Elaine Zelker Photography
There’s nothing better than wrapping up a shoot, high-fiving your satisfied client and knowing you just gave it your all. Obviously, I love shooting, but there are more important things to know. I love being where I am right now. It didn't start out that way. I kind of took the long road to photography. I grew up in South Jersey in the 80’s, had very big hair, was a tomboy, played kick-the-can, freeze tag, and rode my bike all day long. I’m a Rutgers Scarlet Knight and have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Business, and a Nursing Degree under my belt. I wanted to be a photographer, but girls back then "just didn't do that"...or so I thought.
A big shift came into my life when I lost both of my parents. It was time to pick up that camera again and switch my life up a bit.
I am now a photographer that used to be a nurse. I am home.
I've now been running my own business for almost 6 years, have been published in FIRST for Women Magazine, Lehigh Valley STYLE Magazine, Wine & Spirits Magazine, ORMCO Dental and have been director of photography on numerous film projects and commercials including: Fiat, Jeep, and other local commercial work. I am currently working with my husband on his feature film, and finishing up my first photography book showcasing portraits of elders reflecting on their life journeys. I have been personally trained and coached by world-renowned headshot photographer Peter Hurley from New York and am one of a handful of photographers from around the world who has achieved the status of Associate Photographer for Ph2Pro.
I strive to balance everything I do, which means I take pride in maintaining that balance by respecting and appreciating all of my amazing clients, my friends and most importantly, my family. I love the simple things in life like popcorn, converse sneakers, Netflix, my 2 dogs, going to church, reading, my tattoo, playing bingo, and making people laugh.
My three amazing daughters also define who I am today and I often think of Maya Angelou’s quote, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." Something that took way too long for me to understand, but humbled now that I do.