Families

Golden Oceanfront Sunset | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Oh, this family. Where do I even start? 

Such sweet friends that are moving -again- because that military life, ya'll. I could write about a zillion words on this fabulous crew, but instead - how about some fun, quick facts? ;)

1. Abigail and I are both ENFPs married to ISTJs. We laugh about this and swap hysterical stories all. the. time. These men are so very patient, ha!

2. I met her when we were both young, newly married English teachers back in 2006. :)

3. Watching our kids play together is probably one of the sweetest gifts of our friendship.

Aaaaand I'll stop here, because #feelings! 

We chased some gorgeous light this night in Virginia Beach and I am so in love with all of these images. They love these sweet kiddos so well, and it's always such a joy to watch each of their unique personalities shine. 

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
— Robert Browning

When was the last time you were photographed with your kids? Even if they have outgrown your lap, can I encourage you to get in front of the camera with them?

They deserve to see images of their Mom. They deserve to see your love for them pour out of a picture.

Friends, my Summer schedule is just about full! A handful of weeknight slots are available. 

EAP is booking into mid-October and I'm so thankful! If weekends are ideal for your family's schedule, please contact me soon and we'll get you on the calendar!

xoxo

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

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

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!

Hey friends - are signed up the EAP Newsletter? Stay up to date and hear first about 2018 mini sessions, specials and helpful tips. No spam, just inbox love. :) 

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

September Sunset at Little Island Park | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

Parenthood can pull at our heartstrings like nothing else. This ride of loving little people while still pursuing a career, personal goals, friendships and nurturing a marriage is a WILD one. Plus, there's no training or guide book - so most days we're just winging it. Can you relate?

This family is about to be separated due to work commitments, and Mom wanted to sneak in a photo session. I imagine her looking at these images while being miles apart from her babies. It yanks at my heart. I am grateful that the weather cooperated and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset session at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach!

This was my second session with these cuties and they are so full of personality! Which is really how I prefer it. ;)

I loved the way little sis kept tugging on her Dad's beard! She was feeling shy and it helped comfort her - so sweet. And luckily, she didn't tug too hard - haha ;)

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
— Amelia Earhart

Friends, I have just added THREE more Fall Mini Session slots coming up on Saturday, October 14th. These are short and sweet sessions that are perfect for updating those picture frames!

Click below for more details and to book! :)