Minnesota Family Photographer

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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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 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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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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