Okay, guys! I’m excited. For those who don’t know, I am a huge Stranger Things fan. Like H.U.G.E. super fan (probably explains a lot about the whimsical sessions, right?) …so when I came across this super adorable, handmade t-shirt design, I flipping lost it. I immediately ordered.
…and when an explosive pen incident ruined my brand new shirt…I immediately ordered it again.
My shirt arrived in this super adorable packaging. It is a small touch, but honestly I was blow away. Shelly, the owner and I, had chosen to meet in person since she is local to Martinsburg. I had expected to be handed the shirt in a plastic bag or, heck, just the shirt itself. It was a wonderful surprise to have such lovely presentation – a nice little touch that left me not wanting to open and “ruin it.”
When I finally got it together and opened up my new present (from me, to me), I was over the moon — the shirt looks EXACTLY like the product I had ordered. The shirt was incredibly soft! It washes nicely, except when you put an ink pen in the washer with it (oops). There was no fading or bleed.
I am perhaps a bit bias. Shelly is a past client of Erica Danile Photography, so I am naturally inclined to support her, as she has supported me. But I know amazing work when I see it. I know passion when I see it. This girl has passion for the amazing work she is creating – and it goes a long way!
Roses & Weedz Creations is more than deserving of this Magic in Martinsburg spotlight feature. I will be using her for upcoming apparel, most definitely, and encourage you to check out her professional page.
It is no secret that I am a busy bee — even less of a secret that I LOVE it! I am a pet and family photographer based out of Martinsburg, WV but among my favorite things is hitting the road…and coming to see you!
Over the next few weeks, I am traveling all over the tri-state for some A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. events. I feel so fortunate to be invited! So I wanted to make sure you get the 411 on them. They are…pretty amazing, actually.
Let’s help spot Erica (me) and have fun doing so!
Last weekend, I was at Bark for Life at the YMCA in Hagerstown, Maryland. This was held on September 15th and benefited Relay for Life. It was a local, amazing event that brought everyone together. I was able to meet some ADORABLE pups, and their equally as adorable, hoomans. I am already looking forward to next year’s event!
This coming weekend, September 21st, I will be at DogFest! Walk & Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. DogFest benefits the Baltimore Humane Society and I am so excited to be there. We are breaking out a brand new display, never seen before prizes and contests, and you really just won’t want to miss this. If you aren’t able to physically make it, keep a close eye on our social media profiles – I will be running games online ALL DAY! If you are in the area, stop by and say hi! Enter to win goodies, let me selfie with your pup for an extra entry! It’s going to be a good day for a great cause.
On September 28th and 29th, the fun continues for our studio! Come check out the Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show. This is the 45th annual event and we couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it! The donations made to this event benefit the local high school, as there is no entry fee. We are sad, but understanding, that no pets are allowed at this one. Just bring your beautiful human family, and promise us we can meet the fur babies later on!
Our last event of the year (and you don’t want to miss it) is happening right back in Hagerstown, Maryland on November 2nd. We will be spotted at the Fall Back Ciders, Wines, & Spirits Fest! There will be amazing food, booze, and music. I am excited to connect with everyone while we kick off fall and the time change. General and VIP admission fees are more than reasonable, but if you’re looking to pitch in more – the event is still looking for amazing volunteers!
That’s all folks! We will update our blog if another event pops up.
Come out and spot your Martinsburg Pet & Family Photographer at all of these amazing, local events – participate in our giveaways. Honestly? Just see what the rest of the community is doing! Hint: they are doing AMAZING things. You can be a part of it too, it’s not too late!
To get the latest and greatest info, be sure to follow our blog. Find last week’s blog post here. Last week we chatted about our FREE, online class happening tomorrow!
I LOVE a good class. I especially love a good class on something I LOVE. Andddd I super duper love a good class on something I love that is F.R.E.E.
Okay, guys – this week will be short and sweet. To the point.
I decided a long time ago that I will not keep a single thing I am passionate about to myself. Things that need said politely, I will say politely. I will only speak to audiences that want to hear it. Sure. That’s fine.
BUT I WILL NOT KEEP QUIET.
Not on what I love. Not in this lifetime.
