Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Romeka.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My love for photography started with a black & white film photography class in high school. I took the class because it was considered an “easy A” but ended up completely enamored with how photography allows you to freeze a moment or shift focus to details easily overlooked. We developed our own film and photographs and the process really amazed me in a time of computers and instant gratification.
When my first daughter was born, a friend who is a wedding photographer snapped a couple of quick photos of her and it made me remember exactly what I loved about photography. I worked hard for several years learning all I could and working with families to create memories for them to enjoy for years to come.
One day I received a phone call from a fellow photographer up near Napa Valley. She had several weddings booked for a single weekend and had suddenly lost the ability to grip her camera with her right hand. She flew me up to shoot with her all weekend and I realized how much I enjoyed connecting with brides & grooms on the biggest day of their lives. Laughing with brides, shedding a tear at the Father-Daughter dance, and high-fiving parents was exactly what I was passionate about and after that, I threw myself headlong into the wedding world! (And my friend is 100% healthy again!)
I currently photograph both families and weddings and the reason is simply because my favorite thing to capture is a connection between people. Whether that is a bride and groom on their wedding day or a mother and child in their every day, connection is what makes a moment something to remember!
Please tell us about your art.
I strive to create not only photographs for my clients but genuine memories. While I do “pose” quite often, I try to create moments of true connection by using prompts to guide them. This might look something like asking a groom to sneak up behind his bride and whisper in her ear his favorite thing about her, or asking an engaged couple to practice their first dance on a sandy beach. For families, I sometimes ask them to play in the waves together or to try out a game of following the leader. Whether it is a family or wedding portrait, I want my clients to look back at their photographs and feel the way they did at that moment, so I work to create an environment in which that can happen naturally!
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think San Diego is an incredible place for artists. There are so many here! The natural beauty of this place gives so much inspiration and I feel like we really look out for each other here. I have been inspired by some of my dear friends and fellow local artists like Amy Gray, who has helped me immensely in learning the uniqueness of beach photography, Sadi Alford who willingly & openly shares her knowledge of the wedding industry, as well as others like Cher Pendarvis, who has always provided encouragement and support.
Another amazing resource has been The Rising Tide Society which has a local chapter here in San Diego. There are monthly meetings around the city as well as online forums where we can all talk about the joys and challenges of life as an artist in America’s Finest City!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen at my website, on my blog, as well as on some of the sites I have been featured on including:
Ceremony Magazine Blog
San Diego Style Weddings Magazine
Beauty & Lifestyle Magazine
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