Highlight on Elizabeth Garay

It was such a pleasure to work with Elizabeth. She is not only extremely talented and driven but also professional and reliable. She did such an amazing job and it is a pleasure to have her on our team here at WET Magazine. She has all the qualities needed to be a successful entrepreneur and a renowned photographer. Make sure you stop by her website to view more of her amazing work.

My name is Elizabeth and I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I’ve been married for two-and-a-half years to my best friend. Since I can remember, I have always had a passion for photography but never did much with it until I lived in Charlotte, NC for three years. During my time in Charlotte, I started this journey in photography and I thank God every day that I did. I am so happy to be back in Miami and continue my success.

Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?

When my husband and I moved to Charlotte we were not married and were waiting for our dream home to be built. The day we closed on our house it was a wonderful day. Not only did we have our dream house, he also proposed! I was so excited to have my dream wedding and started to plan right away. But soon after, reality kicked in and due to the financial hardship the economy was going through, my husband and I had to put together a wedding under a very tight budget. One of the major costs we had to cut back on was a wedding photographer, it was just too expensive! I knew the value of having a photographer was priceless, but I just had to cut back. So instead I had a friend photograph my wedding. I was very grateful she did, but unfortunately, she was not a professional. At the end of it, the only things you have left are the photographs and videos to cherish those special moments. A moment, like kissing my husband on the alter — a picture I don’t have. This pushed me to begin my journey as a photographer and brought my passion out. I never want to miss another moment in anyone’s life, especially mine!

When did you begin your career in photography?

I began my photography business within a year of moving to Charlotte, NC. The experience of being in a beautiful City and what I went through during my own wedding. It just took off!

What is your favorite thing about photography?

My favorite part of photography is seeing my client’s faces and joy when they see the results of the photo session. I also love the all the gadgets and equipment!

What inspires you most?

This question really got me thinking. I have many things that truly inspire me. But I must say, what inspires me the most, is my husband. I always talked about turning my passion into a reality and making a career out of photography but was always scared I wasn’t going to be “good enough.” My husband is the one who saw the value in my photographs and the “eye” I have.  My success is a result of the belief my husband had in me. He had this belief before I believed in myself. And I will forever be grateful he gave me the inspiration and courage to go after my dream.

Do you believe in the expression, “A picture is worth 1,000 words?”

Yes and much more! At the end of it all the only things you have are the memories you carry — and the photographs.

Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?

Honestly, no! It’s more of being at the right place at the right time. Where I believe they need the talent is more of the mechanics of the camera and editing process. Emotion and expression is everywhere, you don’t need talent for that in my opinion.

Do you have a special style in your photographs that can single you out like strokes in a painting?

My style as a photographer is in-the-moment, photo-journalistic and full of vibrant colors! I feel a child playing, or two people in love gazing into each other eyes, is something you cannot stage. I like to capture my clients in their special moment and in their world. Not mine! I want my photographs to tell a story and capture everlasting moments.

What do you enjoy most photographing?

I love photography and shooting everything. But the one thing I enjoy the most, is photographing children. They grow so fast and are so cute that I just can’t get enough. They are beautiful and so much fun to shoot!

In your opinion, what makes photography an art?

What makes photography art in my opinion is the time factor it takes to put one picture together. Anyone can pick up a camera and shoot but not everyone can turn that photograph into art. The process of taking the picture and editing it into something beautiful is not only time consuming, but takes a lot of imagination and creativity. Even the mechanics of a camera, to get that perfect shot, takes skill.

What motivates you to do what you do?

The one thing that motivates me the most is the opportunity to finally do something I truly love. It is my goal to have my studio one day and leave my 9-5 job to do something that is fun and rewarding. I think about how my life will be and the freedom of having my own business will give me. These thoughts and goals motivate me everyday!

In what direction would you like your career to go?  Advertising photography, weddings, or fashion?

Currently the direction my business is taking me is — everywhere. I do not want to deny any opportunity to capture special moments. I started mostly with children I thought this is where I will stay but when opportunities come knocking on your door, you can’t say no! I do not want to limit my abilities or my dreams! If I’m available, I’m shooting it!

Your goal for the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years I hope to open my own studio. I truly believe you should do what you love and love what you do. Photography does this for me. It is not considered work. Even though, sometimes it gets tough. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.  It would be a dream come true to have my own studio and I will continue to strive towards that goal and make it happen!

Written by: Jo-Ann Rodriguez

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