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Happy Mothers Day! And the winner is….

Photo #6: Jodi – “Mayday Mayday, We need professional help! ~Please vote for the Pirate Crew”

Congratulations to Jodi and her family for winning the Mothers Day photo contest, and the free session with CEP in June! ¬†ūüôā ¬†We look forward to seeing you and taking your photos on Presque Isle! ūüôā

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!

Mother’s Day Photo Contest!!!!

Sometimes, as I look back through my own pictures that I have of my family, I notice something disconcerting.  I am not in any of these pictures.  

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: ¬† 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 : ¬† ¬†Photos will be collected from now through¬†April 30 (only 2 days!!!) .¬†¬†Photos will be posted on Christine Erin Photography’s BLOG ( 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!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

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.


So behind on blogging…….

I can’t believe how long its been since I have blogged! ¬†I apologize to my many clients who have not had their (gorgeous) sessions put up! ¬†I guess the birthdays and holidays of November and December have gotten the best of me. ¬†ūüėõ

Here are a few snapshots of the beautiful couples and families that I have been blessed to photograph over the past few months! ¬†A huge thanks to Leah and Johnny, the Showman Family, and the Young Family for allowing me to photograph them and get to know them a bit better! ūüôā

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Inspiring Others…..

Something has been bothering me for a while.

At first, it was just a nagging little bothersome thing. ¬†I could put it away and not even think about it—until it hit me in the face again a few days, weeks, or months later.

Each time that I was “exposed” to this bothersome thing, it grew. ¬†It grew from a minor annoyance, to a bigger annoyance, to a major annoyance. ¬†Now, it has become a thorn in my side. ¬†A perpetual thorn, that in order to get rid of I MUST pull out. ¬†I can’t just let it sit there and get infected anymore. ¬†So, the way I know best to just yank it out is to write about it, to share it, to explain it. ¬†Maybe then, I will understand it. ¬†Maybe you can give me insight into it. ¬†Maybe I will just feel better for venting.

I am a photographer.

Yes, thats right, I am a photographer.

I call myself a professional photographer.








Now, how will you judge me????

Being¬†a professional photographer, I like to surround myself with other photographers. ¬†In this day and age, its very easy to do that. ¬†There are blogs, facebook, twitter, and a numerous other amount of social networking sites that allow me to look at others work, see their ideas, hear their stories. ¬†Is it because I want to steal from them? ¬†No….its because I want to LEARN from them. ¬†be INSPIRED by them. ¬†Every time one of you clicks “like” on my blog or leaves a comment….I go to your site. ¬†I pour over the pictures. ¬†Some I love, some I just like. ¬†Not because of your lack of talent or your greatness of talent—-a lot of it is personal preference in art. ¬†But I am so thankful I have this medium to learn from you all. ¬†To see HOW you manipulated light, HOW you composed, WHAT you saw. ¬†Its all truly inspiring to me.








And this leads me to my point.

Guess what???  You were a beginner once.  I was a beginner once.  There will be thousands of people that are beginners after us.  Did you have someone who inspired you?  Did you have someone who judged you?

The first time you picked up your camera, you may have gotten one or two good images out of 100.  A year later, it might have been 20-30.  The year after that, maybe 50-60.  Thats the learning curve.  We have all experienced it.

Although I have been obsessed with taking pictures for 18 years, I have been a “professional photographer” for 2.5 years now. ¬†I have a LONG way to go to hit the level of talent of someone who has been doing it for 15 years. ¬†But guess what? ¬†Someone who has been doing it for 15 years has a LONG way to go before they hit the talent level of someone with 30 years under their belt. ¬†Some of it is a gift…a talent…..a lot of it is knowledge. ¬†Its a combination which, through time, training, and experience gets more and more fantastic.

So why…..WHY….do I constantly see posts by photographers who have been doing this for 10 or so years SLAMMING the new people? ¬†Guys……don’t you remember when that was you?????? ¬†Don’t you remember when you started with a Canon Rebel or even a point and shoot? ¬†My first camera was a Rebel, and while I have been fortunate enough to upgrade, it taught me many things and was a great camera to learn on.

¬†Don’t you want to inspire? ¬†Why do you want to hurt? ¬†Does it make you feel better about yourself? ¬†Is it a competition? I just don’t understand.

This isnt something I have seen here on any of your blogs. I am also not referring to ‘constructive criticism’ that we all, as artists, can benefit from. ¬†What I am referring to are usually : “And THEY call themselves a PHOTOGRAPHER” articles posted on Facebook or Twitter by other photogs I am linked up with. Things stating how TRUE this article is, and how EVERYONE should read this, and how if you have a Canon Rebel you are NOT a real photographer. ¬†I would link you to these articles, but I don’t feel like embarrassing anyone today, and to me—these are an embarrassment. ¬†¬†These articles make me cringe. ¬†Hmmmm. ¬†Are they referring to me? ¬†To the new guy? ¬†Or to anyone they don’t view as good as them. ¬†Some of these people posting this stuff need a serious check of their ego, because while they may be good….. they certainly aren’t the best thing since sliced bread.

My favorite photographer in the town I live in has been in the business for 30 years.  They are outstanding at what they do.  They make a great income, and are not at a lack of clients.  They are well known and well respected.  Do you know what else they do?  They offer classes, workshops, training sessions, and other forms of learning mediums to new photographers.  GASP!!!!  They are sharing their knowledge!!!!  They are helping the people who WANT to be professional photogs, or are new professional photogs,  get BETTER.  They are inspiring others!!!!!!!!!

I wish everyone was like this.

So this is my small, little challenge to you. ¬†If you call yourself a photographer; regardless of amateur, professional, or hobbyist….. the next time you have the opportunity, please help someone who is learning. ¬†You would be surprised how that little act of kindness could change someones perspective forever. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Come on, ¬†it’ll make you feel good…. ¬†ūüôā

Random fun this week……

This week, I gave myself a personal challenge to just snap random shots, things that came to me or things I saw as I was out and about. ¬†This encompased trying a new funky technique (called zoom effect…see flower below), getting great pics of the sky if I so happened to see them, and capturing some precious moments between siblings along the way. ¬†I was delighted with some of the results I got….here are a few of my favorites. Remember you can check out ALL my favorites on my website: ¬†

Now, Enjoy!



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