I wanted to put a note to all prospective employers. I can NOT post most of my professional photography work from full-time employers onto this website. I can not post any of the photographs from my time at two different military bases. I also can NOT post most of my work while I was working for a publishing company in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This site can only be my personal photographs or for my side business. If you wish to see a portfolio, I can however mail you a CD, I just can not put it on this or any other website. You can check out on this site an earlier posting of my older portfolio from some of my work from 2001-2006 - Old Portfolio (it was all allowed to be able to be posted on this blog). Thank you, Lizzie
On February 3rd, 2014 (during the middle of another one of many major snow and ice storms we have had this winter) I ask my husband, Toby, if he would be willing to take me out so I could photograph landscapes in what I called, our "Winter Wonderland." Everything has been covered in snow and ice for weeks in this record setting winter season and on this day we getting another more than 8 inches of snow followed by ice on top. To make matters worse, the roads weren't plowed in most areas. So we braved the roads in my husband's pick up truck (that had 4 wheel drive) and drove around for several hours around our home and the countryside nearby. I just love what I was able to shoot and I hope that you will too!
This (and the next 3 photos) is from back behind our
house in a cemetery. Our house is not seen here,
but would be on the left-hand side of this shot.
The next 7 photos are from down the street from
our home down an unpaved road along a trout stream.
One of my favorites from the day.
Love the ducks in the pond and the
red barn in the background.
A different, much larger red barn down the street from
the one seen in the above photo.
The trout stream
All the above photos were in the town where I live -
Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Then we drove to the nearby town
of Boiling Springs, PA for all the rest of the photographs
in this posting. Seen here is the old tavern at Children's
Lake in the heart of the little town.
All the wild life that are seen year-round at the lake.
These guys all popped up their heads when I talked to them.
Overview of Children's Lake
For one of our first dates back in Oct. 2005, Toby brought
me to Children's Lake but in particularly to this spot
which is tucked away a little from the lake. Toby trout
fishes and had fished there much of his life, so that is
why he showed me the stream. We also got ice cream
from an old fashioned ice cream parlor that used to be
there by the lake (but I think it went out of business). It's
such a beautiful spot in any season!
Another one of my favorites. Love his snow mustache!
I traveled back home to the South this past Thanksgiving in order to do one special thing for my relatives - to take family portraits for my Aunt Debbie, Uncle Rich and cousins. I drove to Alabama and Tennessee to visit with my grandmother and Uncle Kenny and then the three of us drove on Thanksgiving day to see the rest of our family. I wanted to do this because my Aunt Debbie was very sick battling Stage IV breast cancer. She is the 3rd sibling to be diagnosed with cancer (though they were all a different form of cancer). Having lost my father (her oldest brother), I know how important the portraits are that I have of my family. I felt so helpless but knew I could at least take family portraits for them to use for their Christmas cards. Sadly on January 15, 2014, my Aunt Debbie lost her battle with breast cancer and passed away. She would be reunited with her two older brothers and her father (who we lost in Oct. 2012 to Alzheimer's Disease) along with her two sister's in law (one is my mom). These are my favorite photos from their portrait session and I am so glad I was able to go when I did. Aunt Debbie, I love you and will miss you! Your niece, Lizzie
Left to Right: my cousins Jordan and Kelsey, Aunt
Debbie, Uncle Rich, Claire (my cousin's wife) and
Their favorite photo that they used for their Christmas
cards. Also pictured is their dog, Blizzard.
All my cousins
The photo Claire and Logan used for their
Christmas card with their new puppy, Peyton.
my grandmother with her daughter
On Sunday, October 27th, I went to be the official photographer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Purple Light event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on the steps of the state capitol building. I donated my photography to the cause which is near and dear to my heart after I lost my emergency room physician father because of pancreatic cancer in January 2006 (when he was just 57 and I was just 24). This was my third event to photograph and be a part of for the organization - I photographed a walk in Philadelphia (I was living there during the week while working as a photographer on a military base) and then meeting on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. to tell the story of the death of both of my parents to my senators and congressional representatives asking for pancreatic cancer research funding. Purple Light was a gathering of loved ones who all light an actual purple light in honor of their loved ones who either have beaten or passed away from fighting pancreatic cancer. It was so moving for all of us to be standing there, listening to all of our loved ones names being read and lighting the lights. The first two photos are of the beautiful Capitol building. I love Pennsylvania's Capitol. I have seen more than a dozen state Capitol's but it is my favorite with the lime green tiled rotunda. It's so unique!
The next photos are of the sign in table.
The night's organizers - who also have lost
loved ones to the disease.
This little girl was there to honor her grandmother who
passed away from the disease.
It was so nice to make new friends and share the stories of
our loved ones with so many who all truly understand
what we have all been through collectively.
One of the main speakers telling the story of her loved one.
Reading the names of all those who have
fought pancreatic cancer.
Just some of those on the steps of the
Capitol holding their purple lights.
I hope that one day we will find a cure for cancer. I have had 3 loved ones fight cancer - my father and two of his younger siblings. My Uncle Mike passed away from kidney cancer in 2006 and my Aunt Debbie is currently fighting Stage IV breast cancer. All 7 of my paternal cousins know what it is like to have a parent with cancer.
In November 2011, I had the great pleasure of photographing April and Chris' wedding (you can check out their wedding photographs here: April and Chris Get Married!). Well fast forward almost 2 years and they now have a new little baby to join with their two older boys. They are one, big happy family - though a little sleep deprived! I went out to visit them near their home where I took their family portraits to mark the special occasion of the arrival of their newest addition. Congratulations April and Chris and thank you for continuing to allow me to mark all of your most special occasions! It means so much for me to get to continue to photograph your love story and journey together!