I’m a professional photographer, a creative retoucher, a dedicated educator and a life-long artist. I was lucky enough to be raised in an artistic household, with a father who loved photography and a mother who loved quilting. They both taught me to always try new things and to never let fear stop me from living. Their lessons have carried on with me and seep into every part of my life: I’ve never thought of myself as just a photographer. And I think that’s my biggest asset. I’ve tried everything from paper making to screen printing to oil painting, and I am constantly searching for new ways to express myself.
For me, photography is a combination of passion, ingenuity and basic technical understanding—with a heavy emphasis on the first two. My hope is that the work I produce can exude the enthusiasm I have for my subjects and the imagination I use to create images with impact.
As an educator, I want to help other photographers to find that passion for their work. Too often these days, people are picking up cameras and pointing at whatever is in front of them with no fervor. The images may be generically beautiful, but cause viewers to feel nothing. As photographers, we should strive for more than just beauty—we should attempt to produce bold work that exudes a true vision. Through a basic understanding of light and color, how cameras work and what post-processing software can do, I hope to help other artists find a way to express their passion and creativity. Even if you can’t seem to access it, trust me – it’s in there.
Photography isn’t my full-time job—I actually work a part-time gig at a local bookstore—but it is my true love. After a few difficult years and a creative lull, I’m finding my own photographic footing again. As I spring back into this world of portraiture and post-processing, I hope that the lessons I’ve learned over the last decade can help more than just me.
To learn more about my journey as a photographer, jump over to my personal blog and scroll through the archives: I’ve written about my difficulty to find creativity through photography, how I’ve dealt with the recent death of my mom, and the concept of home. Hopefully they’ll offer a glimpse into my life. (My professional website is at elizabethlepage.com.)
For now, I am thrilled to be writing for CDP and to help all of you learn more about the topic of photography. I can’t wait to share my best tips and tricks to help you all kick serious butt out there in the real world. Also, if there’s a topic you want to know more about; just send us an email and let me know what you’re interested in!