Member of: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
Annika, owner of AE Pictures Inc, currently resides in Petaluma California with her son, Leif. Petaluma is located in Sonoma County, just 40 miles north of San Francisco in wine country. Annika’s love of photography started in a Junior College darkroom on the Central Coast of California. Her work quickly took over her life and a black and white portfolio printed in a traditional darkroom got her recognized at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The summer of 2000 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the school. By her Junior year at the Academy, Annika had already been published in magazines such as Surface and 7x7. In addition to this exposure, Annika’s work won several national photography competitions from organizations including PDN, ASMP, APA and received judges choice awards from editors at Vogue Magazine. By the time of graduating from the Academy in 2004, Annika’s work had been showcased in various galleries in San Francisco and New York City.
After college, Annika continued her work in the field of commercial photography, a career filled with travel and production. Her focus shifted from fashion to lifestyle photography. In 2006 Annika was blessed with her first born son, Leif Erickson. Motherhood transformed Annika’s life and priorities immensely. In 2007 Annika opened her own corporation producing images that are licensed by Getty Images, Luckypix, and Blend Images on the internet. Her work can be seen in ads for Target, AOL, Girardelli, Ragu, and MTV to name a few. You may have seen a picture or two from Annika strolling the greeting card aisles as well.
'So now, with a background in production, a background in fashion, and the sensibility of a mother, it is no wonder Annika has attached Wedding Photography to her list of talents. Delighting in the sentiment of love and the dazzle of the décor and garments, Annika has found her true calling with photography. She loves meeting new couples and hearing their stories, please connect with Annika on Facebook and our blog to share your story!
Here is what clients have to say about Annika:
“AE Pictures Inc was exactly what we were looking for! She was very professional, yet had so much fun with us. She captured our day perfectly. Thanks Annika!!” –Kelli & Edgar Cardoso
“AE Pictures Inc went above and beyond with our event. From the moment we met with Annika I knew she would be the person we wanted to photograph our wedding. Her style of photography was unlike any other that I had come across, her understanding of what we were looking for was perfect, her eagerness for her work was spot on. My finished product was more than I could have imagined. I would use AE Pictures for any event I had, and will recommend them to anyone asking.” - Desirae Tedeschi
“The pictures she did for our wedding make me tear up with joy every time I see them. The pictures are crisp, colorful and picked up the exact theme of the day. Annika and her assistant got shots from areas of the church I hadn’t been able to see. She did a remarkable job, was very professional with my stuffy family and got them to relax a bit as well. Overall the best experience ever. The view of my big day through Annika’s eye was magical.” - Heidi Townzen
“Annika is likely the most amazing photographer I will ever meet. Annika radiates warmth and her smile is contagious… which, btw, makes for great pictures.” - Alexandra Erlendson
“Annika was referred to us by another photographer after we changed our wedding date, and I called Annika less than 6 weeks before our wedding. She responded immediately and set me at ease right away, not even flinching at the short time frame. We met up with her, and my wife and I enjoyed her company instantly. She really cared about what we wanted the feel of our event to be, worked with the types of shots by going over examples and ideas, and was all around incredibly flexible. The best part about Annika is that she blends in with the mood of the crowd. I noticed that she did not make anyone uncomfortable, brought an energetic assistant and had a clear focus of excellence the whole day. If she was tired after 8 hours, we never would have known. We have some of the most beautiful and unique wedding photographs I have ever come across. This is not based on the fact that we are in them. Annika is an artist, and a profound one at that. Reflecting back, I could not imagine Annika not being at our wedding. She is simply a remarkable, dedicated photographer.” - Tyler Erlendson