A Chicago based photographer
 who specializes in fashion and weddings. 
I photograph with my heart not with my eyes. 

hi I'm Elena 

If i'm not at my desk don't panic you can easily find me at a few spots one those being my local library and/or bookstore looking for a new story to get lost in. You'll also come to the realization that I’m not ashamed to admit that I record Hallmark movies all year round so I can watch them during the weekend curled up with a cup of hot tea and a warm blanket. Want to know my whole story? Keep reading down below....

 I'm Elena a girl boss who when not attached to MY camera or computer you can easily find browsing the aisles TARGET WHILE ALSO MAKING SURE I've recorded the newest hallmark movie. 

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Two years ago I took a leap of faith, quit my 9-5, to pursue my dream of becoming my own boss while also following my passion for photography. I wanted to tell and capture stories through my lens. Little did I know that I’d would soon be telling those I captured that “I photograph with my heart, and not with my eyes”. Now, it’s become my personal tagline because it’s true. My passion for capturing and sharing stories comes from deep within my heart and that’s how I photograph. However, when I’m not attached to my camera or computer you can find me browsing the aisles of my local library and/or bookstore looking for a new story to get lost in. I’m not ashamed to admit that I record Hallmark movies all year round so I can watch them during the weekend curled up with a cup of hot tea and a warm blanket. I also have a weakness for carbs, Chinese Food, and trips to Target. 

My photography style? I call it "The Little Back Dress" photography - it is clean, fresh, bright, and airy sometimes a bit rustic depending on the season and/or environment but most importantly it’s natural. I don’t go crazy with editing and do my best to get it right in camera first so there is little editing post. Thus, my photography style will always be classic and never go out of style - just like a timeless little black dress. As I mentioned before, I photograph with my heart and not with my eyes. I photograph couples the way I would want my photographer to capture my celebration: with love, passion, tenderness, laughter and splash of joy, because the best emotions are never posed. Oh and I’m also a natural light photographer, which means I don’t ever us harsh studio lighting- I prefer the soft glow of natural light to illuminate my couples!