Meet Erica McCartney: NY Mama and Still Life Photographer

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Erica McCartney

“Don't give up. Be nice, it goes a long way, you never know who will lead you to your next job.”

What do you do and what led you to this career?

I am a still life photographer here in NY. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts, I began assisting a still life photographer full-time. I realized shooting still life was the genre of photography I wanted to make a career of. After years of assisting I built a roster of clients and began shooting on my own!

What are the names and ages of your children?

Pepper, who is 3 years old, and Bauer, who is 9 months old.

What has been your biggest career achievement thus far?

Definitely seeing my images printed for the world to see, in subway stations, magazines, bill boards, bus stops etc. I pinch myself when I see my work out there, I have such a fun job!

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a mother?

How much love I have for them. My heart has been full since the day Pepper was born, then when Bauer came my heart overflowed. Yup! It's possible!

And what is the most challenging?

Sigh...being a parent is the hardest job anyone could have, you won't believe it until you're in it. I have to remind myself to be patient. Children will test your limits, and sometimes you just have to walk away and take a deep breath.

What is your best advice for someone new to your industry?

Don't give up. Be nice, it goes a long way, you never know who will lead you to your next job.

What is your best advice for a new mother?

It takes a village so take any help that is offered to you. Soak up every second - time really goes by fast. Take lots of photos!

What's next for you? Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

Right now I am going to continue doing my job: being the best mom and photographer I can be. No new projects on the horizon, but if you ask me tomorrow I might!