Liz was one of the first blogging photographers I fell in love with.
Before Miz Booshay, before Jasmine Star, before I Heart Faces, I had Liz. And Liz made me LOVE taking pictures. I was in awe that she quit her full time job and went out on a limb and started a business.
I have watched her grow and expand her business.
She has a lot to share so delve into the world of Picture Taking with Elizabeth right along with me!
Who lives in your house with you Liz?
My husband, me, and my son. Occasionally my stepdaughter stays with us- who is absolutely perfect and brings such a fun spirit to our home when she's here.
What made you decide to get a 'big girl' camera?
I spent four years working as a tv news producer, before I took a sales job in hopes of having a more simple, family-oriented life. While I was happy to finally be off on weekends, holidays and at night, I genuinely missed the creativity involved in my tv job. That was the first time in my life that I realized I was built in a way where I needed to be creating things. My husband helped me figure that out and bought me the Canon Rebel xti, in hopes I would reconnect with my old hobby. I had no idea it would result in a business.
Did you take any special classes or read any books that helped you decide to shoot full time?
No. I am pretty much self taught. I took some high school photography courses and had a dark room in my home when I was 15, so it's always been a passion of mine. When I got into digital photography, I spent a lot of time with other photographers and looking for every opportunity to learn something new. I was blessed from the beginning (and still am) with an amazing support system.
How long did you think about the decision before you did it?
Probably about a year and a half. I wanted to know that the photography would be consistent. I also wanted to make sure I wrapped up all my projects I was involved in at work. I also had to wait until I got on my husband's insurance.
Were you scared when you quit your job?
Of course. There's something secure about being in the corporate world. The insurance, the retirement plans, the predictable paycheck. But mentally, I knew that if I could succeed at the photography, I would be able to stay at home with my children, be my own boss and do something I loved. It was easily worth the risk to go for it. The worst I could do is fail and then go back to work. It has pretty much been a dream come true. How do you decide how many people you can shoot during a week?
I consider myself booked up after four sessions in one week OR a wedding. That is my ideal workload, but I always end up fitting in one year clients or having to reschedule because of weather, so I generally end up doing about 6 sessions a week.
Is it hard to work as much now that the baby is here? How do you make your schedule?
Luckily, Zachary is a VERY good napper and sleeps about 5-6 hours a day and 12 hours at night. I'm curious to see what happens as we approach the toddler age. I have a feeling we'll be signing up for a Mother's Day Out program very soon.
Did you know you were having a boy?
Yes. And I can't even begin to describe the emotions I had when I learned I was having a son. The idea that one day a little boy will hug me and say "I love you, Mommy" completely melts me.
Tell me about being a Mommy. Was it something you were looking forward to your whole life? ?
Oh wow. Yes, I always knew that one way or another, I would be a mom. But, the number one surprise about being a mom is how much love I feel. For the first time in my life, I love someone so unconditionally that there are no deal breakers. There is nothing that he can do that will change how much I love him, and that feeling is overwhelming.
Do you get to see your family often and spend time with them? Do your parents adore being grandparents
I am so blessed to have my parents and my sister living nearby. They, besides my husband, are my secret weapons. I don't know how I would do this without them. I love how much they love him too. He is a lucky guy to have so much love in his life.
What do you do when your weather doesn't cooperate with your shooting plans?
Reschedule. I do whatever I can to squeeze in sessions wherever I have to. Whenever there's a period of chronic rain, the next few weeks tend to be crazy.
What is your favorite song right now? Right now, I'm on a kick where I've been listening to some older stuff from Black Crowes and Wilco, but a current artist I've also fallen in love with is Ray LaMontagne.
Now, if we're having a Wiggs' Dance Party (which happen frequently around our home), you'll probably hear some Beyonce, Blackeyed Peas, and maybe some Sugarland.
What do you love about shooting families?
Capturing the love between them. If I get a shot where the whole family seems happy and relaxed, while interacting with each other, I consider it a success. I know it's a bit cliche, but there's no blessing as great as capturing the love of a family.
What is your favorite type of shoot to do?
My two favorites are 6 months old and maternity sessions. I love 6-7 month sessions because usually the babies are SO happy and are amused by everything. It's usually the first time you can really start capturing a baby's personality. I love maternity sessions because of the hope and anticipation they tend to capture. It's such a beautiful time.
If you could do a dream shoot tell me all about it. Who would be your model and what location would you be in?
It's so funny you asked. I saw a maternity session done by another photographer the other day that was all done UNDERWATER. I would love to try something like that some day. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Isn’t she amazing?
Here is her website.
Thank you Liz for the interview.
And thank you
a beautiful person.
You astound me!