20 Fun Facts About Me | Fort Collins Photographer

20 Fun Facts About Me

We're getting personal..

I think I am in the mood to share some fun facts about me, so here is your edition of "Meet your Photographer"! I am going to try up with 20 fun facts about me that are NOT photography or business related! This might be hard...

  1. I am the baby of 5 and there is a whopping 16 year age gap between my oldest brother and me. And yes, we all have the same parents.
  2. I. Love. Spaghetti. It is seriously my weakness and I have no "I'm full" warning when I'm eating it. The same might go for Fruity Pebbles...
  3. I have a lot of people who ask me if I have a nickname since Elizabeth is so long. My friends call me Libby, and I'll give you permission to do the same if you'd like ūüėČ How did I get the nickname of Libby? I came home from school one day when I was in 2nd grade and told my mom that my name was SOOO long compared to everyone else in my class (my first and last name are 18 letters total. Try fitting all that on a bubble test. I get a lot of mail for Elizabet because the H won't fit!) So my mom gave me a book with nicknames for Elizabeth and I thought Libby was good! And the rest is history!
  4. I love tomatoes and I am a vodka drinker, but I HATE Bloody Mary's
  5. I was a whopping 10 lbs when I was born, but I wasn't even the heaviest baby in the family. My brother was 11 lbs. 10 oz. His son was 12 lbs. 1 oz. I come from a family of very big babies!
  6. I am a Colorado sports fan. The Broncos, Nuggets, Avs, and Rockies are my teams! I have to admit that I was a Houston Rockets fan for a few years in high school while I was playing basketball and wanted to grow up to be like Yao Ming!
  7. I drank about 4 cups of coffee a day for a few years, and quit cold turkey last January! It was soooo hard, but after the first few months it was much better!
  8. I love to travel and hope to visit all 50 states in my lifetime. I have a list going right now and am up to 20 (plus Washington D.C.) I have a lot of traveling to do in the south, Midwest, and East Coast! I think I want to visit New England next!
  9. I grew up about 2.5 hours from the Kansas border, but have NEVER been to Kansas!
  10. I am currently learning Italian! It has been an interesting little adventure!
  11. I am also doing some sewing during my slow season! I sewed my best friend a baby blanket for her little munchkin that is due here in less than a month! The other day I made a really pretty Kimono that I LOVE! I also tried to make some leggings, which was successful, but they will have to be my "Just for home" leggings as I found out the fabric is pretty see through. Oops!
  12. I grew up in a small town. And when I say small town, I mean population 225. I went to a Pre-k- 12 school and had 15 classmates and went so school with 8 of them all the way from Kindergarten till graduation.
  13. I am 5'11" tall. They say your wingspan should be as long as you are tall, but I have a 6'1"+ wingspan. There is a reason you will rarely see me wearing full length sleeves or mens long sleeve shirts HA!
  14. I HATE seafood. Just the smell of shrimp makes me start to gag. YUCK!

  15. I love me some Kraft Mac 'n Cheese, but only when it's fresh. It can't be re-heated!

  16. I went all 4 years at college without ever ditching a single class. I missed a few due to sickness, but part of me wonders if I missed out on the whole "college experience" by not having 1 day of notes from a class because I stayed in the dorm watching movies or taking a nap.

  17. I get nauseous at the sight of blood, which I just looked up and it is called Vasovagal Syncope. Most of my family has the same issue. I HATE hospitals because of this. The littlest things make me sick. I hate to admit it, but I've had to take a few breathers (and lay down with my feet up) while visiting family in the hospital...

  18. One of my biggest pet peeves is mouth noises. I hate when I can hear people licking their lips, chewing, grinding their teeth and smacking their lips. Sometimes I go crazy when I can hear people over-exaggerating their breathing. It is the worrsttt.

  19. I have been learning how to play the violin! It is by far the hardest instrument I've played, but I love the challenge!!

  20. I love trying new breweries. I have almost visited every brewery in Fort Collins, but new ones keep popping up! I love trying craft beers, but when I'm hanging with friends my beer of choice is usually Bud Light. I know, I'm terrible, but I gotta watch my girlish figure!

Porter’s First Year | Fort Collins Children’s Photographer

Porter T.

Baby's First Year

I cannot believe this little munchkin is already a year old! And I have a slight confession, it makes me SO sad that I am not going to see him everything 3 months behind my camera!

