Elissa R Photography
Images should be felt, not just seen. For a decade, I have been photographing the small and big moments that happen during one of the most emotional days in someone's life: their wedding. Small changes in gestures, eye motion, an imperceptible shift in camera settings, and everything comes into place. Now, expanding from weddings to an editorial and portraits portfolio, I aim to create beautiful photos of you - for you, the individual, and you as a couple.

Whether it's a photo of you for your professional profile, or a photo of you to make you remember who you are right now, I want it to evoke an emotion. Something that will make a viewer say, "Yeah, that's so you."

read more › For the past nine years, I've been photographing weddings in Austin, Texas, spending hours and days with couples and families at their most emotional moments - happy, anxious, joyful, nostalgic, excited, verklempt. I started my business as a newlywed and quit my day job after two years to do this full-time. Now, photographing people is all that I do. Honing skills as a wedding photographer taught me how to identify an emotion - even an underlying one in a subject - and capture it honestly. This is what I strive to do in all of my work now, especially headshots, where a single photo must distill a personality into one quick glance, and branding, where someone scrolling on social media needs to feel a connection or a curiosity about who you are and what you bring to the table.

read more › Originally coined "experimental portraits, " I've been shooting unconventional portraits of people I know or met on the street. I've enjoyed them so much that I've decided to offer them to the general public as well. You don't need to be a model - none of these people are professional models. You don't need to know how to pose - I help you with that. You just have to be open to the idea that we'll be making some weird portraits, and to love the process and results as well. This isn't a shoot where you necessarily get a "beautiful" photo of yourself.

read more › It's easy-to-understand, professional photography that is suited just for you, your product, and your audience. I want to "get" you, so that you can get your followers - so that your product will sell - so that your social media game can be on point. Because - let's face it - it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd nowadays, and sometimes you need an extra hand. Best for influencers who are not local to the Austin area but would like professional photos of themselves in and around Austin landmarks.

read more › Something smoother than a selfie taken on your phone or the last professional photo of you, which - hmm - may have been as a wedding guest? One-day turnaround on proofs, with 5 fully-edited shots delivered digitally within 3 days. Dating headshots are available as well. Choose a variety of backdrops, up to four outfit changes, and a photographer to follow you around as you act casually-cool for the camera.

read more › These are the 5 questions that I think people should definitely ask their potential wedding photographer. I started my business in 2010, not long after my own wedding. I have since photographed over 200 weddings in and around Austin and North America. From home base in central Texas, to Maui, Long Beach, Minneapolis, Roanoke, and Iceland, I've been all over, and I love it. Because of the time-intensive nature of weddings, I limit the number of nuptials I photograph every year. Elissa was an absolute dream to work with.

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