I’m Elena (but feel free to call me Lennie)! I’m a destination elopement and microwedding photographer documenting real life moments for carefree, adventurous, hopelessly in love couples all around the world! I call Portland, Oregon my home and my roots, BUT just give me five minutes and I'm packing up my suitcase or car to go wherever your love story takes you!
...it’s your wedding day. You’ve been planning all the perfect details over the last few months and the day has finally arrived. You’re ready to finally marry your best friend, and celebrate with your closest friends and family at your dream national park or venue. Buuut just thinking about posing for photos is stressing. You. Out!
I gotchu fam
It’s my biggest passion in life to create artistic photos that capture the real you while you’re out on your everyday adventures. The kind of photos that feel real and natural, like a photographer wasn’t even there. No stiff posing or runway model experience necessary. Just you being you, and enjoying your favorite landscapes, adventures, and moments together.
It’s your day off, and you and your partner finally have time to go on a date. You stop by your favorite lil’ vibey coffee shop, grab a bite to eat at that cafe you’ve always wanted to try together, then hop in your car and just drive wherever the road takes you. No obligations, no deadlines. All that usual life stuff just fades in the back of your mind while you take in the scenery of your favorite highway with your partner’s hand in yours…but then you get home and realize you have no photos to commemorate it.
omg yes let's talk
Let’s face it, adulthood is hard. We all could use a little more tapping into our whimsical side and romanticize our small, daily life moments. Wanna walk barefoot through the woods on a rainy day? Or tie little flowers in your hair and frolic through a field with your favorite person just for the heck of it? Or maybe just keeping things simple and bringing a book to your favorite coffee shop and just existing with your future husband/wife. YES TO ALL OF THAT
My husband and I feel so grateful every time we look at our engagement/wedding photos that we chose Elena. Not only is her style artistic and effortless, but she felt like an instant friend and someone we were so comfortable around. We cannot wait to work with her again!
Typically I have all the right words for reviews but when it comes to Elena, I am speechless - She is incredibly talented and her work is truly amazing. We had Elena do our Engagement Photographer and I could not imagine having had anyone else capture these moments for us. My fiance and I are incredibly awkward the second a camera is turned on us so we were quite nervous. Elena was able to calm these nerves in our first conversation. During our photo sessions she provided guidance and helped coach us along the way but also sort of faded in the background - with this my fiancé and I were able to get really comfortable and act...normal. Looking past her level of professionalism and expert experience she is a very kind and genuine human. She offers advice and works WITH you to make YOUR vision come to life while adding her perspective. I can not recommend Elena enough - Her talent, her kindness and her work are unmeasurable.
Elena was the perfect choice for our mini-elopement! With only having four guests, we were worried about how a photographer, who none of us knew, would impact our day. Elena, however, was a wonderful addition to our little band of misfits. She was kind, flexible, sweet, and made us feel at ease - all of the things you would want on your wedding day! She got our sneak peeks to us in a wonderfully surprising timeliness. My mother, who was sick and unable to attend, was able to see our wedding photos before her passing. The moments she captured, and her editing style, has made the photos little treasures that we will appreciate for years to come.
We absolutely loved our experience with Elena. She made us so comfortable during our engagement shoot, even though it was our first time meeting her. She was so friendly and knew exactly how to direct us to capture such perfect moments. Thank you so much, Elena! You are a gem :)
We LOVED working with Elena - she was organized, flexible, and upbeat the entire day. We had an elopement style session in Colorado, so she came and met us there and handled the new venue, different landscape options, and all the twists and turns of a typical wedding day like a serious (but fun) professional. The photos are absolutely gorgeous and we got to have FUN while taking them on our special day.
Elena did such a great job of capturing all of the special moments and making sure to highlight the details (rings, vow books, etc.) as well as the big picture (ceremony, family pictures, etc.)! We are overjoyed to have her amazing photos to look back on.