Ella Sophie - Wedding Photographer

Freckled & Charred Bridal Portraits

Napa Summer Bridal Portraits – Freckled & Charred This bridal portraits photoshoot was inspired by a freckled rose that I saw in a garden near my studio. It stood out from the rest of the roses on the bush with its ‘imperfections’. The other inspiration for the images was the unconventional beauty that I found in […]

Beautiful bridal portrait, bride in window, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Jess & Justin Backyard Wedding

Late Summer Backyard Wedding in Upstate NY Jessica & Justin had a beautiful backyard wedding at their country home in upstate NY. Jessica got ready at the beautifully renovated Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY with her closest friends. She worked on her vows until just before the wedding, while Justin probably had his rewritten weeks beforehand. […]

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 […]

Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey standing arms crossed, black leotard, Lake Merritt Oakland. Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Grand Lake Oakland Dancer Lee Alex at night

Recently I photographed around the Grand Lake neighborhood in Oakland Dancer Lee AlexMeyer-Lorey at night. Dance is such a fascinating art form and lends itself to so many creative photo ideas. What lead to the Oakland Dancer at night photoshoot? Initially the plan was to shoot during the late afternoon and to catch the magical golden […]

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Urban Engagement Photo Session

Urban Engagement Session in Historic Downtown Albany I had so much fun with Nicole & Evan earlier this summer when I photographed their urban engagement session. A few few earlier Nicole and Evan called me to confirm they wanted to hire me as their wedding photographer. At the time I was sitting in my car […]

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Sarah & Brian DIY rock-n-roll Wedding

Sarah & Brian got married on a beautiful fall day, throwing a fun and creative DIY rock-n-roll Wedding. I really love all the DIY details. Sarah did a ton of work in preparing for her wedding, the love and attention to detail really showed. So I ended up taking more detail shots than I usually would. Sarah & Brian […]

Ella Sophie - Oakland Boudoir Photographer

Subtle Sensual, Oakland Boudoir Session

Oakland Boudoir, storytelling and legacy I love creating stories that celebrate my client’s unique stories. For Danielle that means we get together whenever she has a significant year and do a boudoir & portrait photoshoot. Someday we will take all of the photos taken over the years and compile them into one beautiful book that […]

Couple's Choice Award 2016

Couple’s Choice Award Wedding Photographer

I want to take a moment and write about winning the 2016 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award. It really means so much to me when my clients take a minute to express how much they liked my photography and services. So giant thank you to all my awesome clients! Here are a few of the […]

6 months of traveling, and a new home!

So, I went MIA for a few months… and I thought it would be nice to try to squeeze all of what I did during that time into 1 little blog post! In December, I packed up my belongings in my apartment that I had called home in NYC for the past few years. With […]

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Engagement Session in Boston!

Earlier this summer I took a trip to Boston to capture Alex & Howard’s engagement photos! I photographed them at the Boston Harbor near the aquarium! About 30 minutes before their session was set to start, as I sat at the harbor eating some Ben & Jerry’s a dark swirl of clouds came rushing in. […]