Today we’d like to introduce you to Erika Follansbee.
Erika, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Like a lot of kids growing up in the 80s and 90s, I always had a camera in my hands. From an early age, I was the memory keeper, always dropping rolls of film into the mail and anxiously awaiting the prints to come back. I filled photo album after photo album with blurry photos of pets, family members, and trips. In high school, I would order double prints, so that I could keep a set, and give the rest away to my friends because I always wanted everyone to have access to their memories.
One day in 1999, I was studying abroad in Australia, when my pen pal friend from New Hampshire (who is now my husband), emailed me a DIGITAL PHOTO. I was completely confused and could not even comprehend how it worked. A few years later I purchased a little digital camera of my own and proceeded to go absolutely nuts with taking hundreds of macro photos of my garden. I loved how I could capture the tiniest details of a flower petal or a leaf. It was after being excitedly shown that 1000th flower picture that my husband, who had introduced me to the digital camera, was really really regretting that decision.
Still, my interest in photography continued to grow, and I expanded my subject matter to people, especially after my own children were born. My cameras increased in megapixels, size, and price as my hobby grew, and before I knew it I had friends asking me to photograph their kids. In 2010 I officially started Erika Follansbee Photography as a (mostly) family and child portrait photographer. I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph a few weddings, and it was really at that point that I realized I was in the wrong niche. As my experience with weddings grew, I realized that this was the work I was meant to do, and my business has been based solely on weddings since 2013.
Has it been a smooth road?
In the early days of my business, I struggled to find the kind of work that made me feel fulfilled. It became clear to me that I wasn’t cut out to be a family and child photographer. I had always been drawn to food photography, and my infatuation with flower photos was still going strong. When I had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding, it was an epiphany. It was like my obsession with details finally had an appropriate outlet, and thankfully, clients loved it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Erika Follansbee Photography – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a wedding photographer serving New Hampshire and throughout New England. I specialize in outdoor weddings in unique locations like private homes, farms, barns, orchards, historic sites, etc. I love to work with couples who seek a wedding location that’s more personal and meaningful. My style is relaxed and filled with natural light. My photos provide a comfortable mix of gorgeous details and scenery, relaxed poses and portraits, and candids to remember all the happy interactions with family and friends. I’m proud of the fact that my couples repeatedly praise my unobtrusive presence at a wedding.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Goffstown, New Hampshire is an amazing small town. It’s a wonderful place to raise kids because of the great schools and a safe community that supports family activities of all kinds. The people are friendly, the rural scenery is beautiful, and we have a bustling downtown village with a number of artistic and creative businesses. What I like least about it is that the word is getting out, and more and more people want to move here.
- Wedding coverage begins at $2750
- Address: 11 North Mast St.
Goffstown NH 03045
- Website: www.erikafollansbee.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @erikafollansbee
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/erikafollansbeephoto
- Other: www.parker-street.com