Click the link “Saying Goodbye” below. A beautiful video created by the talented Paul Gibbens, of Gibbens Creative in Erie, PA. A few moments of my latest levitation session was captured behind the scenes by Paul’s video talent, and I thought you all might enjoy watching! Thank you all, have a great week!
© Christine Erin Photography 2015
My wordless Wednesday / photo of the day.
XOXO ~ Christine
© Christine Erin Photography 2015
Namasté- “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”
My latest fine art print, one I have been wanting to do for a long time, is finished! Levitation photography is fascinating to me. I hope you enjoy the final image as much as I enjoyed creating it! In light of all the current unrest in our world, I would like to say “Namasté to you all….and hope you find the light and love within yourself and others as much as possible. To quote John Lennon: “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”
XOXO ~ Christine
“Escape” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015
“She finally had to go….and leave behind the place and the people who had hurt her. But then….then she realized….the hardest pain to escape was that which she created in her own mind. The journey had begun.”
It’s been so long since I have posted on my blog. I hope some of my followers are still here and may still remember me. I am going to try to do this more, and share with you what I have been up to for so long.
So here’s the basic scoop: I needed to Escape.
This past winter was a long, hard one for me, and I needed something to pull me through. Something to help me pick up the pieces of my broken self. I won’t get into how ~or why~ I was broken; we have all been there at one point or another. It was something that I allowed to happen and something that I had to fix on my own. My family is, was, and always has been there for me; but when I got into this place I needed to get myself out….on my own…in my own way. So I turned to my photography. I started to explore things. Dream things. Challenge myself. Eventually…..finally….. I took to the one thing that has always made me the most uncomfortable, and made myself do it: Self-portraiture.
I delved into this world and took pictures of myself. I had the messages (see the message below the picture – above) and photo titles in my mind before I took the shots. I exposed my soul, I exposed my thoughts, I exposed my weaknesses…. I exposed what I was capable of both on camera and in the editing area. Then I began to realize, I was starting to heal.
“Escape” wasn’t the first fine art project that I did. In fact it was about the 7th or 8th. However, it’s the one that speaks to me the most about why I started to do it. So, in starting to share my fine art photography with all my fellow blogger friends, I felt it was appropriate to share this image and quote first. I look forward to backtracking and sharing them all with you as the weeks pass…and sharing my new creations with you as I make them.
“Escape”, as well as my other fine art prints, are available for purchase through galleries nationwide. This print available as a 20×30 acrylic print at Romantique Boutique Vintage Marketplace in Erie, PA. Please email Christine at: firstname.lastname@example.org for gallery information and number.
Congratulations to Jodi and her family for winning the Mothers Day photo contest, and the free session with CEP in June! 🙂 We look forward to seeing you and taking your photos on Presque Isle! 🙂
We would like to take the time to thank ALL the moms who submitted photos for our contact. We will be holding a mini session day on Presque Isle in June as well that we will open up to all 7 remaining moms. Cost will be $50.00 per session (a $100.00 savings off our regular session price!) The studio will email everyone with dates and times available.
Happy Mothers Day! We hope each and every one of you reading this post has a wonderful, relaxing day today!
Its not that I really LIKE having my picture taken….surprisingly I don’t…which is probably why I rarely ever ASK anyone to include me. When I sift back through my memories, however, I am a bit troubled by the fact that SOMEDAY, when it may be important to them, my children will not see me in any of these pictures. There will be but only a few pictures of me throughout there lifetimes. Why is that, I wonder?
I know the simple answer. Its because I am the one always taking the pictures. At first, I was convinced that this was because I am a photographer, and that I have a rather expensive camera that no one in my family feels comfortable touching. As I talk to more of my friends (also moms, I must add)…it seems that this is common in most households. Millions of pictures of the kids. Lots of pictures of Dad and the grandparents, several of aunts and uncles at family holiday get togethers, and one or two of Mom. Period. If you are lucky. Most of the time, only if you asked.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I would like to offer the local moms of Erie PA the opportunity to change that.
I am offering a Mother’s Day Photo Contest. Check out the rules below. But its simple: have a friend, your spouse, or a family member grab your camera or cell phone and take a snapshot of you (mom) with your kids. It can be silly, it can be sweet, it can be anything you want it to be. Email that to me at: email@example.com by Monday…and you will be entered into the contest. How do you win? With votes (see below). The winning prize??? A free session with me on Presque Isle in June. But the beauty of it? Even if you don’t win, you have a picture of you and your kids. It captured you and them at this exact moment in time. They will have that picture to remember you and them, and where you were at this moment in time, and they will have it (hopefully) forever.
Looking forward to receiving your submission! All submissions will be posted here for voting beginning on May 1st.
