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A relaxing experience, an incredible outcome. Ericka immediately put me at ease, then gave me great, simple instructions to capture authentic shots that ran from cool to silly, classic to relatable. And as a writer who doesn't know what to do with... well, any part of his face or body, I couldn't be happier with the results. Now I have professional photos for my website, IMDB, and press!

-Miller

I have never shot with a photographer who makes me feel more myself, more fully able to explore all the myriad versions of myself, and more comfortable in my own skin. She was professional, timely, encouraging, and adventurous, and her photographs of my baby daughter were revelatory about who she was growing up to be! As a bonus, the time and thought she put into the editing and sharing her work was admirable, and I felt seen and understood in each selected shot. I couldn't recommend her more strongly. It was a deep pleasure to work with her and I can't wait to do it again.


-Christina

My experience taking headshots with Ericka was beyond wonderful - not only did she make me look beautiful, interesting, 3-dimensional and real, but she also made me feel 100% comfortable, safe and fun during our time together.  And as an added bonus, prior to our session, we discussed my style, type, brand and goals of the photo shoot - Ericka did her homework and delivered!!!

-Sharmila

Shooting with Ericka was a dream. I wanted something outside the box from the usual headshot session--new photos for my website, and a different vibe now that I'm primarily a director--and she was super flexible and excited to help me find exactly what I needed. And the day of was a total blast. Ericka makes the session so much fun that you forget any worries about what you're getting or how it's going. I've never felt more comfortable or more creative during a shoot. She has amazing ideas and knows just how to collaborate while still remaining in control. And the result? Photos that look and feel more like "me" than any I've had in over a decade of working in LA. I can't recommend her highly enough!

 

-Katie

I am not someone who likes to have her picture taken—like, at ALL. So the fact that I needed a new author photo was a serious bummer. But then, the lovely and remarkably talented Ericka Kreutz came into my life, and I had the most fun I've ever had with a photographer. Ericka takes the time to find out exactly what you need, what you want, how you like to be treated, how you want to look...and THEN she makes your dreams come true by providing you with stunning, unique, arresting photos that capture the unexpected. No joke—Kreutz is the real deal.

 

-Louise

Not everybody likes their photos taken. I get it.

Here are some testimonials of husbands who were less than enthusiastic about taking photos.

And (spoiler) it wasn't all that awful...

"My wife was totally gung-ho about the photo shoot and I know better than to cross her when she’s excited. Amazingly, Ericka managed to make us all look good — and quickly, so I could spend the rest of the day doing things I actually wanted to do. She’s a miracle worker."

 

What is a documentary family shoot?


I come to your home or meet you at a park or beach or location of your choice. And really, you just be you. I will direct a tiny bit, but you will be doing what you do at home or on a family play date, and I am there to capture whatever happens. There is such beauty and love and nuance in every day moments.




My husband thinks he takes better pictures of our kids and we don’t need to hire a photographer.


Your husband is correct! No one needs to hire a photographer (like no one needs Netflix), especially in this day when we all have cameras in our back pockets. But I am after something a little deeper, something a little more nuanced. And I want Dad in the pictures too! We’ll go beyond the “cute kid” picture and capture the energy and dynamic of your family, and the love that you share.




What do I wear??


Whatever you want! Be super comfortable, be you. But, as a mom of boys, I do know that I would rather not have 300 photos of that ripped Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt, so here are some suggestions that look a little better through my lens. Colors look better than whites or blacks. Layers always look good. Basics look better than wild prints. Stay clear of little tiny polka dots. If you have babies an extra outfit or two tucked away is smart in case of spit-ups.




What if my kid insists on wearing the ripped ninja shirt?


So, he wears it. But maybe you can convince him to put a vest on for half the photos. And this goes for pajamas or if they need to hold a stuffed animal or doll, too. It’s an anything goes situation. It’s better that they feel comfortable and who they are than to try and make them look “perfect.” I made my child wear an adorable preppy little outfit for school pictures at his preschool, much to his dismay. And you know what I think of every time I see that photo? “This is not who he is…” So now I let my kids wear what they want. Because I want them to express themselves. And be authentic. And when they are 35, I’ll frame that picture in the ninja shirt and think: “Remember when…?”




When will I get my photos?


You’ll get an entire edited gallery of your print resolution photos in about three weeks. I take extra time and care with my photos to make sure you have the story of your shoot. From there you can share, download, and print.




Outside or In?


There are benefits to both. We can talk about your family dynamic and figure out the best location. Sometimes that dynamic is best seen in your home making pancakes and sometimes (if your kids are anything like mine) it is running around in a park.




How do I pay you?


Check or Venmo. Payment in full on day of shoot.




How long is a shoot?


The shoot is 1-2 hours depending on moods. Usually children will tell you in their own way when we are done. I leave enough space so no one is rushed and everyone can get comfortable.




What if I have to cancel my appointment?


Ah, that’s a bummer. But it happens. People get sick. People have to fly out of town. Life happens. I will do my best to reschedule.




I’m a Realtor, entrepreneur, educator, therapist or other professional and would also like some photos I can use for my job. Can I have those taken during our family shoots as well?


Short answer is yes! Let’s do it all! Unless it gets crazy or we run out of time. We can talk about adding that to your session.




I want to do a portrait session with you. I am retooling my website. I am re-branding. I want the coolest most authentic empowering photos.


Let’s talk! Everyone is different and unique, and we will come together to find the perfect space and timing to make it all happen.




Do you do events? Kid parties? Engagement sessions? Weddings? Etc?


Yes! Let’s talk! Let’s celebrate!





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