We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Frazier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor behind my personal success is definitely genuine authenticity. Authenticity is invaluable, it sets you apart from the crowd and is necessary for long-term success. If you began your career trying to be like someone else you will always have to wear that mask which will be hard to keep up. Plus when you have the confidence to live in your most authentic real and honest form you create a boundless space for yourself as a creator, which is truly such a freeing place to be in.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One thing that definitely sets me apart as photographer and model is that I consistently am on both sides of the camera. I get to take part as both the creator and the subject of an art piece on any given day. This gives me the upper hand on knowing posing and understanding lighting and camera settings. I also feel like it helps me understand how to communicate what I want from an image on both sides, and helps me see things from a different perspective. This didn’t come overnight though. I began my journey as a model at just seven years old. I knew this was some thing I wanted from a very young age, but didn’t find my success until I was around 18. Being only 5’7 created a challenge for me as a model. I could only do print work and most agencies wouldn’t even look at me, but with time and persistence doing mostly freelance work and acting as my own agent I eventually became a signed model and now my face is in every CVS in the country!
My photography passion started at a very young age as well. I took photography courses throughout my childhood and then eventually started assisting a photographer I worked with through modeling. Then around three years ago I finally bit the bullet and created my own photography business. I was lucky enough to find my stride in event photography and also family photos. I love what I do and am proud to be a woman owned business.
I think probably the hardest lesson I had through creating my own photography business was having to understand the non-artistic side of things. The contracts and invoices and camera settings all seems like dauntless tasks that were not exactly in my wheelhouse when I began, but thankfully with time I have gotten to a place where they’re becoming second nature.

Something I’d like people to take away from this is that with time and commitment all things are possible. I may wear a lot of hats, but I feel comfortable anytime I put any of them on.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a huge foodie so I’d probably take them on a huge tour of the cities best restaurants. My favorite spots in the city are hands down Uchi and The Charles! On any given day you can catch me and my fiancé at one of these spots. Some of our other frequents are Paradiso, Monarch, and Kessaku!

Some of the other things I’d wanna go do with them are probably some classes at Black Swan yoga and maybe a stroll on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge with my pups!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to Black Swan Yoga. Through their training program and the mentorship of some amazing people like Patsy Montoya I have found a stable footing as my most authentic self. There have been a plethora of people in my life who have given me inspiration and guidance, but I definitely credit my recent personal success with the lessons I have learned through my journey with this amazing company.
Everything I have learned with them transcends just yoga. It transfers into who I am as a photographer and model as well.

I also want to shoutout my amazing Fiancé Michael Schultz for being such an amazing source of inspiration and strength throughout my journey. My life has changed tremendously in the last few years and I can credit so much of my personal growth and success to this one marvelous individual.

Instagram: Lunar.lizzy and frazier.photos

Image Credits
Dylan Nguyen

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