For several years, Ellie Shultz put her liberal arts degree to good use as a classroom teacher, but eventually her absolute enthusiasm for photography and traveling led her to pursue her photography as more than a hobby. Ellie has lived in the US, England, and Indonesia, and she has traveled to many locations within the US, Europe, and Asia. Her eye is naturally drawn to scenes with magical elements, which is part of why she enjoys spending so much time in theme parks, natural settings, and locations with rich history or mythology.
I love being able to take the intangible magic in a moment and immortalize it in a photo. Because I tend to shoot moments in which people are joyful and enthusiastic, I enjoy being able to convey those emotions in a way that allows my clients to relive those emotions. P.T. Barnum said “The noblest art is that of making others happy,” and that is exactly what I seek to do with my photography.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
One of my very first shoots involved a surprise proposal on a beach just outside of Disney World, overlooking Cinderella’s castle. The bride-to-be thought that we were just taking a few nice couples photos for social media, but her boyfriend had other intentions. When his nerves got in the way, I encouraged them to speak candidly about the moments they looked forward to on their Disney vacation, which led into a fairytale proposal. After the big moment, we continued to take more photos around the theme parks with some props that I had brought. In the shoots that I’ve done since then, whether it has been portrait sessions or events, I’ve tried to make things special by bringing not only useful props when relevant, but also a cheerful attitude that brings out the enthusiasm in others.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
My travel photos have been shared by various tourism agencies and Instagram pages such as Share a Little Sunshine, Around Winter Park, Instagramers Orlando, Savannah Magazine, Beautiful Pictures of Florida, Cincinnati & Northern KY IGers, WaltDisneyWorld Pics, Instagramers St. Pete, and Visit Kissimmee.
A fun fact about this photographer
I took college classes for the last 2 years of high school, so that I was able to receive an associate's degree at age 17.