August 12, 2008

Elizabeth Soule Photography

Artist: Elizabeth Soule
Location: Portland, OR
Web site:

What do you create?
Polaroid photos, framed photos, prints and cards

When and why did you decide to start your business?
I've studied photography for years and wanted to share my work with others. After reading blogs and following a few designers who were selling on etsy, I decided to go for it thinking it would be a part time hobby. It's become a full time job that I am grateful for each day.

Where do you get your inspiration for your projects? 
I look for things that interest me or amuse me. I love to go antique shopping and find weird or quirky items that you don't see often.

Which of the tools you use is your favorite? 
My polaroid camera

What keeps you motivated? 
My fiance is my biggest fan and constantly encourages me. All the positive feedback that I get from people also reminds me how much other people enjoy the work. I also check blogs and websites daily to see all the great art that is being created.

How do you get the word out about your work? 
Flickr, blogging and emailing. I research any blog or shop that I'm interested in being part of and make sure that my work is a match.

What is your main goal for the next 6-12 months? 
Release a new polaroid series as well as a fine art series. Add new products to my etsy site. Produce more work for people to enjoy.

What advice would you give to someone starting a creative business? 
Do your research, be persistent and believe in yourself. don't be afraid to try something, but start small, it's easier to scale up than to scale down.

What's the most important thing you'd like people to know/understand about your work? 
I just want people to enjoy it. I really like to make things that are beautiful or provide a positive emotion. I love seeing people walk by my art and smile or life and just say how much they like it.

What has been the most important lesson you've learned while running your business? 
Roll with the punches. I've had some ups and downs, shipping problems, some equipment issues and the discontinuation of the film that I'm using. I just keep adapting with each change that I encounter.

Who are some of your favorite indie designers/artists? 
There are so many great artists out in the blogosphere right now. Some people that I've been following for awhile include Lisa Solomon, Alyson Fox, Matte Stephens. I also love looking through photography books and magazines to remind myself of all the beauty its possible to capture.

If you had the time, what new craft/medium would you like to learn or use? 
I want to try everything... At the moment I've been learning letterpress as well as working on my sewing skills.

What's your definition of a perfect day? 
It changes daily.... A big breakfast (my favorite meal) exploring a new place and photographing with friends, shopping, cupcakes, a fun active activity and dinner with friends. That's so vague....but mostly just to be with people and have fun.

Thank you Elizabeth!

17 comments: said...

I *LOVE* this interview! I see that she photographed "Comet," one of my favorite childhood Breyer horses! Since Comet is long gone, I think it would be lovely to have this as a souvenir!

lisa s said...

i'm a huge fan of elizabeth's work and it's an honor to be listed as someone she likes!

great interview.... thanks patricia and elizabeth

Beth Pierce said...

Holy cow...Those photos are SO COOL.

Polaroid camera is now added to my thrifting look-for list...

Decor Addict said...

absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I really must get my hand's on soem of her work.

Diana said...

Love esoule's work! Great feature. :-)

Judy said...

Great blog!

eyad said...

Your blog is one of the finest of its kind, I'm really inspired,thnx.

Rachael Devlin said...

Hi, pretty much you blog is too good to remain a blog. I've said before that you should make a book of the interviews and I've just found an awesome way, you'll love it!

I'll pre-order 10 copies! Rach

carolina bleu said...

i am a big fan of elizabeth soule's work and adore her horse photos.

Alisa said...

Wonderful interview, great images! It's all so inspiring. I'm a very upset that Polaroid film is not going to be made anymore (esp with the rise in popularity), but I'm excited to see how Ms. Soule's art will evolve.

Creative Animal Rescue said...

these photos are absolutely amazing! thanks for picking her to interview. You do such a great job!

Gabrielle Krake - Shop Wise Bags said...

Beautiful site. I just received one of Elizabeths books as a gift and have loved it. I'm glad to see some of her other work. Simply enchanting!


g. said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!

Kari said...

Elizabeth's work is so great. I've been catching up on your blog and you never fail to pick inspiring artists. Thank you!

Freshly Found said...

It is always so encouraging to read about other creative people. I enjoyed the interview!

Free Range Baby... said...

oh my, elizabeth's photos are just glorious, sweet and vintage... they make me feel all warm and fuzzy. nice choice to showcase her work

sarahelizabeth said...

Her work is just wonderful and I am really enjoying your blog!