We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth “Lizzy” Couch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth “Lizzy”, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by photographs and cameras. I picked up a DSLR camera for the first time in 2007 at a journalism workshop at The University of Oklahoma. A photo I took during the workshop went on to win a national competition hosted by the Dow Jones News Fund. As the years progressed, I continued to shoot and the thought of eventually opening a photo business lingered on my mind. After I graduated college in 2011, I shot a few weddings and quinceañeras but, ultimately, the demands of my blossoming career in TV news did not allow me to continue. In 2018, after leaving TV news, planning my own wedding and becoming inspired by my own wedding photographers, I decided to start my own photography business, Elizabeth Couch Photography. My company’s goals are:
•To to provide couples with bold, beautiful, romantic and timeless images they’ll be proud to show off and revisit in the decades to come.
•To bring value to my customers in any way I can, not just in the photos I shoot.
•To be more than their photographer, to become their life-long friend.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love colorful, bold and timeless photographs. The particular color and aesthetic I enjoy only comes second to my goals of capturing raw emotion, once in a lifetime moments and capturing my clients’ in their truest possible form. Gaining their trust is vital to making them feel comfortable, thus, allowing me to capture their personality and essence. The reason this is so important to me comes from my own experience. When I was little girl, I would sit in my living room going through old photos. I loved seeing our joyful expressions, happy tears as well as the snaps of special moments and our everyday life. Looking at those images gave me overwhelming joy. My hope is that my clients will choose me and trust me to preserve their most precious memories.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My buddies and I are foodies and like to be in bed by 9pm. A perfect day (pre-pandemic) would probably be:
•Breakfast at Old West Cafe in Grapevine.
•A a walk at Klyde Warren Park followed by the Dallas Museum of Art.
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?
My amazing husband, Ryan. Ryan, is the most patient and loving man on earth. He loves me and has always encouraged me to follow my passions. He was, ultimately, the driving force and inspiration to turn my hobby into a profitable business. I am so grateful for him.
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