hey there,

I’M ERIN, A LAS CRUCES PHOTOGRAPHER WITH A PASSION for things that last.
 



I’M ERIN,
A LAS CRUCES PHOTOGRAPHER WITH
A PASSION FOR THINGS THAT LAST.

IN A WORLD WHERE INTERNET-DRIVEN TRENDS CHANGE FROM DAY TO DAY,



I'm here to create images that will still melt your heart when you flip through your wedding album on your 30th anniversary!


I believe wedding pictures should

stand apart.

meet erin

Sunshine makes me happy, audiobooks are my jam, and though I’m always up for adventure, I usually need a sidekick to make it happen. 

I throw windows open on sunny days, chair dance with my kids in the car and sing my favorite show tunes at the top of my lungs (ahem, Hamilton).

When I’m not behind the camera or computer, you can find me hanging out with my husband and our three kids—most likely cleaning up after someone, but I’ve been at this long enough to know that’s just life. ;) 

Sunshine makes me happy, audiobooks are my jam, and though I’m always up for adventure, I usually need a sidekick to make it happen. 

I throw windows open on sunny days, chair dance with my kids in the car and sing my favorite show tunes at the top of my lungs (ahem, Hamilton).

When I’m not behind the camera or computer, you can find me hanging out with my husband and our three kids—most likely cleaning up after someone, but I’ve been at this long enough to know that’s just life. ;) 

at a glance

I just want to

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travel to all

the places.

(and dream of someday living someplace where I can enjoy them!)

spring and fall

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I'm crazy about

pink sunsets

set my soul on fire.

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more than 17 years!

He's the Ross to my Rachel,
the Jim to my Pam, and
the Luke to my Loralai. :)

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Rustin and I have been married
 for

Fave thing to do with our kids:

day trips to somewhere new.

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somewhere new.

day trips to 

In my dreams, I am a master gardener. In reality,

I can't keep a cactus alive.

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alive

I can't keep a cactus

I tried once, but

I can't live without ice cream.

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I can't live without

ice cream.

Hands down, 

tacos are the best.

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I love my cats 

{almost} as much as I love my kids.

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TV/movies

bucket list

books

music

food

travel

1. Hamilton 
2. Pentatonix
3. The Greatest Showman
4. Imagine Dragons
5. Piano Guys

1. Gilmore Girls
2. Friends
3. Hitch
4. The Office
5. Oscar

1. White Water Rafting
2. Indoor Skydiving
3. Go Skiing (I've never been!)
4. Tour Europe
5. Take each of my kids on a
   Senior trip of their choosing

1. A Man Called Ove
2. What Alice Forgot
3. The Hunger Games (All)
4. Small Great Things
5. The Light Between Oceans

1. Paris
2. Australia
3. Banff
4. The Cliffs of Moher
5. NYC (again. always.)

1. Corn on the Cob
2. Anything Avocado
3. Mahi Mahi Tacos
4. Blue Bell Ice Cream
5. Cherry Limeade

#currentlyErin

I have a wide range of tastes and interests--so picking a favorite anything is nearly impossible! I do better with lists, so here's what I'm currently into. 

my style, explained

A photographer's style is made up of several components, including their in-camera settings, lens choices, lighting techniques, posing and direction, and editing style. Let me walk you through mine!

I shoot with prime lenses at wide apertures--you don’t need to know what that means, except to understand that my lens choice and camera settings contribute to the overall look of my pictures! Backgrounds are creamy, dreamy and out of focus, putting emphasis on my subjects’ relationship and dynamics.

Gear and Settings

Sunlight plays a big part in my style. I backlight my subjects for a bright, sun-drenched look, and I’ve studied sunlight extensively so that I can confidently shoot at any time of day. That said, there's nothing quite like evening light! I love when my couples let me steal them away for a few sunset portraits during the reception. Late evening is absolutely perfect for portraits, and I can do so much with golden-hour light to create signature shots.

Although I use natural light for the majority of the day, I utilize an off-camera flash system to light receptions, indoor ceremonies (when allowed) and, sometimes, prep photos.

Lighting Style

I’ve made a personal study of posing techniques and angles that are flattering for both the male and female figure, so that I can confidently position my clients in ways that look both natural and beautiful. I’ve developed my own personal methods of prompting and directing them, in order to keep their minds off the fact that they’re being photographed. In this way, they can interact and emote more naturally without feeling or appearing stiff or awkward in their photos.

Posing and Direction

I define my editing style as ‘light and bright.’ My goal is for your wedding pictures to be timeless, so I steer clear of editing fads and maintain natural, true-to-life coloring. My whites are white, my greens are soft and natural, and my skin tones are creamy and bright. I retain detail in both highlights and shadows so the final images are neither too heavy nor too ‘airy’. I want the coloring in your pictures to reflect the decisions you made for your wedding day. I believe that you chose your wedding colors because you love them--so your wedding pictures should reflect that decision, rather than mask it in order to match an editing fad.

Editing Style

A word about Photoshop

The bulk of my editing entails color correction and contrast/density adjustments. I hand-edit each photo, focusing on realistic whites, greens and skin tones, and consistently matching my light and bright editing aesthetic. I’m not a fantasy photographer--heavy retouching and manipulation are not factors in my editing style. However, I do light retouching on blogged images when facial blemishes are a concern, and I’ve made a study of posing for flattering the body, to prevent the need or desire for heavy ‘Photoshopping.’

photography by erin richins
 kind people are my kinda people