I’m a San Diego based photographer with a lot of verve. I strive to learn, and love teaching. It is my goal to discover something new each day. I love to share what I can with those around me. When you hire me, you get all of my boundless energy, ideas and enthusiasm. I cannot wait to work with you!
My goal is to make images for you to treasure; ones that will hang on your family’s walls in 50 years. I want these photos to become gifts and heirlooms. It is important to bring a sense of history and preserve moments in your life for your family. Simply put, I want to create work that sticks around. I want to capture images that stand the test of time and become part of your legacy. It is important.
Self promotion does not come easily to me. If you would like to know more about me, my work, or what kind of service you can come to expect, I welcome you to read my interviews below. I do think it is important for you to know that I am fully insured and I am a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). This does matter, and I can tell you why when we meet.
Also, please read my CLIENT REVIEWS. I adore the people who hire me, and you will get a much better sense of who I am as a photographer by reading about me in their words. They genuinely captured my character and how I shoot. Their words also genuinely touched me. Thank you for taking the time to view my site.
Creative Motion Design
Creative Motion Design, a really awesome creative, fun portfolio website design firm that really interacts with their clients and fans. They offered to "expose me". What a great interview, and I'm totally excited to be "Exposed" in this way!!!!
The Unframed World
Andrew, from The Unframed World asked if he could interview me for his blog... I was honored to participate. I think his interview gets into the heart of why I do what I do. I hope you enjoy reading it and seeing the images he picked that he felt represented me and my style! excerpt: "Andrew: For starters could you tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are and what you do? Erika: I’m a photographer who loves to shoot. I shoot anything and everything, and I just love to be creative and try new things. If you introduce me to an area of photography that I haven’t tried, I get excited and can’t stop thinking about it until I've created at least one image that I love from that genre. Beyond that I’m a tinkerer, I can’t sit still (unless I’m on a computer), and I am always thinking of something to do."
Her View Photography
Darlene Hildebrant, from Her View Photography, asked me for a very special type of interview. We ended up doing an interview using Google+ hangouts, and posting it on You Tube. This is a fascinating and interesting way to do an in depth interview, especially for someone whose talents lay more in talking than writing! It was a wonderful interview, and I got a lot of great feedback from people who spent the time to listen to the full 45 minutes. If you don't have the cash to do an online one on one, or fly out for a personal private lesson, this is a great way to get some idea of how I shoot my silhouettes and what I look for while shooting and editing. It was also translated into text, for a quick summary of what we go over in the interview.
Clicky Chick Creates
Connie Hanks from Clicky Chick Creates contacted me because she had seen some of the images I had made on local client's facebook wall. My client, and good friend told her that I'm not scary, and don't bite. My client asked me if I would not mind taking Connie out and showing her how I create my silhouette work. At this point, I had only mentored non-photographers, and thought this would be a fun experience. I didn't want to take her out on one of my client shoots, but when a google+ friend was coming to town, and also wanted to learn my silhouette work, I jumped at the chance to take them both out with me to the beach. Connie blogged about her experience with my mentoring, and told me that she's never seen someone move so fast while shooting. Yes, I'm all over the place, belly crawling on the sand... It is quite hilarious to watch. (I need to have someone shoot a video!)