We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Raab and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I waited until later in life to have children so that my career could weather the storm. I’ve found that throughout that process that working is part of my self care. I am a better person when I’m working, both for myself and for my family. As a working artist I want to show my son that it’s important to follow your passions and your interests, that not everything comes swiftly and easily, but rather it can be cultivated and nourished over time. I think regular exposure to fellow artists and professionals of all types is highly important as well. That there are a lot of cool things out there and the world is there for us to explore it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most known for automotive and conceptual portrait photography. My imagery is absolutely the result of hard work and skilled teamwork. Whether it’s a portrait of a motorcycle or a portrait of an architect, I approach all my subjects with the same joy and appreciation for their individuality and I strive to highlight that visually. Commercially I’m Creative Directing on a really cool project, Ama Sea Beauty (www.amaseabeauty.com). A seaweed-based skincare line with its own sea farm, PharmerSea, based out of California. The only facility of its type on the North American coast. It’s an incredible project on the forefront of sustainability while maintaining beautiful and effective products. Personally, I’m really proud of my series Guerriere, featuring curvy women in positions of classical beauty and power. I’ve also always been drawn to classical painting and love working in the style of neoclassical imagery. And most importantly I feel like the body positivity movement is one of the greatest social changes in our lifetime. I photograph people of all walks of life, ages, sexes, sizes, identities, and personas. All of them subconsciously (and often consciously) impacted by the role media has played in their own ability for self-love and acceptance based on appearance.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a recent transplant to the city, which is always so fun as everything is new and ready to explore! My favorite spot thus far, hands down, is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Beautiful nature, inspiring architecture, and a really beautiful example of the artists ability to create their own historical fiction. Favorite restaurant so far is Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock. Inspiring dishes and lovely atmosphere. My very favorite part of living here though is the nature. South Florida has an abundance of wildlife that is so incredible. I’ve named our local giant iguana Carl. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My primary shoutout of course is to my endlessly supportive family. My husband, Federico Carradini, is an incredible musician and all around talented individual who pushes me towards a better version of myself and my work. I secondly give a giant shout out to my mermaid squad at Ama Sea Beauty: Antoinette Marquez who is an amazing leader, educator, and vastly skilled and talented mentor. And Kaytee Papusza who is an incredible artist, and inspiring creative with beautiful organizational skills to match! These women support me in being the best I can be on a daily basis and I would not be where I am today without them personally or professionally!