Entertainment, advertising, editorial, and fine art photographer Elisabeth Caren shares her 10-year journey towards discovering what fuels her existence. Now she shoots portraits for high-profile celebrities such as Serena Williams and Amy Adams - but it wasn’t always that way. Find out what she did to become a professional photographer without an MFA, how she created opportunities to build her photography portfolio, how she balanced her client’s needs with her own creative freedom, and why working for free was the best career decision she made.

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  1. Do the research.

  2. Tell people what you want to do.

  3. You can work for free and still make money.

  4. Figure out - what does the client need, and how can you give them more?

  5. If you are not constantly making mistakes as an artist, you are dying.

  6. Present your final product in a professional way.




Elisabeth's website

Elisabeth's Instagram 

Sound blimp

New York Timesarticle on Quarter Life

International Cinematographer’s Guild

Joseph Campbell's quote about following your bliss

Los Angeles Center of Photography

Julia Dean

Mary Ellen Mark

Frank Ockenfels

Art Schrieber

Elisabeth's editorial work for Viva, Serena Williams, Padma Lakshmi, Angie Harmon, Giada De Laurentiis, Kristen Bell, Jamie Alexander, Rachelle Lefevre

Amy Adams

Frank Gehry

NBC's Hannibal and MTV's Awkward 

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London 

Art Palm Springs


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