Hello, and Welcome to Parker Street Food & Travel! I’m Erika Follansbee, a photographer in Southern New Hampshire. Parker Street Food and Travel specializes in natural light photos for restaurants, cafes and bakeries throughout New Hampshire.
I started Erika Follansbee Photography in the spring of 2010. Right away I was lucky enough to work with my first food photography client, The Black Forest Cafe, and it is a relationship that I still and will always hold dear for giving me that very early opportunity. In 2011, with more experience under my belt and a constant appetite for learning, growing and expanding, I officially formed an LLC with the state of New Hampshire and I added more portrait clients that I felt chose me for my more defined style and emerging niche in the local market, which was wonderful and rewarding. The commercial aspect of my business also expanded with the addition of A&E Coffee Roastery and the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester as clients. 2012 brought even more diversification with the addition of wedding commissions, and new commercial/editorial relationships emerged as I was hired by The Hippo Press to cover the 2012 Taco Challenge, along with work for Planet Marshmallow and The Bedford Village Inn , as well as a unique opportunity to have my work featured in the national publication Imbibe Magazine in November 2012 and May 2014. Having found my niche and the work that truly inspires me, by 2013 I was focused exclusively on weddings and food photography.
Other notable clients include:
Aissa Sweets, Concord NH
Queen City Cupcakes, Manchester NH
Firefly American Bistro & Bar, Manchester NH
Tucker’s, Hooksett/Concord/New London, NH
A little about me: born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, with deep Tar Heel roots and a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, I now live in Goffstown, NH for the past 17 years with my husband Dave and two boys, ages 10 and 12. Raised on good Southern food, I love hushpuppies, banana pudding, and iced tea. When I was in college I studied abroad in Australia, and also traveled to places like Indonesia, London, New Zealand, and Vienna in the days before digital cameras. These days I enjoy solo travel and always look for opportunities to indulge in food tourism whenever possible. And finally, my passion for photography is rivaled only by my passion for eating great food. The combination of these facets culminates into my little studio that I’m proud to have created just for featuring notable local food.
Style & Approach
I pride myself on being a completely laid back, no-fuss photographer who uses minimal equipment to produce high-quality images. I love to travel light and I find excessive gear just slows me down with all the hassle. Natural light photography (especially for food) is my primary interest, and I will always consider real and authentic images superior to ones that are overworked and fussed upon. What is my style? I consider it natural, organic, light-filled, elegantly casual, and as easy going as a Southern accent. I love to photograph food in the restaurant and environment that it would be served in, because it feels authentic & inviting, and provides the viewer with a visual experience of what it’s actually like to dine in that restaurant.