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Life & Work with Ivonne Elias

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivonne Elias.

Hi Ivonne, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
Hi, my name is Ivonne, and I was born in Guatemala, I moved to Los Angeles when I was 13 years old. I fell in love with photography while I was still going to school in Guatemala. There was a field trip one day to a Photographer’s exhibition, I still remember the photographer’s name “Diego Molina Flores” and his beautiful photos. This moment of my life is very important because it defined the career I wanted to pursue.  When I came to LA at only 13 years old the goal was to learn English, it was hard to pay attention to anything else and my parents did not have the money to buy me a camera.  As time passed, I graduated high school, but I was always interested in photography.  I still did not own a camera at the time however I remember I used disposable Kodaks all the time.  My hobby was documenting moments, friends, people, and my family but it was an expensive hobby because back in those days, you had to develop film to see your photos and sometimes I just could not afford it.   Later in life when I started working I bought a  digital camera but nothing professional.  All my friends and family always counted on me to take their photos.  It wasn’t until late 2018 that I decided to buy a professional camera and started my journey into professional photography. and during the pandemic, I finished my Degree in Photography and started Ivy Ninet photography.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As an immigrant kid going to school in a different country was hard. My priority was to learn English, graduate high school, and go to college.  After all, that is what my parents wanted. To pursue a career in photography was not what my parents expected, to them being a photographer was not a respectful career for someone who came here to get a better life.  Most immigrant kids are often expected to seek opportunities in different careers with respectful roles and are forced to forget their creativity.  At least that is what my mother used to tell me all the time.  I had no choice but to study Business Administration and get a bachelor’s degree to join the corporate world.  For me this was the biggest challenge and set back, forget my love for photography and embark on a whole different career.  

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I started my photography business two years ago and my specialization is in Portraiture. I enjoy capturing candid moments during my photo sessions. I describe myself as a photographer that connects with her clients and is easy to talk to. I am a portrait photographer, I do headshots, family portraits, beauty, maternity, engagements, and event photography. I also enjoy doing landscape photography, and night photography, occasionally I grab my camera and go document important moments in the history of our city. One of my favorite moments happened in 2020 when President Biden got elected, the Lakers and Dodgers won championships and the BLM protests were happening. The images I was able to capture during that time have so many emotions, my goal is that one day I can display these images in a gallery.  

What matters most to you? Why?
What matters the most to me is the connection that you make with your clients and to capture emotions that the viewer can appreciate in my portraits.  Also, to support women and small businesses, especially people of color.  It is important to support each other and contribute together to projects that make our communities united, stronger, and to be able to share their success stories warms my heart.  I am always open to collaborating and helping each other learn and grow, if anyone is interested in a collaboration send me an email.  

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Image Credits
Ivy Ninet Photography

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