Professional Portrait

Minneapolis Portrait Photographer :: Professional Portrait In-studio sessions by Erica Loeks

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New Year, New Professional Portrait!

I’m right there with you, I’m getting new photos taken of me for my website and social media and well, if I have to do it, you do too! But really, getting updated professional portraits of yourself is one of the best things you can do for your business, your brand and yourself. It sets the tone when clients visit your website, showcasing who you are and offers a clear handshake approachability to you.

So, let’s get this new year rolling with in-studio sessions!

DETAILS :: $199 : 45 Minute Session Includes 2 outfit changes, Two different areas for change of setting, online gallery for viewing and ordering, 3 High Resolution edited files. Additional images available for purchase.

DATES :: Wednesday, February 13th, 9am - 1pm

Friday, February 15th, 1pm - 5pm

LOCATION :: My personal studio at 2112 Broadway St. NE Suite 125, Minneapolis, MN 55413

TURNAROUND :: Images will be released within 7 business days within a private, online gallery. Each participant will be able to select the images they’d like to be edited. Turnaround for fully edited images is 3-5 business days from submissions to the studio.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SESSION :: Click the button below and select “Professional Portrait Mini-Session”, from there, select the time slot you desire and pay online. You will receive a receipt and a follow up email.

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Minneapolis Family Photographer | Minneapolis Newborn Photographer | My thoughts on 2018 by Erica Loeks

Happy Last Day of 2018!!

I was thinking about this today as I set into motion a new vision and new goals. I quite literally closed a door on a chapter and walked away feeling refreshed, excited and the best…DETERMINED! The kind of determined I felt back when I was in Girl Scouts and it was cookie selling time and I’d see the prizes available and was determined to get one of those shiny awesome patches for my sash! Determined because I found something in myself this year that I haven’t seen in awhile. Something switched, like a lightswitch and that feeling couldn’t be ignored. Much like my entire career, I’ve had ups and downs, there were projects I maybe should have walked away from, projects I should have signed up for and a wonderful list of clients I seriously call friends and all in all, I am bound and determined to make this New Year of 2019 a year of focus.

I choose this photo to highlight today because it’s hard to even remember her, me on that day, carrying my angel Everett. I was months from my due date, but little did I know, I would become a Mother in just 5 weeks after this photo. A moment that secured my believe that Oprah said it best, becoming a Mother is the hardest job you will ever do. She was right, this has proven harder than anything I’ve ever done, but wow…when he looks at me and comes in for a hug, I well up with tears almost every single time because it’s magic. He is my magical compass for how I live now and, the bonus track of this little guy’s life, here I thought I was going to teach him all of these life lessons and such…yet, he teaches me more than I never knew possible.

With every client I’ve photographed over the years, this year it all connected and I became aware of the intense relationship Mother’s get to have with their cherubs. It’s a beautiful thing to know and be a part of, photographing for all of you and for that, I want to take a moment to say how THANKFUL I am for all of you.

Every family that asks me into their home, that meets me at the studio, that carves out time to be photographed, you all mean the world to me and I thank you for your business.

So here we go. We march into this new year with perspective, focus and determination to be lovely to each other, kind to everyone, loving to all and all with a gigantic dollop of grace. Thank you for being here with me on this photographic ride. I can’t wait to see you next year!

Love, Erica xoxo

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What to wear for your Summer Family Photo Session by Erica Loeks

I love Summer! It's my favorite season of the year and I look forward to the heat, the humidity, all the good things that come with warm weather. That being said, choosing attire for your Summer session can be stressful, mainly because we want to look great, but we also want comfort! Being comfortable, yet stylish as a family is what I want for you and let's face it, we only do this once a year, we want to make it worthwhile right? :) 

So here are my Top 5 Tips for dressing for your Summer Family Session :: 

1. Don't dress everyone in the same color. 

Instead of going with one color, such as white, go with a color family instead. I'm fine with some patterns and solids and when you mix them together, you really end up with a whimsical and tied together story. And, it adds to your story. 

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2. Dress in comfortable clothing. 

It's so important that everyone tries on their clothing and makes sure they are comfortable. I can attest, if I'm not at ease in what I'm wearing, the inevitable irritation and agitation comes through and with your photo session, you want to be able to cuddle up together, sit down, stand up, walk together, have fun! Try your pieces on at home and make sure you all feel good, kids included.

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3. Dress for each person's personality. 

Once you have a great color story for your entire family, go to accessorize and play with each person's personality. Dad loves hats, let's bring his favorite to wear in a few photos. Your little ones hate socks and like to go barefoot in their shoes, nix nay those socks and roll the pants up. Mom loves her signature gold hoop earrings. Add those final touches so each member of the family is present in their own way. 

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4. Bring a few options

It never fails, a grass stained knee, a spilled juice cup, a mini-nursing session has left a milk stain. We roll with the punches and having a back up always helps you stay relaxed and on top of whatever mishap will pop up. And yes, there will be mishaps and we embrace them! 

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5. Choose staples over too much fashion

I love fashion but I also like longevity. I consider my closet a safe place of options that really never go out of style, that way, I can wear what I own over the years without looking dated. We've all looked at photos from our youth and had a good chuckle at what our Mom made us wear or that we would DIE if we didn't get to wear and now we wonder why on earth shoulder pads were even a thing! :) Try to give you and your family a photo that will be filled with options that aren't super fashion forward, rather a staples. 

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