Wedding and lifestyle photographer based in North Carolina FOR INQUIRIES: https://www.erinmaynardphotography.com/contact-1/
Operating as usual
Its my first Saturday without a wedding in quite a while and it feels so odd.... today I’ll be making jewelry all day for my side biz (@kindmarket.co) - #shamlessplug - for our market tomorrow. For those that don’t know, this side business helps us with infertility treatment costs. My goal is to help others now with encouragement and hopefully in more ways in the future.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to have a lazy day..Anyone else always feel like they need to be productive!?
I’m making it a goal to show up here more, so here I am! Just as an engagement experiment..show me your favorite (and/or most) used emoji in the comments!
My fav:✨ My most used: 🤦🏼♀️
Image shot by @maplestreetphotos
Edited by me
I made a poll in my stories yesterday asking people, when they go to book for a photographer, if they look at their Instagram or website... and most people said they look on Instagram. Which honestly, I’m not that surprised!
I don’t think there is a right or wrong way but here is my opinion:
I believe your website should be like a “home” for your business. Potential clients can come here to see your featured images, learn about you (the artist) and your “why”, view galleries of recent work, learn about what services/packages you offer, and find out how to contact you best!
Instagram should be a “highlight reel” to draw potential clients in to want to learn more about you’re business- which could all be found on your website. Instagram is only a fraction of what a photographer has to offer. You’re only seeing a sliver of their work!
Now don’t get me wrong, Instagram is a great tool - GREAT! Especially, to learn about someone personally if they are good at stories and engagement (guilty at not being good at this). I just think Instagram should be a place to “hook” potential clients to draw them in to your website, where they can see and learn more!
I’m saying all of this just as an encouragement that I f your “shopping” for a vendor, also check out their website because you’ll hopefully be able to find out so much more about that person and their business than you can on Instagram! And... to keep your website updated if you’re a business owner!
Side note-social media is not the best place to try to contact a business because messages can get lost in the abyss from time to time. Usually, there’s a contact form to fill out on the website, or an email is always a safe choice way to contact them!
Now— I’m gonna go listen to my own advice and blog some recent work because I don’t think I have all of 2020 ✌🏻
And that’s a wrap 2020 wedding season ✨ I have more I want to say about this season, but I’ll save it for another time. As for now, thank you so everyone who made 2020 so amazing! I appreciate each and every one of you!
Erin Maynard Photography's cover photo
Erin Maynard Photography's cover photo
Just delivered these babes and I’m beyond in love with this gallery. Thank you @marcdavis36 and @karissa__rosee for being so amazing, is shoot was what I had envisioned and more!
Anybody else with kiddos have @blippi ‘s Halloween song stuck in their head? 🎃 I hope you all have a great Halloween however you’re celebrating it today!
I interrupt wedding season to bring you this sweet family session we did amongst the wildflowers ✨
Mark + Alexa I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful these two souls are. Every moment of their wedding was filled with such sweetness. It was such a privilege to be a part of. You know two people are well loved when they have a 27 person bridal party - and every single person had so much happiness for two of them.
Bridal Dress: @lissimonbridal
Bridal Boutique: @fabulousfrocksnashville
Broom Attire: @indochino
It’s Alexa and Mark’s big day!! I’m so excited for these two!
Y’all just keep pretending like I’m not here...I’m fine with it 🖤
Just a forewarning: you’re going to see a lot from this session ⚡️
I know I’ve posted photos from this session several times, but it’s still one of my favorites. Happy one year wedding anniversary Ryan and Kacey. You make harsh light look good ✨
I know it’s not ideal for a rainy wedding day, but to be honest.....it makes for some BEAUTIFUL imagery. 🌧 Thank you Nigel and Meghan for making the most out of what was beyond all of our control yesterday. I promise it was worth getting a little wet for - these images are stunning!
Hair: @with_a_comb @janathibz
Yesterday was perfect. I repeat, perfect. These two, the weather, the decor, all the vendors, the pampas grass...all perfect 🌾
Venue: @theviewatemeraldlake @emeraldlakegolf
It’s officially the busy season for me starting tomorrow! I was wondering if weddings would even happen this fall, but here we are full steam ahead. I’ll now be even more of a hermit until at least December because #editingislife ✨
Ahh..Fall weekends. My favorite time of the year 🍂 I just wanted to share a quick reminder that I also offer family sessions! I know I share a lot of weddings and couples here, but I also love capturing families in the same genuine way. Also, if you’re sending out Christmas cards, now is the time to book to have them ready in plenty of time! Or if you are just in need of family photos...I’d love to set something up with you!
I love when clients come to me and ask for creative headshot/branding sessions. It’s so fun to get out of the box and create not-your-ordinary portraits. Thank you @katie.montalto for being so awesome and trusting me with your photos for @thekmcreative. I wish I could share your entire gallery 🖤
I just spent the past few days and finally made a “Wedding Guide” for my couples! I’ve been wanting to create one for a while now but never found the time. I’m so proud of it!
This guide goes over:
-a timeline of events
-highlights important documents
-engagement session advice
-wedding day timeline suggestions
-a long list of tips for the big wedding day
..and so much more...I honestly keep thinking of things I need to add!
