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