Studio Location:
Oakland CA


What’s the deal?
Hey! I’m Ella Sophie, I’m a visual artist, my medium of choice is photography. I'm a full time photographer. In 2008 I started photographing the weddings of artists and creative couples and fell in love with it. I specialize in capturing authentic images of couples, elopements and non-traditional weddings with an offbeat and alternative vibe. My style is to capture how you and your guests feel, without being intrusive or clichéd. The images I create reflect my training in fine art while simultaneously bringing back memories for years to come. My attitude is to be creative and easygoing while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

Originally located in the Hudson Valley & NYC, I'm now based out of Oakland, CA. I'm available for photography throughout the bay area and am always happy to travel for my badass clients.

When I'm not photographing badass couples in cool locations I'm working as a commercial photographer. Creating editorial and advertising images. You can find out more about that work at

I take a fine art approach to my work, so my image delivery is tactile, with prints that can be touched, turned, and cherished. I offer a full range of professional fine art print products. Because I believe your memories are print worthy.

Call or email me if you have any questions or are ready to book your session!

I look forward to working with you!

Want to see me (semi awkwardly) talking about my work? Check out this short video where I share more of my approach to photographing adventurous and awesome couples.

Wedding Photography FAQ

What are your rates?
Full day wedding packages start at $3500. Please contact me for my full wedding photography price guide. In addition to my set packages I offer 'a la carte' pricing so you can customize your own package.

How do I commission you for my wedding?
Please email me Let me know what services you are interested in, date and location, then I will set up a meeting or a phone call with you to go over everything else.

Will you travel for my destination wedding?
Yes! I love to travel both in the US and internationally. Travel costs will be added to whatever packages you choose. And on a side note, if you are like me and decide to get married in the mountains on a hiking trip, I'll gladly hike up anything that doesn't involve avalanches and photograph you or your ceremony on a mountain summit!

I'm having a small wedding or elopement, can I hire you for that?
Yes! I love photographing small intimate weddings and elopements. And I am happy to work with you even on weekends and during the busy season for traditional weddings. Because what is most important to me is supporting and capturing images of authentic real love. In whatever form it takes for you.

How long will I wait before I get my images?
I’m always excited about the images and try to get to them right away, you can expect images within 3-6 weeks (often sooner).

How many images will you give me from my wedding?
While this will depend on which package you choose, you can expect around 400 images. They will be beautifully presented in a handmade box, along with an online gallery which you can easily share with friends and family.

What about an heirloom Wedding Album?
Albums come with some packages, and are available as optional ad-ons to any wedding package. My albums are works of art on their own. Each album tells the story of your wedding, and they are made with the highest quality archival fine art papers. I offer a selection of customizable choices, we will work together to make a book that is perfect for you!

Do you offer prints?
Yes, my basic wedding photography package comes with a collection of 4x6 prints. In addition I also offer a full range of fine art print products, including canvases and image framing.

Will you be the photographer at my wedding?
Yes, due to the boutique nature of my business I give each of my clients my full attention and energy. If you contact me last minute and I am not available, I do have a network of other photographers that I can suggest for you.

Do you bring backup gear?
Yes - my favorite anecdote was a wedding I was shooting without an assistant years ago. As the bride came walking down the isle my camera broke. My backup gear was in the car outside, I sprinted out of the hall, jumped off the 2nd floor balcony, grabbed the backup gear out of my car and was back to photographing the bride before she even reached the groom. No one ever noticed. Now I keep my backup gear within arms reach ;) And in addition to having backup gear for my backup gear I also take all precautions necessary to safeguard your images. Being a professional means more than just knowing how to get the shot.


