Erika Pearce Photography|Northshore, Covington & Mandeville Family & Birth Photographer

•Capture the Adventure•

Exclusive Birth Photographers specializing in all things motherhood.  Birth, Maternity, and lifestyle newborn are our specialties.  We service Southeast Louisiana Northshore including the Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Abita Springs and surrounding areas and travels to New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Lifestyle Newborn | Covington Louisiana Photographer Mandeville LA Abita Springs Madisonville Northshore Birth Photography - Little Jolie

I'm asked about how "late" is too late for a Lifestyle Newborn session?  I don't think there is really a time to not have a lifestyle session in your home.  Ideally, a baby between 5-14 days old is probably the best time.  They will be squishy and cuddly and sleepy.   When you get a little older, tummy troubles creep in and they might not sleep as well, BUT it is still a perfect time.  They only stay tiny once.  Don't blink, or it will be gone.  So sad, but so true.   

Little Jolie Marie's parents scheduled their Lifestyle Newborn session right at her 1 month birthday!  She is so GORGEOUS!  The whole family is beautiful.  Jolie was wide eyed and discovering so much around her.  It was just precious.  Her parents just ADORE her.  It's one of the sweetest things I've ever seen.  

Welcome, Jolie!  You are such a joy and treasure!   And your pup, Mr. Bingles, loves you so much!

Rachel's Florida Maternity Session | Louisiana Birth Photographer- Covington Mandeville New Orleans Northshore NOLA

Oh, Rachel!  You are such a beauty.  Not only that, but apparently always ready for an adventure!  

Rachel and I met through our love of handmade clothing.  Our daughters both modeled for an amazing brand called Maisie Jayne.  The clothes are so gorgeous and beautiful.  Through that online introduction, we formed a sweet friendship.  We messaged and chatted regularly.  We just clicked.  Needless to say, it left a lasting impression on me.  She's just amazing.  

Rachel let me know that she was expecting another little darling!  It's a BOY this time, and I'm so excited for her.  I knew right away that I'd love to photograph her, but making happen was going to be a little tricky.  You see, Rachel lives about 10 hours away from me in Florida.

BUT WE MADE IT HAPPEN! 

And I'm so glad that we did.  It was just beautiful.  We even saw a snake that scared me sick.   lol  It was a wonderful time.  Plus, I finally got to meet my friend face to face.  She is amazing.  I wish you, Shaun, and big sister Ava the BEST while you wait to meet your little fella.  

Why Do I Do What I Do?| Louisiana Birth Photographer- Covington LA Mandeville LA Northshore New Orleans NOLA

I hear this a lot...  

"You do what?!" 

And yes,  I do. 

I LOVE IT SO MUCH!  

...  And here is why...


So this is me.   Yeah, right up there.   I had updated head shots recently while visiting my dear friend in Austin.  I decided to take advantage of this gorgeous green house with some updated images. 


Now, on to the good stuff.  

How on earth did I start photographing births?  Why do I do this?  Do I really photograph everything?  Even the... "private places"?   

To answer briefly, YES, but it is so much more than private places and intimate moments.  

Let me start from the beginning.  

Before I ever picked up a camera, I was a birth advocate.  I worked constantly with a local nonprofit to expand birth options in my area, the Northshore (i.e. all of St. Tammany parish in south east Louisiana).   I had 4 cesareans myself.  Sparing you from much detail, just know that of the four, only one had a true emergent reason to warrant a cesarean.  I have never been against the amazingness that is science and modern medicine, but if a woman does not need intense medical intervention, I do not believe she should have it.  

While working for this amazing local group (you can find their website HERE), my heart for women in childbirth grew tremendously.  Having their stories preserved became incredibly important to me.  Having their voices heard whether they choose natural birth or an epidural or a cesarean became pivotal in my journey.  

And then came the photography...

Photography pretty much blindsided me out of nowhere.  My daughter was modeling for a designer.  She was about 5-6 months into modeling when the photographer dropped out.  I sheepishly asked the designer if I could try my hand at it because I would be able to keep trading photos for clothing at the time.  She agreed, and GOODNESS.  I have no idea why.  My first images were terrible.  They truly were awful.  BUT the Lord is good.  I slaved away making sure a piece of machinery would not win over me.  I was determined to master it, though had no intentions of going into photography professionally.  However, about two months into working with a camera, I shockingly fell in love with it.  I truly did.  It came out of nowhere.  

