As a professional photographer I have a lot to say thank you for!
First up, I need to say thank you to my parents. Little kid Ella couldn’t wait to get homework, and then I couldn’t wait to get a job! (Clearly I was a strange kid). But while my friends got jobs shoveling snow, or babysitting I had to figure something else out. My parents wouldn’t allow me to get an after school job. They, like many immigrant parents, wanted me to focus on school and on my future. So I started side hustles pretty early on. I helped my classmates with their papers and homework. I sold drawings and art. And then at 17 I started freelancing as a photographer. After all, my parents said I couldn’t get a job, they didn’t say I couldn’t start my own business.
My first subjects
When I first started out as a photographer, my friends put themselves through a lot for me. Like laying in a pile of broken fencing. Or climbing through old abandoned buildings, and posing in a dress in the snow. Ok, the last bit about the snow, I still have people do that sometimes. But I owe those friends a big fat thank you! Thank you for letting me take a million bad photos of you to get the few good ones. Thank you for encouraging me and cheering me on.
My fearless models
After a few years of playing with photography I started applying to BFA programs. This requires having a body of work to show. One of the admissions counselors told me my work was ok. But if I pushed myself it could be good enough to get a scholarship. So over the course of a few weeks I threw myself into creating a series of photographs of women. The series was about the objectification of women. And about the consumption of the female image. My models posed with food. In one case covered with raw chicken breasts (thanks Zoe, I’ll never forget that). Those images resulted in my scholarship.
My amazing wedding clients
The first few weddings that I photographed were pretty intense. And I’m so glad that those awesome couples took a leap of faith. Trusting me to be their artistic wedding photographer. Over the years I’ve become a seasoned and confident wedding photographer. There is no lighting situation that I can’t handle. But, picking me to be your wedding photographer is still a big deal to me. While I know I have all the tools and skills I need to rock the job, I also know you picking me means a lot. So thank you to all my awesome, creative, adventurous couples who include me on their wedding day!
The badass women of the world
What I’m most well known for is creating photography that celebrates women. Sometimes called boudoir photography, or artistic boudoir, or empowering portraits. Whatever the term you want to use, the key ingredient is trust. Allowing me to photograph you oftentimes nude or damn close is a huge deal. I take that responsibility very serious. Thank you for trusting me to create photographs that honor your strength, vulnerability, and beauty. Thank you for opening up to me about your wounds and allowing us to create space for them to heal. And, thank you for appreciating yourself, which in turn allows other women and girls to do the same.
A little backstory on these awesome custom thank you cards.
These cards are from basic invite, a custom stationary company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. They have tons of stationary options. Including the custom thank you cards in this post. They’ve recently added picture graduation cards, and thank you cards for graduation money. Also, a side note, I didn’t realize people got money for graduating? When my husband first told me about this, it blew my mind. Clearly that’s an American tradition and not a European one.
Here is a little plug for Basic Invite. These are some of the things that make them different from other printing companies.
Almost Unlimited Colors. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options. With instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.
Custom Samples. Basic Invite allows customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation. So they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes. Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes. So that they can make their invitation stand out even before it’s opened. All the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
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Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all Basic Invite’s foil designs.
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All Images © Ella Sophie
Ella Sophie is an artist and photographer living in Oakland California. She specializes in creating images that empower women. Through portraiture, boudoir photography and ethical fashion, and alternative wedding photography. Ella strives to change the perception that women have of themselves one photo at a time. When she isn’t working you can find her volunteering at the local animal shelter. Encouraging fellow entrepreneurs and artists. Or traveling and taking in the beautiful wilderness.
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