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Elizabeth Etienne Photography

http://www.elizabethetienne.com http://www.eephoto.com

From the cobblestone streets of Paris, to the sandy beaches of California she now calls home, the photography career of Elizabeth Etienne has led her around the world and back. She attributes both her French-American up-bringing and her many years living in Paris shooting editorial portraits, music, film stills and fine art to giving her work a unique, Euro-American, cinematic stamp that is hers alone. Award winning and published in numerous magazines Elizabeth is now sharing her talents by teaching workshops at: http://www.dreamteamphotoworkshops.com and will be publishing 3 new books this year!

HER BLOG MISSION:

I have one goal in mind for this blog  – to educate and entertain.  While I come from a long line of great storytellers my main goal is to give you straight forward information and opinions on anything from shoot tech tips and business management to creative concepts and spiritual advice. Blogging, teaching, mentoring, writing, showing and guiding are all skills that have greatly enriched my life as an artist over the years. There is no greater joy for me than seeing another fellow photographer be able to finally create a dynamic image or land an awesome photo job with my help. This blog is created to bring us all together!”

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  1. Rajilakshmi Noel Shivshanker permalink
    February 5, 2010 2:07 am

    “Within months of working with Elizabeth, I have not only gained valuable hands on experience which would take months at school, but also a friend and a mentor. Instead of dreading work, I looked forward to it because her work environment and personality are always welcoming and supportive. She knows how to get the job done and have fun while doing it!”

  2. February 6, 2010 11:07 pm

    I began interning for Elizabeth four weeks ago and am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time.
    I leave her office feeling incredibly empowered and am anxious to take what I have learned from that single day and implement into my own business the next morning.

    My dad, who is a retired musician, asked me how the internship was going and what I thought thus far. My first response was to ask him how much time he had, and then I knew how to sum it up in words that he would understand; “being mentored by Elizabeth Etienne is like taking guitar lessons from Eric Clapton.”

  3. Mike Hanna permalink
    February 10, 2010 10:49 pm

    Hey Elizabeth… found your blog, nice work it looks fab! Are you scheduling any workshops in the near future? I attended one of your workshops last year and I must say, I learned more by attending your two day workshop than I did my four years at photography school. You are a great speaker and very entertaining. Look forward to your next one.

    Mike

  4. PAUL permalink
    April 16, 2010 4:08 pm

    YOUR WORK IS VERY MUCH THE TYPE OF WORK I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.I STARTED OUT DOING MY OWN BLACK AND WHITE IN THE BASEMENTS OF A HARVARD COLLEGE DARKROOM. A FRIEND OF MY DADS WHO WORKED AT HARVARD AND RAN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LAB TAUGHT ME EARLY ON,THAT IN EVERY ROLL OF FILM THERE SHOULD BE ONE PICTURE THAT IS PRINTABLE AND WORTH FRAMING.I REALLY BELIEVE THAT TO BE THE BASIC THOUGHT IN MY HEAD WHEN I START SHOOTING BLACK AND WHITE.
    I NOW HAVE A DIGITAL CAMERA,BUT I STILL HAVE A LOADED FILM CAMERA FOR MY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY,READY TO SHOOT.I LIKE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE DIFFERENTS BETWEEN THE TWO,IT SHOWED IN MY WORK.A LITTLE FLAT WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA,BUT MUCH MORE BLACK AND WHITE TONES WITH MY FILM WORK.
    I’M CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT THE SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR GRAPHIC ARTS AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY.I NEED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MY NEW DIGITAL CAMERA.I HAVE A WEBSITE PLANNED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
    ONE OF THE LABS I’LL BE TAKING WILL CONVERT A DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH INTO A NEGITIVE FOR PRINTING,PRETTY COOL!
    I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW PROCESS AND HOPE IT CAN IMPROVE MY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY.
    I ENJOYED YOUR WORK AND WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW IT……PAUL

    • May 1, 2010 1:51 am

      Thank you Paul for your kind words. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. My blog has taken a backseat to my three book deals that have me working around the clock trying to meet publisher’s deadlines. I would love to see some of your b/w film shots in the future. Good luck Paul, and enjoy shooting both film and digital, for they are both great in their own ways.

      • John Cassidy permalink
        May 17, 2010 4:43 pm

        I just wanted to say, I think your work is simply stunning. Your work with light is exemplary. The moments that you capture on film are truly inspiring and myself having a lull in my shooting, you have inspired me to once again pick up the camera and go after “the dream” If you are ver up here in Toronto, i would love to grab a coffee and share some stories…

        best Regards,
        John

      • June 14, 2010 9:50 pm

        John, thank you so much for your warm compliments on my work. I’m very touched. I’m always flattered to know other people respect my work. Even I have experienced moments where I had my camera down because I didn’t feel inspired. I think it’s important that photographers stay connected to one another. We all inspire each other. If I ever go to Toronto, I’ll be sure to look you up and grab a coffee. In the meanwhile, please stay in touch through my Facebook page, Twitter, and this blog (be sure to sign up). I’ll be notifying everyone about my book releases, workshops, and gallery showings in the next few months. Good luck, and remember to always shoot from your heart and not your head.

