'Only Little Once' Workshop | Hampton Roads Photography Education

Oh, Facebook Memories. Gets me EVERY time. I open up my FB app and am suddenly inundated with adorable images of my babies. WHY must they grow so fast!? I'm proud and broken-hearted all at the same time. Word on the street? This doesn't end. 

Ain't no 'hood like Motherhood. 

It's been amazing to watch my girls grow and change - but these snapshots are also a great reminder of how MY photography has grown! I was that Mom with the new DSLR taking ALL the pictures in Auto mode with no idea how to manipulate natural light or what all the buttons meant on my fancy camera.

Can you relate? While reading this if you find yourself nodding in agreement, then I have a photography workshop just for you! In the years I've been offering "Only Little Once" it has grown to share the love of photography with dozens of local Moms and hobbyists.

I'm gonna have to take a moment to humble brag on a few ladies. Here are their amazing before and afters! You guys - this is better than those weight loss side-by-side comparisons, LOL!

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MomTog Kristen has grown SO much in a short time. From auto mode with on-camera flash to manual mode with natural light. Check out her photography journey over on her Facebook page:

Little Moments Photography by Kristen Stewart

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MomTog Abigail has grown leaps and bounds! Although she had dabbled with manual mode before the workshop, she struggled with nailing focus and accurate white balance. She now captures beautiful and timeless images of her kiddos straight out of camera. No editing necessary! ;)

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MomTog Emily loved taking pictures of her littles, but was still frustrated with settings. She's now confident in her skills and is dabbling with editing! Love this before and after of her oldest girl. :)

The Facebook group is so motivational and positive!
— Kristen

After the workshop, all attendees are added to our VIP Grad Facebook group. It's a thriving community of supportive Moms and hobbyists just like you. No big, scary page with thousands of other strangers. Just a tight-knit group of ladies who love taking pictures of their littles, pets, and the world around them. It's a safe place to grow, ask questions and find inspiration. You'll also be able to join in our PhotoWalks we have 1-2 times a year. Check them out here:

Neon District PhotoWalk

Brock Environmental Center PhotoWalk

We can't wait for you to join us! :)

Still not sure if this is for you? Want to start learning now?! Join our FREE group, the "Stay Little Lounge" over on Facebook! Scroll through the posts and videos for inspiration, education and community. See you there!

Keep on clickin'! :)

xoxo

Erin

Cozy Lifestyle Newborn Session | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer

What is it about bringing home that first baby? I remember between the sleep deprivation and diapers, a feeling of togetherness with my husband we had never experienced before. It brought us closer in a way that's hard to express. When I meet couples, no matter how many children they have, I love seeing their connection. It can be easy to let this life adjustment rock your family, but clinging to one another through the chaos - that is an incredible blessing!

It was a rainy and overcast morning in Virginia Beach, but you would never guess from these cozy images! And this sweet baby boy was an absolute joy. He did nothing but smile and coo the ENTIRE time. Literally a dream come true for this photographer. And so alert, he tracked my every move. I know sleeping images are gorgeous as well - but I love awake babies. I mean, just check out this sweetness...

He grinned at his Dad like they were already in on a secret joke together, hahaha! 

Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
— Elizabeth Stone

The nursery was so lovingly styled and decorated. I love when parents are able to 'set the stage' for babies arrival. Looking back at these pictures, he will know how deeply he was loved before he even arrived!

I have a soft spot in my heart for these lifestyle newborn sessions. If you are expecting or know a soon-to-be-Momma - drop me a note! I'd love to capture this time for your growing family. 

Best,

Erin

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Dreamy Sunset Maternity Session | Hampton Roads Family and Newborn Photographer

It has been 5+ years since I carried my last baby. It feels like an eternity and also as if it just happened yesterday. Your body and your heart remembers. I remember the weight of my belly and the almost other-worldly experience of feeling my baby kick.

