Hello Rainbow Garden Parents!

School portraits are ready to be viewed and purchased!

Ordering deadline is Friday Nov 3rd!

FAQs:

What makes this photography unique?

My goal during my short time with your child is not to force a cheesy smile. I’m looking for natural expressions, which will range from serious and pensive to sweet and silly. I will chat and interact with your child during our time together to elicit genuine expressions. For an extra fun time, have your child come prepared with a joke for ME!
 For photos that reflect the uniqueness of the school and it’s students, I’ll be photographing against a simple black backdrop–a technique I use to be sure your child's personality really shines through in the photos!

What should my child wear?

• Avoid hoodies and shirts/tops with large illustrations, cartoon characters, or large logos on them.
• Bright colors, yes! Neon colors, no. Neon colors tend to reflect poorly onto the skin.
• Collared shirts, dresses/tops with pretty detail in the neck or shoulder area look great!

When can I expect to see the photos?

About two weeks after your child's Photo Day, you’ll receive an announcement flyer when picking up your child from school. The flyer will announce that the photo gallery is ready to be viewed, where to view it online and the ordering deadline date.

How does ordering work?

The online gallery will be open for 7 days for viewing and ordering. Everything is viewed, ordered, and paid online, so there are no paper order forms to keep up with. You will have the option to purchase prints, canvases, and digital images with printing rights.
 You will have 4+ images to select from or purchase all in your childs album. From the gallery you can view the images and place orders online. Payment is handled directly through the viewing gallery. Print packages are $55 and digital files start at $60.

 

“Add-on” (a la carte) prints can be added to any package, digital file or canvas wrap order. You may also make your own package using the A La Carte items ($40 minimum). Digital orders are delivered via email immediately after payment clears. Print orders are delivered to your school for distribution within 2-3 weeks of the ordering deadline.
 Shoot me an email at schools@erikariggerphotography.com if you have any questions!

Can I share the gallery with family?

Grandparents and other relatives may also place orders through the gallery!

Please note, all print orders are delivered to your school for distribution unless “ship to me” is chosen. If you’d like orders shipped to you or someone else, please choose “ship to me” and be sure the shipping address is in the “notes to studio” section.

A standard flat rate shipping charge will be added if you select to have your prints shipped. This makes it very convenient for non-local family to order prints and have them shipped to them, as well as you to purchase prints and have them shipped to non-local family. Digital orders are delivered via email immediately after payment clears.

What is the quality of the prints?

Your photographs will be printed on the highest quality photographic paper and are finished with a lustre coating to protect them from aging, fingerprints and uv exposure.

One last thing . . .

Your child’s privacy is important to me!
 I occasionally like to post a sneak peek on social media from my photo day at a particular school or add new kids’ photos to my website and marketing materials. If you would be willing to give me permission to include your child’s photo (never any names) for these purposes, please complete the following release form. Thank you so much!

Model Release

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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Thinking about booking a family photography session? You can find out more on my website! All the info you need is in the link in bio!⁠
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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910.719.3633 hello@erikariggerphotography.com