Today we’d like to introduce you to Liberty Shaub.
Liberty, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
As long as I can remember my parents supported me in a life of art. My mother was the best artist ever in my eyes and I knew I wanted to be like her in that sense. My father saw this as well and continued to provide me with creative outlets, and this started with a camera. I got my first toy camera around the age of 5 by my dad and a real Sony camera around the age of 10! Since those were gifted to me, I can’t seem to remember a time without it. As I grew up my love grew stronger and stronger, I started with yearbook clubs in school, photographing sports, asking my friends to model for me, it became my whole life and all I thought about. As much as I loved it, I didn’t realize it could be my career, I felt nowhere talented enough to make it possible. As I got into high school, I met an amazing teacher named Mr. Gonzalez, who made it clear to me it was completely possible. When I came to this realization, I wanted nothing more to spend every day photographing milestones in people’s life. I wanted to provide people with a piece of art they could cherish for life. I knew it would be hard but it would be worth it. I started creating my brand at 16 knowing I had a lot of work to do. I went to local wedding venues and asked to work for them, I didn’t care if it was for photography, I wanted to be a bus boy, or clean up team, anything that would show me what the wedding industry was like and hello get my foot in the door, When I graduated high school, it was pretty known to everyone I always had a camera, all my friends had their senior pictures done by me, but this was just the start. I moved to San Diego from my small city of Tehachapi to continue my education in photography and with hopes to photograph more and more families and weddings, since moving to San Diego, I have grown in ways I can’t even express and have had so many opportunities that led me to where I am today. I grew and grew and continue to photograph couples in love from San Diego, to Tehachapi, to AZ and Idaho.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It wasn’t smooth. I worked very hard to get where I am today. Starting my business at 16 and now being in my 20s, I was learning how to manage a business and manage living on my own for the first time, handling bills, it felt overwhelming at times. I ran into creative blocks and insecurities that prevented me from growing, I was constantly comparing myself to those who had been in the industry for years, I ran into other artist who weren’t supportive, I struggled finding my ideal clients and finding people who trust my creative vision, I had been put down where I so so badly wanted to quit, the wedding industry wasn’t always the nicest group to navigate. I know there was a lot that I could go on and on about, but overall, just struggled to find what I wanted to create, and how I wanted to create it
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Now, in 2022, I am proud to say I photograph couples in love and strive to provide timeless portraits of any milestone. I mainly focus on weddings, something about two coming together as one will always make me happy. Weddings are everything to me, photographing such a monumental time in someone’s life is an honor. I strive to provide portraits that make people feel like their true self with warmth, color, and laughter. I am definitely known for a more unique take on weddings. I am not sure if I can yet say what I am most proud of, there’s too much to list. there have been so many moments where I have taken a step back, taken a breath and have been proud of myself. I think I am proud that I am able to create art full time, but I think I would say more blessed and thankful that proud. I think what sets me apart from others is my passion and my drive, I am consumed by creating portraits that speak for the love between two. Also, I love to intertwine nature and couples into my work, showing the environment in my work is super important to me
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
If you are just starting out, don’t be scared to ask for help, guidance, and don’t be afraid to fail. Everything in the art world is worth trying. Even to this day I am still learning. I wish when I was starting out, I would have asked for help, I felt like I had to figure it out on my own, yet there are so many people willing to show you the way and want the best for you
- Website: www.libertyshaubphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libertyshaubphotography/?hl=en