The Spotlight Series: Elizabeth Tsung
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Impact: Wedding Photographer
Cultural Identity: American
This is her story:
We first heard met Lizzie at an escape room gathering. After an hour of solving puzzles, we got to hear her story over dessert with other friends. At the time, she was working a stable full time job in New York City. Upon exchanging Instagram handles, we discovered her beautiful photography. Just one month later, her follower count had grown immensely and Lizzie had established her own wedding photography business.
Lizzie’s story of artistry is incredibly inspiring. She reminds us that if you listen enough to your heart, the creative path will find you even and especially when you’re lost on life’s road. You can see her full portfolio HERE and check out her Instagram HERE.
How did you first get into photography?
ET: I started taking photos in college as a way to express self. My major was actually in classical violin but after I got into a car accident and broke two discs in my neck, it became painfully impossible to pursue. Since I could no longer play, photography became my way to keep creating something. When my professor suggested I do it full time, I laughed. Yet I found myself shooting people and events and eventually even getting into documentary work. I always wanted to capture weddings, but was discouraged. While a lot of photography is shifting, I find weddings to be timeless and classic. Finally, it was a wedding in San Jose where I become suddenly inspired to make the jump.
When I first met you, you were still working a full time job. Now you have your own photography business! How did you decide to make that switch?
ET: I was working in marketing and knew something was missing. I was photographing almost every weekend, but just didn’t know when I would finally fulfill my goal of doing it full time. I arbitrarily decided on August, but then I got let go from my job before that and realized the timing was perfect to start now. Now it’s extremely liberating to live for myself, but also very exhausting. I have to learn how to not be too much of a perfectionist, prioritize business with my art, and balance my introversion with the necessity to network. I’ve grown personally and vocationally.
You’re doing something you love, but it can still be exhausting. How have you incorporated rest into your life now that you work for yourself?
ET: Rest is so important. A lot of a photographer’s life is spent behind a screen - not just the one on my camera, but the one on my computer as I post-process the photos, manage clients through email, and update my digital portfolio. I used to be checking my email every 5 minutes, now it’s every 30 minutes. There’s progress there. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I just take a break from my computer and do small things to recenter myself.
How do you see your work empowering women?
ET: I am a photographer who doesn’t believe in retouching my photos. I’m not a magician, I’m just there to capture love, and to empower women by having them be happy with how they look. It is so easy to photoshop, airbrush, and over-edit. Women are insecure, especially a bride on her wedding day. I’ve had some brides be adamant about having something edited out, but I've learned to stand my ground and assure them of their natural beauty. If I can empower her to feel confident, then my job is done.
Wedding photography is such a special thing. What techniques do you use to capture moments of love?
ET: I begin by being present in the situation, anticipating and framing the moment in my mind, and then I grab my camera to recreate that image. It’s about capturing the art. There’s more pressure in wedding photography, and I love that. It pushes me to create better.