self portrait, maine photographer, maine family photographer, erica shirley

Hi, I’m Erica!
I’m a mom to two magnificent daughters and wife to my college sweetheart. I’m impassioned by uncovering real, perfectly imperfect connections and capturing the intimate bonds between families. Though I photograph it all and love every moment of it, my soul absolutely lies with photographing parents with their children. Babies don’t keep and someday the utter chaos, up-for-anything enthusiasm, snuggly bedtime stories, and chubby cheek kisses will be but a memory. I’m after images of those real-time memories.

maine photographer, self portrait, maine family photographer

My Philosophy of Photography

All my life I’ve heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While I believe there is some truth to this saying, I also believe the opposite to be true; a picture is worth no words at all. A picture is worth nothing if its viewer feels no connection to its subject. Photographs represent so much more than moments in time frozen into an everlasting image; they represent the feeling that we had in that exact moment. They give our senses déjà vu.
When you look at a photograph of your newborn child, you not only see their wrinkly fingers and little button nose, you’re transported back in time. Can you feel that perfectly soft baby skin against your chest? Hear the sound of their little coos and squeaks? My passion is for my photos to make your answer “YES”.
When couples view photographs of themselves, they not only see two people in love, they can hear years of laughter, remember the butterflies in the pit of their stomachs in the early years, feel that lump in their throat the moment they said “I do” and bask in the deep sense of comfort and safety that time creates.
This is my goal – to engage your senses. I truly believe that photographs are nothing without emotional connection. I want you to not only see your memories, but feel that moment in time again. Our senses fade with time but we can revive them with a click of the shutter.