Well, hello there! I am Elena.
Photography has become as much a part of my life as the air I breathe. But it wasn't always that way.
Eleven years ago if you asked me if I was creative or an artist I would have laughed at you. I was working full time night shift as a Registered Nurse, had a newborn baby, and was suffering from isolation and exhaustion. Yet I thought I was living the dream. I thought I had "made it." I mean, I had a Bachelors Of Science and a mortgage after all.
Shortly after my son was born my house was broken into in the middle of the day. It was one of the most violating experiences of my life. We were already broke and in debt up to our ears so this felt like more than we could handle. Yet for some reason we decided to spend our insurance check on a new camera, the Canon 50D. Call it what you will, but I don't believe in chance. Something inside me told me to just go for it. Something inside told me I needed an outlet and perhaps photography was it. I always trust my intuition.
Little did I know that that purchase would quite literally change my life.
Photography quickly became my obsession and it didn't take me long to realize that I loved business. Photography unleashed an artist and an entrepreneur that had always been inside me. I now operate a multi faceted, mini empire and I owe it all to that chance I took with purchasing that camera eleven years ago.
I have a sincere desire to build community in the industry of photography. I love showing other women that they can pursue their dream to become a photographer and that they can build a meaningful and profitable business.
I am obsessed with capturing families and newborns in a way that is artistic, real, romantic, and full of life and I absolutely fall in love with every single family who trusts me to capture them.
I am a dreamer who believes anything is possible. I am so glad you are here.
* Head shots by the amazing Sandra Coan
Elena S Blair is an award winning Family & Newborn photographer. She also owns and operates a Fine Art School Portrait business, is co owner of Blair & Thurston Retreats, and is co owner of Lady Boss Workshops. With nearly ten years experience, Elena has photographed hundreds of families and thousands of children making her Seattle's most sought after portrait photographer.
Her work and words have been featured on popular online publications like The Huffington Post, Click & Co Blog, Dear Photographer, Adorama, and many more. Her work has been published in Click Magazine and Capture The Moment. Elena teaches with online platforms including CreativeLive, KelbyOne, and Click & Company, as well as independently. She is an established public speaker inspiring photographers all over the United States to make meaningful art and build profitable businesses.