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Artist of the Week: Erica Daniels of Emazing Photography

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at hello@seattlerefined.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums besides photography?
Erica Daniels: I have taken photos since the 6th grade. I started my business in March 2013. I am a full-time photographer, I do not do video.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
Pre-shoot, I am thinking about my client. Asking them if they have a vision for their shoot, what inspires them and what they want to capture, and why. During the shoot, I am constantly looking for creative ways to capture my client — different angles, adjusting lighting, capturing specific moments, etc. After the session, while I am editing, I am removing duplicates, eliminating photos with no emotion or connection and selecting images that best capture my client's essence.

Tell us about where the inspiration for your photography comes from.
My inspiration for photography comes from the desire to want to capture priceless and timeless moments for myself and others. Freezing time and creating physical memories. Photography is so powerful because those physical images never change, so you're able to see change over time in people when memories fade photos can remind you a specific moment and allow you to feel like you are back in that exact moment in time.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
I love capturing people — especially maternity portraits and weddings.

Do you have one piece that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I don't have one specific piece that is extremely special to me. But every wedding is always very special to me. I understand the importance of the wedding images to the bride and groom and how vital it is to capture every special moment on that day.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
My outgoing personality helps my art a lot. Most clients actually like the process of having their photos taken. So me being fun and lighthearted helps people feel comfortable so that I can capture the best images of them. Also, my love for color and art, in general, helps me capture vibrant & colorful images.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
I really want to expand my studio space. I need more room to work in. So hopefully, I can get back to work after COVID-19 and make enough funds to find a larger space. I'm also excited about a wedding that I get to photograph in December in Cabo, Mexico.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
Yikes! I don't drink coffee at all. I'm a hot chocolate or apple cider type of girl.

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