Contact Ell

Contact Info:
phone: 505.933.5585
Serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos, NM
*Available for worldwide travel*

I have a passion (an obsession some may say) for photography.  I have had the unique opportunity to turn my hobby into a professional career. Although I have a studio, I much prefer to make the beauty of the outdoors or the comfort of your home my backdrop.  All my equipment is portable, making it easy to create great lighting anywhere.  It makes your images interesting and unique.  No photo shoot is ever the same.  For me, photography is so much more than taking pictures, it is capturing a moment, a mood, a memory and allowing it to be perfectly preserved forever.

About Me:

I love traveling.  New food, new friends, new customs, new languages, and new experiences excite me more than anything in the world. I'm an avid salsa dancer, foodie, and Christian.  To much is given, much is expected, and I'm always trying to give more.  I love to work with non-profits and offer fundraising opportunities through my business to help out where I can.

I tied the knot recently in Santorini, Greece and am so excited to start my new life with my husband: my best friend and the love of my life.

A Brief History:
I have loved film photography since high school where I was the photo editor for the school paper.  In my college years, I took a hiatus from shooting and moved to the other side of the camera.  I modeled for many companies and photographers and learned how to position the body to show the best angle and how photographers talk to models.  Some were great and some were terrible.  I hope to take the best from each of my mentors to make you feel at ease and comfortable to dance and play as if no one was watching.

Artistic Rediscovery:
In 2007, I rediscovered my passion this time with digital photography and with a contemporary twist. I started shooting again while traveling in southeast Asia and I now love to photograph people.  Everyone is interesting and photogenic. It is my job to bring out that unique look and feel to each photograph to put you at your best.  Out of every shoot I have done, I have found at least one image that is worthy of my own portfolio.

My Experience:
I’ve had my photos on 49 different billboards (that I know of), 6 different brands of print magazines (often being published multiple times a month in ABQ the Mag), 12 online magazines and blogs, and several newpapers in New Mexico and California as well as for the Associated Press and on Pandora.  I've photographed for bands and musicians, sports teams, models, small/medium businesses, lobbiest groups and huge corporations as well as the modern family. I love to create precious newborn photo artwork and also capturing the spark between two people through passion, engagement and wedding photography.

If you like to have fun (and are a little non-traditional), I put an edgy twist on bridal sessions.  Recently I also started shooting modern senior portraits with new challenges to bring out the personality of a blossoming high school student for yearbook pictures.

My Philosophy:
While I love to shoot outdoors on location I also have a studio for more traditional portraits. The most important aspect of my photography is that I offer creative portraiture that represents you. I love building creative lighting for interesting conceptual shots and portraits, but am equally comfortable shooting in natural light as well.

My Past Career:
I worked for Hewlett Packard for 5 years in the Retail Publishing Organization.  As a Mechanical and Systems Interaction Engineer, I helped design and improve Hewlett Packard's first line of retail photo printers and have a patent under my belt. Currently Walmart carries the HP mini-labs in their Photo Center so you can play with them too!  With unlimited access to amazing printers, I had to get back into photography to take advantage of that opportunity!

Click here to find me on Thumbtack!

Partial Commercial Photo Credits, Clients, and Publications:

Magazines, Newpapers and Media:
Compassion and Choices Magazine - Spring 2013
ABQ the Mag - 1-3 Commercial Credits/mo during June, July, Aug, Sept (Back Cover), Oct, Nov and Dec 2012, Jan 2013
ABQ the Magazine Datebook Event Photo Credits - Print and Online - Oct 2012, Nov 2012, 
Albuquerque Journal - Multiple Commercial Credits in November 2012
Albuquerque Alibi Multiple Commercial Credits in July and August 2012
New Mexico Magazine August 2012 Issue
Dance Culture Magazine August 2012 Issue (Inside Cover and Editorial)
Perfect Wedding Guide - Spring and Summer 2012 Issue
Fashion 5.0 Magazine, Nov 2010 Issue
San Diego Reader, Print and Web 1, 2

Large Corporations:
Budweiser - Made in America Tour 2013
ABQ Health Partners - Billboard, Magazine, and Newspaper Campaign
American Heart Association Events, Billboard Campaigns and Facebook Photo Management 2010-2012
Lovelace Health System Go Red Web and Feb 2012 Billboard Campaign

Non-Profit and Government:
University of New Mexico 2013
Corrales International School - Yearbook Portraits 2011, 2012, 2013
Ability Connection Gears and Glamour - Retail Calendar, Web, Print Marketing and Facebook Photo Management 2012
Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Print Ads, Posters, Program Cover, and Facebook Management 2011, 2012
Concours du Soleil Exotic Car Rally, Gala and Facebook Management 2011-2012
New Mexico Tourism Department
City of Albuquerque Website 2011
Compassion and Choices

Small to Medium Business:
GravityPark - GravityFit Program Photos
Cake Fetish - photos coming soon to their website!
Reeve Med Spa
Gluten Free Gourmet Foods Catalog Product Photography

Bands and Music:
Jet West Band CD Cover and Album Booklet, Review Here

BNI - Mountains West, Momentum Chapter
Community Business Builders of Albuquerque

Preferred Wedding Partners:
Charlotte's Flowers (She's AWESOME! and even did the flowers for my wedding!)
Milestone Event Planning - Deanne Schufft 505-321-4543
Lollicakes NM - Cake Pops
Cake Fetish - 1st Year Infant Cake Smash Partner