Hello! I'm Erick Messer, a self-taught photographer with a big dream. I grew up in small-town Kernersville, North Carolina and was introduced to photography when my father gave me a small digital camera at the 2009 Coca-Cola 600. Ever since, I have loved taking pictures of people as well as fast moving subjects. Recently, I attended High Point University with the intent to stay for the full four years, but unfortunately, costs got in the way and I am no longer able to attend the University and now in active search for either a steady job or other university option. During my time at HPU, I proudly earned a 3.63 out of 4.0 GPA, made the Dean's List, and was a proud member of the competitive and prestigious Media Fellows program.
I attended East Forsyth High School from 2013 until 2017. Everyone knew me as the big guy in JROTC. Through my four years in JROTC, I earned the highest rank and position available in the battalion: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and Battalion Commander. I also earned many awards, including Superior Cadet, the Military Officer's Association of America National Leadership Award, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County JROTC Leadership Award, and many other awards.
I also took part in the East Forsyth Aquila, otherwise known as the school yearbook. I was technically a member for three years, but I was an official member for two years. The minute I was put into the class, they promoted me to lead photographer. I helped produce two yearbooks, "What You Make It" and "Breaking Away From Every Angle." I also received a $500 yearbook scholarship and the most honorable "Most Likely to Save Rachel & Lauren's Ass" award.
My ultimate goal in photography, or any camera work for that matter, is to be on the field, whether it be basketball, football, baseball, or maybe even in the field during a politically charged event. Either way, I LOVE getting action/candid shots of anything and everything. Shooting a Super Bowl? A Presidential Inauguration? Just some thoughts...