Why I Do This!

I just received the most beautiful testimonial from Heather…it perfectly sums up why I do what I do.  I’ve been photographing her for years and it’s been an amazing journey growing together.  Thank you, Heather!  Check it out below…

DSF1391

Testimonial:

Dearest Liz,

Thank you from the deepest part of my spirit for:

Letting me be who I am, and also whoever or whatever I felt like being depending on the day without fear or judgement…

Teaching me that beauty is found in the most unexpected ways, and so I learned to try things I never would have chosen myself…

Sparking a sense of adventure in me in spite of anxiety because I knew it would turn out amazing no matter what crazy places or poses or props we used…

Showing me that I don’t need the elaborate trappings of costumes and makeup to be beautiful, but letting me happily play with them anyway…

Seeing the beauty in my changing body, and encouraging me to embrace those changes instead of hiding them…

Helping me break away from a past of body-shaming and bullying…

Giving me a safe place to explore finding my own beauty with love and respect but also humor…

Letting me see through your lens the beauty I could not or would not see with my own eyes…

Showing me that my own body is a work of art…

Giving me tangible proof that I am strong, sexual, and beautiful…and giving me permission to be proud of it and to share it…

All of those things I learned modeling for you, and I am forever grateful.  I wish that anyone who struggles with issues of shame or self-image, and also anyone who makes hateful comments about your work could read this and understand the healing that can take place by working with someone like you.  No matter what we all look like on the outside, we all hurt deeply on the inside when we do not love ourselves, and I don’t think I would have come so far on that without your help.  I was absolutely terrified that first shoot, but by the end I just felt so comfortable.  I don’t think for one minute that would have happened with just any photographer.  It is a special gift that you have, to be able to see the beauty in people, and capture it on film while making a safe space for them to express it, and then helping them to see and BELIEVE that beauty is there.

Love Always,

Heather

 

Loving the Rain

I must say, it was a bit of a gamble moving to Seattle.  I was (yes, was) one of those people heavily affected by winter weather back east, and I wasn’t sure how I’d handle the rainy reputation of the Pacific Northwest.  Good news!  I’ve learned to love moments in the rain.  I’m not going to lie and say I love it all the time…but, I’ve learned to appreciate moments.  I love the way the gray sky makes colors seem brighter.  I love the way the raindrops feel on my skin.  I love the sound it makes on the tent when camping.  Overall, I feel more peace in winter than I ever have before.

DSC_2608

Here’s Mari, stretching in her rain boots!  Carkeek park.

Limited Edition Print

DSC_8266

I’m only printing 10 of these…ever!  They will be printed on absolutely gorgeous 16×20 metallic finish paper…this deluxe quality archival paper has a subtle shimmer to it that brings out the colors and depth in the image.

This image feature Ballerina Brittany Cavaco in the Meatpacking district of New York City.  Each one will be signed by myself, and numbered.

Get yours here!  Limited Edition Print

Rainy Day Dance

This is Mari.  I met her on instagram, and we decided to set up a shoot in Carkeek Park.  Of course, this being the Pacific Northwest, it poured.  Didn’t stop us!  We played in the rain and mud, while I awkwardly cradled an umbrella to protect the camera.  She’s done ballet for a long time, and is now training to be an aerialist!

dsc_2640

dsc_2655

dsc_2688

dsc_2600

Ok, one more silly one!

DSC_2865.jpg