Erin Lester


Hi, I’m Erin. I am a child and family photographer based in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. I adore childhood and the magic it holds. I love seeing the original connection that every family has created. I find it fascinating that you can capture a photo that portrays so much emotion and brings you back to that moment. I’m sentimental and nostalgic to a fault.  My favourite portraits are those that tell a story, from the smallest detail to the goofiest grin. I am a mother to Elle and Demi, and wife to John, a cute guy I fell in love with when I was 15. We live out in the country in our beloved neck of the woods. I’m a Scorpio and a really bad singer. I have a quiet voice but a really loud laugh.  

A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful memory/event?

This image has a lot of power for me. It was taken on Christmas eve in some very beautiful fog. It fills me with the calm and peace that fog brings in, along with the innocence of childhood.


An artist or creative, past or present that you would like to meet. Who would it be and what would you get up to?

 I would love to meet up with Sally Mann and Niki Boon. I know I am breaking the rules by picking two, which seems fitting because both of these women push the envelope with their imagery. These ladies blow me away with their uncanny way of capturing childhood in its rawest form. I love the grit and authenticity that their works show.  We would most certainly get out in the wild and have an adventure, maybe even skinny dip?!? I would be all ears and love to hear all their life stories.

Three books that have inspired you?

The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman

Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

How do you engage audiences with your imagery, is there a narrative to how you shoot?

The goal is always to evoke emotion, I want to take the viewer to a place where they feel something.  Especially in my family and childhood portraits, I want to preserve a moment in time. Childhood is one of the most magical times, and as a parent I share in the knowledge that it is ever so fleeting. Capturing memories is invaluable to me.

One ambition?

Topping my list right now is quality family time, I would love to travel and explore the world together.


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