Thus, Third Thursdays was born in my Martinsburg studio, and we are busy spreading that love, that goodness all over the internet.
What is Third Thursday?
It is a…LIVE…FREE webinar that takes place once a month, on the Third Thursday, to be an open discussion on a topic that you are dying to learn more about (in the photography realm).
For example in July…we chatted about lighting!
In August…well my elderly pup had an emergency vet run so it got rescheduled to THIS MONTH. One week from today, at 7pm!
On Thursday, September 19th, we will be chatting about editing.
A few things to note…
These are NOT recorded. You have to catch me live. Part of the fun is that you can ask questions and get your info right then and there.
There is NO cost. None. Zero. No hidden fees.
It is totally easy sign up – I just need your email. If you follow our e-newsletter and this blog, you will always know about Third Thursday.
It happens at 7pm…and lasts about 30-60 minutes. We may run over 😉
This is open to anyone…anywhere…at any place in their photographic journal. It is an open discussion of the topic – with advice, samples, and you just…you have me at your disposal.
This month we are honoring a client that is brand new to the studio, coming from the referral of her long time friend.
September’s Client of the Month is Tiffany Conklin (and her lovely family).
We have prepared a gift for Tiffany as a thank you for joining us for such a lovely portrait session, trusting us with her memories, and being just fabulous throughout the process. You have no idea how much it means to us, and how honored we truly are.
We threw away the idea that the pups “needed to sit still” (news flash: very, very, very few do. It is my job to make it LOOK LIKE they sit still, same with kiddos!) and rolled with the punches. We combated bugs and heat. We played off of two excited pups’ energy. We enjoyed an evening capturing personalities, creating legacies, and making memories together.
While few things in life are perfect, we feel this family is pretty close. There are few times I have witnessed as much love and understanding between family members as I did during this session. I cannot wait to watch their family grow and continue documenting these important moments (because every day is important and you don’t need to wait for a birthday or holiday)
Tiffany and her family will be receiving some goodies in their mailbox this month that I bet they cannot wait to share with you! BUT here is something you don’t have to wait…
Contact us to schedule your very own portrait session for 2020, by October 2nd, and mention Tiffany’s gorgeous family to receive a special offer!Next Client of the Month will be announced on October 2nd.
Motherhood by definition is a woman in relation to her children, bringing them up with care and affection.
What a dictionary definition fails to address are so many things that often go overlooked in our lives and society.
The bedtime stories, the sick-day cuddles, the snow day adventures (even though mom probably hates the snow)…
The advice that starts early in life and carries us well into our adulthood, when we become mothers and they become grandmothers.
Motherhood is a duty, and honor, that is never ending. It follows us through life. It is easily the most valued, but under recognized action.
We hear it too often…
“No, just photographs of the children. This is about them.”
“I’m not very photogenic. I never have been.”
“I want to lose this baby weight first, but maybe I can book next year.”
“I just can’t justify this on myself, perhaps family photos?”
To each and every mother out there, please take a moment to realize your worth. It doesn’t matter if you are their birth mother, or if you have adopted or share custody. It doesn’t matter if you are 15, 30, or 60. You are a mother for life. Your value only increases as your children grow.
You are creating a life that will outlast you, and a legacy that won’t soon pass.
It is sad to say, but one day your legacy will have to go on without you. While they may have a clear memory of you, they will find themselves saddened that they can no longer pick up the phone and ask mom.
They will want their children, also your legacy, to know of your life – to see you, to remember you, to honor you.
There are, perhaps, a million reasons to say “no” to having your portrait taken…
But if you need a reason, if you cannot do it for just you alone, then please realize that it extends beyond you. The blessing that the luxury of photography is something that extends far past our own lifetime. Don’t let your legacy go on without your memory.
Exclusive Motherhood Sessions are now being scheduled in spirit of the upcoming Mother’s Day (May 13th, 2018). These limited edition sessions will only be available to you in April and May. Prior booking has begun and will continue through April 18th – schedule as priority and receive 15% off your total order.
Special products are available for these sessions!
All sessions will include a complimentary care basket – filled with goodies from local businesses for mom, as well as the family.
