Family Photo Session: A Blessing

I had been following amazing photographers on blogs, Pinterest and Facebook for some time, but finding one in my area never even seemed like a possibility.

But that all changed the day I found Erin from

zupdated Just over a year ago, a local business showed some beautiful product shots on her Facebook page and I fell in love with the photographer.  I began following the photographer on Facebook and was blown away every time she shared images from her latest family, wedding or infant photo session.  Last fall, I contacted her about photographing our family and after me finally getting my act together, we had a session the first weekend in December.

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I was so nervous it was going to be crazy cold and my kids would complain, my husband would be cranky, I would be worried about it all working.  Don’t even ask me about trying to pick out clothes that coordinated but weren’t “matchy matchy”, but would work if the weather was really cold.

Well, not only did we have perfect weather with the most (to quote Erin) “yummy light”, Erin made it fun and enjoyable for all.  We spoke on the phone, she read my blog and she even came by to shop my house and garage full of stuff.  The bench in front of the grain cars is from our bedroom and the chair in the field, which is now hers, is from stock of “sale stuff”.  She took us to FOUR locations and as we drove in between my husband laughed how we spoke the same language, because I too would call light “yummy”, something that would never be in his vocabulary.

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I feel so incredibly blessed to have found Erin, her heart and her creativity are amazing.  She is a true artist and captured this time in my family beautifully and I will always treasure these photos.

She provided us a ton of images and I had a hard time choosing.  There are even more amazing ones, but at a certain point I had to say “Uncle”!

Warning: There are a lot of photos!  Sorry, I just had to include them – and this is me being disciplined!

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She made this beautiful simple cardboard house – to capture the sense of “Finding Home”.  How yummy is that light?!










All of my new photos on my blog, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages are all images by Erin.

If you are interested in contacting Erin, the best way to find her is through her Facebook Page.

Now I have the incredible task of figuring out how to use these photos in my home in a way that is fitting to their quality.

Thanks so much for reading!

I have finally printed some of the photos!  See the first ones here! and I hung some here.

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32 thoughts on “Family Photo Session: A Blessing”


  1. These are just fabulous, Laura!!! She took some wonderful photos!!! Last fall, my family and I went out on a little mine shoot. I have a Nikon DSLR. A guy my husband works with, his wife is into photography and taking all those same kinds of photos. We all went out to lunch and to a local park for a mini crash course for me in shooting in manual and she took a few photos. It was fun.
    I am glad you had a lot of fun with yours!

  2. Oh my gosh Laura these are beautiful!!! That last one is just priceless and the black and white one of little peanut laughing is just adorable. They are all perfect. It looks like you all had so much fun.

  3. I just have to say–You have a beautiful family and these photos are so beautiful of all of you. Erin is such a talented photographer…

  4. Gorgeous! We had a favorite photo shoot 1.5 years ago (we’ve since moved away, so we can’t use the same photographer for an updated shoot =( and I still utterly adore the shots. They remind me of your shoot-many natural, non-posed shots.

  5. The photos are amazing, but the photographer sure had cute subjects to work with. Even the dog looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Laura,
    Your photos are beautiful and will be even more treasured in the years to come.
    As someone who is trying to archive family pictures I would suggest labeling each photo with names, dates, place, etc for the future. Much is lost that is not written down.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!!
    Photos are beautiful!!
    Family is beautiful!
    MaryAnne this is the way you as a grandma
    needed to “kvell” (show with great pleasure and enthusiasm) about your beautiful family.
    Enjoy them!!!

  8. Hi Laura,
    Imagine my suprise when ,as I followed Erin’s directions and read your article that I recognize your beautiful face ! I am not sure if you remember me from the “Y” in Middletown.We moved to Florida in 2007 . Your girls are just adorable and the pictures are perfect.
    So nice to see to be able to “see ” you from all the way down here.
    :o) Debbie Smith

  9. My heart soars with pride and I feel so, so, so blessed!
    You’re all beautiful inside and out!
    Love,Love, Love you,
    The Momma

  10. Your pictures are just so beautiful….You can see how much your family loves each other through them! Blessings to you and your lovely family!

  11. What a beautiful family and fabulous photos! Erin certainly has a creative eye and is a wonderful photographer..These are treasures! Hope she has them hanging up in her studio for display or in her portfolio to show prospective clients.

  12. Impressive. From the scenery to the sweet smiles on all of your adorable faces…what a fabulous job she did and what great memories you all now have to cherish.