Vita Pulchra Est Magazine Interview

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:

Interview Questions:

  1. Who are you and where are you from? My name is Emily Lizzio, and I am from Hartland Michigan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 



Louvre in Paris!

I have exciting news! Many of you know that throughout the spring and early summer I was participating in the annual Exposure Award photography competition for the Vox Populi Award. To be eligible for the Vox Populi Award and be displayed for one night event at the Louvre Museum in Paris my photos needed 100 comments and 100 votes from the public. Thanks to all the lovely support from my wonderful friends, family, and strangers I exceeded well over the needed amount and won! The judge panel chose my praying mantis shot for the animal collection and on July 13th at the Exposure private event held at the Louvre, my photo was a part of the digital display. I was so happy and grateful to have been given this opportunity! It has been such a blessing. 

~ Emi

Upcoming Summer Wedding!

This August another childhood friend of mine, Sophie, will be entering into Holy Matrimony with her wonderful fiance Gino. I am thrilled to be this beautiful bride-to-be's photographer! It brings me so much joy to be able to witness all of my old friends marry and capture all the moments of their special day. I am really looking forward to preparing and planning for the big day with this dear soul! :)


Katie & Stephen's Wedding!

November 29, 2014 Katie and Stephen tied the knot on a crisp, sunny winter day in Wisconsin. This was my first wedding I ever officially photographed and I was beyond excited! Just me, myself, and I headed out into this adventure. Katie and her family have been good friends of mine since before high school and we were in the same high school choir together. It was such a delight to capture Katie's special day! It was a beautiful weekend trip mixed with a bit of crazy. Being a full time student, I flew out to Wisconsin the weekend before my fall semester finals week. After a full wedding weekend, I jumped right into finals. Juggling unknowns and new experiences kept me on an adrenaline rush! I learned so much from my experience, how I can improve, and my strengths. You never know what you are capable of until you do it, and when we give it our all, we often astound ourselves! I have fallen in love with wedding photography and plan to continue down this path. It is an incredible honor and blessing to witness and photograph the love shared between two souls. I can't wait to see where this path leads me, and I hope you will join me on my journey! :)

~ Emi