On July 7th and 8th…

SHENDANOAH

We asked the community to open their hearts.

 

Over the course of a day and a half, nearly 20 families came out to celebrate our anniversary. During this event, we gave our time and talents to each family in exchange for a donation of towels and washcloths. These are items that the Shenandoah Women’s Center in Martinsburg, WV desperately needed.

They put out an announcement to the public, asking for donations.

After seeing all that this organization does for the community, Erica Danile Photography decided to involve them in part of their twice annual charity sessions.

 

 

A mix of new and past clients came out to make this goal a reality. Everyone brought with them towels and/or washcloths. Those that were unavailable for our Meet ‘n Greet, charity event date, still chose to drop a donation off at the studio.

 

This morning we have delivered well over 50 towels and washcloths to the Shenandoah Women’s Center. They are overjoyed with the love and support from the community and what we have done for them.

 

A large thank you to all that helped with this process.

Those who came out, those who dropped off donations, and those who spread the word!

 

We are truly blown away with how the community has come together for this event. Erica Danile Photography cannot wait to schedule our next charity event – in the winter.

Please take a moment to head over to http://swcinc.org/ and see how you can further assist this wonderful organization here in our city! Thank you.

 

 

Join Erica Danile Photography for their first ever Meet ‘n Greet

SHENDANOAH

Mark your calendars for July 7th and 8th

Erica Danile Photography is offering a complimentary mini session in exchange for gently used or new towels and washcloths. These items will be collected and then donated to the Shenandoah Women’s Center – here in Martinsburg, WV.

This collaborative event is a celebration of the business’ first year in Martinsburg, WV and an effort to help with the current needs within our community. Enjoy a professional portrait session of your choice, while giving back to the community and being a part of the solution to current issues.

Give a little…get a lot!

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Shenandoah Women’s Center has expressed their appreciation for this effort, from not only Erica Danile Photography but the community that is getting involved.

Due to limited spacing, these sessions are being offered by appointment only.

To reserve your appointment today, reach out to Erica Danile Photography on one of their many platforms. If you are on social media, you can head over to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ericadanile. Their website can be found at www.ericadanilephotography.com. You may also choose to email info@ericadanilephotography.com or call/text (304) 676 – 6503.

It’s that time of year…yep…

Kitten Season!

 

Shelters are packed and people are trying to re-home kitties left and right. No one wants to see the fur-babies put down, but many of the current owners are not able to keep these litters that keep popping up. Locally we have so many feral cats that it is nearly impossible to keep up with the spay/neutering of these cuties – so when spring & summer come…kitten season launches!

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Erica Danile Photography is making efforts to help find homes for these kitties!

[If you, or someone you know, has kittens or cats that they are trying to find homes for, please contact info@ericadanilephotography.com . We will schedule a *free* session to photograph the kitties and share the images to help get the cuties adopted. So far our posting has reached over 6,000 people in only 3 days – we will help you find homes.]

 

All Kittens pictured in this blog are up for adoption – free to a good home!

[You will be provided with a copy of the image of your kitten – if desired.]

 

 

Please contact Amanda W. or Erica Danile Photography for information!

 

Thank you for your contribution in helping to save fur-babies just like these! Please take the time to share this blog posting with your friends & family. You can also head over to our Facebook, and share the post there! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a kitty that needs help being re-homed! Thank you.

 

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“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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