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Photos by Elisa Bricker

Photos by Elisa Bricker

When I was young, I wrote in my journal, "I want to be a world photographer and dancer."  Little did I know, this would inform my view of the world and what I would be doing to this day.

I began photographing with my aunt's Nikon film camera, posing local neighborhood kids in my backyard on black and white film.  More than just capturing their portrait, I wanted them to see how I saw them, how wonderful and beautiful they were. I still desire this in every shoot.  I also began dancing around the same time. I was choreographing in my mind in any still moment.  From in the backseat of the car with headphones on, progressing to late nights in the studio moving through issues toward healing, and continuing on with beautiful local dancers in cities around the world advocating for social justice and speaking about the human condition. 

As a photographer, I have had the privilege of studying under and working with other incredible artists and photographers, working on projects for organizations I believe in, and watching how a photograph can truly change the course of someone's life.  I have worked with artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, and dance and theatre companies; and it has been an honor every step of the way. 

I find myself now in Charlottesville, VA -- pouring into local community through
as Co-Founder and Director of The Farm House Cville, a home for artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders. This is my home base, my studio, and my artistic community.  

You'll find me in the dance studio twice a week, teaching and creating new works with local dancers, photographing portraits and projects at home and on the road, and seeking beauty in community.

past clients and publications

Associated Press, The Plain Dealer, Southern Living, Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Scene, Cville Weekly, Cville Mag, Knife & Fork, The Charleston Gazette, The Local Palate, Brooklyn Law Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Cleveland Public Theatre, Playhouse Square, J.Q. Dickinson Saltworks, Elu Dance Company, Inlet Dance Theatre, Mesh Design, Bcore Methods, Purvelo, Darling Boutique. 



The Farm House Cville: Co-Founder, Director + Curator