Seattle

Kimberlee Dray - A Violinist in the City // Seattle Branding Photographer

An amazing violinist who sucks you in the second she starts playing. She has an abundance of followers and a reputation for being the charismatic green case girl who is silly, incredibly talented and so smart. For so long she relied on her iPhone to showcase all the things happening in her world, but she felt it was finally time to invest and take things a step further.

// I’m so happy she found me and wanted to play in the city. Specific in her needs (no cheesy violin pics on a beach somewhere - dear Lord no.) she envisioned elegant, emotional images, full of interesting light and shadows.

Welllll I think we accomplished all of that and more. It thrills me to help not only other small businesses, but ARTISTS who come to me to help elevate their brand. I just want to keep that going.

Enjoy some of my favorites of Kimberlee Dray in the city.

Makeup and hair by Rachel Ramsey

Old Hollywood Engagement // Taylor & Matt in a Clock Tower

Once upon a time,

There lived a warm, kind, ambitious, creative couple who did things a little differently than others. They owned two business, including an art gallery downtown and lived to make their dreams come true. They had a vision for their life and worked hard to keep it alive. Together since their youth, they’ve built an exciting, adventurous life full of artistic expression and love.

It was only a matter of time before a ring materialized and a new chapter began. They came to me with gusto and hope that I would be willing to make yet another vision of theirs come to life. A conceptualized engagement session that encapsulated their essence and all the things they enjoy. Fashion, romance, vintage elements, the city. They were meant for each other and they were meant for me. My artist heart exploded and gave them everything I had that day.

Taylor & Matt. Celebrating their engagement in a clock tower.

The End.

With love,

Liz

Zula at the Pali Hotel // Seattle Editorial Photographer

Lately I’ve realized how much I’ve been drawn to slower living and it inspired me to do a shoot that showcased that kind of vibe. A woman in her happy place. Her home, perhaps? Amongst her favorite things, her favorite chair, her favorite dress.I saw her and knew she was the one.

The Pali Hotel was good to me and well, what can I say about this girl. Zula the GREAT, everyone.

Makeup by the lovely Sarah Ren

Intimate Elopement at Volunteer Park Conservatory // Agnes & Rob

// The more I shoot weddings, the more I want them to be small, off the beaten path, driven by sentimentality.

When the guest list is small enough to fit in my bedroom I get really excited. It’s not to say that large weddings aren’t as special. There is just something really incredible about there only being 10 faces in a room, on the beach, or in this case, a conservatory in north Capital Hill.

Agnes and I met when I first moved here to Seattle at a networking event and we connected right away. She taught me about SEO (ugh - bless you Agnes) and I made her laugh. We didn’t see each other for months after that (maybe even a year?) and then one day I got an email from her, a fellow photographer herself, that she wanted me to shoot her elopement in late summer.

UMMMM What? OK. You got it girl. And so, one beautiful afternoon (after stressing out in traffic because South Lake Union is seriously trying to be the end to us all), I captured her and Rob saying their vows to each other in front of their close family and friends. It was quiet, yet full of laughter, it was tender, it was everything.

Agnes and Rob // Married at Volunteer Park Conservatory. Enjoy :)

Moorea Seal // Seattle Editorial Photographer

Sometimes when I take meetings with new clients, may it be couples or brands, they ask me how I got started in photography.  What was my first inspiration?  The answer is storytelling through fashion meets emotion.  I really think that's the best way to put it?

I always loved dressing up my friends and taking them somewhere in the city and bringing the images in my head onto my camera.  I think that's why I love working with brands so much.  It's an opportunity for me to bring that first love and first instincts to life over and over again.

// Moorea Seal thank you for creating such amazing pieces and consistently bringing together local artists into one place.  Seattle is so lucky to have you.

// THE TEAM \\

Photography >> Elizabeth Zuluaga

Jewelry >> Moorea Seal

HMUA >> Oliver Beauty

Styling >> Claudia Brady

Model >> Emilee West

Alex // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

Once upon a time,

Two ladies met on Instagram.  They exchanged messages and comments about their love of music, dancing and photography.  They fancied the idea of hanging out in Seattle together and sharing stores over whiskey.  

