Meet Andrew, a personal trainer in Chicago with Element 80 Fitness. When he first reached out to me, he had a vision of what he wanted for his head shots. After a call, and a few emails, we were all set. Now, photo day, all visions changes. We met, clicked instantly and between our personalities, visions, we collaborated so well and created magic. Everything we originally were going to do completely changed. Andrew let me take my vision to the next level and test different lighting, ideas, and well just about anything. Thank you Andrew for allowing me to be inspired by you, your work, logo, and letting me just do my thing. Wishing you the best in your new adventures and can't wait to see you in your environment soon!
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As busy season was coming to an end, one of my last sessions of 2018, was meeting sweet baby Giuliano. His mom owned one of my favorite gyms ever, MB Fitness & since has become a friend, not just a trainer. Watching you become a mother though, my favorite.
Newborn sessions, can go in so many directions. I always like to let the baby & family lead the way. Have all the different props I want to use, and also have all the personalized props out as well. From there, I let the session unfold.
December babies, Christmas decor is usually incorporated. This time, instead of incorporating a Christmas Tree, or Christmas lights, Mom & Dad had already made a personalized stocking and plaid pajamas. Which couldn't have been more perfect. Dogs are also apart of families, so big brother Gus was also included in photos, and gave kisses to his little brother.
Chris & Heather's wedding day was nothing short of pure happiness, and their very own fairytale.
How did Chris Propose? "He took me to lunch and Christmas shopping in the city followed by a carriage ride at night and we stopped at a gazebo at the Drake Hotelwhere we got out to take pictures, then he got on one knee and proposed"
With Heather's smile and Chris's charm these two show their love for one another through their wedding photos. Their wedding was even filmed by a local news station, vows had the room in tears and their first dance song was, "Hero" by Mariah Carey surrounded by friends and family. They even had their doctors at their wedding and personally thank them in front of all their guests'. You may have seen them on the Steve Harvey's Show telling their inspirational love story, and they were even featured in the UK Magazine, Real People (Article & Photos at the bottom).
If you are a Hallmark Channel fan like myself (Ask me how many I've watched during busy season, and countless hours at my computer editing), I cannot wait to watch a beautiful couple I've known for a few years, have their incredible story shown for all to watch. With out giving too much away, this is one movie you will cry, laugh and truly be inspired. This beautiful couple even make a cameo in the movie as well. Tune in tonight for Once Upon a Christmas Miracle as Orland Park's very own Heather & Chris Dempsey's real life fairytale unfold for all to watch and be inspired about love & living donation this holiday season.
Photographer: Erin Stefanik Photography
2nd Photographer: Katie Hall Photography
Florist: Hillside Florist
DJ: Brian Dempsey
Church: Trinity Lutheran Church
Minister: Pastor Strand
Reception: Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace IL
It's been quite a while since I've written a blog post. I have lots of new updates & changes going on with Erin Stefanik Photography. First, I'll be changing how I publish "Sneak Peeks"/ "Previews" on Social Media. My Instagram, I try to update quite frequently, whether it's posts/stories, etc.. So be sure to follow me here.
90 degrees Chicago Summer day, Father's Day, handful of toddlers and one amazing family. Where do I even begin with the Pfieffer Pfamily? They have been my number 1 fans, since day one. Even photographed my first wedding in Jamaica for Kaila & Jim. Not to mention, all of their families yearly photos/family photos, children's milestones, you name it. I am beyond honored! And finally, a big thank you to the Pfief's for all the referrals sent my way. I truly cannot thank you all enough. Ok, now let's get to seeing this wonderful family & a few of my favorites!
Hello! Welcome to your blog post. Blogging can be hugely important for your website’s SEO success and for keeping customers coming back for more! You can use your blog to share about business updates, recent shoots, cool new products, and all kinds of other things.
But it doesn’t have to be all business all the time! Readers will love to get to know the “real you!” The person, artist, and entrepreneur behind your great business. Don’t be afraid to show your personality while your write! Blogging is meant to be sort of informal, which helps connect with readers on a personal level.
So, what are you going to write about? A good way to start is by sharing your recent work.
Have you done any cool shoots lately? (I know you have, you all-star photographer!) I bet you have loads of images just waiting to be shared with your adoring fans.
Making this kind of post is really easy! There’s even a template you can follow to write a quick blog that follows all of the “Blogging Best Practices.” It goes like this:
Your title should be about 6-10 words and describe your post in an interesting way. Keywords are important, but they should be your secondary priority.
“Winter Wonderland Engagement Shoot In Downtown Raleigh”
Something like that so set the mood, hook readers, and give a little information about your shoot. This will also help people searching on Google find you if they’re looking for a specific venue, location, or photography style!
You don’t have to write a novel! Just 1-2 paragraphs of text should do. Focus on the “who, what, where, when, and why” of the post to keep it simple.
“Had a ball shooting this engagement photography session with Alex & Sam in Center City Park! The weather was just right, and the energy of this sweet couple just shines through!”
Nothing too fancy. You just need some words to ground readers, set the stage, and give your post some searchable text. That way Google match your post to people who are searching for a great photographer like you.
As for photos, limit yourself to 10-15 per post. If you want to share more, link readers to a gallery to see all the awesomeness.
Remember: No Dead Ends! At the end of your blog, give the reader something to do next. Whether that’s to see a gallery, book a session, or simply read another blog, give them a link — preferably a big old button…like this one!
Okay, your cool blog is done. Now all that’s left is to publish and get readers. Think of blogging as part of your marketing strategy – because it really is.
Blogs help people find you through search engines. But you can also share your blogs on social media platforms to get people ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your work on your website. The goal is to show them around the place, dazzle them with your work, and hopefully they’ll end up booking their own sessions – or signing up for updates! Sharing is easy. Just click “Share” and post to the social media of your choice. Done and done.
Our last notes are about design. Both for your overall blog layout and for each post.
People are visual creatures... but you know that already. A beautiful blog will encourage people to stay & read more! Your blog comes with a bunch of layout options so you can create a gorgeous experience for your readers.
If you write a longer article, try to break up the words with images peppered throughout. Photos make for a more enjoyable read!
If you have extra widgets, you can easily embed them in the footer or sidebar of your blog. Putting in a subscription form, for instance, is a great idea to keep people hooked on reading your blog!
That’s about it! You now know everything you need to make a great blog for your business! Good luck, champ. I know you’ve got this. But if you ever have any questions, drop us a line, and we’ll be glad to help!