The Lost Coast, for Sunset Magazine. This remote stretch of Northern California is one of my favorite places, dream job!

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP- Recipes from Roberta’s in Brooklyn

My good friend, food stylist Valerie Aikman-Smith, and I had a great time in LA photographing the lovely Gwyneth and friends for a summer dinner party to launch her new cookbook club. Beautiful people, beautiful food. 

Many thanks to Click magazine for the interview and lovely layout! 

Colorado- I’m in the mountains this week, where I grew up. This is an image of my dad- one of my favorite things to do is fly with him, low and slow, over the landscape, in his bush plane- truly one of the best ways to see the world. 

Colorado- I’m in the mountains this week, where I grew up. This is an image of my dad- one of my favorite things to do is fly with him, low and slow, over the landscape, in his bush plane- truly one of the best ways to see the world. 

Hi Erin, these are lovely captures! I've been obsessed with the bread at The Mill, so was excited to see that you did the photos for the Josey Baker Bread cookbook. What's been your favorite project in SF, food or lifestyle related?

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Hi Mary, Many thanks for checking out my work! I don’t have one particular SF story that is a favorite (there are so many that I love!), but I’m always happy when I a project calls for both food and lifestyle images. 

Josey Baker BreadJosey and I have a lot of mutual friends, but we handn’t met until I started working with Chronicle Books on this project. He is super talented, gregarious, and charismatic- we had a great time shooting this- spending early morning’s at The Mill, fueled by the the best toast and coffee, and then heading over to my studio each afternoon. He has a bunch of book events coming up- check out his blog for details. Many thanks to Josey and his crew at the Mill, Ethel Brennan for her creativity and prop styling, and Chronicle Books for the great gig. Check out the book trailer too. 

North Shore, Oahu.
I’ve been splitting my time between California and Hawaii lately. After a few action packed weeks shooting in San Francisco and Southern California, I’m headed back to warm waters today. I live 2 blocks from the beautiful, cold, stormy ocean in San Francisco, but spending hours each day in warm, tropical waters is the best. Let’s all plan some more shoots in Hawaii!

North Shore, Oahu.

I’ve been splitting my time between California and Hawaii lately. After a few action packed weeks shooting in San Francisco and Southern California, I’m headed back to warm waters today. I live 2 blocks from the beautiful, cold, stormy ocean in San Francisco, but spending hours each day in warm, tropical waters is the best. Let’s all plan some more shoots in Hawaii!

It’s true- this is the Best Cookbook Ever, and this is one of my favorite projects ever: Max and Eli Sussman are incredibly talented, charming and hilarious, their friends are extremely photogenic and fun,  and their food is amazing. Check out the behind the scenes video for a glimpse into our shoot in Brooklyn. Huge thanks to the amazing team from Weldon Owen Publishing, the lovely prop stylist Paige Hicks, and brilliant food stylist Simon Andrews

Nootka Island, BC for Tiny Atlas Quarterly Winter Solstice Issue

Check out the beautiful new issue of Tiny Atlas Quarterly-  amazing stories and imagery. I’m very excited to have my latest British Columbia adventure featured. Many thanks to Raph Bruhwiler for showing us such a good time, and Tatchu Lodge for the epic adventures and dreamy treehouse. Big props to all the people working hard to make Tiny Atlas Quarterly as amazing as it is, and all the people who supported the kickstarter campaign to make the printed issue happen. 