One day, many days later, those messages and comments turned into in-person conversations.  They shared whiskey at the beach and giggled about how it seemed they had known each other for years.  They began to share playlists and help each other in business and well, in life.  They found themselves dancing on a hill that begins with the word Capital and to this day are known to work out of a bar until its well past happy hour.

They are a safe space for one another and work hard on protecting that space.  This so called space is filled with encouragement, inspiration and laughter.  

Oh, Alex.  I often tell her it's like she is a piece of my soul manifested into a human.  I mean, that sounds so dramatic, but it's also just so true.  She made the last year of my life so special and I'm so thankful I found her.  Find your people, don't let go.

Elizabeth Zuluaga and Andria Lindquist // A Love Story // 2017 Roundup

Well here we are, aren't we?  It's 2018 and already the middle of January.  How though?  I don't know about you, but I'm loving this year already and feeling really great about how things are shaping up.

BUT what I want to talk about today is 2017.  The year that changed my life, the year I grew as an artist more than ever and the year I became closer to my friend Andria Lindquist not only in business, but in life.  

// I realized in second shooting all these weddings with her, shooting weddings under her (aka Liz for Andria) and shooting my own weddings (Elizabeth Zuluaga), our work relationship might be a bit confusing so I wanted to take a moment to explain all that (plus share some of my favorite images I shot while by her side).

Three years ago, Andria was looking for an associate.  She wanted someone she could soley send weddings to that she couldn't do herself due to availability and preferably someone who had a similar style to hers.  More than that though she wanted to find someone she could trust and understood what it meant to handle clients she would be handing over.

It took me almost two weeks to reach out to her because I lived in L.A. and she wanted to find someone local to Seattle.  I got over myself though and decided i had nothing to lose.  I emailed her what we have now dubbed "the love letter," and she emailed me back within a couple days.  My favorite part of this story is discovering that when Andria opened my email she was sitting in the parking lot of Trader Joe's and knew I was the one.

I couldn't believe it and from that day forward, we chose to invest in each other while also running our own businesses.  Yes, that's right.  I am Andria's associate, but I also still have my own business and my own weddings The difference is that if it is a referral from Andria, I shoot it under the Andria Lindquist brand (aka Liz for Andria).  I manage the wedding from beginning to end, which means I take care of my couples, shoot and edit everything myself.  Also, yes, I did this for two years while still living in L.A., which meant I flew to Seattle on a monthly basis to shoot weddings while shooting my own Elizabeth Zuluaga weddings in Socal.  It was a wild time to say the least.  Like, how did I live?

Fast forward to the beginning of last year, I made the decision to move to Seattle.  I moved for many reasons, but one of them was so I could be more local and stop flying back and forth so much.  However, I still shoot weddings in L.A and always will :)  It was the best thing I ever did and it allowed me to foster my relationship with Andria.  I shot almost every one of her weddings with her in 2017 and it was the most fun.  We got to learn each other so much faster, better and laugh soooo much.  Now we laugh because we miss each other when we're shooting solo as we've gotten so used to shooting side by side.  I just text her the next day and we make plans to hang with her daughter and catch up.  It's a win, win if you ask me.

So now you know our story.  Our love story, ha.  I also hope you loved this little roundup of my favorite images and hopefully have a better understanding of how we work together.  It used to feel surreal to have her in my life in this capacity after admiring her work for so long, but now she's just Andria and that feels even better.  She took a chance on me and I'll forever be grateful.

P.S Andria, never forget how I drove your car around the city while you pumped in the back seat or how I held your breast milk while you got situated in the car.  #friendship

The end.

Seattle a la Liz // Western Ave

Today is my birthday.  But like...how though?  The older you get the faster life seems to speed up.  However, life has taken some pretty fantastic turns this year so today, on my birthday, I want to celebrate the fact that I'm in a good place, I'm happy and I'm pursuing what I want to do in life.

