Here are some unsolicited quotes from letters and emails I have recently received.  I think this says more than anything I could tell you about myself.  These reactions feed my soul and make me work with even more passion.

I have NO words for how amazing these are. These images are straight out of my dreams. Still ingesting them. Thank you is NOT enough. I just can’t even. Perfect. Wow. You have made my family members cry!

Dare, mother from family portrait session

October, 2016

We are so in love with all the photos! It really was like reliving the wedding. All the small stuff that slipped my mind from the wedding day I suddenly remembered when I saw the photos!  Best gift I could ever have. Thanks for being so amazing.

Lauren, most humble and excited bride ever

October, 2016


Ellen...we can't get enough of these pictures!!! They are amazing, and you have such a talent. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. There are so many great do we choose what to print??

Chris, dad who coordinated a family beach session

August, 2016


Thanks for everything!  It was great working with you.  Everyone in the family is very happy with your results.  I'd recommend you to anyone looking for a professional photographer in Emerald Isle.  Hope to see you again in a few years when we get the whole family together again (and probably have a few more additions!)

Robert, Grandfather of a family group vacationing in Emerald Isle

August, 2016


These are, as I knew they would be, incredible. I'm OBSESSED with them. My house will be plastered with them, it might even be creepy, haha.  Thank you SO MUCH. You have now documented all the major, important events in my adult life. It's so cool. Thanks for being part of these amazing moments.

Lydia, former bride, now maternity, newborn, and family session client

July 2016


Thank you so much! You did a terrific job!!  That was such a special day for us.. a redemption story!! God is so good! Thank you for capturing those special moments!  David and I both said we didn't even notice you taking pictures during the ceremony. You were like ninja! :) 

April, bride

June 2016


Oh my goodness, Ellen! I nearly cried my way through your pictures!! They are so so beautiful and you captured our family so wonderfully!! Thank you a million times!

Laura, mother of an infant, a 2-year-old, and a strong-willed 4-year-old (She didn't think we'd even get a family shot.)

November 2015


The pictures are beyond words, and we've had friends near and far ask who did such amazing work.  It gives us great joy to sing your praises for a job well done.

Billy and Brian, Grooms

November 2015


😊By the way our guests were telling us they knew we would have great pictures because our photographer worked so hard and didn't quit! And I know that 😊that makes me so thankful. When we were dancing I looked up and saw you in the sand dunes! Thank you for everything you did to capture our memories. I enjoyed working with you. When I got engaged I heard all the horror stories about wedding photographers gone wrong, and to make sure I had a good one, and I definitely did. 

Kristen, Bride

October 2015


I cannot tell you how excited I am after today's portrait session! I (and mom) had the best time and feel even more confident in your abilities. You made me feel so at ease and comfortable ... thank you for everything! I'm so excited for the big day and am so grateful you will be there to capture it all!

Liza, Bride, after her bridal portrait session

October 2015


I have to tell you that this session with Leona is absolutely beautiful. You did an awesome job capturing the imagination of a 3yr old little girl.  I am so impressed & pleased. Only one problem, I don't know how to choose a favorite, they are all perfect.  Great JOB!

Terri, Leona's grandmother

October 2015


All we can say is WOW!!!  You are truly amazing!!! You captured everything perfectly!!!  Willie and I met for lunch and afterwards watched it together, as you requested.  Definitely some tears in our eyes as we watched.  All I can say is - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You're amazing!!

Kim, Bride, after seeing her wedding highlights slide show

October 2015



I know I have told you several times but the photographs of my family will always be treasured. My mom died this morning with the family picture at her side. She was so proud of those photos and everyone that has come to visit her comments on how beautiful they are. God must have known that we needed a special picture of our family and he led me to you. Thank you for taking them. God bless.


Lynne, who wrote one of the most precious letters I've ever received. 

