Robert Ellis Photography | About

It all began at the age of 10 with my father's old Kodak Brownie camera. The magic of capturing images in that little box and watching them come to life in the darkroom was captivating - I was hooked. Decidedly old school - those tools were essential in my understanding of composition, balance and visualization. Unabashedly new school - digital media has opened up a world of nearly limitless possibilities and creativity. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.

As a fine art photographer my work focuses on the beauty of place and the people that flourish in it. I bring that creative artistic style to my wedding and portrait photography as well. I love the endorphin buzz I get every time I make an image that transcends merely recording what happened, and instead tells the story of that moment and those emotions.

This is what drives me to keep my work unique and fresh. I relish exploring new ideas like my dedicated infrared camera which produces dreamlike black & white images that are a wonderful compliment to wedding and fine art photography.

Artistically capturing memories is the most important part of my job. As the father of a teenage daughter, I know how children change almost weekly and what a precious gift it is to have those moments and stages captured. I look at her photos and those of loved ones I have lost and am taken back to those moments. Back to those places. And I smile. Yes, I do think I have the best job in the world.

I feel so fortunate to be able to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world. On any day my office changes from a Big Sur redwood forest to a beautiful white sand Carmel Beach, to the old Victorians in Monterey and Pacific Grove, wineries in Carmel Valley, Napa and Sonoma. Not a bad place to work.