The 10 Coolest Photo Gifts out there (for under $50)

Happy holidays!  Did you know there is only 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas?  What!!!  If you are scrambling for gift ideas, relax. I got you. I have 10 super cool, modern and meaningful gifts for your loved ones. These gifts are affordable and easy. But you gotta get shopping: this weekend is the last weekend to get standard shipping rates. 

So without further ado, let's unwrap my top 10 photo gifts of 2017.....

1. The 2 in 1 holiday cards from Artifact Uprising. 

Let's start with cards! If you're like me, your just starting to think about 'em. These 2 in 1 cards are a favorite! It's a holiday card, but also a photo and gift tag you can tear apart! Genius. All of their cards are simple and beautiful. You can add a personalized message on the back too. Check 'em out here.

 
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2. Wood Prints from Social Print Studio. Prints start at $14.

Photo printed on 100% sustainably sourced maple wood. There is potential for a wow factor here. Get yours here.

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3. Wooden Block with Prints from Artifact Uprising. $25

I give this gift out to someone every year. I gave this to my mom last year, and everytime I go to her house, she has a different photo on display. It's a favorite! Order yours here.

 
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4. Calendar with Wooden Clipboard from Artifact Uprising. $30

The best part is that it has a magnet on the back to put on the fridge! I'm definitely ordering this for family this year. You too? Go here.

 
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5. Giant Photobooth Strips. Social Print Studio. 2 for $20. Hang them with a wooden hanger $30.

How fun is this! Perfect for your best friend! Your kids! Anyone!!! Start making here.

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6. Fine Art Print with Wooden Poster Rail. Parabo Press. 16x20 Fine Art Print $30 and Wooden Rail $25.

Just surprise someone and hang one on their wall. Hang some love. Get on it here and here.

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7. Mini books from Artifact Uprising. Starts at $15.

These softcover albums are super affordable and great for gift-giving! The small 5x5 fits perfectly in a stocking or grandmas purse. Adorbs. Start publishing here.

 
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8. 6x6 Glass Prints from Parabo Press $35

from Parabo: "We’ve teamed up with MASTERPIX Fine Glass Prints to print your photos onto velvety matte glass. Your photo will be printed at 20% opacity, so the colors are softened and light can shine through." These are so cool. They come with a clear acrylic stand too. Perfect for a desk by the window. Get one here.

 
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9. Wood box of prints. Social Print Studio. Box $20. Set of prints start at $12.

Make a little treasure box of favorite moments for someone special, for your kids, for your lover. Start here.

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10. Gift Certificate for a Photo Session. Any amount.

You're gonna need some cute photos to make all these gifts right?  Photographs with loved ones are the gifts that keep on giving. Gift your favorite family or couple! This is the perfect gift to go in on with other family members or friends. Gift certificates can be made to any amount.  Get one here.

 
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I hope you find inspiration for your holiday gift giving and consider turning your special photos into a beautiful and modern gift. 

Happy holidays:)

xo,

Erika

 

Fall Family Sessions 2017

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days I'll spend with you

~Frank Sinatra

 

It is Thanksgiving morning here as i finish up this blog post. And it is the perfect day to post this.  I am so grateful to have such wonderful families to photograph. Thank you to all who have supported me this year. It has been my best year yet.

And to my fall families, thank you for those precious days I spent with you. Happy holidays:)

From my family to yours, have a happy Thanksgiving. xoxo

 

The Overland Family/ Milwaukee, WI

The Overlands were so much fun to work with, they truly were dream clients. There is 3 generations represented here and 2 dogs! We "hiked" around the park, climbed trees, hit the playground and pretended we were pirates. 

Thank you Overland family. xoxo. 

Are you ready for some fun family photos? Drop me a line here.

 

FAMILY MINI SESSIONS/ HUMBOLDT PARK/ MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

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The fall is closing in quickly. School started and the summer seemed to instantly disappear. A short period of mourning took place but I am back and ready now to take on the Autumn season! It is my favorite season. I love going to the pumpkin farm and the apple orchard. Unboxing the sweaters, sipping on cider, curling up with a good book (dream scenario, unlikely as a mom). And of course getting ready for my favorite holiday: Halloween! I love watching the leaves change colors and it is the best time to get your family portraits done. For one weekend (October 14 and 15)  I offer 30 minute photo shoots at Humboldt Park in Bay View. A beautiful fall setting. We will take a walk around the park and stop to take the family portrait and as time allows, get photos with all the different combinations of the family: just mom and kids, siblings, kid portraits, etc.  Use the contact form and  let me know which day you prefer and i will let you know which sign up times are left. Thank you! This is going to be a lot of fun!

Fall Family Mini Sessions Include:

-30 minute photoshoot

-15 hand edited digital images

-online gallery to view, share and download from

-print release (to print your own photos with the digital images)

$195/ October 14+15/ Humboldt Park in Bay View

(rain dates will be the following weekend, Oct 21 + 22)

See more from this fall session at Humboldt Park HERE

 

SUNRISE ON LAKE MICHIGAN/ MILWAUKEE, WI / NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet Etta Gene. 6 days old. This was actually suppose to be a maternity shoot. Jill went into labor early and the day after Etta was born, Jill texted to say she would still like to keep the photoshoot and just make it a newborn session!  I was blown away! I remember not even wanting to leave my house for weeks, let alone ready for a photo shoot when Jack was born! And they were totally on board for a sunrise session. "We'll probably be up anyways!", Jill said. It is so rare for most of us to be up early enough AND get to the lake to see the sun rise over Lake Michigan. They arrived as the sun broke and as they walked on the beach toward me, holding this little wrapped bundle,this beautiful orange pink glow washed over them. And then I saw Etta's sweet face. I will never forget that moment or this magical morning...

Sweet, right?

If you would like a photo shoot with your loved ones at sunrise, I'm your girl.

 Connect with me here.