I have loved watching this little boy grow up this past year. Newborns and 3 month olds are just so cute and all you want to do is snuggle them the whole time, but by the time they're 6, 9 and 12 months they start to develop such a personality and I LOVE photographing that with little ones.

The last two times I photographed Porter it was so awesome to see him start to become his own little person. As a farm girl myself, it was so awesome to see Porter running around the farm like the owned the place, but also to see how much this little human loves his cows at such a young age!

I can't wait to see where this little blonde hair, blue eyed farm boy goes in the next few years and I love watching his little family grow! I have been documenting this family since the engagement and can't wait to see what the future brings! 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Porter's first year!

An Irish Blessing | Fort Collins Photographer

St. Patrick's Day

A Bittersweet Holiday

St. Patrick's Day has become one of my favorite holidays over the years. I grew up only knowing one of my grandparents, A red headed irish woman named Patricia, who was born on St. Patrick's day. Green was one of my grandma's favorite colors, even when it wasn't March 17th. She always wore a green pin on St. Patrick's day and when I would go to her house as a child she would ask me if I was wearing my green, because if not, she was going to pinch me. Saint Patrick's day was her favorite holiday, and soon became mine.

One St. Patrick's day I was in California visiting my sister and we went out to the beach to celebrate the holiday and got a phone call from my dad, who had called to tell us Grandma has passed away. It was her 84th birthday. 

Saint Patrick's day was grandma's favorite holiday, her birthday, and the day she passed. Because of that, this holiday will always hold a spot near and dear to my heart.

I wish you all a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day. And in the words of Brian Buffini "I'm going to leave you today with a little irish blessing" (Which my grandma had hanging in her house)...

Ellis Ranch Bridal Show 2018 | Fort Collins Photographer

Ellis Ranch

2018 Bridal Show

Bridal Show Flyer 2018

Come visit me!

If you are getting married this summer/fall, come on over to the Ellis Ranch bridal show and check out all the vendors! Even if you aren't getting married at Ellis you can still chat with the vendors you are looking for!

Be sure to stop by my booth and say hi and enter to win a free photo shoot!!

March 25th noon to 4 at Ellis Ranch!

Elizabeth Fehringer

Best of.. Fort Collins Photographer

Best of

Fort Collins

Expertise Badge
2018 Best Portrait Photographer in Fort Collins

I am not one to boast or brag about what I've done or where I have been, in fact, I hate talking about myself most of the time. Today I'm going to step out of my shell and brag a little bit, but mostly it's as a thank you to all of my amazing fans, friends, and clients out there who helped me get to this point!

Last year I was named on of the best family photographers in Fort Collins by Expertise.com. To get an award like that it so great when working in such a competitive industry with photographers al the way from beginner/hobbiest to someone with 20+ years of experience working full-time with a 6 figure income! Getting to say that you're one the best family photographers in Fort Collins is an amazing feeling!

Then this year I found out I received the same award for 2018 and I was so honored!

A few months ago, Hula Frog, (a blog that shares things to do and businesses to use that are family oriented and kid friendly) started a contest for the "Most Loved Family Photographer" in Fort Collins. They listed several photographers that were in the contest and asked viewers to vote for their favorite photographer. I shared it when I found out I was in the runnings, but quite honestly I forgot about it! A few weeks ago I was scrolling through my emails and saw one listed "Best of Fort Collins" and it wasn't until I clicked on it that I realized what it was. I went to their blog and found that I was listed as the winner! Because of the love and support of so many of my amazing clients and friends and family I am proudly able to post this badge! It is such an honor!

Thank you to everyone who voted, shared, and as always, has supported me through all of this!

 

Elizabeth Fehringer | Fort Collins Photographer
Fort Collins Most Loved Photographer Award

What does your headshot say about you?

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Headshots. No I'm not talking about sniping someone. I'm talking about the photo that you put on your linkedIn profile or website to show the world who you are. We tend to cheap out on headshots. Whether that means hiring an amateur or using a selfie from your phone, I think sometimes we forget what we are trying to convey with that image.

Your headshot is probably the first impression you will make with people. If they are shopping around for someone, they may try to find someone that looks trustworthy and friendly, but if your headshot does not convey that you could be losing business.

