We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Vincent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It was an accident. I never wanted to do photography. I had a point and shoot camera I would take on my hikes to show my co-workers in the nurse quad where I was hiking to encourage others to come enjoy nature and be active with me. While hiking with my dad (who was a photographer for 40 years), he saw a photo I took of Mt. St Helens on one of our hikes. A few days later, he bought me a Nikon D5100 and said, “Let’s see what you can do with a real camera.” Within a few months, My photos exceeded his. I went hiking all over the NW, taking photos, and then upgraded to a new camera. A band I had loved since the late 90s hit me up and asked me to travel 6 hours to photograph them. I had never shot a show but skipped work and did it! The photos ended up on the next tour’s posters and shirts! The rest is history. I went from a nurse to a landscape photographer to a concert photographer, but it worked out since I had worked shows since I was 13, haha. Even though it wasn’t something I ever wanted to do, I even tried to avoid it honestly, it found me. I enjoy meeting everyone and the experiences my camera brings me 🙂
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
You know how I got to where I am at, but it wasn’t easy. Relationships have been destroyed, mounds of money spent on gear, hundreds of hours learning whatever I can. I wouldn’t change anything though! I have grown so much as a person from all the people I meet. Fans, crew, bands, photogs, it’s all become an enormous extended family 🙂 As for what I want the world to know about me. I’m so bad at questions like this haha. I work hard, but I am still learning a lot! If you aren’t learning something new or going on a new adventure, life is boring!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start the morning with some great smoothies at The Juice Parlor or Naturewell Vegan Juice & Smoothies. Then go for a hike to the Hollywood Sign or at the coast (whichever they would prefer). Dunch would be at Canter’s, Grand Central Market, or Sushi Dan. Sightseeing at the local fun spots, Museum of Death, or any pop-up exhibits, or Santa Monica pier. Dinner and drinks would be at Idle Hour or Salsa and Beer in North Hollywood. That’s just day one! Rest of the week would be driving to various little towns and exploring for the day, eating all the good food, and drinking all the good drink! Probably do a night at Bar Sinister too ending with Mel’s Diner for shakes 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Orgy – The band that talked me into starting concert photography, and are now some of my best friends! Bobby Amaro – Drummer extraordinaire that brought me into it (was drumming for Orgy at the time). Leah Martin-Brown – Thank you for hooking this up <3 Miss you! My friends – They always support my craziness! Jaymie especially! All the other photogs in the scene for welcoming me into the pit!