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Art & Life with Liz Erban

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Erban.

Liz, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was that kid with the pink point-and-shoot camera, taking photos of leaves, flowers, and anyone who would begrudgingly get in front of my lens. Looking back on those photos is kind of…cringe-worthy…but also pretty cute, too! I didn’t care at that point if my photos were good or bad or in focus or properly composed; I just wanted to take pictures! But, as I grew older, I started to really want to improve.

I signed up for an online digital photography class through my high school, and that was where I began to actually learn some of the basics of photo. Rule of thirds, depth of field, what the heck aperture means, etc. It was all practice, practice, practice from there. Occasionally I would take someone’s Christmas photos or senior photos, but I never saw it as something I wanted to actually pursue any further than that. Honestly, I was such a science nerd back in high school. I thought I was the least creative, least artsy person on the planet. When college hit, I started to recognize my passions and talents a bit more.

My sophomore year I was super unhappy with my major, and I was feeling really discouraged about school, potential career paths, and just bummed out on life in general. On a camping trip that November, my boyfriend and I were hiking back to our car after a long day of bouldering. We were exhausted and sweaty and smelled gross, but he looked at me as we walked and said, “I know you aren’t studying what you actually want to do, and you seem miserable. I want you to tell me what you really want to do by New Years. That way I can hold you accountable and support you in pursuing what you’re actually passionate about”. The rest was history. That night I decided once and for all that photography was my passion, and I’ve been chasing that dream at full speed ever since.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In a nutshell, I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer. I get to capture couples who are crazy in love, graduates who are equal parts stoked and terrified about the future, and families who genuinely like each other (or at least make me think that they do). And, sometimes people are just looking for a high-quality profile picture for a dating app or a headshot that makes a good impression for their company website. I’m here for it all. Some people would call that poor branding. I say that I’m a jack at all trades. Because even though I capture a lot of different types of people and shoot a lot of different types of sessions, there’s this golden thread connecting all of my work. That golden thread is my commitment to making sure that people are themselves in front of my camera.

Whether someone’s the adventurous type, the non-adventurous type, the somewhere-in-between type, I just want the real them to be reflected in their photos. No eating doughnuts in the dirt on your wedding day if that isn’t your thing. And no eating wedding cake on grandma’s china in a church if that isn’t your thing. To whoever gets in front of my camera, I’m going to make sure that your photos help you feel more YOU than you’ve ever felt before.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
For people who are struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns, know that you are NOT alone! There’s a reason that the term “starving artist” exists. But, there’s also a reason why so many artists are able to live comfortably! It’s not impossible, but (like everything else) it takes time, practice, and hard work. So, practice, practice, practice. Pick up a part-time (or full-time) job if you have to. And, take a business or marketing class at a local CC or online school to help yourself better run your business! If you make your artwork a priority, good things will come. Promise.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work in a few different places. One is my website, www.lizerban.com. The others are my Instagram accounts (@lizerban + @headshotsbyliz) and my Facebook account (Liz Erban Photo).

If you’re interested in supporting my work, two great ways to do so are to book a shoot with me (www.lizerban.com/getintouch) or tell your friends, families, colleagues, baristas, spin instructors, local PTA moms, etc. about me! Thanks in advance!

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Image Credit:
Lauren Stockton (profile image)

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