As a photographer and the founder of the Essenza Studio, Angela has built the studio’s reputation on her creative passion and devotion to clients. She has been photographing families and weddings in the Cincinnati area since 1994.
“I’m inspired by beauty, captivated by romance and thrilled to witness great love. My heart is always touched by the joy I see in my subjects and I love to see people laugh.”
Angela earned her Bachelors degree in Advertising/Marketing from the University of Florida in 1994. It was while attending the university in Gainesville that she saw how photographing people allowed her to connect with them in an emotional way. It was this heart connection that really sparked her interest in and passion for photography.
Angela holds the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America and as an active member she continues to learn and be inspired by the ever-changing industry. She is also involved in helping other business owners/photographers as a business consultant for PPA’s Studio Management Services and she speaks within the photographic industry, educating about the art and business of photography.
Along the way Angela has been awarded both nationally and regionally for her photography. She has won national awards such as the Kodak Gallery Award, the Fuji Masterpiece and Photographer of the Year, awarded by the Professional Photographers of America for her images entered in the International Print Competition. She has also had two prints and an album accepted into PPA’s Prestigious Loan Collection, a traveling collection of imagery displayed at photographic exhibitions around the world.
Angela had the great opportunity to work in cooperation with an author to publish two books that exclusively feature her photography: I Know I Am Loved and Embraced by Love.
A true explorer of emotions and student of people, Erica brings her calm nature and creative vision into the camera room. Her ability to put people at ease and to bring about a very genuine experience is why her clients adore her.
Erica is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology with degrees in both Portraiture and Commercial photography. She graduated in the top of her class and at graduation was awarded “Most Outstanding Portfolio” having her images then chosen to be displayed and they are currently still being used at the college as an example of exceptional imagery.
Upon joining the Essenza team, Erica quickly filled the role of Studio Manager. She now manages the sales team as well as the day-to-day business of the studio. As a gifted photographer she specializes in creating for families, children and high school seniors but she is known at the studio as “the baby whisperer” for her emotional images of infants. Erica’s quiet strength and amazing attention to detail are just two of the reasons she has outperformed in her various roles at the studio.
As a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the largest photographic association in the world, Erica continues to educate herself and explore her craft. Upon entering PPA’s International Print Competition in 2011 for the first time, Erica had one of her images chosen for the prestigious Loan Collection and later published in a book.