Welcome to a new and exclusive series of video interviews on the 500px YouTube Channel! We hope you’ll tune in regularly. To kick things off, 500px co-founder and CPO Evgeny Tchebotarev sits down with Erika Barker, a former veteran combat photographer who now lives and works in New York City as a portrait and fashion studio photographer and retoucher.

What did 5 years in the navy teach Erika Barker about her photography style and approach to her craft? Hit play in the video below to find out.

Scroll down to get a glimpse of her awe-inspiring images:

See more of Erika Barker‘s photos and work on her website.
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