I’m Elena (but feel free to call me Lennie) and I’m a destination lifestyle + wedding photog documenting the real life moments for carefree and adventurous souls! I call Portland, Oregon my home and my roots, BUT I get major cases of cabin fever all. the. time. So whenever there’s a chance to travel, you’ll definitely find me looking for cheap plane tickets or packing up my car for a roadtrip.
Real talk: Living in such a visual, digital age it’s easy to take the idea of photos for granted. We take hundreds of them in on high-res iPhone cameras. Delete the ones we don’t like. Maybe add a filter, and boom, done - a photo! And that’s all it was.
And it deserves to be documented.
I believe it’s more than pretty edits and how many likes you get on it from Instagram. More than just pictures on your phone. More than “just photos”. It’s your story. It’s your actual MEMORIES. It’s something to show your kids years after your wedding day. It’s remembering how nervously excited you felt that last year of highschool. It’s opening a photo album and laughing at how you didn’t even feel the cold while running through the woods with your soulmate. These are the moments and stories I live for, that deserve to be preserved for years to come. Which is why my passion is to create timeless, beautiful photos that speak to you and of you...
While exploring stunning places…
...with maybe your dog. ;)
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
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.
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.
Elena was so wonderful to work with. She made us feel so comfortable and brought such a peaceful, fun presence to our wedding day. The entire time leading up to our wedding she was thorough in going over everything to help us feel prepared. We were blown away with the beautiful, whimsical photos she delivered and were so thankful we got to work with her!
I’d love to get in touch with you + talk about making some hella bomb photos and memories with you! You can find me through the button below + I’ll get back to you within 24 hours!