We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Victoria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I first started out I would take any job I could get just to make money. I’d work on days I didn’t want to work on, and I’d photograph sessions that I really didn’t enjoy. At one point, even though I still wasn’t making as much as my goal, I decided that my freedom and personal life was more important than the money I’d make during a shoot I was miserable doing. At this point in my photography career I only take on assignments that I know I’ll love. This helps to give me a greater ability at balancing my personal interests as I have more time where I’m not only working. In my busier months, if I have a weekend off I generally will do very little work and I’ll take that time for myself and my family. When I have a full weekend of weddings I’ll usually take the following Monday or Tuesday after that weekend off. I’ll schedule a massage and spend time either relaxing or hanging out with my family and friends.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a wedding photographer who loves bright, crisp, vivid images. My style has a timeless quality, I haven’t been swayed by the different photography trends that I know won’t last. I love capturing the romantic moments, and the gorgeous scenery surrounding my couples. And I definitely use my sarcastic and dry sense of humor a lot to get some natural expressions.
I’ve been photographing weddings for over 12 years and it took a lot of hustle and determination to get to where I am today! Not only does photography take a lot of creativity, but it’s also very technical, and to make a living you have to be business minded. The only aspect that comes naturally to me is the creativity. Everything else required me to step out of my comfort zone and learn what I needed to do to succeed.
I’ve found that the more I put into this business, the more I get out of it. And not only in areas that would seem obvious.
My goal is to create breathtaking images that will truly capture the wedding day how it was, so my couples can relive it forever. I want their memories of the day to be fun, relaxed, and positive and I want them to feel that I helped to make their day as amazing as it was.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d start the day off at the beach, probably Point Dume and then up to the Nature Preserve. Walk around for awhile taking in the beauty of the area. For lunch there’s this little deli in Malibu that makes the best tuna sandwiches, and it’s always fun for the occasional celebrity spotting. Maybe we’d go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, bring a charcuterie tray and some wine and enjoy the music. Or catch the Philharmonic at the Disney Concert Hall. Get dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, and a cupcake for dessert at Sprinkles. And head over to the Laugh Factory for some great stand-up comedy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My bestfriend is the reason I’m a photographer today. Nearly 15 years ago she had decided to start some type of career with photography and invited me to join. I don’t think I’d be a photographer today if it wasn’t for her.
Along my career I’ve had a few photographer friends that I’d lean on for advice and guidance. Their help would come in the way of reconfirming decisions I was deliberating on, giving me new perspectives, and even sending me referrals.
My brother also helps me with occasional business advice, he’s in a completely different field but his knowledge regarding business will crossover where it will help answer some questions that will come up in my work.