whispers in the grass// family session on film// aztalan state park, wisconsin


The location for this shoot was Aztalan state park, the site of a long lost civilization that resided here nearly one thousand years ago. There are numerous ceremonial mounds, hundreds of tall wooden poles and paths that zig zag through the prairie. Some believe they were the ancestors to the Aztecs. I absolutely loved shooting here. It was overcast and mysterious and just a tad bit eerie…just how i like it. Can you hear the whispers in the grass?

Cameras: Mamiya 645 and Olympus OM-1

Films: Portra 400, Tri-x (b&w) and Psychedelic blues

Summer ‘19


Announcing Mini Personal Branding Sessions!

Hello! I am so excited to share with you all a new niche of photography I have been working on. I am currently building a branding photography portfolio and it will be coming soon to the website! But first I need your help!

What is personal branding photography?

Personal branding photography is photography that captures who you are and what you do. It is for small business owners, artists, makers, shop owners, bloggers, influencers, musicians, and creatives of any kind, who care about their audience and depend on their website and social media to market their product or service. We will collaborate on what it is you want to convey and show your audience.

It can include:

—portraits of you/ your team (headshots)

—a behind the scenes look at what you do, a peek into your studio or shop, and your process of working/making/creating.

—Photos that show your personality and lifestyle: laughing, sipping coffee, reading a book, dancing, watering your plants, walking your dog, etc…

—Photos of some of your products, creations, services, shop interior, or inventory

This could take place at your place of business, studio, coffee shop, or place of inspiration.

Why do you need branding photography?

If you have a website or depend on social media to market your product or service, personal branding photography can help build your brand and grow your business.

Whether you are just starting out or already have a following, your fans not only want to see what you offer; they want to see you, they want to get to know you, they want to like you and ultimately trust you. And when they trust you… they buy from you!


To help build my portfolio, I am offering…



for only $100!

This is a great way to try out personal branding photography! These sessions will run 15-20 minutes. This can be at your workplace, studio, shop or place of inspiration. You will receive at least 10 digital files ready to post on social media or your website!


This month of May (May 7-31, 2019) on select days and times.


Blue skies

One late summer evening, I took a stroll with some friends for a little maternity session. I brought a few rolls of film…

All photos taken on Portra 160 film with Mamiya 645.


2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Oh my gosh! The holidays are here and I am so excited to share this blog post with you all! I love taking photos but I really love all the ways you can turn your photos into beautiful cards, prints, albums, calendars and other gifts. To say thank you to all my wonderful clients this year and to make your life easier, I researched and rounded up the best and most stylish photo gifts out there. Enjoy!… And be sure to check out the sales this Black Friday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!


Let’s start with the obvious and perhaps the most important. The holiday card. Why is it important? Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite things about the holidays was checking the mailbox to see if we got any holiday cards. My parents would display them around the archway to the kitchen and i loved looking at them and reading the little notes inside. For some, it is the way to connect once a year with those loved ones far away. Although we now live in the age of social media and can connect with anyone via messenger, it’s sooooo much more meaningful and thoughtful to send those you love and miss some snail mail~ like a beautiful personalized card with your family photo on it!

And if you really want to make someone’s day, include a handwritten note.

All cards shown from Minted and Artifact Uprising. Contact me if you would like help custom designing your holiday card!


Personalized calendars are the perfect gift for your loved one’s office, kitchen, bedroom or entryway.

Clockwise from left to right:

1. Brass easel calendar from Artifact Uprising $55. Perfect for desk or night stand.

2. Photo calendar from Minted. Oh my! So many great designs to pick from! $39

3. Hanging Calendars from Minted $22. Love these! Has blank spaces to write in important dates.

4. Wall calendar by Parabo Press. $30. Tear off print when month is over and frame! Genius.


A great alternative to the photo album. Every year I print my favorite photos and put them in a keepsake box with the year printed on top. Every time I take a box out, its like a little gift to reopen.

1. Brass and Wood display box by Artifact Uprising $50, Square prints set of 50 for $43

2. Thumbprint box with 50 prints and wooden holder by MPIX $50

3. Custom boxes. Create your own cover and message on a wooden box filled with prints. Contact me to order one!


Photo albums ARE family heirlooms. Everyone says it’s the one item they would save in the case of a fire. They are priceless! So just make one. It takes a little time but oh so worth it.

  1. Color series photo books by Artifact Uprising. Starts at $20

  2. Hardcover photo books by Artifact Uprising. Starts at $59

  3. Personalized Notebooks, journals and planners from Minted. $16-$26 Fun idea: Start a family travel journal. Everyone can write in little snippets and draw pictures of your family travels!

  4. Custom photo albums. Contact me for pricing and options!


Grandma and Grandpa need something cute on their walls. Take down their______(insert something from your childhood that is still on their walls) and replace with your cute family photo.

1. Framed canvas print by Artifact Uprising. From $119

2. Floating frames by Artifact Uprising. From $79

3. Hanging Print by Artifact Uprising. From $89

4. Custom framed print. 4 styles to choose from. Contact me for pricing and options.



Give a gift certificate for a family or portrait session! Special holiday packaging included.
Email info@erikaehley.com or go here and message me the amount you would like a gift certificate for. I will send you an invoice and mail you your gift package ASAP!



*For $195 you will receive two gift certificates for family sessions (or can be used for senior, newborn or couples) valued at $195 each. More about these family sessions here. These gift certificates can not be used for mini sessions. These are good Jan - Dec 2019. Email info@erikaehley.com or message me here. I will send you an invoice and the gift certificates in the mail!


1. Glitter ornament by Shutterfly $29

2. Tiny Books ( and magnetic!) by Social Print Studio. 3 for $15

3. Magnets by Social Print Studio 10 for $14


Check out my gift guide from last year for more ideas and inspiration. I hope this inspires you all to make something special for your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!