I'm Ela - a Perth based Portrait Photographer.
I’ve always been a creator. Making beautiful things is like food for my soul -- something I just need to do. My mother tells me that as a child, I would spend hours sketching with pencil and paper, or cutting pictures from old magazines and books (oops!).
My father was a light photographer who did his own printing. I remember sitting in the darkroom, fascinated by the way images revealed themselves with what seemed to be a combination of science and magic. When I was 10, he gave me my first camera, and all the way through my teen years I took photos everywhere I went and fell in love with the world through the lens.
In University I put my camera aside and (perhaps in an attempt to be practical) studied architecture, my first career. I liked being an architect, but deep down I knew this wasn’t it for me. There was something else I was supposed to be doing, and I needed to take a step back to find it.
That step back came in the form of two beautiful boys, who are the reason I choose every day to pursue what lights me up inside. Because if I want them to follow their passions, I know they need to see me doing the same.
Stepping back from work to become a mother gave me space to discover the perfect medium for my art. It was there the whole time, like the images in my father’s darkroom, just waiting to be revealed.
Being behind the camera again feels like coming home. Photographing children and families is a source of constant inspiration and joy. It is a creative process that I love so much, and more than that; it is a portal into the raw beauty that lives in a single moment -- telling love stories that will last for generations.