August 2015


Thank you!!!! I love them so, so much. You did such an amazing job and I am enjoying looking through them, trying to choose favorites! I love the way you can see the progression of the kids becoming more comfortable and relaxed as you played with each of them while taking their individual shots. You have a gift.  Thank you for working to help me feel relaxed and for being so reassuring. I'm so sorry I was distracted and tense when we started. I was so worried about Bennett and whether or not we would be able to do the session. But you can't tell that we had one kid with an upset stomach and crazy wind. :)

Noelle, family portrait client, after a challenging session

June, 2015


We had the most amazing time last night and you were perfect!!!  We could not have asked for a better photographer!  That's all we have been talking about is how good the pictures are going to be :)  We will be recommending you to everybody we know!  Thank you so much for making our big day so incredibly special!

Jessica, bride

May 2015


Just wanted to thank you again for making my wedding so special! Everyone is still talking about how awesome you are!! I really appreciate everything you did, and hanging out and dancing with us. Everyone is so excited to see the pictures, and we are sure they are going to be amazing. I couldn't of chosen a better photographer. You are an amazing person!!

Jennifer, bride (hadn't even seen her pictures yet!)

May 2015


All I can say is AMAZING!!!! I loved loved it!!  Thank you so much!

April, bride, after seeing her wedding highlights slide show

April 2015


My God, what can I say, simply amazing. I have only seen a few, my jaw is still agape!...... You are so talented. On behalf of The Loose Cannon Company and myself, thank you so very much.

Todd, Pirate

March 2015


WE BOTH CRIED AND CRIED!!!!!!!!!! So incredible! These are so sweet and so beautiful and so REAL. Totally amazing. Wow! You are so talented.  

Lindsay, former bride, after seeing her "Day in the Life" session with her husband and new child

March 2015


I couldn't have had anyone else in the room with me while I got ready other than you. You have such a peaceful and calming spirit. Thank you again.
Erin, Bride
December 2014

I can't tell you how much my family and I have enjoyed looking through the wedding photos. I'd be lying to you if I said I haven't looked at them just about every day since you uploaded them! They are just so perfect and you captured the day in the most genuine and beautiful way. I'm just so thrilled with how they turned out!
Megan, Bride
December 2014

WOW they look absolutely amazing! I am in love with the pictures! The background is so beautiful in all of them and you captured some really great facial expressions and moments. Awesome session!!! :) 

Jenna, mother of one year old twins, baby plan client

November, 2014


The photos came beautiful.  Thank you. 
What a lovely reminder of how blessed we are!!! 
Aimee, Mother of 8, family beach portraits client
November, 2014


Your art starts with your heart. That is what separates you and makes you great at what you do. As I have said many times, I am so proud of you but, more importantly, so happy you are doing something fulfilling to both you and your clients.

My Mom  (This is my treasure chest, so I have to include this :)

November 2014


What an Awesome Gallery!!! Thank you! Thank you!!! What a wonderful Job!!!

Lynn, mother of the bride

November, 2014


ELLEN!!!! i LOVE these so much! I'm so glad you talked me into doing was so so so fun and these are just beautiful. I am having a hard time deciding which one i love best...they got better with each one! thank you!

Megan, who I encouraged to do a bridal portrait session in downtown Charlotte

October, 2014


I am crying too hard to see all the pictures! Thank you SO much for capturing the soul of our family. I know it is so touch to capture three little boys - which is why I found you - but you have done beautiful job despite the protest of the boys. 

Ginger, mother of 3 sweet but active boys (just like my own)

June 2014


Thank you again for your willingness to work with us to make these pictures perfect.  Every time I look at them, I get all teary.  I'm so thrilled that our kids gave us such an amazing gift. It's truly something we'll cherish our whole life & I'm thankful that Suzy found you.

Sandra, who received a family beach portrait session for her 50th anniversary

June 2014


THANK YOU!! thank you for sharing in our wonderful day and making it possible to look back on the memories. That is truly something that is priceless to us. We certainly loved having you join us and are so thankful that we found you. I feel like we're old friends...and we might even be family!!

