Introducing Elle Ribera
I saw the photo above in the daily Lookbook.nu newsletter. I was instantly smitten and when I saw that the photographer, Elle Ribera, lived in NY I contacted her immediately! You can look forward to more photo shoot collaborations with her, but she's so striking that we really wanted to shoot with her in front of the camera as well. She has great look and a wild shock of intensely blond hair that often gets her mistaken for Lady Gaga. There are worse things in the world...
The weather wasn't kind to us on our first meeting so we ended up having to shoot most of the looks indoors which is never as fun. But stay tuned for some of her shutterbug magic soon! And if you are looking for fresh talent, better snag her before someone else does!
Black 1980s BODY CON bandage dress with PEEK A BOO cutout
When did you first get into photography?
I actually only first got into photography a little over a year ago. My major was undeclared during my freshman year of college and I really had no idea what I wanted to do until I took a photography course as an elective. I have always had an interest in the arts, but until then I never knew exactly which medium to concentrate in. Photography really felt like the perfect fit.
Your photographic style sometimes seems really magical and ethereal. How do you come up with the concepts for these shoots?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my past. Growing up in Newport, RI with beautiful gardens by the harbor, I tend to be drawn towards soft colors and lighting. A lot of the time when I'm trying to come up with an idea for a shoot, I try and think of things that I can make happen in a photograph that would be rarely, if ever, seen in real life.
Now that you're living in NYC, what are your plans?
Trying to find a job! Once I get that all squared away, I'll just work all summer and continue to do some freelance photography on the side. I'm hoping to work with more models this summer, so I'm very excited about that. Then in September I'll be starting classes at The School of Visual Arts studying fashion photography!
In your dream world, what are your goals as a photographer (or anything else)?
I really hope to take my love of fine art and conceptual photography and bring that into the fashion industry. I need to be in a career where I can be creative and express myself.
Where can we find you online?
How would you describe your personal style?
I'd describe it as being very similar to the style of my photos. Definitely very romantic, ethereal, and soft.
What was your favorite look from the Dusty Rose shoot?
The pastel colored sequin dress was beautiful! I also really liked the high-waisted leather skirt with the striped top, which is surprising because it's definitely far from my usual style, but the pieces worked really well together.
Pastel 1980s ABSTRACT WATERCOLOR beaded cocktail dress
1980s black leather CHIA puff skirt with deep yoke