I am a recent graduate from the College of Staten Island. I have my Bachelors Degree in Art: Concentration of Photography. I have been in love with art since I was 7 when I started drawing. My interest in photography started in 2012 and ever since then I have been practising the different methods and growing as an artist. I have recently exhibited my work in London, and Italy and I look forward to more opportunities. My main focus is fashion photography and portraits.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Elizabeth. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
When I was seven years old, I started drawing. Mainly cartoons. During highschool, I took an art class where I was able to do different assignments with shading etc. During college, I started to paint and study photography and art. I have been a photographer since 2012, and I have loved learning the different methods. I find inspiration in artist everyday and fashion bloggers.
Elizabeth, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My aspiration in life is to succeed in the field that I love. I want to travel and network with different artist and photographers. Just meet new people that will help me grow as an individual and artist. I wouldn’t mind collaborating with new faces either, I think that would be an amazing opportunity. When I turned 18 in 2012, I had my first photo shoot. I was the model, and my friend was the photographer. Needless to say since that day I fell in love with the camera as well as modelling here and there. I love to be behind the camera and making my ideas come to life, but I also enjoy being in front as well. One day soon I believe that I will travel with my work and be able to meet new faces & I look forward to that day & that time in my life. You always have to believe in your craft and yourself.
Who is your inspiration in life Elizabeth? How do you keep inspired?
I have many things that inspire me every day. First and foremost my family. They are always supportive of anything that I do. I also get inspiration from different photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Sally Mann, Bert Stern, Edward Weston, Brooklyn Beckham etc.
I stay inspired by surrounding myself with creative personalities & I follow a lot of photographers and fashion bloggers. My Pinterest is full of art and photography that I find inspiring, and I’m always reading. I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to bring them to life . I always look forward to shooting a new project and working with people.
We all make mistakes Elizabeth; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I haven’t been in that particular position yet. When I do work with other people, they’re usually my friends, so we always know how to interact with one another, and we always tell each other what we’re looking for and if we don’t like something we simply just try something new and come to an understanding. I feel that’s how I would handle too if it were a co-worker. No matter what always keep it professional but make sure you’re enjoying yourself too.
Elizabeth, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Last year I did a maternity shoot, a baby shower and a wedding. When I get Particular events like these, they either fall a few weeks or months apart which give me the time that I need to organize the photos and go through which ones aren’t the best and which ones I’ll edit and send. No matter the situation I like to know that I will always go above and beyond to bring my best work to the table and to make sure I organize each client so I don’t get them mixed up or the dates.
Please tell us Elizabeth, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I am currently shooting this project with my friend who’s a fashion blogger. We’re doing a colour psychology series. We’re following the color wheel but also bringing in what each color means etc . The first color we shot was red, and I rented out this beautiful old building on the snug harbor to do this color . I had rented the building for 2 hours . We ended starting the photo shoot late due to some delays, and we only had about an hour and a half to shoot three different looks and blow up a bunch of red balloons. Needless to say, we finished the shoot within that time frame and had everything cleaned up. We were rewarded with amazing photos and a lot of Beautiful natural lighting.
Elizabeth, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
During the summer time, the Staten Island Museum has earth camp which lasts four weeks. I came up with the idea to shoot the kids while they were in their element and becoming in tune with nature. I talked to my manager about it and also told her that they could use the photos for publicly use. She agreed, and I was able to enjoy the trips with the kids, and I learned things I didn’t know, and I got some beautiful candid shots of the kids
Elizabeth, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
In December of 2017, I received and email from the Brick Lane Gallery in London to exhibit my work with them & then a few weeks later I received another email from the RossoCinabro Gallery in Italy to exhibit my work with them. I was so ecstatic with both of these opportunities. It was such a humbling experience to be apart and to know that I can exhibit with them again humbles me even more. I’m so grateful.
Elizabeth, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
During my studio photography class, we had to come up with a still life photography project to shoot using a soft box and a blue gel. So I decided to use the face max that I made in sculpture class. I had carved words and sprayed painted it and added a real flower to the max. I perched it up against the wall along with a purple candle and a red rose and a huge photo print that said beautiful. I made sure I created an atmosphere where you could find the lighting dim but yet beautiful, and you would be able to see the concept behind the still life shoot. I thought it was a pretty good idea and my professor liked it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
I would say be patient with yourself and your craft. The life of an artist is never easy. It’s a very competitive field, but you have to know that you’re worth it. Your work it worth being seen by the world you deserve any opportunities that come your way. Every artist has their timing just trust and believe in yours. When you feel like giving up, DONT. It’s only the beginning.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to collaborate with other fashion bloggers and other photographers who are in the fashion field and who are already known. We can learn from each other and hopefully come out with some amazing projects.
Now for the best part Elizabeth! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer : Elizabeth Malavè
Online Portfolio https://elizabethmalave.myportfolio.com