Amanda, bride

June 2014


Ellen! These pictures are amazing! We love all of them - and the one with my mom and Sadie is priceless! You did such a wonderful job capturing the wedding and you were so patient with our families. Thank you for being such an important part of our important day! You made the experience so wonderful and even though I am not photogenic, I am so proud of these photos. We can't thank you enough. I hope we'll be back to Emerald Isle to celebrate anniversaries and such, so I hope we can keep in touch. You are so incredibly talented and you have such a gracious spirit - thank you again for being so in the moment with us and so enthusiastic about our ideas. I couldn't imagine a more perfect photographer or person to help us document and cherish our wedding.

Angie, bride

June 2014


THANK YOU for doing such an amazing job at our wedding. You are so easy to work with and made Paul and I feel so comfortable. Our wedding party was also talking about how great you were and how much they enjoyed your fun and creative personality!

Lindsay, bride

June 2014



I just had to write you one more time and tell you how amazing I think the wedding weekend photos are!  I absolutely LOVE them!!!  You are so talented and truly have a gift when it comes to capturing just the write moment. Thank you again for all the hard work you put into giving Lindsay and Paul memories of their special weekend that will last forever.


Denise, mother of the bride

June 2014



My name is Anna Daniel.  You took some pictures of my extended family during our beach vacation in 2011 that are some of my most prized possessions.  We are coming back to Emerald Isle in July with my whole far-flung family again (with people flying in from Uganda, Hong Kong and Mexico) and wanted to inquire about your availability.

Anna, former beach portrait client

June 2014


Oh my goodness, the slideshow is absolutely wonderful! I'm in tears! Thank you for doing an amazing job photographing our special day!  

Elizabeth, bride

June 2014


Ellen!! These are AMAZING!!! I have watched it over and over...and over. I feel like I'm watching my very own fairytale. It's very emotional to see the day unfold through your beautiful images. You did such a phenomenal job, we LOVE all the pictures and appreciate all the hard work you put into our wedding day!!!

Lindsay, bride (after seeing her slide show)

May 2014


The photos from the wedding are amazing and the video is just the best. I did not cry at the wedding but I did when I saw the video. You have such a unique perspective on your photos!

Dianne (mother of the bride), Kinston, NC

May 2014


The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! The lighting is incredible! Paul and I are enjoying being in Italy and seeing sneak peaks from the weekend allowing us to relive it for a moment. We have gone on and on about how hard you worked and how much we enjoyed having you as our photographer! You are simply amazing and a joy to work with! You made us both feel so comfortable and at ease. Thank you again for everything!

Lindsay (bride)

May 2014

We just looked at the pictures.  What can we say?  You are a true artist in every way.  We are in awe.  Practically all of the pictures are under consideration.  We want the best ones and you have made that a difficult decision as they are all quite spectacular.  We are beyond thrilled.  Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you!

March 2013

I received the album and it literally made me tear up! It is so gorgeous, more than I could have ever hoped for! You have such an amazing gift. This will sound cheesy, but with all of the woulda,coulda, shouldas that come with planning a wedding, choosing you as our photographer was the only thing that I would not change at all if I could do it all over.

Molly (bride)
Raleigh Wedding

Thank you so much for coming to take pictures of our Max.  They are precious and we are thrilled with them.  We will have to do more in the future as he and one day our family grows.  Thanks for capturing such precious moments for us!

Margaret (former bride, now a family portrait client)
Greensboro, NC
August 2013

Ellen you did a amazing job! Thanks so much for capturing our amazing wedding day so beautifully and catching all the little details!!! ;)

Tanya (bride)
Hampstead, NC
August 2013

Thank you for helping ease my mind about the wedding day by making me feel like a princess in my dress. The bridal portraits went great thanks to your amazing talent, great directions, and sincere advice. Ellen, you are the best!

