My name is Erin Harrison and I live in a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with my husband and two children. I have always been involved in the arts in my free time but did not take a serious interest in photography until after my first child was born. I loved having my own childhood album full of snap shots my mother had taken and I knew I wanted the same for my children. My father, also a professional photographer, passed down to me his first DSLR and a 24-105 4.0 lens. Though we live 1,300 miles apart he was able to mentor me in the basics of photography. Our shared interest has brought us closer together. Today we teach each other and often collaborate on projects. Due to his generosity in sharing his knowledge I am always happy to contribute what I have learned to
other aspiring photographers.
I started my photography journey wanting to create beautiful, posed portraits, but at the end of last year as I looked back through the images I had captured I had a revelation. The photos that I held most dear were not the perfectly styled, posed images but the unplanned moments of real emotion and connection.
I joined a 52 project in January. Just like parenting, I've found lifestyle photography to be both immensely challenging and extremely rewarding. You can have a vision for lifestyle photos just like you do for a styled shoot but things almost never go according to plan. That's alright because deviation from the plan allows the real moments happen more naturally.
The biggest challenge I've found in my journey is the ability to find the light, to go into a room and be able to visualize how the light will fall on your subject, how to use available light and when and how to supplement it with flash or strobe. I used to dread indoor photography. My house is either too dark or too bright and the light changes so quickly. Since half of my time is spent indoors, lifestyle photography pushed me into exploring the possibilities, to look at things differently and really find the light. It reminded me of putting on a pair of glasses for the first time when I was 10 years old and finally being able to really see! It has changed my world and I can confidently walk into any room and know what the possibilities are.
In my camera bag is a Canon 5D Mark iii, my favorite indoor lens a Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 and my favorite outdoor lens a Canon 135mm 2.0. Those are the two lenses I use 90% of the time. I love prime lenses and occasionally shoot with a Canon 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.2. Next I want to master free lensing and the perfect B&W conversion.
At this time I only photograph my family but in the future I hope to be able to capture the beauty of daily life for other families.