Hello, let's get to know each other.
My two earliest memories of holding a camera were from when I was about 8 or 9. My mom had an OLD camera that she claimed didn't work anymore that I would get out and pretend I'm a famous photographer traveling the world and taking pictures of beautiful places and famous people. Then I remember visiting my teenage cousin and he let me come in into his dark room aka bathroom where the smell of chemicals was strong and I was mesmerized by the magic of images appearing on a plain white paper.
Fast forward a few years and I got my first camera for my 16th birthday. I took pictures of anything and everything. Everything I ate, did, and saw was captured on my little Olympus. I didn't think much of it, I just wanted to remember. I wanted to hold on to the experiences I had, see the faces of people that were around me and travel back into the past whenever I wanted to.
When I got married we moved to Monterey, CA and I thought (and still think it is) it was the most beautiful place in the world. So I talked my new husband into getting me my first DSLR camera. That camera was the best purchased that happened to me. I loved photographing beautiful landscape of that area and some of my favorite images are hanging on the walls in my home to this day.
I never thought I would be doing lifestyle photography, but funny how life changes us and how people come along our way and change our way of thinking. When my firstborn joined our family, taking photos of him was all I did. I wanted to freeze that sleepless, tiring past in my photos, so I could revisit it when I'm less sleep deprived. And it worked. I love to look at a beautiful images, silly snapshots and everything in between that I captured. I love going to the past through my own photographs. I am a day dreamer after all.
And that is what I want to gift you! I want to capture your family as you are today. I want to show your connection to each other, gentleness when you hug your children, joy because you are together and love because it is in abundance. It is a fun, joyful and easy experience that every family that trusts me to capture them enjoys.
What kind of photographer are you?
My work has been described as joyful, radiant and real. I combine traditional and documentary family portraiture to capture genuine images for you to treasure for a lifetime. As your photographer I will provide a good variety of family pictures in an online gallery for your to use as an art pieces in your home or put them in a beautiful custom books that would be enjoyed and treasured by generations. These photographs will be an investment in your family history. During every photo session I try to tell the story of each family. I capture everyone smiling because everyone is truly enjoying themselves and if someone doesn't want to smile, than be it. I am not after a "say cheese" smile. I am after a genuine connection.
Where will my session be held?
I am on location photographer. I love natural light and outdoors, but I also can work in natural light studio and well lit home. Together we can pick a location that will work best for you. I have some ideas for outdoors family pictures locations HERE
How long will my family session be?
Well, we don't have all day, so I try to work as fast as I can especially during the golden hour. Usually it is around 1 hour.
What will my senior session be like?
We will meet at the first location we decided on and shoot there for the first half of the session. If we have a second location we move there after about 30-45min. I have a changing tent if there is a second outfit, so changing shouldn't be a problem. And we finish it off with a selfie:)
What should I wear?
Be yourself. Pick pieces that represents you. For senior sessions a lot of people choose once casual outfit and one more dressy. Visit my P INTEREST board for ideas.
How can I order prints and products from you?
After you receive your online gallery you will have one month to order any additional prints and products through that gallery.
How do I book a session with you, Elena?
Thank you for asking. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the CONTACT form above.