Elizabeth Halford Photography {the blog} » photography in plain English

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{About Me}

I’m an imaginative, fresh, inspired photographer with a passion for beautiful portraits. I own Gracie May Photography in Hampshire, England.

I’m also a blogger. Yes, that’s right…blogging is a proper job! I also guest post on dPS and I write articles for a Canon magazine and I’m the Q&A gal in CHIC magazine for women photographers. I don’t use mumbo-jumbo technobabble and I don’t think I’m the master of anything. I just share what I know with you fine people.

I am, regrettably, a bit addicted to social media. LOVE twitter and have a constant connection to Facebook wherever I am.

I grew up in Florida where I was home educated for my entire schooling career. I began my photographic education as a makeup artist. Attending many TV tapings and photo shoots, I always had one eye on the face, one eye on the photographer. You can read more about how I became a photographer HERE.

I am ALWAYS thinking about photography. It never ends. My brain takes shapshots everywhere I go and because of this, I have a very keen photographic memory. This comes in to play often when my husband can’t find something and I can tell him precisely where I last saw it, even if it was months ago!

I love to ‘stick it to the man’ and never ever do something because it’s popular. For example, I got rid of our TV just so I could stop paying the BBC TV license. THAT’LL show ‘em!

My photographic passion is people. My favourite thing about people is their hands and I particularly love photographing children in a natural environment.

What else could you possibly want to know? Get in touch – I love hearing from my readers!

  • Dima

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I found your six tips for photographing large people on the Digital Photography School website very informative and timely. I don’t know much about photography myself but I have been observing how large people are depicted in news photographs and also reading some guidelines of the Rudd Center for photographing large people …. Rudd Center’s guidelines are more related to context, and how to avoid stereotyping contexts … so I just wanted to say thank you as I found that your post is incredibly helpful in discussing camera angle and in fact one of the very very few discussing camera angle
    Best wishes

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=836488492 Lauren Bryson

    I just found your blog by doing a search for posing large people and I’m so glad yours popped up!!  Love how transparent you seem and how you bring fun into what you are writing about.  I grew up in Florida too, near Orlando.  But now I live in Kentucky .  I’m looking to reading your blog more!

  • Rhonda Fenby-Morse

    *hanging my head in shame*

    Had I read this page first…rather than the several hundred…possibly thousand other posts by you…I probably would have already known you were born and raised in sunny Florida, USA…..oh my now today I viewed a video for the first time and I have rewire my brain to adapt….YOU DON’T HAVE A PROPER ENGLISH ACCENT….you have a normal American Accent…not even Southern American…thought I would share that today(:

  • Michelle

    Thank you Elizabeth, i’m so thankful to have stumbled upon your blog.  Speaking of blogs, do you find any profit in blogging?  Cannot wait to keep following your work and blog.  Cheers!

  • Ana Isabel Antunez

    You have a new fan/student! across all the ocean..Honduras Central America, Hope to learn a lot with your blog!!!! Thanks

  • http://www.elizabethhouse.us Elizabeth

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I just discovered you…not sure  how…a lot of clicks here and there, and here I am! But I am so happy to have found you and can’t wait to read up on your blog. So informative and real.

    Thanks again for sharing. We have photography and our names in common :-)

  • elizabeth henningsen

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! As a new photographer and someone trying to navigate through this sometimes very intimidating profession your blogs calm me.  Every post you have always seems to come right when I need it!  Keep up the good work!!!

    Thank you!!

  • Amberjphoto

    found ur blog on pinterest. Thanks for sharing!! love it :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/koreen_photography/ koreen

    Thank you for your candid thoughts.  I’m enjoying reading your posts, and feel much assured that I can really do this!  You have the gift of encouragement.  Thank you for that!

  • Naghshavar

    Hello your works is very nice & Ilike to see more than of new works .   thanks   – Ashrafi.

  • Carolina

    Just wanted to let you know that have been so inspired by your photograpy.
    I am coming back to photograpny myself, have some knowledge of it. 
    Love your work, and thank you for helping out with your videos and how you share and inspire people with what you do.
    God Bless!

  • meming alejo

    Hi Elizabeth! Just wanted you to know ever since I stumbled upon your blog, I am so inlove, you have filled me tons of inspirations and knowledge on top of that! I’ve been idle lately and so far have not touched every creative ideas I have in mind with my camera. With your blog and your website, it gave me hope and it did gave me motivation to not to stop making photographs. Thank you..from the bottom core of my heart. Best of all your endeavors, will be following your lovely blog!

  • Valaric

    I am striving to become a “professional” photographer at the age of 49.  I’m very excited about finding your blog and all the neat lessons you have to teach.  Thank you!

  • C Isenia

    Elizabeth congrats with your great blog. In a few days I´ve learn so much. Thank you very much. Cainva 

  • Annmarie

    Just found you through DPS and love this blog!

