When I was a kid growing up in a suburb of Boston, we always had issues of National Geographic Magazine around the house. My Grandfather had worked for the magazine as an Assistant Editor and writer. As I flipped through these magazines, I was fascinated by the beautiful images and the stories they told. I knew I wanted to be a part of documenting life’s moments in a photojournalistic style. My grandfather’s plane “was forced down at sea and vanished without trace” while on assignment for National Geographic before I was born but I always thought his job must have been amazing and I dreamed of having some of those same great adventures.
The photojournalism was what really interested me. Unlike many photographers, I never had any interest in wedding photography. I was asked to photograph a few after photography school and confirmed that weddings were NOT for me. Then a fantastic couple from Boston hired me to photograph their wedding at the beautiful Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Vermont and to this day that wedding remains one of my favorites. It was a perfect mix of a fabulous couple, amazing friends and family coming together from around the world to celebrate, perfect weather, beautiful music during the ceremony and such heartfelt toasts to the couple… I loved being a part of their celebration. I told myself then that I would photograph weddings every day if they could all be like that one! We even had a rainbow!
I realize that photographing a wedding is storytelling, just like those National Geographic magazines I loved. Weddings are stories with many pages ~ from the proposal to the last dance and capturing the real moments as they happen is an honor.
I also love photographing portraits of families, children and dogs ~ holding on to who they are at that particular moment in time.
I have lived in Vermont now for many years, consider myself a country girl at heart and am proud to call New England home. I enjoy vacations in Maine, vintage stuff, the farmer’s market, Sunday brunch, chocolate, handwritten notes, and big fluffy dogs. I hope to hear more about what you enjoy and let’s chat soon about your wedding day, special event or portrait session ~ we’ll make it fun, relaxed and real. I’m looking forward to hearing about you!
And here is a recent review from one of my event clients:
“I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found Ellen! I threw a surprise birthday party for my mother in Wilmington, Vermont. I live in NJ so relied on recommendations from the venue where I was hosting the party. I spoke with Ellen a few times prior and knew from speaking to her that she was a genuinely nice person who understood my needs for the party. There were a lot of things working against her for group pictures….like 15 kids ranging from 6 months to late teens and another 20+ adults all moving in opposite directions. She rose to that occasion and surpassed it by leaps and bounds. I look at the pictures often in amazement because she captured such beautiful memories for my family to have for years to come.” ~ Emily Link