2019 STUDIO Fall Family Mini-Sessions, Lifestyle Photographer by Erica Loeks

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HOORAY, It's October and if you're anything like me, you've forgotten to sign up for family photos this year. I say "Horray" because I missed seeing your face and here's our chance to catch up and cross off your list,
"Book Family Photos with Erica!"

The procrastinator in me sees the procrastinator in you and I'm here to help. I've decided to do Studio Family Mini-Sessions this year. With the weather being cold, windy, then 82 and humid, then back to cold and unpredictable, I've heard your cries, I've read your messages and I'm here to help.


DETAILS

DATES :: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH & 27th

TIMES :: Limited 20 minute mini-sessions available :: 9am - 12pm

LOCATION :: My studio :: 2112 Broadway Avenue, NE, Minneapolis

Sessions are priced at $300 and include 20-minute session, 15 digital files delivered via online gallery system. Online galleries will be delivered with 2 weeks of the session. Additional prints and products may be purchased through the online gallery system.

HOW TO BOOK :: Click on the link below and select 2019 Fall Family STUDIO Mini-Sessions and scroll through the calendar to Sunday, October 20th &/or 27th. Payment is due in full at the time of booking and guarantees your session.

WHAT'S MISSING?
RAIN, WIND, COLD TEMPS

WHAT ABOUT GRANDPARENTS?
Want to include Grandparents as an early Christmas gift?
Book 2 sessions back to back.
Procrastinate on Christmas gifts no more! Prints, products and albums available to purchase through online gallery.

If you have any questions, please call or email Erica at 612.743.2974 or erica@ericaloeks.com

Can't wait to see you in my warm, comfy, cozy studio!

xoxo
Erica

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Minneapolis Newborn, Family & Maternity Photographer :: Instagram Giveaway by Erica Loeks

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International Women’s Day had me feeling all the feels. I decided to do a giveaway because well, I can! :) Head over to my Instagram for all the details, look for the image above for the pertinent post and follow the instructions to win a FREE Motherhood session with your new favorite family, newborn and or maternity photographer in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Click the link for Instagram profile Post:: Erica Loeks Photography

Full Winnings include:

-Full Session with myself, Erica Loeks Photography, roughly 90 minutes
(This may include any session type; Maternity, Newborn, 6 Months, 9 Months or 1 year, Family and or Generational portrait)
-Use of my studio, client wardrobe which includes dresses from Free People, Fillyboo, Anthropologie, ASOS, -Lulus, Nordstrom to name a few.
-Location choice of in my private studio or on location anytime in the 2019 calendar year
-Final delivery of roughly 35 - 50 edited, high resolution digital files
-In Person gallery showcase to view photos together
-Private online gallery to share with Family & Friends
Value $1495

Head over to my Instagram and enter to win today! Can’t wait to give this winning to one amazing Mama!

xoxo
Erica

Minneapolis Family & Newborn Photographer : Motherhood Mini-Session Event by Erica Loeks

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I’m busting at the seams to announce an in-studio event I’ve been working on for a super long time! In conjunction to Mother’s Day, I wanted to create an event that not only photographed Mama and her littles, but that also pampered Mama and would make her feel special! After becoming a Mama to my Everett, I feel like far too often I miss out on photos with my sweet little buddy. I’m almost always the one behind the camera and beyond that, I miss out on anything formal for he and I. I started planning for a Motherhood Event that would not only pamper Mama, but take the stress out of having her photograph taken. It would be so much more than a maternity or family session, it would be just for Mamas and littles. I’ve thought of it all, everything that stressed and made me sweat for my photos with Everett, I’ve tried to eliminate all that and provide a pampering one-stop-magical stop for you in one lovely event!

DETAILS
$75.43 : (Includes tax) : Includes your 10 minute photo session in Erica’s studio, use of complimentary wardrobe for Mama, option for Hair and Makeup from 1 of 2 artists day of, ability to borrow jewelry from exclusive trunk show from Tess + Tricia
*Digital files, prints and products sold separately via private online gallery. Exclusive Motherhood Event pricing will be available to all Mamas.

