Orlando, FL & Charleston, SC Newborn, Maternity, Family Portrait Sessions: Accepting appointments for February-September 2014
Boudoir Accepting appointments for mid January-May 2014
Currently Booking 2014 |2015
I always wanted a nickname growing up and never really had one, but looking back it could have been little miss paparazzi! From snapping 100s of shots on the Christmas morning I received my first camera, to chasing all my fellow ski school friends to make sure I had a “portrait” of each one of them. What can I say; photography has always been my calling.
From my very first job, one thing was for sure; I had two loves: photography & children! Greeting the guest at Sea World, with my camera in hand, ready to capture “their official Sea World Photo with Shamu”! Capturing between 300-500 photographs of children with the loveable character was a truly magical experience, as their faces would light up with delight.
Working outdoors with Shamu, to starting my own Senior Portrait Business while in High School to 2 years of out of state studio portraiture…photography has been life from the start. From the beginning it was about creating beautiful portraits, portraits that sparkled with beautiful rich colors and soft airy lighting.
However my vision behind the camera and the philosophy of our customer service, took a dramatic change earlier this year, when we welcomed our first child into the world. Love is an amazing thing, something you can’t really describe, and something so amazing it hurts. The vision I hope to capture for your family is one where love just pours off your portraits. I want to capture those precious little fleeting moments from those tiny little gummy grins to big hugs and laughs with mom and dad. Of course, we will still capture beautiful rich colors and soft airy light, but it’s more than that, it’s about having fun and letting me capture pure unguarded LOVE.
Give us a ring, send an e-mail, let’s get in contact. Getting to know your family means the world to me, and I look forward to having you a part of ours.
“Erika did a fantastic job in capturing the beauty and innocence of my 4 day old son. She worked with him to get perfect shots that we will treasure forever.” -Jamie Rhing.
“Erika is very relaxed and does a great job carrying out our vision, while doing a great job with my kids! We love Erika and feel so blessed to have found her! She has captured some amazing memories for us that we will be forever grateful for!" -Niki Topelski.
“She took the time to listen to my ideas and work with my style. She also did not rush through the photo session so that we could capture the moments we were looking to capture.” -Victoria Gauthier.
“We loved the option to choose from different locations for our family portraits and that Erika had previously scouted out these locations prior to our arrival and knew the shots she wanted to take .She was also incredibly patient with my children... especially my 1 year old little boy.” -Victoria Hardison-Sterry.
“The pictures came out great and I loved the editing we received on our digital CD.” -Melinda Byrne (Mother of 2011 Cute Kidz Winner).
“Erika makes it so easy. Her packages are perfect for my family as we watch our baby girl grow up. Erika also suggests great places for us to take the pictures. I rely on her experience to get great shot!” -Megan Maison-Regan.
“Erika was very friendly and helpful on how she wanted us to pose to capture the best picture. She was very kind and by the time the experience was over she felt more like a friend." -Brandon Browning.
"Erika Hopkins did a photo shoot of my husband and me right after we got engaged, and she captured how crazy we were for each other. Our families loved our photos. Over a year later we're expecting our first child, and Erika took maternity photos of me. Somehow she managed to make me look beautiful, even though that's hard sometimes when you're pregnant! Once our baby is born we won't think twice about having Erika come back and take the newborn photos for us!" -Hillary Shelton
“ I can't thank you enough for the pictures! They are ALL beautiful." -Heather Middleton.
“Erika, you are so talented!" -April Kennedy.
"Erika is great photographer!! Very professional and easy to work with. She bent over backwards to make sure we were happy!" -Grace Colletti.
"I met Erika through a friend and she took my maternity pictures as well. My husband is a hard one to get to not look cheesy in a picture and she got great photos of us! Perfect for us to remember the moment we too look forward to having Erika come back and take pictures of our little one when she arrives!" -Jenna James
“The Overall experience was great! Erika was very sweet & patient with my daughter, Justice. She was easy to work with and made the whole experience enjoyable. I appreciated the fact that Erika came to our home since the baby is still on oxygen and still very delicate. Erika was also very accommodating with scheduling the photo session." -Valerie G.
"It was impressive to watch Erika ease my one week-old daughter through a photo session. She was gentle, patient and professional. I could never imagine that a photographer would be so good with an infant, especially one so little. We will cherish these precious pictures forever." -Dennis
"I was a little nervous about having pictures taken of me while I was pregnant. But Erika made me feel comfortable. She made it so fun I felt like I was hanging out with a girlfriend. And the photos, I am so proud! They're beautiful! Erika is not just a photographer, she's an artist." –Melissa M
"I had such an amazing experience with Erika! She was professional and knew exactly what to do to get a perfect shot. When I looked at the pictures on her website of my son I cried! I couldn't believe the moments she captured, when I didn't even see them happening! The pictures she took will be forever in my mind as well as all my family around the globe! I can't wait until our next photo shoot!" -Jenny
"Amazing photographs, great personality and it was very comfortable for me." -Katrina
"Erika did an amazing job, and it was wonderful working with her.” –Beth (Bride, Kaufman Wedding)
"Erika, Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures of my daughter's family. Being grandparents that live 12 hours away, pictures are our way of watching Hailey grow up. You have a wonderful eye and you captured her personality perfectly" –Hailey’s Grandparents
"What a wonderful experience! Erika was professional yet friendly and a lot of fun. She made our session very easy and with a 1 year old, that's near impossible! I am happy to say that we have found a photographer who we will use to capture the special moments in our lives." -Starla
Rock Pink: Mission Statement: To bring music and humanity together center stage to raise breast health awareness and support local breast cancer programs.
