Hi, I am Elaine.
I am a photographer based in Washington, DC and the surrounding Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. Growing up in China, I've always wanted to become a comic artist. I used to draw comic characters everyday, during class, after school, at home when I was doing homework. I was quite a perfectionist; my heart never stopped desiring for improvement, which is why I used to always destroy my best drawing and tell myself "you can't be stuck, you need to do better."
When I entered college, I started my major in 2D Design, but slowly I started hating my drawings. Eventually I gave in my dream for fear, fear that I will never produce any work I'm happy with, fear that I will never be able to compete with all the better artists out there, fear I will never be able to make a living out of drawing...I changed my career. However, a part of my heart and soul is still missing. I started picking up video production, which led me to filmmaking and portrait photography. I started applying techniques for drawing into photo shooting: composition, colors, and lighting. Gradually I realized that, photoshooting is no different from making art work.
When I know that my clients are happy about the pictures I've so carefully taken and edited, I know that my art is finally seen and my dream is finally coming true. David Lynch once said, "I love money, like everybody else. But if I had to choose, I will probably choose the things I'd like to do for free."