I think I have shown everyone I know Erich’s behind the scenes videos of his couple shoots. If you haven’t seen them get over to his website for some inspiration. Anyway let’s see what he has to say!
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a pretty random person, I have varied interests in life such as rock climbing, cycling, eating, traveling, and of course photography. I really want to emphasize the the food part, I love food! Good food makes me really happy.
What made you get into photography?
Just like most people I picked up a camera and started taking pictures of all sorts of different things and loved the creation of beautiful images. My background in drawing, painting, and graphic design has sort of funneled me from one art to another and photography just so happened to be the next one in line and the one that stuck. In painting, drawing, and graphic design it usually takes hours to create an image. But in photography it only takes a second so I think that’s why I like it so much, it’s instantaneous and I’m impatient.
How did you get started?
After realizing I love photography, I bought a digital slr camera that completely exhausted the little money that I had saved up. So I figured I had to make my money back some how, and working for the university newspaper as a photographer seemed to do it. The rest is history.
What sort of photography to you mainly do?
I mainly photograph weddings and portraits. Weddings provide an amazing experience for both someone who’s there and someone who’s shooting it. As a wedding photographer I’m required to be an portrait, action, product, photojournalistic photographer all in one. I love that challenge
I’m in love with portraits, I’m extremely drawn to emotion, personalities, faces, people etc. etc. What I really love about portraits is you can take a photo of somebody, and then take another one one second after and it will be different. I love the subtleties in portraits, and I love interacting and connecting with whoever I am photographing.
I think if I weren’t shooting portraits I’d probably be photographing food. Although I don’t know much about photographing food nor do I have a lot of experience in it, I imagine photographing food to be all sorts of fun and ‘satisfying.’ I’d probably never go hungry photographing food, literally and figuratively.
What gear are you using?
Currently Im using a Canon 5d Mark II with a number of lenses, some are L some are not. I also have a Canon 7d that I love using for capturing things that are further away or faster moving.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens right now is the Canon 35mm 1.4 because of it’s clarity and my ability to get really close to things. It used to be a the 50mm 1.4, but that lens died on me during a shoot, so I don’t like it anymore. Another lens I really enjoy using is the 85mm 1.2, it’s really awesome for portraits and the bokehs incredibly smooth.
How are you marketing yourself?
A lot of my business comes from word of mouth, but I’m using a lot of marketing techniques that are free or cheap, like facebook and search engine. I believe that the best form of marketing is word of mouth, so I try my best to keep my clients happy.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Ohh this is a hard one, but I’ll pick this one. It’s a really really old photo that I took a long time ago, but till this day it’s one of my favorites because it’s a really happy photo. It makes me smile. I took this at a wedding, and even though you can’t really tell it’s a wedding photo I think it does a good job of capturing the happiness that surrounds the day of a wedding.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Just keep shooting, that’s the best way to get better. I really value the craft and artisty of photography, so I really wanted to refine my art before I pushed the business side. I believe that you have to believe in yourself and in your work, and the rest of the business will be easy