Monthly Archives: October 2013

Laura is a Class of 2014 Sunapee High School senior who traveled a good distance to shoot her senior portraits with me. She is a very accomplished varsity cheerleader, and has earned the distinction of being the only high school cheerleader from the entire state of New Hampshire to be cheering in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Go Laura!  She laughed and said that nobody else at her high school is going to have senior photos quite like hers, and I think she’s right!

I absolutely love doing senior portraits even though I rarely get the chance to. I’ve been dying for years now to take a senior to downtown Manchester and explore all the colors, textures, and shapes, so that’s exactly what we did. If you’re familiar with Manchester, take a look at these photos and see if you recognize any familiar places!  It’s amazing the variety we got in a quick 30 minute session.

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I was pretty amused to see my Chicken Erika recipe featured on RestyleSource…….  I wish I was a better cook!  This is a yummy recipe, but definitely not anything that’s gourmet or challenging to make. Just a good, hearty, warm, casserole type recipe that makes everybody glad for a homecooked meal. And the leftovers are amazing!

Featured on RestyleSource Chicken Erika recipe

For my original blog post about the Chicken Erika recipe, click here.

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Hopefully this post will explain to you and educate you about the differences between high res vs. low res digital files. In all of my work, whether it’s for weddings, portraits, or commercial food photography, I always provide the high resolution files (if purchased) along with the low resolution versions for your convenience.

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High Resolution (for print)

This is used for print. For print only. Literally, only if you are having this photo printed on something physical like paper.  The high resolution files are enormous, in the range of 5760 x 3840 pixels. That’s enormous. And a good thing! The files that come out of the Canon 5D Mark III (and Mark II) are huge and there is no reason whatsoever to use those files for anything other than printing. Because the printing process requires as many pixels as it can possibly get, resulting in a fine quality print.  So if you are uploading your Erika Follansbee Photography images to something like (or worse–Shutterfly) be sure you are using the high resolution files.

This is not the appropriate version to upload to Facebook, or to use on your website.

Low Resolution (for screen)

Here’s where people get confused. I think people mistakenly think that low resolution = low quality. It’s NOT true. Simply put, the screen you are currently viewing cannot possibly use or display alllllll of the pixels involved in a high-resolution, 3-6MB each, photograph. It’s TOO BIG. Computer screens, smart phone screens, allbenefit from using a high quality yet low pixel version of a photograph (and by low, I mean comparatively speaking with the full-res files that come out of today’s professional cameras).

For your convenience, I resize each photo into a manageable size that your web browser can deal with. A low res photo is loosely defined as anything below 1000 pixels on the longest side. (all of the wide horizontal photos you see on this blog are 900 pixels wide, usually).   So yes, it does remove many of the pixel dimensions but it does not reduce the quality of the image itself. In fact, due to the sharpening that I apply to low resolution photos, the overall quality is much BETTER.

If you’re posting on Facebook, your blog, sending email, or posting onto any website, you’ll want to use the spiffy sharpened low-resolution web-sized files provided.  Most of the beautiful images you see that I post on Facebook myself are 640 pixels on the longest side.

Keep it Simple

So that’s really all there is to it. When I provide you with a folder called “High Resolution for Print,” that is what you use when you’re ordering prints.  If you want to post your photos on anything that has a screen, you would use the photos in the folder called “Low Resolution for Web.”

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Gretchen and Jeremy had such an idyllic, beautiful fall New England wedding in the most quintessential place possible: the little town of Canterbury and the Canterbury Shaker Village. Such an incredible place for a wedding!  Add in a little one-room church, an apple orchard theme, and perfect weather and you have such a memorable, heartwarming wedding.

canterbury NH wedding

canterbury NH wedding

Jeremy’s kids completed the bridal party, with Myles taking on the very important role of best man, and Eme did a bang-up job as flower girl.

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All of those beautiful photos seen on Frederick’s Pastries website and advertisements are Jeremy’s work, so it was perfect that they made his wedding cake. The apple orchard theme was carried out with adorable little apple baskets and tall trees.

All of these gorgeous arrangements and bouquets were made by Gretchen’s sister Kiersty and her dad. They made it look easy! (it’s not)

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You know that scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest first meets Lieutenant Dan, and he turns to Bubba and says, “I sure hope I don’t let him down.” Yeah, that was me when Jeremy asked me to photograph his wedding. I was basically in a state of mind (for months) that I can only describe as “controlled terror.” As everybody knows, Jeremy is the owner and mastermind behind Earl Studios, and I’ve followed and admired his work for years now. Photographing his and Gretchen’s wedding was a huge honor, and I’ve been completely humbled by the responsibility. Thank you both again so much, for the privilege of being there on your wedding day, and the opportunity to provide you with photos that I hope you will love.

Ceremony: Canterbury United Community Church, Canterbury NH
Reception: Canterbury Shaker Village
Hair and Makeup: Gabriel’s Salon, Tilton NH
Bridal Salon: Country Bridal, Jaffrey NH
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Catering:  The Centenniel, Concord NH
Flowers: Bride’s sister and father–Kiersty Scarponi and Alan Hodsdon
DJ: Pete and Patricia, Belmont NH
Cake: Frederick’s Pastries

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  • Jeremy Earl Mayhew - There are not words adequate enough to express what I’m feeling right now. Those three people, they are the most important people in the world to me, and these photos…these amazing, breathtaking photos of us are things I will keep with me till I’m old and gray, rocking back on forth on the porch someday. I never had a doubt that you were the perfect photographer for the most important day of my life…I don’t trust easy, but I trusted you with this wholeheartedly and without reservation. You are an amazing photographer, but more than that, you are a good person….and I am a better person having know you.

    From the bottom of my heart Erika, Thank You.

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