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Disclosure: Complimentary session provided. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

One of our family traditions is having professional pictures done every year just for our Christmas cards. With three small kids getting a good family photo picture is no easy task! There’s usually lots of squirming, pleading to be still and tears. However, our recent session with Courtney Eick was easy and enjoyable! I love finding a good photographer who can capture each kid’s personality and make the photography session fun.

Courtney Eick with Courtney Eick Photography did an excellent job on our family pictures with a combination of posed and candid shots. She kept kids entertained, made us laugh and captured those special moments. Keep reading for an exclusive offer and a giveaway!

This is my favorite photo of all 3 kids!
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I absolutely love this family picture she captured!

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Here are some of Courtney Eick’s very helpful tips when preparing for a family photo:

What to Wear – Be comfortable and don’t worry about matching perfectly. To pick the colors for the outfits, start with a neutral color or two and then add 2-3 colors that contrast and compliment each other. Patterns are great, but avoid logos or other large writing on shirts because it can be distracting in photos.

Bring snacks, drinks or favorite toy or book – Little kids lose attention quickly and it’s nice to have something on hand for them to re-charge.

Here are some more pictures she captured of my kids. Their personalities really shine through in these pictures! I love them!

Our 5 year old is constantly moving and very fun-loving. I am impressed Courtney caught him standing still long enough to get this awesome picture!
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Our 9 year old showed off her fashion model skills. She loves getting pictures done and took hours to get ready for her close up!
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Courtney Eick caught this picture of our 7 year old when he laid down to relax. She saw a perfect picture moment and snapped a great one of our son!
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I am in love with our family photos and can’t wait to make Christmas cards this year to send to family and friends. Make sure to contact Courtney Eick Photography to set up your family photo through email at Courtney@CourtneyEickPhotography.com or call 402-301-4333 to set up a date.

One lucky local reader will win a full family session ($175 value) with Courtney Eick Photography that includes:

Up to 1 hour of session time
20 high resolution images with digital download
B&W included for a total of 40 images
Photo print release
2 week online gallery for viewing

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{ 62 comments… add one }
  • Amy Smith October 12, 2015, 9:55 am

    I love seeing informal pictures of families.

  • Dawn October 12, 2015, 10:02 am

    Those informal pictures are great! Capturing those unexpected moments are precious.

  • Sara October 12, 2015, 10:05 am

    Awesome photographs!! Would love to have my family done!!

  • Erica October 12, 2015, 10:06 am

    When everything is relaxed & fun

  • Kelly Miller October 12, 2015, 10:11 am

    This is a great giveaway! Fall is the perfect time for family pics. Thanks for hosting!

  • Jamie Mengler October 12, 2015, 10:13 am

    When everyone is having fun, photographer included in having fun!

  • Megan October 12, 2015, 10:15 am

    Family pictures in the Fall are the best!

  • Karen Acers October 12, 2015, 10:19 am

    I love the surprise moments that can happen with kiddos. They make for the sweetest most innocent pictures!

  • Karen October 12, 2015, 10:25 am

    We sure could use a fall family session to celebrate being a family of 4

  • Julie October 12, 2015, 10:34 am

    These pictures are beautiful Nicole! I love when the photographer captures the kids laughing! Adorable!

    • Nicole October 12, 2015, 10:42 am

      Thank you! She did a great job!

  • Danielle Petersen October 12, 2015, 10:34 am

    I love taking photos. My family is in need of some family photos as we have not done them since my son was born!

  • Brandee White October 12, 2015, 10:40 am

    Love the “unplanned” pictures. Always end up being my favorite!!

  • Sharon October 12, 2015, 10:51 am

    These are amazing

  • Kimberly October 12, 2015, 10:59 am

    This beautiful fall weather is the perfect time for family photos.

  • pat burson October 12, 2015, 11:05 am

    The photographer caught the personalities of the children. Not an easy thing to do. Love these.

  • Rachael October 12, 2015, 11:13 am

    Beautiful family photos! She did an amazing job and thanks for the reminder that I need to get some done!

  • Jessica! October 12, 2015, 11:24 am

    What a great giveaway! Good luck to me!

  • Stephanie October 12, 2015, 11:35 am

    What great pictures! We definitely need professional pictures this year. One kid graduating high school, one getting his drivers license and one with the terrible two’s! These kids grow up fast!!

  • Kristin October 12, 2015, 11:47 am

    I really like pictures that capture the fun loving “goofy” side of families.

  • Robyn R October 12, 2015, 11:52 am

    I love it when posed photos go wrong—I think our best pictures have always happened in those moments.

  • Sarah October 12, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Great pictures, we need family photos done!

  • Nicole C October 12, 2015, 12:09 pm

    I love pictures that capture real life moments!

