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Life and Work with Erin Wernlein

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Wernlein.

Erin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always loved art and held a paintbrush, pencil or camera in my hand as a way to express myself since I was a very young girl. My dad is also an artist, and growing up watching him work, at eye level, bringing awareness and love for art. My love for photography, and more specifically, portrait photography didn’t come until much later when my husband and I had our children. As most parents do, I loved taking photographs of my children, capturing their growth and milestones. Friends and family often asked me to take photographs of their families or children, pets, their high school senior, and even a small wedding. In 2016, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own business. The last three years have been full of anxiety, tears, and laughter, and I look forward to what’s next.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely hasn’t been easy. My biggest challenge has been my own self-doubt. I think my best advice to anyone else would be to find a great support system. My husband, sister are my biggest cheerleaders, but I also have a few other good friends that are business minded that I call on when I need advice, cheering up, or to meet for an impromptu business meeting over coffee.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Erin Jeanne Photography – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a portrait photographer serving the Rocky Mountain Region. I specialize in natural light photography to capture my clients. I strive to give my clients the very best of me from the moment they book their session to the time they receive their images. I will try to be as professional as possible during my client’s session, but I can’t promise that I won’t climb up on a ledge, wade into the water, or make endless conversation while we wait for the sun to be in the right position just to capture the perfect image.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents love to tell the story of how I learned to ride a bike. I was in first grade and wanted to keep up with the neighbors. My dad brought home a two-wheeler but hadn’t put training wheels on it. Not wanting to waste time, I persisted for two days teaching myself to ride a bike. It was after many crashes, tears, tantrums, and triumphs that I finally got on and rode away with the neighbors. Learning to ride my bike has been very much like starting my own business.

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Erin Jeanne Photography

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