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 4 and 6. I love hushpuppies, banana pudding, and iced tea. Being a hardcore perfectionist, I’m prone to biting off more than I can chew, and I have a stiff aversion to delegation which is why I edit every. single. image. I deliver. When I was a young adult I studied abroad in Australia, and also traveled to places like Indonesia, London, New Zealand, Vienna, but nowadays as a mom to little boys you can find me at the grocery store, Target, and working out at the YMCA, hauling kids back and forth from school, and clipping coupons and scoring awesome deals on LivingSocial and Half Off NH to provide my family with fun experiences. I’m a thrift/antique store junkie and I’d much rather own a well used quality item with history, than the newer counterparts. And finally, as a food photographer I probably have a bit more enthusiasm for good food than most, with Mexican-inspired cuisine and sweets of all kinds outranking all others.
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. Finally in late 2013 the food photography side of my work deserved its own separate identity, and Parker Street Imagery was created at its own home on the web.
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, elegantly casual, and as easy going as a Southern accent. It lends itself well to beautiful wedding days with all its amazing details, as well as lifestyle & food commercial uses.
And if you’re having a Halloween themed wedding? Well, we need to talk. I’m the Queen of Halloween, and I’m your wedding photographer.