Erin Patrice O'Brien is a Brooklyn-based portrait and lifestyle photographer. After earning a degree in fashion design from Drexel University, Erin followed her passion for photography and moved to New York City in 1995.
“I would stay up late printing black and white photographs in a basement darkroom on Avenue C while listening to mixtapes of Mary J Blige and Erykah Badu.”
Erin became a regular contributor to Vibe Magazine and Entertainment Weekly and went on to photograph advertising campaigns for The Chappelle Show, Xbox, and Motorola.
From 1997- 2022, Erin photographed over 100 Hip-hop artists from Missy Elliott to Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, and a young Drake on the set of Degrassi.
She has photographed extensively in the entertainment, advertising, and publishing industries over the past 25 years. More recently, Erin has worked with Netflix, Penguin Random House, Universal Records, The Open Society, The Wall Street Journal, and the artist Brandee Younger.
“Taking portraits allows me to connect and build trust with others. Through my photography, I see the beauty and explore the realness and humanity in all people. I’m most interested in portraying my subjects in their most authentic state.”
Advertising - Atlantic Records, 3D Communications, Comedy Central, Canon, Dennis Publishing, Dupont, DDB, Fuse TV, G2, Grey, Invisalign, JDK, Lewis Communications, Penguin Random House, RGA, State Farm, Spotify, Time Warner, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Viacom, Verizon, Universal Music, Uniworld, Williams Sonoma, X-Box 360, VSA Partners
Education - New York University, Columbia University Law School, Success Academy, Manhattan College, Case Western University, Seton Hall University
Editorial - The Atlantic, AARP, Billboard, Bloomberg, Essence, ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Fortune, Golf Digest, The Hollywood Reporter, Inc, The New York Times, Parents, People, Philadelphia, Readers Digest, Runner’s World, Texas Monthly, Time Magazine, Vibe, The Wall Street Journal