Finding Joy In The Shadows

Creating Silhouettes with Emotion

Erika Thornes is a San Diego based photographer that has found a niche in silhouette beach photography, as well as underwater, and event photography.

It is an unusual combo of genres to specialize in, but once you meet her, it makes sense. She finds joy in capturing life as it unfolds in with and under the water.

I think the first time I saw Erika’s work was a few years ago on Google+… remember G+? Good times. I was immediately struck by the combination of rich colors, striking silhouettes, and stories. Her images make you feel like you were there, or at least wish you were. She makes images that her clients love, and that will still be hanging on the walls in 50 years.

Simply put, she creates work that sticks around, and as an educator she loves helping others do the same through her workshops.

Erika is an author at, has worked with Macphun, Photofocus, and Smugmug, and has been guest on many podcasts. Articles she has written for various outlets continue to inspire people to document their family stories in creative fun ways.

Join photographer Erika Thornes and me as we examine one of her most well know images to get a better sense of how she mastered the art photographing the silhouettes.

Connect with Erika

Facebook: @ethornes
Instagram: @erikathornes
Twitter: @ethornes
500px: @erikaruth
Google+: @ErikaThornes
YouTube: @ErikaThornes

Erika Online

Other Episodes Referenced In This Show

Alan Hess – Professional Bull Riders
Brett Stanley – Immersion Therapy


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