Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Erb.
Scott, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We are a husband and wife team of food and hospitality photographers. We started back in 1998, as generalists and everything was pre-digital or at least on the cusp of when digital photography was just becoming a thing. Scott had graduated from the South/East Center for Photographic Studies, FL and Donna had graduated from RIT in NY. It took a little time to find our niche. We started by photographing at a local sushi restaurant and loved working with the food and people. A few days later an ad agency out of Norwood called asking we’d done food photography and we shared the sushi images. They hired us for a restaurant group after that. We learned that we adore photographing folks in the hospitality industry and working with very passionate chefs and restaurant owners. All the food we photograph is real. No fake stuff here, we just move things around to make great compositions, maybe a little olive oil here and there to add some gloss, and the chef’s work shines. It’s been really interesting work. We get to travel and meet amazing folks all over the country.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. The whole photography industry has changed in leaps and bounds over these last 10-15 years. There is less and less production with the photo shoots and lots of cuts to marketing budgets. It has led to a lack of understanding, resources, and having to do a lot with a lot less. We’ve adapted by becoming a hybrid of commercial photography and editorial work. We have slimmed our gear down and travel to our clients instead of them coming to the studio. What used to take days in the studio you are expected to get in just a few hours at the location. So the food and drinks have less polish and the word we hear a lot is “authentic”. But we still think you can be authentic and have great light. It’s hard to stand by and see what is considered acceptable sometimes, especially when there is bad lighting in an image, and the decision makers are saying its good enough. We don’t like good enough, we like to hear- “wow, that looks fantastic, is that really my food?”
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are known for our food photography. We work with restaurants all over New England and beyond. We do a lot of assignments with Foodies of New England Magazine as well.
We do a lot of photography in the scientific and medical industry and other kinds of commercial photography work, but our passion is to work with small and large companies in the Food World. We will work with newly opened and established restaurants, sandwich shops, farmers, makers and other food entrepreneurs.
What sets us apart and what our clients love about us is… we are a team of 2 photographers that photograph with very different points of views. Scott is the big picture, technical guru and Photoshop expert and Donna is the stylist, details are everything, the close-up point of view. We work closely together to capture the client’s ideas and we are able to give options since we both are creating images. It’s a total collaboration between the two of us and our clients.
What were you like growing up?
Scott was very shy and “artsy” kid. Always drawing. Always creating. He had and still does have a lot of ideas and energy. He was interested in making- making costumes- building sets- creating things – He still has “Lego and Whiskey” nights with friends almost every month. He likes the music playing and the ideas flowing. Donna was always doing photography even as a kiddo. She was basically living in the art rooms and darkrooms all through school. When not photographing she was playing softball or reading. She is a real book junkie often frequenting used book stores across the nation.
- Address: 18 Angelo Street Worcester, MA 01604
- Website: www.erbphoto.com
- Phone: 508-421-3912
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottErbPhoto/
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