Let’s Celebrate! | Elizabeth Jane Photography Turns 9!

Let's Celebrate

Elizabeth Jane Photography Turns 9

It’s hard to believe that 9 years ago I was fresh out of high school and preparing for the fall to head off to college and get my first taste of adult life. It’s also hard to believe that 9 years ago, Elizabeth Jane Photography was born!!

I grew up as a 4-h’er and started showing sheep when I was little, then eventually horses, and by high school I was taking photography as well. By the time I graduated I had taken all the levels of photography available except for one, Self-Determined. So I decided that I would take that level and create my business and develop a plan. And that is when Images by Elizabeth was born. I was planning on getting a degree in graphic design when I went to school in the fall, so I thought that “Images” worked well for both photographic images and graphic design images.

From that moment my business has been growing and evolving with every day! I went to college in the fall, and by the end of the year I was working with another photography company and photographing 20+ weddings a summer and getting a lot of experience under my belt!

For my senior final for my photography class I decided to rebrand Images by Elizabeth and developed Elizabeth Jane Photography. I decided to make it a little more personal by including my middle name, and also because I didn’t want to include my last name because no one would ever know how to spell it!

By the time I graduated college I had photographed over 60 weddings. And had 7 years of experience under my belt.

Elizabeth Jane Photography has had some rocky points. Some highs, some lows, and some growth! After college graduation my plan changed a bit and I got an office job a few weeks after graduation. I was commuting 120 miles round trip each day and had little motivation to work on my business and eventually my battle with depression got worse, and Elizabeth Jane Photography took a spot on the back burner for a few months (Ok, almost a year) and I took some much needed time for me. Mental health time is the most important time. Ever.

That soon changed! By June of 2015 I was able to go part time at my office job and by June 2016 I quit my job and took Elizabeth Jane Photography on full time!!

July 1st marks my 2 year anniversary of being self-employed full time and July 10th marks the birthday of Elizabeth Jane Photography (previously Images by Elizabeth). It is kind of hard to believe that its only been 2 years, but yet seems like just yesterday that I started all of this!

I couldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of all my friends, family, and fans! So this July I raise my glass to a crazy, fun, adventurous, stressful, and most of all, rewarding 9 years!

About Me | Reflecting on the past 12+ years! | Fort Collins Photographer

About Me | Fort Collins Photographer

About me

Reflecting on the past 12+ years

November 2018 will mark 12 years since I photographed my first wedding. Sometimes I think, I don't know if I've made many accomplishments in my life, or even my time as a photographer, then I look back at my photos from that first wedding (where I assisted my sister and probably made more work for her than less) and realize how far I have come!

11.5 years, 100+ weddings, and two degrees (high school and Undergraduate) later, here I am, looking back on it all. This May marks 5 years since I graduated from college and 9 years since I graduated from high school. 9 years ago I started my last 4-H project, and started the first of many, MANY steps in my photography business.

For that project I officially started my photography business. I started doing jobs for money in 2008, as a high school senior, but didn't officially kick things off until the summer after high school. So this summer marks a LOT of milestones for me! It will be my 9th year in business, and will kick off my 3rd year of being a full-time, self employed photographer. Two years ago I said goodbye to steady pay, benefits, and a 40 hour workweeks to have rollercoasters of income, pay crazy amounts for "benefits" and work 60+ hour workweeks, but I wouldn't change it for the world!

It's hard to believe that all of this has happened in the last 9 years, but I am SO lucky to have been able to do this, and so amazed by everyones love and support through it all.

Here's to another 9 years!