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The Power of Print, for Canon and Grey WorldwideThis was a dream job- I spent a week in Sonoma and Napa counties creating images that tell the story of Wine Country through the five senses. The project culminated in an experiential, interactive pop-up gallery show hosted by chef Tyler Florence in San Francisco to launch Canon’s new Pixma Pro printer. In an age of endless digital media, it was lovely to see big, beautiful prints of my work, and to have viewers experience the images in a more tactile way. I’ve never had an ad job with so much creative freedom - we had one conference call, I texted a few behind the scenes images from the road, and I loved their final edit. Thank you Grey!  I owe a lot of the success of the images not only to this creative freedom, but to frequent collaborator, stylist Christine Wolheim. Christine and I work together really intuitively- we wanted to stay far away from the expected wine and cheese shots to create moody, sexy, textured images.  The other key player was my friend Colby Eierman- we shot his orchard book together a few years ago, and he manages some of the most impressive gardens in Wine Country. Colby set us up to shoot and harvest from  the gorgeous Stone Edge Farm, and biodynamic winery Benziger. As good looking as his gardens, Colby modeled for us too.  Thanks to my friend Christy Power, who is deeply involved in Sonoma’s food and wine world, we also shot Sonoma’s oldest vines at Bucklin Old Hill Ranch. Many thanks to the great team that made this shoot so fun and rewarding. 

Nootka Island, British Columbia for Tiny Atlas Quarterly- The journey up north to the far reaches of BC was everything I hoped for- bears, timber wolves, orcas, surf, salmon, crazy Canadians, nights spent reading in a cedar treehouse, bonfires on the beach, … I’m busy editing the images for a piece in the upcoming Tiny Atlas Quarterly- in the meantime, please consider contributing to the Kickstarter campaign to fund this gorgeous, unique indie magazine founded by photographer extraordinaire Emily Nathan: “Tiny Atlas Quarterly is the culmination of what happens when art directors, designers, photographers, writers, stylists, digital techs, photo assistants and other friends and contributors from the creative corps collaborate on visual projects of their own designing.” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinyatlas/tiny-atlas-quarterly. PS- many thanks to Photo District News for highlighting this image! 

Nootka Island, British Columbia for Tiny Atlas Quarterly- The journey up north to the far reaches of BC was everything I hoped for- bears, timber wolves, orcas, surf, salmon, crazy Canadians, nights spent reading in a cedar treehouse, bonfires on the beach, … I’m busy editing the images for a piece in the upcoming Tiny Atlas Quarterly- in the meantime, please consider contributing to the Kickstarter campaign to fund this gorgeous, unique indie magazine founded by photographer extraordinaire Emily Nathan: “Tiny Atlas Quarterly is the culmination of what happens when art directors, designers, photographers, writers, stylists, digital techs, photo assistants and other friends and contributors from the creative corps collaborate on visual projects of their own designing.” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinyatlas/tiny-atlas-quarterly. PS- many thanks to Photo District News for highlighting this image! 

British Columbia- I’ll be in BC all week, shooting for Tiny Atlas Quarterly, surfing and hopefully catching some fish! We’ll be on a little island off the west coast of Vancouver Island- it is a super wild, remote place, so if you don’t hear from me, contact my agent directly as I’ll have limited web/phone access. 

British Columbia- I’ll be in BC all week, shooting for Tiny Atlas Quarterly, surfing and hopefully catching some fish! We’ll be on a little island off the west coast of Vancouver Island- it is a super wild, remote place, so if you don’t hear from me, contact my agent directly as I’ll have limited web/phone access. 

There are lots of great up and coming, independent magazines around these days, and I’ve loved collaborating with Kinfolk, Anthology, and Tiny Atlas Quarterly.  This time around I did a feature for my friends at Weekend Almanac, co-started by the very talented Ali Ziegler, who is a creative director I’ve worked with on several editorial and cookbook projects. It’s fun to go from big, highly produced shoots to loose, intimate projects, and for this assignment, I got to stay in my neighborhood, which felt like paradise after being on the road so much. 

Órale! Back to Mexico tonight! Here are some images from my last trip there a few months ago with  Story Worldwide for a feature on Huatulco, in Southern Oaxaca state. I’ve spent a ton of time in Mexico, including driving through Mexico for 6 months in a WV van a few years ago, but I hadn’t been to this amazing stretch of coastline before. Great food, perfect surf, lovely people, not overtaken by condos and hotels.