Happy Birthday Matthew!

We first met Matthew in August of 2011.  He came in to meet us for his first session of his baby plan with a big smile.

It’s hard to believe that was almost a year ago!

Since that first session, Matthew has always brought a super postitive attitude to every session.

He is an extremely happy little boy and such a joy to be around.

It is impossible to not love his adorable smile and those blue eyes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATTHEW!

Thanks for letting us watch you grow up!

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!

January Prop Project: Wooden crate

We are always in search of interesting new props for our photo sessions.  Recently, we spotted some wooden crates that had been painted to look sort of rustic.  The crates were being used in Newborn sessions.  Amazingly, we just happened to have a spare unpainted wooden crate lying around.  Viola!  Just like that, inspiration was born!  We were going to make our own version.

Here’s what we did…

Before we start, it should be noted the following images are of two different crates that were completed using the exact same process.

First, the wooden crate had to be sanded.  This was a very important and time consuming step.  We didn’t want uneven surfaces to snag our baby.

 After sanding, we painted the crate brown using 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint.

Once the brown paint had thoroughly dried, we haphazardly painted the box with a red semi-gloss paint.  The key here was to lightly brush the paint on, while at the same time allowing for some more concentrated brush strokes occasionally.

When the red paint had dried, it seemed we needed to tone down the red a little.  We used a mixture of water and brown paint to lightly glaze the entire crate.  Almost immediately after applying the “glaze”, we lightly wiped it off with paper towel, leaving just a tint of brown on top of the red.

After the crate was completly dry, we put a baby in it!

Baby Matthew Burke really seemed to enjoy it.