Elizabeth Willson & Liz DeGroff

Where did you and your Conversation partner meet?
Elizabeth (I go by “Liz” too, but I’ll be “Elizabeth” for simplicity 🙂 – Facebook! As I began my 365 this year, I came across Liz’s work and was immediately drawn to her style, her vision, her writing, her authenticity. We quickly became friends, messaging and realized that we have quite a few common friends. Turns out when she was in college, right up the road from my hometown, she babysat at the same church at which I attended Bible study! Small world! In August we had the opportunity to meet in our state capital (about ½ way between our homes) for a “photowalk.” It was so refreshing to share not only our photography, but our hopes and dreams, our struggles and vision.

Liz – I started following Liz’s work years ago, before I even entered the photography world myself, when I saw the work she was doing for a mutual friend I worked for in college. Then when I started pursuing photography myself, I saw her name popping up on community pages I followed and groups I was in. I started commenting on her work assuming she was aware of our distant connection. She wasn’t, but luckily her heart is big and she didn’t think of me as a stalker and once I told her I’d been a fan of hers for ages, our friendship grew from there. We’ve even been fortunate enough to meet up and do some street shooting together! Turns out, we have a lot more in common than just photography. I suspect our friendship was planned out for us long before we met one another!

What made you interested in starting a Conversation?
Elizabeth – When Kate posted in the “Stories of Home” Facebook group about this opportunity, I was captivated. What a wonderful way to tell our stories and connect them through inspiration from a fellow photographer and friend.

Liz – Liz approached me with the idea of collaborating with her on this project and it immediately appealed to me for so many reasons. First of all, it’s an entirely new way to approach shooting for me which I love. It’s also a really unique way to learn more about myself as a storyteller and this wonderful person I’m fortunate enough to call my friend!

What excites you about joining The Photography Conversation Project?
Elizabeth – The connection and inspiration. Liz and I not only share a name 😉 and a love for capturing honest, every day moments as art, but also a view of the world and our purpose. I’m excited to see how we will encourage, communicate, challenge, and motivate one another through our craft.

Liz – I’m really looking forward to how this project is going to make me see and think differently. For the last two years, I’ve been shooting to meet a theme, prompt, or grow a specific skill set. This is going to stretch my heart and my relational skills much more than any other project I’ve taken on, and I’m eager for that kind of growth in myself. Plus, Liz brings an amazingly beautiful and unique perspective on life to the table, so I’m very much looking forward to being inspired by her, and to learning from and about her.

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