Episode 4: The Power of No with Elizabeth Garay

When you have to cancel your wedding plans because you want to start your married life off on the right foot and not mired in debt, you take on a measure of trauma. For Elizabeth Garay that trauma turned into a creative drive to help other newlyweds capture memories for a lifetime, but it wasn’t until she found the power of no that she found what lights her up. 

Elizabeth started her photography business as a wedding photographer and pushed herself to do and learn more so that she could fill the void she felt in her own experience. It didn’t take long before she was known for her wedding photography and was fully booked, and then some.

After a year of having constant wedding shoots and additional lifestyle shoots, she realized that she was burned out. She had to skip out on a lot of time with her daughter because almost every single weekend was spent documenting someone else’s life. 

In fact, it wasn’t until 2020 and the pandemic forced her to slow down that she truly realized it was time to specialize and to leave the wedding hustle behind. 

Listen as she shares her story and why she feels it is so important to make informed decisions while acknowledging trauma, not caving to it. She has realized that saying no is necessary for her life and her business. Plus she’s sharing her best tips for up and coming photographers. 

This is one episode you won’t want to miss out on!

In this episode:

[01:09] Welcome to the show, Elizabeth!

[01:42] Learn about her background and her journey to where she is today.

[04:44] She’s always had a love for photography.

[06:55] Her first wedding was featured on The Knot.

[09:40] Her business grew so fast that she sacrificed her family time because of shoots.

[11:52] Which of course led to extreme burnout.

[15:18] Why you shouldn’t be afraid to make changes that support your life, business, and family.

[19:14] How she found her new niche.

[21:45] It took the pandemic for Elizabeth to slow down enough to figure out what lit her up.

[24:32] She put so many unrealistic expectations on herself.

[27:04] All that competition you fear? It’s in your head.

[28:46] One piece of advice for anyone who wants to become a photographer.

[31:47] Thank you for being on the show!

Links & Resources:

Connect with Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Garay Photography

Elizabeth on Instagram

Connect with Marilyn:

Marylin’s Website

Marylin on Instagram

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