Despite the heartburn, swollen ankles and mood swings - I enjoyed both of my pregnancies. I don't take for granted my health and the uncomplicated births of my daughters. When I see a woman nearing the end of her pregnancy, I smile with the knowing. Mothers get it. We see all the beauty and sometimes discomfort of that life season - and sometimes we stare. Not in a creepy way, but just with a sigh of remembering. 

Getting a chance to photograph this gorgeous Momma and her beau just a couple of weeks before her due date was such a gift! She visited my sweet and talented pal, Meg with Blushtones and got seriously dolled up and pampered! Nothing better than getting spoiled with professional makeup right before baby arrives. :) 

We hopped around to two different locations until the sun was completely gone. I love that dreamy time right at dusk. Those images are so full of emotion! Sharing just a few favorites....

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

Are you expecting in 2018? Congratulations! I offer a maternity and newborn bundle for parents! Send me a note with your due date and let's start planning. :)

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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

Festive Family Session | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

You guys - full confession mode here. I am totally -that- person who is ready for Christmas right after Halloween. Totally guilty. And after having kids, I'm even worse!

I just love the joy and warmth of the season, so I can't wait. We're not particularly crazy about Halloween in our house either. Dressing up is great, but scary masks and haunted houses are not our jam. SO, this is why I found my daughter writing a letter to Santa at 6am on November 1st. I'm so proud - bahahaha! #sorrynotsorry

Anywho, I can't wait to share this gorgeous session with you! I met this family of five over at Stumpy Lake last week for a fun sunset session. Mom went back and forth about clothing options, but ultimately she ROCKED it ya'll. The red, black and plaid is giving me all the holiday feels. So, order yourself a peppermint mocha (or just roll your eyes at me, it's fine LOL) and enjoy all this cuteness. :)

These kids - OMG! The cutest. 

Those toddler kisses when they eat your face, LOL!

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Fall Sunset at Stumpy Lake | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Oh, Fall. Stay awhile - won't you?

The light, the colors, the fluffy tall grass - I am smitten, you guys. 

I was so honored this sweet family reached out to me for a session. They'd been with a photographer for years who had recently moved, so I know it takes some serious trust to book somebody new. We get comfy with our people and change can be tricky.

But, let me tell you something that makes me love my job even more.

After about 5 minutes, they felt like old friends. We were swapping Halloween costume choices, birthday party themes and the joys of being five-years-old. It's like SO much better than being four - am I right?! They were so natural and laid back together, and I loved witnessing their unique relationships together. And Ms. Emerie was ready to direct and pose - I think I might need to hire her as my littlest assistant you guys, LOL! About ten minutes in, she requested I should "take a picture of just Mommy and Daddy and I will watch!" I mean - really? #meltmyheart

I sustain myself with the love of family.
— Maya Angelou

Thank you so much for the recent influx of inquiries, I am trying my very best to work my calendar to serve some awesome families! I will officially be done with 2017 sessions by the 2nd week in December (not including newborns that are coming - yay!). If you've reached out recently, please follow up soon. Thank you, friends! xoxo

Best,

Erin 

Fall Mini Favorites | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

Fall Minis were such a hit this year! I loved seeing all the familiar faces and making new friends. A BIG thank you to everyone for being flexible on weather, jumping in with smiles and trusting me to capture your memories. 

Did you miss Minis this year? Sign up for the EAP Newsletter! Fall Minis info went out in August and sold out in just a few days. I love spoiling my #EAPfamilies! :)

My newsletter list subscribers are the first to know when minis are available. I was able to open a second date this year and I'm so glad I did! Loved seeing all these sweet families.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
— Anne of Green Gables

Friends, thank you so much for tagging me and referring friends. As a small business owner - this is everything to me! There is no greater compliment than a referral. 

If you have recently inquired, please know I only have a few available dates left for 2017. I have one weekend slot in November open and just a couple of Friday evenings. Daylight Savings will be here in just a couple of weeks which means sunset time is much earlier. Don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to work with your family!