Each mom will receive a welcome and session guide – going over wardrobe and styling, hair, makeup, etc. to find the best options available to you and your family.
To show our appreciation for you gorgeous moms out there, we are gifting each booked session a complimentary 8×10.
These sessions can be used for any mother, of any age.
They can be family portraits, couples portraits, or glamour of the mother alone.
Interested in purchasing a gift certificate for that special woman in your life? We are selling certificates in values of your choice. The certificates also come with a 10% off for the lovely ladies using the gift you’ve purchased!
Contact us today for additional information and to reserve your time slot. Dates are limited.
Join us for the 2nd annual Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival, to be held at the historic Peter Burr Farm in Shenandoah Junction, WV, featuring 60 Blue Ridge artists and artisans, live music, local food and drinks, free children’s activities, tours of the historic property, artist demos, door prizes, and more, with free admission for everyone.
Erica Danile Photography will be present photographing families with the historic buildings on the property. There is no session fee: families pay for only the images they love. Families will have the opportunity to view their gallery, while placing their order, on a date following the May 5th Sessions.
All who attend and participate will receive a set of 4, complimentary wallets of an image of their choice – to share with their friends and family…. OR an 8×10 print of their choice!
Walk-in appointments will be allowed, but pre-registration (here) is suggested.
Limited spacing available. This is first come, first serve. Those who pre-register are guaranteed a spot. Walk-in will only be accepted during times that no one has registered.
The list of available times within this page will be updated as people registered.
We have made a list of our product options below. Any item may be pre-purchased. Upon request, we will be happy to supply a full list of wall art sizes and prices. This full list will be available to you, as well, when viewing your gallery at a later date. Thank you.
Session Times Available
**If marked ‘RESERVED,’ this time slot is no longer available. Please check back for updated time slots. We will be taking as many sessions as possible. Walk-in appointments will only be made available if time slots are available the day of. **
10:20am – RESERVED
11am – RESERVED
12:20pm – RESERVED
3pm – RESERVED
3:40pm – RESERVED
4:20pm – RESERVED
Products Available for Purchase
All who attend will receive a set of 4, complimentary wallet prints of an image of their choice…OR an 8×10 of their choice.
If you wish to purchase additional or are considering additional, you can view all options on your session date, or we will gladly welcome you to view these options on a day of your choice, prior to the session.
~Our gift prints (8×10 and smaller) are $50 individually, or sets of prints begin at $150.
~Our wall art and display pieces (canvas, wood, metal, etc.) begin at $150
~Our collections (boxes, albums, and digital options – full & half gallery) begin at $500.
There is no purchase requirement for these sessions. However, we love to make all clients aware of these options – in case they choose to upgrade!
Question about our products or options before or after booking? Feel free to contact us on any of our various platforms. We would be happy to help!
All sessions include a complimentary consultation prior to (if desired), the session itself, an in-person ordering appointment with product guidance, and hand-delivery of your images!
We would like to congratulate Grace and Daniel on their happy marriage!
January 13th, 2018 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia
We have been waiting to release this post, so that the couple had time to receive the wedding package, go through the images privately, and be the first to share with friends and family. Now that they have had some time to take it all in, we are honored to share their love story – from our perspective.
Erica Danile Photography has had the pleasure of working with Grace and Danny for nearly a year. We’ve gone through several consultations, a number of sessions, and of course…their big day. Through thick and think, we’ve watched this beautiful couple grow.
We can say that we’ve met few people who’s love even comes close.
The happy couple has been friends for years, creating that bond through their school’s show choir, and…it shows. They have not only an amazing bond, but some serious dance moves as well!
We often set quite high expectations of our big day. The dress. The venue. The music. We have trouble accepting that sometimes things simply don’t go on schedule and that all the planning in the world cannot prevent it. Many couples get caught up in this dilemma.
This wedding, despite how the bride may have felt at the end of the night, was as close to perfection as they come. With a love like Grace & Danny have, there is no way that such a union could be unsuccessful. Everyone in attendance, including your photographers, had an amazing experience – witnessing the love of this gorgeous couple.
We are wishing you MANY happy years together. We look forward to watching you two grow and prosper, as your lives unfold before you. Please – keep in touch.
