About - Milepost Portraits

Elizabeth Neal, photographer

Elizabeth is the owner of Milepost Portraits and its sole photographer. She believes in the photograph, and its power to bring unique truth to each subject. “Photographs are like time machines,” she says. “They take you back to a certain time and place every time you look at them.” Elizabeth resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, the second oldest of five children. I moved to the Outer Banks in 1999, when I was 18, and I’ve lived here, off and on, ever since; having moved to San Diego, Hawaii, and Greenville, NC for brief periods in between. In addition to being a photographer, I am also a wife and mother. I especially love photographing families at their happiest, here on the Outer Banks. Photography has always had a special place in my heart. The way a photograph can capture and preserve a moment of life is amazing. Since I’ve become a mother (in September of 2014), my understanding of the significant role photography plays in our lives has deepened.

- The days are long, but the years are short -

I am serious about my craft, and I take great pride in being able to capture these fleeting moments in families’ lives. I started my photography career here in North Carolina in 2008 and it’s been an amazing journey of learning, discovery, and satisfaction. I strive to provide my clients with the best experience possible - from the first email to the delivery of their images. The knowledge that the images I capture will be enjoyed by families now, and in the future, is very rewarding. I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help preserve peoples’ time together.

So how did you get into photography?

I always knew, even in kindergarten, that I was going to be an “artist.” I became interested in photography in high school, but decided to go to college for graphic design. After college I ended up in Hawaii working at a coffee shop and doing graphic design on the side. I had a friend who managed a bikini shop and one day she said to me, "Hey, you like photography - will you photograph these girls for my shop?" I got a custom-made bikini out of it. Things just kind of went from there!

What was that thing The Coastland Times said about you?

Thanks for asking! They said, "Her work has an artistic edge as she looks for arresting compositions and captures inner emotions and the unique personalities of her subjects."

Aw, that's nice :)

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