Erika Stewart is an experience professional photographer who started her passion in Detroit, MI. She went through intense courses at Grand Valley State University successfully completing courses in Studio, Digital, Experimental and Film Photography. Erika loves taking on challenging tasks and brainstorming how to portray her client's vision. She is an upbeat creative who is easy to work with and open to ideas.
I love being the person who can freeze a moment, and deliver those precious memories to my clients. The reactions are always so priceless, and I love the fact that I am the one who has the honor of telling their story. The fact I get to meet new people every day is so fulfilling to me. Everyone has a unique journey, and I get to hear all about it. How cool is that? Being a part of a team- even if it means my clients and myself, brings joy. I love working in groups and hearing others thoughts and seeing what opinions they bring to the table.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
In the past, I have photographed a little of everything, from maternity to boudoir and from weddings to commercial work. I always make it special by including the client 100%. If my client has an idea, I want to know about it and I ask. When they tell me they do, I will brainstorm on how we can take that idea, and make it explode into a great and fun shoot. If they don't have an idea, it's not a worry at all. I offer suggestions and pick their brain to ensure what they want from the shoot happens. There have been times during weddings where the forecast calls for rain, and all the bride wants is pictures outside in a garden. So what did I do? I called around to a few greenhouses nearby that won't be out of the way, that has flowers blooming and out, and that will allow for us to come in to shoot.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
2019 Couples Choice for Wedding Photographer in Detroit, MI- Weddingwire 2019 Top 12 Best Wedding Photographer in Detroit, MI- Peerspace 2018 Couples Choice for Wedding Photographer in Detroit, MI- Weddingwire 2018 Best in Weddings for Detroit MI- The Knot 2016 Top 5 Vendors to Hire- Thumbtack
A fun fact about this photographer
I may have a little addiction to plants, specifically succulents and cacti. I can't control myself whenever I walk into a store, and they have plants for sale! I was "on the stage" for dance for 8 years during grade school. I was one of the models for The Wedding Shoppe's 2015 styled shoot.