Did you know that Easter is coming early this year?
Easter is April 1st, 2018.
There is so much to prepare for: Dinners, Gifts, Scheduling Events, Etc. Allow us to take some of that weight off of you. We will create professional portraits, just in time!
Our average turn around time for your custom portraits to be hand-delivered to you is approximately 3-4 weeks. During this busy time, we are prioritizing YOU and promising your beautiful memories before Easter if you session takes place on or before March 18th, 2018. This date is now only a week away.
We are putting out a LAST CALL for those seeking a gorgeous keepsake this season.
All sessions include a complimentary consultation [[plan outfits, try on our gowns, learn about ALL options available to you, select a few that work best for your family, schedule a date, option to place an advanced investment/payment, and get priority booking!]]
…access to studio wardrobe [[choose from many gorgeous outfits we have in-studio for you to wear, or get styling help on your own closet. Together we will choose a timeless look for your modern artwork.]]
…a custom portrait session [[enjoy a location and time that work best for your unique family. The details have been planned just for you, and images are shot to fit your favorite options from the consultation. Our sessions are not restricted to a time-frame – we spend the time needed to capture those precious moments with your family.]]
…professional retouch and processing [[view and choose from final, professionally processed images. Our animals are added in during post processing to remain within our legal rights, as well as protect your child and the fragile animals seen within our advertisements. We take our time with this process to ensure the best results for you.]]
…image and product guidance [[have the assistant in choosing colors, materials, images, etc. to create custom art work for within your household. Enjoy the luxury of not needing to have all of the answers or a definite end result in mind. Sit back and allow us to guide you through the process and make selection easy.
…an in-person viewing & ordering session [[why choose products and images that you have yet to see? Join us in-person to view and select your life-long keepsakes! We will be there to help guide you through the process and choose what fits your style best.]]
…hand-delivery of images [[no more worrying about being there when the mail truck arrives because your images will be hand-delivered to you. Together we select a day and time to do a reveal party of your final products. We can meet again in studio, or deliver to your home or office!]]
Don’t need portraits back by Easter? Enjoy these sessions through the end of the month.
Who can participate?
We welcome all ages and groups to join us! We can work with your children individually or your whole family. There is no additional charge per family member, so bring them all! Our sessions are perfect for newborn, children of ALL ages, and adults alike! Your never too old, too big, too tall, or too young to have the experience of the season.
How do I book?
Quite easy, really! Just contact us and let us know that you’d like to begin the process.
We will ensure that you get a slot in our books for this month. You are a priority!
If you would like your portraits back before the Easter holiday (April 1st, 2018), you will be put on prior booking. You will want to make sure that you make note of that urgency in your inquiry to us. Thank you.
In case you had forgotten, we are here to remind you: we spring forward tomorrow – March 11th. Yep! It’s that time again: Daylight Saving Time!
When did this silly thing get started anyway?
It actually didn’t begin until 1986! You can thank Mr. George Vernon Hudson and Mr. William Willett, who proposed the time shift, twice annually.
Ok…But REALLY, why?
As annoying as it may be to keep up with it, and as much as it may disrupt our schedules, sleep particularly, the proposal was created with the best of intentions. The idea is to allow for our days to be longer and overall more productive. The name is quite truthful when implying that it’s an attempt to save daylight!
And we all have to do this?!
Nope – not all places in the United States participate in the time-shift, anymore! Arizona and Hawaii have opted out, as have a few US Territories and Amish communities.
AGAIN – Whyyyyy?
Truthfully, it seems we could argue that all day. Despite what many thing, this time change was not intended to help farmers. In fact, they were very much against it! Their work goes by the sun, not by man-made time; arguing that it conflicted with and threw off their schedules (sounds familiar, right?). It was actually the urban community and industries that pushed for this change. Their argument of energy conservation has yet to really be proven, however.
You can thank Daylight Saving if you work Monday-Friday, 9-5, and want to book a weekday session with us! With this time change, it now puts our ideal time-frame for the PERFECT session between 6:00PM – 7:30PM start-time. Plenty of time to change, grab a quick dinner, and head out for the session of your dreams.