Erika Kapin is a photographer whose work authentically captures intimate moments. She loves to share the stories of people, their relationships with the world and their relationships with each other.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Erika moved to NYC in 2005 where she received her BFA from the New School for violin performance in 2010. Erika has studied and worked as a teaching assistant at International Center of Photography. Currently living in New York City, Erika continues to work on her personal projects as well her professional projects in creative portraiture and documentary photography.
In 2008 Erika began an association with the Chair and the Maiden gallery where her photographs have been featured the group shows “Preview” and “ArtLive”(2008/2009) as well as in her solo exhibitions “One and the Same”(2009) and “Stolen Moments”(2010). Also in NYC, Erika's body of work "Plastic Portraits" has received a solo exhibition at Birch NYC(2013), The Schermerhorn(2013/2014) and group exhibitions at the Red Lotus Room(2013). The "Plastic Portraits" were featured in the international group show, "What You See is What You Get"(2013) in Bari, Italy. Kapin’s work, The Open Photo Project has been shown as a work in progress nationally in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Alexandria, and internationally at the Non-monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference in Vienna.
Here is what some of my clients have to say...
"Erika took some superb pictures of our piano duo as well as of us individually. Erika is a delightful person to work with. She swiftly dispelled any sense of unease or nervousness one might have typically at the beginning of a photography session. As a musician herself, we felt Erika was sensitive to our needs as well as to our relationships with our instruments. Speaking for myself, she managed somehow to make me look a lot better than I thought I might! – I’m grateful for that!"
--Oliver Markson and Judy Pang
"Erika did a fantastic job taking new head and body shots for my website! Having pictures taken can be stressful for the client, but Erika is so friendly and confident that my worries soon drifted away. She knew just what to say to help me feel comfortable and make the experience fun. She took time to thoroughly understand what I was looking for and the end results were beautiful! I also appreciate that she was able to get pictures to me before my deadline. I highly recommend Erika! "
"I had so much fun working with Erika! She is an amazing photographer with an open mind and a creative eye. Her professional but relaxed attitude made me feel very comfortable. Thank you again for the absolutely fantastic job. (and the coffee too!)"
"Erika did a superb and artistic job photographing both business and fundraising events for me recently. She was professional, inconspicuous, punctual, friendly, and very easy to work with. Her photos made all involved look better and she really captured to spirit of the events. Highly Recommended "
--Thomas Tagliani DDS
"It's great working with Erika! She works well with the client by listening and making suggestions one may not have thought of and speedily delivers your pictures. Thank you, Erika Kapin Photography!"
"Erika Kapin is an amazing photographer because as a musician herself, she manages to capture 'sound' and 'feel' into her photography. You can hear the music just by looking at her photos. It's pure art."
"I had a really great photo shoot with Erika in March of 2014. It was a real joy working with Erika and she is excellent in all stages of production. First she pinpoints exactly what it is that you are looking for - both location and look. Scheduling with her is very easy too and she worked around my schedule. The shot itself was fantastic - I didn't really have a 100% set idea on what look I wanted for my pictures but she really steered me in the right direction and when I finally saw the finished images I was blown away. Everything looked amazing and she was really able to capture the right moments - and while doing so making it an easy, fun, creative, and exciting experience.
I highly recommend Erika for any image and picture project you are looking to do. I would also say to check out her previous work, because all her images really speak for themselves and stand out as a proven resume of excellence and creativity!!!"
-Pontus H.W. Gunve
"Erika showed a colossal commitment to getting us the right photos under many different shooting scenarios and challenges. We walked away with exactly what we were hoping for and then a ton more- it was awesome! I highly, highly recommend her!"
-David Alvarado, Structure Films, BK, NY
"I've known Erika for a long time. She's such a pleasure to work with because she's such a pleasurable person. She radiates positivity and passion through everything she does. She took some family portraits for us, and they are a beautiful, fun documentation of the moments we spent together. When you love what you do, things seem easy, and this is the experience of working with Erika. It's nothing but a good time!"
"I participated in a boudoir photo shoot with Erika. Like an awful lot of people, I struggle with body image issues, so taking racy pictures was a challenge for me. Erika treated the entire process -- from shooting to privately sharing photos to responding to my concerns about my body -- with humor, compassion, and professionalism. It was a great experience from start to finish, and the photos are beautiful."
- Megan S.