modern, organic storytelling for families + newborns
Your life is beautiful, wonderful, and worthy of capture.
The most delicious details...
The sweetest parts of your story are found in the smallest and simplest of spaces.
They're in the little moments, not the big moments. And if you look closely, they're all over. When your son builds a city using only his Legos and his imagination. When your daughter cures her sister's mysterious illness using nothing but love and the magical tools in her doctor kit. Or when you watch your children enjoy the toys that you've saved from your own childhood.
They're all over, these moments. But most of the time, nobody picks up a camera because it seems like nothing is happening.
But something pretty lovely and amazing is happening.
These wonderful moments come and go so quickly. I can help you save them. And savor them for a lifetime.
what really matters?
The ordinary is actually quite extraordinary
Your life, whether you believe it or not, is wonderful, just as it is, and it is worthy of remembering. I want to help you to discover what matters. I want to help you write your story. Through documentary family and newborn photography, I seek and save those everyday moments, when you're doing something or when you're doing nothing. When you're simply enjoying being alive.
Why is this important, you wonder?
Because one day, they're going to ask you what their childhood was like.
stories of families
Every family writes their own beautiful story
How does your story begin? Maybe it begins when your children wake up in the morning, with messy hair and wrinkly pajamas and mismatched socks, with sleep marks from the sheets still on their warm cheeks. When you make breakfast and your child helps whisk the eggs or steals a link of sausage when you aren't looking, or maybe she sits quietly on the floor exploring a book or drawing while you cook. When your daily work as a family begins and you play kitchen or dress-up, or build a model airplane, or have a dance party, or work on a school project together. Maybe it's mending his perceived boo-boo with a real Band-Aid or helping her make a fort to protect her family from dinosaurs, or simply sharing a cuddle and some love. Or maybe it's those tidal-wave splashes at bath time, or losing yourself in a book through sleepy eyes at story time.
All of it is your story—it's their story—and all of it is worthy of capture.
stories of newborns
And just like that, a new story begins
Ah, a brand new baby! The one you can't take your eyes off of no matter how heavy your eyelids feel. Maybe you're watching her sleep, and you think this must be what an angel looks like. Or he screams his way through that first bath, and you want so desperately to stop, to hold him and comfort him. The details of your new baby's body mesmerize you. Her skin, which is so soft and delicate. His fingers, which curve so sweetly into his palm. Those toes, those eyes. When you hold your new baby in your arms, you wonder about the hearts he's going to touch in his lifetime, and you dream of the great heights she's going to reach, and then reach beyond.
These moments are the first few pages—the first few words—of your baby's story. You're not going to want to forget them.
Hello! I'm Erika.
At any given moment, you might find me rifling through my bag to find a snack for one of my children, or using a baby wipe to get tiny fingerprints off of my clothes, or procrastinating folding the laundry that seems to have no end. Let's be honest. Sometimes life gets in the way of itself, and it's hard to keep up with everything that needs to be done. And when you have children, some days the chaos knows no limit.
When it comes to my own photos, I shoot to preserve our quirky reality. I want real and honest. I want the grit. I want my children to remember their childhood. The sun and the rain. The sticky and the sweet. The calm and the chaos. The beautiful, crazy wonder of it all. Every last glorious moment of it.
And if you'll let me, I'd like to help you find the hidden beauty in your life, too.