If you follow me on Instagram you're pretty aware of the dailies.  They are spent with some incredible friends, working on my business and exploring the city.  It's insane to think I've been in Seattle for nine months.  Nine. Months.  I could have birthed a child by now.  Amiright?  I didn't though.  Instead a birthed a new life and it's one I'm pretty proud of, thank you very much.

Last year I made a list of things I wanted 2017 to be.  I wanted change, I wanted a new adventure, I wanted to say yes more. Well, I'm happy to report that's exactly what I did.

I uprooted my whole life and took a huge risk at an age where people are settling down, buying homes and having kids.  I of course want those things too, but saw this window in my life where there wasn't anyone or anything holding me back.  I knew I had to treat that little window with respect so I didn't just open the window, I jumped through it.  

I've spent the past year figuring out what it is I want in my career, in love and in my friendships. 

Career // To make my own money shooting incredible couples all over the world (Greece, Paris, Brazil, Ireland, I'm looking at you).  To help brands I believe in bring their vision to life.

Love // This could be it's own blog post so all I'm going to say is...man of my dreams, come and get me, k?  Thanks.

Friendship // This has always been the strongest part of my life.  I'm good at friendship and know who my people are, but I felt stuck in my life and as a result I felt isolated.  I needed change so I vowed to change my environment and come back stronger for them and for me.  

I stopped settling for less and started practicing what I preach.  Let in what you think you deserve and that's what you'll get.  Well, I think I deserve the best people, the best love and the best clients.  Ask and you shall receive.

It's not always rainbows and sunshine and some days I just want to be quiet in my loft and decompress because the hustle is real and things can get overwhelming at times. When I feel that way I just live in the light that are my friends, facetime calls and group texts and remember that I am surrounded by love.  I am proud to say I created that for myself.  I didn't just fall into an amazing group of people.  I let them in and they let me in.  We chose each other.

I now live in a state of growth, constant creativity and peace.  I know what it's like to live in a walking city (something I always craved) and found my favorite street.  Almost every day I find a reason to take Western Avenue somewhere; my friend's house, the nail salon, Pike Place or just a simple walk.  I never tire of the light that hits it at sunset.  Each time I see it differently and the familiarity of it feels like home now.  

// If you're feeling stuck or alone or just lost, I feel you.  I've been there and I want you to know that even the slightest step forward can make such a difference.  You don't have to move two states away to find the answers, but you do have to take action.  You're in control of your life so don't waste another second dreaming of the life you want.  You have the power to paint it just the shade you envision it to be. \\

Thanks for reading this little diddy and I hope this post inspires you to get after the things you want.  Go do it and then tell me about it :)

Photos of me by my girl, Talitha Bullock.

Sara & Seth // Seattle Engagement Photographer

We walked the streets of their very own neighborhood, we sipped coffee at their favorite spot, we cuddled their incredible frenchie, Marlow and laughed about how we forgot the champagne.  I mean, every engagement session should have champagne.  Am I right?

Sara and Seth, you are now my friends whether you like it or not, k?  Great.  Thanks.  xo

P.S Sara, I can't handle you in that dress.  I support all your life decisions. 

Maya & Max // An Anniversary // Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

She found me and wrote me this beautiful email:

"Before my husband and I ever met, we both had separate dreams about finding each other - describing exact traits both physical and emotional that the other possessed. It's bizarre and sounds completely insane. But we've never met or loved anyone who knew exactly what we are thinking, the exact moment we're thinking it except each other. We were set up by loved ones who thought we would be perfect together. They were right. 

I've never fiercely loved anyone as much as my husband. We've both experienced so much loss in our lives but truly uphold the sanctity of our love."

// I think I responded with, "omg where have you been all my life?" and two months later we made it happen.

\\ A little note //

Something I really loved about Maya and Max was that they knew they wanted something outdoorsy, but wanted to incorporate my style and my use of shadows and light.  When you're choosing your photographer, keep that in mind.  Choose them not only because you LIKE them and mesh with them (very important - duh), but also THEIR style.  Throughout the whole shoot they kept saying "we trust you," every time I told them to do things that maybe felt awkward.  Trust your photographer, let go, have a good time and I promise you, you'll love your photos.

xo