After spending about 10 minutes on LinkedIn the other day I was amazed at the quality (or lack there of) of some of the profile photos some people have. I am LinkedIn with recent College graduates, people that work for S&P 500 companies, and some small business owners. Some of the photos are made up of selfies, lots of cleavage, and photos of people eating a sandwich or chugging beer. Now, please don't take this the wrong way, but unless you are trying to get a job as a beer taster at Budweiser or as a sandwich taster at Subway, those photos are not showing off what you have to offer. QUIT CHEAPING OUT ON YOUR HEADSHOTS! Hire a professional and I can guarantee it will pay off in the end.

As much as I would like to share some of the "bad" photos I have seen on LinkedIn, I decided to spare those people the humility and decided just to share some of my favorite headshots.

If you're a dentist, you want a photo that is going to show that you are friendly, personable, but professional.

And the same with an optometrist. And why not show a part of your office in your photo? Who said headshots all had to have a solid black or white backdrop with a cheesey smile and silly pose. Don't be afraid to show off your profession and your personality.

Think of your headshot as a way to tell a story to your target market. If you are using your headshot so that clients, patients, etc. can see what you look like, then also show what your business looks like. And never be afraid to show what your personal values are. If you are an outdoor loving person, why shoot inside? Why not enjoy the outdoors in your photos too?

I am a Colorado native and absolutely LOVE this state. In the photos I did for my Christmas card I decided to wear some clothes to support my Denver Broncos, because to be honest, my business revolves around the Broncos games during football season. But why not also show off some of the beautiful weather we get here in the centennial state?

And if your job is a business coach, then take a photo that shows that you are approachable, yet confident and motivational!

And lastly, if you are putting photos on LinkedIn, DO NOT put photos on your LinkedIn profile that you would also put on your online dating profile. Don't show any cleavage, make sure you have a good background, and please, no selfies. When you take a professional headshot your goal is to end up with a professional photo that is clean, classy, and makes you look like the trustworthy and beautiful person that you are!

Out with 2017 and on to 2018

Out with 2017

On to 2018

Another year has come and gone and when I sit and look back at the last year I can't help but think of how much I have grown. I have grown as a business owner, as a photographer, and as a person. As always, 2017 brought some unexpected turns, but they only make me stronger in the end.

2017 was my first year as a full time photographer and I have to admit that it definitely tested me. I learned that sometimes you need to cry, and sometimes you need to put on your big girl pants and deal with it. If I said I did those two things at all right right "times" I would be lying. More times than not I just cried.

In 2017 I photographed my 100th wedding as a photographer. After about 10 years in the industry, I feel like I hit a major turning point in my business. It has definitely been so rewarding and I have SOO many people to thank for that!

 

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It seems like every year I say goodbye to more friends, and it never seems to get any easier. I said goodbye to two friends this year. One from college and one from my post-college years. Both of them were 26, and its moments like that that make you realize how short life really can be.

I said one really tough goodbye this year to my fur-niece. We had to put Nina down this year and it was so tough to go through that, but to see her in pain was so much harder than the pain we have dealt with since then. Nina was the dog that taught me to love dogs and the dog that protected me and got me through some really tough times. It has definitely been tough getting through the last few months without her (and her stinky breath and farts) by my side. 

 

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Jarrett Lee "Kansas" Bellendir

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Michael Reuben Martinez 

October 11, 1990
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In 2017 I continued to following my traveling heart.

In January I went on a girls trip with some friends to New Orleans and LOVED it! Everyone has told us all these scary stories about New Orleans, but we had zero bad experiences while we were there! It was so much fun and I fell in love with the food and the music! We stuck around Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for the most part but did adventure over the Mississippi on a Ferry and took a bus ride to the swamp and did a tour there. They told us it was one of the coldest weekends of the year for them, but being from Colorado, it was nothing for us! I definitely want to go back sometime! 

I took a trip to Chicago this December. It was a quick 72 hour trip, of which I spent about 23 of those hours in the hotel room sick with the stomach flu. From the time I did have there, I loved it, but I will go back and have a flu-free adventure with lots of good food!

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I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for me! I have been working hard on setting my business goals for the next year but haven't taken any time to make any resolutions for myself!! So on that note, I am going to go write some goals about losing weight and being fit, then get on to the good goals!

As always, thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in every way throughout 2017. I don't know where I would be without y'all!!

