Croatan Beach Sunset | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Stories. 

This is what I love about my work. True, I don't have to share a family's story with you... and I don't always because, well, it's not mine to tell. But I love to share just a bit about what makes a couple unique. Especially two people who are so vibrant and clearly in love as these two.

Some couples are a testimony. A promise that we can see and hug and believe. That even though we don't know the plans, God has our best intentions at heart. I got to witness that while reading over the questionnaire that soon-to-be-Mom, Heather, submitted after booking their maternity session. They were in town for their baby shower and surrounded my friends who radiated their joy with them! What a gift to witness.

Thank you for letting me a small part of this special day, Heather and Michael! 

Are you visiting Virginia Beach this Summer?

Well, I'd love to meet you and help tell your family's story. Let me know when you'll be in town and we'll get your session on the calendar!

Best,

Erin

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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

'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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Welcome Home, James! | Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

I knew after meeting this couple at their maternity session, they were going to make amazing parents! Getting to finally see them hold their baby boy was such a joy. These three are blessed beyond words and I'm so honored I could capture their story.

When I arrived, new Mom, Mollie mentioned how awesome my job is - that I get to photograph new babies. I couldn't agree more! I never imagined I'd be a photographer one day - certainly not one who has the gift of photographing newborns during their first days at home. I love exploring Hampton Roads with couples and helping share their story of expectation and parenthood. What a gift!

James was prayed over so much, and the fact that he is home with them right now is a beautiful testimony. Mollie created such a gorgeous nursery for him as well - adorable!

Sharing just a few favorites from our morning together...

I love posing Dads with their brand new littles. Something about them fitting in their hands for just a short window of time....what a sweet memory to look back on someday. 

The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.
— Olivia Wilde

I love including fur siblings! :)

Mollie made this blanket herself for baby James! So cozy and sweet. :)

Did you know I offer a maternity/newborn package? Yep! Bundle both sessions together and tell the complete story. Drop me a note using the contact form below and let's chat!

Best,

Erin

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How to Rock your Maternity Session! | Hampton Roads Maternity Photographer

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If you've recently scheduled a maternity session, chances are you're feeling super excited to document this time with your spouse! Maternity sessions are such a unique way to show your kids how much you loved and adored them - before they even arrived. My girls love to see pictures of me when I was pregnant with them. I truly wish I had more to share with them, which is another reason I'm passionate about maternity photography.

If you're wanting to absolutely -rock- your maternity session, here are five quick tips to help!

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1. Time it right! Every Mom is different, but around week 28-32 is a good time to schedule a maternity session. Depending on how you feel going into the 3rd trimester, you might want  earlier. Ultimately, you know you're body best - so chat with your photographer about what works best for you! 

2. Location, location, location. Choose a location that compliments your style and overall family 'vibe'. You might be drawn to an open field at sunset, the beach, forest, downtown street, or your own home. If you hate the feel of sand on your toes (or it's mid-January) than the beach might not be your ideal location. Work with your photographer and brainstorm some of your own suggestions!

3. Treat yo'self! When you feel good about yourself - that confidence shines through in images. I'm a big advocate of having professional hair and makeup down for maternity sessions. That extra polish to bring out your natural beauty will have you feeling fabulous! Or, you could opt for a pedicure (since you can't really reach your toes anymore!) or having a friend curl your hair. Whatever works for you, your budget and helps you feel your best - is a win!

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4. Take an outfit test drive. Shortly before your session, have a quick fashion show in your favorite maternity session outfit options. Have a trusted friend or your spouse (if he can be trusted, lol!) to give you any last minute tips. Do you need to add jewelry or a pop of color? Narrow down your choices and get everything prepped for photo day!

5. Date your spouse! On picture day, keep everything low stress. Love on your husband and be excited for this bonus date night together before baby's arrival! Schedule dinner for after the session or pick up ice cream on the way home. Make it more about spending an evening out together than a formal picture day where everything has to be perfect. That joy and ease will translate beautifully into your final images!

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Wishing you a fabulous pregnancy, Momma! ;)

xoxo

Erin

Bringing Home Baby Boy | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

I can honestly tell you, I was almost as excited for this sweet boy's arrival as his parents - LOL! After our lifestyle maternity session, I couldn't wait to return once baby Knox arrived home. I knew all that anticipation and excitement captured from the maternity session was going to carry over perfectly for this next chapter.

If you missed their maternity session, you can view it HERE

There were a few poses that I wanted to revisit for their newborn session, and since I knew the light in their home pretty well at this point - it was a breeze. And can we just talk about how absolutely CHILL Knox is?! I know that's easier for me to say as an outsider, since I'm not there for the 2am feedings - BUT, seriously. He was an absolute dream during his session. Content, alert and sleepy when we needed him to be. He made eye contact with the camera like he knew it was his morning to shine. ;)

And Kristi and Chris - the joy on their faces is absolutely beautiful. So blessed and honored to capture their story!

Babies are such a nice way to start people.
— Don Herrold

I'm so excited for May and all the due dates on my calendar! If you're expecting, I'd love to work with your family. :) Contact me at eammonsphotos@gmail.com for more details!

Best,

Erin

Dreamy Sunset Maternity Session | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

I love meeting other Hampton Roads locals - it makes me feel like we really do live in a smaller, closer knit community. Most families and couples I photograph aren't originally from this area, so when I find someone, I kind of geek out haha!

