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Meet Erin Scabuzzo of Hello Pinecone Photography in Topanga Canyon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Scabuzzo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I fell in love with photography as a teenager when I discovered B&W film, and I still remember how magical it felt to get that first roll of film back. It was filled with joyful, quirky, photos of my little brothers & snippets of my life and I knew from that moment this is what I wanted to do.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an AA in photography and spending a couple of years in NYC, I made the move to LA in 2005, and the rest is history! I love the west coast so much and have fallen in love with the mountains.

Connecting with nature, playing, road trips with my husband and pup (in our orange 83′ VW bus, Rusty) and spending time with children and other creatives is what fuels me – and is the place from which Hello Pinecone Photography was born.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I mainly struggle when I try to fit into the mold of what I think a successful photographer looks like. I still get caught up in the comparison trap (it’s so easy to do with social media!), but when I started focusing on creating body of work that brought me joy, my ideal clients started to find me.

I am not a very business minded person naturally so spending some time and energy on developing that has really helped a lot!

Hello Pinecone Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a photographer, my ideal clients are affectionate families, creative souls, and people that crave the real, the love-filled, and the sometimes messy. I try to create images that invoke emotion, nostalgia, and connection because those are the things that light me up! Photographing people in their element, whether that is at home with their peeps or adventuring in nature is what I most love.

I shot all film when I first started and ended up finding my way back to it after a 10-year digital hiatus – at first just for my personal work and then by slowly incorporating it into my client work. Shooting film is one of the tools that help to bring my vision to life by giving me that gorgeous grain, creamy film tones, & help me to be in the moment more and less in front of a computer.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success by trying to stay as true to myself as I possibly can. By keeping the wonder & imagination of my inner child fed, by being kind, and by creating work I am proud of.


  • Portrait & family sessions start at $600

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