Erin Reas Creates

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Blog for graphic designer + photographer, Erin Reas. Based in Austin, TX, Erin shares stories from photoshoots, case studies on design projects, and tips and tricks for either profession!

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Ellis Family | Extended Family Portraits

The hours leading up to the Ellis family session were nerve wracking. The forecast showed that there weren’t supposed to be storms during their session; however, as I drove to Kingsland, it started to rain. As I got closer, I kept praying to God that the rain would pass and I could shoot because I had no idea what we would do if we couldn’t.

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Rodseth Family Portrait Session | Brushy Creek

I’ve heard stories of people getting inquiries through Instagram. I always thought those were unicorn-moments. Then it happened to me. It was after I attended the Color Inc. family photography workshop, and I was sharing photos from that evening. A message popped up in my inbox from Ali Boice - a girl I had never met before. She wanted to hire me to take her family portraits in August. At first I was a little skeptical, I mean, how often does an Instagram booking happen? I took a peek at her profile and saw that she listed Kentucky as her location. I replied back to Ali’s initial message, and said I wanted to clarify that I live in Austin, TX. Lucky for me, her family were traveling down to Austin for a reunion to celebrate the parents’ 30th marriage anniversary.

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Capturing Joy | Family Photography Workshop

Looking around, there were around 20 photographers for the first family. No one really knew how to start off. I started talking, which then turned into “Erin starts off the shoot with giving directions to the family for posing”. I was so nervous with all the other photographers watching me, but luckily, they all seemed to appreciate how I set up the first pose. Twenty minutes went by, and then we rotated to the next family.

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