Washington, DC through November, then I'm off to Chennai, India for the next two years.
Last time you ate a pancake?
Sunday morning. Sunday mornings were made for pancakes.
Favorite day of the week?
Saturday. It usually provides hope for exploration, personal work, family time and good food.
|Favorite website besides your own?
www.anthropologie.com to feed my shopping addiction and to fuel my creative fire.
Give us a brief description of you and your work
I am an artist, a wife and a mom. I require a balance of all three for success. My work is an extension of who I am. It is my life. I photograph the things I love and the places I live. I don't think you can go wrong with that. I am in constant pursuit of beauty, simplicity and the moments in between.
What's your goal as an artist?
To prove that the world is more connected than it seems.
When did you decide to become a photographer?
I've always been a photographer. Photography became my profession after the birth of my first son, Sam. Motherhood slowed me down, provided me with the focus that I'd always searched for in my art and made me realize the importance of how quickly time passes. It gave me the secret to stopping time.
You shoot boutique wedding, lifestyle, and fashion photography. Which one of these categories is your favorite and why?
I seek moments that are raw and genuine. These times are often found when subjects forget that you are photographing them. Whether that be in the carefree moments after a wedding ceremony when a bride and groom have finally let loose or with a family in their home at play.
What spaces do you think make the best settings for your photographs? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor areas?
The best settings for my photographs are typically a perfect blend of light and time. I love window light. It creates mood and shadows that tell stories of their own. But the glow of early morning or late evening light outdoors is hard to compete with.
It looks like you travel quite a bit. Do you have a favorite town or location that provides an amazing backdrop for shooting photos?
If I had to choose, Rio de Janeiro takes my top spot for most photographable city I've shot thus far. We just returned from living in Brazil for two years. I find that I am able to fall in love with a place, no matter how foreign and overwhelming, by capturing it frame by frame and digesting it in small pieces. I loved every minute of photographing Brazil, from the people to the scenery to the food. Everything was fresh and real and beautifully honest.
Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
It is simple, sustainable and comes from a place I hold near and dear to my heart wherever it is I travel, my home, The Pacific Northwest. Good character, good people, great ethics.
Favorite type of melon?
Watermelon, hands down.
How do you like your eggs prepared?
Scrambled, well done, with cheese. There is nothing worse than a wet egg.
Favorite deceased artist?
Georgia O'Keefe, she has provided inspiration for me since I was a girl. My father purchased a print of hers and hung it in my room, I still have it in my home. I have always admired her strength, independence and ability to create beauty in time of uncertainty and sadness.
Breakfast cereal of choice?
Crispix. Incredibly underrated.
More about Elise
Elise grew up in the rain of the Pacific Northwest. Among the moss and rolling wheat fields, she was schooled in the art of design and worked as an interior designer before becoming a photographer.
She believes that life is not stagnant; that it moves, jumps, laughs and plays. These are the moments that she hopes to capture behind the lens. Elise has worked as a photographer in Washington, D.C., Florida, the Pacific NW and Brazil. Soon she will take her talents to India.
Win an Elise Hanna print on Plywerk
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