This is a perk of hiring a seasoned photographer. Yes we come at a higher price, but you are getting more than just wedding pictures. We start working together months before your actual wedding day meeting with each other, going over timelines, taking engagement photos, countless emailing, and so much more. It’s so important to have a connection with your photographer (no matter who they are) because we (should) do way more than just take some pictures on your wedding. We often leave our time together with a friendship. We do so much starting from that first inquiry. Anyway rant over...swipe to preview a couple pages from my new Wedding Guide ✨
Wishing another very Happy One Year Anniversary to these two! If you guys only knew how much giggling went on during their ceremony...what a joy this day was!
@ The Providence Cotton Mill
As a wedding photographer, you see all different types of love. Let me tell you, these two have something special. Its been a blessing to witness and be a part of. Happy One Year Anniversary Kyle and Morgan ✨ @ Concord, North Carolina
I’d walk the streets of Charleston with these two ten times over. What an honor it was to capture their day.
Oh the joy of that newly wed twirl ✨
This doesn’t happen often, but I love this shot of me. So hey.
Shot by Maple Street Photos
Edited by me
Headshot swap 🤍 @ Charleston, South Carolina
Never did I think that I would be photographing a bride and groom in face masks. It blows my mind that we’re living in such a time. However, if you have to wear a face mask for your wedding, you might as well do it in style. And in silk.
Thank you Jesse and Victoria for having me this weekend. It was beyond special and so beautiful.
Also, masks made by me over at @kindmarket.co (shameless plug)
I use to never post my family sessions (well lately I’ve not posted any sessions). I wanted to only draw in that romantic, emotional, “raw-love” feeling to my feed. I use to think family sessions had a lack of emotion, usually seemed over-posed, and allowed very little creative freedom for the photographer-if that’s what you’re looking for, cool, but it’s just not my style. However, I’ve started to change my thinking with family sessions. I try to keep my family sessions minimally posed which allows me creative freedom, and in return, opens the door for me to capture emotion. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there is a place for posed photography but I think capturing a family’s genuine interactions with each other is even more special than pretty smiles at the camera. I’ve found myself wanting to share this more often than I have in the past.
On a side note: I’ve been with this couple since their engagement session. I shot their wedding, maternity sessions, and family sessions. I love that they have chosen me to capture their every milestone.
Edit: I want to clarify, I’ve loved ALL of my previous family sessions. I just now want to share them on my feed more than I have in the past 💗
These two make me want a “mama and me” session like yesterday 🤍 @ Mooresville, North Carolina
I’m headed to Oak Island May 31st-June 7th and I would love to shoot while I’m there if anyone is interested! Let me know 🖤
I would have been sitting at the beach with friends after a day of capturing these two saying their “I do’s,” but paddle boarding on the lake with family and waiting for their wedding in September will just have to do 🌿
Wishing all you Mamas a very Happy Mother’s Day today 💕 @ Mooresville, North Carolina
Real talk. I haven’t posted here in a while. It’s been good for me. Besides extreme anxiety of the unknown, fear over my loved ones health, and the lack of financially security...this change of pace has been good for me. At some point this business turned from a passion, to a chore that I started to wonder if I even wanted anymore. I started to think all the BS you have to go through, all the hoops your have to jump through, all the comparisons I put myself through, wasn’t worth it. I lost my desire to create and my drive to book, to the point I loathed even sitting at my computer. I was tired of comparing myself and work and trying to keep up with current trends and “rules” with this business. There is a lot of support within this community, but there is also a lot of not so supportive people. I let my feelings get hurt. I try my best to keep up, and sometimes it seems like too much. Especially when you have so many other things going on in life. But, this forced time of having to put my camera down, not having a continuous to do list, not sitting at my computer for hours, really helped me. I am the only one locking myself in my office for those extreme amounts of hours (away from my family), I’m the only one making it difficult to keep up with “legalities” they make us go through to operate a business, I’m the only one that is letting others opinions tear me down. Bottom line, I love to be creative. I love the entire concept of photography. I love connecting with kindred souls. And I just have to get past the BS because it is worth it. I let the legalities steal my joy. I let it steal my passion. That’s how the enemy works. He takes something that’s good, and overwhelms you with so many anxieties to the point you just want to give it all up. But God gives you dreams and talents for a reason. I’m still working through this, but I’m realizing I’m the only one putting these expectations on myself. I need to let go. I am good at this. This is what I want. The BS won’t steal my joy. I’m ready to pick my camera back up again.
Throwing it back to one of my favorite weddings at the @dukechapel 🌿 I know this is a challenging time not being able to hang out friends and family (especially for you extroverts and especially on the weekends). I’m an introvert so I’ve not minded some of the stillness. However, I think this just shows how important community is and how much we actually value the relationships we have. I cant wait to sit around a fire listening to music with friends again and I will for sure never take hugging my grandparents for granted. @ Durham, North Carolina
It was suppose to be these two’s big day yesterday, and I thought about them so many times during the day. What an interesting time we are in. I feel for all of you couples who are rearranging your plans in the midst of chaos. I believe it’s for the best, but still hugging you (virtually) 🖤.
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