What could be more important than the photography for your event? So much time is spent organizing every little detail not only for the guests to appreciate on the special day, but also for photos that can be cherished forever. Picking the perfect photographer for any event can be difficult, as you want someone who is adaptable and easy to work with. We know just your guy to take beautiful pictures that you can look back on over the years! Get to know Erik Ekroth:
How and why did you decide to become a photographer?
Erik: I’ve always enjoyed photography and my father was an avid photographer, but my photographic epiphany came when I was overseas in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English. I used my camera as a way to document my experience, as well as a form of communication and bonding with the people I was photographing. Many of them didn’t have any recent photographs of themselves or their families, and I was able to give them something invaluable by providing prints for their families and future generations. It made me realize photography was my passion and true calling.
What is the mission of your company?
Erik: I’d say my mission is to have a fundamental and tangible part in documenting people’s lives through my work and to bring joy to those viewing the photographs I’ve taken for them or their friends and families.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Erik: I get inspiration from my son, my wife, and from the beauty of the nature. I’m also inspired by real moments and emotions (weddings are full of these!) and the love that couples and families have for each other.
What is your favorite part of being a photographer?
Erik: My favorite part of my profession is capturing tiny slivers of life in my own way and feeling so honored and privileged to do so for my clients.
What is your favorite type of photography to do?
Erik: I’d definitely say weddings are my favorite (and most challenging) type of event to document, but I’m also a huge fan of family and kid portraits.
What is the most important thing to know about a client before you begin a photography session with them?
Erik: I always like to know how my clients interact with each other before starting a session, so that they look and feel comfortable and at their best.
What is your top tip for current and potential clients?
Erik: Hire a professional photographer whose work you love and that you get along well with. There are no reshoots at a wedding and having someone that you feel at ease around will translate into better photographs.
How far in advance should someone book you?
Erik: 9-‐12 months in advance is always a good recommendation.
Would you mind sharing a photo of one of your favorite shots and tell us why it’s your favorite?
Erik: This is a photo from Diane and Christopher’s wedding at the Soho Grand in the summer of 2013 – I just love the intimacy, the view and the parents throwing confetti. It sums up why people get married to me in a fraction of a second – love, family, community and joy.
What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you?
Erik: I’d say to first visit my website and blog, to make sure my style is attractive to you, and then either a phone call or email is a great way to start. I also always believe in having a meeting at my Tribeca studio to make sure I’m a good fit for my clients.