I grew up in the North East of England where I studied Law, Philosophy and English Language at Newcastle College. I left there to pursue a different career in Engineering. I joined one of the UK's big 6 energy companies called SSE where I trained and worked with them on a number of industrial projects all over the UK for about 5 years. In 2018 I left my job with SSE and done some very short training in photography. I admit, most of my knowledge in photography comes from my own self-tuition from the internet and my creative ability to find new ways to explore artistic realms. I have worked with different up and coming models and fashion brands in a number of different shoots whilst maintaining my own personal work predominantly in landscape photography.
I am a quick learner and eager to develop any skills that I am lacking. I completely submerge myself into whatever I am doing and always strive to be the very best version of myself.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Ellija. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I think my most unique aspect is my ability to rule-dodge. In any trade, there are so many 'rules' you must follow. I was told countless times 'to make it as a photographer, your need to do this with your photos'. I think following such rules too closely only encourages your work to mimic other people's. I prefer to follow these rules loosely, and inject lots of creativity into my work in an attempt to break the mould and find new ways of excelling in my craft. Perhaps, to teach other people one day some new 'rules' that they should follow.
Ellija, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passions and aspirations in life are exactly that... LIFE. I am passionate about life as a subject itself. I always aspire to be the very best version of myself, and excel to do the very best with everything I take part in. I first started in photography as a three-year-old with a disposable camera given to me by my grandma. She'd take me to different castles around the North East of England, and I'd photograph their brick walls and imagine archers firing down arrows from them. Maybe one day I can return to these castles and see if my photography had improved from when I was three years old... or not.
Who is your inspiration in life Ellija? How do you keep inspired?
I keep inspired by reading the works of legends who have breathed in the same air that I do. Over the course of history, some of the wisest men and women have written down their ideas and thoughts on to paper. I think it to be crazy that we all don't constantly engage with their works in an attempt to inherit some of their wisdom. My current inspiration, however, is still alive and breathing, and it is the fabulous Eckhart Tolle. His books have given me new life.
We all make mistakes Ellija; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I often receive lots of praise for my photographs, and it can be quite an enduring task to receive each of those compliments online with sincere gratitude. Due to lack of time, I often reply to comments online with a like or a thank you, but I wish I could write more comprehensive thank yous to each of the kind comments I receive. To anyone reading who has supported my work already, from the bottom of my heart I thank you. It is your comments that inspire me to keep going and continue my work. To those who haven't supported my work yet, what are you waiting for?
Ellija, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I spend immense amounts of time analysing my audience in an attempt to discover exactly what type of content they want. If you're working 1-on-1 with a fashion brand, it can be quite obvious what they want from you. But when you are trying to deliver photographs to large groups of fans online all with slightly different tastes, it can be difficult. I try to keep my range of photography quite wide to maintain a diverse audience. I believe beauty is everywhere and nobody should only stick to finding it down one street.
Please tell us Ellija, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
It all comes down to time management for me. I would recommend people to read a book called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Its excellently informative and helps shift you to new ways of perceiving challenges and difficulties.
Ellija, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Conversation is such a powerful human tool. I believe the ability to articulate sentences is such a power to behold. Over time, there have been some legendary orators in the public eye. Barrack Obama was hailed as one of the best orators in US history. Marcus Aurelius was supposedly wickedly persuasive with his alluring conversational skills. I try to learn from the best and constantly work on improving my language skills.
Ellija, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment is probably very different to what most photographers would hail as there's. But after growing up with a grandma who took you everywhere, all sorts of cool places as a child. I remember telling her that I was going to get back into photography and start an account online. I showed her some photographs that I'd taken the past week, and she told me that my photos were amazing. She said that I'd always had an eye for capturing the world. This was better for me than any other praise my photos had ever received.
Ellija, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I think I am always really creative with my work. The best thing about the internet for me was that it gave birth to an ocean of ideas. It helped break down some of the more strict rules in some different trades. People began doing things their way. This is what I encourage. I consider myself to be one of these people who is always excited by the difficulty of trying to customise their craft in the most creative ways possible.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Get a job and save some money. Then go out and buy the best camera you can afford, it doesn't need to cost an arm or a leg. Just whatever you can afford. Then start taking pictures. That's it. You have to be in business to do business. Start taking pictures, and it will all unravel from there.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for all collaborations high and wide. Whether its swapping mentions on Instagram stories for exposure or meeting up with fashion brands or models for photo shoots. I'm open to any offers and ideas so that I can grow and help other people to grow too.
Now for the best part Ellija! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
I own all photographs.
Photographer: Ellija Harris
Model in photo 9 and 10: Georgia Ivar