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Olivia L.

Director of Client Relations

I had the pleasure of working with Ellen as a photographer for one of my client shoots, and I cannot express how impressed I was with her exceptional care and dedication throughout the entire process. Despite not working together in person, Ellen went above and beyond to ensure that my client had an amazing experience. She not only assisted my client with refreshing his wardrobe but also worked closely with me through phone calls, emails, and texts to make sure we were setting our client up for the greatest success. Her attention to detail, diligence, and commitment to excellence were truly commendable. Not only did Ellen display a high level of professionalism, but her kindness and genuine passion for her craft shone through in every interaction. It was evident that she genuinely cared about our client's satisfaction and was dedicated to capturing the perfect shots. The results were nothing short of outstanding! Based on my experience, I can confidently say that Ellen will be my top choice for any future photography needs in the Black Hills area. I highly recommend Ellen to anyone reading this review.

Ruby Evans

Associate Account Executive

Ellen is the best of the best. She makes you and your entire group feel so comfortable and at ease! Even if you’ve never had professional photos done before, she makes you feel like a pro. I couldn’t wait to get my family pictures back, because I had full confidence she was the only one to showcase our family love in the most natural, authentic way.

Kelsey Stine

Vela Creative Co.

Ellen was phenomenal throughout the entire process with our brand photoshoot. She helped with detail planning questions, booking the venue, and even accommodating a time switch. The photos turned out fantastic and captured our brand personality. We felt so comfortable in front of the camera. 10/10 would recommend!

Nikki Hettinger

Practice Administrator at Black Hills Implant and Family Dental

Ellen is an extremely talented and professional photographer, videographer, and content creator. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients. We would recommend any business use her for professional photography services.

Ellen helped us create superior content for our website and social media platforms. She took excellent group and individual photos of our staff members and captured the ambiance of our family-friendly office. Ellen was easy to work with and flexible with our schedule. She was prompt in editing our photos and creating our video content. We highly recommend Ellen to anyone looking to hire a knowledgeable , hard-working, and vibrant photographer and artist.

Tabitha Yamaguchi-Burtrum

Midwest Marketing

I met Ellen at the AAF Black Hills' October Program Luncheon "Creating Content with a Visual Edge," and all I can say is wow! Before attending the event, I was already thoroughly impressed with Ellen's photography work. However, during her talk, I found myself thoroughly impressed with her knowledge of social media content creation and curation as well.

Along with her tips, Ellen generously provided a plethora of free resources to the crowd. As a marketing coordinator who focuses on social media management, I found her talk incredibly inspiring and helpful for my company and our clients. We’re so lucky to have a talented creative like Ellen, and I cannot recommend her enough for photography and speaking engagements.

James Vollmer

Multiple print house design

Ellen help create my house into a home. My home to be exact. All the images that were taken were from around families ranch or close by. Every image captured memories of my childhood that I'll have for the rest of my life. The thing is people that come to my house see the pictures she has taken and arranged in my house and don't believe they were done by a single place. They believe are just purchased prints, not originals taken by a extremely skilled professional. I even have family that come over to look at her gallery of the prints she didn't print and hang up. They have even purchased the photos from them because the photos hold significant memories to them as well. Ellen doesn't just capture a moment in time she captures feelings, sensations, tastes, smells, and even sounds through her camera lens. Once you a single photo done by her I guarantee you will not stop at just one photo. Also coordinating abilities on where each image should go is on point and not once did I ever have to say "well what about this photo here." It was always yes that one would look amazing there. Whatever you do don't miss your chance to work with this young talented star in photography and design.

Garrett Snook

Melius Motion

Ellen is the primary force behind my identity/brand. Working with Ellen’s has not only allowed Melius Motion to exist but also changed who Garrett Snook is as a person. Dreams and representation of the company and myself became possible along with changes to my own self-esteem, self-image, and confidence. Opportunities and new horizons continue to present themselves as we develop more content. Her work extends far beyond behind the camera, allowing expression and development as a brand/person. She can capture, express, and intensify one's image and direction. Representation across all platforms and even in daily life has become seamless with her support. Working with her is productive as well as enjoyable. The term self-discovery is far better fitting to describe the process of content production with Ellen. I hold Ellen in high regard and will continue to recommend to any seeking representation and development of presence. Thank You, Ellen, for allowing Melius Motion and me to become who we are today.