DATE

Saturday, April 27th, sessions are available from 9am - 3:50pm

LOCATION

Erica’s private studio : 2112 Broadway Street NE, Suite 125, Minneapolis, MN 55441

OPTIONS

WARDROBE : I’ve been working hard on offering a complimentary, studio wardrobe option for Mamas or wardrobe consultation to make sure you and your littles are dressed for your session. The studio wardrobe includes hand-selected dresses by Erica with various sizes available. Photos of the wardrobe will be emailed to Mamas prior to event to make sure all Mamas have something to wear in photos.


HAIR AND MAKEUP : 2 Hair and Makeup artists will be on-site to offer Petite Hair and Makeup packages which include Lips, Blush, Lashes and a small hair style or braid option. This will be billed for $75 to the artists and can be added on to your session when booking. Hair and Makeup sessions will take roughly 20 minutes and be done immediately prior to your photo session. This eliminates having to make multiple stops the day of. See, just how I like it, STRESS-FREE! :)

JEWELRY : A selection of jewelry will be provided by local Mom and Daughter jewelry design team, Tess + Tricia. You will be able to borrow pieces and use in your photo session, which is unique to any other Mini-Session. This really is all about pampering you Mama! I love the simple yet elegant designs Tess and Tricia offer in their jewelry! Options will be emailed prior to the event for style planning.

FLORALS : I LOVE LOVE LOVE florals and think they always add a special touch to any photograph. That’s why I’m creating a custom, one-of-a-kind set to photograph all my Mamas and kiddos within. Also, I’ll have a selection of floral crowns to use, should you want to use in your session.

ONLINE GALLERY : 2-3 weeks after your session, you’ll receive a private, online gallery to order your photographs from. Each gallery comes with options to share with family and friends, making it easy to say Happy Mother’s Day to loved ones.

Digital File Packages start at $200 and go up to $425. Options listed when you select a time slot, along with Terms and Conditions.

This is your special day to get photographs taken with your little ones and be pampered! I strategically planned this event prior to Mother’s Day to ensure Mamas feel the love on their special day. I seriously cannot wait to see all the Mamas and kiddos at the event and hope you’re able to make it! Click below link to pick your time slot and I’ll see you come April 27th!

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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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Happy New Year!! | Minneapolis Family Photographer | Minneapolis Newborn & Maternity Photographer | by Erica Loeks

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

The day started off a balmy -3 degrees and as I rolled out of bed, my heart sunk when I realized the thermostat wasn’t working. This is literally every Minnesotan’s worst fear, their furnace goes out in the dead of winter. Lucky us, it just couldn’t keep up with the cold temps and that oh so smart husband of mine got it cracking in no time.

I thought I’d take a second and write out a few hopes and questions for you. I welcome you all to email me and give me your thoughts, as 2019 feels abundantly full of possibilities.

1. What was your favorite photo you or someone else took of you? (this can even be a phone photo)

2. What was your favorite meal eaten last year and double life points if you can tell me what meal you’re most looking forward to in 2019!

3. What are you most looking forward to in 2019? This can be a life goal, trip, maybe a cherub is starting a sport.

4. Tell me something I need to experience, hands down, non-negotiable within the Twin Cities area.

5. Tell me a few secret Air B & B locations, something you maybe go to every year or have been waiting to go to. Cabin in the woods? Lakefront? Condo in downtown St. Paul. Spill the diets on all the coolest rental locations.

I’ll tell you a few of mine ::
1. I’m relearning piano. I’ve decided to commit 1 hour every day to relearn what came naturally years ago.

2. I want to be known for my bread. I do not know why, but I just do. Coming over for a party? I’ll bring the bread. Baby arrived and you're home from the hospital? I’ll bring the bread. Just call me “Erica, Mama of the Breads” :)
3. I currently swim about 1 mile every day. I want to up that to 3 miles.

4. Dry January. No wine until February. Let’s give this body a little time to reset for 2019.

5. I’m going to try with all my might, to blog twice a week. What do you want to know?

2019 friends, it’s here, let’s do everything in our power to make December 31st, 2019 a day to look back and say we totally kicked this years arce and shoot, we feel pretty good about it!

