We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Steinhouse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, why did you pursue a creative career?
The answer could be super simple as “I just liked taking photos when I was younger” but for me it’s much more deep rooted then that. When I was in 3rd grade, I found out I had learning disabilities which severally affected the way I viewed myself at a young age. I was always so frustrated and embarrassed with trying to learn since comprehending knowledge worked at a slower pace for me. I always felt I understood things most when I saw things visually presented to me. I was always really creative and looked to write poetry and create art. It was my escape from most of the world and it allowed me to bring out a side of myself I actually excelled it. I don’t really feel like I chose this career, I think it choose me. Photography gave me a sense of self worth and helped me embrace who I am!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a wedding and engagement photographer based in Denver, CO! I moved to Colorado last year to take off in my photography career and make my dream come true. What sets me apart from others is my personality and what experience I bring to my couples. I love constant communication and treating my couples like friends versus clients. Being a wedding photographer can be very pressuring because you are the one documenting someones big day so for me it’s important to get them to feel comfortable around you. I bring all of the good vibes to the table and have them be apart of my life as well as them letting me into their lives! I’m proud of being able to pick up and move my career to a new state. Not only that but watch myself thrive and blossom once I moved to Colorado. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now and I’m still growing and evolving constantly! Over the years I struggled to find what I loved doing more as a photographer, but love and marriage was one thing I had never EVER gotten sick of experiencing and photographing. It wasn’t until this past year I decided to pursue weddings as my niche. I was back and fourth on developing my style and brand but it all comes together as time passes. It took me many years to actually take my business off the ground! I am 27 years old now and I’m finally making a life for myself and seeing my career take off to where I wanted it to go. I was 21 when I graduated college and I was lost. a young photographer who didn’t know where she was going. One thing I began doing that helped me end up where I am is INVESTING IN MY BUSINESS. I always thought “well I already went to art school, what more can I learn?” the answer to that is literally EVERYTHING. There is so many things to learn about the photography world and it’s important to let go of that ego and take that workshop….take that online course….watch that video….just DO IT. I promise you it’s worth it. Keeping up with my knowledge has been what has pushed me even further in the end. One of my challenges has been brand building, finding my style, and finding who I AM as a photographer. Building a brand and finding your style really makes you question things about yourself and how you want to represent yourself to the world. I was fortunate enough to attend art school for photography and although I loved it, I felt like I was taught how to do be as an industry professional instead of building who I was into a photographer. Now I realize how much of my personality is put into my work and it completely changed how I view myself and photography. I learned that you don’t have to build up this perfect image of yourself. You can talk like yourself, express yourself how you want, show your personality. It’s not just about the pretty photos I take but my business is about ME. It might sound crazy but that was a very difficult thing for me to understand for so long because it was engraved in my mind for so long. It’s amazing to be able to run a business that I feel so involved in and proud of! I love being able to now share to all of Colorado and beyond who I am and what I do. I really love to consider myself more than just a wedding photographer. I am all about supporting you and your partner, cheering you on, hyping you up and prompting you through your shoot to get real organic moments! My business is about giving a ton of FREE wedding tips because you deserve it and no one should go into their wedding blindly and confused on where to start! I’m all about supporting and normalizing mental health. As a person who struggles from BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) I believe it important to speak out. We all go through it so I love to check up on people, talk openly about it and use my platform for more than just wedding photography. I love to keep it real when I post anything. I like to be unapologetically myself so I will be open about my life in all my instagram posts. I believe in showing what I believe in and supporting human rights and speaking out instead of staying silent. I am a member of the LGBTQ community so I am proud to welcome ALL walks of life. Everyone deserves love. I’ve built my brand all based off my core values and what I believe in. I’m so happy to get to do this every day for the rest of my life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If any friends or family were coming for a week here is a list of places I’d tell them to check out! Places to visit for views: -Visit Red Rocks -Visit Roxbourough State Park (like red rocks but I think it’s better!!) -Go to visit Union Station and take a walk around inside -Look Out Mountain in Golden to get a view of the city -Head over to Loveland Pass for beautiful Mountain views -Head to Boulder to check out the FlatIrons and walk the strip in downtown -Head to CO Springs to see Garden of the Gods -VISIT NATIONAL PARKS!! Just do it!! Rocky Mountain National Park is beyond breathtaking! Places to eat & drinks -Walk around and visit Breweries in RiNO and check out all the cool art. (So many breweries to mention in one area so it’s best to make a day out of it and visit them all!) -Check out Dairy Block! Cool sights and even cooler places to eat! (I don’t eat dairy but it’s just super cool!! lol) -I am vegan so I suggest checking out some of Colorado’s BEST (and well known) vegan joints! Watercourse Foods, City o’ City and Make Believe Bakery. They are all sister restaurants and have AMAZING comfort foods anyone would love.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to McKenzie Bigliazzi and Victoria Saint Martin of Cultivate Education. They are amazing wedding photographers who have helped me grow my business as a photographer! I wouldn’t be anywhere in my career if it wasn’t for the two of them teaching and educating business owners!
Image of Erica (myself) by Katie Fletcher Photography