“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. “

-John Harrigan

 

This beautiful family joined me for a bit more a spontaneous shoot.

With living in a valley, it is not often that we can find an open area to photograph – let alone an open area that is covered in flowers. It was by sheer luck that we stumbled upon this flower patch. I began quickly posting all over, to try and make use of this natural beauty before the flowers were gone. Without knowing how long they had been there, it was hard to tell how long they would stay in bloom!

 

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We improved – pushing things that would usually be discussed over a consultation into a day to complete these photographs. It is hard to deny that the results are amazing!

 

So much love and energy is captured within these images. The personalities of each girl shine through, as well as the connection, the bond, that they share as a family.

 

 

The gallery is filled with candid moments: real moments of laughter and love!

Many hugs and kisses were passed to one another during the session. There were whispers in ears…there were sibling spats…there was laughs until near tears.

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No two galleries are ever the same. It is the personality of each being photographed that bring the photographs – the moments being photographed – to life. I am blown away by the love and energy projected by this precious family. Their bond is untouchable and it was a pleasure to preserve these moments and memories for them.

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Little girls dream in fairytales…

…We bring those dreams to life!

 

My years growing up were captured within the walls of a chain portrait studio. I remember very clearly the blinding lights, uncomfortable posing, and 90’s style overly fake backdrops.

Over half of the images were taken with fake smiles, perhaps even tears… :'(

As my passion & knowledge for photography grew, I knew that this is not what I wanted from my portraits – this was not the experience I wanted my clients to experience.

 

 

…and thus…our magical sessions were born!

So far we have offered princess, zombie, reindeer, mermaid, and the list grows on!

Our current magical sessions are princess & unicorn! During this type of session, we encourage girls to treat themselves to the life of a princess while in our studio!

The girls are able to dress up in their favorite dress, or choose a gown from our photography wardrobe. There is access to complimentary hair, makeup, and nail design!

When we arrive on location, we turn on Pandora to listen to their favorite songs. Together, we dance, talk, and laugh for the next hour as we snap away candid photographs – without a care in the world!

The magic continues in post processing where the unicorns come to life!

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[Erica Danile Photography does not use live animals]

It is recorded that on average there are approximately 60 MILLION images posted to Instagram every single day. The statistics show that Facebook stomps that into the ground with an amazing 350 MILLION images uploaded every. single. day.

So in a world that is so clearly driven by and focused on the newest technologies, why in the world would anyone want to print their images?!

Technology is growing and evolving daily.

We can look back at this and think of the record. The record moved to the 8-track, to the cassette, to the CD, to the MP3, to the MP4, and we are still evolving.

Something similar has happened in the world of computers…

We’ve moved from Floppy Disk to CD to USB…and now they have introduced the USB-C

Computers have been missing their floppy slot for quite sometime. Now they are removing the CD drive. The latest and greatest computer models have upgraded their USB. So…what do we do with all of the data that we are missing?

Data – whether it be written word or imagery – is being lost throughout time, and at a very rapid pace! You can no longer access the data on your floppy and as one could imagine the same will soon be happening to these other technologies.

We want to feel a sense of security by posting our images, by sharing online, but these moments are only seen for a second, before being buried among the other millions. These sites come and go just as quickly as our technologies do. Myspace was taken over by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It would be inaccurate to think that this won’t happen again…

So how can one combat the ever changing world?

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We can preserve our cherished memories in the form of archival prints!

Archival prints are museum quality, fine art prints created through a professional lab.

These prints will not fade, warp, or ruin within the 15 years, as your prints from a consumer lab will. This type of printing is necessary in properly preserving your imagery. They will hold strong through the years and be a piece that your family can pass down for generations.

Erica Danile Photography urges everyone to make use of the amazing resources that we have available to us. Post, share, and tag your family in all of your newest images! However, do not forget that while that post may last a few moments – you need those memories to last a lifetime.

Consider ordering prints through your photographer of choice. If you’ve taken the images yourself, ask a photographer (myself included) who is the best for YOU to print from!

We urge photographers and clients alike to switch to archival printing

& spread the education of print over digital.

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