My first session compared to me at 18 months worth of experience and hard work.  My current portfolio is in my galleries on this site. 

It was a natural progression to flow in Birth Photography once I knew I wanted to dive head first into this art.  It was really a no-brainer.  Helping women capture the empowering work of bringing their child into the world matched with lifting them up to see the strength of their bodies the way God designed them was truly where my heart was led.  So yes, I photograph private places and intimate moments.  

...  But it isn't always photos of crowning and graphic images.  It's how you want your journey captured.  I can keep things as raw or modest and intimate as you'd like it.  I am there to serve you how you need it and to capture the journey privately or openly as you'd like.  And no, I never share images that have mother's ask me not to.  It is your story and yours to share how you like.   


F U N   F A C T S :

•  My kiddos are one of my FAVORITE things about this planet.  They shine brighter and brighter with their sweet hearts every day.  Super duper cheesy,  but oh-so-true! 
•  I love hot tea.  I have a cuppa every morning.  Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite.  
•  I legitimately thought I was a "dog person" until about a year ago.  Nope.  I'm totally a cat lady.  
•  Birth Photography falls in line with maternity and newborn photography to me.  I love sharing with mamas how their heart can grow in a moment.  It grows perfectly in all three of those realms... growing a baby, birthing a baby, and falling in love with a baby.  
•  My husband is legitimately my favorite person.  
•  Halloween is my favorite holiday!  
•  The older I get, the more and more I value sweet friendships.  Those relationships develop my character and help me grow in invaluable ways.  
•  Seriously, I crack jokes all the time.  It's kind of how I cope with social anxiety too.   If you see me in a social setting, no doubt I am running my mouth...  making a fool of myself.   
•  I love adventure and being outside.  I love climbing, lifting weights, hiking, strolling through creeks, etc.  
•  I'm a big science fiction/fantasy nerd.  I love reading books and watching films where the impossible is possible and magic exists.  
•  Yes, I'm a Christian.  Absolutely.  God has delivered me from so much and is better than all the things.
 

Paige's Maternity Session|MATERNITY Photographer Covington LA Mandeville LA Madisonville LA Northshore New Orleans NOLA Birth Photographer

Paige is so very special.  I just adore her.  I followed her through her journey for a long while now from a wedding, to birth announcements now maternity, and soon to be Birth Photography.   I honestly just love Paige and her husband to bits. 

Here are a couple of photos from our afternoon together.  More to come for sure!  And can you even believe this is right in Covington, Louisiana?!  It looks so dreamy.  I just love it. 

Welcome, Baby Adelaide! Birth Photographer Covington LA Mandeville LA Madisonville LA Norhthsore New Orleans NOLA Birth Photography

Adelaide came into this world FIERCELY!  She arrived so quickly.  It was truly amazing to see.  Holli photographed this birth for Chelsey and her husband at their home in New Orleans.  It was a whirlwind homebirth!  Seeing her brothers and sisters cry tears of joy when she arrived is nothing short of precious.  Chelsey was so strong!  

Here are some highlighted moments from the day AND a video that shows how beautiful the experience was for everyone.  

Welcome, sweet Adelaide!  You are loved to the moon and back by such an amazing family. 
 

Jennifer's MaternityICovington LA Mandeville LA Northshore NOLA New Orleans Maternity Photography

Jennifer is so naturally stunning.  

She effortlessly looks elegant.  I surely wish I had whatever it is that she has.  She owns it.  We started our session with terrible overcast at Fountainbleu State Park.  Honestly, I love overcast sessions for maternity photography.  Something about it transforms the area to an enchanted forest every time.  Sure, it's an enchanted moss covered oak tree forest in Mandeville, LA, but enchanted nonetheless.  

The sun finally broke through the clouds for the last 20 minutes of our session.  It created pure magic.   Our time together was full of laughing until I snorted, winds so strong it could blow you away (but instead created major Beyonce moments), cuddles between these two lovebirds, and so many tender moments.  

I hope you enjoy!