Lucy is from Chesapeake and is someone I would have befriended in school for several reasons. One reason is she's tall too - woohoo! She also let slip that she's a Harry Potter fan as well... so clearly we were destined to meet. ;) 

Part of my work is noticing details in relationships. Small gestures that speak volumes about a couple. It was very chilly out, and Jim kept covering Lucy's shoulders with her coat in between location changes. It was such a sweet peek into who they are together. That kind of love shows up on camera, friends. It makes my job even sweeter!

I can honestly say, they are going to rock this whole parenthood gig. :) Looking forward to meeting their baby girl very soon!

Hair: Flawless Artist: Amberly

Makeup: Blushtones Artist: Meg

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
— Shel Silverstein

Brock Environmental Center was the perfect location for our session. There are parts and sections that don't even feel like you're in Virginia Beach. For example, while capturing the image below, I poked my knee on a cactus, ha! 

Are you looking forward to your own maternity session? Yay! Here's a tip, friends:

Treat it like a date night! Make dinner reservations for after, see a movie or just enjoy the day together. It helps ease any picture day anxieties you might have and feels like a special mini vacay from all your adulting and pre-parenting duties. :)

xoxo

Erin

Half-Homemade | #MomLife | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

Last week was Spring Break with my kiddos and it was such a good, soul-filling time. My oldest turned eight - which feels SO grown up! #sobfest

 It's been a couple of years since she's had a proper party, so we had a Harry Potter themed celebration with some of her pals. If you know me (like, at all) you know my love for all things Harry Potter. Yes, I was already an adult when I read the books - but my love is REAL, ya'll. 

Also, I'm Team Hufflepuff if you wanted to know. 

Take the quiz here and let me know what house you are! 

Sorting Quiz!

I had so much fun planning the little details of the party, without going tooo overboard. Pinterest is full of so many free printable downloads - highly recommend! We had a platform 9 3/4..

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Ollivander's wand shop...

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...and Amelia requested a cake similar to the one Hagrid makes Harry in book one. 

This was the BEST request for a cake yet. I love making the girls' birthday cakes myself, so this was a no brainer since I'm not particularly skilled in this area. Me and my good friend, Betty Crocker, whipped up a chocolate cake and then I made my specialty - homemade, make-your-teeth-ache buttercream frosting.

As I was attempting to ice the cake a la Hagrid, I had a funny realization pop in my head.

I'm a 'half-homemade' kind of Mom. 

I don't make myself crazy trying to make every detail perfect for my kids. There are many things I say no to. But for certain things, I go ALL in. Sure, it was cake from the box - but it had some added love and Mom pizazz attached to it.

Also, my far more skilled husband piped on the lettering:

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Mothering in 2018 can feel like a race to impress. If I'm not careful, I can easily slip into the mindset of believing I'm not doing enough for my kids. By embracing this 'half-homemade' approach, I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders.

I'm all about that messy imperfection in life, so choosing to focus on doing a few things really well... reminds me I can't do everything. I just can't. And that is more than okay. 

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Can you relate? What are some examples from your mothering that are 'half-homemade'? Leave a comment - I'd love to know. :)

xoxo

Erin

P.S. And because the internet has a wealth of hysterical content, this GIF is for all the Harry Potter fans! You're welcome.

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Party of 6! | Hampton Roads Newborn Photographer

Two years ago, I photographed the arrival of this sweet family's 3rd baby. Since then, I've formed a great friendship with Mom, Emily. Let me tell you, this lady is -incredible-. She makes me want to be a better person when I witness her patience and grace. I love surrounding myself with strong women who are passionate about their faith, family and interests. 

Emily has taken my photography education workshops and grown into a fantastic photographer! I've shared some of her images here on the blog before and I'm continually blown away by what she shares in our Facebook groups. When her hubby inquired about gifting her a newborn session as a Christmas present last year - I was thrilled! It's the BEST compliment to photograph a family more than once.

We waited for a sunny morning and I loved getting to visit with her kiddos again. I'm a big fan of kids with personality (my own two are bursting with it, haha!) and these siblings were so fun to watch and observe together. We sang Itsy-Bitsy-Spider (a toddler classic), read books and snuggled. Basically, all my favorite things! ;)

Welcome home sweet boy - you already have an adoring fan club! xoxo

Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.
— Taylor Hanson

I recently shared with a friend that I could only photograph lifestyle newborn sessions and be completely happy. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE golden hour and working with families during all seasons of life. But, the sweetness and adventure of capturing those first few memories at home...there's nothing like it. 

Are you expecting this Spring or Summer? I'd love to work with your family! Drop me a note and let's chat. :)

Best,

Erin

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Golden Hour at Pleasure House Point | Hampton Roads Maternity Photographer

The BEST part of the maternity/newborn package is that I get to meet and connect with couples before baby arrives. I -love- this opportunity to get to know them and tell the complete story. When I come to see them for the newborn session, we're already comfy together and it's just effortless. Incredibly grateful for all the sweet parents who trust me with their memories. #bestjobever 

These images will show their son how excited and in love they were - even before he arrived. I think as kids grow, that is such an important fact for them to know. There's comfort and a sense of stability in knowing your parents are in love. Even if they complain during PDAs, ha! ;)

Luckily, the weather warmed up just enough for Sydney and Kenneth to meet me over at one of my favorite locations. Gorgeous light and a stunning couple - I was pretty much blissful, ya'll. We laughed the entire time and they tolerated my corny jokes, haha! #sograteful

These two are beautiful inside and out. Loved getting to know them!

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No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.

Are you expecting this Spring/Summer? I'd love to meet your family and capture this special time in your lives! Drop me a line and let me know your due date. :) 

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