5 Things You Can Expect From Your Model Call Session

Erica VanHoosen Photography model calls are the best and they are very rare! If you have the chance to do one then I would highly recommend you do it! But my word might be a little biased so here are some reviews from my previous model call clients:

“I purchased 5 canvases and I love saying “awwww” every time I look at them” –Jennifer F.

“You are worth every penny because you are so talented! Professional quality that completely blows any other photographer I’ve ever seen out of the water” –Lisa A.

Do you still want to know more? Here are 5 things you can expect from your model call session:


1) You will be treated with the same high level of customer service as any other client.

I am so honored to be able to capture the precious moments of your gorgeous children and they, as well as you, deserve nothing but the best!

Once chosen as a model call participant we will plan your session in-person to discuss the whole process. After your session I will be there to walk you through your artwork choices. I am here for you 100%, anything you might need, don’t hesitate to ask!

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2) Any artwork you choose will be archival and heirloom quality.

I would never dream of offering my clients anything but the most deluxe art pieces for your home. Whether you choose fine art wall prints, gallery wrapped canvases or a gorgeous keepsake album you can rest assured that it will last a lifetime.

The photo below is a mock-up of client artwork using a photo from their own home of their walls! During your ordering appointment we can view your photos on your walls to scale so we can choose the absolute perfect pieces for your home.

Modern Chicago Baby Portraits

3) I will use specific colors and props but also mix something different in if you would like!

The purpose of model calls is usually for me to try out new props, outfits and color schemes for future marketing purposes.

That being said, the most important thing to me is always that you love your photos. If there is something different that you would like or a specific prop you would like incorporated I will do my best to create something incredible for you during the last 15 minutes of your session.

Denver Colorado Baby Portraits

 4) Your session might be split between an indoor and outdoor session depending on your child’s age and the goals of the model call.

Most of my 6 month sessions also include an outdoor family session. My 1-year-old sessions also take place outdoors as this is the best place to really capture your baby’s personality.

Model Calls for these sessions might also include outdoor components. Don’t worry will go over all of this during your in-person meeting prior to your portrait session date!

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5) You will walk away with impressive, refined artwork pieces that will be the envy of your family and friends.

Erica VanHoosen Photography specializes in fine art newborn and baby photography. The goal of every one of my sessions is to create refined portraits that you will cherish for a lifetime. With portraits so special, I aim to create timeless, keepsake art pieces to adorn your home.

The joy these photos will give you when you wake up and see them first thing every morning will truly be worth every penny.

Denver Colorado Baby Photography


“ We are so pleased with the results. We felt very comfortable and welcomed by Erica at each photo session and I believe that ease resulted in great photos. I also appreciate that she was exceptionally quick to respond whenever I had a question or concern” –Shannon L.

Contact me now for more information about my Denver, Colorado model calls running from November 8th – 19th, 2017.

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Amelia Josephine Allen

Miss Amelia’s Plan

On July 3rd at 10:12am in Colorado Amelia Josephine Allen was born! It was 1:12am on July 4th Seoul time. I was balling my eyes out as I watched my first niece arrive. Sitting halfway around the world via Skype just wasn’t what I pictured. That moment was so incredibly bittersweet and there are many more bittersweet moments just like that to come. Oh the life of a military spouse.

The Adults Plan

I had bought plane tickets to fly home several months prior and was scheduled to arrive 2 days before Amelia’s due date. She clearly had different plans as she arrived 2.5 weeks early. So then I sat at home for 2.5 weeks waiting and waiting and waiting until it was time to fly home and meet my new niece. This sweet baby that I desperately wanted to know and experience and spend all my time with. This baby that everyone else was getting to know as time was just passing me by. LONGEST 2.5 WEEKS EVER!!

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My Chance At Newborn Photography

I spent a lot of time thinking during those weeks. I had already planned on taking photos of Millie. It’s kind of my thing and I love experiencing life through my camera lens. I had been throwing around the idea of trying newborn photos long before Millie arrived and now was the perfect opportunity. It would be a low pressure photoshoot for family. Obviously I wanted to produce good photos but it wouldn’t be a complete disaster if the session went terribly wrong. I was looking for things to keep me occupied anyways as the time refused to pass at a normal rate.

I threw myself into newborn photography. I watched Youtube videos and invested in online courses, took notes and stalked Pinterest like a hawk. Props and backdrops and blankets were bought and sent to Colorado so they would be waiting for me. I messaged family members and got their help in creating some things for me to help save money. Most of all I mentally prepared to meet this new little girl after missing out on so much already.

The Big Day

On July 20th I met my MilJoe and it was an unreal moment. Part of me knew I would be leaving in 3.5 short weeks and I selfishly didn’t want to get too close to her. The other half of me knew that was stupid, ridiculous and completely impossible and unrealistic. I threw myself into being an aunt instead. I didn’t even touch my camera or the props I had been so excited about.

Although I love photography I have learned, and am continuing to learn, that sometimes you have to set down your camera and genuinely, whole heartedly take in life moments. So thats what I did. I learned all there is to know about a new baby, her schedule, her likes and dislikes. The fact that she likes to be bounced excessively so you sort of feel like a bad person for “shaking the baby”. I went to breast feeding classes and went on walks. I shook toys and did tummy time. All the things that everyone else would get to continue doing for years after I had to flew back home. All these things that can’t truly be done over Skype.

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Photo Session!

When the time came to take photos it was a ton of fun. I knew and loved this beautiful girl and wanted to capture every little piece of her to remember forever. It was also one of the hardest photo shoots I have ever done. It turns out that babies don’t like being rearranged every time they fall asleep. I can’t say I blame them. The youtube videos and online classes were a little misleading, as they usually are. Those babies were always so calm and fast asleep. They made it took so easy!

