It’s time for another Guest Photographer! Elizabeth Gilje comes to us from my request for photographers on this very site. For me, it’s really cool to connect with those that find my photography interesting and escape into their work for a while.
But first, check out her blog at http://egilje2.blogspot.com and let’s learn a few things about Elizabeth!
1. Explain a bit about who you are and the type of photography that interests you most.
I’m truly a Montana girl at heart and feel blessed every day to live in a place that has endless beauty all around. I love everything the outdoors and nature has to offer – skiing, hiking, camping, floating and so much more. I have always been “that girl” with the camera in hand and finally received my first digital SLR a couple years ago and wouldn’t trade it for a thing (except an even better camera).
It would be safe to say that while I’m still developing my skills and defining my niche, nature is what truly interests me the most. It’s such a challenge to try and capture a breathtaking scene the way you are seeing it. I also love to travel and wish I could more often. I’ve been to some pretty amazing places and the combination of photography and travel is an addiction I’ll forever have.
2. If you could have a paid trip for 4 weeks anywhere in the world, just to photograph and report back, where would it be and why?
Oh gosh, do I have to pick just one? I’m thinking the around the world in 80 days concept only confined to 28. South America, Australia and Africa are all very intriguing to me, as well as being places I haven’t yet explored. I think if I had to hone in on just one it would be a tour of southern South America. The colors, history and landscape seem like a photo haven.
3. Name two of your photography inspirations.
Blogs. Yes, blogs (including this one!). As I’m honing in on my skills I love to see how others view people and places, and the various different styles that are out there. I feel this is what has helped me improve the most.
I’m also inspired by everything I see around me. Somewhat cliché, but I can’t tell you how true it is. Everywhere I look I’m seeing a photo op, whether it’s the morning light highlighting the jagged peaks of the Spanish Peak Mountains on my way to work or the field of wildflowers in bloom on my favorite hiking trail.
4. What do you hope to convey to others through your photography?
For travel photos, I want folks to feel like they there and are able to experience what I did on my journey. I also like to capture simple beauty in a way that helps others appreciate the small things in nature you take for granted. Above all, if it creates a feeling of relaxation, excitement or merely elicits a smile, I feel I’ve done a good job.