Christine Erin Photography – 2012 Mother’s Day Photo Contest – Rules and Details
1. You will need to submit a photo of yourself with your children to be entered in the contest. Please submit with the tag line you would like used to represent your photo. (ex: Susan, Mary, and Margaret…etc)
2. The photo you enter in the contest must be taken by yourself or a family member… And you must have permission to use the photo. (no copyrighted or professional photos, please).
3. You can not currently owe Christine Erin Photography for any past sessions due.
4. Email photo to : firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will be collected from now through April 30 (only 2 days!!!) . Photos will be posted on Christine Erin Photography’s BLOG (https://christineerin.wordpress.com/) on May 1st. Voting will begin May 1st and run through May 12. Winner will be announced on Mother ‘s Day (Sunday May 13th).
5. You can vote for your photo once per day, each day, from May 1st through May 12. Tell your friends, post to Facebook, tweet it…..the person with the most votes wins the contest. It’s that simple!!! So rally your team and have everyone vote once a day if they can for these 12 days. I will post a direct link to the page for voting on May 1st.
Grand Prize Winner: FREE session with Christine Erin Photography in June on location at Presque Isle.
BONUS!!!!! If we get 20+ photo entries, I will offer a MINI session day in June to ALL participants of the photo contest for $50.00 per session, and each family gets a free 5×7 print of their favorite “pose”from their session with me. So spread the news…tell everyone about the contest!!! Then you can either win your FREE regular session, or get a $50.00 mini session with Christine Erin Photography!
HAVE A WONDERFUL MOTHERS DAY! YOU DESERVE IT!
Hope – “to cherish a desire with anticipation”
While growing up, my one “hope” or desire was to have a child/children and be able to be a stay at home mom. Once I achieved that goal, the word “hope” took on an entirely new meaning.
I hope they are healthy. I hope they have a good life. I hope they stay safe. I hope people are kind to them, and that they experience as little heartache as possible. I hope they find happiness. I hope they find someone, someday, who loves them as much as I do. I hope they have children of their own. I hope they live long, prosperous lives.
I have so many hopes and wishes for my children, and every night when I pray, I always ask for these things for them. Hope, I have found, is really all that I have.
In light of the holiday season (the shopping, decorating, wrapping, and photo sessions for Christmas Cards), I have fallen behind on my blogging once again. I was out on location for a couples session last night. At the beach. In the north. In January. Although we froze our tushies off, it made for some stunning images (which I hope to add to my blog later tonight).
As we strolled along the beach, we came across this tree. I rarely pause a photo shoot to take a picture for myself, but I know this couple well…and I simply could not resist the stunning image this ice covered tree presented me with. Its something that even my fancy camera couldn’t really do justice to. But here it is anyway, as I am now able to happily post my “Winter” photo Challenge.
To quote something I saw a friend post on Facebook recently: “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.”
― Parker J. Palmer
One of my most favorite things to photograph, I have an entire folder on my Mac dedicated to sunset pictures. Its so interesting to me, that the same “view” from my backyard can vary so intently each night by the sun, the clouds, and the time of year. Here are a few I have taken in the past few months…I couldn’t pick only one! 🙂 Enjoy~!
This week……I was lucky enough to do 4 (yes, FOUR!!!!!) trash the dress sessions. (I think I am now officially an addict.) One session I posted already (click here to see), in a barn setting that was SO fabulous and fun. This week I did grafitti walls, waterfall streams, beaches, and even brides up in a TREE! How awesome is that?!?!?!?! I hope you enjoy looking at these photos even a fraction of the amount that I enjoyed taking them. These ladies and their guys were awesome! I thank them for letting me be a part of these memories of their wedding days and dresses. 🙂
I was married 18 years ago, and the concept of Trash the Dress sessions after weddings hadn’t even been thought up yet. If it had, I would have been first in line…..these are the most fun of all the sessions that I do!
If you arent familiar with “trash the dress” sessions, here is a basic description via Wikipedia: Trash the dress, also known as fearless bridal or rock the frock, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. Usually brides decide to have pictures taken on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings.
So, you can find images of women doing crazy things such a ripping the gown, or even setting it on fire while they are wearing it……all the way to the other end of the spectrum of just some relaxed shots, in a place other than a church or reception hall, where the bride and/or bride and groom are just having fun together.
Why do I wish that this concept had been invented waaaaaay back when I got married? One of the things I remember about my wedding night (when all the festivities were over) was how sad I felt that I had to take that gorgeous dress off….and never put it on again. Off it went to the storage/preservation box, never to be looked at again. TODAY, these lucky gals get to wear it again. To PLAY in it, without the stress of the wedding, the reception, the nerves, and all else a wedding can entail. Its like a “FREE TO BE ME” session in the most gorgeous thing they will ever wear. Who wouldnt be in LOVE with this idea???? 🙂