Hi. I’m Elisse.
Thank you for joining me.
I picked up my mom's vintage SLR and began studying photography in high school and it has been a part of my life ever since. After an eleven-year career as a health care consultant and strategist, I quit the corporate grind, traded in my suits and heels for yoga pants and flip flops, and created Glimmer Images with the dream of sharing my passion with the world.
My focus is lifestyle and family photography and clients describe my style as playful, vibrant and authentic. I seek out the little glimmers that we experience every day without a second glance - a crooked smile, a tender touch, an awkward glance, a sneaky wink...or an impromptu sunset dance party in a hay field (I mean, YOLO!) I capture these glimmers so that my clients will never forget their authentic selves - how they looked, and how they felt at this moment, and through the seasons and stages their lives.
It’s not enough for my clients to look amazing, I want them to feel amazing during our time together and every time they look at their images. I measure my success by how much we laugh together and how excited clients are to display, cherish and share their final images.
In addition to families, I have the pleasure of working with preschools, elementary schools and early childhood learning centers, providing boutique school portraits - a fresh, unique alternative to the outdated, traditional (and often awkward) school photos. I also work with entrepreneurs and small businesses, providing personal branding and custom headshot photography.
I believe that kindness is magic and that quirks and imperfections are what make humans beautiful. I look for strength and beauty in the midst of daily chaos and I love my family more than anything. When I'm not chasing glimmers of life for others, I'm savoring them with my handsome hubby and three wildly fun kiddos.
I am based in Silver Spring, Maryland and work and play throughout the Washington DC metro area. I travel frequently to Chicago (my hometown!), the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and anywhere I can find a mountain to hike up or ski down. In the summertime, you will find me in Northern Michigan based out of my family cottage on Torch Lake.
Welcome to my world. Now, let's go have some fun...
LIFESTYLE FAMILY FAQs
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AT YOUR PHOTO SESSION?
You’re busy. Life is hectic and crazy. I totally get it. My sessions are designed with you and your lifestyle in mind. The time we spend together will be laid back and A LOT of fun so that you can relax and focus on what matters most - enjoying time with your family.
WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?
I am a natural light lifestyle and family photographer. My work has been described as joyful, vibrant, and sentimental with a fine art quality. I combine documentary style photography and family portraiture to capture genuine images for you to treasure for a lifetime. Images from your session often tell a story, capturing a treasured moment in time.
My goal for our time together is to create and fun experience with lots laughter and capture the true, raw beauty of you and your loved ones. I do not try to make you look perfect, stiff, or unnatural. I am naturally drawn to the real, organic and raw moments in life. I want to preserve the precious little details that you are afraid to forget as your family grows and blossoms.
I pay close attention to the little glimmers…the moments that produce meaningful and relatable memories. While l usually take one or two traditional posed portraits during your session, I am not always after that "one" shot with everyone looking at the camera smiling.
WHAT IF MY CHILDREN / PARTNER / IN-LAWS ARE NOT BEING COOPERATIVE?
As a mom of 3, I know that the days are long and the years are short. Wiping boogers and changing diapers and dealing with temper tantrums is nothing new to me. I come prepared with lots of tricks and jokes to help everyone relax and feel at ease, even those of us who don’t feel natural or comfortable in front of a camera.
I will never rush you or keep my eye on the clock. The listed session times are approximate, and some sessions go quickly while others need a little extra time. I never book back-to-back sessions, so you can rest assured that I will give your family and loved ones all they time they need.
WHERE WILL MY SESSION BE HELD?
I have a number of favorite locations in the area that work well for families of all sizes. Whether you are looking for an urban setting, a playful environment, a natural backdrop in the woods or near the water, or the comfort of your own backyard, I have a spot for you. I am open to your ideas and suggestions as well, and together we will choose the perfect location for your session. Newborn sessions will take place in the comfort of your own home.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
See my blog for ideas on what to wear. It’s most important to be comfortable and be yourself.
WILL I GET TO KEEP MY DIGITAL IMAGES AFTER THE SHOOT?
All of our Collections include high resolution digital files delivered via direct download and a print release. The number of digitals files will depend on the collection you choose. You will also have the option to buy additional digital images, prints and boutique products. Photographs grow in value over time and become family treasures. I know the importance of archiving and saving digital images.
WHEN, HOW AND WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ADDITIONAL DIGITAL IMAGES, PRINTS AND OTHER PRODUCTS?
Within four weeks of your shoot, you will receive a link to a private online proofing gallery. You will have one month to select the digital images you would like to download and order additional products.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES TO INCLUDE IN MY PROOFING GALLERY?
I look at each and every image I capture at your session and hand select the best images. I am looking for images that represent me as an artist and your family, as each is radically unique. Your proofing gallery will include anywhere from 20-75, depending on your package. From the gallery, you will get to pick which ones you download and keep based on the package you purchased. If you have a hard time choosing your favorites you may upgrade your package or purchase additional digital files.
HOW FAR OUT ARE YOU BOOKED?
I typically book one to three months in advance, but can occasionally squeeze in last-minute bookings if my schedule allows.
HOW MUCH DOES ALL OF THIS COST?
Our collections range from $300-700, and most clients spend an additional $300-$1000 on prints and canvas following their session. Visit our Pricing page to review the options and make your selection. A $150 deposit and a signed contract are due at the time of booking in order to secure your session date. All products and services are subject to 6% Maryland sales tax.
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?
I am so glad you asked! Click the booking button below to check my calendar in real-time and book your session today.
RAVES & REVIEWS FROM SESSIONS
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT GLIMMER IMAGES
"Elisse at Glimmer Images was wonderful! I wanted family pictures while on vacation, and Elisse made it happen! She worked within our vacation schedule and got some amazing shots! Her communication before and after the session is on point and so professional. And during the photo shoot, she showed so much patience with my kids and captured their true personalities. I just love every single picture - I can't choose a favorite!" -Amanda M.
"I cannot believe the pictures you captured of my guy. THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping the school and this busy mom feel guilty about one less thing when we didn’t do pictures this year." -Amie K.
"We can't speak highly enough about our experience with Elisse. We have received so many compliments on our pictures and were very happy with our session. She offered a lot of great suggestions and we would be more than happy to recommend her. We're grateful, thank you!" -Robyn S.
"You captured their personalities perfectly! I showed the images to my neighbor last night and she couldn’t believe that they were so spot on! We are loving them." -April H.
"Elisse is a wonderful, talented, responsible photographer. She gave us great tips before the shoot, she was really flexible in terms of location and our personal ideas of the shoot. She was so kind, patient and friendly with my crazy kids. The pictures are beautiful and were delivered as agreed. We would highly recommend her. Thank you!" -Maria H.
"Thank you so much, we just love the pictures! I knew our little boy was pretty cute, but still can't believe how well they turned out." -Emily S.
"I adored getting my senior pictures done with Elisse! She made the session very lighthearted and had amazing suggestions on my locations and poses, yet I felt comfortable to voice my own opinion as well. It was such a wonderful experience!" - Casey K.
"My goodness, we just can't stop looking at the photos!! I just want to hug you right now. And I'd probably get teary...you really captured our girl! We were laughing today about how all her friends are stressing about picking a photographer, shopping for outfits, scheduling a hair and make-up session. Nope, didn't need to do any of that. You really have a gift and we are SO happy that you were able to put this session together at the last minute. Amazing!" -Amy K.
"Elisse took the most amazing photos of my crazy wiggly two year old. She completely captured his personality!" -Lee F.