Celebrating Our Angel

Eleven years ago I gave birth to our first child, a stillborn son named Ethan, at 28 weeks. Last year, on his tenth birthday I shared our story of him here.

For many years I kept quiet, stillbirth wasn't really an open discussion. I kept everything buried deep down and moved along in life. Over the last couple of years, I have been slowly bringing stillbirth into the open around me, to let others know that it happens. That it's ok to talk about. That my son did exist. He may not have taken a breath, I may not have ever heard him cry. But he was here, on this earth, in my arms, even if just for a moment.

We have spent this past year talking about him more with our three other children. They ask questions, they give what ifs, they love him even though they never met him. We stop at his grave every so often, and it's not a sad time. They run around his headstone, they touch it, they are my crazy littles that they always are.

 We have moments at the dinner table when they say things like, 'If Ethan was alive, there would be 3 boys and 3 girls in our family.' Or car rides when something triggers a conversation about how or why he died inside my belly, and my four year old tells me from the back seat, 'Momma, remember when I was in your belly and I didn't die!' And I can't do anything but laugh. Laugh for the innocence of a child, the unbridled comments that come into their heads. And I encourage them and say 'Yes, Molly I do. And I'm so glad that you didn't die.' And she smiles proudly in her booster seat.

This year I wanted to do something a little more special to remember and honor Ethan on what would be his Eleventh birthday. So I asked my dear friend Krystal from Images of U if she would do a family session for us with Ethan's headstone. Our family as a whole. She told me after that she was a bit nervous because she knew how important this was to me. But she nailed it, as usual, and I wouldn't have trusted anyone else to help create my vision in my head. I'm ever so blessed for her coming into my life, and becoming a steadfast friend that I can always share my feelings and thoughts with. And I'm so thankful that our schedules linked up for one evening and the rain gaveway for an hour so that we could capture these wonderful images.

Happy Eleventh Birthday Sweet Angel. We love you <3

It's My Birthday, Let's Celebrate!

Guess what! This weekend I will be celebrating my 31st birthday, yes, you read that right, 31! And while I have a handful of personal things planned to celebrate, I thought 'why not celebrate with my clients & fans too!'

I bet you know what that means.....a special! And just in time too. Not only has it been some time since I ran a special for you all, but there is just enough time to run one more special before launching my new options. I can't think of a better way to celebrate so many awesome things all at once, can you?

So Erin Marie Photography will be offering a 31% discount from Friday April 25 - Friday May 2nd!

  • Discount valid on new sessions booked for June - October 2014
  • Any regular session options (bundles not included)
  • Must be paid in full at booking
  • Cash or Check will be accepted
  • Other discounts, specials, coupons and gift certificates not valid with this special

Big Things Are Happening in 2014

Welcome to the Erin Marie Photography official blog page! I'm so excited to finally be adding blogging to our social media networks. I've been wanting to add blogging for almost two years now, but as writing is not my 'forte', it was one of those items on my 'to do' list that constantly got pushed lower and lower to the bottom. But here we are, I took the plunge, and I can't wait to share so much more information and images with you all on here!

2014 is going to be a big year for Erin Marie Photography. I've had a vision of were I wanted my business to go, since the beginning 4 years ago. I have been constantly working and developing my skills and style to reach that vision. I'm so excited to say, that this year is the beginning of that vision. So many things have been in the works over the last many months, in preparing to launch the start of this new direction. 

My work will be more focused in capturing the many special moments in your life, from maternity through your first year together as a new family. I have made the decision to no longer take on weddings, but instead, will now be taking on Birth clients. Birth Stories are only one of my new additions to my list of services, and I am so excited about them. Along with the Birth Stories, I will have two more brand new session options, one being unique to Erin Marie Photography. Separate blog posts will be coming soon, with more information and details on these new sessions and sample images!

With these new session options, also comes a whole new structure to all our sessions and how they are offered. And to be paired with all the sessions and my vision for your images, comes some new amazing products and collections that will be offered to you for displaying your heirloom photographs. So I hope you will take a moment and subscribe to my blog, so you can be sure to catch all the awesome up coming posts! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by :)

I'll leave you with a few personal images. One of my three littles, taken over this past Christmas vacation when we went out to California to Disneyland. This image is of their first time at the ocean <3 The other two images, of myself and my family, are courtesy of my dear friend Images of U Photography.