Closer North

Posted: July 13, 2016

Erica Leighton from Closer North Photography is ultimately inspired by love. It's that passion that makes her such a compelling wedding photographer.

How did you get started in photography?
I was freelancing in digital art for years and wanted to continue to grow, which naturally fell into digital photography.
 
What do you love about wedding photography?
My passion for photography is photographing people, emotions, and storytelling. Weddings embody a wealth of emotions and story. There is no other genre like it that embodies so many genres rolled up into one. The challenge and artistic growth in editorial, documentation, and traditional styles, I feel, all must be represented throughout a wedding day.
 
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge is having the experience and understanding of how to adapt quickly to ever changing movement, light, weather, and personalities; all while staying true to your vision and what the client wants. I suppose that sounds like more than one, but it’s being adaptable.
 
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My personal style is very strong in natural light and true moments. My wedding style is a mix of editorial, documentation, and traditional; because all are needed throughout the day.
 
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I’m generally editing. Besides work though, I love travel, family time, and relaxing.
 
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Timeline. I always go over the timeline from a photographic perspective. I feel that helps me understand what the client wants and needs. Then it always helps them understand how we can get that. Also, it creates a smooth day with less stress, which is the ultimate goal. 
 
How has your photography style changed over the years? 
I have far more confidence because I know I can get the shot. There is no question in my mind. Due to that, I can experiment more and relax with my couples. So, I feel, my work has grown in composition and feeling.
 
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Love. It may sound cheesy, but I’m always looking at the small moments. Love is such a grand, confusing thing, that’s nearly impossible to define. I find it in still moments, while spending time and observation of people. The people inspire me with who they are.
 
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Growing. I have shooters that work for me as well and collectively we grow and learn. Hopefully travel, and more of us to learn from one another. More stories to tell, not just with events, but people in general.