5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Photography

5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Photography

Do you want to give a special gift to a loved one(s) and aren’t sure just what to get? Do you have a family member who has never had professional photos taken? Or perhaps a sister or dear friend who is expecting a baby in the coming year? What about you and your family? You deserve to have beautiful images of your family this year too! If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift and now have the added pressure of less than 10 days to find it, don’t worry. I’ve got you! Here are 5 reasons to give the gift of photography:

5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Photography

  1. Photography is a gift that lasts.
    With all the trendy gadgets, fads that come and go with clothing and accessories, it’s hard to find a truly classic gift that stands the test of time. But with the fun experience of a portrait session with a professional photographer, the result is a set of artfully edited portraits that capture the most important things in life–love, family, friendship, joy, and the sweet simplicity of enjoying the moment with loved ones.
  2. Photography is an experience, not a thing. 
    Our closets and garages are packed to the brim, and every year when we do our spring cleaning we vow never to go shopping again. So why give a gift that will be enjoyed temporarily and then put away in an attic after it’s no longer being used?  When you give a portrait session, you are giving an experience. One in which the recipient is the center of focus and can later see themselves in the best light.
  3. Every portrait session is customized!
    I work closely with my clients to guide them on choosing a location and wardrobe. I like to spend some time before and during the session getting to know them so that I can capture the true essence of who they are.
  4. A portrait session is an original gift.
    Giving the gift of a portrait session is not cheap. It’s a thoughtful, artful, original, genuine experience and results in family heirlooms that last for generations. For these reasons, it’s not something that is given or received often, but when it is, it is a gift of love.
  5. No wrapping required!
    If you dislike wrapping gifts as much as I do, you’ll appreciate this. I have beautiful, glossy gift certificate cards that come in a nice white envelope. Ready to give!

If you are interested in giving a loved one the gift of a portrait session this year, you can purchase one here!

Thanks, and Merry Christmas to all!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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Benefits of tummy-time according to American Academy of Pediatrics as shared on theBump.com:⁠
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-Practice for milestones like rolling over, sitting upright and crawling⁠
-Strengthens gross motor skills⁠
-Engages lesser-used muscle groups⁠
-Prevents plagiocephaly (aka flat head syndrome)⁠
-Helps baby master head control⁠
-Alleviates gas pain⁠
-Exposes baby to a different environment⁠
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Some babies love it and others not so much. Either way, it's good for them! How's it going for your baby or how did your babes like it? ⁠
“Erika was great with our kids and overall it was a laidback experience. Although both the weather and our small kids were somewhat uncooperative, Erika took some beautiful pictures which made a great use of the beach landscape and light. Highly recommended.” - Emily R.⁠
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I’m blushing! It’s comments like this one that keep me going, and few things make me happier or motivate me more than happy clients. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read them on my more challenging days. And, Emily, the feeling is mutual—you were a dream to work with!⁠
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Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰

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