Erin Little, the woman behind A Love Supreme Photography
, has been called the "photo fairy." She quietly captures her clients in a unique and creative way.
How did you get started in photography?
My love for photography started as a small child when I discovered my mother’s old LIFE magazines from the early 70s. I remember flipping through them like each page was gold. I would stare forever at each image, hoping that the pages would never end. The rawness of the photographs, the emotions that jumped off the page and into my heart…it sparked a fire inside me that I am lucky enough to pursue.
Throughout my childhood, I produced a number of shoots that the poor kids in my mother’s daycare had to model for. A photo class started during my senior year of high school, and I jumped at the chance to be in it. I won some awards for my self-portraits and also made capturing authentic moments with my camera a daily part of my life.
It wasn’t until my daughter was an infant that I made the leap to switch over to the digital world of photography. It was that time that I also started a lifestyle blog which became pretty popular. My images were getting a lot of positive feedback and I got hired to shoot my first wedding from there.
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love the emotions that are present during a wedding day. Capturing such joy, which ranges in expression from tears to beaming smiles, is an honor. The love between two people can be so inspiring, and I often find myself shedding a tear or two during the ceremony. There have been couples who have inspired me in many ways because of the love they have for one another.
The other thing I love about wedding photography is meeting other vendors. Everyone, from the caterer, to the DJ, to the officiant, to the venue, to the coordinator/planner, etc. work so hard, and I have been very fortunate to create lasting friendships with many. There’s a lot of talent in Maine!
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge I face when shooting a wedding is time. It goes by so very quickly and yet seems so long when you are running around on your feet without even a chance to use the loo for almost 10 hours! But for the actual event and the couple, it is so fast. Over in a blink. And I have to be very forward with what kind of time I need them to commit to so that I can produce stunning, emotionally rich images they will have to look at for years to come. In order to do that, I need to be very relaxed so it never stresses them out. I want them to be relaxed and spend as much time as they can enjoying every second of their big day.
What should clients know about your style of photography
Well, I have been called the “photo fairy” because I tend to be a fly on the wall. I am completely non-obtrusive in the best kind of way. I capture everything from my own little angle. I’m also “off to cuff” and prefer to capture pretty creative images. When I started shooting weddings 8 years ago, I wasn’t aware of anyone else shooting the same creative way I was, but since then there has been a big explosion in the wedding industry. There are more and more creative photographers shooting in a non-traditional way. My current goal is to keep inventing a new way of seeing things. That gives my couples images that are unique and original and completely them.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
Ha! I’m mostly behind the camera these days, but otherwise you will find me running on the road, cooking (or eating!), out exploring Maine towns and new restaurants with my family, and the top on my list is goofing around with my 8 year old daughter Elisabeth. She’s the best.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Trust. Trust is the key. They don’t know me and yet they are investing in my ability to capture their wedding day in the way they want it captured. It’s a BIG deal. They want to look good in photos, they want to know that a photographer can capture that without them feeling awkward, they want to know they have NOTHING to worry about on their wedding day, and that’s a lot to trust in someone they’ve never met (or only met once!). I put 150% into everything I do, and I am very committed. I understand how big a deal it is to trust someone to do all that for you!
How has your photography style changed over time?
My style has definitely changed/evolved/grown over the years. When I first started, I was seeing everything in a new way. I was capturing images in a way that I had never seen anyone else capture. But then the market became so saturated and it seemed like many people were starting to shoot with a similar style. I honed in my technical skills and matched those with my creative ones, while still always vowing to be original. I think now I have a good combination, knowing that I am giving my clients technically strong and creatively rich images of their wedding day.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
People. Without a doubt, people inspire me every time I pick up my camera. It’s one of those things that I think I am blessed with; energetic intuitiveness. I pick up on someone’s energy and their beauty (internal, which I always see shine through on the outside, regardless of how people feel about their looks). Locations, props, all the talent and ideas out there…they don’t inspire me nearly as much as my subject does.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, my wedding photography business will be in a transitional period. I am shooting a lot of editorial and commercial work, so I am taking a limited number of weddings now in order to balance that. The great thing about this is I can take on clients who are just as passionate about photography as I am. They are committed to the idea of amazing images of their big day and making that a priority. They are typically couples that become lasting friends, and I am so grateful for that!