Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Erban.
Liz, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story has a really cliché beginning. I always loved taking photos of people, plants, anything that I could point a camera at. From childhood to adulthood, I went from disposable cameras to pink point-and-shoot cameras to my first DSLR to eventually purchasing industry-standard full frames! What started out as a hobby eventually turned into a part-time gig, which eventually turned into my full-time career! I’ve gotta give credit where credit is due, though. I needed a bit of a kick in the pants when I was deciding to take the jump from part- to full-time. My boyfriend Justus really encouraged me to go for this dream and never look back. I took his advice, and now I’m here!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I work primarily in the wedding, elopement, and engagement sphere of photography. I noticed that something was lacking in the photography world, and that thing turned out to be authenticity. The words “authentic,” “genuine,” and “raw” get thrown around an awful lot, but I haven’t seen many of those words fully integrated into a lot of photographers’ work. This isn’t to bash other people in my industry because there is a client for every type of photography style and approach. But, I had to really do a “check up from the neck up” to decide what was important to me in my work, style, approach, and business. In the beginning of my career, I felt uneasy whenever I asked people to fake laugh. So, I abandoned that tactic and began to approach each session and each couple as a fresh palette and a new beginning. I let them be themselves, I play off of their energy, and we make the session reflect who they truly are as individuals and as a pair. In this process of figuring out how to represent myself in my art, I decided I needed a tagline, something that really encapsulated what I’m about as an artist and as a business owner. That tagline became, “Capturing the real shit. No fake laughing allowed”. So, if anyone were to look at my work, I would hope that they would know that everything in it is true: the laughs, tears, emotions, movement. The people are real, and their realness is what I hope shines through in my pictures.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is a funny word. There’s really no true definition of it since it’s different for everyone, and my definition of it for myself changes constantly. From an art standpoint, I think success could be defined as being truly proud of your art. It’s rare that I or any other photographer will take a photo and think, “This is perfect. I couldn’t have done anything better than this”. There is always room for improvement and critique. But, looking at your artwork and knowing that it’s beautiful and imperfect and able to be improved upon in the future is a great thing. I think that’s success.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can be found online at:
The best way that someone can support me and my work is by inquiring with me or referring me to others. My style may not be for everyone. But, if something about me or my work speaks to you, send me a message through my website. Or, if I sound like someone that a friend, family member, neighbor, colleague, favorite local barista would like, send them my info!
- Website: lizerban.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/lizerban
- Facebook: facebook.com/lizerbanphoto
- Other: pinterest.com/lizerbanphoto
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