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!
“Lost” ~ © Christine Erin Photography 2015
“For her, being lost was not in reference to geography, but about identity. To find out who she was meant to be and become, and to release the ties of what others thought she ought to be. To be lost is to be fully present and capable of being, amidst all uncertainty and mystery.”
This was the second fine art piece I completed using self-portraiture. We were shooting in an abandoned building, the old Watson Paper Factory in Erie, PA USA. Now overrun with homeless people, rotting paper and wood, and decaying and falling in ceilings and walls….it seemed an ideal location to shoot “Lost”.
I shot this with the help of a fellow friend and photographer. I dressed myself in a flowing ball gown for the contrast of the two ideals (decaying setting/building with formal dresswear). So many times in our lives, we try to be who others want and need us to be….and we forget (or ignore) the ideals and dreams we had for ourselves in the process. To follow your dreams takes courage, to ignore them may seem easy. Being who others expect us to be is certainly a road to less criticism from others…after all, we are making their lives easier . We are conforming. Upon doing so, that part of us…that innermost core of who we are supposed to be, gets lost. What a boring world this would be if we were all the same. We were all created uniquely. We all have a purpose in our life. We need to listen to our calling and explore it, follow it, nurture it, and see what path (or many paths) it will lead us down. We need to find out who we are. That’s why we are here on this earth.
It will be a mystery, and there will be much uncertainty. However, if you listen to the inner voice that is calling to you quietly, you will begin to discover yourself. I send out love to all of you who are on this path. It isn’t always the easiest one to take, but it is without a doubt the most fulfilling and leads to inner peace and happiness like you can’t imagine. ❤
© 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
My name is JoJo, and I just adopted my new family.
I’m sure they feel as lucky to have found me as I do to have found them. My new mommy saw a post about me on the local animal network on Facebook. A neighbor of hers had found me wandering the streets all alone, looking for help. The neighbor could not keep me, as she was going on vacation, so my new mommy wanted to help.She came and met me, and we fell in love with each other right away. My new mommy wasn’t really looking for a new kitty; but I was in need of a new family, and so I am so thankful that we found each other.
There are lots of little children at my new home, and there are other kitties and doggies for me to play with. I am so happy I purr all the time, and my mommy says I am one of the friendliest kitties she has ever had.
My new mommy happens to be a photographer, so she took this picture of me this morning.
I have brought lots of smiles and happiness to my new family. The laugh when I play, they love to hold me, and we all love to snuggle. I am pretty sure I brought just as much love to their life as they brought to mine.
My name is JoJo. I have a very happy beginning to my story now. I hope my newfound happiness might inspire someone to adopt a homeless kitty of their own. We can bring so much joy to someones life, if only given a chance. 🙂
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 : email@example.com. 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!
Through a few months of computer crashes, new hard drives, more computer crashes, and finally a new computer….I have decided to show my face again and get back to the weekly photo challenges! My, how I have missed the creativity they seem to inspire! This weeks photo challenge was “Two Subjects”. I find myself having a bit of spring fever on a day like today, and seem to have “silly” in my bones after being outside with the kiddos for a good part of the afternoon, so here you go:
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