Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Featured Vendor: Erin Johnson Photography

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was filled with car shopping (for me, this is about as much fun as getting work done on a cavity!), and preparing for the upcoming baby showers we have this weekend and the next.  It has been a madhouse in the CK Events "studio".  But enough about us - on to the featured vendor of the week!

Today's vendor does amazing work - which you may have already noticed if you have checked out the Harry Potter themed wedding we featured a couple weeks back on Wedding Wednesday, or if you viewed last weeks Wedding Wednesday post.  Not only does the team of Erin Johnson Photography take amazing wedding photographs, but they also take photos for any event imaginable... senior portraits, family portraits, engagement photos, pregnancy photos and so much more!  So read on to learn more about Erin Johnson Photography!

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. {pablo picasso}

Erin Johnson of Erin Johnson photography is the epitome of the above Pablo Picasso quote.  She was born into a family of artists and has figured out how to "remain an artist" into adulthood.  Out of college, Erin began working as a painter at a photography studio - it was there that her interest in photography began.  It started with children's photography and grew into assisting one of the photographers with a wedding... and that's where her love for wedding photography started.

While Erin has focused on wedding and engagement photos for years, she loves working at any and all events.  Recently she has had a lot more portrait sessions, including seniors, families, babies and bellies.  "I love working with clients that give me the freedom to execute my vision for them and be creative.  I actually really thrive on the excitement and challenge of an event."  

Artists always have something or someone who inspires them, and Erin is no different.  She gains inspiration from web sites and clothing catalogs {like Anthropologie}, but she also gets inspired by her clients and the locations of the photo shoots.  While her clients are her inspiration, getting them to allow her to show her creativity can be another story.  If Erin could tell her clients just one thing to help her make their experience better, it would be to have them let go and let her create for them.  "The more control I get, the better the images are.  In addition to being a photographer, I am also a pretty good stylist."

I would consider Erin a "model entrepreneur" because in addition to running her business, she gives back to the individuals who aspire to get to where she is at professionally.  She offers a workshop to people looking to start and run a wedding photography business.  {It's always great to hear about successful professionals sharing advice with "amateurs" in the business world - I wish there was more workshops like this available for the events industry.}

Because she's just as passionate about business as she is about her photography, Erin johnson Photography is a successful Photography company in Minnesota. The way she speaks about the business side of her company can reassure anyone that she's knowledgeable in both areas.   One recommendation she gave to individuals seeking to start their own ventures {for any industry} is to protect your personal life and balance between the two.  In addition to finding balance between work and personal time, get out and network, treat your clients well, master your trade and use the internet to your advantage!

Fun facts about Erin:
1. The 5 things she can't live without:
- Jesus
- Family and friends
- Two business assistants {Carly and Ellie}
- Her camera and iPhone
- Her bed

2. Favorite color scheme right now:
- The vintage look - yellow, white and grey.

3. Favorite time of year to photograph:
- FALL!! "I love the high grass and rustic photos with the fall colors"

4. Trends in the photography industry right now:
- Anything vintage looking. Taking furniture outside.

Below are some of Erin's favorite photographs from past clients.  {enjoy}

I'm loving the colors of this photo!  And the beautiful symmetry of the photo!

Oh my! This little lady is too much for me!  Just too cute for words!!

Love, love. love this photo {and that dress!}
Such a unique and creative photo!  Meet Erin - the brains behind Erin Johnson Photography {and under the umbrella}

Such a fun and modern location!
Love trash the dress sessions!  This couples looks like too much fun!
Beautiful and fun photograph!
To view more photos taken by Erin and her team, be sure to head over to the Erin Johnson Photography blog.  You will also find more information on the workshop she offers for learning the ropes of running a wedding photography business.  You can also become of fan of them on Facebook, which I highly recommend because they run some fun contests on their page!

Thank you Erin for allowing us to feature your business and learn more about you!  It was great fun to learn more about you and to see your work!

If you are interested in being a feature vendor, or would like to recommend a business to be featured, please contact us today!


  1. Thanks for interview and letting me be part of your blog! Cheers, Erin

  2. Nice article! Such a talented photographer and artist. We are so lucky to have Erin Johnson in the Twin Cities.