The Experience

Professional. Fun. Worry-Free

These are just a few of the ways to describe your portrait experience.
You can expect that from your first phone call through delivery of your artwork, your entire experience will be enjoyable. I take the time to get to know you and what's important to you.
Because connection is important to me—it allows me to provide you with a worry-free experience.

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I know of no other way to build lasting relationships than to connect with what matters —to you.

It allows me to guide you through your portrait experience, in a way that’s unique to you, to your family and to all  the personalities present.

I’m focused on making you comfortable in front of the camera so your authentic self shines through and you feel overjoyed with your photos.

After all, to me, a photograph is more than a photo—it’s a sacred heirloom that illustrates the love of you and your family.

Don’t be surprised if you shed tears of joy when you see your portraits for the first time!

…But don’t take my word for it—read the experience others had below.


  • I chose Ellen as the photographer for my son’s Bar Mitzvah and for my daughter’s head-shots. The photos from the Bar Mitzvah blew me away! She captured the joy and exuberance of the event, and the youthful sweetness of the young guests. Every time I look at the photos I feel the same happiness and pride I felt on that day. These aren’t just photos; they are works of art. .... I met Ellen through charitable work that she is involved with so I already knew she had a very strong work ethic. Her photography is further evidence that she strives for excellence!

  • Great photos!!!!!! Wow!!!!!! Could not be happier!

  • Amazing!!! I so enjoyed looking at those (made for a very unproductive hour at work however! :) )! You did an incredible job! It looks like we threw a pretty fun party as well!! .... Thank you also for nudging us in the direction of family shots. I'm so grateful that we took those pictures before the party--we would absolutely never have gotten them during, so thank you! I am so glad that you were our photographer and will certainly champion you to my friends/acquaintances that have upcoming functions. You made me feel like we were in great hands throughout the process and totally kept this part stress free for me, which was awesome.