  • Brenda Vicario October 12, 2015, 12:29 pm

    I just love seeing my kids smile and laugh during photos 🙂 We have zero family photos since our oldest was two so I would love to win this 🙂

  • Jayme October 12, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Don’t pick me — we literally just took family pictures on Saturday, but I did want to comment: beautiful pictures! I love having a photographer outside — those make for great pictures and great memories!

  • Tiffany Adams October 12, 2015, 1:25 pm

    I love outdoor pictures especially in the fall! 😉 beautiful work with such a lovely family.

  • Cindy October 12, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Lovely pictures!

  • Tammi Japp October 12, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Love your work! I’m needing some updated pics of my kids and maybe me 😉

  • Jennifer Mcgargill October 12, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Loved the pic of the baby in the NICU. Reminded me of when my triplets were in the NICU.

  • Jenyl Hankenson October 12, 2015, 1:59 pm

    She looks like a great photographer!!

  • Jaima October 12, 2015, 2:08 pm

    I would love some new outdoor fall pictures! Yours look great 🙂

  • Michelle October 12, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Great Pictures!!!

  • Janice October 12, 2015, 3:21 pm

    Love the photos. looks like your family had a good time too. photos can be stressful for parents. we want the perfect look. Your photographer did a great job of capturing the fun side of your family. precious memories.

  • Maxine N October 12, 2015, 4:05 pm

    These are great photos! Everyone looks relaxed and happy. We’ve never had a professional family photo taken!

  • sarah October 12, 2015, 5:55 pm

    love when the photos look relaxed and real

  • Kristine Torrice October 12, 2015, 8:39 pm

    I loved the daddy & mini me photos. Too cute

  • Janet October 12, 2015, 8:43 pm

    I love the informal pics

  • Kristi October 12, 2015, 8:46 pm

    Great memories captured in these photos!

  • Jill S. October 12, 2015, 8:53 pm

    I was looking at Courtney’s page and I love the one where your family is all tickling. I love pictures where they capture the moment and posed too. It’s nice to see both. We’ve never had professional family pictures taken before – my kids just turned 4 and 6, mom of the year award here!

  • Dimi Wittman October 12, 2015, 9:03 pm

    When my sons glance at each other genuinely laughing in a way that only brothers can 🙂

  • S. Bookless October 12, 2015, 9:09 pm

    These are precious!! What a great eye she has to capture such wonderful photos!

  • Christy Kriegler October 12, 2015, 9:17 pm

    gorgeous family pics! Would love to get some recent family pics taken.

  • Jodi C October 12, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I love outdoor family pictures. My favorites are the pics with just the kids together, their personalities really cone through.

  • Amy Palermo October 12, 2015, 9:36 pm

    I love outdoor pictures. It has been easier to get great casual pictures of my kids when we are outside. I love when photographers capture personalities in candid shots. So fun!

  • Sandy S October 12, 2015, 9:38 pm

    any photo where we are all looking an no one blinks!

  • Amanda Jackson October 12, 2015, 9:44 pm

    beautiful family!!

  • Olivia Shoemaker October 12, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  • Annette October 12, 2015, 9:54 pm

    Love the joyful, natural kiddo smiles!

  • Kari Johnson October 13, 2015, 5:45 am

    She does great work! My friend has used her often, now I need to update my family photos!

  • Laura October 13, 2015, 6:13 am

    I love the newborn photos!

  • Jennifer October 13, 2015, 8:35 am

    Amazing pictures!!! Nicole you have a beautiful family!!

  • Alexandra Kohlhaas October 13, 2015, 9:07 am

    Very well done! I have my third child due in November, this would be great!

  • Shelley Dahlgren October 13, 2015, 9:25 am

    I love when pictures are not staged! Love the unplanned moments in pictures!

  • Brittani October 13, 2015, 10:10 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  • Kathy October 13, 2015, 10:22 am

    What wonderful photos! Beautiful!

  • Christi October 13, 2015, 11:01 am

    I love all the pictures, but my faves are capturing the baby in the NICU and the little girl on the tricycle.

  • Lauren Wilwerding October 13, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! i have been looking for someone to take our family pictures. We have a little man 4 months old and havent gotten all 3 of us in a picture. This would be perfect

  • Laura Mancinelli October 13, 2015, 4:42 pm

    I would love to win this so I can send out the pictures in Christmas cards!

  • Kelly condon October 13, 2015, 9:40 pm


  • Kelly condon October 13, 2015, 9:50 pm

    Nice! I love the outdoor photos, they are my favorite!

  • LISA SHERMAN October 16, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Courtney’s photos are gorgeous. She really does a great job!

  • Becky Schumacher October 18, 2015, 8:45 pm

    Love the fall pictures. The kid’s smiles look real and not posed.


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