Owner/Lead Photographer/Artist

To exist is powerful, fragile and is often taken for granted. Physical existence can slip away easily. From a young age - in my mind's eye - I would see moments moving through life forgotten by others, but recorded by me. I use photography to express my love for these moments.

I grew up in Missouri and attended Northwest Missouri State University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. I moved to St. Charles, Mo., where I attended Lindenwood University and earned my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art. 

I love photography and painting. The photography gives me instant gratification while the process of painting teaches patience and that there is perfection in imperfection.

Every day I look forward to memorable moments - whether they are my own or ones lived through my clients. 

To experience my work - especially my fine art - is to know a piece of me. I invite my fine art fanatics to view my Fine Art gallery to experience Gara Elizabeth. 

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  Mandi - Album Designer/Photographer

I have been working in the field of photography and photo design for the past thirteen years.  After completing a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Missouri Central University, I began working for a commercial studio in St. Louis, as an assistant photographer.  It was here that I was given the opportunity to learn the finer things about photography and have access to some of the best equipment available. 

  In addition to my photography, I'm also the retoucher behind the high end finishing of the images.  This combination of skills is an asset to all photography needs.  I'm proud to work with Gara, creating beautiful and unique coffee table albums for the weddings she shoots.  

I love meeting with couples and discussing what they would like to see in their albums, and then creating a masterful book that will captivate them for many happy years.

  Always trying new techniques and approaches to photography has kept me current and able to shoot anything that comes my way. 

 I’m excited to meet you and create something beautiful together!

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Shardea - Marketing Director/Assistant Photographer

I am a woman on a mission to create beautiful memories not only for myself but for others.  For this reason, I am honored to be a part of Gara Elizabeth Photography.  Our team is a collective of unmistakable talent and unbridled passion.   Our work is unique and meticulously curated for each and every customer.  It is a joy to help customers preserve precious memories and stamp milestones in time.

I was born, raised and educated in the ‘fields’ of the Cornhusker State.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I studied broadcasting, I spread my wings and moved to the Windy City.  There, a fire was ignited in my heart that eventually sent me soaring across the world to live in the Middle East.  During that awe-inspiring experience, I flourished as an international video producer.

While my resume boasts of an array of professional accomplishments in marketing and video production, I most value the warm connections I've made with people from all walks of life.  Call it a gift or a curse, I know no strangers.  I love meeting new people and thrive on conversation.  As a ‘creative,’ I believe that human connections are meant to be our first creations. 

I’m sincerely looking forward to working with you.  Together, let’s create something beautiful.