Cori and Mark with other founding members Dave Fragale and Angie Carloss saw the opportunity to reach out to a younger demographic realizing this was a way to close an educational gap in the community. The goal was to combine the natural draw of local area musical talent with a softer approach to raise breast health awareness starting at a younger age as early detection of the disease substantially increases the chance for effective treatment and survival. The phrase “Get to Know Your Breasts” became the mantra at all Rock Pink events. One out of every eight women is affected by breast cancer in her lifetime.
The Rock Pink Concert Series was developed in 2008 and its cornerstone was the Rock Pink Battle of the Bands in which local talent jointly promoted shows and competed with each other with the winner earning the coveted opening spot at a national Rock Pink show.
In addition to the concert series Rock Pink has been a part of many local events including WTKS’s Miss Monster Show and WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 15
Rock Pink has been featured on MY65’s Orlando Matters with Keith Landry, FOX 35’s Morning News with Christine Van Blockland, the Mel Taylor Show on the #1 rock radio station in Orlando WJRR, and The Monsters in the Morning show on the #1 talk radio station in Orlando WTKS.
Rock Pink has proudly donated funds to local Orlando Breast Cancer programs, such as Libby's Legacy and Eden Spa, in addition to efforts in raising breast cancer awareness.
(text provided by www.rockpink.com )
Operation: Love ReUnited: The last thing on your mind when your wife or husband arrives home after a 4 to 18 month tour, is capturing all this love– on film.
Most people are so overwhelmed with emotions they forget to simply point and shoot the camera they are grasping of their child’s first hug,
or that single tear of relief from a mother being able to hold her twenty year old son again.
With the help of Operation: Love ReUnited and local photographers near your base, you can.
If you are a member or family member of the United States Military, and are interested in having very special and touching images
with a patriotic edge taken of you and/or your family before a deployment or during, and at your reunion, please contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org within the Central Florida area or visit www.OPLOVE.org to find a photographer in your area. (text provided by www.oplove.org )
NILMDTS: The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of almost 6,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and twenty-five international countries. At a family's request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.
For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. (text provided by www.NILMDTS.org )
UCP of Central Florida: UCP is the expert for children with special needs. Unlike similar organizations, UCP provides a comprehensive SET of services -Support, Education and Therapy -- for more than 2,300 children up to age 21, in their homes as well at six locations throughout Central Florida: Downtown Orlando, Lake Mary, East Orange, West Orange, Pine Hills, and Kissimmee.
The UCP story has provided countless happy endings to tens of thousands of children and their families; however, it will never be over. Like the way one candle lights many others, the hope of one child enlightens the community, inspiring all of us to reach higher; indeed, as depicted in the UCP logo, to reach for the sun. (text provided by www.UCPCFL.org )
American Child Photographers Charity Guild:
A non-profit, volunteer based organization of child photographers from all over the country who have come together to form a guild dedicated to children in need and their families.
Child Photographers across the nation have networked together to provide families of desperately ill children complimentary portrait sessions.
(text provided by www.ACPCG.org )
How far in advance should I book my session?
To ensure availability on your desired date, it is always wise to book as far in advance as possible. I am often booked 3-6 weeks in advance for portrait sessions, and weddings may be booked up to a year in advance. However, I sometimes have spots open, so don’t hesitate to call and ask about a last-minute session!
How do we book our photography session?
To book your portrait session please complete the contact form, call toll free 1-855-EHP-1010 or email email@example.com
When should I schedule my maternity session?
Right away! If you are pregnant and know that you would like a maternity session, you should reserve your session as soon as you can. While I do make every attempt to fit in last minute requests, it can be difficult to make room in my schedule to accommodate.
When is the best time for the maternity session to take place?
Anytime between the 34 and 36 weeks. This ensures that your baby belly will be big enough to show well in the photographs but you will not be so far along that you will be uncomfortable during the maternity session.
What is the best age to photograph newborns?
Within the first week or two. If possible I would say within the first day or two of being home from the hospital. Most Newborns within the first week are so unaware of what is going on, they will most likely sleep through the entire session.
How do I schedule a newborn session to ensure it is within the first week?
We will pre-book your newborn session based on your due date, since we never know exactly when your new little bundle will arrive. We will secure the actual date once you deliver. There is no need to worry about availability; I leave time in my schedule to accommodate new arrivals each week
Where will my portrait session be held?
Portrait session will be held in the comfort of your home or the outdoor location of your choice. Erika Hopkins Photography has an array of natural and urban locations to choose from.
What should we wear/bring for our session?
It varies depending on the type and style of your portrait session. Clothing will be discussed in more detail when speaking with us about your session.
What if there is bad weather the day of our portrait session?
The photography session will be postponed to later that day or will be rescheduled for the next available date.
Can we bring our pets?
Absolutely! Pets are part of the family and what would a family portrait be without your furry family members.
How do we view our portraits?
Photographs are viewable online after completing your portrait consultation.
Portraits will remain in a password protected gallery for 15 days.
Click on “Online Ordering” to view your portraits.
Do you sell Gift Certificates?
Yes, Gift Certificates can be purchased through the website. Gift Certificates will be gift wrapped and mailed to the recipient within 3 business days. Please Click Here to purchase your portrait gift certificates.