{Raleigh NC Family Photographer} Nominate a Mother to Win a Free Mini-Session!

April 12, 2017  •  5 Comments

 

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Spring mini-sessions are right around the corner, on May 6th.  If you haven't booked yours yet, click here and read all about it.    I am so excited to be able to offer these at Raulston Arboretum.  It is such a beautiful garden in the spring and I know that there will be all kinds of flowers in bloom for us to enjoy.  If you want a unique way to celebrate Mother's Day this year, these mini-sessions make a wonderful early gift.  All of us moms deserve celebration for the hard work that we do day after day, and this year, I'd like to take an opportunity to encourage a special mother and help her feel loved.  I need your help.

If you know a mama in your life who deserves a special gift this year, you can nominate her by leaving a comment below.  Maybe you know a single mom just trying to make it through the day or a foster mom saving the world.    Maybe you know an adoptive mom or a mom whose husband is deployed.  Maybe you know a mom who would never be able to afford a photography session for her family.  Or maybe you know a mom who overcame a difficult obstacle recently and could use some encouragement.  Whatever the reason, I want to know who you think deserves this special gift.  

Contest Rules:

-To enter, comment on this blog post with your nomination and tell me in a sentence or two (or more) why you think your nomination deserves this prize.  You don't need to give your nomination's name in the comment.  I can get it from you later if she wins (in case you are concerned for her privacy).  Feel free to nominate more than one mother.  Please make sure that a correct email address is entered when you submit your comment so that I can contact you if your nomination wins.  

-All nominations must be received by Sunday April 23rd.  

-The winner will be announced and notified in the week after and must be available on Saturday May 6th in the evening for their mini-session.  If they are not able to participate, another winner will be chosen.  

-The winning mother will receive a free 20 minute photography session held at Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh on Saturday May 6, 2017, along with 10 digital images and a print release.  But that's not all!  The person who nominated her will receive a $50 print credit for a future photography session!

-The winning mom must sign a session agreement and follow all policies of Erica Courtine Photography.  

I can't wait to hear all about the amazing mamas out there.  Good luck to everyone!


{Raleigh Family Photographer} Spring Mini-Sessions Are Here

March 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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I wrote in a recent newsletter that I was going to be holding mini-sessions again at the WRAL Azalea Garden this spring.  The strangely warm, and then cold winter that we had affected the garden and I've been very hesitant to plan the sessions.  I've been in touch with the manager at the garden and although most of the flowers survived the cold spell we had, even though some had started blooming, it's looking like the garden might actually bloom later than normal this year.  This is a problem because all of my weekends in mid to late April are booked.  On top of that, Easter is right in the middle of April this year and I can't do them that weekend either (and most of you are probably hosting family or traveling).  I really loved doing the azalea mini-sessions last year, but I just could not figure out a day to set them up.  I've decided instead to offer spring mini-sessions in early May, perfect for Mother's Day.  I think these will be so much fun.  Last year, the day of the azalea mini-sessions was frigid and windy.  April weather can be a little unpredictable, but by May it's a little more consistently warm.  I've also decided that instead of using the WRAL Azalea Garden, we'll have these at JC Raulston Arboretum.  This garden is so beautiful and will have all kinds of flowers and trees blooming.  

Spring mini-sessions are great for all kinds of families and celebrations.  Maybe you missed out on fall sessions and really want to update your family's photos. Maybe you just moved into a new home and would love some artwork for your walls.  Maybe you have a baby that is celebrating a milestone, like a first birthday.  These mini-sessions are open to all families and make an excellent Mother's Day gift.  

The mini-sessions will be held on Saturday May 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Raulston Arboretum is on Beryl Road in Raleigh, very close to the NC State Vet School and the fairgrounds.  

 

Each mini-session is $95 and includes the following:

-A 15 minute photography session on Saturday May 6, 2017 at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

-A private online gallery of 10 photo proofs.  You choose your favorite 3 photos to receive as a digital download.  You will receive each of your 3 photos in full resolution color, black and white, and a low resolution copy for using on the internet, making a total of 9 digital files.

-A print release so that you can make your own prints.

-Additional image files and prints may be purchased but there is no obligation to do so. Additional edited images are $30 each or you can purchase all of your remaining images for $100.  Prints start at $15 and have a quick turnaround time, perfect a gift for Mother's Day.  

Mini-sessions are booked on a first paid, first booked basis.  In order to make the process of booking mini-sessions easier, I am giving clients the ability to select and pay for their mini-session directly through my website.  

 

New to mini-sessions?  Here's how it works:

1.  Mini-sessions only take place at the designated location and date.  Select the time that you'd prefer and pay for your session.  

2.  Once your mini-session is selected and paid I will get in touch with you so we can also discuss ages and the number of family members participating in the session, tips on what to wear, and answer any questions that you have.  I will also send you a session agreement to sign, which outlines details of how mini-sessions work.  

3.  Two days before the session, I will send you an email reminding you of your mini-session time.  Mini-sessions must start and end on time.  If you arrive late, it will shorten your session.  I suggest arriving a few minutes early to make sure you are ready.  Remember, mini-sessions are only 15 minutes to begin with, so being on time is important.

4.  On the date of the session, we will meet, have a fun time taking pictures of your family and individual children, and enjoy some lovely spring weather.  If it is raining on the date of the mini-sessions I will call you in the morning and let you know that the mini-sessions will be canceled.  We will then find a time to reschedule.

