Erin Margaret Alison Rambo—please, call her Rambo—started taking photographs two years ago. But you wouldn’t know it from her teeming portfolio. The face in many of her pictures is that of Fort Worth-based soul singer Leon Bridges. As his personal photographer, she has helped showcase his retro-cool image.
“I love the energy he gives when we take photos, and I’m inspired by his music,” says Rambo, 30, who is on Bridges’ North American tour this month. “So it’s a perfect pairing of things that we were already doing, but love to do together.”Rambo moved to Fort Worth during middle school and returned to North Texas after attending college in Oklahoma. She was working as a neuromuscular massage therapist when a grisly experience brought her to photography. “A lot of what got me into photography was this event where I got attacked while running,” she says. “So I picked up a camera and started figuring out what I believe about womanhood.”
Now she considers the camera a part of her, though she continues her massage work when not on tour. Healer at home, artist on the road.
Her art form is black-and-white photography. “The older you get, the more you realize things aren’t very black and white,” Rambo says, “and there’s a ton of gray scale. So it’s nice to just have a snapshot of a moment.”
It follows, then, that Rambo’s personal style mirrors her photography. Her closet contains black, white, denim, and little else. This retro simplicity’s in tune with an on-the-go lifestyle—she has to pack light. “I want to make my own style and be reflective of my photos,” she says.
Her job requires comfortable dress, and pants fit that bill. “I’m not going to elbow through a crowd to get pictures of Leon, in a skirt,” Rambo says. “I don’t even think my man has seen me in a skirt or a dress. I borrow Leon’s clothes all the time when we’re on the road.”
Comfort doesn’t equal boring, though. Her classically vintage style individualizes her and helps her better connect with her art. Add a pop of red lipstick, and her monochrome ensemble takes on a life of its own.