Fine Art School Portraits


My name is Erica, and I have been a professional family and children's photographer for 10 years in Virginia, Japan, and now California. My husband's Navy career moved us around for a while, but I'm excited to finally be putting down roots here in Ventura County and would love the opportunity to provide your school with fine art school portraits. My goal is to provide a better and more personal experience to all the families who attend the schools who have chosen me to photograph their children. Please review this page for more information about how we can work together.

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What is a fine art school portrait?

Fine Art School Portraits are a modern approach to school photos. They’re meant to bring out the true personalities of the children being photographed. I use a “less is more” approach to create portraits that are true to the child on the other side of the lens. This results in images that are natural, classic and soulful. Sometimes the children smile, sometimes they laugh, sometimes they are deep in thought. Whatever images I create for your families, my promise is to make sure they're authentic and emotive.

"Finding a school photographer for young children is difficult. Open for over 20 years, we are happy to recommend Erica Hurlburt for her services. She captures the child's essence, and our families love her photos so much they will use them for holiday cards! She is professional, personable, and very easy to work with." -Lydia, director of Little Tree Preschool in Ventura

Why choose boutique school photography?


-It's a great way to offer a more unique service to your families.

-All parent communications regarding the ordering process, etc. is handled by Erica Hurlburt Photography.

-Orders are completed exclusively online. No order forms, paperwork or money for staff to keep track of.

-I offer staff images and whole class photos if desired by the school. Teachers and staff receive these complimentary digital downloads of these images.

-Custom collections and product offerings can be created for each individual school's needs.


-No obligation to purchase upfront

-I provide a variety of poses to choose from in each child's gallery. Each child will receive 3-6 different image choices in their gallery, both in color and black and white.

-These images reflect each child's natural expressions and personality, rather than forced, fake smiles.

-Fine Art Portraits stand the test of time and are images parents will want to display in their homes for years to come.

When are these sessions offered?

Schools may schedule Fine Art Portrait Sessions any time of the year. Most schools choose to offer these in the Fall but we could easily do them in the Spring if that's better for your school. Another option is to offer the portraits with the black backdrop in the Fall and then a nice outdoor space at your school in the Spring. They can be your exclusive school photos or a supplement to your existing school photography.

Ready for a new school portrait experience?

Please fill out the form below if you have any additional questions or would like to set up Fine Art Portraits for your school now.