As my journey started to unfold, I gave up my film camera for a Canon DLSR and I never looked back. Quickly I started to notice, however, that often times my imagery was quite different that many of my fellow digital artist and I started to wonder why. Soon it became apparent to me that while other artists were diving into the land of Photo Shop, my approach was something quite different. Even though I had made the transition to digital imagery I realized that I was still asking myself “How can I make this shot sing right out of the camera?” and that one simple question has transformed my world yet again. Not only has my journey made a complete 180 from that first black & white image as my vision has become this wildly explosive world of vivid colors that seemingly pop of the page, my insatiable search to create magic happen right in the lens has sent my imagery off to another world with my fans eagerly following me. They have witnessed me shoot weddings, mommies & newborns, high school seniors, models and actors. And on the corporate side of this journey I’ve shot for companies such as Showtime, Toyota, HBO, Frito Lay, the Salvation Army, and Dos Equis, just to name a few. I have been fortunate enough to also have in front of my lens countless celebrities such as NFL & NBA players, TV anchors, city & state representatives, and even the Former First Lady, Laura Bush (the younger one!).
With all that being said, to say that my photography journey has been an incredible ride is an understatement! Photography has impacted my life in ways that I never could have imagined and even though it has slowly evolved for me over the last 17 years, one thing still remains the same ... Every time I pick up the camera I want to create something wonderful and something that my clients will fall in love with. Photography for me has become less about just taking a pretty picture and is more about making beautiful art. I want to wow my viewers with images that they never imagined possible. Hearing questions like “How did you do that?” and “You seriously didn’t Photo Shop this?!” are some of the biggest compliments I can ever get. Not only do I enjoy hearing of people’s excitement over my images, I also then get to enjoy sharing how the shot was done. For me photography has become more than taking a pretty picture. It has become about enjoying the journey of this art that I love so much but also, it has become about inspiring others to find their passion within them. Together we can all make this world live in the moment and in vivid color!
Erika the photographer serves Kansas City & the surrounding areas and is always available
to travel all around the USA upon request!
The year was 2000 and I was a proud new momma of a beautiful baby girl. One day, when she was only a few weeks old I took some shots of my sleeping babe at a friend’s house with a roll of Kodak black & white film. A few day passed by and I went to the lab to retrieve my prints and right then and there, I was hooked! Now, naturally I am biased in thinking that my daughter was the most beautiful in the world (I still think so!), but this one image pulled at my heart strings so much that I knew I had to have more. And so, as the days, months and years passed by I began this wonderful journey into the world of photography by attending every work shop, lecture and meeting I could drive to. If there was a book on Amazon that I could afford, it was mine.