 

Choose your time slot and book your session here:

 

Spring 2017 Mini-Sessions

{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} A New Baby Boy

March 29, 2017  •  2 Comments

I had such a fun morning meeting this family in the studio a few weeks ago.  This wasn't just any session, though.  The family not only came in for newborn portraits, but to be filmed in a new promotional video that I'm having made.  One of my adorable little newborn clients from two years ago has a daddy who is a videographer and he is working on creating an amazing video to show families what goes into the creation of newborn portraits.  I can't wait to see it and share it with you all when it's finished.

This sweet little boy was so good for his session, even though he spent part of it fighting sleep.  He gave us some adorable and hilarious little facial expressions and we even got some shots of him looking right at the camera, which is also so cute.  

A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC. A mom and dad hold their newborn son during a photography session at a studio in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.A dad cuddles his newborn son during a photography session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh, NC.

These are some of my favorite parent poses ever.  I love using the new studio because it has this great, neutral colored wall.  It works so well.  This little guy sure loved cuddling with his mom and dad. 

A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC. A baby boy sleeps during his newborn photo session in Fuquay Varina, outside of Raleigh NC.

I love using soft and neutral colors with baby boys.  This session shows some of my favorite shades of green, yellow, and blue.  I also love using white.  It's a great choice for any baby.  

Do you like soft colors and natural newborn photography?  Do you want to capture and remember all the adorable little details of your baby's first days?  I would love to help set up a newborn photography session for you.  I serve Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas and have a home studio in Fuquay Varina.  I also offer the option of in-home sessions.  

If you have any questions about newborn baby photography, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com

 


{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Beautiful Custom Albums Available

March 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I am so excited to share these beautiful albums that I now offer as an add-on with newborn photography sessions. For years, I've been torn about the popular idea of selling large canvas prints.  They are so beautiful and I do own a few myself, but part of me felt like buying a bunch of canvas prints from a newborn session just isn't that practical.  What happens to those canvases when the baby turns 6 months and has his next photography session?  Or a year old?  Or two years old?  How many giant canvases can you possibly have and store in your house?  

Enter this heirloom quality album.  I can design these in several sizes starting in 8x8".  I love the look of a square album, but rectangular ones are available as well.  

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There are a variety of cover options available. My favorite is this linen cover.  For my sample, I used peach, but many other colors are available.  They can be designed with or without the photo window on the front.  I can even have your baby's name embossed on the front cover.

The pages of the album are thick, like a toddler's board book, ensuring their sturdiness.  You'll be able to enjoy your album for decades.  Each photo inside is printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper, designed to hold color and detail for at least 100 years.  

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I'm able to design the pages with collages, as well as two-page spreads, creating a more appealing design.  

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A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.

A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.A photo album from a newborn photography session in raleigh nc.

I love how this album can stand up on its own.  It would be such a beautiful addition to display in a nursery or any room of the house.  If you don't want to display it, you can always keep it in the beautiful, sturdy linen covered box that it comes in.  

I think what I love most about this album is that it takes the task of storing your images off your plate.  My sons are 6 and 7 and I still haven't gotten a chance to create photo albums for them.  It is so hard for us moms to take the time to organize our photos, find a template, figure out how to design the album (those popular album sites are not usually user friendly), and then have it printed.  Not to mention that those photo book companies do not design their books to last for decades.  You'll see wear and tear.  Your baby's album should be not only beautiful, but last generations so that she can share it with her own grandchildren one day.  Instead of trying to create your own, why not have me do all the work for you?  I'll send you drafts to approve and once we finalize and I place your order, it will be here within 2-3 days.  

The pricing for these albums is somewhat complicated, so it is difficult to list a price here, but an 8x8" album with 10 pages starts at $325.  Many factors can change your price, including:

-Size of album.  They can be ordered in 8x8", 10x10", 12x12", 8x10", and 8x12"

-Number of pages- The best price includes 10 pages, which is enough for most newborn sessions, depending on layout.  My sample has 12 pages.

-The cover choice.  Linen comes standard because it's my favorite, but the cover can be upgraded to leather.  Name embossing on the cover and the photo window are two other available upgrades. 

Next time you're in the studio, take a look at the sample album.  Hold it and turn its pages to get a feel for the amazing quality.  If you've had a newborn portrait session (or any session!) in the past and would like me to design an album for you, just let me know.  These can be created from past sessions as well as for current clients.  I am also happy to create a registry or sell gift certificates so these albums can be given as gifts. 

If you have questions, email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I'll help you plan your beautiful album.

 

 

 

 


{Raleigh NC Baby Photographer} Announcing Milestone Mini-Sessions

March 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Your baby starts out so small.  Their entire 7 pound body fits perfectly into your arms.  From their tiny hands to fuzzy head of hair, babies change and grow so quickly.  Before you know it, she's smiling, holding her head up, sitting up, crawling, and then standing.  Milestone mini-sessions are the perfect way to capture these exciting moments in your baby's first year. 

Mini-sessions are held in my studio in Fuquay Varina and are for any baby from 3 months old up to one year.  With a 20 minute long session, you'll be able to view 10-15 proofs from your session and choose your favorite 5 that you'd like digital copies of, along with a print release.  Prints and additional images are available to purchase as well.  The session fee for each mini-session is $150 for new clients and $125 for families that had their newborn portraits done by me.  If this is you, just email me and I'll make sure you get the discount.

Milestone mini-sessions will be held one day each month, usually at the end of the month.  I will release time slots for three months at a time, so that you can plan ahead.  If you'd like a reminder when future dates open up, you can sign up for the monthly newsletter here.  Time slots are available from 9 AM to 12 PM. 

I am so excited to start offering these to families in the Raleigh area.  If you have any questions at all, please email me at Erica@ericacourtinephotography.com 

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