You know those cooking blogs that you click because you want the receipt for a meal yet have to scroll through ten years worth of the blogger's back story before you even find an ingredient list? Well, this is sorta like that. My bio is at the bottom of this along with TONS of pictures of my sweet family. So if you want the straight facts feel free to skip the next few paragraphs. Fair warning - it won't tell you much about my heart though.
You know the saying, people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care? I want to share with you first my heart. My why. This makes up the foundation of my 'About Me".
So, hi. This is me. My face. <<< And below is my heart.
(P.S. I only wear cool hats for pictures otherwise I can be found in yoga pants and a shirt I stole from my husband, duh.)
I BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON HAS SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THEM. I AM NOT GOING TO TURN YOU AWAY BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO SHORT, TALL, FAT, SKINNY, UGLY.
I am also not going to turn you away because you are getting married in a church or a barn or in space (please get married in space). I shoot all of the locations and I show them off proudly. Imperfections are what make my photography beautiful. Your unique love is what makes it come alive. The way the two of you fit together like a puzzle piece is what creates the sparks in my images. It is you. Normal, imperfect you. And I wouldn't have it any other way. So bring on the fluffy, the insecure, the uncomfortable. I am going to show you just how freakin' beautiful you actually are.
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOULDN'T JUST BE ABOUT RECEIVING PICTURES. IT SHOULD BE ABOUT RECEIVING AN EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TAKE WITH YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
I am not going to tell you to stand there and smile. 'Okay, now more serious. Okay, now smile again. Okay, we are done. See you at the wedding'. I am going to offer up suggestions on some incredible locations for your sessions and we are going to have a blast shooting. I am going to lead you along the way to get the two of you interacting and playing with each other. You might even forget we are talking pictures.
Awkward? No problem. Need help on outfits? Sure! Have problem areas you want me to be mindful of? Will do! After the sessions, we will continue talking long before your wedding. In fact, I am going to help you create an amazing wedding day schedule that leads to ALL of my weddings running on time (and usually ahead of schedule) for photography and being as stress free as possible.
The point is, I don't just show up and shoot. This is more than that to me. Way more.
I come from a long line of artists and creatives; a fact I am proud of. I had always loved photography and took it to the next level by opening up my business, Elizabeth Hoard Photography, in the fall of 2013.
I am licensed and insured in the state of Tennessee as well as licensed, bonded and insured in the state of Mississippi. I have served the Memphis area in wedding and engagement photography for over six years now & am now offering wedding photography to the Huntsville, Alabama market. I am an alumni of the University of Memphis with a degree in Marketing Management.
I am married to my wonderful husband of almost nine years, Josh, and we have three beautiful children- Landon & Addison & Laila. Whenever I travel for weddings I try to bring the whole family along so they can see different parts of the country.
I had the EXTREME honor to be the photographer behind the internationally loved trash the dress session for Shelby Swink. My images from her shoot were shared in hundreds of countries across the globe, in every state, and by 10,092,589 and counting people on Buzzfeed alone!! The experience has been surreal but has taught me so much and made me strive to be an even better photographer day in and day out.
Other random facts: We have fostered tons of bottle baby kittens from Memphis Animal Services over the years & found homes for each of them so far. I am a black belt in Karate. I was homeschooled ;-). And most importantly… I am obsessed with chewy candy!!