The Art of Dance Project {Memphis Dance Photographer}

It has been a long time since I last took the stage as a dancer. Or even took a class. But I remember it like it was yesterday. I grew up at Janet Gray Dance Studios, and spent countless hours perfecting my art as a ballerina, tap dancer, jazz dancer, and even folk dancer, collecting costumes and blisters like you wouldn’t believe. Although I bet some of you can imagine it just fine (dancers and your moms, you know who you are). I had my favorite spot on the barre. My favorite place to stand for center work. My favorite turns, jumps, and routines. I can still complete the entire tap warmup titled BS1 and BS2, and often break it out in the kitchen while my boys hide their faces in embarrassment. Who exactly are they afraid will see me doing this?? Anyway, on top of the countless hours spent in class and on the stage, I realize now what a huge sacrifice my parents went to to ensure that I could do all of that. And I am so eternally grateful for every dollar, every drive to the studio, every new pair of pointe shoes, because I loved it.

As I graduated from college however, I left that world behind. I married, had four boys (I was sure I could pass this love of dance on to a daughter, but not so!!), and became a photographer. It was my new outlet for the arts, and I was hooked from my first print floating in a darkroom developer bath. And for the most part, I have never really looked back. But I do miss the freedom dance gives you. The power to tell a story with motion. To evoke emotions of every kind with movement.

This little hole in my heart started to grow as I saw more and more dance photography pop up in my feed. I realized, to my dismay, that I had never had professional photos taken of me as a dancer. Not once in 18+ years! I don’t think it was even a thing at the time. Kind of like newborn photography wasn’t really a thing when my boys were born. Sorry guys! But what an incredible thing that has become, and for very good reason! I love working with those amazing miniature people, documenting a moment that is so fleeting that by the time they come in for their viewing appointment, only two weeks later, they have already changed. Never to be a newborn again. And so it is with dance, but it is the culmination of years of work, instead of just the beginning.

All of this is leading up to my big announcement for 2017. I am doing something new. I’m going back to what I have always loved, and will always have a special place in my heart. And hopefully will lead to some beautiful dancers having something I never got. Heirloom quality proof of all that hard work and dedication. . . .

Want to get involved? Become an EDP Dance Ambassador! Let’s celebrate dance in all it’s glory together. I’ve got a camera. You’ve got the skills!

Do you have what it takes?

*Are you currently dancing for a studio or team?
*Are you passionate about dancing?
*Do you have an outgoing personality?
*Would you like a little more confidence?
*Would you like beautiful prints and images of yourself doing what you love, and to be able to see them every day?
*Would you enjoy working with new people?
*Do you enjoy choreographing, or do you follow choreographer’s directions well?

If you have answered yes! to most or all of these questions, please reach out to me by email at erin@erindahlphotography.com. Our first shoot will be early February, so don’t wait!

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Family Sessions Season is Here! {Memphis Family Photographer}

Well the time has come! Fall is in the air. My husband looks forward to it for the football game heaven that it is (Notre Dame, please don’t fail him again!), but I look forward to it for something else entirely. It’s family photos season y’all!!! And I LOVE it. I can’t wait to meet up with some great kids, photograph some beautiful families, and enjoy some cooler weather while I’m at it. But the window is small folks. The window is SMALL! I only have a limited number of open dates left for this season’s family session extravaganza, so don’t miss out! Email me at erin@erindahlphotography.com to hold your date today.

And here’s a little taste of what a family session at EDP can hold. This session was a photographer’s dream come true. Gorgeous family, sweet kiddos, a perfect location (their family property was ah-mazing!), and dreamy golden hour light. sigh. Be prepared for a bit of an overshare here. I narrowed it down as much as I could. (yes, there was MORE)

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The new trend–Tween Sessions {Memphis Tween Photographer}

Have you noticed the hold newborn photography has taken on us? We all adore those first photos showing off their sweet pouty lips, little rolls, and tiny toes! It definitely has a soft spot in my heart and a big place in my work. I love it dearly! I also love all of the family and senior sessions, the sweet two year old sessions, and all the other fun sessions I have the privilege of doing. But I am LOVING the newest trend that focuses on an age that has been missing on the photography world radar. That tender age between childhood and teen.

When my oldest was set to enter middle school, I was dreading what I had remembered to be a bit of a black hole. It was going to be painful and awkward, and all around miserable for him. Except he got there, and it wasn’t. Instead I watched him transform almost overnight, from a little boy that was feet below those huge eighth graders, to a young man, strong and able to stand on his own. He made countless new friends. He joined the cross country and swim teams and grew stronger and faster every day. He learned how to study, and gained a love for learning (except for geometry. He didn’t love geometry.). And by the time he left middle school, just three short years later (more like overnight), he was a whole new creature. My little boy was gone.

And now I look back on the photographs of him as a boy and wonder where he went. How did it go by so fast? Did I take it all in? Did I document that rapid change well enough? Did we both actually enjoy it? Yes, yes we did. Writing this I see I should share a little photo history of his journey with you, but I’m on vacation and don’t have all of those images with me (sorry!). But today you will get to meet another tween, who is making her own way through this “black hole”, which is actually more of a well-lit path, from childhood to something new altogether. . .

Meet Caitlin.

Beautiful, bubbly, talented, Caitlin.

Dancer Photographer Memphis

We started her session in her home. She had an amazing little dance studio in the house where we created some beautiful dance portraits. Then we ventured into her room for some more lifestyle shots, capturing what her world is like at this fun age! The evening ended with a sunset session at the Collierville Square, with wardrobe changes included. It was so much fun! I love seeing the strength of kids at this age, as they are developing their talents, and growing up before our eyes. So here’s a glimpse of the fun we have at a Tween Session.

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Tween at Home

Beanbag Tween Portrait

Beautiful Tween Portrait

Collierville Square photo session

Black and White portrait of Tween

Sunset Session for Tween

Spunky Tween Session

Fashion Portrait

Collierville Tween Session

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Tween sessions are perfect any time of the year. Can’t figure out what to get that tween or teen that has everything? Gift a session with friends or by themselves to show off their own style and talent! Birthday parties are also available. Don’t wait for their senior year to document them. You will be missing an age totally wonderful in it’s own right! And, I know from experience, it’s gone before you know it.

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School is OUT Mini Sessions {Memphis Photographer}

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School is almost OUT!! Can I get a big ol’ WAHOO!!!?

For all the kids, tweens, and teens out there I’ve decided to throw a little party! Some of these kids will be graduating this month. Whether it’s from elementary school, middle school, or high school, it’s a BIG DEAL! We will spend one day celebrating, with a GROUP MINIS special. During the year, our kids make friends that may last a lifetime. Whether they are at school, dance, soccer, etc., they are an important part of their lives! To commemorate these friendships, I will be hosting a one-day event where friends can get together to have a little fun, and come away with some great new portraits! Groups of 3-7 allowed (larger groups can be scheduled on a different day). Session fee is only $49 per person for group portraits. Individual 15 minute minis can be added for only $50. A selection of individual and group shots will be shown at your private viewing appointment.

June 1st:

7:00 am (sunrise session)
8:00 am

5:30 pm
6:30 pm (sunset session)

To schedule your friendship or team session please email us at erin@erindahlphotography.com

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