Laura Beth (after our bridal portrait session)
Greenville, NC
July 2013

You are truly a miracle worker! The photographs are incredible despite less than stellar conditions. You made it work in such a beautiful way. Thank you for being a great sport that weekend, and I hope we can work together again!

Nicki Cloud (wedding planner)
Charlotte, NC
June 2013

We have received rave reviews on the pictures, including from Rod (who is against American wedding expenses), who said "Ellen is worth every penny"! I agree :)

Jill (Bride)
Charlotte, NC
June 2013

Dear Ellen,
We are speechless! The pictures turned out better than imagined! Thank you for getting these to us so quickly...I've been obsessed with looking at them over & over! Thank you for capturing our very special day!

Noel and Joe (Bride and Groom)
Charlotte, NC
May 2013

The video is amazing! I absolutely love it. Seeing all these wonderful images made me cry all over again. The video was everything I had hoped for and more! I have watched it several times already. Some of the images just took my breathe away. I can tell this was definitely a labor of love. I can't thank-you enough for capturing so beautifully Kristen and Diego's special day. These imagines and the video will be treasured for years to come.

Lisa (Mother of the Bride)
May 2013


Jonna (Post Wedding Session Client who didn't get good couple shots from her wedding photographer....not me:))
Morehead City, NC

Oh my goodness!  We all cried during the,so beautiful!
Then we have been looking at the other pics diligently. They are all unbelievable!
We are speechless.  Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to making these memories last a lifetime! We love you Ellen!

Teri (Mother of the Bride)
Winston Salem, NC
March 2013

Hi Ellen,
You are amazing. I just returned home from being out of town and I want to thank you, thank you, thank you for the enlargement of Sarah Beth's portrait! What an awesome surprise that was. I can't stop looking at either one of them. They are side by side on the mantel over my fireplace, and I can't take my eyes off of them. Sarah Beth and I want to thank you for all your hard work and generosity and for capturing her so well in your images. We could just stop right now and be so satisfied ......

Teri (Mother of the Bride)
Winston Salem, NC
February 2013

Our whole family sat around my iPad tonight and just "ahhh-d" at every image you took. We LOVE the pictures. I knew they would be nice but I could not have imagined how beautiful they would be. Your artistry and passion surely come through these pictures and make us look good :). Thank you, thank you. Thank you for working with us on such short notice and on your birthday, for the comfortable presence you had with us and a very busy 2 year old, and for sharing these with us so quickly (that was a gift in itself being able to share the experience of seeing these together before we leave tomorrow.  I'm really happy - and my family is too. Also, Mike loves the solo pictures you took of him. I really appreciate you doing that for him.
These lovely and special pictures and moments will be treasured by our family for a lifetime.

Holly (Family Session Client)
Ashboro, NC
January 2013

I just wanted to tell you also all of my family members that have seen our pictures have commented on how beautiful they are. You were absolutely wonderful through this whole process! I truly appreciate everything. My husband and I will have these beautiful images to show everyone for a lifetime. Thank you!

Hillary (Bride)
Richlands, NC
October 2012

I'm not sure if you remember me, but I was one of the bridesmaids in Laura & Mitch's wedding in June.  Based on everything I've seen so far, your photos are absolutely amazing, and I know they are so happy with your work. Laura is a beautiful girl with such a great personality, and you captured that beyond my wildest imagination. You didn't just take good photos, you took the "right" photos, and I just love them!

Elizabeth (Bridesmaid)
July 2012

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful photo session last night.  You did a great job making us all feel comfortable and at ease.  Todd was very impressed with how you treated the kids and got the best smiles out of Cole!

Crystal (Family Session Client)
Cape Carteret, NC
July 2012

We received so many positive comments about the photographs.  I think the facet we most appreciated was how unobtrusive you were.  Moments were captured without being staged.  That was greatly appreciated. Interestingly the pictures of details of the wedding have also been greatly enjoyed...didn't expect that.  Go figure..sometimes you don't know what you want :)
Again thanks for everything!

Nona (Mother of the Bride)
July 2012

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