    Couple of questions?  Do you shoot in B&W or everything in color and transpose the shots to B&W after the fact?  

    And do you shoot in RAW format or JPEG or does it depend?

  • elizabethhalford

     Hello! I photograph in RAW and do all my editing by hand. You can search for posts on jpeg vs raw in my search bar :)

  • Shagun Ohri

    Finding your blog through your article in DPS was a blessing :)

    All that I ever wanted to know, “in simple language”, you’ve got it all here :)
    Thankyou so much :D


  • Martina Bee

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I saw your videos on the ‘Pretty Presets’ website and was so impressed and inspired; I looked up your blog! I can’t believe how much of what you say I can relate to! I am in the very early stages of learning but i can’t stop thinking about photography, I think I was born to do this! :) Looking forward to following you! (sounds weird, but you know what i mean!)

  • Jess

    I recently found you through a link on Pinterest and I’m so glad that I did.  I appreciate all of the videos on starting a business and how to know when you’re ready to be a “professional.”  You’ve made me ask some hard questions about my own budding business and set a higher standard.  Thank you for that.  Your work is lovely, by the way.  I love it!

  • Walkerhouse1

    what state do you do pictures in?

  • Carolina

    Hey Elizabeth, I had just finished watching your video about your eye.  And let me just let you know that was very courageous of you.  I admire you for that, and really want to say God Bless you for blessing us photographers no matter in what level we are., with your advice, and videos, and just being a true inspiration.
    I officially started “back” on photography myself since the beggining of this year, been doing a little bit of everything, really trying to find what I want to specialize in…As I get in more and more into photography, I can really say that is something I love doing. 
    I’ve been going nuts with Ideas going thru my head, that i know I have to take it slow, Dont know if you have gone thru something like that?! HAHAhah.
    Anyways, Thank you so much for your help thru this blog and letting us viwers/photographers be a part of it!

  • Kelly

    I absolutely LOVE you and all you have to offer with photography!  I am starting off small, but have been taking pics for 16 years and never have I learned so much about the marketing/business part than from you!  Thank you SO much!  I actually feel confident that I can do this!  You are my inspiration!

  • Tara

    Hi Elizabeth,

    You are SO awesome!  Your videos and blog have helped me with my photography beyond measure- can’t thank you enough!!  I have a 50d but I never had the confidence to shoot manual before.  You’ve inspired me and revolutionized my photography!  THANK YOU!

    (And, as  an American -SC, y’all- who has live in England -Shropshire- for years, I LOVE that you got rid of your TV!  BBC???  Whatever!)

    Tara x

  • Harry Radford

    I just found your site yesterday Elizabeth… Where have you been for the last 3 years of my life :) x Love your work and your posts… Keep them coming

  • Angela K

    hi Elizabeth! I just started reading your blog recently, and I love the professional advice you give. The business end was making me lose my passion, but I think your advice could help bring my spark back! After reading your blog about doing away with Sneak Peaks and online galleries, i changed my contract and ordering structure. Clients now will have to make an appointment to view there images! I just finished my first photo shoot since starting this new rule, so wish me luck! I look forward to reading further blogs from you, and seeing what you come up with next. Thank you!

  • Chris

    I would like to know how blogging is a proper job, can you please explain it ?

  • Jane

    Thank you Elizabeth, I can finally use brushes in LR!!!! you made this so simple and easy to follow and I love that you say what you are doing at every next step – thank you x

  • Richard

    just found your blog a few weeks ago…and cant stop going back to it to see all the past blogs…i am normally a blog reader for photo, and have 1 that i follow religiously. that said, that is now 2 blogs that i follow religiously…

    great work. i wish i was in the area and would love to have received some tutorial services from you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Arnab.daGamer Arnab Choudhury

    Hi! I’m just a amateur photographer. I live in India. Photography has always been my hobbies since i was a like 10 years old. I found your website really helpful i hope you’ll continue to provide us with such good and helpful articles.

  • The girl with the weird eyes.

    Hello Elizabeth,
    I found your blog through your pitosis video while looking up surgery options and I wanted to say I know EXACTLY how you feel. I have pitosis in the same eye as you about the same amount and in my right eye I have strabismus which basically means a lazy eye. I wasn’t technically born with it. The strabismus appeared when I was 6 months old and I acquired the pitosis from over use of the muscle in my other eye. I’ve had 3 surgeries for the strabismus but all have failed and the doctors say they’ve run out of options, so I figured I’ll just deal with it and try to fix the pitosis. I would really like to hear about your personal experiences with the surgery. It would be very appreciated. :)

    <3 Taylor Thompson

    (P.S. Your photography is beautiful.)

