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Liz Knutsen Photography


Liz Knutsen Photography provides professional photographic services throughout Central Virginia and specializes in photographing children, teens, and families. She photographs our hearts' treasures, like our pets and prized horses. And she produces commercial photoshoots, product shots, and corporate and actor headshots.

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What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?

The secret to taking a great photograph is connection. My goal with every portrait is for my subject and the people who know them best to recognize the truth in the photograph. I don't want kids to "say cheese!" or "smile!". I want to hear about how their day at school was for them, or who their favorite musician is and why. I want to hear their story and THEN take their portrait. I want to see who they really are.

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

The first question I ask a client when we start a new project is why are they having these portraits made now? and what do they intend to use them for? This helps me design their session exactly towards our desired outcome with their needs in mind. If we are creating for a certain space, I can design a portrait gallery ahead of time with my software. This guides all kinds of decisions from framing to clothes.

This is same for my commercial clients. Finding out why revising their website now and what story they want to tell with new imagery is so important to defining our session before we start. Our pre-consultation will determine our location and scope of our time together and we will have an idea of the images we will be shooting. Almost like a story board.

What do you love most about your job?

Working with people and watching their confidence sore as they see themselves in the frame. I love when a teenager or a parent sees the first few frames of our session and I can see them exhale and relax knowing that this will be fun and that they will be represented well and in a positive authentic way. Portraits are such a celebration of life and the moments we have achieved. It is an honor to be a witness and help families preserve these memories.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have been a photographer since my Dad put a camera in my hands when I was 11. I have been learning ever since. I would be doing this whether it was a business or not. I see composure and light everywhere I look. The icing on the cake is being able to mold what I do into a way of living. As I've gone along my children have now picked up the benefits of a strong work ethic and treating people as you wish to be treated - or "customer service". I have narrowed my portrait work focus to tween and teen portraits. We all know how tough these years can be - full of self discovery and angst - but, the energy and strength of our young people is amazing to me. I love being able to show that power in a portrait - to reflect it back to themselves and out into the world. They are our future and have so much to give.

Why should our clients choose you?

I understand there are many talented photographers to choose from and finding the right match is important. A client should consider working with me if they are interested in more than just an average portrait or commercial photographer. The first thing we will do is talk. It is important for me to understand your needs and why you are looking for a photographer now in your life or work. I want to know what is important for you to show in the images and how you intend to use the images. I like to meet in person after our session to make sure that you are satisfied with our work together and to make sure that you receive what we set out to do. I will be available as an expert to advise you whether it's choosing your gallery canvas size for your living room or working with your web designer to export the correct file size.

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What type of photography do you need?

Portraits & Family Photos

Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?

I'm not sure

In what formats do you want your images?

CD / DVD, Online or digital proofs and prints

What date would you like the photographer?

Sunday November 18th, 2018

Do you have any additional details

Would like family pictures with my husband and two yr old. Also some maternity photos and likely a repeat session in January after the new baby is born

What type of photography do you need?

Portraits & Family Photos

Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?

I'm not sure

In what formats do you want your images?

Online or digital proofs and prints

What date would you like the photographer?

Not Sure

Do you have any additional details

Need pricing details

What type of photography do you need?


Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?


In what formats do you want your images?

Online or digital proofs and prints, Ability to purchase prints online

What date would you like the photographer?

Sunday September 1st, 2019

Do you have any additional details

We need a photographer to take photos of an event called the Virginia festival of the Wheel. Our website is vafestivalofthewheel.com for more information.

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