As with boys and sales and friends and new opportunities, the best photographs come when you’re not looking.

This was a totally unplanned shot, taken halfway through our hike on Monte Sano Mountain yesterday. And I am in.love.

* And speaking of fabulous opportunities that come when you least expect them, tomorrow I’m heading to Oregon to hang out with Karen Russell for a few days of learning. She asked me to come out for a little bit of her own professional development although I’m sure the learning will be reciprocal. I’m excited! Will blog from my hotel. Or Karen’s house!

** Thank you all for your incredibly kind and gracious comments on Friday’s post. I was blown away by your response to my ramblings and considered never blogging again so I could stare at and enjoy your pretty words for all the rest of my days. But then of course I took this photograph and changed my mind. =)

MegApril 18, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Erin, that is a beautiful picture!!

JessicaApril 18, 2010 - 7:11 pm

Wow. Wowowowowow. That is a beautiful image! Those tiny captured bits of fluff take my breath away.

DanielleApril 18, 2010 - 7:29 pm

Oh my gorgeous! The unplanned ones are always the best. As an aside she has the most beautiful hair – she should become a hair model!

KristenApril 18, 2010 - 7:30 pm

I love this shot! I have a question, is this with your 85mm? This is on my wish list and I am almost ready to purchase it, but I wonder if it will be too far away for my 4 year old and 1 year old.

nickiApril 18, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Beautiful shot.
Have fun with Karen!!! Can’t wait to hear about it from both of you! πŸ™‚

Amy RApril 18, 2010 - 8:09 pm

I just know there will be a post showing this on very large canvas in your home. πŸ˜€ Just breathtaking!!

nickiApril 18, 2010 - 9:21 pm

I was just coming back to say CANVAS…HUGE CANVAS! πŸ™‚

JaimieApril 18, 2010 - 9:45 pm


VeraApril 19, 2010 - 5:12 am

I found your blog through Karen. I just finished her online class. I wish I could be a fly on the wall and eavesdrop on your conversations! Two great photogs in one room! I love this shot too. Precious!

JenniferApril 19, 2010 - 5:47 am

Beautiful! I love that her eyes are closed! Such a PERFECT little girl shot!

SaraApril 19, 2010 - 8:24 am

Wowee, Erin!! This photo is beautiful! What a wonderful capture. πŸ™‚

LaurenApril 19, 2010 - 1:06 pm

I love this photo…her eyelashes look like the little whispys being blown away. Wow!

tara pollard pakostaApril 19, 2010 - 1:06 pm

oh how fun, you and karen together = awesome picture taking!
are you taking the kiddos?!
Tell Karen “hi” from me!
have fuN! you guys are some of my top faves out of all photographers blogs I read!

Melissa MApril 19, 2010 - 2:32 pm

How beautiful! Everything about this picture is absolutely perfect! Makes me wonder what her little mind could be wishing for πŸ™‚

shelbyApril 19, 2010 - 2:57 pm

oh my goodness! I dream of having photos like this of my girls! I hope this will be hung some place prominent in your house! I love it! Oh and getting to hang out with Karen?? So cool! Have fun!

LaurenApril 19, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Hi! This is my first visit to your website! I LOVE your website! I just found you from Karen Russell’s site. I hope you two have a great time learning together~I think you both know all there is to know about photography! Your photos are awesome! I am just starting to love photography since my baby boy {now 8 months old!} was born! I appreciate people like you who share your knowledge (and your sweet family and photos!) with those of us who are so interested in photography! I admire you!

Shana-LynnApril 19, 2010 - 5:48 pm


Happy Belated!

Melanie C.April 19, 2010 - 6:23 pm

This is so beautiful!

NitaApril 19, 2010 - 7:22 pm

This photo is breathtaking!! And, your daughter is gorgeous! I admit, I love the way you captured the detail of the dandelion seeds blowing away. WOW! If you don’t mind me asking, what were the specs on this picture?

TinaApril 19, 2010 - 8:45 pm


Lorena MoraApril 19, 2010 - 9:05 pm

Love this photo, so beautiful.

Janna JenningsApril 19, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Oh my! This is so gorgeous! You need to blow it up to the largest size wall canvas you can buy and hang it someplace where everyone who walks into your house (or studio) will see it!

Debbie KingstonApril 19, 2010 - 10:33 pm

Erin, my name is Debbie and I’m from Melbourne Australia. I only bought my first DSLR yesterday (a Canon 50d). If I can start to achieve even half the quality of your photos, then I’m a winner. I actually only discovered your blog this afternoon and I put it in my favourites list immediately. What you talk about is pretty much gobbledeegook to me right now but I’m looking forward to learning. Thank you for the inspiration and the hope for the future for my photographic skills !!

PS…. turning 30 ain’t so bad. Turning 40 wasn’t all that bad either!!

MichelleApril 20, 2010 - 12:37 am

I am always amazed at your pictures – this amazes the amazed. Beautiful!

KariApril 20, 2010 - 5:12 am

Gorgeous Erin! You’re an inspiration to me, and many others I’m sure!

Lan AmphoneApril 20, 2010 - 8:08 am

I’m an avid Karen follower and just found your site. Wow, your photos are so inspiring!!!

Ali CApril 20, 2010 - 9:16 am

Amazing shot and best.line.ever.

DawnApril 20, 2010 - 9:32 am

I am in LOVE with this photo..everything about it is beautiful! Amazing πŸ™‚

AmySApril 20, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Awesome photo! I am so, so, so, excited to hear how your trip to see Karen goes. You two are my two most favorite photographers evah! If I ever need a pick-me-up I just come to either yours or Karen’s blog and scroll through the pictures. Every single one inspires me!

LindaApril 20, 2010 - 5:15 pm

I took a hike recently and got one of those shots. Love them. This is gorgeous. Love it so.

DeneenApril 20, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Love this photo it is just such a tender shot! Thanks for sharing.

ShannonApril 20, 2010 - 8:15 pm


adminApril 23, 2010 - 10:27 am

Thank you guys for the kind words! I’m SO excited about this shot. Sadly, I’m not sure I know where to hang it. It must go somewhere though!

AnnieApril 23, 2010 - 1:04 pm

I adore this picture! Simply beautiful!

Amy RApril 23, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Ok, I just came back to look at this photo again! I think you need to incorporate it into your prof blog or into your marketing. im in love and she’s not even mine!!

susanApril 23, 2010 - 5:11 pm

hello! i came over via karen πŸ™‚ this photograph is so sweet, i love everything about it! have a super weekend! susan

MelanieApril 26, 2010 - 7:26 pm

Amazing photo!

AvitalJanuary 10, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Often times I think what would it look like if I could freeze a moment in time. How can I perpetuate a memory, a fleeting moment in a way that will let me, at any given time, to simply relive the moment and experience it all over again.

This photo is the answer.

This is exactly the way to do that.


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