Thank you so much for taking the time to explore my work and find out more about the woman behind the camera. A little about me: born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, with deep Tar Heel roots and a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, I now live in Goffstown, NH for the past 12 years with my husband Dave and two little boys, ages 3 and 5. I love hushpuppies, banana pudding, and sweet tea. When I was a young(er) adult I traveled around the world to places like Australia, Indonesia, London, New Zealand, Vienna, but nowadays as a mom to little boys you can find me at the grocery store, Target, and the YMCA, hauling kids back and forth from school, and clipping coupons and relying on LivingSocial and Half Off NH to provide my family with fun experiences.
I started Erika Follansbee Photography in the spring of 2010, shooting families and kids for my portfolio in exchange for a nominal fee. In addition to portrait clients, I was lucky enough to work with my first food photography client, The Black Forest Cafe, and it is a relationship that I still and will always hold dear for giving me that very early opportunity. In 2011, with more experience under my belt and a constant appetite for learning, growing and expanding, I officially formed an LLC with the state of New Hampshire and I added more portrait clients that I felt chose me for my more defined style and emerging niche in the local market, which was wonderful and rewarding. The commercial aspect of my business also expanded with the addition of A&E Coffee Roastery and the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester as clients. 2012 brought even more diversification with the addition of wedding commissions, and new commercial/editorial relationships emerged as I was hired by The Hippo Press to cover the 2012 Taco Challenge, along with Planet Marshmallow and The Bedford Village Inn , as well as a unique opportunity to have my work featured in the national publication Imbibe Magazine.
I pride myself on being a completely laid back, no-fuss photographer who uses minimal equipment to produce high-quality images. I love to travel light and I find excessive gear just slows me down with all the hassle. Natural light photography (especially for food) is my primary interest, and I will always consider real and authentic images superior to ones that are overworked and fussed upon. What is my style? I consider it natural, organic, light-filled, easy going, and elegantly casual, and lends itself well to lifestyle commercial & food uses as well as portraits for families, couples, children, and weddings. I vastly prefer color over black & white, and I take a lot of time and pride in getting my colors and light in just a certain way in my photos.