We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Burgoon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Part of me always knew I would pursue a career in the arts. Although my dad constantly told me I would be poor, my mom was on the other side being my cheerleader. I studied political science and law, and I truly did enjoy it. I still have a passion for the at-risk population. However, art feeds my soul, and at times, it feeds my family. When I was married, it was just a means of making ends meet, but once I divorced, it was my survival. Not just financially, but emotionally as well. I continue to choose this career because it is rewarding, and I love the connections I make.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a portrait photographer, primarily photographing family and children. I love fashion, so naturally when I found out I was expecting 5 years ago, I started to collect boy’s fashion from small shops. I really appreciate supporting small business. When my son was born, I would dress him up and take photos of him, and then post to social media. I started getting these messages from shops reaching out to me. They wanted to use my images for their websites and social platforms, and some even sent me high end clothing to photograph. It kind of evolved over time, and eventually, I was photographing friends children, and thought, “this could actually turn into something.” It took several years in business, but now I operate primarily through word of mouth and do very little advertising. I’m very fortunate. People come to me because they know I specialize in outdoor sessions that are warm and rich in color. None of it was easy; running a business is a constant struggle. Some days you don’t even know where your next dollar will come from, and you are looking at these bills coming in–but at the end of the day, I have freedom and you really cannot put value on that.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh, great question. I would take them to Hilltop in View Park for an Avocado Drop Top and an Iced Coffee. Then we would climb the stairs at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. We’d probably need a nap after that. We would have a late lunch from Mike’s Deli on Slauson. Of course, a Santa Monica beach visit is always necessary for first-timers, and we would go to the Bungalow after for cocktails.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of the single moms who have experienced homelessness. You are strong and amazing, and this is temporary.

Website: www.ellievdesign.com
Instagram: @ellievdesign

Image Credits
Ellie V Design

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