And T makes Four {Collierville, TN Children’s Photographer}

And finally, I get a chance to introduce T! Being the youngest, and only one who is not in school, I get to spend a lot of time with this little guy. And thanks to a late fall birthday, I still have one fun year before he is swept off to full day kindergarten. Whew! He is growing fast though. He gladly keeps up with his older brothers, whether it’s playing soccer, video games, or riding on Space Mountain in Disneyland. This kid will do it all. I think he’s taking after K with his no fear attitude, and I love it!

I’m grateful that despite all that, he still wants me to tuck him in and read him bedtime stories. That he likes to make cookies and play Tinkertoys with me. He has certainly grabbed hold of a special place in my heart, and I hope he never lets go, even when he does get too cool to hold my hand in the parking lot.

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August 5, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Robyn - Erin- I love these!! He is such a cute kid!! You need to post more often! I love looking at your pictures. Hope you guys had a safe trip home! miss you guys.

Robyn

One fun kid {Collierville TN Children’s Photographer}

So number three in our family lineup is one energetic boy. When he was crawling with a cast on his arm at 11 months old we thought, “This one might just like roller coasters when he’s three.” We haven’t been too far off. When he was five, and barely tall enough, he did beg to ride the Tower of Terror over and over again. . . Never afraid of adventure, and almost always laughing, this kid is lots of fun to be around.

Since we moved to Collierville, karate and swimming have been two of his favorite activities. But since summer started, it has been all Harry Potter books, almost all of the time. Now that he’s finished them, I don’t know what we’ll do to keep him busy!

K recently had his seventh birthday, and lost a tooth the same week. I grabbed these shots when we were down at the Square in Collierville for the Fair on the Square. I just love to remember how my boys look when they lose those baby teeth. Does he have to keep growing up?

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Our Second Child {Collierville, TN Children’s Photographer}

So my next oldest loves to read. In fact, sometimes I have to check on him after “lights out” at night, and make sure he’s not sneaking a little extra reading time in bed! So, when it came time to do his eight year old portraits, it was easy to know what I wanted to do. Plus his birthday is in the fall, so it worked perfectly as a little back to school session as well. In fact, having the books there was actually the only way I could get him to even go!

With that being mentioned, I think I’ll just say that I LOVE it when people bring meaningful toys or belongings with them for a photo session. And the kids love having something there that makes them feel at home. I for one know that my favorite pictures of our little guys are the ones with them clinging to something they dearly love (like my fourth sons’ cherished stuffed puppy, which you’ll see soon). Plus you never know when they’ll outgrow that sweet attachment. And isn’t that the kind of thing you want to remember? My mom’s favorite picture of me was captured when I was two years old, snuggling up to my little doll “Pearl.” Here’s a fun one of M with just a few of the books he finished just in time for second grade!

M has lots of other interests too. From karate to piano, friends to art, and of course PS3 to Wii games, he is a fun kid to be around. I just love being with him, especially when he laughs.

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Our Oldest Child {Collierville, TN Children’s Photographer}

It seems only fitting that my first portrait blog should be for my oldest child. He is smart, strong, caring, and fun, not to mention an even better big brother than I could have ever hoped to have for our younger boys. He is a great example, and loves soccer, basketball, reading, and piano. Talented in so many ways, he is a joy to watch grow and progress. But sometimes I wish I could still tuck him in, or at least keep him this age a little while longer. It’s hard to look back on his baby pictures and realize just how quickly time goes by. Do I really have one old enough for middle school?

This image was taken on a recent trip from our home in Collierville, TN to Ole Miss University in Oxford, MS. We just love to get away, even if it’s just for a day trip. And visiting college campuses is actually one of our favorite ways to break up the drive. College towns always seem to have great little restaraunts and shops (that’s the part I go for), and the boys (including my husband. . OK, especially my husband) insist on finding the football stadium every time. A little something for everyone.

Oxford may be one of my favorite stops yet. I could shoot there all day, and never use the same location twice! The place is AMAZING, and so full of history and charm. We’ll need to find an excuse to go back.

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Welcome to Erin Dahl Photography {Memphis, TN}

Hello!   I am so excited to finally be opening my doors here in Collierville, TN, and to have my site underway.   Hopefully, you will bear with us as we get all of the bells and whistles up and running. . .  It has only been a few short months since my family and I moved to Memphis from Pittsburgh, PA, but we are loving it here.   I’ve met some great people including a few incredible photographers, who have helped and inspired me in so many ways, especially in their encouragement to get this little blogsite up.  And I have my brother-in-law to thank for building this blog from the ground up.  But it’s my loving husband and four boys who have not only put up with me, but have strengthened me as I followed my dream.  Believe me, they have been PATIENT.

So, just a quick introduction.  My love of photography started when I was just little.   I still remember my first “Reflections” contest entry.   The polaroid camera yielded a yellowish cast image of a cat, lying in the sun.   I was so proud of that picture, and fell in love with the idea of being an artist.  My mother was an artist of a different kind, in the fashion and textiles industry.   But she gladly signed me up for all of the watercolor, drawing, and dance classes I could take.  I danced for eighteen years.

It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I went back to photography.   I took a summer class at the University of Utah, where I learned darkroom techniques, composition, and black and white work.  There was nothing more magical than watching an image slowly appear on a piece of paper!  I was hooked.  The next summer, after my senior year, we took a cruise up the Volga River in Russia.  The architecture and people were unbelievable subjects, and I burned through countless rolls of film. Some of those images still grace my walls today, of Babushkas (Russian grandmothers) selling flowers on the street, or watching tourists pass by them, completely unaware of their existence.  I couldn’t believe they were so set on taking pictures of an “onion dome” church that they missed the beauty of the people around them.

That was the beginning, and I won’t toil over many more details. I did spend the next four years studying dance, design and photography at Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography.   I married an incredible man, who supported my love of art then, just as much as he does today.  I’m a very lucky woman.  We have been blessed with four sweet boys, who bring life, joy, and laughter to our home.  And it is with them that I spend my days. You’ll get to meet them in my next post. . .  I am so thankful that I have been able to stay home with them, and that I have a camera to help me document their lives.  I still love to look back, from newborn toes to karate classes, and I cherish every chance I have to capture their everyday triumphs.

Again, thanks for stopping in.   Because my family comes first, (and believe me, I have very busy little boys!) it will most likely take some time for me to get all of my portfolio and links up.   If you are interested in more information in the meantime, please feel free to drop me a line at erin@erindahlphotography.com.  My photography philosophy in a nutshell?  Portraits should be works of art, capturing the moment, not just how we look.  I photograph with natural light, in a more documentary style to highlight personalities and relationships.   I hope I can help you create memories that will last a lifetime!

-Erin

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March 28, 2011 - 12:38 am

Stephanie Moore - Erin I am so excited for you, you have no idea!!! This site looks fabulous, i love the look of it! It seriously look super professional, I am so proud of you!!! Can’t wait to see more!

January 6, 2012 - 6:54 am

52 Fridays WEEK 1! “New” {Memphis, TN Newborn Photographer} | Memphis Children Baby Family Senior Wedding Photographer - […] love of this wonderful medium. Photography has intrigued me for a long time (my photo journey is here), and I especially loved my time at BYU where I received a BFA in Photography. I was pushed to […]