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Daily Inspiration: Meet Liz Drevlow

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Drevlow.

Hi Liz, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hey! My name is Liz Drevlow. I grew up in the little town of Osakis, and am the oldest of 6 kids in my family. I have always loved art, photography, traveling, and connecting with people. I am an enneagram 7 through and through! Growing up, my parents were great about taking us on family vacations, which started my love for traveling and meeting new people.

Growing up, my parents made it a priority to have experiences with us. They worked hard and were loved and respected by everyone they interacted with in the community and through their business. I grew to understand the importance of making people feel special during any interaction and how happy those interactions made me feel. They also made sure we could enjoy little things like going for a bike ride, fishing excursions, family trips, visiting our grandparents’ farm, and so much more. My first job was at the petting zoo just down the gravel road when I was 15. I was in charge of pony rides at the farm and traveled with them to fairs, town days, nursing homes, and many other events. Seeing the joy the animals brought to families was so great. I continued working there for the next few years and also started working for the family window washing business. I continued working for my parents every summer (during their busy season) until I graduated college in 2021.

While in high school, I also worked evenings at the local pizza place, where I was lucky enough to gain many friendships that I will forever be grateful for. I was involved in lots of activities in high school and church, but writing those out sounds too much like a scholarship application, so I will leave it at that. I spent lots of time with friends playing volleyball, kayaking down the river, and doing lots of other activities I still enjoy.

 After graduating, I went to Ridgewater College for their Professional Photography program. The small, hands-on learning focus was just what I needed to learn about something I had loved for as long as I could remember.The professors cared about each person and did all they could to help us succeed. Along with a full class schedule, I also took a position as a work-study for the program. I was in charge of all the gear available for students to rent out, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved working and learning about all the camera equipment, and could then help and explain the camera gear to others. I packed a full schedule and graduated with an AAS and diploma in Professional Photography, along with another AAS in Photo and Design in two years (from 2019-2021). This was only possible because I took advantage of the great opportunity my high school had to take college classes while in high school. I went from classes, to work study, to my night job cleaning many nights in college. As I said earlier, I have always enjoyed having new experiences through traveling.Thanks to my family and friends, I have been blessed to see many wonderful places over the years and look forward to many more. One of my favorite trips was for an internship my second year of college. I got the chance to learn from an amazing entrepreneur/photographer in Milwaukee/Chicago and learned a lot about the marketing side of photography and business. All this (and much more that I am forgetting) helped me bring myself to where I am today.

I began working at Minnesota Market in Alexandria my first summer out of college, where I currently work now. I run the marketing and social media for both businesses inside: The Dashery and Yesterday’s Antiques. I am able to be creative in making content while also working on the floor with customers. As you have read, I usually have a few jobs at any given point, so it should be no surprise that I am also running my own photography business! I have decided to keep my photography business at a part-time level to ensure I don’t lose my love for photography by going full-time too soon. That being said, I have had an overwhelmingly positive response from people in just this first full year! I could not have asked for a better start to my photography business, and I am excited to see where it takes me!

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Compared to many others’ journeys, I feel very fortunate. A great support system, earning scholarships, and having a stable income are a few things that have been influential in my success. That being said, there was a time last year that I was very concerned about finding my place in the world. I was hired out of college by a small business who wanted to hire someone to grow their social media. After a few weeks, they decided I was not the right fit for the position, and I was let go. I had planned my life around my job there, and suddenly I was completely lost and unsure where to go and what to do. I applied for positions in the surrounding area and states, looking for anything that would interest me and point me in the right direction.

I considered returning to work with my family; However, it was a long drive to and from work every day. In what felt like fate, I was offered a position (first as an intern, with the opportunity for it to turn into a full-time position) for a company as a videographer that had previously turned me down. Although it was a dream position for a company I was passionate about, I couldn’t help but think it didn’t feel quite right. It was a big move, so they gave me a few weeks to think it over. That next week I found the position for MN Market and applied. I decided to call to introduce myself to the owner and got an interview shortly after, and the rest is history! It felt like my life was pulled in a million different directions in just a few weeks. There were so many possibilities in such a short timeframe, and I feel like everything worked out exactly how they were supposed to.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I have been running my photography business for just over a year, and I absolutely love it! I photograph families, engagements, and small weddings primarily in Minnesota. I would love to expand and do more destination elopements and couples sessions in the future. I am known for my personality and shooting style; I don’t worry as much about getting the “perfectly staged shot” as capturing the experience of where each couple and family is at that stage of their lives. My poses and photos give off a fun feel that people can relate to. I have had an amazingly positive response from my clients in this short time, and it makes me feel so great that they enjoy my work. I love getting to know them and being a part of the most special moments in their life. Celebrating a new family member, a big milestone, engagements, and getting married makes me so happy. I am proud of how much I have grown and found my niche this last year. I have been as busy as I can be while working my other job, and I am overwhelmed by the support and love from all the people I have worked with.

Had we loved to hear about any fond memories you have from growing up?
I was blessed with so many amazing childhood memories that I can’t choose an absolute favorite- And sometimes I still feel like a child, so it’s hard to know what is considered a “childhood memory.” Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was stay the night at my grandparents’ farm. They have a dairy farm, and I loved going and helping them for a few days at a time. I would get up early to help with chores, spend time in the tractor and skid loader with both of them, and play with all the animals. I don’t get to do it as often anymore, but it is a fond memory I will always have.

Pricing:

  • Starting Wedding Package: $1500
  • 1 Hr Couple Session: $300
  • 1 Hr Family Session: $350
  • Portrait/Senior Session: $250

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Image Credits
Ashton Faythe Photography (for photos of me)

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