Frida Kahlo Wedding Editorial

This past fall I finally had the chance to create a styled photoshoot with a Frida Kahlo Wedding theme. I had so much fun creating these images and I hope you will find them inspiring! Facts about Frida Kahlo’s Wedding! This was an all-woman production. I worked with vendors from around the country to make this shoot […]

close up flower bouquet bridal boudoir photo, black woman. by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Crimson, Bridal Boudoir Photos, Oakland

Crimson, a black woman’s boudoir session in Oakland Oakland is a diverse city, and boudoir photography should be as well. However, when I searched Boudoir Photos in google images, out of the first 300 images, 5 showed black women, 2 of those were photographed in a way that their skin looked white. On Pinterest I had a […]

Why you need a professional portrait, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Why you should always have a strong portrait

What do you do when you don’t have a portrait ready and get a press request? Call me! Or at least that’s exactly what the owner and designer behind the luxury bow tie brand SONSON decided to do. When she got a last minute press request but didn’t have a recent portrait she needed a […]

Ethical Fashion Lookbook photography for Wooly Knit Things

Fall & Winter 2016 Lookbook Photography for Wooly Knit Things I loved creating the lookbook photography for Wooly Knit Things’ Winter 2016 collection. Victoria, the owner and mastermind behind the company, makes each piece by hand herself. She uses all natural fibers and dyes in her garments that are good for you and the environment. […]

Sunrise, snow capped mountains, desert superbloom by photographer Ella Sophie

Anza Borrego Superbloom Roadtrip

Anza-Borrego Superbloom Roadtrip In March of this year you may have heard about the amazing superbloom happening in the south west desert. Chris and I were itching for a camping trip and our 10 year anniversary was coming up. We decided to take a long weekend and go for an impromptu road trip. We left […]

Oakland Photographer, Ella Sophie, Basic invite, diy invitations

Basic Invite DIY Stationery

DIY invitations by Basic Invite A few weeks ago I got an email from Katie. She was reaching out to me about photographing some of basic invite’s unique wedding invitation stationery products and sharing a blog post about them. Since at first I was skeptical, because I always am. I asked her a million questions about their […]

Asian beauty portrait, Oakland Photography Studio, Ella Sophie, natural beauty

Ethereal Natural Beauty Portraits

Natural Beauty Portraits, a studio session I love making beauty portraits, and when it comes to working in the studio, I’m in my element. Playing with lighting to create a mood, and to make images that radiate is one of my favorite things. In NYC I used to do studio sessions weekly, creating new lighting […]

bath boudoir, detail shot white lace bodysuit, Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Bath Boudoir, fluid magic a transformative experience

Bath Boudoir, a form of fluid magic I’ve always loved bath boudoir, for me it is a chance to push the creative boundaries. This session was such a fun one, working with my favorite bay area florist Ashely from Ash+Oak, and recently retired dancer LeeAlex. This bathroom set up was gloriously dreamy. On a technical […]

Angie Hilem, Empowered woman with flower crown, headdress, dessert dunes. Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Beyond Boudoir, Capturing your feminine power

Beyond Boudoir, a photo experience. I’m excited to share the images from this recent beyond boudoir photo adventure. Angie had such a great experience that she offered to write a guest post about the photoshoot. So the following words are from the beautiful Angie herself. Guest Post by Angie, about her photoshoot experience. I’ve hired […]