Elizabeth BoocksI always wanted to be a photographer.

The truth is, I wanted to be a lot of things

– screenwriter/director
– permanent member of the cast of Stomp
– drummer (I could listen to percussion all. day. long.)
– teacher
– shoe & clothing designer
– I could go on, but from here the list includes things like dolphin trainer, and being the person who assigns names to crayons and nail polish.

I pursued some of those dreams… I have a B.A. in English and Secondary Education, and spent more than 15 years working as an editor, writer, graphic designer, and web developer.

But photography lingered on the sidelines until my artists group started reading the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

That’s when life began to get interesting.

away we go

Julia pointed out that if you get excited about someone else’s dream, it may be a dream of your own.

Although I do tend to get excited for my friends as they follow their hearts, I realized I was particularly excited when my friends pursued careers in photography.

It slowly dawned on me that I should explore photography as a career. So I did.

the next step

I signed up for a class at Orange Coast College, and I was so afraid of failing it was hard to tell my friends what I was doing.

That was an indication of just how much I wanted to be a photographer, but at the time it felt like I had a fragile dream I could barely justify to myself, let alone defend to someone else.

The good news is, I didn’t fail. I did okay.  And then I began to do well.  OCC has an incredible photography program, so I enrolled in more classes and took thousands of pictures.

Spent hours of my life in the darkroom and in the studio, and invested a small fortune on film and photographic paper.

But I kept plugging along, with lots of prayer, and the love and support of my family and friends.

And finally decided to make it official.

so here we are

Which brings us to today.

I love capturing what is true… live moments between couples, friends and family members… and that tends to show up in my work. I’m intrigued by light, and am always looking for ways to tell the stories through color and composition. I like people, I love my life, and I love what I do!

I’d love to hear from you… contact me here for more information on my pricing and availability.