Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Elizabeth Wiggs

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 Liz was one of the first blogging photographers I fell in love with.liz29

Before Miz Booshay, before Jasmine Star, before I Heart Faces, I had Liz. And Liz made me LOVE taking pictures.      liz5    I was in awe that she quit her full time job and went out on a limb and started a business. liz9

I have watched her grow and expand her business. liz11

She has a lot to share so delve into the world of Picture Taking with Elizabeth right along with me!

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Who lives in your house with you Liz? liz10

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. liz7

What made you decide to get a 'big girl' camera? liz6
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. liz14

Did you take any special classes or read any books that helped you decide to shoot full time?liz3
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. liz12

How long did you think about the decision before you did it?liz2
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. liz17

Were you scared when you quit your job? liz16
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. liz28It 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.
liz21         How do you decide how many people you can shoot during a week?liz20
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. liz27
Is it hard to work as much now that the baby is here? How do you make your schedule?
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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. liz32
Did you know you were having a boy? liz19
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. liz24
Tell me about being a Mommy. Was it something you were looking forward to your whole life? liz25?
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. liz13There 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

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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. liz26He 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?liz35

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. liz22

What is your favorite song right now? liz1Right 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.

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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. liz31

What do you love about shooting families?liz38
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. liz23

What is your favorite type of shoot to do? liz40
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. liz36

If you could do a dream shoot tell me all about it. Who would be your model and what location would you be in?liz34
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.

liz37  See, I told you that you would love her.

Isn’t she amazing?

Here is her website.

Thank you Liz for the interview.liz39

And thank you

for dreaming

and believing

and being

a beautiful person.

You astound me!

51 comments:

Yelena R. said...

I just love how happy her photos are...that's the only way I can think of how to describe them :) Oh and she has my dream job!

Tricia Nugen said...

She's wonderful! what a great interview Becky!
xoxo-Tricia

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

These photos are beautiful. Ahhh...she had me at "quitting her job."

I wish I had a hobby that I could just go out on a limb and follow my dreams but alas...I don't have a hubby (yet) and I do have a mortgage!

Very inspiring to read about people who just do it!

Terri said...

Wow! She really is awesome! I can see why she's a favorite of yours! I'm checking out her site now! Thanks Becky for another great interview! =)

Lori said...

Amazing! As always I am in awe of such talent and beauty. XX

I'm just the MOM said...

I mean seriously...how cute is that little guy on the hippo chair?! I love these interviews! Makes me wanna take pictures...but its like 9:32pm right now lol...so maybe tomorrow :)

Foursons said...

I loved that hippo chair too!

I really like how you caught everyone in a relaxed, natural pose. Nothing is forced and your shots steal a moment in time of the people you captured.

Beautiful photography. So glad you took a chance and went after your dream.

Heather said...

Great interview and what a great photo! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my word, Becky. You are TOO TOO TOO TOO nice to me. This was SO sweet and I feel SO blessed to be mentioned here. You are a fabulous person with a fabulous heart.

PS- I just read the "about me" section of your blog, and can I just tell you how AWESOME you are?!?!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Fabulous interview!!! And amazing photos!!!! LOVE!

Mandy's Memories said...

This is great and you are right, she is an amazing photographer!

Skeller said...

it's always so fun to hear photographer success stories!! gorgeous pictures, and yet more living evidence that starting with a Canon Rebel can launch you to photographic excellence!! ;-)

Wanda said...

Wow, Becky. Another great interview. Way to go!!

Gretchen said...

Wow Becky..You were right she is amazing. What beautiful work she does. Thanks so much for sharing your one of your early fav's. I can see why:)

Ginny said...

Thank you for showing this to us, her photos are just stunning and memorable! And you know just the right questions to ask, ones that I would have asked. I love the song, too, and can see why she likes this singer. It reminds me a bit of some of the folk singers who came out of New York in the 60's.

the Lola Letters said...

I can see why you love her! Now I do too!

Mackenzie said...

Wow! I cannot believe I haven't found her, or you, sooner! You take amazing pictures as well!

photowannabe said...

