Our First Family Photo Shoot! With The Talented Erin Petruska

After 4 years of raising kids and snapping 1000’s of iPhone pictures, my wife and I decided to finally get some profession family pictures done. We were lucky enough to meet our photographer, Erin Petruska, while at a local charity event and she impressed us right away! We got to talking and very quickly set up our appointment.

Unfortunately for Erin, we had to reschedule about 13 times because of various kid illnesses and weather, but we finally got together for our big day and it certainly did not disappoint. I was a little worried about how Erin would view us after having to cancel so many times but she couldn’t have been more awesome, especially with the kids. When she started off the session by spending some time getting the kids to be comfortable with her and her camera, I knew we had chosen the right person for the job.

One of the reasons I hadn’t wanted to get family photos done, is that I had a preconceived notion that we would have to do all the work in scouting and planning poses for them. It’s not that I’m lazy; I’m just terrible at that part of it. Okay, and a little lazy… To my pleasant surprise, we told Erin where we wanted to have the shots done and when we arrived, she had a complete plan in place for the whole area, along with all the different poses she was looking for.

That’s not to say she wasn’t open to input because she asked us at each location if we wanted other shots and I appreciated that greatly! It’s tough to balance being friendly and professional at the same time but she did it seamlessly and we were completely comfortable the entire shoot.

I’m not even sure what else to say. She was exactly what we were looking for in a photographer. Kind, Professional, Great with kids and she emailed some photos immediately to us and delivered our CD very quickly after the shoot. If you are looking for all of those things (of course you are) than I very, very highly recommend Erin Petruska for your next family shoot.

For more information about Erin Petruska Photography, you can visit Erin’s Website Here! Also, if you feel like connecting with her online, you can reach her on Twitter and also on Facebook. Honestly, this was an amazing experience for our family and we are very grateful to have met Erin in our travels. Thank You, Erin, for all your great work!

Now on to some of my favourite shots!

**Photo shoot was provided in exchange for a review of services. All opinions are my own. I truly enjoyed this experience and hope you will give Erin a shot. Just look at those photos!**

17 replies
  1. daniel
    daniel says:

    Cute. I love having a professional take pictures of the family. Every year or two we have a professional do the same thing. We now have a regular photographer that we really like and use.

  2. Jen Warren
    Jen Warren says:

    Love this entry, made me feel all warm and fuzzy! We are also a repeat customer of Erin, she is exactly as you described!

    Gorgeous family pictures 🙂

    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Thanks, Jen! I think in a roundabout way, you are to thank for the introduction 😀 Erin did a great job and I can’t praise her enough!

  3. Sue Learmonth
    Sue Learmonth says:

    Erin is also a friend of mine and has taken some wonderful photos of my family and friends. She does excellent work and I highly recommend her 🙂

  4. Ayn MacDonald
    Ayn MacDonald says:

    Erin is a spectacular photographer. I had the pleasure of meeting her through a networking group a little while back. I approached her to do a “unique business photo shoot” for my social media outlets. When we met up, she was very natural, and knew exactly what I wanted.

    What a great story Canadian Dad!

    Ayn, Ottawa

    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Thanks, Ayn! Erin was so great and my favourite part was that she was prepared. That’s really all I could have asked for and she delievered so much more!


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