Some seriously awesome magazines, and blogs have published my photography. Including but not limited to:
published alternative wedding photographer Ella Sophie in Artfully Wed magazine and blog. Magazine Logo button. Offbeat Bride published wedding photographer Ella Sophie, eco friendly wedding. Magazine Logo button.     Empowerig Boudoir inspiration for women of color by Catalyst Wedding Co. Photographer Ella Sophie Oakland CA. Magazine Logo button.     Creative alternative wedding photographers Oakland CA Ella Sophie published by Way Out Wedding blog. Magazine Logo button. Equal & Forever same sex wedding blog featured photographer Ella Sophie. Magazine Logo button.   
Musee Magazine logo, emerging artist feature for Ella Sophie wedding wire featured photographers in Oakland CA: Ella Sophie. Magazine Logo button.     Love Inc. featured wedding editorial by Photographer Ella Sophie. Magazine Logo button.   Vintage Inspired Empowering boudoir photography by Ella Sophie published by Lucy Dylan Weddings. Magazine Logo button.
Rock n Roll Bride, planning a wedding for accessibility. Photographs by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie. Magazine Logo button.    

Reviews from happy Couples

From the very first email, we were made to feel special and excitement resounded in sharing our wedding day with Ella as our photo artist! She captured the most precious and unforgettable moments! Not only was she our "elusive" photographer, her very own makeup contributed to the lovely wedding glow of my face. It has been a pleasure working along side her and we look forward to capturing our big moments of the future with Ella!
I could go on and on Ella! I'm so glad that our paths crossed and am forever grateful to have worked with you!
Angela & Bill

She's artistic AF, but also sneaky type A and reliable AF. I love that I know she will always be on top of communication/on time.
She always responds to emails in a timely fashion, and clearly knows how to work tech, beyond photoshop.
She is HONEST in the nicest way possible. She isn't afraid to tell you when you're doing something that looks weird, or in my case when I need to lift up my chin, change an angle (REAL GIRLFRIEND STATUS, amiright?)
CONCLUSION: Words really cannot express how much I love Ella Sophie. She never asked me to write this review, but I could not think of any other way to show and gush my appreciation for her ability to capture really important moments/parts of my life. Working with her is like hanging out with an old girlfriend. You're super excited to see each other every time and then you just naturally fall into place. I already can't wait for our next shoot. :)
Emily & Will

Ella was a pleasure to work with before during and after our wedding. The photos she took captured every moment beautifully. My husband even described her as "ninja", because she was effortlessly everywhere getting amazing shots. Such a great experience.
Katie & Joe Jasper

Ella is very talented and has a great attitude. Nothing is posed or unnatural, she captures genuine moments and was great with all family members. I highly recommend her.
Juliette & Bill

The minute my husband and I became engaged, I was planning for our wedding. Immediately I already had my eye set on Ella Sophie for our wedding photographs. I had worked with her previously and I knew how talented and professional she was to work with. We got married this past September on a nice crisp fall day. Our guests commented on how lovely Ella was at making sure all of our wedding day was captured. She took some of our favorite shots with the breeze of the day. My husband and I were speechless when we saw our wedding photographs for the first time. She was quick at putting together our album, we appreciated that very much. She catches beautiful moments without you even knowing, not a surprise when working with Ella. I've looked at her wedding photographs online and can say she is an artist when it comes to adapting to whatever preferences you have. She can work with anything given to her, she is a true artist she is friendly and accommodating to your needs.. We loved working with her and could not have imagined a better experience with a photographer!
Bride Sommers

Everything you could want or need in a wedding photographer. One of the easiest parts of our wedding was the pictures thanks to Ella and her partner! Professional, comfortable, and beautiful.

Ella Sophie, You are an amazing, creative, talented photographer. We love that you think “outside the box” and captured all our special moments. All of our photos are perfect and unique. You did a wonderful job at capturing our big day. Thank you for working with us and being patient with all the craziness that was going on. You are so sweet and I can’t wait to see more of your work. Hopefully we can work together soon :)
Shantelle & Jason Ellison

We were incredibly happy with our wedding photos. Ella was very helpful and professional. She was able to get some wonderful candid shots of our family and friends, capturing them laughing, smiling and hugging. She did a great job making sure to include everyone and her attention to detail was impeccable. Our wedding was outdoors and she planned out good locations to create a tasteful backdrop. She brought good lighting for late night dancing shots. She was very timely in providing us with the pictures. We are so glad we hired her to do our photos and would highly recommend her!
Heather & Will

Get in Touch

Ready to get started, or just want to say hi?
Feel free to use the contact form or Email me at My studio number is 510.844.4191
When I’m not shooting I’m always happy to answer the phone to answer your questions or schedule your session!