Ella Bessette, Oakland commercial photographer self portrait

Personal strengths include being incredibly organized. Staying calm in challenging moments. And hiking hundreds of miles at a time.


Image Licensing by Shot By Women

Photography BFA from SVA, NYC
Commercial Arts AAS from DCC, NY
Member of MDRN, Found Artists, APA, the Luupe, Create in place

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I’m Ella Sophie - a San Francisco Bay Area based photographer and art director. Specializing in creating images that evoke the essence of female power. My visual style is clean, bold and dynamic.

My images have a bold and powerful aesthetic that does not cater to the male gaze, instead I work with brands to personify the force and energy of femininity. With a detail oriented focus on how light, form, and texture work together.

I have a foundation in fine art and a fascination with advertising. Bridging the two worlds has always been a puzzle worth solving. The driving force behind my work is empowering women and creating a better, more just world.

A note on power... powerful doesn't always mean loud, in your face, brute force. My definition and understanding of power comes from seeing the force of a peaceful protest. Watching the subtle drip of water erode a rock face. Or how a delicate flower can grow strong in the harsh desert. Power can be quiet, and subtle while achieving great things.

Stuff you don’t really need to know:

I speak 2.5 languages.
Sometimes I sleep outdoors in subzero temperatures.
Hooman for my rescue dog Phyllo, he's 40lbs of cuteness, snuggles and energy!
Chris and I eloped in the mountains wearing hiking boots.
I love good design.
I’ve been to almost all 50 states.
I use the word fuck, it’s a side effect of growing up in NY.
I always have breakfast.
I only buy orange cars.
I cut my own hair.
My objects were color coded and organized since before Marie Kondo was trendy.

Partial Client List



Tiffany & Co.
Pangea Organics
Teuscher Chocolates
Alpine Provisions
Harwel Godfrey
Heller Jewelers
Cielomar Jewelry
Laruce Beauty
Mercurius Jewelry
RYE Beauty

Portraits & Beauty

Crossroads Trading
Lela Rose
Lulusimon studio
Elina Peduzzi Jewelry
IA Magazine
The Plenary Co.
Dorian Webb Jewelry
WIRED Magazine


Bliss Fitness
Core Society
Lily Fontas
Beyond Hemp
Sol Sister Sport
CB Fit

Architecture / Interiors

Hannah Lowe
Kreon Inc
Pizzagati Designs
Sattler Group
Selux Corp.
Sanders Architects