Love, Elizabeth Jane 

The First Year is Complete | Fort Collins Photographer

Eight years ago, almost to the date, I began the process of starting my own business. I had just graduated high school and had been photographing “professionally” for about 3 years at that point. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a photographer and nothing else. I was set to go to University of Northern Colorado in the fall and begin the adventures to get my degree in photography and graphic design. Now fast forward 8 years and here I am; living my dream.

July 1, 2016 will always hold a spot near and dear to my heart. That was my first day as a full time, self-employed photographer. I had been doing photography on the side for years and in July of 2015 I cut my hours at my “real” job and built my business part time. July 1st 2016 was the first day I got to make my own schedule and control what I did. Along with the freedom came the lack of benefits, the inconsistency of paychecks, and many MANY stressful days and sleepless nights. I knew those would come, but there are a few things I wish people would have warned me (or maybe, things I should have let sink in a little more) before I took the jump..

1) You’re going to cry. A LOT. Probably more than you’ve cried over any boy in the past 15 years. And eventually you’ll just get used to it.

2) As one of my mentors, Jay, says, “You’re not going to win them all, and that’s OK. There are plenty of clients to go around, you just have to find the ones that are right for you.” (except he probably says it with a few more tasteful words)

3) Giving up coffee during your first 6 months is NOT the best idea…

4) Sometimes things aren’t going to go the way you’d like and you have to accept that and change your plan to keep things rolling.

5) No matter what happens, you will always have your family and friends there to support you. Sometimes that means more than any “bottom line” ever could.

I could NEVER be where I am without the support of my family, friends, and faithful clients. It has been a long, scary, and stressful year, but if I could talk to the 18 year old writing a business plan for the 4-H project, I would tell her to never give up on her dreams, because even though it’s been tough, it’s been worth¬†every one of the¬†31,536,000 seconds.

So here is a thank you to you, whether you have supported me as a client, a family member encouraging me to follow my dreams, or a friend listening to my struggles or, sometimes, still loving me even in my silence as I think of what I’m going to do next.

I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring for me and my business and I hope you stick with me through the journey!

How to Pick Out Your Photoshoot Outfit | Fort Collins Photographer

I often get texts from my clients that go a little like this, "WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD WE WEAR??"

Don't worry, you're not alone! I had to get some new headshots a while back and spent HOURS trying to figure out what to wear for my shoot, and that was just me! I didn't have to worry about coordinating with other people!

In my family of five, two of us are photographers. So when everyone was home for Christmas a few years ago we decided that we need to take an updated family photo. Since everyone in our family always complains that they don't have anything to wear, my sister (the other photographer of the family) and I decided to do a "Plaid Family Photo" since everyone in our family owned plaid. I will be the first to admit that, as photographers, we are not the best example of what to wear. So, when it comes time for your family photos my first suggestion is that you should NOT all wear plaid!

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1- Avoid mixing a lot of patterns. 

Patterns are great, but when you mix plaid and stripes and spots things get a little too busy and takes away from the most important part of the photo: you. If someone is going to wear plaid then have another person wear a solid color that may be in that plaid shirt. Or if you are going to wear stripes try toning it down a bit by adding a solid colored scarf or over shirt.

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2- Don't be afraid to add a pop of color

 Your outfits don't have to be boring, muted colors, but just be conscious of what bright colors you add. I love wearing the color peach, but I have a shirt that is a little too far towards the neon scale, and it tends to reflect on my arms and other people when I stand out in the sunlight.  That is something that we don't want in a photo. 

In this photo, "Mackers" is wearing a pink shirt and headband which ads some color, while the rest of the family is in darker colors. It's the perfect pop without being over the top.

3- Be Comfortable

This is BY FAR the most important advice I can give you when it comes to picking out your outfits for your photoshoot. When we are comfortable in what we are wearing we are confident, and confidence is something that shows in photos. If you are worried about your bra straps falling down or your pants getting saggy or popping a button on your shirt you are not going to be comfortable. 

I'll be honest about some of my weaknesses when it comes to photos. There are 3 main things I am concerned about in my photos. 1) Is my muffin top obvious? 2) Am I showing too much cleavage? 3) Do my arms look too big?

So when it comes to choosing an outfit for me those are a few of the things that I focus on minimizing. If you find the "perfect" outfit but it still requires some pinning and pulling then maybe that's not the best. Dress in something that makes you comfortable and the confidence will follow.

 

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