After an on-the-whim trip to the Philippines as her first international and solo trip ever, she fell in love with other cultures and being able to capture it all. From that trip, she created a coffee table book of the images she took in the Philippines. Erin took her second international trip to Italy and was chosen as the emerging artist in Baltimore’s yearly Artscape festival in 2014.
Erin’s love for photography randomly found its way into the wedding industry this past summer, which has opened many new avenues she never truly thought she was interested in before.
How would you describe your style of photography?
-I like to think of my style as lifestyle photography with a bit of documentary. I’m captivated and inspired by several different subjects and situations, so you will see my work go from people to street, landscape/scenery, and travel.
Can you share the backstories behind these two photos?
These two photos make me think of a time where the images I was shooting changed. My eye was broadening and I was really seeing growth in my work. The image of the shutters is one of my favorites because it was of a building I passed by so many times. Just like most New Yorkers, on our daily travels through the city, you rarely look up. This just means we are focused on looking ahead to our destinations. However, that also means we miss a lot of the beauty the city offers. I just happened to look up on this day, realizing I’d never noticed the building above eye level and found the colors and the position of the shutters so interesting.
The next photo was from my first solo international trip to the Philippines. It was an amazing experience, which not only gave me the travel bug, but also opened my eyes to travel photography. I was riding in the back seat of a car through the traffic infested Manila. I just happened to see people on a ledge with the water behind it and snapped. I don’t think I saw all the elements of the photo right away. It was the people that grabbed my attention. But once I saw the shot, it felt almost like a lucky shot. I love how the people are moving in the photo, the boats in the background. It will always be one of my favorites.
What are your dreams as a photographer?
My dreams are to travel worldwide for photography and of course make a living this way. I would love to do work for lifestyle brands and travel brands as well. I would also love to use my passion for photography and travel to inspire young teens/adults to explore the world. Especially inner city or under privileged youth who are not introduced to traveling and worldly experiences outside of their own neighborhood or city, and to help them open their eyes through traveling.
The “Snapshot” series are mini interviews with fellow black travel photographers to inspire others and myself. As I’ve navigated the world of travel photography over the last few years, I’ve found very few fellow photographers of color who are also doing this professionally with a heavy focus on travel documentary. So this inspirational resource of professional travel photographers of color is a way for people to always find us. Please get in touch if you’d like to be featured or know of others to feature.