A boy and his Balloons!

If you are new to our blog, you may not have known that March=Balloons at ESP.

One of our lucky March clients was so happy about the balloons that he just had to applaud.

Even when the balloons went away, he was still smiling.

He continued to entertain us with his cuteness for the entire session.

We love photographing this little man!

His parents planned ahead and signed up for our Baby Plan, so you can look forward to seeing more of his smiles.

Prom 2012!

It’s Prom time!

Certainly by now you have heard all about our upcoming Prom Event (if not click here).

 

Here is a quick reminder of the details:
Saturday April 28, 2012
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
301 N Buck Creek Rd, Cumberland, IN 46041

 

We convinced our new senior rep Brooke to bring her Prom dress over for some pre-prom fun.  We got some really great images and now have some really exciting ideas for our Prom Event.
Here are a few from Brooke’s session.

 

Brooke’s  of course wasn’t our first formal gown shoot.  Here are a few from past sessions.
If you, or your child, is attending prom this spring, you don’t want to miss this event.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Event pricing can be found on our website.

Spring time Girls

Our April theme is all things Spring.  Our April clients will enjoy using our springtime tissue paper flowers in their photo sessions, as well as the beautiful flowers surrounding our studio.

Six year old Harper and one year old Skyler have already made it in for their Spring sessions.  They brought their adorable Easter dresses along and gave us some great Spring images to share with you.

Harper smiling in her Easter dress.

Skyler sporting her fancy Easter dress.

Harper enjoying wonderful springtime weather

Skyler showing us how to clap with a blossoming backdrop.

There is still time to schedule your spring time session, so call us today!

Don’t forget Mother’s day is fast approaching and all mother’s love pictures of their child.  We can help you capture the perfect gift for Mom.

Tissue Paper Flowers

We recently stumbled upon this interesting DIY blog post on Pinterest.

We decided to give this project a shot minus the giant flower stems.

This is what happened…

We gathered spring inspired tissue paper.

We cut out three different sizes for our petals.  Four sheets of tissue paper for each size.

We then gathered up the small petals like so.

Then, we added the medium-sized petals and finally the large petals.

As we added the petals, we consistently twisted the bottoms to make a stem.

Using tan tissue paper, we cut a few sheets in a circle and crumbled the edges to add depth.

Using Elmers glue, we attached the flower center and dry moss to the tissue paper flower.

The finished project.

March = Balloons!

We have decided that the month of March is for balloons!

We are determined to use a balloon, or many balloons, in each of our March photography sessions.  We can’t wait to share all of our exciting ideas and fun balloons with our clients.  We plan to give balloons to babies, children, high school seniors, adults, brides, families, and everyone else!  Oh man, this is going to be so much fun!

Since we haven’t taken any balloon photos yet, here are a few ideas we found on Pinterest.

(Click the photos to see the original sources)

We can’t wait to share our own balloon images with you!

We still have a few March sessions available.  All you have to do is schedule an appointment and show up with a smile!

Can’t wait to see you with a balloon!

Photo Perfect Baby Basket

At Erica Salmon Photography, we love props!

We are constantly looking for, buying, creating, and using props in our photography studio.

Recently, we photographed handsome Leland Oesterling in this comfy basket during his 3 Month session.

Leland is no stranger to this awesome basket.  He was photographed in it as a newborn also.

This basket is one of our favorite baby props.  We enjoy the versatility offered by it.  We have photographed other babies in the basket also and we manage to get a fresh new image every time it is used.

Our basket is just one of the many, many props we have in our studio.  We strive to always keep useful, photo-perfect props on hand to ensure we always create a one-of-a-kind image.

Thank you for reading!

Framed Chalkboard Photography Prop

 February Prop Project: Chalkboard Picture Frames

This months DIY prop project earned us some photo perfect chalkboards.  These chalkboards can be used to display any message from a child’s age to a family name.

Here’s how we did it…

Supplies Needed:

First, we did a little consignment shopping and found these interesting frames.

Second, we removed the glass and artwork from the frames.  We discarded everything but the backing, which we will need later.

Next, we applied 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint to each frame.

While the frames were drying, we used the backing as a size guide…

to score and cut a piece of cardboard.

Using the measured cardboard, we cut a piece of Dry Erase contact paper large enough to overlap each side of the cardboard.

Now comes the hard part: attaching the contact paper to the cardboard.

Make sure you do this slowly to ensure no creases!

Next, we wrapped the contact paper around the back of the cardboard and taped it down.

After the frames were completely dry, we placed the chalkboard pieces in them and replaced the backings.

We decided to add a handle to our teal frame.

Using the hot glue gun, we attached the ribbon to the back of the frame.

To make the back more visually appealing and to add more stability to the handle, we used fancy duct tape to cover our hot glue mess.

Here are our new Framed Chalkboards in action!

Miss Ellie requested her age, name, and a flower for the teal chalkboards photo debut.

Jack decided to write his own chalkboard message, "Jack is Awesome 6 1/2"

Clearly, Jack is Awesome!

Ellie designed this chalkboard with her signature and a chocolate chip cookie

Thanks for reading.  Don’t forget to check out next month’s prop project!

Valentines Day Cuties

This year for Valentine’s Day, the Salmon family children will be delivering some very special Valentine cards.

With some help from their mother, Jack and Ellie created some fun 5×5 flat cards to stuff in their schoolmates Valentine mailboxes.

Front of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Back of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Front of the Jack Card

Back of the Jack Card

Front of the Ellie Card

Back of the Ellie Card

Jack & Ellie used sheets of paper and markers to create their photo props.

Be sure to check out next weeks blog where we will show you how to create Chalkboard Photography Props that would work just as well as their handwritten papers.

Little Fashionista

About two weeks ago, a little girl named Shadelyn came walking into our studio with her mother and five photo perfect outfits.  We couldn’t have picked out better outfits if we had tried ourselves.  Continue reading to pick up some tips from adorable little Shadelyn.  Also, be sure to ‘Like” us on Facebook, to get our Weekly Wednesday What-To-Wear posts!

This is a very classy look. The pieces are very traditional with the addition of some modern ruffles. The classic black tights and flats make Shadelyn look like a little lady.

Shadelyn, like all little girls, looks pretty in pink. This outfit is reflective of everyday wear. The top and paints are simple without a lot of words to distract from Shadelyn’s smile. The fun socks, boots, and hair bow show how much fun it is to be a little girl.

This outfit is fantastic! Shadelyn’s yellow tights look great paired with her striped dress. The blue jean jacket seems to continue to stand the test of time. The boots…well, who doesn’t wish they could pull off the galosh look everyday.

The leopard print vest is bold, but not too bold. The pink hair bow brings a subtle burst of color to the look. These things paired with comfy jeans and shoes make for a sassy looking 2 year old.

The bold colors in this fun sweater look nice with these solid colored pants, against this neutral backdrop.

Not only did Shadelyn and her mother bring perfect outfits, they also brought super fun shoes!

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Happy Birthday Girls

We recently had the pleasure of photographing two adorable 1 year old little ladies.  These girls have been ESP clients since they were newborns!  Talk about loyal customers!  Their mothers took advantage of our baby plan.  We even had the pleasure of capturing maternity images of their beautiful Mommy’s before they were born.

 

To help celebrate this amazing time in their life’s, we got these precious girls birthday cakes for their 1 Year photo shoots.  I bet you can imagine what happened, but just in case you can’t…

It has truly been a pleasure watching these darlings grow up.  We hope to continue as their photographer for many more years to come.

Happy Birthday Girls!

Gianna’s First Year

  

Skyler’s First Year