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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Minneapolis Family & Portrait Photographer :: Kellom Family by Erica Loeks

One of the truest blessings I can offer my community is by giving back in some way shape or form. I choose to make portrait session donations to a variety of causes and if you ask me to donate, I am always happy to donate. The reward is knowing the cause will raise necessary funds to allocate accordingly, but also, for me it’s getting to meet and photograph the amazing families that bid on my portrait donation. Almost 9 years ago, this family came into my life after bidding on a Baby Bundle donation I made to Carlson. I’ve treasured watching their family grow and it’s always a pleasure seeing their blonde sweethearts.

Do you have a silent auction in need of donations? Please do feel free to email me at erica@ericaloeks.com.

Minneapolis Event Photographer :: University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development Graduation by Erica Loeks

I look forward to it every year, The University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development Graduation ceremonies. It's pure JOY to photograph. Every single person in that space is happy, excited, SOOOO over-the-moon to be receiving a much anticipated, hard earned degree. A certificate that says, "You've accomplished great, great things." Many of whom, have been in some sort of classroom for years and years and years. Researching. Learning. It is an absolute honor to be asked back year after year to photograph this moment for the College of Education and Human Development. It warms my heart with pure joy to see these smiles. 

Minneapolis Baby Portrait Photographer :: Arlo & Belle by Erica Loeks

Winner winner, Chicken dinner :) I held a little giveaway a few months ago on my Instagram profile, (which if you aren't following, you might as well head over there now and give me a follow because I guarantee I'll be announcing another giveaway soon.) (hint hint). This darling duo's Mama was nominated by a friend for the Full Family Session giveaway and here they are, just two stunning sweethearts in the studio for a Baby Buns session. We did a Family Session outdoors earlier this summer, you can view that HERE. Thanks for spending the afternoon with me Arlo and Belle. 

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Jennifer & Soroush :: Minneapolis Portrait Photographer by Erica Loeks

You know, after taking a hiatus from photographing weddings, I realize why I LOVE weddings and why in general, I really do love revisiting photographing them from time to time. It's the Joy Factor. The Joy Factor that comes within a wedding, having something to celebrate, something to share with family and friends, it's so important and so needed this and every day! Through all the daily mundane activities we have, the world in general needs these micro-celebrations to reset and create balance. I have found 2 new friends in Jennifer and Soroush. I couldn't have enjoyed myself more on a Saturday afternoon, than celebrating with this gem of a couple. Sneak peak brought to you by one of her flower girls who stole my heart. (All of the children present stole my heart really!) Cheers Jennifer & Soroush! 

 

Baby Buns Sessions :: Minneapolis Baby Photographer by Erica Loeks

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I'm so darn excited to finally announce something I've been wanting to do for a very long time! BABY BUNS SESSIONS! I'm pretty much obsessed with how these baby sessions are turning out and can't wait to have your baby's buns in the photo studio to document this entirely fleeting moment in their first year of being a precious baby. 

Maybe you missed out on this type of session, maybe you are nearing your 6 month baby mark and want to take advantage of this Exclusive In-Studio session, I'm so excited to offer these and I've set aside the first of what will more than likely be an ongoing event because let's face it, babies have the cutest buns and it needs to be said, this is one of the sweetest moments! 

DETAILS :: 30 minutes in the studio for this simple, yet adorable session

DATE :: Saturday, August 18th

TIMES :: 9am - 3pm

INVESTMENT :: $75 includes session time and one 8x10 print, online gallery to view and order additional digital files, prints and or products 

Session is best suited for when baby can sit on his/her own, roughly 6-8 months. 

Click below to book your session today! 

Pros and Cons to a Family Mini-Session :: Minneapolis Portrait & Lifestyle Photographer by Erica Loeks

It's that time of year, Summer is in full swing and you're wondering what lake to hit up this weekend! If you're like me, I want ALL the Summer has to offer ALL day EVERY day! As we approach Fall, the thoughts are creeping in that you need to get a Family photo session on the books or it'll be turkey season before you know it and you've missed those awesome Summer evenings for great photos. 
 

Over the years I get asked to "Just take a few photos, nothing major." and to that, I've answered your prayers and created a limited amount of Mini-Family sessions for this year. They are 20 minutes and definitely different in timing than a regular session. 

 

Why book a Mini-Session and what are the pros and cons? 

PROS ::  

:: It's in and out, 20 minutes to get those smiles, you're in the zone and ready to go!