  5. April 23, 2010 6:48 pm

    Hi Elizabeth – I just found your site via Kodak’s and I LOVE that you shoot on film and encourage others to do as well! Thank you for sharing your knowledge experience and helping to bring us film artists together. 🙂

    • May 12, 2010 2:53 am

      I always try to share my truest feelings about my photography. It seems as if technology is changing rapidly day by day and we need to be careful not to miss out some of the cutting edge advancements. While we are out loading our film cameras, some genius over at Nikon is inventing image sensors that we never dreamed possible. I still enjoy the rich grain and retro appearance that film provides, however, this “Novelty” is not always practical, especially now with all the recent advancements within the latest Nikon’s cameras. For instance, Nikon’s D700 and D3 series are now able to record more and more tonal ranges than ever before. Convenience, color saturation and sharpness are what I love about digital. My Nikon F100 film camera is like a classic car that I might take for a spin on a Sunday afternoon in wine country, whereas my digital Nikons are like luxury commuter sedans that provide me with comfort, convenience and practicality. Stay tuned for my latest blog post; “The Romance of Digital”.

  6. Dorothy Hill permalink
    May 29, 2010 10:42 pm

    thank you very very much for the film.
    Dorothy Hill

    • June 14, 2010 9:39 pm

      Hey, Dorothy. Great, glad you got it. Hope you’ll enjoy taking some amazing pictures with it. Remember to overexpose the film at least one stop and process normally for great color saturation and black and white tones.

  7. July 18, 2010 1:53 am

    Elizabeth,

    It’s been a while, but thank you for the B&W film; and I did use it. As I had said before, eventhough I primarily shoot digital now; I learned to shoot with film and I still shoot film from time to time. I believe learning to shoot with film first, gives your photography and your eye more discipline, because you have to make every shot count or you’re going to “burn up” film unnecessarily.

    Digital is fine, but I believe it tends to make one lazy because you can just “delete the bad ones” and keep going. I’m proud to have my base as a “film artist.”

    I’ll send you a few of my B&W shots that I shot with the film you sent me…have a great one!

  8. August 22, 2010 8:19 pm

    Atlanta Wedding Photography
    I find your work very inspiring. Great mission statement. Keep shoot and keep up the great work.

  9. Amit permalink
    October 1, 2010 2:49 pm

    Hi,
    Great website and awesome pictures.
    I have a film canon rebel.
    I just bought a canon 7d with EF24-105EF L lens. I love it.
    I was wondering, how best to use my film SLR, any suggestions for what lens I can get for it or any specific film to use for fun.
    I am developing a strong interest in photography and would like to nurture it.
    I hope to get a reply on my email for suggestions..
    Thank you,

    Amit Joglekar, MD

    • December 2, 2010 9:40 pm

      Hi Amit:
      so sorry for the delayed response. I have been shooting in Europe for the last 4 weeks – working non stop. If you’re interested in shooting film I can recommend my favorite films: Kodak NC 160, NC400 and BWCN400. I rate my color 160 film at iso100 and my 400 color film at iso200. Process it normal at any lab. This will give you beautiful, warm, saturated colors (without going overboard). I rate my BW film at iso 100 or 125. That’s over exposing it 2 full stops! Process normal. This will give you awesome, stunning black-n-white fine art images that will make your mouth drop!
      Friend me on facebook if you want to see some of my latest work from my recent shoots and keep up to date on whats happening with my workshops and speaking engagements. I’ll be speaking at the Nikon platform booth at WPPI in Las Vegas in February. I’ll also be releasing 2 photography books this summer – The Art Of Engagement Photography (An image how-to book by Random House publishers), and Profitable Wedding Photography (a business book by Allworth Press). I’m also in the process of preparing several workshops for 2011 if you’re interested in attending. They will take place mainly in California and an all-inclusive destination workshop in the south of France that’s going to be amazing! we’ll be shooting everything from travels images to couples engagement/wedding images at a chateau!!! so save your euros!! LOL!
      Happy shooting and good luck!

  10. Anne G. McNally permalink
    February 21, 2011 3:40 pm

    I enjoyed: “Film vs. Digital: Can the two live happily together forever?” I miss using film. It took me a long time to switch to digital for my photojournalism. Could I please ask you for a free roll of film? I still have my 35mm film cameras.

    I love your candid portraits. You give your subjects depth and breathe. I see your parisian influence throughout your images. I love your dramatic, historic flair.

    I strive to improve my photography every day. I started my career shooting within the world of business nearly 30 years ago. My creative eye has been awakened over the past 5 years. They do say the artistic senses can sharpen after 50. 🙂

    Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your wonderful talent and instruction!!!!

    Anne G. McNally
    Glen Mills, PA

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