A little about the photographer...
First things first, my name is really Erica Reed, but my work name is spelled ‘Arika’ Reed. There are many reasons for this. If you are curious, just ask!
I’ve been interested in photography my whole life, and received my first camera in 5th grade. I’ve been continuously tormenting my friends and family ever since.
After high school, I attended Central Michigan University, and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts. I graduated with a major in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Anthropology. During this time, I learned the basics of a SLR camera and how to develop film in the darkroom. (Wow, remember film!?)
Still considering photography a hobby, I furthered my education with a certificate in travel/meeting planning from Travel University International in San Diego, CA. I went on to work as a domestic and international travel agent for AAA in both California and Michigan. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to photograph some amazing places, including Alaska, Mexico, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, the Caribbean, and various places in the U.S. My dream as a photographer is to one day travel the world and document all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (If you don’t know what they are, look them up). Kickstarter, anyone? 🙂
Finally, after having children, I decided to give professional photography a try. I quit my day job, attended a local college to learn more about digital photography, and slowly worked my way up to where I am today.
Want to know more? The following things pretty much sum me up in a nutshell: pizza, music, family, coffee drinks, Pinterest, scrapbook paper, baking, friends, making lists, anything sweet, old school, and Midwestern at heart.