We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Perry and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth Perry, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has been a constant theme in my life. I have hiked 15,000 miles, biked across the US, spent hundreds of nights alone in the Grand Canyon off trail in remote areas and in various other backcountry settings throughout the US and beyond. I value adventure, risk and challenge and I seek it out whenever possible. As for my professional life, when I first started my own photography business I was able to call upon the lessons that I had learned during my outdoor adventures and apply them to my business by managing risk, embracing the unknown and not letting anything get in the way of what I believe was my right path.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I focus on photographing wild and remote landscapes. I got into photography because of all of my outdoor adventures and the amazing places I have been able to travel through. Many of which most people will never see. Hiking and adventuring thousands of miles allows you learn how to connect to the natural world in a unique way and how to appreciate the magic of the land. I have learned so much about the history of the places I have traveled through. I have sadly also learned about the harm humans have caused the natural world and how in many ways the destruction is permanent. I have learned how to push myself, how to overcome great stress, hardship and pain. A lot of my photography comes from long backcountry trips and it is an expression and testament to my love, gratitude and connection to the outdoor world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them deep into the backcountry of the Grand Canyon and embrace the simplicity, silence and adventure it holds.

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 parents have been a solid support system for me, they don’t always understand my crazy adventures or decisions, but, they usually support me. I also give credit to all of my friends for encouraging me to start my own business and to not give up on the hard days.

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