Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Couch.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
A native of Juarez, Mexico, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Couch learned to read and write by watching El Paso’s local news and PBS stations. By the time she was seven years old, she knew she loved two things: speaking English and watching television.
In 2007, while attending high school, Couch was invited to attend a journalism workshop at the University of Oklahoma. She later received a national award for her photography work at the workshop.
In 2008 Couch graduated high school as Valedictorian and received a full ride scholarship to Oklahoma City University (OCU) where she majored in Mass Communications, eventually earning a B.A with cum laude honors. While at OCU, she served as photographer and an editor for Student Publications. While still in college, she accepted a fulltime producer position at Telemundo Oklahoma, which produced the only Spanish-language newscasts in the state.
In 2011, Couch founded Valles Photography a family business based out of Oklahoma City.
Following graduation, Couch joined KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City as a news producer where she was involved in coverage of multiple severe weather events (including the deadly May 20, 2013 tornado) and two Children’s Miracle Network telethons.
In 2014, Couch joined KXTX-TV in Dallas as a news producer, earning four Lone Star Emmys for topics including breaking news coverage of the July 7, 2016 downtown Dallas police ambush. In June 2017, Couch joined Parkland Health & Hospital System as a media specialist in the Corporate Communications Department.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a photographer. When I was very young, I became fascinated by photography. I would sit around for hours going through a box of old family photos. Looking at them made me feel like I was part of the moment, even though some images were taken years before I was born. Photography captures big moments, in time in small doses. Photos capture your most precious memories forever for you to share with the world. I’m happy to stand behind the camera and preserve people’s memories forever.
What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It’s a great time to be an artist. We live in a time where the tools we need to create are readily available. We also are lucky to live in a major metro area that allows has great locations and great people to become inspired by.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work online by visiting:
- Website: https://www.elizabethcouch.com
- Phone: 405-922-3064
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethcouchphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabethcouchphoto
Headshot of me the courtesy of Beth Pamberton.