Photographer wants to see a TJ Maxx | Community

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 15, 2022

Erica Cotton, 47, lives in Harker Heights, works in Fort Hood.

What is your origin?

What brought you to the region?

The soldiers took me to the area. My husband was posted here.

I am happily married to my husband, Sam Cotton. We have a total of five children; four from previous relationships and one together.

Do you have brothers or sisters?

I have five in total. I’m in the middle. My brother, the baby, came after me. My siblings are Felicia, Kelly, Michelle, then me and the baby, David.

Tell me about your parents.

What do you like about Harker Heights?

I love that they have a few stores that I like near me.

What don’t you like about Harker Heights?

I don’t like that there isn’t enough variety of places to shop.

What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?

My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Cracker Barrel.

Where is your favorite place to shop in Harker Heights?

My favorite place to shop in Harker Heights is Target.

What would you bring to Harker Heights if you could?

I would definitely bring a TJ Maxx to the area.

What made you decide to get into photography?

Ever since I was a child, I have loved photography. I always took pictures. It runs in the family too. I have several different members of my family taking photos.

Tell me about your awards and accomplishments.

I went back to school and got a degree in editorial photography from Austin Community College.

While I was at Austin Community College, they had an exhibit and my work was in that exhibit. I received the Best in Show award.

I was thrilled to have my work printed and displayed.

I am currently working on getting my real estate license in Texas. I have one from an earlier state; I just need one for where I live now.

What community work do you do?

I donate to Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

I donate items to people in need. I distribute food to homeless people I see in the neighborhood.

What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was my Texas real estate book.

What’s the last movie you saw?

The last movie I saw was “Moonfall” with Halle Berry.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to stay in school. I told myself to also focus on my health.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself opening a photo studio and doing real estate.

I also see myself continuing to be an active parent.