About Me and My Philosophy

Your wedding is not a photoshoot.

While a number of wedding photographers love to commandeer the couple or wedding party for staged shots or an extra-long portrait session during golden hour, I am content to watch you… get married. For most of your wedding I will be a fly on the wall, hovering nearby, photographing moments as they unfold, instead of dictating where you should stand or what you should be doing.

I want you to be yourself. Smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re overwhelmed with emotion, laugh when you’re amused. I don’t want you to do it because I tell you to.

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The only time I will step in to guide you will be during your wedding portrait session. I will give you direction on looking and feeling comfortable and lovely. Most of my couples have always said to me, “We are really awkward in front of cameras”; but every single one of them loves the way they look in their delivered photos. Worry-free, guaranteed.

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Whatever you decide your wedding will be, whomever you decide to marry, no matter if you have a million glittering details or a simple celebration, as long as you are happy and in love, I want to be there for you.

Wish to know more? Check out the pricing page or frequently asked questions.

I’ve photographed weddings all over Texas, and from coast to coast (Maui to California to Minnesota to Roanoke). Let’s chat about making some beautiful photos together — Contact me here.

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About Elissa

If you choose me as your wedding photographer, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with me. Wedding photographers share a lot of the wedding day with their couples — more so than their caterers, their wedding party, and sometimes even their parents — so let’s make sure that we click.

I live in sunny Austin, TX with my husband Walt and our three cats. I geek out about World War II mini-series, books, and movies. I’m addicted to lip balm and coconut-milk ice cream. I like unnaturally colored hair (eggplant purple being my favorite at the moment). I am hopelessly attached to the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and have watched it in its entirety every three months since I was 17. I married a man who makes me laugh… and who can juggle.

My dream (as silly as it sounds) is to one day have one entire wall of my living room constructed with built-in bookshelves, and filled with books and unicorn bookends.

I’d love to meet you for a cup of tea to chat about your wedding day :) Let’s start talking!

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Walt and me by Brittany Esther. Used with permission.

As seen on: A Practical Wedding, Offbeat Bride, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Wedding Wire, Rock N Roll Bride, So You’re EnGAYged, A Vote & A Vow, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

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