A Closer Look at eric laurits :: photography.
Eric Laurits has the best job ever. "I am hooked on wedding photography. I wouldn't want to do anything else," he proclaims. Eric loves that his job surrounds him with people on the happiest day of their lives. He also appreciates helping people lay a foundation upon which they can build their family legacy. "That's a pretty awesome responsibility," he realizes.
Part of what Eric loves about wedding photography is that it allows him to observe people interacting. "I place no judgment on what they are doing," he notes, "I am just an observer. I get to see the moments in-between the moments. It's wonderful."
Eric's approach is photojournalistic, but what he captures has an innate artistry about it. "One of my brides once called my style ‘photojournalglamoursimpmotiveism'," says Eric, "That pretty much sums it up, I guess." During weddings he is pretty much hands-off. "I do little directing, except for events like engagement sessions," says Eric.
"I picked up my first real camera while I was in the Americorps running a mentoring program," recalls Eric. He was in charge of writing for various educational journals. "They were always asking for images to compliment my essays, and I never had any."
The camera Eric had bought came in handy a little while later while he was in grad school pursuing his MFA in Acting. Some of his fellow actors started asking him to take their headshots. "Although I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, I said sure. Once the agents in town saw the pictures I had taken, I was soon flooded with work." The first wedding Eric shot was of a fellow actor. "Game over there," Eric admits, "I was hooked."
Eric is a driven individual who gets his inspiration through creativity. Aside from photography, Eric has other hobbies as well. He's received many different awards from playing the saxophone, athletics, leadership, and poetry.
Eric Laurits Photography is based out of Boston. He serves primarily the New England area and beyond. Eric looks forward to his weddings. "By the time a wedding rolls around, I know the couple pretty well, since I always shoot engagement sessions," says Eric, "My pre-wedding repertoire is pretty extensive. There's a lot that goes into it."
Eric gets inspiration from Sebastiao Salgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Schoeller, and Jim Marshall. "I love their work!" says Eric. Eric also uses the web to leverage his business. When it comes to business, Eric's favorite sites include ShootQ and Couturebook.
Surprisingly, Eric's favorite piece of equipment is a red milk crate. "That crate is the secret to my success," he admits. He uses it to capture unique angles on his images. "I could shoot an entire day with a Kodak Fun Saver, and all would be well -- as long as I had my red crate with me," believes Eric.
For the most part, Eric just wants to keep doing what he's been doing. "I'm so unabashedly in love with what I do," he says. "I have a strong emotional connection to my images. It's the best relationship I've every had!" Eric jokes.
Eric does have a few business goals in mind though. "I'd like to offer just one package to my clients and be a low volume small studio. I would love to customize everything in house, all personalized, all refreshingly unique." When it comes to photography, Eric prefers to keep a low profile and focus on his craft. "I make it a point not to enter my images into photo competitions."
Eric is excited to see the industry continue branching out. "You can see people doing some pretty cool things out there. That's exciting and really encouraging," thinks Eric. He is excited to be a member of Wedding Party. "I'm happy to be associated with some wonderful people on the site," says Eric, "I look forward to people seeing my work here." Also, be sure to check out Eric Laurits Photography on Wedding Party.