I thought it would be fun to share my interview questions from a magazine my friend started for her graphic design portfolio. Below I are all my photography related answers!
Vita Pulchra Est:
Who are you and where are you from? My name is Emily Lizzio, and I am from Hartland Michigan.
Do you remember when you first fell in love with photography? I have had a love for the camera and photography for as long as I can remember, but it didn’t become a big part of my life and a passion until I was ten years old. When I was ten, I entered in my first photography project for the Fowlerville Fair through 4-H, and continued entering five more times. As I grew older, I became more interested and my love for photography grew. At one point I even wanted to be a professional photographer for the National Geographic when I grew up. Then through high school I grew more and more in love with photography, cinematography, and filmmaking.
What do you enjoy the most about photography? Practicing photography and creating art through the lens brings me a happiness and peace that very few other activities can bring me. It makes my heart happy and the reality of photography simply blows my mind! I am fascinated with the fact that a moment in time can be kept forever, molded into beautiful art, and have the power to influence and stir the soul. Through photography and filmmaking you can share a message in a special way. I greatly enjoy creating and communicating messages through photography.
Who or what inspires you and your work? I truly believe that the beauty, truth, and goodness of God that surrounds me are what inspire me. What I believe, my faith, and how I perceive things shape my creative ideas, and the beauty of God and His creations inspire my work. I try to expose the deeper, hidden goodness of things and the truth of God through my photography. The purpose of communication is to communicate the truth, which is my ultimate goal when creating a message through photography. I also find myself being inspired by little interesting objects, pieces of nature, a thought, or word that sends my imagination wild creating stories in my head. I love how photography can make these stories and messages come to life and have the power to touch the hearts of others.
How would you describe your style of work? My style varies on my subject matter and what message or feelings I want to communicate. Overall, I strive for a natural and simple style expressed in a unique and creative way.
If you could photograph anyone or anything, who or what would it be and why? I would love to photograph all the beauty of the Holy Land and of Italy. The photography projects would be endless if I were to travel to those locations. When communicating a story or message through photography or filmmaking, I always look for a beautiful canvas to work with. I think these two locations would provide me with the perfect canvas for almost all of my ideas. As for people, I would have a blast doing a short film project or photo shoot with children from different cultures. I love finding hidden beauty and enlightening others through it, children are absolutely breath taking and have the ability to profoundly inspire and teach others. What could be better than creating something beautiful with children from around the globe? Documenting different religious orders from around the world would be an amazing project to do as well. I find different religious orders throughout the world to be precious and mysterious gems that can also reveal hidden truths of the soul. Sharing their beauty through photography would be a great privilege and something that could impact others for the better.
If you weren’t doing photography, what would you be doing? If photography were not a passion of mine, I would probably be focusing on other aspects of my creative hobbies or creating beauty and communicating messages in some shape or form.
Where do you see yourself and your photography in five years? In five years, if it is God’s will, I would like to have my photography business official and up and running strong. I would like to have more experience in filmmaking, and complete different projects through my work that make a difference.
- What advice can you give someone looking to get into photography? For anyone looking into photography, I highly encourage you to simply go for it! Explore and devote some time to testing out the waters. For starters, don’t worry about whether or not you have a professional DSLR camera; in almost 11 years of pursuing photography, I have only had a professional camera the past 3 years. Just go for it and enjoy the process. It takes work and patience, and if you’re willing to give it time, beautiful things will come from it.