  • elizabethhalford

    Oh wow your left eye looks lots like mine! I had (I think?) 4 surgeries and in the end, it opened a few mm’s but I would definitely never go through all that again for the result I got. I had my adult surgeries fully awake – you really shouldn’t sleep through them. And honeslty, it wasn’t a good experience. I’ve never felt so vulnerable. Your eye look in such good shape! Just a wee little bit droopy to me. But I know how it feels to think that it’s way worse than it really is :) You have to do what you think will make you happy.

  • Michelle Keating Leach

    Hi! I’ve been working through your 10 steps to starting a business vlog and was wanting to know the background story! Love it! And watching your videos wants me to always have dark nails and cutesy hair. Haha. Thanks (cheers!) for the videos!

  • Kris

    Hi Elizabeth, thank you for this lovely blog and for sharing all of your knowledge with those of us just starting out in the photog biz. I’m also an American living in England for over five years. I’m from Utah and now live in Oxfordshire. I really appreciated your article about how the US and UK photography market differ. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong with not finding any clients. Good to know that it’s probably not because I totally suck at taking photos! :)

  • Tracy

    Elizabeth, I have been reading your blog for just about 8 months now. I am always and forever looking for new ways to educate myself on photography, and have time and time again been brought back to your site. The information is priceless. I am in the very baby steps of starting up a photography business and feeling very overwhelmed with the process. Your site has been a pat on the back and words of encouragement right when and where I need them. Thank you. PS. I love that you were home-schooled, I home school my three children (the oldest is named Elizabeth :)

  • Laura Lea-Bowman

    Hi, Elizabeth. I am newbie to photography, well not that new! I have always loved taking photos. I am now taking it all up a notch. My equipment, my technique, my everything!!! I so glad I have stumble upon your site and have enjoyed all your info. You are exactly what I was looking for! You have given me the answers to the exact questions I was seeking answers to! It is obvious you haven’t forgot where you come from and you certainly know where you are going. You have given me great insight in to the photography business and all that it embodies. I will certainly be following you and taking notes. I can tell without even meeting you, that you have an amazing energy and are an amazing person! How lucky those people are in your life that get to call you, daughter, friend, wife, mom and Elizabeth!

  • jen

    Hmmmm… for some reason the blog won’t let me access the favorite things giveaway page – so I guess I’ll leave my comment here! Hope it finds you… :)
    I am most interested in the Flora Bella Colorplay actions set and probably secondly the Pretty Presets for LR.
    So excited for you on your success and I wish you more and more! Thank you for being my favorite photography teacher!! :)

  • Vishal Prasad

    I found you through DPS and had recently purchased Sony alpha 58,I want to learn this art so i started with Manual or Aperture mode and your tutorial on backlit was very helpful.Your explanation is amazing with example and helpful.thanks a lot.

  • Beth_GrantedWish

    Elizabeth, thank you so much for writing like you do! You are open, honest, and inspiring. You’ve helped me (an introverted photographer) step up and start taking myself and my business seriously… much to the joy of my husband and family. My new client intake has gone up exponentially since I first started following your blog and taking your advice and applying it to my own business. I’ve booked more clients in the past month than I have all year! You’ve helped me find the confidence to not apologize for my pricing and know I am worth every cent I charge. I want you to know that I absolutely adore your blog and really respect what you are accomplishing.

  • elizabethhalford

    Hi Beth I get so many lovely comments and emails but this just takes the cake! Thank you so much for letting me know this I really needed to hear that today! Congratulations on making your business work – so proud!

  • TimGuyKing

    Here’s another person who has found you through DPS. Loving your blogging and your photography too. Keep up the fantastic work.

  • Loopy Gibbens

    Facebook suggested I ‘like’ you and for once, they got it right :). I’m very slowly learning how to get off of Auto and onto Manual. I would love to take my hobby to the next level. Oh and I just started homeschooling, too so it’s nice to know that you were too and it worked ;)

  • Cristina Matos

    I found you on youtube after searching how to price photography. I loved your video because you were to the point, short and sweet. I then got curious about you and started looking at your blog and a WHOLE new world opened up. It’s like I found the path to where I want to go with my photography. The other blogs and other people I became familiar with after learning about you are so inspiring! Every day I wake up thinking about photography and the business of photography – I don’t have a business yet. You are very inspiring and I love how you write, I love your passion and I love your art. Thank you for doing this!

  • Miss 5

    I love your blog! I just stumbled upon it at work, so I can’t wait to get home and watch your tutorials. Your photography is beautiful!

  • Patty Daley

    If you are shooting in raw format, you can only view one photo at a time. Not sure if that is the case.

  • Abiola Kolawole

    I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve only had a chance to read a handful of your posts, but I really appreciate that you take the time to share your knowledge. God Bless

    Thanks again!


  • Mandy Mays

    thank you! thank you for loving God first and for starting like so many others! Thank you for not being pretentious (sp?) and for sharing your knowledge. What a blessing you have been on this Sunday!