Elizabeth Gadd :
Elizabeth Gadd is a 23 year old photographer based just outside of Vancouver, Canada. Having grown up in this beautiful area, she fell easily in love with exploring the surrounding forests, hills, mountains and ocean – All of which are heavily incorporated in her photography. First picking up a camera 10 years ago, she immediately was drawn into the world of creating magical photographs involving nature and landscapes, eventually leading to the whimsical combination of landscapes with human portraiture (usually self-portraits) that she’s known for today. This special niche of Elizabeth’s photography has been described by others as fairytale-esque, dreamy, peaceful and full of wanderlust. To this day she enjoys travelling, creating, eating chocolate, chasing opportunities, adventuring with her dog, and looking for beauty in the world, always.
I feel very fortunate to have grown up surrounded by the amazing landscapes here in Vancouver, BC. Most of my photos were taken within an hour’s drive from home. It’s not hard to stumble upon these locations when there’s mountains, forests and fields in every direction!
I actually rarely have a vision in mind for any of my photos beforehand. I love hiking and exploring, so I always take my camera gear with me in case I find a place that stands out to me as a photo-worthy spot. On some days I’ll hike for hours and take no photos. On other days, when I stumble upon a spot where the light is just right, I instantly snap into photographer mode and know what to do. I always pack a prop dress or outfit of some sort in my backpack so I can be ready for those moments when I decide a self-portrait in necessary.
The most effective method for me was taking on a “365 project”, taking a photo every single day for a year. When I realized the best way for me to grow in my photography was to constantly be experimenting with it, I forced myself to take photos every single day, trying each day to create a better photo than the last. It was an epic challenge, but I grew, learned and improved more in that year than I ever have before.
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