Elizabeth Dondis is a New Orleans-based photographer and artist. Calling photography a passion would be an understatement. Her love for visual storytelling began when she was young, and was refined as she completed her Masters in Fine Arts and Photography, followed by an international program in art that took her to Italy.
It doesn’t matter what or where she is shooting, Elizabeth will find the best way to capture and preserve the moment. Her camera is the tool she uses to explore people, their environment, and the connection between the two. Documenting a subject’s lifestyle, and seeing them in his or her element, is most important to her.
Elizabeth has found that the click of the shutter, a single expression combined with just the right light, and the movements of an event are what create an entire story. The best subjects are the ones who are the most engaged and connected, whether it be during an engagement session on the streets of New Orleans, an intimate sunset wedding, or a family portrait.
For Elizabeth, it isn’t all about perfection; it’s about the journey. Author Malcolm Gladwell famously wrote that it would take 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, meaning around 41 years and 1,250 weddings for Elizabeth. Rather, she enjoys the intriguing experience of evolving within the world of photography—the vision, intuition, and being present in the moment.
There is nothing more exciting than the element of surprise, the unknown, such as the weather or capturing the overwhelming emotion of a couple in love. That love, alongside light, color, and the environment are what tie together to make beautiful images.
As Elizabeth always says, “Things happen when I’m out with my camera. Life happens.”