Photographer Education

The Power of Kind Words | 'Only Little Once' | Hampton Roads Photography Education

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I'm a big believer in letting the people in your life know what they mean to you. If you've learned from them, been inspired, or they have helped you in some way... shining a light on them helps you both shine brighter!

This might be why I love complimenting strangers. If you're out shopping with me, just know I'll stop someone at Target to compliment their hair or mention how patient they are being with their toddler. We ALL need words of affirmation, even if that's not our primary love language. ;)

There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
— Scott Adams

This week, I got the sweetest email from a previous student of the Only Little Once workshop. Emily is an amazing Mom of four sweet kiddos. I have photographed her family, mentored her in photography and I'm so grateful for her heart and friendship!

Since she's had her hands full (four kids, remember?) I was so moved she took the time to send me this thoughtful review complete with before and after example pictures. Talk about blown AWAY! Emily has always had talent with her pictures, but she is next level now! The lifestyle images she takes of her own kids... are beautiful. 

Reading this email, I had just gotten home from a beach session and was covered in sand. Pretty soon, I was blubbering through tears and showing my husband the email. It made my week! This is what kind words can do, friends.

From Emily:

"For as long as I can remember, I have loved photography. I love capturing those magical moments that become memories. 

And once I had children, that love of capturing those memories grew even more. Since I couldn't slow or stop time, I had the desperate desire to at least preserve it through photographs. My photos weren't "bad," but they weren't incredible either. I longed to take beautiful "frame worthy" images of my family, but somewhere there was a disconnect between what I was envisioning in my mind and what I was actually able to produce. 

Then my husband gave me the gift of a seat in Erin's Only Little Once course. To say it was life changing is not an overstatement. It was less than an hour into the class when a lightbulb went off and all of those little pieces of knowledge I had about photography clicked into place. Thanks to Erin's gift of teaching, I FINALLY "got" the puzzle!

I used to rely on post processing software to "fix" my photos since I could never seem to get them just right in camera. Now I use it only to enhance the incredible images I am getting straight out of the camera. 

If you have a love of photography, if you long to take beautiful photographs of your family, friends, or other interests, if you feel like you're holding some of the pieces but just can't seem to get those images right in camera - this course is for you! Erin is incredibly talented, warm, knowledgable, and, above all, an excellent teacher. You will be so glad you invested in this course and in your photography. After all - they truly are Only Little Once!"

Yep. This was me reading the email... only with crazy hair and sandy feet. The BEST!! I'm so grateful. xoxo

Look at these adorable before and after images!

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If you can connect with anything Emily said, then I want to personally invite you to this workshop! I created this for Moms, Foster Moms, Fur-Moms, Hobbyists, Grandmas, anyone who wants to learn their camera. If your DSLR is sitting in the closet collecting dust... let's change that! 

The Details:

Saturday, July 28th in Virginia Beach

2-4:30 PM

Cost: $120

Includes a learning manual, instructional time, an opportunity to practice AND membership to our private, VIP Facebook group!

* If you register by July 1st, use the coupon code 'EARLYBIRD' to save $10! Yay!*

Space for the workshop is limited and seats are filling! For more details:

If you know this workshop is for you, YAY! Let's do this!


I can't wait to see you next month! If you have questions or are wondering if this is for you - I totally get it. Please feel free to email me and let's chat. :)

xoxo

Erin

'Art of Imperfect'- A Guide for Family Photographers | Online Education

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If you've been around here for awhile now, you know how much I love capturing perfectly imperfect moments. I'm all about the lifestyle approach to family photography and I LOVE sharing my tips with other hobbyists and professionals! In fact, I recently had the "oh-my-gosh" moment of realizing I've mentored over FIFTY women. WHAT!? SO grateful!

Last Fall, I held an 'Art of Imperfect' Workshop in Virginia Beach that was an amazing success! We talked all things family photography and even had two families come to model for us so the students could practice their new skills. I was so excited and honored to share my tips with these ladies, but I knew that was only the beginning!

The question I most often hear from photographers is, "HOW can I get families to relax during a session and pose naturally?" Well, to answer this question and serve my community well - I've created my very FIRST digital guide. Why should we ask newer photographers to reinvent the wheel? I'm not about letting others sit in the dark of not knowing, when I have years of experience to share! #sharingiscaring ;)

This short and sweet series of video modules has zero fluff. No hours upon hours of video, no unnecessary pages of PDFs to sift through. Your time is valuable and ain't nobody got time for that! We get right to it.

Here's a bit of a preview of what to expect:

If this sounds like your cup of tea - click below for all the details!!

I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to teach and share with other family photogs! I'm so passionate about this topic....to the point of being pretty nerdy, haha ;) 

 

Thanks for following along on this journey with me, friends!!

Best,

Erin

 

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3 Myths Around Starting a Photography Business | Hampton Roads Photography Educator

Raise your hand if you've ever thought...

"I would love to own my own business... I need more flexibility for my family."

"How are these photographers managing all.the.things!? They must be way more organized than me."

"What if I could make side income for my family doing something I love?"

"I'd love to run a photography business, but I'm just not "there" yet with my skills."

Friend, I am raising my hand with you. About five years ago, I was in the beginning stage of my dreaming. Wondering if I could provide for my family even if I wasn't where I wanted to be yet. If your arm is falling asleep because it's still raised - this is for you!!

I made a short video where I talk about 3 myths we tell ourselves around starting a photography business. I hope it inspires you to take that next step, because you have SO much to offer. 

Here's a brief summary of what I chat about in the video: 

Myth #1. Everything has to be perfect and then I'll start my business!

Truth: Nothing is ever going to be perfect. If you wait for perfection, you may never start. Focus on slow progress instead and moving in the right direction.

Myth #2. There's too many photographers in my area - it's already saturated!

Truth: Every market is different! There is a photographer for every person. Focus on using your gifts to bring more beauty into the world. Your talents and vision are needed!

Myth #3. I'm not good enough yet. Who would hire me?

Truth: Change your mindset! Quiet those self-defeating thoughts. You are unique and have so much to offer! 

I hope this encouraged you today! Let me know in the comments if owning a business is a goal of yours. Maybe you're in the beginning phases of building a portfolio and feeling totally overwhelmed. Just try to do the next thing on your list. Focus on your own path and remember you're not alone on the journey!

xoxo

Erin