:: You receive 15 digital files, which are ready to print and create with

:: You save a bit of money, sessions are $300 

:: Perfect for the annual Holiday Card photo and a few extras to frame

 

CONS :: 

:: 20 minutes is the length of your session. If you're wanting a bit more in terms of a lifestyle shoot, you'd be better to go with a regular family session , which is roughly 90 minutes. 

:: Full Family sessions receive an online gallery of roughly 30-60 images to choose from 

:: Full sessions start at $150 for the session fee and products are purchased a-la-carte from there.

 

Which is the right fit, Mini-Session or Full Family Session? To be honest, they are both AWESOME because it gets your family photographed once a year and you cannot put a price tag on documenting your family grow. It really does boil down to timing and ease. 

Example of a Mini-Session done at an apple orchard. Pay off for those blonde bombshell smiles? Lightsaber sword fight with their Mighty Mama! :) 

New Mama Group at Amma Parenting Center :: Minneapolis Lifestyle Photographer by Erica Loeks

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It's crazy to think that a year ago, just 1 short, yet feels like a lifetime ago, I became a New Mom. As a photographer and business owner, I was somewhat prepared to juggle my entrepreneurial side with my new sought-out Mama side, but when the day came, where they handed me Everett, my life changed more than I had ever dreamed it would. (In a good way!!) 

One of the things that helped me climb that proverbial New Mama Mountain, was by joining a New Mama group through a local parenting center called Amma Parenting Center. A few friends had raved about their New Mama groups and I thought it'd be wonderful to have something weekly to look forward to, with other New Mamas and the reward was built two-fold by the fact our class instructor was/is a certified nurse and Mama to 4 bambinos herself. 

I invited my New Mamas to join me in the studio for a celebratory photo of all our wee ones together and the results are in; CUTENESS OVERLOAD! :)

Looking at this photo has me reflecting on all the years I have photographed for families and over those years, now connecting on a level I never knew. A level of knowing what those new Mamas and Papas feel like for their Newborn session, how utterly exhausted and in the healing phases you are as a New Mama. How at the 6 month sessions you cannot believe how much they've changed. LITERALLY before your eyes, they are a different person with spunk and joy and maybe even teeth. How at 1 year they are suddenly more mobile and their ability to crawl across a room in about 2 seconds shocks you. 

Joining this New Mama group has honestly bound this group of women with myself in a way I'm overjoyed with. If you know of an expecting Mama or maybe you yourself are one, I cannot endorse Amma Parenting Center any less than 100% awesomeness for their amazing New Mama Classes. 

Erica Loeks Photography :: 2018 Fall Family Mini-Sessions, Lifestyle Photographer by Erica Loeks

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Greetings Everyone! 

Last year at this time I had just had my baby boy Everett. He turned a year on June 26th.  I offered the "Everett Special" that Fall and well, due to popular demand, I'm doing something similar this year, 20 minute Fall Family Mini-Sessions.

There's nothing like a 20 minute jam session at a local park to get the smiles captured, the Holiday card photo accomplished and share time as a family. Slots are limited. 

I hope to see your beautiful faces come Fall! 


DETAILS


DATES :: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH & SATURDAY OCTOBER 20TH

TIMES :: Limited 20 minute mini-sessions available on both dates

LOCATION :: I'm scouting all my favorite locations to find the perfect spots for this year. Location details will be sent two weeks prior to your session.

RAIN DELAY :: Should it rain, back up dates will be Sunday, September 16th & Sunday, October 21st. 

Sessions are priced at $300 and include 20 minute session, 15 digital files delivered via online gallery system. Online galleries will be delivered with 2 weeks of session. Additional prints and products may be purchased through the online gallery system. 

HOW TO BOOK :: Click on the link below and select 2018 Fall Family Mini-Sessions and scroll through the calendar to your desired date and time. Payment is due in full at time of booking and guarantees your session. 

If you have any questions, please call or email Erica at 612.743.2974 or erica@ericaloeks.com 

Can't wait to see you come this Fall! 

xoxo
Erica 

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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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Arlo & Belle 6 Months :: Minneapolis Baby Photographer by Erica Loeks

What's sweeter than a dynamic duo, fraternal twin babies? Nope, nothing. These two honey-hams were scrumptious for an outdoor 6 month session. I want all the baby toes, ALL the baby toes! 

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