I’m Erin, and I love photography. I’ve been doing it since I entered a crappy photo of a hawk soaring over a mountain into a photo contest in third grade. I definitely didn’t win any awards with that photo, but it did get me excited about the possibilities of capturing a moment in time with a still image. When my parents took me to Europe as a teenager, I carried my mom’s vintage Canon SLR with me everywhere we went, with plenty of extra film. We had the film processed and images printed while we were still in France. Not only did I fall in love with the matte finish and white borders on the 4″ x 6″ prints, but the images that I had captured of the Eiffel Tower and Cinque Terre are still some of my personal favorites.
In college, I studied Interior Architecture, but found time to take photography classes, and make prints in the darkroom in my limited free time. Even now, I’ve got all the makings of a darkroom in storage, waiting to be set up in my bathroom on a rainy day.
With the advent of smart phones, and photography apps like Instragram, digital photography is more present than ever. Everyone has the ability to snap a photo wherever they go, to share a special moment with the world, and make it look nice to boot. How delightful! Why shouldn’t we share our special moments with one another? Isn’t that the whole point?
However, the downside of all this is that not only do we capture images more casually, they are also more temporary. When was the last time you actually had a photograph printed? Facebook is the new Family Photo Album, and gone are the days of a book that can be flipped through on the coffee table. In generations, all that has been captured digitally will be lost and gone forever.
But, it doesn’t have to be so! This is the place of the professional photographer.
As a photographer, not only will I capture beautiful photographs, but I will help you print, preserve, and reproduce them so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Your unborn grandchildren will thank you.