hi there, I’m erik, I’m a photographer deeply rooted in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, whose forests and lakes are more than just scenery – they’re my happy places. Here, I find endless inspiration in nature’s unique patterns and colors. My journey, fueled by the mentorship of fellow artists from the Leelanau community, has been a path of continuous growth and discovery.

As a father, I’ve learned to see the world with fresh eyes, thanks to my children. They’ve shown me the beauty in everyday moments and the magic hidden in the mundane. This perspective is now at the heart of my photography – capturing the world with the curiosity and wonder of a child.

I embrace the chill of winter, finding joy in skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and iceboating. These aren’t just hobbies; they’re an extension of my artistic expression, connecting me deeply with the great outdoors.

Balancing art, family, and life is a dynamic and ongoing process. My rule is simple: keep a camera within arm’s reach, always ready to capture those fleeting, once-in-a-lifetime moments.

To those visiting my site, I hope my photographs do more than just please the eye. I hope they transport you, even momentarily, to the center of those unique moments, letting you experience the emotions and beauty as I did, preserving the essence of times that will never come again.

Canadian geese sitting in calm water with misty background in black and white