ELISHA ANSWERS THE FIVE W's
Who are you?
I am a wife, mother, and photographer. In that order.
What do you believe with all of your heart?
I believe with all my heart that God knows me personally. That he knows me by name and knows my mind and heart. That knowledge carries and lifts me on a daily basis.
When did you know that this was your path?
I knew that I loved photography, but didn’t really realize it was my absolute path until the day my first child was born. It was at that moment that photography became my passion. I felt an overwhelming need to hold onto every single second of this newfound joy in my life, and taking photos was the best way to do that. After spending the day snuggling my baby I would stay up late into the night studying photography and learning everything I could about how to get the very best images possible. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many photos I have of my son from his first year of life—thousands upon thousands…
Where do you go to be inspired?
I am forever indebted to whoever invented Pinterest and Instagram. Those are my go-to places for inspiration—and not just for photography. I love to peruse Pinterest to glean inspiration for cooking, sewing, parenting, creating, building…wait…I’m starting to list each of my pin boards.
Why are you here at BPC?
Initially it was because Stacy Julian called me up and asked me to. I was completely honored and couldn’t wait for the opportunity to start! But I continue to stay at BPC to share my passion. Teaching other people photography is my way of “paying it forward.” I owe so much to those who helped me along my learning path, and I feel like others with a true desire to learn need that same support. I not only try to be the best possible teacher, but the best mentor, supporter, cheerleader, and source of encouragement.
How do you do everything you do?
I don’t. I simply don’t do all I appear to do. The floorboards often gather dust, the laundry piles up, and I’ve had to learn how to say “no.” But my family is happy, healthy, and loved, and ultimately that’s all that matters.