My name is Isabella. I’m 35 (shhh, don’t tell anyone). I’ve owned my own business for over 14 years now. Well, I was a designer for some of it. I’ve actually started Ella Photography 8 years ago (already? Whoa). I started my own lifestyle photography company because I want to change the world. Sappy, right? I want to show my clients that they are beautiful the way that they are… today. I don’t want people to compare themselves to my photographs and say “I can never be that beautiful in photos” Because you can. All the people in my photos are people just like you. Not trained models.
EVERY client that I’ve ever had has told me that they weren’t photogenic. I’m not even lying. The main reason people don’t “look good” in photos is that they aren’t being themselves. They are nervous, they don’t know when the flash is going to go off, the lighting is bad and, most of the time, the person taking the photo doesn’t even have the decency to say: 1, 2, 3, go! I mean.. Come on! You don’t even have a chance to look good! Having a pro photographer isn’t the same thing. My goal is to show off your personality and your love for each other. Now that’s beautiful! Too often I’ve seen other photographers try to control the photo. They would pose people like they were puppets and tell them exactly what to feel and what to say to each other. I don’t like that! I want to follow YOU all day. Whatever happens, happens. I do not pose. I’m there to capture how your day unfolds. Don’t worry, we DO have a portrait session (I’m actually known for those!) but I don’t like to pose. I will help you by telling you where/how to stand but then, you do what you want! I want you to remember how you were feeling that precise moment when the photo was taken. How beautiful you looked that day. I don’t care about how dirty the room is or how the other photographers did it before. I’m there for YOU on YOUR session. I’ll help you keep the timeline in check at your wedding, make sure you don’t forget to go to the bathroom (and eat!), get your guests to sit down when you are ready for your entrance or even help you put in your contact lenses (yes, it has happened). It’s not only about the photos for me. It’s about making sure that you get the experience that you deserve. I’m not only there to make sure I get all the shots I need. I’m there to be your little assistant and capture your day. I do this because I love what I do. Because I can be myself when I do it.
For your sessions, I want you to have FUN. I want your kids to run around, cry and be themselves because that’s how you should remember them.
I offer personalized service: I (not someone else) shows up when YOU want and I edit your photos one-by-one. I also answer all my emails and phone calls. I’m one person. Not a multi-national company where you don’t know who shows up for your wedding and most of the time, they don’t even talk to you. I’m one person. I do EVERYTHING in my company. I’m also extremely honest and get really hurt when people yell at me and do not think that I’m trying my best. Yup, I am human! Like all humans, I learn about life and about myself, every day. I make honest mistakes along the way (paperwork is not my thing) and I learn from my mistakes. However, I will offer you the best experience you ever asked for. Along with awesome photos 😉
And that’s the truth.
photo by Nadia Zheng