We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Marton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is probably my drive to serve my clients well and make sure they have an incredible experience with me. As a wedding photographer, I am present for some of the most intimate moments of my clients’ wedding days. I don’t take that lightly. I’m not the kind of photographer that will just show up on a wedding day and snap some pictures. I work with my clients from start to finish to understand who they are and what they want. I reach out at multiple points to check in with them, offer helpful resources, send little surprises their way, and make sure I’m fully prepped to blow their expectations out of the water. Like my clients, I also went through engagement and wedding planning. I know how stressed I was being a bride, and I want to take a load off for them and make sure they know I’m on their team and happy to help with anything needed. Many of my clients mention in their reviews of my business that they felt I really cared about them and would go above and beyond to make sure they absolutely loved their pictures.
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.
I’m own a wedding photography studio based in Southern California that specializes in candid, colorful photos that look and feel like your favorite memories. I’m most excited about photographing real, authentic moments on people’s wedding days – the tears during vows, the hug from grandma, the glasses clinking during toasts. These are all moments that could go easily unnoticed, so my job is to anticipate them and document them for my couples to remember for years and years. I started photographing in my freshman year of college, and I grew my skills for years by photographing personal travels, class assignments, and the occasional journalism opportunity. By the time I started running a photography business, the technical side of things felt pretty natural to me. I’m really fortunate to have a business owner dad who is also an attorney, so I was prompt with making sure my business was legal and contracts were solid. One of the biggest challenges in running a photography business can often be getting the word out so people know who you are and what you offer. This doesn’t really have an overnight solution, and I’ve learned it’s crucial to share my work with people on all different platforms along with really focusing on vendor and client relationships for potential referrals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m currently living in Newport Beach with my husband Manoah. Our favorite things to do definitely include beach days at the Wedge after a breakfast at Sidecar Doughnuts. The best coffee shop in town is definitely Neat Coffee, and you’ve got to say hi to the manager Mark while you’re there (his cold brew is the best). If you like to explore, driving down PCH to Laguna Beach is a great afternoon activity. Laguna has tons of restaurants and shops to visit along with many hidden beaches in the surrounding neighborhoods. For dinner spots, we highly recommend Muldoon’s or Olea for a great dining experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m so grateful for my family and my husband. There’s no way I could run a business without their unending support and encouragement. I’m really fortunate to be able to ask them for advice anytime I need help.
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