Erika Ray @e_ray

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It's always my life. :: Columbus, OH stock and birth photographer:: erikarayphotography.com

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As a photographer who  has documented her family and birth clients in a photo journalism style, @petesouza is everything. My neighbor generously gave me his new book for watching her son before school. I was really excited to flip through it.  I can't let them go yet! President Obama or Pete Souza's work. .
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Before opening it, I checked my phone and read someone's heartbreaking news Not my family or close friends, but still heartbreaking that needed to be explained. I thought, "I'll get lost in the book for a while." Randomly, this was the page I opened to. Sometimes the Universe gets it right. And it's making it even harder to let them go! If it's ok, I'm going to hold onto them for a little longer.  Plus my fantastic neighbor...
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#petesouza #obama #neighbors
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As a photographer who has documented her family and birth clients in a photo journalism style, @petesouza is everything. My neighbor generously gave me his new book for watching her son before school. I was really excited to flip through it. I can't let them go yet! President Obama or Pete Souza's work. . . Before opening it, I checked my phone and read someone's heartbreaking news Not my family or close friends, but still heartbreaking that needed to be explained. I thought, "I'll get lost in the book for a while." Randomly, this was the page I opened to. Sometimes the Universe gets it right. And it's making it even harder to let them go! If it's ok, I'm going to hold onto them for a little longer. Plus my fantastic neighbor... . . . #petesouza #obama #neighbors

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She will always be one of my most memorable birth clients. When people say, "You wouldn't want to be at my birth. It was long, awful, messy. You have no idea the sounds I made... I don't want to see that." I politely say: Bullshit. This woman had two painful, loud, and messy births. She did. Her first was my longest. Her second escalated so quickly (faster isn't always better). I hope she knows how amazing she was and I hope she sees it in her photos. Because that's the reason you have a birth photographer. Let them be the mirror for your strength. Let them show show you true power. It's yours. See it. Link in profile. . . Thanks @viewfinders_io  for letting me preach 
#erikarayphotography #614birth
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She will always be one of my most memorable birth clients. When people say, "You wouldn't want to be at my birth. It was long, awful, messy. You have no idea the sounds I made... I don't want to see that." I politely say: Bullshit. This woman had two painful, loud, and messy births. She did. Her first was my longest. Her second escalated so quickly (faster isn't always better). I hope she knows how amazing she was and I hope she sees it in her photos. Because that's the reason you have a birth photographer. Let them be the mirror for your strength. Let them show show you true power. It's yours. See it. Link in profile. . . Thanks @viewfinders_io for letting me preach #erikarayphotography #614birth

The talented photographers (many I'm proud to call friends) asked me for a few words on birth photography. It's not a secret that I believe a birth photographer is as essential to your birth as those weird tight socks (JK... An excellent midwife or OB). I'm going to tell you one more time why you should believe me.  Link in profile. 
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“Find a birth photographer. Let them give you concrete proof of your beauty, power, grace, and badassery. Please do it.” @e_ray is our guest blogger today - go read! #viewfindersio #birthphotography #erikarayphotography #614birth
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The talented photographers (many I'm proud to call friends) asked me for a few words on birth photography. It's not a secret that I believe a birth photographer is as essential to your birth as those weird tight socks (JK... An excellent midwife or OB). I'm going to tell you one more time why you should believe me. Link in profile. #Repost @viewfinders_io ・・・ “Find a birth photographer. Let them give you concrete proof of your beauty, power, grace, and badassery. Please do it.” @e_ray is our guest blogger today - go read! #viewfindersio #birthphotography #erikarayphotography #614birth

Whoever said, "Having kids won't save your marriage..." never put together IKEA furniture with their spouse. Having your kid help ABSOLUTELY saves your marriage. . .
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Whoever said, "Having kids won't save your marriage..." never put together IKEA furniture with their spouse. Having your kid help ABSOLUTELY saves your marriage. . . #ikearuinsmarriages

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Birth. When I've got one, I feel the business end. When I don't, I crave the spiritual end. Hey Universe? Throw me a cord. I'm ready for the power. Ok? .
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#614birth #erikarayphotography  #umbilicalcord #birth
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Birth. When I've got one, I feel the business end. When I don't, I crave the spiritual end. Hey Universe? Throw me a cord. I'm ready for the power. Ok? . . . #614birth #erikarayphotography #umbilicalcord #birth

Found this kid snacking on the leftover and left out poutine. For a kid who "hated" any vegan cheese, he loved the mozz nuggets for the poutine and went back for seconds of the Mac n cheese. And yes... I like to remind him of his hatred. In a Mom Truth sort of way: Don't be afraid of new things, Change is good, I made it and you like my cooking, etc. .
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#erikacooksveggies #whatveganseat #hotforfood #minimalistbaker #momtruths
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Found this kid snacking on the leftover and left out poutine. For a kid who "hated" any vegan cheese, he loved the mozz nuggets for the poutine and went back for seconds of the Mac n cheese. And yes... I like to remind him of his hatred. In a Mom Truth sort of way: Don't be afraid of new things, Change is good, I made it and you like my cooking, etc. . . . . #erikacooksveggies #whatveganseat #hotforfood #minimalistbaker #momtruths