Beautiful uncontrived shots of kids and families. I loved this interview and I'm on my way over to her site right now.
Thanks for sharing her delightful pictures with us.

Christine said...

AMAZING photos- and a lovely post. I am going to go visit. Such an inspiration ... love that Elzabeth is self taught!!

ThisMamaRAZZI said...

Wow. First off - your images are totally incredible! Gosh. Your range of what you can capture blows me away. You are amazing at every type of photography that you do and that takes a lot of work and SO much talent!!!

You are so lucky that your son sleeps that much. My sweet litle babe was a non sleeper - totally jealous!

Loved reading about you! But also about how much you impress Becky!! :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Awesome interview off to check out her site!

Jennifer said...

Wow!!!! Amazing photographer!

Jen

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing, she takes awesome photos.

jennykate77 said...

I definitely see why you love her so!♥ Her photography is GORGEOUS!! She captures moments so well. I love the more subdued colors in most of her photos...it's beautiful.

Brooke said...

more and more we're learning that the corporate world isn't as secure as we thought. good for her branching out and embracing a job that she loves!

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

Once again, a wonderful enlightening interview! Becky, you really have a way of capturing a person's essence. Liz, you are a beautiful person and I love your work!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, she is so awesome. I love all these photos and her answers to your smart questions!!!

ps. I also love Ray LaMontagne.

Margaret Almon said...

Thank you so much for pursuing this interview. The poet Muriel Rukeyser said the universe is not made of atoms, it is made of stories, and the more stories I read about creative women like you and Liz, the bigger my world.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Well...she's certainly gorgeous...and so are her captures!!

Jabacue said...

Nicely done. I really like your gentle approach and easy manner.

Dot O said...

She sounds like such a sweetheart! Loved the photos - her work is lively and just plain fun! Interview her again once she does her underwater session - that would be so cool to see.

April said...

Talk about some gorgeous pictures! WOW...I'm blown away! Loved this interview...thanks so much for sharing!

Puna said...

What a wonderful interview! I loved every word. It's my dream one day to go out on my own...keep these interviews comeing!

jamie said...

Liz is great for sure! I have known her from the beginning of the Photog business, we started it together with 2 other friends. i am so excited to watch her grow and this interview is just amazing. great job liz!!

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Sarah said...

Another wonderful interview!! I am going to check out her website RIGHT. NOW. LOVE meeting all of these wonderful photographers!!

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

What a great interview! I love her personality and those shots....amazing! I enjoy your site so much...thank you!!!

Mighty M said...

I love the questions you ask in your interviews Rebecca!! Liz is beautiful - and her photos show that she is indeed ABUNDANTLY talented! I love those baby pics the best. I am a big Ray LaMontagne fan too!!

Marjorie said...

another great interview! i'm just starting a photography business, went from taking photos of my kids, to other people's kids, to engagement pics and my 1st wedding shot in october. it's been a crazy few months, never thought people would pay for my work. if you ever looking for an interview i'd love to share :)

gogovivi said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and I loved this interview. What great content. Going now to see more. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wow! There is such joy in these images. Becky, you know the most fascinating people!

Honey Mommy said...

Beautiful photos! It gives me hope that one day I can take pictures that gorgeous with my big girl camera!

gretchen said...

what a great story! congratulations on your business and on living out your dream!!!!

good job becky. :)

Maddy said...

Great interview and awesome inspiration!! I completely empathize with her worries to leave corporate America! Even though I'm no where near quitting my day job, I always have that as a possibility in the back of mind. I hope I can take that leap of faith someday too! Her work is beautiful!

Norah said...

Beautiful work! The happiness is just bursting from these images. The one with the family on the beach, and how the mom and dad are looking at each other, WOW!

Manisha said...

These were really amazing photos. Thanks so much for doing this interview and all the others!

jlo said...

The baby resting her head in her hands? Forget it!

DD said...

Wow she is amazing...and such a beautiful person too!

MsBabyPlan said...

She is great photographer.

Daria @mominmanagement said...

Stunning photos. Amazing.

Amy said...

wow, she is an amazing photographer. I have fallen in love with her work - thanks to sharing.