Have a fabulous Fall weekend! xoxo

Erin

3 Reasons to Pick Up Your Camera This Fall | Hampton Roads Photography Education

Let's be real here. Do you have a DSLR camera somewhere in your hall closet right now? Or maybe it's packed up on the top shelf of your pantry?

Wherever it might be lurking - I want you to think about the last time you used it. Did you take pictures last Christmas morning and it hasn't seen the light of day since? I get it. Life is busy and full. I totally get how overwhelming it can be to learn something new. Especially with that handy Iphone camera in your pocket. 

Can I just encourage you today? I want you to feel motivated and inspired to pick up your big camera. Grab that beast off the shelf and challenge yourself this Fall!

And if you're still dragging your feet and thinking of 362 excuses - here's an extra kick in the proverbial pants. ;) 

1. Your kids are busy doing ALL the things. Soccer games, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, pony rides, apple picking, treat baking, bike riding... I mean, there are a TON of fun memories being made this season. Everyone says that childhood flies by, but you don't realize how fast until you're the Mom and those babies are growing at warp speed. Let's freeze time just a little bit. 

2. Better Conditions. With sunset time moving earlier, that means you don't have to keep your littles up past bedtime to utilize the best light. Temps are mostly cooler and those pesky mosquitoes are on their way out. Head out shortly after dinner time and pre-bath time to get some practice in. Kids sometimes need a switch in routine. Make it a fun weeknight adventure. :)

3. Golden Hour is really golden. Fall (in my nerdy opinion) has THE best light. It's my favorite. Golden beams and a softness that just doesn't exist in July. Pay attention next time you're walking around your neighborhood at sunset. As the leaves changes and the sun drops, it creates absolute magic. And so much of photography is about the light. Use it well!

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Are you wanting more encouragement and support with your photography? Join the 'Stay Little' Lounge Facebook group and get access to helpful tutorials, fun challenges and motivation to pick up your camera today. See you there! :)

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 :)

The Art of Imperfect Workshop Recap | Hampton Roads Photographer Education

Ever realize how passionate you are about something when you talk about it to someone else? This is how I've always been. When I get talking, I use my hands a LOT. I start talking louder. 

 Really loud.

 I get extremely passionate and excited and can't shut up. I really can't control it. It all just rushes out of my mouth and I feel a little bad for whoever was listening on the other end, LOL. My husband usually laughs at me and says, "You've got that look in your eye again." It's true. But, it's an excellent gut-check for me to have these little outbursts. Did I mention I have very patient and understanding friends and family!?

It means something has lit a fire in me and I should probably follow that calling. If not, it's like trying to walk around with that kind of energy inside all the time. Not always a good idea, ha!

The Art of Imperfect Workshop started because of these spirited talks I've had with others about lifestyle photography. That imperfect art of capturing families in an authentic and story telling manner that goes beyond a simple pose.

Saturday's workshop was such a dream and I'm so grateful to all the attendees, models and artists who made it possible! Six months ago, this workshop was not even on my radar. The fact that it happened still feels pretty surreal. Here are some of my favorite images from the day!

Makeup: BlushTones Artist: Meg Bryan

Models: The Meek Family - The Fulrath Family

Special thanks to BlogStomp and Lens Pen for helping spoil the attendees!

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I loved the controlled chaos of the shooting portion of the workshop, LOL! So much fun, I can't wait to see all the images. :)

So grateful for these fabulous families - are they cute or what? :)

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The sweetest group of photographers joined us as well. Thanks to Dana Rae Photography for sending over these awesome behind-the-scenes shots. So much fun! 

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Loved my time with these talented ladies! I can't wait to see them grow as artists even more. Family Photography takes a certain heart - and these gals have it! xoxo

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Interested in joining the next workshop? Be sure to sign up for the EAP Education Newsletter and you'll be the first to know details once they are released!