Proof I can't find shit. Ever get sad over something even though you KNOW it's ridiculous to be sad over it? Like people are being killed and are starving and I'm upset over a lost @hydroflask! But I totally was. Before the Halloween party, I put it away (i use it so much there's no point to give it a spot) and I thought to myself, "You're going to totally forget it's here. Nah you won't. It's RIGHT HERE!" And then I did forget. I searched every corner of the house, Stupid Sadness showed up and I wrote it off. I could just use Mark's, but his straw is wonky and I ❤ mine.  And then today... Right behind my Instant Pot which I used 135752 times since Halloween, there she was. No more Stupid Sadness. Just Stupid Happiness for my Hydroflask. .
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#hydroflask #yogamademedoit #cantfindshit
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Proof I can't find shit. Ever get sad over something even though you KNOW it's ridiculous to be sad over it? Like people are being killed and are starving and I'm upset over a lost @hydroflask! But I totally was. Before the Halloween party, I put it away (i use it so much there's no point to give it a spot) and I thought to myself, "You're going to totally forget it's here. Nah you won't. It's RIGHT HERE!" And then I did forget. I searched every corner of the house, Stupid Sadness showed up and I wrote it off. I could just use Mark's, but his straw is wonky and I ❤ mine. And then today... Right behind my Instant Pot which I used 135752 times since Halloween, there she was. No more Stupid Sadness. Just Stupid Happiness for my Hydroflask. . . . #hydroflask #yogamademedoit #cantfindshit

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Cleaning the office. If you've been through my story, you know I've found paper, tape and enough shit to fill an office supply store. But I also found remnants of when Photography was Easy. .
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Damn I miss that bathroom and those curls.
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Cleaning the office. If you've been through my story, you know I've found paper, tape and enough shit to fill an office supply store. But I also found remnants of when Photography was Easy. . . . Damn I miss that bathroom and those curls.

I've been craving poutine, so I snuck some of Becks mushroom stroganoff for my fries. Kept me happy until I make my own. .
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#whatveganseat #pierogimountain #614vegan
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I've been craving poutine, so I snuck some of Becks mushroom stroganoff for my fries. Kept me happy until I make my own. . . . . #whatveganseat #pierogimountain #614vegan

I find it incredibly odd and yet reassuring that this book showed up in my reserves today. Pretty much one day and a year ago (who's counting), I cried when @vanjones68 cried. Listen, I enjoy a good cry. So much that my kid won't see Wonder during a family field trip because he knows I'll loud/snot cry through the entire thing and his classmates will absolutely hear (I don't want to deal with that, Ma). But that was the first time I cried over the election. Those tears randomly showed up the entire next day. It got embarrassing. .
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Two chapters in and this book feels good. I wish I picked it up sooner. Maybe I wasn't ready... But tonight feels like the right starting time.
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I find it incredibly odd and yet reassuring that this book showed up in my reserves today. Pretty much one day and a year ago (who's counting), I cried when @vanjones68 cried. Listen, I enjoy a good cry. So much that my kid won't see Wonder during a family field trip because he knows I'll loud/snot cry through the entire thing and his classmates will absolutely hear (I don't want to deal with that, Ma). But that was the first time I cried over the election. Those tears randomly showed up the entire next day. It got embarrassing. . . Two chapters in and this book feels good. I wish I picked it up sooner. Maybe I wasn't ready... But tonight feels like the right starting time. . . . #erikareadsstuff #vote

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"Hey, Erika?! Do you seriously garnish your breakfasts?!"
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I know what it looks like. But... The parsley was on the counter and I felt really odd about eating toast with gravy for breakfast. A quick toss of parsley felt like I Adulted my way through the morning. There's something green on the plate! Honestly I really wanted the gravy. Parsley made me feel a little less weird about my choice.
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"Hey, Erika?! Do you seriously garnish your breakfasts?!" . . I know what it looks like. But... The parsley was on the counter and I felt really odd about eating toast with gravy for breakfast. A quick toss of parsley felt like I Adulted my way through the morning. There's something green on the plate! Honestly I really wanted the gravy. Parsley made me feel a little less weird about my choice.

It's not a pretty IG yoga pose, but my teachers always tell me it's the hardest and most important pose: Savasana. It's what you work towards. You show up so you can turn off the thoughts

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I love this photo. Not only because it's my favorite part of the practice (A cold cloth after 75 minutes of hot yoga?! Hell yes! ) but it's a visual reference of a gift. What Staci at @bluespotyoga has given to me is far beyond what I imagined after my first class.  Sure my muscles are sore. Sometimes I'm sore in spots I didn't think could be sore. My car smells like sweat box. I do laundry almost everyday.
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But I'm stronger than ever. My mind allows me to breath before I react. Sometimes silence isn't filled with "Should haves" and "To do Lists." It's just silence. The practice is beginning to follow me off the mat.  It's more than pretty poses. And that's practicing yoga in traffic, a home, on the phone with customer service, or mid fight. That's the practice
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It's not a pretty IG yoga pose, but my teachers always tell me it's the hardest and most important pose: Savasana. It's what you work towards. You show up so you can turn off the thoughts _ I love this photo. Not only because it's my favorite part of the practice (A cold cloth after 75 minutes of hot yoga?! Hell yes! ) but it's a visual reference of a gift. What Staci at @bluespotyoga has given to me is far beyond what I imagined after my first class. Sure my muscles are sore. Sometimes I'm sore in spots I didn't think could be sore. My car smells like sweat box. I do laundry almost everyday. . . But I'm stronger than ever. My mind allows me to breath before I react. Sometimes silence isn't filled with "Should haves" and "To do Lists." It's just silence. The practice is beginning to follow me off the mat. It's more than pretty poses. And that's practicing yoga in traffic, a home, on the phone with customer service, or mid fight. That's the practice

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