When I was a kid, I took it for granted that I lived within walking distance of both sets of grandparents and at least a dozen cousins. Growing up in Los Angeles (Pico-Robertson, to be exact), my tight-knit community helped shape me into the outgoing, enthusiastic, and confident business owner I am today.

JEWISH WEDDING + EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

I’m Eliana!

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2022

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I want to give you photos that are as vibrant and luminous as the Jewish couples and families I serve. I bring playfulness and delight to my galleries without sacrificing authentic moments for stiff, staged photoshoots. 

my vision

Today, as a full-time photographer, I serve couples all over the world – predominantly in the Chicago, New York, Boston, DC, and Los Angeles areas – and celebrate their wedding day's lively ceremony and storied traditions. I’ll travel anywhere for a good celebration!

I FELT LIKE MY LIFE WAS LACKING CREATIVITY – AND I WAS YEARNING TO BE PART OF A VIBRANT JEWISH COMMUNITY AGAIN AFTER BEING ISOLATED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

I found myself running my own business — a career path I never envisioned!

After a year of adventures, a college degree, and a brief stint in tech (and a year in Salt Lake City… but that’s another story)

When the graphic design class that I actually wanted to take didn’t fit into my high-school schedule, I reluctantly settled for photography instead. By graduation, I was so excited about apertures and shutter speeds that I was gifted a camera of my very own to serve as my gap-year traveling companion! 

PHOTOGRAPHY WAS MY OUTLET - A WAY TO BE CREATIVE WHEN “REAL” LIFE FELT STAGNANT

I’ve always loved documenting stories and moments (ask me about the dozens of journals I’ve filled over the years), and I accidentally stumbled into photography

I was a theater kid who studied Public Policy and worked in tech… so how and when did photography enter the picture?

Bridget J.

From the very beginning, Eliana was different from other photographers. Neither my fiancé nor I had done professional photography before, so we were pretty nervous, but…she made us feel comfortable and confident by having us do different poses and play silly games. She even got our dog to look cute in the photos! The photos came out AMAZING—natural and edited to perfection. We could not have asked for a better experience. 

Eliana made us feel like we were doing a session with our best friend!

Amanda Bryant

Eliana made the photoshoot fun and relaxed for our first family vacation photos with our 3 month old. Her energy was awesome and our photos are beautifully captured. These pictures will be treasured for a long time to come.

Her energy was awesome and our photos are beautifully captured. 

Samantha Padilla

This is the second time that I have worked with Eliana. And for the 2nd time, I LOVED my experience. The photos were incredible and breath taking!

The photos were incredible and breath taking!

The Container Store is my Disneyland, and I thrive under pressure. I’m anxious if I’m not anxious, you know? Piecing together an "impossible" wedding day timeline that fits in every element with time to spare? That's the kind of challenge I live for.

I’m the epitome of Type-A.

There is no bigger honor than being trusted to tell someone else’s story. Photography has taken me to over 20 countries, and I’ve been privileged to document hundreds of lives. I love storytelling in all forms – I'm also a children’s book author and amateur documentary filmmaker. 

I’m a storyteller at heart.

You can bet that if I’ve got headphones on, I’m listening to the calming yet slightly irritating voice of Ira Glass on This American Life (I know, I’m basic) or really anything by Serial Productions. I even met my partner Alex through our shared love of Serial! In college, I ventured into podcast-making of my very own (and if you ask nicely, I just miiiight let you take a listen). 

I love a good podcast.

Friday nights & Saturdays are days off for me as I am shabbat observant. It's my time to spend with friends and family, play board games, and reset for the coming week. If your event falls on either day, I have a team of incredible associates who serve EMP clients all week long to make sure you’re always covered, whenever you need photos taken!

I’m always off on Shabbat.

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