Back when we were known as the Tattooed Bride Photography Studio, Laura followed our Facebook page and got to be a part of a “tattooed stories” model call. So much has changed since 2015, especially for Laura and Glen who now have 2 beautiful kids; Emma and Benjamin.
When we launched the model call for the Renaissance of Mom, Laura was nervous but excited. Once the session started, Laura let all those nerves go.
“I really felt beautiful and comfortable as soon as we all got changed and the shoot started!”
“Getting to experience [the shoot] first hand after seeing so many other’s photos, it was so fun! We got to listen to music and be silly and be ourselves….it was less posed than I had anticipated but the results were amazing!”, Laura shared.
When the family first saw the images, they were blown away.
“It looked like our family just popped out of a magazine! I thought ‘how am I going to choose which ones go on the wall?!’ And seriously how are these so incredible?!”
One of the best parts of the experience for Laura was how it changed her relationship with her husband, Glen.
“I felt it brought my husband and I closer even though it was a family shoot, because he was so nervous and didn’t want to do the photos at first, then after the experience he raved about how fun and amazing it was and how amazing the photos were!”
“They are beautiful memories that you will literally have forever! Money comes and goes, but these gorgeous memories cannot be replaced, it’s literally like a beautiful amazing snap shot in time in your life”, Laura added.
What is it you’d love to get from an experience like this?
Lauren and her husband Bobby were super interested in doing a couple’s boudoir session, but little did Lauren know Bobby had contacted us to participate in our Renaissance of Mom Model Call.
“Once I found out we were booked for a family shoot I got really emotional. When I talked to Erika over the phone I opened up about how I was so excited to celebrate our family.”
The couple struggled with fertility issues. It took Lauren and Bobby over a year to get pregnant with their daughter. Now they have two children just bursting with life, a 4-year-old girl named Riley and an 18-month-old boy named Jameson.
“To celebrate those two and be able to showcase our family in our house is amazing,” said Lauren, adding that she so rarely gets to be in family photos since she’s the one usually taking them! A sentiment shared by most moms.
When they arrived at the studio Erika greeted them, immediately putting Lauren’s anxieties at ease.
“We pulled up and Erika met us at our car and offered to carry anything we needed help with. Right off the bat she started talking to our daughter and Riley immediately connected with her. They became best friends in a matter of three minutes.”
Erika led them upstairs to the studio, they put down their bags, hung up their outfits and went right into hair and makeup.
“They let Riley go first and made her feel like a princess. She got to pick the music we listened to and they listened to all her crazy stories.”
Riley even hopped back up in the chair for a little blush and eye shadow.
“I felt like I’ve known these two women my entire life. I felt like all the mom stress just went away.”
The family got into their outfits and then it was time for the fun to begin!
“Erika made both my kids laugh with no effort. She is AHHHMAZING with kids. My son had a wardrobe malfunction so while my husband and I were handling that she was singing a duet with my daughter. We came back to her snapping photos of Riley singing while standing on the couch and that captured the definition of my daughter! She knew exactly what to do to bring out Riley’s true self,” Lauren said.
Erika effortlessly moved along with photographing their 18-month-old, who can often prove to be unpredictable (like most toddlers!) according to Lauren .
“I haven’t felt so empowered since I gave birth. She let us know each way to pose and in the middle of snapping photos and telling us where to adjust she would shout out compliments. She snuck in these compliments without effort but I heard every single one of them and I felt amazing. I never once felt like I had to hide my ‘double chin’ or my stomach, etcetera.”
Seeing the glow and happiness on her husband’s face was one of the highlights of the day for Lauren.
“He got to see me fully happy, surrounded by love. We tickled each other, snuggled, swapped kisses, and had some full on belly laughs. It was amazing to just let go for a few hours and not worry about anything in the world. Erika led us upstairs for snacks while we waited for her to edit the photos, which was so amazing and sweet.”
When they got to the reveal Lauren laughed and she cried.
“The reveal was absolutely amazing. They don’t lie when they say you will laugh and cry. It was stunning. She captured the true side in all four of us. My favorite photo was the four of us all giggling and laughing. I can’t wait to display it in our new house, hopefully in the near future. We have always worked so hard for what we want and to be able to capture it in photos has been such an amazing experience.”
The session put Lauren at ease and now she is feels even more ready for her and Bobby’s upcoming couples boudoir session.
“I have a few things to get done before our shoot but this family shoot showed me I really don’t need to alter my body at all. You forget about everything when you are in that studio. You are YOU in that studio, and you are beautiful. They will effortlessly show you how amazing you are.”
She continued, “I literally cannot say enough good things about Allebach Photography and Erika. I also cannot thank her and Mike enough… they were amazing from the door. As a mom, I’m never usually in photos so this was an amazing treat. I cannot thank my husband enough for booking this photo shoot for us and I will cherish these pictures forever. THANK YOU Allebach Photography.”
Nicole and Charlie were married in 2014, which is where they first heard of Allebach Photography. Mike got to spend the day with them, capturing all of those special moments that unfold on a wedding day.
Now, almost 6 years later, they have two beautiful daughters who love each other, only in a way that sisters can. (I should know… I have two beautiful sister of my own, as well as two daughters.)
The love Juniper and Iris have for each other is only rivaled by the love and affection Nicole and Charlie have for their girls and each other.
Seriously, how lucky am I to get to be a part of this family’s story? To know that the artwork we designed together will be displayed in their home for years to come gives me goosebumps.
If you’ve been to Allebach Photography, you know how much we love artwork; from the statement pieces displayed in the most prominent spaces in your home, to the coffee table artwork meant to tell an intimate story.
Since the launch of our Renaissance of Mom campaign, which is now relaunched as a new model call for families, I’ve been excited to create a two-tone cover, sample album to have in our studio!
This new upgrade is such a beautiful way to add a little pop and personality to your album, so you can’t help but want to hold it and relive all of those beautiful moments captured together.
It’s hard to do, right? How can you encapsulate everything about your child into three tiny words?
My three favorite to date describe this handsome little guy:
Tenacious | Precocious | Inquisitive
That is exactly how Amber described her son, Wilson. So let’s break down those words and why they so perfectly describe him.
not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined
Wilson, right off the bat, positioned himself as in control as he could possibly be. He totally ran the session and it was worth letting him do so. He worked the camera and worked every moment to his advantage, in the best way possible of course.
(of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.
Amber being a teacher, Wilson already had a leg up on the other children his age. But you can see in his eyes, his desire to learn and grow. He wants to know it all and soak it in!
curious or inquiring. intrigued.
Going hand in hand with his precocious nature, Wilson is so curious about anything and everything he doesn’t know yet. His mind is buzzing with questions and mom’s got all the answers!
We’ve primarily focused on one parent up until now. It’s time to focus on the whole family!
We’re looking for 6 families, to come model for the day! The spots will go quickly. First come, first serve.
Your session would take place at Allebach Photography in North Wales, PA. For modeling you will receive a complimentary photo session and an experience designed to celebrate you and your family! As a special thank you for participating, you will also receive $200 towards artwork.
If you’re interested, please email Erika at email@example.com with what an experience like this would mean to you. Submit your story by July 7th.