Honestly, immediately after the photo shoot I wasn’t so sure that newborn photography was for me. It was exhausting, I had been peed and pooped on and I was hot and sweaty after only 2.5 hours of work. I couldn’t even get myself to look at the photos until the next day. I needed a break from them, they had kicked my butt and I needed some recovery time.  Never in my life have I worked so hard for 150 raw photos. My change of heart came after I began culling through the photos. Gosh this was incredibly rewarding! I worked my butt off for these and they are so cute!

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Editing Isn’t Always Fun

I hated having to spend so much time editing. Not because I didn’t like it but because it is incredibly time consuming and I would have much rather been spending my time with MilJoe herself. I finished the photos and we actually ended up doing another photo shoot the next week; a mommy and me session!

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Why Newborn Photography Is Amazing

Now I am hooked. Part of it was the fact that the photos were of my one and only MilJoe. Since then I have done another newborn shoot and it was just as rewarding. It makes you feel really good to be able to get a little baby to lay and pose a certain way. It’s dangerously fun to buy so many cute little props and blankets. More than that, it is so rewarding to be able to capture those little moments that only last so long. The baby toes, noses and eyes that begin to grow much too fast and the initial connection between baby and family that is instinctual and immediately unbreakable.

As far as what I have learned from being so far away during this big life moment…Although getting very close to MilJoe made it significantly harder to leave…like rip your beating heart out of your chest hard…I wouldn’t have done it any other way. It hurt but I have no regrets. She won’t remember the time we spent together but I will and I will cherish it this next year before I see her again. By then she will be a completely different 1 year old baby!

Why I Do What I Do

Being on this side of the situation sucks but I couldn’t even imagine being on the other side. The women stationed in Korea having their new babies here without their families around; that must be so hard. These photos meant so much to me and I can look at them anytime I am missing Millie. I want to give that back to the women here and their families back home that are feeling guilty and upset about missing their new nieces, nephews or grandchildren. The gift of photos and captured memories is so unique and it lasts a lifetime. Being able to feel connected when we are so far away is such an important part of this military and overseas experience. The gift of photos is one really special way to make that happen. A good photographer can make you feel like you were there even when you couldn’t be…

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Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions 2015

Cherry Blossom Sessions

A huge thank you to everyone who came out for cherry blossom mini sessions. I had such a great time getting to know you all and photographing your beautiful families and adorable kids. There were some seriously cute kids in this group of clients. This was my first year viewing the cherry blossoms myself so I did a lot of location searching to find just the right location. I ended up doing most of my session right near base at Yongsan Family Park. How lucky are we to live within walking distance from one of the most beautiful areas to view cherry blossoms! The flowers were gorgeous and so much fun to use as a background. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!


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Surviving the Winter Blues

When Will The Cold End?

It was Lunar New Year today here in South Korea, known locally as Seollal 설랄. For locals it is a time to spend with family bringing in the new year and sweeping away the past. For me, it signifies the upcoming end to winter. I can admit, the cold weather has left me bored and lacking inspiration. I never thought I would see the day where I wouldn’t  have the motivation to leave the house. Not even to photograph this beautiful new home of mine.

After living here for 4.5 months now I have come to realize that Korea is full of a lot of the same. I think that can be said of most places. The palaces all look very similar to each other as do the temples. The markets are somewhat unique in the goods that they offer but most are visually similar. Even the restaurants can get a little repetitive. Although don’t get me wrong I could eat at a new restaurant every day here. I hope this doesn’t sound like complaining because “South Korea: The Land of The Morning Calm” is a beautiful, unique and culturally rich place. I am enjoying it immensely. Just not always enough to walk 20 minutes to the subway in freezing Siberian winds!

My Plan For The Spring

As things begin to thaw here is what I have decided to do in order to regain my motivation and inspiration. While things are still a bit chilly I have begun researching new places to check out when I am feeling more active. I have stumbled on quite a few gems that I am already excited about. I have been looking at places that are both photographically beautiful in their own right as well as places that will be good backdrops for awesome and unique family photos. Think of things like abandoned amusement parks and tree-lined paths.

I am also excited to have a birthday trip to Jeju Island coming up. A  lovely little blog about that will be written later. I also have some amazing visitors coming to explore with me at the end of March. Things will get a lot more exciting here shortly and I can’t wait!

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I Am Now Open in Seoul, South Korea!!!

A New Home, A New Beginning

Happy New Year 2015! 2014 was a very exciting year personally and brought about a lot of change. Here is to hoping that 2015 will bring even more excitement from a business perspective. I am thrilled to announce the official opening of Erica VanHoosen Photography in Seoul! We will be stationed here until August of 2016 and I will be focusing on family, couple and children’s portraits. I am also hoping to get my business registered on Yongsan Army Garrison. In doing this, I hope to sell my travel photos at events throughout the year.

I am very excited to begin this new journey of doing photography full time. It is an intimidating venture and I have a lot of learning to do, especially regarding the business side. I am eager to get started after a much needed 3 month vacation. As some of you know, I was working 2 jobs and planning our wedding before our move here. After some time off in a new and interesting place, I am feeling refreshed and ready.

I am planning and anticipating that we will do a lot of traveling while we live here. I am hoping to bulk up my travel photography portfolio quite a bit. It is exciting to think about the new opportunities and experiences that will present themselves during this process. Although it can sometimes be a tough transition living overseas, I keep reminding myself of the great things that come along with it.

Please contact me if you are interested in booking a session in the upcoming months! I can’t wait to begin meeting with new clients and shooting at beautiful locations all over Seoul! Best Wishes!


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