Alina Levine

High school senior

Honestly just the best! I’m usually really hesitant to take pictures because I feel awkward and unsure of how to pose…but Ellen made the whole session absolutely wonderful! It was so easy to relax around her & the whole time was filled with laughs and talking. My pictures came out amazing and none of the poses I did looked forced or unnatural - I couldn’t have asked for better senior pictures!! It was truly such an enjoyable experience and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their pictures done!

Destri Fagerland

The Fleas Knees

A someone who has been doing the small business thing for a while, it was a breath of fresh air to take Ellen's workshop. The resources, connections and experience taken from the class is immeasurable. Thank you!!

DJ Hanson

Leather n Stitch Customs

Ellen, what can I say that probably already hasn’t been said? What a phenomenal personality and life coach asset. If you were going to be stuck on an island or in a zombie apocalypse, you would want her by your side. Smart, energetic, classy, savvy, personable & gorgeous. Most importantly, she’s trustworthy. All of those qualities are a welcomed asset to any new friend, but receiving them all within a single life form… that’s game changing.

Thank you for the assist in my success. I’ve recommended your workshop to anyone who would listen. You should charge more ;)

Kailey Brannan

High school senior

I absolutely loved Ellen!!! She made the whole experience super simple and easy with her professional process. When picking my senior outfits and location she offered very helpful advice and numerous locations. During the photo shoot, it was so easy to smile in front of her. It felt like I was taking photos with an old friend. She gave me compliments and crackEd jokes the entire time, which made the whole session super comfortable. After the session within a week I got my gallery of photos. They turned out great!! I loved them so much. I truly felt beautiful in them. I would suggest her to anyone that I know for any of their photography needs!!

Savannah Yellow Robe

Yellow Brows Studio

Ellen is probably one of the best photographers I’ve ever gotten to work with. She gets into this character that makes you feel so confident and photogenic and it’s genuine. When I saw the untouched photos I was awestruck and then when she retouched a few I was just fully blown away. I’m so amazed by her talent and skill. She defines a whole new level of photography and art. I’m so happy I got to work with her!

Kaylie Hairychin

Kaylie Hairychin Yoga

I wanted to take my online presence to the next level and Ellen was all about it. As a young professional herself, Ellen understood everything I was looking to showcase and more. Her work constantly amazes me and she is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients/their shoots (even if it means climbing up a wall in a harness and cute boots to get the perfect shot).
If you're looking for a creative professional Ellen is your girl!

Claire Davis


Ellen is absolutely the BEST!! I decided to do a grad shoot since graduation was cancelled, and even though graduation didn’t turn out how I thought, these pictures will help me remember that there’s always a bright side to things. Ellen was professional, kind, and cracked lots of jokes. HIGHLY recommend for any occasion. Thank you Ellen!

Peyton King

Senior 2020

Ellen was so awesome to work with! My shoot was on a windy day but we made it work. She had perfect locations that matched my prom dress and she gave me great posing suggestions. I would definitely recommend her!!! The photos came out beautiful!

Faith Sheets


I have only good things to say about Ellen! I was so nervous going into the shoot because I had never done anything like it before. BUT.....Ellen was awesome, she made the experience so fun and chill! She has an amazing personality, a great style and really brings her A-game. Her pictures are beautiful, and I really feel like she captured exactly who I am through the images she took of me. I am very grateful that I met Ellen, her kindness is contagious and she is very intentional in everything she does and it definitely shows through any interaction with her. I 10/10 recommend Ellen 100% of the time!


Taylor Houchin

Legacy Performance Training, Elite Fitness

Ellen made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She was very creative, professional and kind in all of our interactions. I have nothing but positive comments, but her work speaks for itself.

Ann Kellar

Mom of Senior

Thanks, Ellen, for a fun afternoon!  You made Emma feel so special and beautiful!  We greatly enjoyed and appreciated the enthusiasm you brought to the session as well as your professionalism!

Madison Karrels

High School Senior Portraits

Ellen is so talented and makes the session truly about you. She makes it fun and the images come out amazing. She has done all of our families senior photos including mine! Love Ellen and truly blessed to of had her as my photographer.

Allie Geier-Barlow

Lifestyle Session Model

Ellen makes sessions comfortable and a bunch of fun! She is super talented and I trust her for my photo needs! 😊

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