations and totally rock the session for them! Sarah and I had been following one another on social media for awhile - so I was truly honored when she booked a newborn session. You can check out her photography page HERE and give her a follow! Sarah understands the lifestyle approach to newborn sessions and embraced the care-free and relaxed vibe. 

During the session, she suggested photographing bath time for the baby and I was in nerdy-photographer-Heaven right away, haha! This family was so laid back, genuine and full of love. Big sister giggled at least 1/2 the time which reminded me of how much I love six-year-olds. Seriously - such a great age! Sarah's husband was on board for anything and it was sweet to witness the love he has for his girls. Pictures don't lie and their connection is written all over these images. Totally obsessed...

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Big sis has the magic touch. She brushes baby's hair and it instantly calms her down. A regular baby whisperer in the making, friends!

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Yes to ALL the legos! A girl after my own heart. ;)

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No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.
— Michael Ratnadeepak
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Are you expecting? Congrats! I'm currently booking newborn sessions into 2018. Send me a note and let's chat :)